Anime watched: Not much to add this week either. I did not rewatch anime of my anime series, but I plan to watch one next time. I did, however, watched a movie. I watched Millennium Actress, and I was very impressed by it.
Anime watched: This week I rewatched Samurai Champloo. I continue to like and enjoy that series a lot. I downgraded it a bit, but it is still a great anime.
Anime watched: This was a lazy week where I only kept up with my simulcasts. But this is a good chance to mention that I watched about 30 episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho with the hope that I would up enjoying this relatively short shounen, action-adventure title with the intention of buying it on BD, but it did not work for me. I have had better luck with Ushio and Tora, which I have been slowly watching for several weeks; so far things are looking good.
1. Flying Witch, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - Slice of life that is pastoral and contemplative is among my favorite kind of anime. Because of that Flying Witch is right up my alley. And even though it is a solid show, I am not enjoying it as much as I would like to. But it is still early, and I hope it becomes better and turns into something more along the lines of the very satisfying Gingitsune.
2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, episodes 1-3 (Good) - This show continues to be an action and visuals fest. It is true that it is similar to Attack on Titan, but Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress appears to want to be its own thing. I am satisfied with an adrenaline heavy, visual spectacle show, but if Kabaneri turns into a well written series, I would consider that a welcome bonus.
3. Kiznaiver, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - This show continues to ride on the promise that something cool and/or interesting is coming. Episode 4 did several things right, but the series still feels far away from the promised place. And I do not mind it leisurely pace, but if this series is going to only be 12 or 13 episodes long, things need to go up several notches in the next 2-3 episodes.
4. Re:Zero, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - I am not adverse to otaku fantasy shows, but they tend to be too dumb and silly. But Re:Zero is doing some refreshing things that so far I am enjoying enough to keep watching. The particularity of the premise is intriguing, but it could help or hurt the show, depending on how it is implemented. I hope things continue to be solid.
5. Joker Game, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - This is the prestige show of the season because it has a phenomenal studio behind it, an intriguing and somewhat interesting premise and is being written with an adult audience in mind. But so far it has been a series of mostly self-contained episodes without a solid overarching narrative. Its production values are the highlight.
6. Twin Star Exorcists, episodes 1-4 (So-so) - This continues to be a formulaic action, supernatural show, but I keep liking it. The titular characters are very likable to the point of becoming adorable. I hope things continue to build upon and get better.
7. Mayoiga, episodes 1-5 (So-so) - This continues to be a ridiculous horror-mystery show. There are signs of potential improvement, but they could be a big mirage. The best thing I can say about Mayoiga is that it is entertaining, and I keep laughing at it.
Anime watched: This week I watched my Shirobako BD's. My opinions of it remains the same. It is a show that I admired, and I am happy that it exists, but I cannot love it that much. I also had time to watch my BD's of the first part of Chaika: The Coffin Princess. It is a simple show, but it remains entertaining and fun to me. I am also satisfied with the English dub that Sentai made.
Anime watched: I first rewatched Planetes, and, like with the other great classic series I have rewatched recently, I was more impressed this time around. Its visuals and story are not that great, but the character writing and pace are very strong. Planetes might be the best anime series that Sunrise has made. I also watched my imported BD copy of Macross: Do You Remember Love?, and it is an over the top but enjoyable audiovisual experience.
Anime bought: Sentai's second part of Shirobako on BD and the latest Japanese BD release of Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Anime watched: I had planned to watch more anime this week, but I only rewatched Tari Tari, which I continue to enjoy and like a lot. I also watched Ajin: Demi-Human on Netflix, and it has potential to be good, but its 13 episodes are only the first part of a larger story.
Anime industry: Crunchyroll and Kadokawa have formed a partnership. It looks like a great deal on paper to me because this will allow Crunchyroll to have a steady source of anime, and Kadokawa will gain a bigger presence in the North American market.
This season is looking weak and because of that, I am only following 7 series in a weekly basis. I will watch other series in an irregular basis, but I will not report on them or rank them.
1. Flying Witch - Yes, this contemplative, slice of life-ish show is all I expected it to be.
2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Yep, it has great visuals and excitement.
3. Kiznaiver - It has the look and style I anticipated, but it seems kind of dark.
4. Joker Game - It had a confusing start, but I can enjoy cerebral stuff.
5. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World - A lost in a fantasy world show that seems to have an intriguing and potentially very interesting premise.
6. Mayoiga - This horror, mystery show seems to have potential, but its start was shaky.
7. Twin Star Exorcists - This monsters, action show is cliche, but it looks fun.
Anime watched: This week I watched Ouran High School Host Club mostly to see if it continued to hold up for me, and it does not. It is still a very strong anime, but it is not for me anymore. I also had time to watch The Future Diary. It is very crappy, but I might never forget it.
Anime watched: This week felt hectic to me. It is probably because I do not watch any other anime besides my simulcasts on Saturdays and Sundays. But last Saturday I watched the Evangelion Rebuild movies, and I am a big fan of how 2.22 was constructed and executed. I then watched my DVD's of Gunbuster, and the anime still holds well. I finally watched Haruchika because I felt that I should have followed it in a weekly basis. And I was right because I liked it.
Anime bought: Aniplex USA's DVD volumes 1 ans 2 of Durarara!!x2.