2018 Fall Anime, Weekly Anime Summary

Weekly Anime Summary – Fall 2018 Week 4

The anime this week is pretty solid overall. I watched 16 shows and I had an enjoyable watching them. I might cut down 1 or 2 shows come next few weeks but I’m pretty happy with the line-up so far. Many shows kick into full gear (like the formidable Thunderbolt Fantasy 2 or Karakuri Circus), while others just content of being themselves (lookin’ at you Golden Kamuy). While again I don’t have clear favorites, the wealth of this Fall’s selection, spanning across many genres and settings, is something worth happy about. You might say I’m an optimistic dude, but at long as we have “there’s too many anime to watch” as a complain, it’s not a bad place to be at all. As for my film projects, rest assured that I’ll be back this week. 

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2018 Fall Anime, Weekly Anime Summary

Weekly Anime Summary – Fall 2018 Week 2-3

So this new season has run in full gear now that all the titles have settled in and showed their true skins (well, most of them anyways). If you’ve read my First Impression post,  basically I continue to follow all the shows from Kishuku Gakkou No Juliet downward, so basically 16 shows in total.  3 weeks in, 1 show OUT, and Tsurune’s gonna replace its spot for now. Couple more shows I’m not too sure about but I’m willing to give them some more chance. As far as this Fall season goes, there still isn’t any show that I would put it on an elite level, but the worthwhile list sure is crowded. While Zombieland Saga stumbles in its 3rd episode, SSSS.GRIDMAN and Bunny Girl senpai continue to prove that they still have tricks under their sleeves; and even more traditional fares like Karakuri Circus or Fuiterui still provide a whole lotta fun. For RErideD and Double Decker, I know that more episodes came out but for now for my sanity sake I’ll keep an episode per week. Another thing of note is that due to my own timing, for this Fall season I’ll post this either on my Monday or Tuesday (Monday would be ideal but I have more time and less work on Tuesday). With all that said, let’s scroll down to see all the fruits of this Fall season’s offering, with some random grouping just for the heck of it.

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Anime, Seasonal Anime Review

Seasonal Anime Review: Fall 2018 First Impression (Full updated)

While there are some shows still lagging behind, we’ve pretty much had the general sip of what this new season has to offer. Although personally I don’t have a clear favorite (my top shows are the lowest since I’ve taken this job), there are many shows that genuinely surprise me. Who would’ve thought an anime with “Bunny Girl senpai” in the title can be this solid, or shows like Zombieland Saga and SSSS Gridman that defy their own tropes in every turn? On the negative side, I can regard this season as the season of bad-taste rape-attempts. From yaoi show about a romance between two sexy boys poisoned by attempted rape; goblins sexual assault to loli abuse, incest romance and a boy who travels to another world to make love with 12 different girls. This season has it all. Same deal, I’ll rank those show down, starting from worst to best. The rating I give is based on the Color code.

In general, this season, I’ve watched and reviewed the total of 32 new episodes (no sequel or shorts included, unless otherwise noted). At this moment there are 3 shows left from the list: Ingress (which is licensed by Netflix), Tsurune (which is delayed due to typhoon) and Kitsune no Koe (already out but no sub available) [update: it’s a short), Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur which will add as soon as they’re available online.

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Directors' Corner, Shunji Iwai

Shunji Iwai’s Filmography Part 2: Swallowtail Butterfly, April Story & All About Lily Chou-Chou

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I’m glad I managed to reach the 100th for the Silver Moon site before this two week hiatus. I’m not sure if when I come back I have this much time to watch and blog films (the last two weeks I’ve watched and reviewed movies like a madman, one post per day on average), but I’m well intended to update this site regularly. This next batch of Shunji Iwai is an intriguing one. Many people would point this period as Iwai’s peak of his career, and indeed, I can see his ambition towards those projects. In a way, these three films keep redefine my perception of him as an auteur director. The first thing would be his small-based Western exposure compared to many other contemporary Japanese directors. At first I thought it was because he was the type of director who appeal to the native audience than the rest until Swallowtail Butterfly (1996) completely blows my mind. The film has an international cast, it features multi-linguist dialogues and while it’s set in Japan, the film is shot throughout Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore and Iwai edits it in America. In fact, the crew only regards the film as 30% Japanese. Which brings me to the next point, so then why his films don’t have a huge international appeal despite he was one of the few Japanese of his time to cast international cast, and eventually make films in America?

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2018 Spring Anime, Weekly Anime Summary

Weekly Anime Summary – Summer 2018 Week 12

With week 12, a handful of shows reach their final episodes. They mostly wrap up nicely, thankfully, even lesser shows like Shichisei ends on a high note or Hanebado and Tsukumogami are looking good in their last leg. I sure will miss Asobi Asobase and whatever hijinks it came up with: butt-lazer, foul-mouth sexbot, whatever… I love them all. After 6 consecutive climax after climax, Planet With finally ends. Still pretty much closes its threads skillfully.  Also, as a last note, this post will be the last Weekly Anime of this Summer season, as I will take a 2-week break overseas. The next post regarding anime will be in 3 weeks with the Final Impressions of the Summer anime, followed by the mega-post First Impression of the next Fall Season. Now, enjoy the last look in Summer anime offerings, starting with all those shows that finished this week.

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