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.


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.


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.


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.


They Made This?

Nothing yet.


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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Karandi James.


14 thoughts on “Winter 2018 Week 3

  1. Good recap of everything. March Comes In Like a Lion is the series I most want to see. If only I didn’t have a large queue of stuff to watch. Hahaha!

  2. Well…I’m still sticking with the ones I chose, and will watch them until the end. So far Violet Evergarden is my favorite (although not everyone has been receiving it very well) and this is closely followed by Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. I think episode 3 for that one is going to be epic (unless I am highly mistaking). Going to see it tomorrow! 😊😊

    1. I’m hoping to finish up a little bit of work and then watch Hakata Tokotsu Ramens. I told myself I couldn’t watch it until I finished the work though so now I’m resenting my job.

      1. I’m staying up way to late as it is. My comments section and reader exploded today. So when I came home I started reading and replying and now I’m just seeing how late it is : have to get up again in five and a half hours from now…oouchhh 😅😅😅
        But goodluck on work, and I hope the episode will be a good one. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it 😀😀

  3. You really should give Universe and Yuru Camp a second look before the backlog gets too big…

    I’m with you on Magus. The story is good, but it moves like molasses and they keep belaboring the same points.

    1. As good as Universe and Yuru Camp might be, they just aren’t for me. I hadn’t actually dropped either but when their second episodes came out I didn’t want to watch them. For me, that’s a sign that I need to walk away and let others who enjoy them cover them.

      1. Makes sense. I’ve dropped more than one anime because I just couldn’t get around to watching them myself. But they’re both so good I couldn’t resist recommending them. 🙂

    1. Yes, you really do. It is one of the few anime I think everyone should at least try (though I know some people will drop it because of the pace or they just don’t click with Rei). Still, it is worth a go.

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