Winter 2018 Week 3

Week 3 and it is crunch time. For some shows I’m almost at that crucial point where I decide whether I am going to stick out the season or whether I try and cut my losses and there’s a couple where that is a tempting proposition (too tempting in the case of Hakyuu Houshin Engi which I dropped from my watch list). Still, there’s plenty of interesting shows and I’ve been having fun enough.

As always, I’d love to know what you have decided to watch for the season and which shows really impressed you during the week so leave me a comment below.

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 36)

Rei and Souya in a match, finally. Okay, the match didn’t start this week but the set up was here and the tension of waiting for what might happen is kind of fantastic. I can kind of see this being a fizzle of a match with Rei choking but I’d love it if he could at least make a showing in the match to show how much he has grown. Either way, this episode has got me on the edge of my seat and desperately waiting for the next one as this series continues to impress. That and episode 36 is probably the first in a long time that didn’t make me cry but still felt fantastic to watch.

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Usually Entertaining

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 15)

Visually this was a really interesting episode, however the main storyline seems to be kind of stalling at the moment. We did learn some interesting history on Silky though at that was pretty great. Overall, the experience of watching this is pretty good but there are definitely a few cracks in its finish. On that note though, I had to move this out of the Must Watch. I’ve been having minor issues with this show for awhile and when thinking about it compared to March or Natsume or any of the shows that have remained Must Watch’s it just isn’t quite holding up. Still highly enjoyable and quite beautiful but I’m not quite getting the same impact from it that I do from some other shows.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 2)

If episode 3 manages to be as interesting as this episode, I’ll be moving this anime up to the Must Watch category. This is probably the title I am enjoying the most that started in winter and it kind of came out of nowhere. Fingers crossed it can remain intriguing and they can continue to do world and character development that works as well as it did in this episode.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 3)

This one moving down in no way implies that this show isn’t every bit as good as people were hoping it would be. It looks fantastic and the characters are still doing what they have always done and doing it very well. The reason this is no longer a ‘Must Watch’ for me is because I’ve simply outgrown it. There’s still plenty of fun to be had in the episode here but I’m not as caught up in this story as I may have been fifteen or so years ago.

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 2)

Episode 2 remained entertaining though I am definitely curious as to how this world actually functions given there are some questionable and illogical choices on display. Still, the characters, while still pretty standard, as interesting enough, it looks good, and there’s giant robots with the chance of the giant robots fighting giant monsters so there isn’t really a lot to complain about at this stage.

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Okay, I Guess

Kokkoku (Episode 3)

Another one that has had to get dropped down from usually entertaining. While its core ideas are fundamentally quite interesting, the delivery so far is only working for me at all because I’m naturally very curious about where stories and mysteries will go. It would be lovely to see this show do more with its cast but I’m not seeing it at this stage.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 3)

Standard sword and sorcery seems to be the way this is continuing. However I’ve had to move it out of ‘usually entertaining’. As much as I’m personally enjoying a pretty straight forward fantasy, this show is pretty average. I’ve given it time to settle in and step up but so far it just hasn’t gone beyond being pretty standard (which is still fairly entertaining if you like this sort of thing).

School Babysitters (Episode 3)

This one is definitely just a chill out session each week and to be honest I’m happy enough to go for that. It doesn’t annoy, it doesn’t challenge, it doesn’t really stand out, but it passes by like a happy floating cloud and leaves a nice feeling in its wake. The kids might get borderline annoying at times but the story is balancing the kids with the teens and the adults fairly well so far.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 2)

Alright, still really silly and fairly pointless but cute counts and this show is all kinds of cute. I think provided they keep thinking up new situations for the mummy to be adorable in I will probably stick the season out with this just because it is fairly relaxing to watch.

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 3)

Not quite as silly this week and I kind of like the new Prince introduced during this episode. While this one probably isn’t moving up the list, it seems like it has settled nicely into watchable but not particularly good.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 3)

Well, I’m not going to say much because it feels like each week will be much the same. The show continues to be interesting and delivering strange and twisted tales even if the animation and the rest isn’t quite up to really delivering the feeling to the audience.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 3)

This third episode was a turn for the worse and to be honest this one is on drop notice. Next week may be my last episode if it doesn’t show a major improvement over this episode.

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 2)

Alright, episode 2 of this was actually pretty dreadful as an episode. It does follow the source really accurately but that doesn’t mean it was actually compelling viewing. This is a case where something just won’t be entertaining in the adapted form unless you actually adapt it and so far they haven’t seemed willing to change a thing to make it more interesting as an anime. Not to mention, the animation itself is pretty ordinary to bad depending on the scene.

Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 2)

This is a case of they kept the generic and the parts that were pretty flat in the first episode and ran with it. The interesting ideas with the books just kind of sit there waiting to be actually explored while we get an incredibly ordinary induction into magic school. This one is on notice and if next episode doesn’t improve I’m going to drop this from the list.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2 – I waited to make a judgement after ep 1, but this isn’t really going to work so I’m letting it go now.)
  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

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Winter 2018 Week 2

Week 2 and I am getting closer to a finalised watch list. There were a number of shows that I thought I’d give them a second episode and then I didn’t really want to watch a second episode. While these might get another look later in the season, for now they are on hold and that includes A Place Further Than The Universe. I’m just not in the mood for it at this point and don’t really want to push myself to watch it because I’ll just end up resenting it.

That said, I’ve found quite a few shows that while technically not so great are kind of fun and I’m hopeful that I will enjoy this season. I do think my list is going to be a bit more fluid this season with shows rising and falling and I also think I may change shows out mid-season if some of my picks don’t end up working out. Still, it should be a fun season and as always, I’d love to know your thoughts on the shows so far.

A note for patrons, while there is still a little time to vote, it kind of looks like the show that will be reviewed for patrons only from episode 3 will be DARLING in the FRANXX. While there is still a day or so to go before the vote closes and whichever title it ends up being, reviews will be password protected. I will send out the password via patreon so that you can access this content. For everyone else, all other episode reviews and posts will remain freely accessible (with the exception of one other patron only post that will be new content in February).

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 35)

This show just keeps getting better and better at what it does. This isn’t a show that deals with an emotional situation and then moves on and deals with the next one. We are continuously dealing with issues and while particular events are moved on from, the emotional impact ripples on and continues to shape the characters as they live their lives. Very good episode this week and really looking forward to what comes next.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 14)

And another cliffhanger ending. This show is really starting to grow some cracks in amongst the pretty shiny. As magical an experience as it might be, I’m very tempted to move this down to just usually entertaining because the narrative and the execution of the story just haven’t been strong enough even if visually and thematically it works really well.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 2)

I hate to say it, but I may have gotten too old for this. As much as there were moments of adorable nostalgia, and the magic was as fun as ever, there was just too much down time in this episode and I found the nostalgia wearing thin. While I’m not dropping this down a category yet, I may end up moving this down to just usually entertaining unless the next episode or two manage to convince me there is something more than just the standard formula at play here.

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Usually Entertaining

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 1)

It is always kind of fun when a show I had heard absolutely nothing about turns out to be pleasantly enjoyable. And that is a really weird descriptor for a show about hitmen but it was probably the best way to explain the feeling while watching the large cast of characters go through their introductions and set ups. This could be quite a nice show once it gets going or it could fall apart but this was a fun first episode.

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 1)

Don’t ask me why ‘darling’ is in all capitals, this is another anime title punctuation mystery that will just never be solved. Outside of that, this looks to be a pretty standard mecha anime and the first episode was decent enough so it should be a reasonable ride. Time will tell though so I’m tentatively placing it here for now.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 2)

Well, episode 2 leaves me to believe I was right in hoping for some entertainment from this show. It isn’t blowing me away amazing or doing anything we haven’t seen before, but if you like a standard sword and sorcery kind of story you’ll probably get some fun out of this show.

Kokkoku (Episode 2)

While this is probably a bit better than Record of Grancrest War my concerns that this may not give me a reasonable explanation are kind of making me keep it at arm’s length at the moment. As much as I’d like to just get on board with the mystery and wait for a solution, already this has the trappings of an incomplete or inconclusive mystery.

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Okay, I Guess

Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 1)

Fairly standard and generic action/fantasy set up but the first episode did have some promise in the second half. However, I may change my opinion if the show focuses on the lighter side rather than what could be a fairly serious and decent plot. This is definitely a wait and see but I’m interested.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 1)

Unexpectedly adorable is about the only way to describe this first episode. While I’m not sure about the ongoing longevity of this in my watch list, if it keeps to the enjoyment level of this first episode, this show should sit in the Usually Entertaining category. I’ll give it another couple of episodes and see what it decides to do.

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 1)

If I’m honest, the only reason this wasn’t a one episode drop is because I am curious about how watching an anime I’ve read the source material for goes. It is a first for me having read the source before the anime so it was a different experience. Too bad this first episode was lackluster at best.

Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 1)

Okay, the naked chase sequence we probably could have lived without, but there was actually a lot to like in the first episode. Unfortunately, where the episode ended and the plot description makes it sound like this story is heading to a very generic place, but the first episode made me want to watch more so I can’t really complain about that.

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 2)

Yep. This one is confirmed as ridiculous. No doubt about it. However, it is so far managing to be more entertaining than eye-roll worthy (okay, there is a lot of eye-roll worthy moments but there are also genuinely funny moments) and the characters have been interesting enough in their own weird ways. I think I’ll stick with this one for something I don’t have to think too hard about.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 2)

This one seems determined to be fairly average at best for the season but that might work well enough. Both tales this week were enjoyable in their own way even if they were mostly unremarkable. True horror it isn’t but interesting enough.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 2)

I still don’t know if I am making it through the whole series of this given it clearly is twenty minutes of thinly disguised advertising. Still, they are at least working hard on making the disguise entertaining even if it does look like it will become fairly formulaic. This one is still a wait and see if the guys actually get some development as characters or if what we’ve seen is what we are getting for the season.

School Babysitters (Episode 2)

Alright, so this one stayed on the list but I’m still not sure about it long term. It is really cute and I kind of like the relationship between the brother’s and the chairwoman, but I’m still not sure I’ll make it through a season of it. Fairly relaxed viewing if nothing else.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

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Winter 2018 Week 1

Right, so welcome to the first official week of the winter season, though there are some shows still to come. We are getting closer to the end of the count down so stay tuned for that one and next week I’ll be contacting patrons to choose the show that will end up being a patron only review for the season.

Otherwise, business as usual. I’m not quite as thrilled about this season as I was about Autumn 2017 but there’s still some interesting titles about and hopefully it will be a fun season by the end. There are a few sequels that I’m just not touching such as Overlord (I didn’t finish season 1), Hitori no Shita (didn’t like season 1), and Basilisk (never watched season 1). As always though, I would love to know your thoughts so far on the season. What has caught your eye?

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 34)

No Rei this week but the return of this series after the week break was definitely strong as we got hit with Hina and Akari dealing with the ongoing bullying subplot head on. An emotionally powerful episode to kick off the second half and this series is showing no signs of slowing down.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 1)

The nostalgia is running strong with this one and the similarities between this opening episode and the original series certainly helped kick that into full gear. Add in some touchingly adorable moments between one of the cutest couples ever and any objectivity I may have had on this show went out the window. Realistically, this may move down to ‘usually entertaining’ but for now it is a solid ‘must watch’.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 13)

If I’m honest, a couple more episodes this average and I will have to move this show out of the Must Watch category. While I am really enjoying this, episode 13 was fairly bland in the end and offered very little development for the story or the characters. Certainly there were hints of progress on both but nothing that felt like it made up for the rest of the episode just kind of crawling along. Then, we of course get a cliffhanger ending because why use the episode to tell the interesting part of the story when you can introduce it minutes before the credits.

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Usually Entertaining

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 1)

I’m not going to make any promises on this one because it could quickly become a train wreck but I had a lot of fun with this first episode and kind of like the two main characters. It looks like a fairly standard fantasy offering so as long as it doesn’t make too many missteps it should be entertaining.

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Okay, I Guess

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 1 – to be reviewed next week)

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 1 – to be reviewed next week)

Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 1 – to be reviewed next week)

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 1)

Clearly not intended to be taken seriously, this show just kind of goes with being over the top and it kind of works. The Princes all kind of remind me of Kurama from Kamisama Kiss in that every time he entered a room there would be a theme song and smoke machine. Well, these princes strike poses and one has his own group of helpers to assist with wind, light, and even glitter. It is a little ridiculous but actually kind of okay. I’ll see if I feel the same way after a second episode.

A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)

This one might be really good but I kind of suspect I’m going to get bored with it fairly quickly so I may end up dropping it. I’ll give it another episode or two before I decide. Still, it is pretty charming so far even if it isn’t really the kind of thing that appeals to me.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 1)

Kind of a male version of cute girls doing cute things. Really, this one will depend on what the characters do next week as to whether I keep watching it or not.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 1)

I actually enjoyed this more than A Place Further Than the Universe, though objectively this was only kind of passable. Episodic horror story, though not really horrific so much as just kind of weird. The very short story told at the end was actually pretty interesting though. I think I’m going to enjoy this series though it could end up becoming a bit to repetitive. We’ll see how it goes.

School Babysitters (Episode 1 – Review next week with episode 2)

Definitely not my kind of thing and not doing anything really out of the ordinary, and yet oddly watchable. I’ll see how I feel after a second round of middle-school boy looks after kids in daycare.

Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 1)

A fairly ordinary beginning but there’s enough potential for this to get interesting that I’m going to stick with it for the time being. I may change my mind after the next episode but I’d like to see what the show’s intentions are.

Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)

This is a good candidate to be moved to tried and dropped if anything else comes out. While I enjoyed the characters in this enough and there was nothing wrong with the episode, I just didn’t find it particularly interesting either.

Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)

I’m probably going to move this to the tried and dropped once anything else comes out. This first episode is fine if you are okay with the repeated gag of girl getting rejected in her friendship attempts and then watching girls slurp ramen. There may be some appeal I was missing but basically I was bored while watching this one. Otherwise, it is functional enough as a first episode.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped

Citrus (Episode 1)

Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)

Slow Start (Episode 1)

The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1 – not reviewed)

Working Buddies! (Episode 1)

Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1 – not reviewed)

Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)

Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)


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Winter 2018 Week 0

Another season in anime has begun. It is odd that I am starting to get used to writing about Winter in the middle of Summer and at times I forget it isn’t actually Winter but just the Winter anime season. Still, a few changes for Winter 2018. Firstly, my overview post will now come out Saturday morning instead of Sunday night. Basically nothing I watched over the weekend ever made it onto the list anyway and had to wait for the next week and as the majority of the shows I end up watching air over the weekend it just kind of makes sense to make Saturday the first day of my week and do the weekly wrap up then. Okay, I’ll probably move it again next season but we’ll try it here.

The other change for Winter that I’ve previously announced is that one of the shows airing will end up being reviewed for patrons only. Once I know what I have access to patrons will get a change to vote for the show they want and after episode three all future posts about that show will be password protected. The show will still appear on the list here but even the full series review when it is done will only be available to patrons. While I am committed to keeping the majority of my content available for all, I do want my patrons to feel they are getting something back for the support they are offering me as I continue to work towards making blogging more than just a hobby. Insert shameless self promotion here where I ask you to consider becoming a patron and supporting this site if you enjoy my content.

Right, with that out of the way onto the Winter 2018 season. Not much is out yet (understatement) but as shows become available I’ll be giving them a go. By week three I will have my final watch list (but I will probably end up changing it).

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Continuing)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Continuing)

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Usually Entertaining

Nothing yet.

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Okay, I Guess

A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)

This one might be really good but I kind of suspect I’m going to get bored with it fairly quickly so I may end up dropping it. I’ll give it another episode or two before I decide. Still, it is pretty charming so far even if it isn’t really the kind of thing that appeals to me.

Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)

This is a good candidate to be moved to tried and dropped if anything else comes out. While I enjoyed the characters in this enough and there was nothing wrong with the episode, I just didn’t find it particularly interesting either.

Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)

I’m probably going to move this to the tried and dropped once anything else comes out. This first episode is fine if you are okay with the repeated gag of girl getting rejected in her friendship attempts and then watching girls slurp ramen. There may be some appeal I was missing but basically I was bored while watching this one. Otherwise, it is functional enough as a first episode.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped

Nothing yet.


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