Although I’m still catching up on the season just gone, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with this new season of anime. In these weekly roundups, I’ll be going through each show I’m watching and talk about the episode that aired this week. Opening week is always the most important, creating a lasting impression is key to sustaining a hefty audience. Let’s see how this season has fared so far.
When a show that, admittedly, had a lot of flaws and was pushed to the sidelines gets a second season, there is always a feeling of caution towards it. What some would consider a waste of time for the last season, dedicating your time to another thirteen episodes can be quite the commitment. Well let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions you can make. Throwing aside the flat comedy and going ham with the action, drama and animation has re-sparked the light in Bungo Stray Dogs.
Mob Psycho 100, undeniably the fan favourite of the season and for a plethora of very good reasons. The mastermind behind the creation of the One Punch Man manga known as ONE receives another TV anime of his other manga of the same name. I’ve been waiting to write about this show since the first episode aired. Trademark sketchy lines and simple character designs are back on our screens once again in all of their over animated and breathtakingly stunning glory.
91 Days, a show that promised a new way to present an anime. A show that would throw away the traditional anime tropes and truly tell a story that was different to what we had seen before. The previews looked great, a true historical action drama! After the slight disappointment that was Joker Game, I was hoping this show would rekindle my love for period dramas. For the most part, it succeeded in that regard, I really did enjoy this show for a while but to say that it did everything right wouldn’t be fair in the slightest.
As with every season of anime, there is always that one show that everyone’s talking about. For this year, Winter had Boku Machi (you can check out my review of that here), Spring gave us Re:Zero and Summer brought Mob Psycho 100. While those shows indefinitely deserve the spotlight and fans will flock to greatness, more often than not this results on this concept of hidden gems. Shows that garner a small yet dedicated fanbase that are sometimes pushed aside in the multitude of “Top 10” lists and “Season Spotlights”. As of writing this piece, we’re roughly halfway through the season so I’ll be giving my thoughts on some of the shows this season in no particular order.
Everyone remembers the first anime they watched, either a childhood memory of Saturday morning Pokemon or delving deep into the medium as a teenager with shows like Full Metal Alchemist or Dragonball Z. First impressions are the most important factor when trying something different and watching a sub-par show can leave a poor taste in your mouth and turn you away from anime forever. Or you can be like me and enjoy watching terrible shows because you know nobody else will. Regardless, I’ve put together a list of shows that I think are perfect for newcomers to anime.
Joker Game gives an insight into a pre World War II industrial Japan though the eyes of expertly trained D-Agency spies. Based on the novel written by Koji Yanagi, this action packed spy thriller will keep you hooked from the title sequence. Follow the intense missions Japan’s most cunning, quick-thinking and combat ready operatives.
Trigger is responsible for shows that have single handedly saved weaker seasons, slowly working up a respected name for themselves. Along with their hit Kiznaiver, Spring 2016 gave us another Trigger spectacular in the form of a completely normal schoolgirl. Or at least that’s what she likes to tell herself. Space Patrol Luluco is the 5th anniversary show for the studio and is an absolute treat for fans of the studio and newcomers alike.
Continue reading “Space Patrol Luluco: An ordinary schoolgirl in an extraordinary world [Review]”
Mayoiga – The drama mystery show with a dull plot and cast of primarily boring characters. When I first saw the PV for this show I had high hopes. Recently Diomedea has a habit of alternating between cookie cutter romance comedy shows and generic action shows; so I was hoping this would help their stagnation since KanColle. In a sense, it did. Admittedly I did enjoy the show’s experimental visuals at times and there were a few characters that I didn’t want to execute. But I think the real monster of the show is the absence of any creative or entertaining writing.
Musaigen no Phantom World is Kyoto Animation’s first show of 2016 following their last show of 2015, Hibike! Euphonium. If I were to have no information about KyoAni and their past work, Phantom World would seem pretty decent and a fair demonstration of a studio’s ability, but knowing what this studio is capable of, I can’t help but be disappointed in this show. Not even the cute girls or the endless amounts of fan-service could make me see this show in a good light.