Lmao this was supposed to go up last week but it takes me forever to write these things up orz.
Anyway, we’re 1/3 of the way into this barren Winter season, and thus my watchlist has shrunk significantly. I think I’m currently watching what, 10 shows? vs 23-ish last season? Anyway we’ve had a couple neat surprises this season, but it’s mostly the sequels that are keeping everything interesting. Also there’s quality hatewatch material which I hadn’t had in a while.
Because I fucked up, this time I’m going from best to worst rather than the usual opposite
To no one’s
surprise, Rakugo maintains it’s tightly written character drama in top form.
The direction is still unusually creative and masterful, especially considering this is a
DEEN anime, production team deserves every kudo. If season one was a tragedy,
season 2 is gearing up for a story of salvation. Every week I go in completely
prepared to suffer and am repeatedly surprised by how happy I feel at the end
of each episode. Scenes like Yakumo
consoling a sleeping Konatsu with her father’s rakugo or his performing an old
play in Sukeroku’s style for Yotaro are as heart-wrenching as they’re
heartwarming. S1 was a strong contender for anime of the year 2016 (and for me
it was a toss up between that and YOI) and season 2 seems ready to pick on that
and go for a second run.
Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto saga
this one had my full devotion guaranteed when they decided to commit to those
thick af Kansai accents. I am also very pleased with the budget this is
getting, it looks reeeaaally nice. Kato’s designs have translated to animation
greatly (not that this was a surprise since they did that pretty well on the
first series too). The plot seems to be moving rather fast so I wonder if they
won’t suffer to fill in the full cour (although this arc is quite long) but for
the time being I’m excited to get the Kyoto otaku in me continually catered to.
Yowamushi Pedal: Next Generation
I was a
Little dubious about how well they’d manage the transition of Makishima’s
departure, and while killing him off was rather abrupt to the point I’d even
say the guy was fridged for the sake of Onoda’s development, they did a rather
good job in setting Teshima as the new role model for the 1st years
(who is also very dreamy). I also laughed my ass off with how gigantic they
made Ashikiba who is a rather delightful addition to the cast. Kudos to you
show, you’ve got me excited in a new season even without my favorite character.
Little Witch Academia
to find something to say about this show other than it’s energetic, lively and
fun to a fault and that Sucy is still Best Girl. It’s very easy to tell how
passionate the folks at TRIGGER are about this project and I’m glad they didn’t
give up and continued to work on it even if it was poorly received by Japanese
audiences. The show reminds me a bit of The Worst Witch, which I used to love
in my early teens so there’s also that.
such a fascinatingly disturbing show to watch. Like watching a trainwreck I
guess, except that it’s not a trainwreck in the sense of Hand Shakers, but in
you’re just watching all these horrible people destroy each other and
self-destruct emotionally and it’s really interesting. I’m particularly
invested in Hanabi’s internal struggle and self-deprecation. Could complete
dispose of Moca (whose choice of nickname makes my skin crawl) but otherwise
I’m constantly at the edge of my seat waiting for the next developments. I also
continue to be rather fond of the vagina imagery in the ending, and I
appreciate that there’s actually a show that treats female sexuality in a
layered, human way, for purposes beyond otaku titillation.
This show continues to grow on me with its unique approach to team dynamics. The fact that rugby teams are so big gives us an interesting opportunity of seeing many characters take the spotlight at different times, and this show’s cast continues to be funny and extremely likable to the point that even if Gion has had to sit out most of the games, and even if there isn’t as much focus on Sekizan as I’d like, they’re still engaging and fun. There have also been genuinely emotional peaks, notoriously when that one guy quite the team and it crushed Sekizan’s heart. Also kudos for how even in-show Sekizan’s amazing hair is considered cray-cray
this second cour just keeps getting better? I don’t know how they did it but
they managed to make me not care about whether we’ll ever get some semblance of
plot or explanations, I could watch the Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and
Liszt doing nonsense stuff show all year round. Whoever wrote the Fish!Schubert
episode should get an Oscar and a Nobel Prize
Here we make a drastic leap between things I’m loving and things I’m just eh-watching
ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
what should I do about you, show. Ep 1 was okay, ep 2 was great, ep 3 was kind
of nothing. There’s obviously way more than meets the eye in this allegedly
peaceful country and once that starts to unfold the show will start gaining
momentum, hopefully, but as it is I think it suffers greatly from how
inscrutable the main character is. I have no idea of Jean’s motivations beyond
his love of cigarettes (and I feel they’re overdoing it, unless they plan to
make the tabacco thing a crucial part of
the plot later on, they’re hammering the whole ‘tobacco is rare and this guy is
weird for smoking’ thing way too hard) so we’re at this weird position of not
really knowing where we’re going. I’m intrigued enough to keep watching, but I
certainly hope we get some form of interesting developments sooner rather than
Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans
continues to be notoriously better while the story gets more and more tragic
and I still don’t know how to feel about it. Seeing bad guys cheating their way
to victory always upsets me a lot, and seeing people die meaninglessly only
adds insult to injury. I’m in too deep to drop it at this point, but I honestly
can’t forgive how they didn’t even give us that final revenge moment against
the Kujan kid. Also every time Atra brings up her dream life of being part of a polyamorous marriage with Mikazuki creeps me the fuck out because obviously Mikazuki doesn’t have the emotional maturity to engage in any such relationship
uncertain about what to do with this show. First episode was promising, with
murky direction, but interesting setting. Episode two was mostly unimpressive,
the final twist was rather predictable and the moral outcome wasn’t
particularly satisfying. And then episode three put me to sleep. My first
impression was that the dyamics between Heizo and his thief-turned-snitch
subordinate would be the core of the show, but the latter seems to have been
mostly sidelined in favor of focusing on the coolness of Heizo. Which isn’t a
problem per say, but the execution just isn’t working and they’re completely
wasting the Edo setting, with the cases turning out quite generic. I don’t
know, ep 4 is already out so I guess I’ll check that out and decide from there
(watched episode 4 already, fell asleep again which I guess is as good a sign
as any that this isn’t working for me,but I’m too lazy to move it to the bottom. Dropped)
Why is this
pile of steaming garbage over the mediocre (and gross) show? Well, this one’s
gross too, but exceedingly terrible is always better for ironic entertainment
than plain boring stuff. At least Hand Shakers keeps me engrossed with its
terribleness. Honest to good, even if I hardly remember what the previous
episode was about, I’m always looking forward to the next one, I enjoy the
terribleness too much.
is a little insignificant, but this is the first time I see any reference to
the Japanese immigrants in Brazil (th, which was kind of a big thing back in the
1930s, in any anime I’ve ever watched, and since I had to look up into that for
my thesis, it felt kinda nice to see it and understand
why Brazil of all countries.
This is so
boring. Even when they try to address the issues I had with the previous season
(mainly questioning the nature of Haru and Ren’s relationship), they always do
it half-assedly. No drama, no tension, no resolution and certainly no semblance
of any plot progression and it’s becoming increasingly tedious. The
introduction of the new host guy could add at least some drama to the plot, but
I’m not holding my breath. The dog continues to be cute
Marginal #4 since episode 2 and I can’t quite remember what it was about other
than there was a long sequence of one of the guys desperately looking for his
“lucky undies” and I’m too old for this level of juvenile “lol undies” humor.
Turns out “not putting me to sleep” wasn’t that strong an asset after all.
Anyway really dead season but the scarce good stuff is really quite good, and the truly terrible stuff is so terrible it’s hilarious so overall the season doesn’t feel as terrible as it could.
You guys. Friends, and any followers who might give a hoot. This is Little Witch Academia, and gud damn it’s got some potential. So far there’s only one episode, but I feel that this deserves some support. I wouldn’t usually post something like this, but I couldn’t help myself. Please go check this out.
Here’s a direct link to the first episode. The people responsible for this new anime have something to say here.
Disclaimer: I am not in any way associated with the making of this amazing new anime; I am, however, a fan who is just trying to spread the word.