For a dramatic change of pace, I decided to actually watch a bunch of anime from the current season! For the record, I can probably count the number of series I’ve watched and finished over the past two or three years on two hands; I know, ironic considering the content that makes up my blog. Well, this season actually had a bunch of series that caught my eye (more than any season since like 2012 or something) and they mostly have not disappointed! Of course, you can take a gander at what’s airing right
(Warning: I am not a very good writer)
My general ratings go from:
Watch it – This is something really damn good that I recommend whole heartily.
Try it – I may personally love this or not be a fan of this, but could see why others might feel differently.
Skip it – Self explanatory, I guess.
I’m a big fan/supporter of anime original series. While I think it’s cool when something I like gets adapted into an anime, more often than not I’ll stop watching after a few episodes for a number of reasons; I get bored if I already know the content, I lose interest when I realize it’s not going to cover x, it’s taking too long to cover x, etc. That’s why I think anime originals are cool, nobody knows what’s going to happen next plus it’s nice to see producers take risks instead of just playing safe with something that’s known to be popular.
Anyways, Plastic Memories immediately caught my interest not just because it was an anime original, but because I’m a real sucker for a good emotional rollercoaster, and the added sci-fi setting sweetened the deal. Dogakobo generally do good work too, so I was pretty excited for this. The first episode didn’t disappoint, blending light comedy and heavy drama very well to create an excellent first impression. Everything just feels right in this show, from the art to the characters to the balance of light fun and heartbreak. I’m definitely in for the ride, even if my heart necessarily isn’t.
Verdict : Watch it
Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End)
I went into this while middling expectations mainly because I think the synopsis was so silly. The whole “everyone over 13 dies” thing feels like such a cheap way to make your series about teenagers. That and vampires kind of hampered my expectations, but I decided to give it a shot anyways.
The thing about the first episode of Owari no Seraph is that it’s basically all building to the swerve at the end, and whether you feel the ending was worth it will probably decide how you feel about it. I couldn’t really get into most of the episode, so when the last five minutes started I didn’t really feel it as much as I maybe should have. I did like the ending, but it’s hard for me to say if it’s was worth the plodding 15 minutes before it. It looks like there’s some great potential for the rest of the series, but unfortunately we have to take a detour through “high school episodes” before that. I don’t hate high school settings per se, but when your show starts with a post-apocalyptic hook moving it into a school setting is such a drag. Apparently it doesn’t last long (I haven’t read the manga), so I’ll see where it goes.
Verdict : Try it, skip it on a bad day
Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
I didn’t really have any expectations for this (completely picked it up on a whim when I saw it) and came out pleasantly surprised. Kekkai Sensen has a certain “cool” factor that I can’t exactly describe, but I know I like it. From the stylish cast of characters to the flashy action scenes (as expected of Bones; say what you want about their writing team, their action animation is some of the best in the business), it definitely scratches the itch I hoped Owari no Seraph would. I felt some aspects of the plot were a bit hard to follow at times, but they were points that could be easily explained more in-depth later on. It’s definitely a show I’ll be sticking with until Bones screws everything up with an anime original ending.
Verdict : Try it, I lean towards watch it
Here we are, the KyoAni show of the season, and boy they did not disappoint. First off, I just want to say this show looks GORGEOUS. Seriously, even if I were not a super KyoAni fan I would probably watch this anyways just for the eyecandy. Anyways, the first episode was excellent. People will be quick to compare it to K-ON, but really they’re nothing alike. The show has a charming, light hearted feel, but at the same time doesn’t go into full fuwa-fuwa K-ON. If anything, it feels closer to a lighter Hyouka which is OK in my book.
The only problem I have with the show is I think Oumae looks cuter with her hair up and it’s already down. I’ll probably get used to it, but boy she was cute…
Verdict : Watch it
God, this show is just the best. I’ve found that I actually like a lot of shoujo and this was on my to-read list for a while, but I never got around to it. The first episode was so good. The characters just feel so damn likable, the scenario and how it plays with shoujo cliches is so great, god. Seriously, everyone should watch this show. If you just want a big damn grin on your face for 20 minutes straight or need some perking up after a crappy day, give this a watch.
Verdict : Watch it. For the record, I think this was the best first episode of the season.
…And if you want to keep that grin on your face, watch Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku right after. Mikagura is pure unadulturated goofy fun, and exactly what more high school action series need to be. Some people may not feel it, but goddamn I know I did. Also, the main character is an incredibly cute girl who is crazy for other cute girls, to the point where she chooses what high school to go to because she saw a cute girl wearing their cute uniform. CUTE. Really, I don’t have much to say about this other than FUN and CUTE.
Verdict : Try it, I’m in the watch it camp
I’ll be watching Punchline today, but that’s it. What a damn great season, hope everyone is enjoying it as much as I am!