The shows I like took a bit of a hit in quality this season. Well, except for one.
My Hero Academia
I like this show fine and all, but similar to Ushio & Tora, whenever it remembers its based on a shonen action manga, it gets in the way of the fun. Never liked Katsuki’s “I’m better than everyone” personality and giving him a backstory just made him even more grating. Also, Hero Academia was always a bit slow due to the lack of manga material combined with Bones’ need to satisfy the fans whilst aiming for a second cour, but it was more obvious they were stretching things out here than usual. Hopefully when the villains are introduced, things get shaken up a bit.
Ushio & Tora
I’ll admit that Tora’s background was very predictable, but also very necessary and functions as fine setup for the final conflict against Hakumen no Mono.
I physically hate every single one of the characters in this show. Every. Single. One.
On a “sort of objective” level, Urobuchi’s contribution to this show was a fine clash between different states of power as well as representing everything Full Metal Jacket taught us about the Vietnam War. And it makes sense that an anime centered on the Cold War era would eventually mention said war given how big a part of history it is in general. The only problem is that I really don’t like Vietnam War stories. Never cared for it when history class taught us about it and never liked any of the movies, including Full Metal Jacket. It also doesn’t help that I don’t care about the psychology of a soldier at all, so Jonathan’s flashbacks mostly got a “meh” reaction out of me.
I did like how Jonathan eventually became so insane that he slaughtered an innocent couple and ended up becoming a fucking war machine, adopting the ideology for superhumans to kill all humans, only to get offed for it. That was cool. Otherwise, yeah this episode was good for what it was, but I could do without seeing anything Vietnam War-related again.
The Lost Village
I just don’t understand how we’re supposed to find this show scary. It’s way too talky, the drama is way too over-the-top, and nobody dies. Even the characters who were thought to have died ended up surviving. Also, a bow and arrow, dude? Really?
“Oh, but it’s supposed to be a comedy,” says Crunchyroll itself. “Then why am I not laughing?” I retort
Okay, that episode was pretty decent. I rolled my eyes at the yuri vibes, but otherwise this week’s Kiznaiver made a point and made it well without any of those weird tonal shifts and without getting exploitative regarding Maki’s background. It keeps this up and form a coherent self-contained story out of these characters’ situation Kiznaiver will rival Kabaneri as my favorite new series of the season.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
As for Kabaneri itself, the animation took a bit of a hit this week and it really only got exciting once the second half started. The buildup is fine and all, but I don’t think this show has enough time to develop a really strong core to its story that’ll motivate me to come back to it once it’s over and done with, assuming it is one cour. And if there is more planned in the future, it won’t be for a while unless noitamina gets its multiple slots back. Got to make room for stuff like Battery and Scum’s Wish.
- My APR this week:
- 1. Kiznaiver
- 2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
- 3. Concrete Revolutio
- 4. Ushio and Tora
- 5. My Hero Academia
- Keeping this short because I want to play video games.
- Bungo Stray Dogs wasn’t too bad this week either.