Anime Roundup — Week 6 of Spring 2016

About halfway into the new season now. I’m a little disappointed that none of the brand new shows have really gotten my attention as of yet, but the better ones have half a season left to change my mind.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

I like this show, don’t get me wrong. But I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that aside from the action, it hasn’t really excelled at anything yet or even aimed all that high with regards to its story. Mumei’s characterization is decent and all, but the whole “getting brought down by your own recklessness combined with your crappy past” plotline is pretty old hat and I’m not sure at this point what Kabaneri is going to bring to the table to make it feel fresh. Still, this was a necessary episode to make our main female lead feel more human and less like a Mary Sue.

The Lost Village

Crucify her! Crucify her! Crucify her! Crucify her! Crucify he…*episode ends*. Awwwwwww!

Bungo Stray Dogs

I forgot everything about this episode as soon as I finished it. Never a good sign.

Space Patrol Luluco

Extra-special episode, huh? It was just a bunch of Kill la Kill references and in-jokes and trying to take the piss on a much better show that already took the piss on itself plenty of times. What’s funny about that?

Twin Star Exorcists

I never talked about this show because it’s been so goddamn mediocre to the point that the only thing I can say about it is that it’s a low-rent shonen action version of Shakugan no Shana and is fucking slow as shit. And then I read the news pictured above.

And now it’s waaaaaaaay too long. Ditching it.

Kurumukuro

Another show that’s too long. For the few of you who keep up with this one, I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s scheduled to be 26 episodes long. Which of course, caused a bunch of people to go “oh, that explains why they’re taking it so slow. Well that’s alright then” to which I reply “you’re supposed to use that length to get more done! Not take it fucking slow!” As for the episode itself, I guess the mecha fight wasn’t that bad, but when you drag it out with long conversations regarding how it moves and way too many close-up shots, it gets boring to watch after a while.

Concrete Revolutio

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine regarding how the whole “person from another world/time getting stuck in present-day” schtick has gotten so played out these days, so it’s kind of funny that once again, Concrete Revolutio proves me wrong by using the premise to comment on the ever-prevalent existence of war and how things in the past aren’t any better than things in the present along with some other stuff I’m probably forgetting at the moment. Not to mention, I just love how this show did more in 22 minutes what most of these sorts of stories (like the one just above this entry) usually do in one movie or an entire series.

Kiznaiver

Why does every relationship between girls always got to have a yuri vibe? Alright episode otherwise.

Re: Zero

Oh no, the killer is one of those emotionless maids. That reveal was so worth sitting through those agonizingly long and boring conversations between Subaru and the ladies for.

My Name is Sakamoto

Okay, the part where the girls go nuts after Sakamoto gives this guy his “face” is a “little” funny. And the cut to the policeman just as a fight is about to brawl is alright, even though the resulting sumo-push match was just retarded.

Minor Quips

  • My APR this week:
    • 1. Concrete Revolutio (are you really surprised at this point?)
    • 2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
    • 3. My Hero Academia
    • 4. Kiznaiver
    • 5. Ushio & Tora (I know he’s a kid, but Ushio’s simple-mindedness is more annoying than Sho’s from Now and Then, Here and There)

7 responses to “Anime Roundup — Week 6 of Spring 2016

  1. I guess the problem is that almost no anime is actually trying to follow Concrete Revolutio’s example. Sales figures haven’t been too hot either, at least in Japan.

  2. Don’t know if the relationship between Ruru and Maki is supposed to have a yuri vibe though (ok… maybe a little in that scene at the beginning?). I mean, the manga had it, but it felt less like something even slightly autobiographic and more like your usual shlock shojo fare (which basically they admit to in-show as well).

  3. I am sure I got pissed off by Mumei’s ‘sudden’ development in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. The show does not really excel in slowing down to be honest.

    I am not that hot either with the latest ConRevo Ep. Dunno why, maybe it’s less thematically great as the previous episodes?