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?
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.
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.
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.
They Made This?
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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