A new season f anime has started and there’s SO MUCH STUFF. So here’s a quick (or not so quick) run-down of the stuff I sampled and the best and worst premieres of the season. Also I have a lot of feelings about the Drag Race finale but I decided to Kontrol Myself and will post about it later. Worst to best, y’all know the drill.
First quickly, I’m still watching Saiki Kusuo because it’s comedy gold, and I’ve picked up Nobunaga no Shinobi (cute and funny!) Sengoku Chojuu Giga (funny and super obscure!) Bernard Jou Iwaku (funny and too real!) and I’m not sure about Kiitaro Shonen yet (ep 2 was super gross)
Most of the shows I’m dropping I might have been willing to give them a second chance if they came out on a not-so-busy day, but all of them happen to be weekend shows and weekends are fucking packed. But the best stuff of the season actually comes out during the week which is fucking brilliant since I can watch it as soon as it comes out yesssss.
(self explanatory. Also no screenshots for the losers)
Bloodivores: Maaan this shit didn’t even manage to be
funny bad. It was just incompetently written bad. And boring. The first half is
an extended bank-robbery sequence that somehow manages to be a snoozefest. The
character designs are uninspired. Everything that happens is so contrived,
everything is forced so the plot can get from point A to point B, you can
literally see the writers in the background going “how do I justify this
absolutely nonsensical turn of events… let’s just have this guy take off his
mask for no reason!. They ALMOST had me at the end, at least piqued my interest
enough to watch episode two, and then they were so tremendously stupid to ruin that
with the worst use of a preview that I’ve ever seen. Apparently, being terrible
is about the only thing all of these Anime-for-the-Chinese-market have in
common. Really makes me wonder if this kind of things actually hit there (then
again, they ate up Transformers 4 and Warcraft, so I guess anything’s
possible?). Insta-drop. Also, the
main dude’s hacking software is literally called HACK!!! I mean…
Matoi the Sacred Slayer: Very confusing direction and
narrative, the episode feels very flat and boring and there are way too many
jokes about dudes leering over the blond bombshell girl. I kind of liked Matoi
and her dynamics with Yuma, and I also kind of liked the policeman-dad. I was
willing to give it an extra episode to grab my interest, but the last few
minutes with the “joke” about the dad groping his daughter, and that
“hilarious” scene of Matoi detransforming to find herself naked in
the woods buried any interest I may have had for it. Another insta-drop.
Occultic;Nine: Look, just call me when the show is over and
tell me if underneath those gross booballoons and twenty billion “the main
character is a pervert” jokes there’s something good going on, cos it looks
like there could be, but I’m not gonna subject myself to that disgusting
character design and male gaze framing unless I have a guarantee that it’ll be
worth it. Insta-drop. The
animation’s pretty swell, but not worth getting those monstrosities smushed in
front plane every five minutes.
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda: So the first part, where Kae is
very fat and has Fat Voice TM (gross Japan, you’re gross) is very annoying to
watch. Then after she becomes “beautiful” (you’re really gross Japan) and
magically all the boys fall in love with her it’s just eye-roll worthy and
terribly boring. The guys are terrible, who’d want to date those assholes that
only see her after she loses weight? And they have literally no chemistry?
Girls, date a guy (or a gal, or a person) with whom you’re not afraid to share
your hobbies. If you think he/she/they will hate you because of your hobbies,
don’t waste time on that. Look at this 24 year old virgin giving dating advice,
ha ha!Insta-drop and hoping some of
Junko’s much superior actual BL stuff gets animated next time.
Trickster: I tried reaaaally hard to like this one but
it’s so tryhard and nonsensical it failed to grab me in every possible way. It
started bad with that monologue that reminded me of Divine Gate. A million
tales have been done about immortals that crave death (including NanaTai’s Ban,
and that was a story told in like half an episode and still way more competent
and compelling than this. Ban’s story is so understated and yet super
tragically beautiful ;—-;). The rest of the characters are walking archetypes
that also manage to be insufferable, and the mysteries are super bland and
uncreative. I gave it two episodes, but I’m done with it. There’s too many
amazing stuff this season to waste time waiting to see if this one gets better Dropped
Long Riders: Give me a Y! Give me an A! Give me a W! Give
me a N! What does it say?! YAWN!!! Seriously, this was so terribly boring. The
fucking episode just never ended, it felt like it lasted three hours. Also, as
someone who bikes every day, there were so many unrealistic details that killed
it for me. Like how Ami who’d never ridden a bike before was a master at it
from the start –it took me two or three days just to get the hang of it, and
maybe a month before I was confident enough to go out to the city with it-. She
claimed she was scared of the big bikes because she feared she would fall, but
somehow was okay with one that had an equally high seat and just smaller tires?
Her massive girl-boner for that butt ugly foldable bike is ridiculous and at
times even uncomfortable to watch. And since the one she got is cheapass,
there’s no way that’s gonna be good for long distances. Something that really
bothered me was that we’re shown the girls going uphill, but novice Ami never
comments on the added difficulty. They also set on a 40 Km journey with just
one bottle of water for both of them? Good luck with that gals. But really, the worst part of it was that it
bored me to death and I found Ami insufferable. When will I get a decent girl
sports show that’s actually about competitive sports-ing and not cute girls doing
cute things that happen to be kinda sportsy? Insta-drop
Tiger Mask W: I don’t know what to make of this show. I
feel if I could appreciate its brand of camp I would enjoy it more, but as it
is it just feels like something that could be pretty fun but doesn’t manage to
work for me. It just feels dull, and as predicted, the animation is poop. The
characters are super flat so I don’t feel invested. I don’t think I’m gonna
keep watching it, I’ll check episode 3, but it’ll have to show the best possible
cards to grab my interest. The fact that it’s a weekend show makes its standing
in the list even flimsier.
Girlish Number: This one wasn’t even on my radar because the
title sounds stupid (I’m serious, I didn’t even watch Tiger & Bunny when it
was airing because stupid title and then it turned out to be one of my fave
anime ever, I’m super judge-an-animu-by-its-cover), but since I heard
surprisingly good things about it I decided to check it out. It wasn’t as
cutting and cynical as I wanted it to be, the character designs are suuuuper
uninspired, and I didn’t laugh as much as I expected given the type of series,
but a show that takes jabs at otaku LNs is a good show in my book, so I’m ready
to give it another chance. I just don’t feel like it’s gonna be able to keep me
interested and I already have too much on my plate to be waiting for a meh show
to realize its full potential.
forgot to take a screenshot cos the day it aired all I was thinking was how I
was gonna rewatch the superior Wednesday anime later)
Mahou Shoujou Ikusei Keikaku: I’d give this show the award of
“Showing your cards too soon” of the season. It already had enough creepy
factor without the edgelord bloodbath opening scene, and I think it would’ve
been way more effective –especially with the events of episode 2- if they’d
left it as a seemingly cutesy magical girl show for a bit longer. Instead, they
were too desperate to make sure the audience know this was a seriously serious
dark edgy show ok, no cutesy PreCure no guys, this is serious and dark and edgy
etc etc. As far as Madoka ripoffs go, you could do way worse than Ikusei
Keikaku (for example, you could do Daybreak Illusion lmao does anyone remember
that bullshit), but I doubt it’s really gonna end up shining in the end. I’ll
keep watching for now, but can’t say I’m too invested. I’m in fact partially
hoping it’ll turn into garbage hatewatch material along the way
DAYS: This is currently the closest I have to
hatewatch material, so I’m unlikely to drop it at this point, but who knows, I
don’t put it beyond these writers to make me actually dread the act of watching
it. But okay writers, you can have your bullshit Tsukushi bullshit (yes, I said
bullshit twice), just give me some Mizuki and we’re good, seriously, just give
me enough Mizuki loserness and you have me. At least now I understand why MAPPA
didn’t put any money into this, and I’m glad they instead decide to focus their
resources in the superior sports show of the season (y’all probably already
know what I’m talking about :D)
screenshot because I’m lazy)
shows I’m enjoying, but I don’t feel antsy about not watching the new episode
the moment it comes out.
Nanbaka: This is a show that’s hard to sell because
it’s very dumb and has no substance whatsoever and it’s kinda tryhard with its
comedy and style, but it somehow works? I think this show is the embodiment of
something that’s hard to recommend because even if it works for me, I’ve a
feeling that wouldn’t be the case for most people. But I like it! I think the
jailbreak sequence at the start of the episode was great! And I’m growing to
like the characters very fast, especially Hajime no of course it’s unrelated to
my crush on iwa-chan the perfect man, what are you talking about. I hope it
stays funny and fresh, but I’m not very confident that they’ll pull it off tbh.
Magic-Kyun Renaissance: This is actually way better than
it has any right to be? I was very positively surprised by that? It’s probably
one of the best UtaPri ripoffs we’ve gotten in a while tbh. At least so far,
it’s definitely shaping up to be more KamiAso than it is Amnesia, so that’s a
bonus. Visually it’s also very beautiful, and I am particularly in love with
the Spanish architecture references (I was in Seville and Barcelone in April
and suddenly BAM Seville and Barcelone were in my animu). There’s the super
ridiculous fact that “magic art” is basically plain ole’ art but with kira
kiras, which is a little disappointing but also kinda histerical. And of
course, because you gotta sell those character CDs, they have the calligraphy
dude sing a song for no reason, which is terrible and also funny, you can
literally taste the production committee wondering how to market terrible
seiyuu songs and it was great.
Shuumatsu no Izetta: Two episodes in this still has massive
potential to be great, but also massive potential to be 100% certified garbage.
Finé is a great protagonist and a strong heroine, so I’d be willing to go on
the journey with her, but the male-gazey camera is putting me off. The
animation is great and I’m not entirely opposed to the yuribait (which won’t
amount to jack because Japan), but the fact that as soon as episode 2 Finé is
already out of commission is worrying. I’m not even that bothered by the very
obvious phallic witch-flying-on-a-bazooka but there’s that nagging feeling that
it’s gonna go to shitland eventually. Hoping it won’t be the case.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Tekketsu Orphans: So I was very lukewarm to this show
by the time S1 ended because it felt like all of its promise had gone off the
window, but they seem to be going back to that in this season premiere, with
the issues of child soldiers and whatnot. I won’t lie, I actually felt a chill
when the narration explained that part. We’re 26 episodes in and I’m still not
sure of what’s the purpose of Gjallarhorn and I’ve had the ugly feeling that
Orga’s gonna die eventually, but for some reason these two episodes got me
excited all over again, so for the time being I’ll let Mari Okada fool me for
at least five episodes or more. I feel the show doesn’t have a clear direction
on where it’s going now, but I’m hoping it’ll figure itself out or make
OrgaMika canon, whichever works.
Flip Flappers: This show has so much potential! The animation and visual style is so beautiful and unique! It has that special fairy-tail quality that makes it feel innocent, but with a teeny hint of something more. It doesn’t abuse exposition which is great! The reason it’s relatively low on my list is the unsettling focus on Papika’s torn clothes, and that gross molestation robot, like really show, you’re already fine, you don’t need that garbage, please stop it and focus on your artistic potential thanks
These are shows that I find super entertaining but just not super outstanding. Let’s call them high quality popcorn entertainment (is that eve an actual expression in English, I’m honestly not sure)
Uta no Prince-sama Legend Star: I was falling out of love with UtaPri during S3, but the final episode had renewed my hopes for the franchise and this new season premiere (and the Quartet Night episode) didn’t disappoint! It continues to test the limits of permissible stupidity and still comes out on top, which I find commendable. Also one of my life-long UtaPri wishes has finally come true: They’re not giving away the final performance in the ending!! Now I just hope they decide to go back to 2D animation for the dancing, the 4tet Night and HEAVENS choreographies show they still have it in them. Also I love the twist of the collab between STARISH and HEAVENS, since I was worried about how they were gonna make those boys likable characters (something they already somewhat achieved with 4tet Night). The new songs so far have been pretty okay compared to S3, so I’m hopeful, though I doubt we’ll ever get something as good as Orange Rhapsody.
3-gatsu no Lion: Okay, maybe this is the exact opposite of popcorn entertainment, but hear me out. I didn’t even know what it was gonna be about going in, so learning it’s about shogi was very exciting since I love shows about this kind of things (Hikaru no Go and Rakugo Shinjuu are both shows I adore). Visually it’s stunning, maybe a bit overstated at times and I think there’s like so much potential here for a powerful emotional story about depression. But I’m also reserving my excitement because both Simbo and the mangaka are creators I’m not a big fan of, so the chances of getting tired of it fast are high. Also, there was something about the female characters that sorta kinda didn’t work for me so I’m… waiting. Hopeful, but cautious (there seems to be a lot of stuff like that in this list)
Classicaloid: I won’t say I’m not slightly disappointed with this show because I kinda am, but it’s not life-crushing disappointment just yet. The show is certainly more childish than I expected it to be, and they’ve already beat the gyoza joke dead, which is sad because the opening half-minute or so is just absolutely brilliant, and the MUSIQUE moment is 100% undiluted fun, but the main girl is a little bit obnoxious and I’m not quite understanding the plot. It is also grating that neither the Classicaloids or the people around them know about their historical counterparts, as if they didn’t exist in this universe, and that’s disappointing because rehashing of historical figures is way more exciting if they connect them to their real life personas. We’ll see where it goes. Who knows maybe it’ll pull a Thunderbolt Fantasy on us and become super ridiculously fun down the way. Just cut it down on the gyoza jokes.
ALL-OUT!: Well, this one’s off to a pretty good start! While I didn’t lovelovelove it, I thought it was fun and cool. The main two guys get a little grating in episode two, but I already like the team dynamics and the diversity of body types. I don’t know a single thing about rugby, so this could become interesting. It definitely has that Yowapeda-ish feel to the whole thing, fun, silly, but with really exciting matches. I feel like they showed their cards to soon with Iwashimizu’s tragic backstory, but I kinda understand why they did it, to give us the cliffhanger in episode 2, so I’ll be looking forward to see his character pull through this one. I also already really like the senpai with the awful hair (this is where you ask: which one because everyone has awful hair lmao). Nothing groundbreaking, but cool enough to keep my interest.
Drifters: I actually wasn’t expecting much from this one ‘cos I’m kinda over Kouta Hirano but it was really cool? It probably won’t work much for anyone who isn’t a worthless Sengoku otaku, because then most of the jokes and drama will fly over your head, but I enjoyed it! It’s a gratuitously violent schlock, but it basically looks like it’s gonna have cool fights and useless historical trivia, so it’s right up my alley. I particularly liked the nuanced portrayal of Nobunaga and this dude from the Genpei wars is super cute lmao (men in ponytails y’all…). So yeah, I’m really into it so far. I’ve no idea where it’s going but so far it hits the right spots for me so I’m excited to tag along.
Bungou Stray Dogs: This one’s on the edge of this section and the top section. These premiere episodes have been so much what I always wanted this show to be that I’m super excited to see where it will go. The twist at the end of episode two was only partially predictable, and while at first I was wondering how they’d connect it to the American writers that are supposed to be the focus of this season, all my concerns have been dissipated. It definitely feels that they’re going in a more serious direction for this second cour and I’m super pumped for it. I’m guessing the flashback will end next week when the fallout of ep 2 probably drives Dazai away from the Port Mafia. So so so excited for this one.
Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari: Maaaan the Barakamon vibes I’m getting from this. I don’t even know how to explain how much this works for me. I love the visuals, the character designs, the little hints at character and drama that we’ve gotten, everything just works for me perfectly. The melancholic flashbacks to the MC’s childhood and that sense of nostalgia and loss was heart-wrenchingly beautiful. I just want to eat up all of this show and then some, it’s just so far everything I wanted it to be since I first read the synopsis.
Touken Ranbu Hanamaru: I was 100% ready to be horribly disappointed with this one and I’m certain a lot of people were but I loved it? It gave me more than I expected? I think my only grief is that they spend most of the time in the work clothes, and I wish they’d wear their elaborate beautiful costumes more. I wasn’t aware that these swords were supposed to belong to historical characters, and the first two episodes gave me everything a worthless rekijo like me could’ve ever dreamed of. The Oda Nobunaga episode in particular was beautiful, I just love that kind of nuanced reinterpretation of the character and how they portrayed his troubled relationship with his swords. I’m also already shipping the Okita Souji swords OTL. Hope the Date Masamune sword gets any sort of character development because even my friends call me a worthless Date Masamune otaku (one of these days I’m gonna take pictures of all my Date Masamune merch just to prove that point)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable: The last cour of this awesome JoJo is upon us and it continues to be fun, cool, with great animation and striking visuals and just all around hilarious. I’ve not much more to say other than I continue to enjoy it immensely and it’s still one of my favorite shows every week. Loving the development we got for Rohan recently and the very clever (lol) use of Crazy Diamond (fuck your copyright) in the last episode.
Fune wo Amu: The last show to premiere this season, and it’s a pain to find it because Amazon made that bullshit deal with noitaminA only to sit on those licenses apparently. It was one of my most anticipated shows of the season and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The topic is unique, and hard to sell (a show about dictionaries?!) but I like the idea of subverting the notion about dictionaries being boring and delving into what the process of making one entails –something I’d never really give much thought to-. The character animation is wonderful and it already shows a lot of promise. Also kudos because a show with adult protagonists is a good thing on principle alone (and we have a good handful of those this season). I’m super intrigued to see where they’ll take this one.
Natsume Yuujichou Go: Natsume has been the reigning emperor of iyashikei yokai anime and if any if you had ever forgotten that, it’s finally back to remind you of it. If I understand correctly this will be the final season? (someone who knows better could enlighten me), and if that’s the case then it means we’re on to learn way more about Reiko’s story who even after 4 seasons remains shrouded in mystery. These two episodes take us right back into it, simple, sweet, quiet and heartwrenching, all the things Natsume does best. Excitement isn’t the right word for this kind of show, but I’m definitely happy to have this wonderful show back one last time and to continue to watch Natsume himself grow.
Extremely High Priority
For the first time in a while I had to create a new category because the amount of love I feel for these shows can’t even begin to be explained. But that won’t be of any surprise for anyone who follows my blog.
Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa: Do I even need to explain why I love this show so much? How amazing the characterization is? How cool the animation? How exciting the games? How deeply well executed the emotional beats? I was swooning over Nishinoya for the entirety of these two episodes, and dying for the bits of Tsukki that we’ve gotten, since I know how much he’ll grow during the game. And they’re already doing such a good job at slowly building the Shiratori guys’ personalities. The new OP and ED are SO GOOD. We’re getting Miracle Boy Satori next week and my blood is pumping!
Yuri!!! On ICE: I was so worried about this. I’d been so hyped about it because the PV was so beautiful and the teaser of the opening had sent my heart soaring and I was just so afraid that it wouldn’t live up to my expectation, but it lived up to them and surpassed them and crushed them and seriously I have never been so completely obliterated by a show so quickly. I can’t even describe it. It is gorgeously animated, and it is so emotionally on point, the character animation and body language is so fluid and detailed and there’s just so much even in such a short amount of time I’ve found myself rewatching the episodes over and over. This is sublime and magnificent and I’d sell my soul for this show without hesitation. Is it Wednesday yet.
And that’s the season my friends. I’m so so so excited for all of it! I feel this year has been full of good anime and each season gets progressively better than the previous one (lmao remember winter when we had this one absoutely world-stopping magnificent show and everything else was super meh?)
What are ya’ll watching? Think I’m missing out on something? Any show you expected that disappointed you? Any show that surprised you for good or bad? Anyone willing to answer these questions or am I doomed to eternal silence? Since my Yuri on Ice excitement has garnered me around 50 followers (woah) hopefully y’all are excited to see gay skating take over my blog for the next three months :D