This week, with Hanebado is on leave (apparently due to the earthquake) and Hi Score Girl new episode is nowhere to be seen (I don’t blame the fansub though, this one has flied under the radar this season), we have a relatively shorter compare to other weeks. Yeah, turn out I still ended up watching Tsukumogami Kashimasu, and since I already watched FLCL Alternative first episode back in April Fool, I won’t review it here. Will pick it up in the second episode onward. It’s hard to tell whether this week is good or bad, given many shows still deliver and other shows are just functional. If I have to pick a word to describe the last week, it’s “predictable”. My favorite shows continue to soar. Since I’m running out of meaningful grouping for this week, I’ll sort the shows by linking them to the same themes. Let’s go for it
It’s interesting how I just flipped through my first impression reviews I wrote a year ago at the other website, I am struck on how opinions on one show can change the more we watch it, even within consecutive episodes. Not because it changes the formula itself (although some do, like *coughHanebado*), but more because its own formula starts to wear out after the initial catch. This middle period before the climax is when shows suffer the most. It has to build the main conflict up without loosing our interest – not an easy feat to do. As it stands, I’m on the fence whether I will keep Tsukumogami or pick up Angolmois again (or dropping them both), as this week’s Tsukumogami didn’t offer much. No Steins:Gate this week (weirdly I don’t miss it much), so let’s see how this week in anime fares. This week we’ll go with reverse-alphabetical order.
Another side note, as you can tell by the above screenshot, I just watched (and enjoyed a fair bit) the OVA Aggressive Retsuko, so expect a review some time this week. I’ll update the show into 2018 Spring Anime Season (since it debut there). It’s my intention to update my First Impressions and Final Impressions as a massive list so that they can be a reliable point of reference.Continue reading “Weekly Anime Summary – Summer 2018 Week 9”
We are at Week 8 now which for me feel incredibly fast. Another month and we’ll have to say goodbye to this season. As far as this season goes it’s a underwhelming season for sure, with only comedy shows remain a high mark. Well, I’m not that fond with Grand Blue but I suppose I’m on the minority side as the manga is insanely popular, and Asobi Asobase becomes more and more of my favorite show the season. Revue Starlight comes back a big way with the revealing that could potentially change the game, and Banana Fish is still as rush as ever. Scroll down and see what the shows this week have to offer
Welcome to the “Fake” Reality
As of this moment Hi Score Girl’s sub is still unavailable, such a bitter turn for this overlooked anime. This week in anime, likewise, suffers from lots of underwhelming developments. I dropped one more show from my watch list, and maybe more if things don’t improve next couple weeks. Many of you might wonder why would I spend that much effort to watch many average shows that likely be forgotten as soon as this season’s over. Well, I don’t have an answer for that really. It’s certainly not the case of “the more I watch, the more I know” bull. It’s more that I’m still curious about anime the medium after all these years and want to find out hidden gems, or put it better, I don’t wanna miss any good show by mere ignorance. Will it burn me out eventually? yeah, probably but I’ll do the best while I’m still at this. Let’s move on from my own babble to the what you’re all here for, anime shows this week.
(Technical note: one feedback from my friend about the site was that it’s overstuffed with info. He has a point there so from now on, I’ll add the “read more” tag. Will properly edit the previous posts as well)
Ambushed by the enemy
Can’t believe we’ve already reached halfway of this anime season. It feels like all the first episodes just aired last week. The more I do this thing the more I realize time passes in a ridiculously fast pace. This week, I decide to drop 1 more show, with other 2 are in the bubble. Many shows grow on me, many shows stay the same and a bunch of them start to fall off the cliff. I might settle down for 12 new shows (plus Steins;Gate 0 and My Hero Academia) so the bubbling shows will have to fight hard next week to claim the last spot. Read on to find out which show gets the short straw. By the way, I’m quite happy with how I group my shows this week. Let’s jump in:
“All the Good Ones Die First”Continue reading “Weekly Anime Summary – Summer 2018 Week 6”
As I already mentioned in my previous post, for this Summer season, this week in anime moves back a day to every Tuesday now. The reason being I don’t have any show to catch up on Tuesday, so it’s a good break to gather my thoughts on these anime I’m currently watching. This mean, I’ll run down 2 episodes of Asobi Asobase, Hanebado! and Planet With this week. As for this week 5 of Summer season, well, Asobi Asobase 04 just beat everything else in terms of pushing the limits on what this cute girls show is capable of. Many shows don’t hold up well but comedy shows seem to be consistent as ever. Let’s get right down to it.
BANANICE!!!Continue reading “Weekly Anime Summary – Summer 2018 Week 5”
Maybe I become much softer to anime medium but I think I’m the only one who feel that this season had a lot to offer. Everyone has been complaining on how weak this season is, whereas I have a hard time to cut down shows at this stage. After quite a busy week anime-wise, 3 shows are eliminated from my watching list. With the arrival of Tsukumogami, however, the list of anime I’m currently following round up to 16 shows. I might cut down some more fat in the following weeks, but as far as this week in anime goes… well, it wasn’t a satisfying week. To be fair, week 4 is always one of the low point of the season, as the freshness of the premise starts to wear out, couple with the typically scheduling production issues in anime industry. Same deal, random grouping with stupid remarks. Good luck reading my blurbs you readers. Now, Let’s get down to it.
TearAnimedrop is a Waterfall
Welcome to the first weekly coverage of this Summer season. After went through 30 plus shows in the first week (there’s some new additions to the First Impression post. Go check them out), less than half of them make the cut at this stage. As of now, 16 shows remain, basically from Happy Sugar Life downward in the rank, plus 2 ongoing shows from last season. I’ll cut down the list once we go through 3 episodes of everything, and once more time when we reach the halfway point. Another change to this weekly format is that I don’t see the point of ranking them week to week anymore. Instead, I’ll group them by some random category. It’d be more fun that way. For reference, this period last season I also had 16 shows before cut down to 10, and in Winter season I also had 16 shows before settled with 12. That means, 16 is my lucky number all the way.
With all that said, let’s get down to business, with styles:
How are my blondies doing?
Well, first off, I know I haven’t posted many new material here for the last 2 weeks, but it was more because I was in a total mood for the new season of anime. It’s always my favorite part of the season and I always regard this period as wine-tasting period. You take a sip and see which one you want for more. About this Summer 2018 season, while I agree that this season is lackluster, especially compared to the previous season with only 1 true hit Banana Fish, there are a surprisingly rich under-the-radar, sleeper hits from wide range across many genres (we have sports, comedy and even “idol” shows for a chance). This season turns out to be much better than I thought it would be, at least so far.
So far, I’ve watched 30 new shows with some shows yet to air until next weekend, which I’ll update here once I watch it. Those remaining shows are Aguu: Tensai Ningyou (from Chinese web Manhua which no one care to sub), Tsukumogami Kashimasu and Muhyo to Rouji no Mahoritsu Soudan Jimusho (on that note, you won’t find the 3rd season of Attack on Titan here as I fall off that Titan’s wheel during its second season). I’ll group the shows based on colour code (see below), and while I don’t officially rank them, the order we have here is from my least to most favorite. Let’s do this: