Winter 2017 Week 2

Week 2 and I’m still kind of settling into my watch schedule for winter. Some shows are looking like they’ll settle nicely whereas other still haven’t really found their feet yet. Still, it has been great fun checking out what everyone else has decided to keep and what to drop (though some people are holding off on making their final judgement until after week 3).

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As always feel free to share your thoughts on this season in the comments below.


Must Watch

  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 13)
  • ACCA (Episode 2)

March Comes in Like a Lion is just good. It’s not perfect and it’s definitely a slow story but it just gets better every episode and the last couple of episodes have been amazing to watch. I don’t think anything else I’m watching at the moment is going to come close to how invested I am in this show at this point.

ACCA is odd. I find myself utterly absorbed by it and then when I get to the end of the episode and think about what happened I realise very little did happen. I’m really enjoying slowly getting drawn into the world they are crafting and there’s certainly enough hints that things aren’t going to go well, but so far nothing concrete has fallen into place.


Usually Entertaining

  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 2)
  • Blue Exorcist (Episode 28)
  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 2)

Tales of Zestiria the X gave us a fairly solid second episode. Or maybe I just liked it because I like Rose and Mikleo and they got quite a bit of screen time (not together). Anyway, still enjoying this show.

The characters in Blue Exorcist are still kind of in hold mode. We get a bit of a reveal about what actually happened in Kyoto but mostly we just watched the students go through their own personal angst and still deal with their fractured relationships. This second season is definitely taking awhile to get moving.

Chain Chronicle has moved up not because it got better but because it has established itself as a fairly unambitious generic fantasy and that works for me. If it later throws itself off the rails I’ll re-evaluate. Review for this will come out next week with episode 3.


Okay, I Guess

  • Super Lovers (Episode 2)
  • Fuuka (Episode 4)
  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 3)
  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 2)

I’m still not really planning on reviewing Super Lovers week to week but it is looking more like I will end up doing so given other shows haven’t aired an episode and there’s a few I’m thinking I’ll end up dropping. I don’t dislike this show (despite the quite off-putting premise) it’s just there isn’t much to say about it at this point I haven’t already said but maybe it will surprise me.

Fuuka is kind of delivering exactly what it promised. Cliche teen drama with the occasional over-the-top fan-service moment just in case you thought they were going to start taking the subject matter seriously. It isn’t good or bad but it really depends on whether you care about the main couple as to whether you’ll bother with this.

Akiba’s Trip took a tumble this week with episode 3. We’ve lost the energy and novelty of episodes 1 and 2 and instead have a fairly low attempt at parody before getting into generic and fairly flat action and the an idol dance number. If this is a sign of things to come then I do not see me persisting for many more episodes.

While episode 1 was kind of charming and drew me in, episode 2 of Interviews with Monster Girls was fairly flat so at this point I’m not sure how many more episodes of this I’ll watch.


They Made This

  • Spiritpact (Episode 2)
  • elDLIVE (Episode 2)
  • Hand Shakers (Episode 2)

If Spiritpact keeps going the way it has been I may need to reconsider having it in this category. The improvement from first half of episode 1 to second half of episode 2 has been extraordinary. Not that there aren’t still issues with visuals and characterisation, but it was almost legitimately entertaining and not just entertaining because it was dreadful.

elDLIVE on the other hand get’s dropped to this category. The first episode wasn’t good but the premise was intriguing and there was improvement as the episode went on. Episode 2 on the other hand just rolls out 1990’s anime clichés like there’s no tomorrow. It’s still vaguely entertaining but probably not for the reason they think. My review for this will come out next week with episode 3.

Hand Shakers wasn’t as visually offensive this week (though those character designs aren’t awesome). With that calmed down we can focus on the story which kind of looks like it is going to be a convoluted mess but it is kind of intriguing as to what is really going on and why so I’m sticking with this.


Tried and Dropped

  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

Week 2 finished. What are you predicting will be the best show of the season?

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