So I’ve watched the first 1 or 2 episodes of most of the more popular shows for this season. I have to say, so far I’m rather impressed. Usually when a season starts there aren’t that many shows that make me want to watch them, but almost everything I’ve watched this season has had be hooked. Maybe they just have fantastic starts and are going to be a mess, but for now it looks good.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable: Jojo continues to be awesome. The OP and ED are just about perfect and really fit how part 4 plays out. I’ve read up to halfway through part 7 so far, so finally getting to see part 4 animated is a treat. They nailed Josuke’s voice, and everything has played out. I think they changed the order of a few things very slightly to make it flow a bit better, but it’s still very faithful to the manga and you should go watch Jojo if you aren’t. Seriously just go watch Jojo.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The premise reminds me a lot of Attack on Titan and the same studio is even making it. So far it’s like steampunk zombie apocalypse set in feudal Japan. That’s an aesthetic I didn’t know that I needed. The art is absolutely gorgeous and I’m loving the character designs. They feel like they are from the 80s or 90s and it’s a refreshing change of pace. It’s hard to comment on the story after just 1 episode, but I want to find out what happens, so I guess that’s good lol. The MC seems pretty good and the other characters seem fine so far. Hard to say just yet though. Amazon actually got the worldwide exclusive streaming rights to the show and I wonder just how much money the poured into it. It’s worth noting that if you have Amazon prime it is worth watching on prime video. I compared it to the other stream I usually use and the prime video was much higher quality. I don’t know what the comparison is for the torrents though. I’d definitely recommend this one if you are looking for something with a lot of action.
Boku no Hero Academia: I’m excited to see this animated. I haven’t read that much of it, but what I’ve read has been really fun. It’s pretty much a textbook shounen, but it executes all the tropes and things very well and is a very entertaining work. Bones did a fantastic job on the animation of the first episode and it makes me really excited to see more. I was worried that they wouldn’t really be able to capture Deku very well, but they nailed him completely, and all of the other characters too. Really excited to see how it is going forward. I’d recommend this show if you want a pretty traditional shounen that checks off all the boxes in a satisfying manner.
Bungou Stray Dogs: Of the shows I’ve watched this one has me the least interested. I’m not going to say it’s bad because it isn’t, but it just felt a little off to me. The comedy is super in your face sort of over the top reaction stuff which feels really out of place in the kind of vaguely noire detective thing that it has going on. It reminds me a lot of Kekkai Sensen, but it just didn’t have the things that made me want to keep watching Kekkai Sensen. I don’t think I’m going to watch more of this one, but it has potential to do something pretty cool. I’d recommend it if you want a super natural detective show.
Kiznaiver: Trigger’s newest show looks to be quite exciting. The first episode setup the world and the main plot device that will makes the main cast stay together and introduced all the characters. I’m not actually sure what direction the show is going to take, but I have faith in Trigger’s ability to make awesome shows. I expect it to be absurd and at times just wtf over the top. I think that it’s a show to have on your radar and maybe one to try out if you’re on the fence. It could flop miserably, but that’s a risk with just about every seasonal show. I’m looking forward to what it has to show. I don’t have a reason to recommend this show yet since it was basically just exposition in the first episode, but I think it will be good.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-: When I first heard about this I was like aw man another warped into a fantasy world/mmo show? Sure Konosuba was great, but I feel that the genre is kinda bloated and starting to get really boring for me. So far I’ve been happily surprised with it though. The character design and art is pretty standard, though it’s worth noting that some of the backgrounds have been absolutely gorgeous. The CG has been a little weird, but it’s only for things in the background. It’s not nearly as light hearted as I was expecting and the gimmick for this show is pretty interesting. I’m not going to spoil what the gimmick is in this blurb since it was cool to watch it happen. I will say though that after the two part first episode I don’t really know what’s going on with the main story which is a bit annoying. I would have liked it to draw me in a bit more. It is looking to be one of the more popular shows this season though. I’d recommend it if you want a darker fantasy show that looks like it has promise. Also the girl’s VA is Megumin’s VA. So explosions lives on in another fantasy world.
Haven’t you heard? I’m Sakamoto: It’s a show about the guy that we all are when we win arguments in the shower. He’s flawless and is just dripping in swag. People try and mess with him and he ends up being so perfect that he’s untouchable. It’s pretty funny so far, but I don’t know how much mileage they can get out of the same joke. An episode or two is surely funny, but a whole season? I don’t know and I’ll have to watch more to see. I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up dropping this one though. I’d recommend it if you want to watch the guy that you can only be in the shower.
Flying Witch: The show is adorable. Just straight up cute and it kept me smiling the whole time. The main character is a witch who moved in with her relatives and is now attending school there. The comedy was well paced and consistently made me laugh. The jokes didn’t feel over done, and they didn’t feel like they weren’t quite getting there either. Which for me is a big thing in a comedy. The mandrake scene at the end was absolutely hilarious and I’m looking forward to more antics from this show. I will say that the first half of the episode was really slow, but it picked up nicely when they went to the mall. I’d recommend this if you want what looks to be an adorable SoL comedy.
Space Patrol Luluco: This is a short by Trigger. It’s just straight up Trigger doing Trigger things and it’s wonderful. Each episode is 7 minutes, so just go watch it and see if you like it. The show is waaaay over the top and the humor is really slapstick, so if you like those things go watch it.
Haifuri: I’ve already written a bit about this one, but I’ll basically just write it again. The first episode has us watching the girls get assigned to boats that they are going to run and stuff. It reminds me a lot of Girls und Panzer in how it’s setup and I think that if you were a fan of GuP this is probably going to be a good fit. The girls are ridiculously moe and there really isn’t much more to say about them. I’m not sure if the show is going to flop or not, but it left off with a nice twist that at least makes it look like it will be good, or at least interesting. I’ll probably watch the whole thing though because holy shit it’s cute. It’s apparently being used on JSDF recruitment posters and I hope it doesn’t get really nationalistic like GATE did.
Overall I’m the most excited about JoJo, Kabaneri, Flying Witch, and Boku no Hero. The other shows look pretty hype too, but they didn’t get me as excited as those did.
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