With most of these shows consisting of a twelve episode run time, we’re already at the midpoint in this season! Probably down to this weekly roundup system, but it doesn’t even feel like we’re halfway through the season at all for me. Yet here we are, although not every series is paced very well for this milestone to feel meaningful, there was a slight shift in narrative progression this week. For the most part, the storyline within each respective show has been set up for a while now and it’s here that we finally get to see some true progression. Although at the cost of some episode’s pacing grinding to a halt, to call this a weak roundup wouldn’t be exactly fair. A couple shows in mind as I write this, Week Six definitely showcased what a series can do after the amount of character development accomplished in their first half.
Without a doubt, this has been my favourite week of the season so far (and it’s gonna be difficult to top). Although not every episode has been a 10/10, those that did succeed have made up for the slack a hundred times over. Not only did some of these episodes bring me to tears – even after a second viewing – but there was an incredible amount of humour brought to this week. As much as I wanted to load this post with animated GIFs and screenshot collections, I reigned myself in and did my best to keep a calm and collected head. Except for New Game!! where it basically became an “I adore Hifumi rant”, but I suppose you’re all used to it by now.
What a hectic week this has been, with some of the strongest shows moving all the way down my personal list I guess this is the result of the rule-of-three system. Don’t believe that the week wasn’t without its highlights though – one of my favourite episodes of the year aired this week and warranted an entire video dissecting it. Although not a positive highlight, an episode this week also made me physically nauseous so it’s definitely been one hell of a week.
With seasonal anime conforming to the social formality where “the rule of three” makes or breaks a series, this third week can be considered the most crucial time is a show’s run-time. All in all, there have been no considerably drastic leaps or dips with this week but some of these episodes have really shone from what we saw last time. As much as I would like to watch every show this season, it isn’t viable considering the time sink so in this week’s roundup I will also be saying whether I am dropping or continuing each show.
In this second week, all the shows I plan to watch have finally began airing and they wasted no time in drawing me in. Although not every show presented such a strong start, this week is one of the key milestones in whether or not viewers will decide to continue or drop a series. With a few surprises and some shows clearly conserving their strength, this week without a doubt had its moments.