I have not returned to my routine for rewatching my anime discs, but I was busy this last week catching up with Dragon Ball Super. So far it has not been that good, but it is at least entertaining and nostalgic.
1. Attack on Titan 2 - Duh; of course I am watching this highly anticipated sequel.
2. Sakura Quest - It started slow, but hopefully it improves.
3. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul - The first episode was fantastic and very promising.
4. The Eccentric Family 2 - I hope it recaptures the magic of season one.
5. Grimoire of Zero - This indeed looks like a solid and promising fantasy show.
6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria - Hopefully it has something worthy to offer.
7. Tsuki ga Kirei - It looks like a cute and charming teenage romance.
8. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat - I generally liked the first season.
9. Natsume's Book of Friends 6 - More of this franchise is always good.
10. Re: CREATORS - A reverse trapped in a game show that at least seems entertaining.
1. Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 2, episodes 9-12 (Very good) - This second cour ends up not being as great and emotionally intense as the first cour, but it offers a solid conclusion to its amazing characters. Overall both seasons of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju make an excellent drama that is very interesting and heartfelt.
2. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, episodes 8-13 (Good) - I suppose this show qualifies as something that was a pleasant surprise for me this season. I thought that this series was just going to be about girls doing comedy aimed at otaku, but it also has genuinely heartwarming dramatic moments. This characteristic was especially highlighted in its last three episodes.
3. Fuuka, episodes 10-12 (Decent) - For two or three episodes in the second half there were moments when this show seemed to be going in a direction I did not like, but the last two episodes were able to direct and conclude the story in a way pleasing to me. And I do realize that this is not a good anime, but I had a good time with most of it.
4. Scum's Wish, episodes 8-12 (Good) - Things were getting darker and darker for the main characters of this dark and thought-provoking teen drama. But in the last third of this series the characters are redeemed, and the show ends with a sad and uplifting message about maturing. I did not always enjoy Scum's Wish, but it is a worthy experience.
5. March Comes in Like a Lion, episodes 20-22 (Good) - At the midpoint this show still had a chance to improve by diminishing the unfunny comedy and focusing more on poignant drama, which the show can do very well when it wants. Instead the status quo was maintained, but a strong last episode and the confirmation of a second season gives me some hope.
6. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc, episodes 9-12 (Good) - I really liked how this new season of Blue Exorcist began, and although good quality was held throughout, my excitement started to diminish in its second half. This was a solid season that kept showing great potential for this franchise, but unfortunately we might not see more anime content.
7. Twin Stars Exorcists, episodes 46-50 (So-so) - This series ends in a satisfying but predictable and kind of cheesy way. I am glad this mediocre show, who I foolishly followed for a year, is over. It is certainly not the worst anime I have ever watched, but I wish it had been a two cours show aimed at otaku and made by a more capable animation studio.
It has been too long since I posted anything, but I did watch some stuff. I watched Keijo!!!!!!!!, and I confirmed that even with all the big butts and breasts, it is not a perverted ecchi show. It is more or less a sports show with weird but very likable characters. I then rewatched Gundam 0083 on BD, and even if the writing is weak, its astonishing productions values shine better than ever in high definition. Finally, I rewatched Steins;Gate along with the 2013 sequel movie. The series is still fantastic, and the movie is not that good, but it is satisfying in the end.
I have been having an unusual week and forgot to blog last week. I finally watched my BD's of Attack on Titan. I still think that it is a work with a lot of potential, and I hope this upcoming new season starts delivering with that potential. I have not rewatched any other titles, but I am close to finish watching the original Rurouni Kenshin anime series. I might post a new post in two weeks.
I look forward to new episodes
1. Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 2, episodes 5-8 (Good) - It keeps getting better.
2. Scum's Wish, episodes 4-7 (Good) - Still compelling, but it seems to be evolving.
3. Fuuka, episodes 6-9 (Decent) - Still enjoyable to watch.
Enjoyment varies week to week
4. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, episodes 4-7 (Good) - Still cute and occasionally heart warming.
5. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc, episodes 5-8 (Good) - Still solid, but my enthusiasm is decreasing.
Do not like much but can tolerate
6. Twin Stars Exorcists, episodes 42-45 (So-so) - The climax continues to be solid.
7. March Comes in Like a Lion, episodes 16-19 (Good) - I am so ready for it to end.
This week I rewatched Robotics;Notes, which has become one of my favorite anime series because its a simple and fun show that lets me relax and take it easy. I also had time to rewatch The Eccentric Family in large part in preparation for the upcoming second season, but it is a nice anime that I like.
This week on a sort of a whim I decided to rewatch the first season of Full Metal Panic! I suppose that the upcoming new series made up want to appraise this franchise. I had the intention of rewatching Fumoffu, but that show is too dumb and not really funny. I, however, had fun rewatching The Second Raid. My opinion on the FMP anime franchise has not changed much, but the first season is better than I remember.
I then watched two anime movies for the first time. I first watched Paprika, and it is definitely a weird Satoshi Kon film, but it is not that good. I then watched Summer Wars; it has an exciting and strong first half, but the rest of the movie is weakened by the cyber technology angle that never seems to fit with the humanistic themes of this film. Finally I watched Akame ga KILL!; it is a strong and highly digestible show even with all the bloody violence and simple premise.
This week I finally got around to watching RahXephon. And it indeed has similarities with Evangelion, which is disappointing because I feel that the unique parts of RahXephon's premise would have been enough to sustain the show. Still, watching RahXephon was worth it. I also had time to watch No. 6, which is a solid show. I finally watched the entertaining but mediocre Triage X.
This was another busy week of anime watching. I first rewatched ERASED, and found it to be of better quality in this revisit. I then rewatched Amagi Brilliant Park in large part to check out the dub Sentai produced. The show is very good, and the dub is nice. I finally watched both seasons of Bungo Stray Dogs, and it is a decent show with weird stuff and some nice moments.