After some fairly ordinary first episodes a lot of the new shows managed to polish up their game as they delivered episode 2. This may not make them definite keepers but it certainly made me a bit more interested in what the Autumn anime season has on offer. At this point there are 16 shows I’m possibly going to watch (17 if I cave in and actually just watch Alicization) though there’s not a huge amount that I’m really excited for just yet.
Also, Irina is continuing her coverage of Fire Force from last season so be sure to look out for her reviews.
These Get One More Episode
I’m not yet sold on these from the one or two episodes I’ve watched but I don’t dislike them enough to flat out drop them just yet. Still, I’d be surprised if all of these titles make it to the finish line this season.
Kabuikichou Sherlock – This one has so far not been overly convincing in its appeal though nor has it been completely unwatchable. There’s potential here but given how anime and Sherlock usually go about as well together as lemon juice and nutella I guess we’ll see what the next episode does.
Val x Love – Harem and ecchi so not exactly my thing. Still, it wasn’t actually terrible to watch more just that it wasn’t really the kind of anime that appeals to me. I’ll give it a little more time and see.
Ascendance of a Bookworm – Two episodes in and all I’ve got is that I really dislike the main character and am finding the pace to be almost tortuously slow. I’m fairly certain SOL fans will get more out of this, provided they can stand how often the protagonist complains.
May Last The Distance
While I’m not planning on dancing with delight over any of these so far, they have at least convinced me that they will be entertaining enough for a season. That may change depending on the direction they take after their establishing episodes but for now I’m cautiously optimistic in these titles.
Kemono Michi – I found episode 2 a lot more enjoyable than the first episode and it seemed that this anime was kind of finding its balance. Whether that’s true or whether I let this one go will really depend on what comes next. Still, a much more enjoyable round two from this one.
Shichou Yuusha – The hero here is almost as unlikeable as Main from bookworm, but at least in this case we’re supposed to be laughing at him rather than rallying for him. While the anime isn’t awesome, the chemistry between the main two characters is promising.
Ahiru no Sora – Again, the second episode of this one felt a lot more settled and like it was finding its feet. I’m not sold on most of the characters here and have little interest in basketball, but there’s enough potential to keep me watching for a bit more.
Null & Peta – At 5 minutes an episode this one just has to not be annoying which so far it hasn’t been. While there’s not a lot of point either it is pleasant enough for a bit of entertainment.
Granblue Fantasy Season 2 – There’s not a lot to recommend this if you haven’t watched season one or if you did watch it but didn’t like it. Still, this one remains pleasant enough viewing and if it is like season one I’ll enjoy it though quickly forget it.
Special 7 – Despite the name this one is mediocre in almost every way and yet still kind of appealing to a certain audience (specifically those who watched Phantom in the Twilight or Midnight Occult Civil Servants and were entertained). This one has a lot of potential which it probably won’t realise.
Assassins Pride – Interesting concept and great world plus it is pure fantasy and not isekai fantasy. Still, the execution is at best shaky and so far largely unimpressive. Hoping this one steps up its game because there’s a lot of possibly interesting directions it could go but it probably won’t.
These ones, for whatever reason, I’m pretty sold on at this point. Whether they manage to rise to my favourite for the season or just quietly plot away, I’m pretty sure I’ll be entertained.
Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life – Mouthful of a name but enjoyable enough first episode and having read 4 volumes of the source I’m pretty happy to tag along with these characters on their journey. They’ve already heavily veered away from how the LN’s go and yet still managed a fairly solid introduction. Hopefully they continue to tell the story in a way that works in anime and keeps it entertaining.
My Hero Academia Season 4 – Seriously, we’re 4 seasons in at this point and while the first episode here wasn’t exactly thrilling it didn’t make me not excited for a new season. I’m all in on MHA.
No Guns Life – I’m reviewing this one for Patrons but honestly this was the first episode that actually made me genuinely laugh and I loved the mix of noir, gritty drama, and yet the silliness of some moments in this first episode. The balance seemed right and I’m intrigued by the plot so far.
Stars Align – I’m not sure if this one is going to stay or not but the first episode made me curious enough to add this to the keeper list straight up. I may change my mind but I certainly am more interested in this sports anime over Ahiru no Sora just based on their first episodes.
Dr Stone – Yeah, it isn’t really fair given this one has have 15 episodes compared to the one or two all the other titles have, but at this point I’m seriously into Senku’s efforts to bring back science. While this one took me awhile to really get into I am now very much loving these characters and their antics.
Marimashita Iruma-Kun – This one has pretty much established its tone and while I don’t think it is going to top my seasonal viewing, I’m pretty sure it will be a bit of fun each week and hopefully it can remain fairly consistent viewing. The first two episodes have been entertaining enough and while it is silly I’m largely finding it amusing rather than annoying which is something I kind of latch onto given how many comedy stories end up getting dumped from my watch list.
Two weeks in: What anime are you most excited for this season?
Incidentally, I’m still teetering on the brink of maybe watching the second half of Alicization but I may not do episode reviews, largely because I don’t like being negative about SAO on a weekly basis and the first half had me doing just that.
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