New season. New anime. Here’s my face whilst sifting through most of them.
Whilst I said I wouldn’t do first impressions, I’ve managed to find a loophole in regards to that statement. Now that the third episodes of a few shows have aired, any judgments I make on the show will be what I think of ’em thus far and nobody will really be looking to me for advice on what to watch because they’ve already seen everything and made said decisions themselves. Not to mention, whilst my thoughts will be in here, this post was mainly written to look at what I consider to be review-worthy out of Winter’s crop. So with that in mind, let’s get to it.
Mind you, I haven’t caught up on all of these shows because I haven’t ended my break yet (BTW, I’m never going to officially announce one of these again). Just the shows I find mildly enjoyable, along with some bad shows. Also, I didn’t try every show out there, so don’t expect any thoughts on stuff like Norn9 or Dagashi Kashi or Luck & Logic since I never bothered with ’em.
What I Definitely Won’t Review
Whilst it isn’t as bad as some of the other shows I’m keeping on, Divine Gate’s first episode was so mediocre that I could not even finish it. I don’t really remember what happened in it either. I just remember the main character being an angsty douche and the visual style to be dull as sin.
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Nah. Rakugo isn’t for me. I just can’t get into Japanese humor, let alone a show about Japanese humor.
Good Review Candidates
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Definitely going to review this in the future. It’s so retardedly bad that it’s prime gold for ripping apart. Just hope my brain cells survive the trip.
Need to wait for Netflix to pick this up since the current sub group Ajin has doesn’t seem to have English as either their first or second language. Nevertheless, I liked the first episode a fair amount and the rest of the show seems potentially enjoyable. Given how I need to review something I enjoy down the road, Ajin looks like a good bet.
Sound Euphonium isn’t exactly a favorite of mine, but I liked it enough to the point where I’d get offended if I saw another brass band anime that failed to live up to the standard it set. Of course, even if Euphonium didn’t exist, I’d still hate Haruchika with a passion, because it’s just Tari Tari again except somehow even worse. Whilst the idea to dive into conflict a lot quicker than either Euph or Tari Tari did initially seem like a good idea, the drama in regards to recruiting members is so shallow and barely has anything to do with music itself that it drains me. The rest of the show is no better, being composed of completely asinine slice-of-life scenes. Basically prime “this anime is so bad I’ve got to review it” material right here, assuming it doesn’t bore me so hard that I go into a coma.
Myriad Color Phantom World
I heard a lot of negative word on this anime prior to watching it and occasionally hear derision on Panty World to this day. Not really sure why. I just think it’s boring and not in a surprising way given that, well, it’s a fucking light novel adaptation. At least it’s appropriately energetic and lends itself to a cool scene once in a while, although the way it always ends with the male lead getting the short end of the stick along with the inconsequentiality of everything kills whatever possible impact could have come from it. Even KyoAni’s high-quality animation is just competent by their usual standards. Really, it’s because the studio put out such a plain show (by their standards) that I’m interested in reviewing it. Hey, I never jumped on the Nisekoi bandwagon.
My god this show is awful! Yeah yeah, I know that it’s not well-liked as is considering its low position on MAL, A-P, and my own friend who likes cute girl stuff and Geass dropping this show within the first half of Episode 1, but Active Raid really pisses me the fuck off. Similar to Haruchika, it’s trying to be an anime I enjoy (in this case, Psycho-Pass by way of Patlabor), but it’s Jormungand-levels of fail in trying to live up to them. It has the worst integration of humor I’ve ever seen in an anime in forever, actively getting in the way of the characterization and the pacing. The mecha scenes suck balls. The antagonists are a joke. It NEVER calms the fuck down. The boss looks like she’s ten. Why do people try to defend this show to me?
In short, plenty to rip apart when it finishes. Just not sure if I’ll do each cour separately or wait for it all to air.
We all know I’m going to review this. I did the other two cours and there’s no way I’m quitting now. Having said that, fuck Durarara. We’re two episodes into the last cour and they’re still doing nothing but having the characters talk to each other?! I’m tired of the exposition spouting and comedic banter, Durarara. Do something interesting (you won’t)!
I wasn’t really satisfied with my first review of Gate. The fact that I had only an hour and a half to write it due to some stuff going on in my life at the time didn’t help, but whilst the show is a mess of crappy military glorification, it didn’t give me the epic badness I was expecting. And whilst the way Gate’s continuation opened up sort of delves into there (bunny rape?), it’s not really enough to get that angry about, mostly because of how retarded it is. Basically, I just want to try tackling this show again. See if the 2nd half lends itself to a better review.
Of course I’m reviewing this. It’s the community’s darling, and the fact that I actually enjoy it seals the deal even further. The premise is good. The execution is interesting. It’ll definitely have a conclusive ending according to the director. Let’s do this, bitch.
Unsure If I’ll Review This
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
All I remember about the first episode is that it had way too much talking/world-building and that the characters were bog-standard. My friends seem to like this show, but they like Log Horizon too (before Deen screwed things up) and I found that show to be too dialogue-heavy. I’ll definitely finish it and I’m set on reviewing it for similar reasons to Phantom World, but I can’t summon up as much enthusiasm here because it’s not being as actively bad.
Prince of Stride
To be honest, I don’t remember any of what I’ve seen of this show (only the first episode, and even then I didn’t watch the whole thing). My main reason for wanting to try this one is because I’ve never reviewed an otome anime before and considering the director’s resume, it looks like it’ll be energetic enough to get me by. Plus, I exercise by running as well.
This show is really average to me. Lots of stuff that’s potentially enjoyable, but it hasn’t been able to achieve anything other than a “watchable” score from me right now, which falls into a sort of middle ground that’s neither good enough to praise or bad enough to thrash. Part of the problem is that the direction is very plain, causing the action to be a little tedious to watch (and the visual tricks to be stupid). Part of the problem is that I’m not sure what the story of this show is yet. It just seems to be a “let’s explore this futuristic setting through our two leads” kind of story so far, which isn’t enough to excite me.
Finally, while it’s going for post-war themes like Bones’ good shows (I know this show is somehow related to Darker than Black, but I can’t remember how), the thing is that those shows were based on actual historical events in order to give their themes weight. Maria the Virgin Witch was based on the Hundred Years’ War. Part of the reason I like Kill la Kill more than Gurren Lagann is because how the enemy resembled Nazi Germany in the former whilst the latter’s conflict was just well executed but typical fictional super robot stuff. I don’t have a clue what Dimension W’s energy conflicts are based on, and I struggle to care about war/post-war themes and all the things it has to say about technological evolution when they don’t have any strong real-world grounding.
I kind of want to review this given it’s Romeo Tanaka who wrote the original visual novel and his stuff is always fun to look at/mock. Unfortunately, Shoujo-tachi is a little too dry and phoned-in for my taste (so basically, not much different from Humanity Has Declined). People just talk about making visual novels and…that’s it. Gonna need more than that.
Really generic. Might drop this later on because as of now, all it has going for it is its energetic CG, and that’s not enough to hide how it feels like I’m watching an outline of a story rather than a proper story with actual characters and stakes.
The Venture Brothers Season 6
Hasn’t actually aired yet and it’s a Western cartoon, but we all know I’m gonna watch it and it’s popular enough in the anime community so it gets a mention here. Venture Brothers isn’t really a show that’s suitable for my usual reviewing style though, so I don’t know if I’ll actually write about it once it’s done.