Winter 2017 Week 5

Another week down and we’re closing in on the half-way point of the season and my real question is how many of these shows will I stick it out until they reach the end. Akiba’s Trip and I have gone our separate ways and Interviews with Monster Girls is quickly closing in on the limit of my tolerance for high school nothingness. That said, March Comes in Like a Lion and ACCA continue to impress and there’s enough other stories to enjoy even if they aren’t particularly good. elDLIVe and Spiritpact however seem to finally be finding their feet.

Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. Everyone else can access reviews of the Scum’s Wish manga and Super Lovers season 2 episode reviews so be sure to check them out.

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


Must Watch

  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 16)
  • ACCA (Episode 5)

Just when I think ACCA might knock March from the top spot, March Comes in Like a Lion finally allows Rei to move that little bit further forward. For a few moments this episode he actually acts like a teenage boy. If I was just looking at this episode, it isn’t anything amazing, but given the whole series and the journey this character has been on, this week was a delight.

Jean from ACCA is fast becoming my favourite character for the season. I absolutely love how he manages to remain aloof and yet still seems to be in some way involves in what is going on. Actually I’m just loving the show, but I really shouldn’t watch it before eating because the characters eat and talk about food a lot and that leaves me really hungry.


Usually Entertaining

  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 5)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 41)
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 5)
  • Blue Exorcist (Episode 31)
  • Spiritpact (Episode 5)

Chain Chronicle continues just to be solid fantasy story telling and now that we’re far enough into the story that the characters are starting to feel more like characters rather than card board cutouts the enjoyment is increasing. There still isn’t anything amazing about this, but it is great entertainment for fantasy fans.

Iron Blooded Orphans is definitely starting to take things to the next level as the body count rises and the possible repercussions get more intense. Given a large part of this second season has been playing politics it is great to see the characters return to what they know best, even if that isn’t an ideal solution it is more entertaining.

With so many shows stepping it up this week, Tales of Zestiria didn’t really deliver. Admittedly the events are fairly necessary but they aren’t interesting to watch. This season is still going okay (it’s lacking any kind of drive forward as we just seem to be wandering and picking up minor objectives as we go) but this week’s installment felt more like time filler than purposeful story telling.

Blue Exorcist finally had something happen but our main characters are still just sitting around reading a letter. Honestly, this season could be a lesson in how not to tell an interesting story and given the content, that is some feat that they’ve managed to make it feel laborious and boring to get to this point. There’s the promise of improvement now that the cards are essentially on the table but this season is definitely failing to impress so far.

Spiritpact finds itself here now. Individual parts of episodes are still pretty rubbish but the series overall is usually entertaining and episode 5 kind of gave this some much needed life. I’m never going to say this is a brilliant anime, but I’m certainly glad I didn’t let episode 1 make me walk away at this point.


Okay, I Guess

  • elDLIVE (Episode 5)
  • Super Lovers (Episode 4)
  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 5)

elDLIVE definitely seems to be moving in a better direction now and this week was actually very entertaining. Hopefully this continues as this series could be quite good.

While there was nothing wrong with Interviews with Monster Girls this week it is becoming increasingly clear this isn’t my kind of anime. There isn’t enough comedy elements to break up the fact that we’re mostly just watching a science teacher give amateur counselling to teenage girls who all somehow develop a crush on him. Monster elements or not, this is kind of dull for me to watch.


They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Episode 5)

We may or may not have met ‘god’ but this series still has more ideas than substance and hasn’t figured out that five to ten minute long conversations that reveal nothing are not entertaining. Overall, this one is definitley going to be a series I finish but will wonder forever why.


Tried and Dropped

  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • 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)

Points to Akiba’s Trip for lasting one extra episode than Fuuka but I’m done. I can’t watch anymore of this. The humour from episode 1 hasn’t found its way back into any of the following episodes and the set-ups are getting more and more trite. We’re done. On the other hand, I can’t even be bothered to write what went wrong with this one. It’s just not good. My review this week is my last.

Week 5 and which character do you want to see more of this season?

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19 thoughts on “Winter 2017 Week 5

  1. There’s a lot I still haven’t watched this season, and I know there’s some really good ones out there currently. While you might have dropped them, I’m really enjoying Fuuka, Masamune, and Seiren. They may not be the best romance out there, but I still enjoy a casual romance here and there.

  2. You may have been told this already, but I’d definitely recommend giving Masamune-Kun’s Revenge another try at some point. I only say that because I was prepared to drop it after the first episode as well. I thought it was an interesting idea, but didn’t think it would be executed in a way that would hold my interest. However, I gave it another episode just to see, and not only did it keep my interest, it was quite enjoyable. I’ve only seen three episodes at this point and am really looking forward to getting caught up on it soon. It’s definitely not the best of the season, but in my opinion it’s a couple steps above the others you’ve dropped so far. Just a suggestion.

  3. This week was a good week for elDLIVE. Really enjoyed the most recent episode and hoping it keeps going up from here adaptation wise.

    Glad you’ve still got a few enjoyable shows left on the list.

      1. Very few Anime seasons were as good as last season, so this season is quite the mediocre follow-up.

        That being said, I’m still having a good time overall and next season looks like it’ll be better.

        Seems to be the year of sequels however.

  4. Hmm.. I’m kind of interested now to know where Akiba’s Trip let you down. I never started it (or Fuuka), and judging from the reviews I’ve seen it seems like that was a good idea.

    As for which character do I want to see more of? We both know it’s Jean.

    1. Jean is definitely my pick of characters for the season, closely followed by Rei from March.
      Mostly I don’t much like comedy and Akiba just fell into basic situational set-up of the week. Ep 1 had some clever observations and dialogue to make you laugh and draw you in but the episodes after are just full of lazy and dull writing, at least in my view.

  5. I swear I didn’t just click on this for the Victor picture…

    Seriously though, I enjoy these blogs primarily to see where things like Hand Shakers stands with you. As one of the few brave souls that I know who is watching it (and talking about it) it’s important to me to make sure you haven’t dropped it.

    I don’t want to be alone with Hand Shakers. Please don’t leave me alone with Hand Shakers

    1. I think I’m finishing Hand Shakers if for no other reason than I have to know whether or not it truly is as much of a trainwreck as those first couple of episodes suggested. Besides, as bad as parts of it are, at least it isn’t boring me.
      I’m seriously thinking I need more pictures from Yuri on Ice (not that I don’t have way too many screen shots already). They still make me smile everytime I see one.

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