Midway Thoughts on the Summer of Anime 2017 Season:
Can you believe we are already about halfway through the season? Where is the fucking time going? No, seriously, I demand to know where the time is going. Most of the currently airing shows have reached the mid point of their season, whether that’s the classic sixth or seventh episode, or even third or fifth episode, depending on how many episodes total. Regardless, it is time once again to give you my midway thoughts about this season and the shows I’m watching, and ones that I’ve dropped. Keep in mind that since we are at that halfway point, I’m able to go into a bit more details while trying to remain as spoiler free as possible. Also, please note that this is solely my opinion, and whether your opinion is similar, or different, I’d love to know. Let’s get started.
Dive!!: Studio Zero-G
Dropped. Honestly, this series was nothing but just a predictable, underwhelming series. Boy’s club getting shut down? Oh no! Boy must become a World Class ______ in order to save it. Training episodes. Things look up. Oh no, something terrible happens. Yay. He did it. ____ club saved! At first, I found myself comparing this series to Free!, but I can’t anymore. It’s lack of literally anything interesting proved that there was no way this was something like Free. Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Sports anime, don’t bother, unless you want to be reminded about what disappointment is.
Nana Maru San Batsu: TMS Entertainment
Dropped. Why? Because it’s shit. Plain and Simple. It started with potiential, but made me completely hate it within the first two episodes with a terrible art style, a bland MC, and a fucking god awful female lead. Honestly, had this show not been such poorly exacuted, I could have seen this show doing really well. Oh well. Moving on.
Iskekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni: Production Reed
Dropped. Honestly, there are quite a few reasons why I dropped this show. Let’s start with the most obvious one: the art style is trash. It’s just so generic and poorly executed. I’m also completely sick of the another harem in another world trope. Granted I’m not really a big fan of harem series in general, and this one managed to throw in a slightly different element by letting the MC keep his smartphone, it still wasn’t enough to make me keep this series for anything longer than two episodes. At least God understands our first world problems.
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: Studio Lerche
Dropped. This series was the one that I had the hardest time dropping. I was told that once it gets to episode three and four, it gets much, much better, and I really did try to get there, but I couldn’t do it. I just could not do it. That second episode is just bland, and doesn’t feel like it’s even the same series. Oh well, maybe you guys will have better luck.
Tsurezure Children: Studio Gokumi
This is the series that you watch when you’ve had a long day. It’s cute, and adorable and will put a smile on your face. It’s the series where you can turn off your brain and relax and watch little kids with their love problems. What more could you ask for?
Netsuzou TRap: Creators in Pack
Disappointed. Nine Minute Series. Nine Freaking Minutes. Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Yuri, don’t waste your time. The manga is a billion times better compared to this. #StopMakingShittyAdaptations #ForeverSalty
Hitorjime My Hero: Encourage Flims
Yeah, I’m still here watching this. Why you ask? Meh, I like BL. In all honestly though, it’s still turning out alright; it is a Shounen Ai, series, so regardless, I always go into them with no expectations, so for now, it’s just slightly better than most.
Hajimete no Gal: Studio NAZ
Have we already mentioned that I was trash? No? Oh, well, I’m trash because I fucking LOVE this series. God, this series is so bad, but it’s great. Guilty freaking pleasure series and I’m totally not even sorry about it. I think the main problem everyone has with this series is that since it’s a literal softcore hentai, you have to go in with zero expectations, and literally remind yourself it’s a comedy and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Oh well, it’s trash, and I’m trash, but I love it.
Koi no Uso: LIDENFLIMS
Have you ever wanted to drop a show, but didn’t because you prayed deep down that your question would be answered by the end of the series, knowing full well that, of course, it wouldn’t be? Well, that’s how I feel with this show. I want to drop it. I really want to drop it. But, I know full well that even though it won’t be answered, it might be answered if I watch it all. I had some high hopes for this series, and hell, after episode three, I was going strong with this series, but then … it just started falling short. Pretty soon, I’ll be left with nothing but a bitter taste in my mouth as this show just falls into the pile of “meh” anime with the rest of this year. Salty thoughts right? Well, at least you guys know I’ll be following the series til the end.
Made in Abyss: Kinema Citrus
If this isn’t the best this season, then it’s definitely the cutest. This show is wonderful. After starting it fairly late into the season, and not really knowing what to expect, I instantly became hooked by the third episode. I also love our MC. This series is also something completely different, and I’m super thankful for that.
Kakegurui: Studio MAPPA
Mmmmmm. My fucking gods. I live for these intense psychological series. I live for the moments where the tones shift into that disturbing take. MAPPA has been doing those transitions so fucking well. The characters are very well written, and the plot line is fucking intense and hooks you in from that start. I literally can not fucking wait for each episode. Also, Rune is Best Fucking Girl. Fuck You. Fight Me.
Ballroom e Youkoso: Production I.G.
Easily one of my favorites this season, and we are barely a fourth of the way into it, which makes me so fucking happy. I never thought I’d care about a series about Ballroom Dancing; hell, I thought I’d seen it all, but damn, this series is taking me on a ride. There isn’t a thing I don’t like about this series. Everything is done beautifully to actually fit the series. If you are looking for something to watch this season, please watch this. I could honestly see this becoming as big as Yuri on Ice is.
Jigoku Shojo: Studio Deen
Hi, it’s been years since I had my season three, but I’m back, and better than ever before. Fuck, I’ve missed Hell Girl so fucking much. You never truly realize how much you love a show until they gift it with a random season years later. Every. Fucking. Episode. Has. Been. Amazing. I fucking love it. I’m still not over those first two episodes. This is one of the few shows this season where I must watch it the moment it’s available. I can’t wait for the rest of the season.
Owarimonogatari Part II: Studio Shaft
I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!!
I want to call this season a masterpiece, but even that doesn’t feel like a strong enough word. The opening scene with Mayoi-chan literally made me weep tears of joy. Japan did the most wonderful thing by making a two day special. I don’t know what I like best about this season: Mayoi, Kiss-Shot, Ononoki, or freaking Hanekawa, or even Araragi. I know it’s not the end of the series since there’s still Part Three of Owarimonogatari, as well as several other novels yet to be adapted, but fuck, this season cleared up so many plot lines. I need more. Thank you Shaft for proving why you are the best. Needless to say, not only is this the best thing of the season/year, this is also one of the best things ever created; it’s also currently tied with Kimi no Na Wa for the top spot on MAL, and trust me it’s well deserved.
Boku no Hero Academia: Studio Bones
Boku no Fucking Hero Academia is still fucking killing it. Stain was hype. The art and animation look fucking amazing, and hell, even the filler episode was wonderful. WHY ARE YOU NOT WATCHING THIS??!?!?!?!
So anyways, that is my mid season thoughts of the series I am watching. Please keep in mind these are merely my thoughts, and I am not watching everything this season, so if there’s something that I’ve missed, or something that I should be watching, please let me know. Also, tell me some of your thoughts for this season.