You guys asked for it, so here it is. Alice & Zoroku is a show that I watched as it aired but dropped around episode 3 or 4 due to a lack of interest and that exams were taking full control of my schedule. First of all, thank you to everyone who told me to give this another shot because this show had a lot more going for it than I gave credit for. Not only mixing up the general supernatural escaped test subject premise that’s been done to death but working so well to present its own themes entirely. Albeit a bit late, here are my full thoughts on Alice & Zoroku.
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.
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.
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.
Boku Machi showed high promise in its previews and being somewhat of an A-1 Pictures fan, I was very excited for this show. The title in itself was intriguing enough, “The town where only I am missing”. It sounds like a line of a really pretentious poem and it clearly distinguished itself from the rest of the shows in the season.
Breaking away from the traditional and expected genre pairings is an incredibly hit or miss strategy. Although some shows have flourished in its innovation to present a fresh idea to its audiences, Haruchika fell flat on so many levels that it was upsetting to watch. Giving praise where it’s due, creating a mystery/romance narrative is quite complex and the show’s ability to juggle these themes is still quite commendable. However, when assessed as a whole series, not only were its characters unlikable and its soundtrack underwhelming, but its impact as a mystery series was so lacklustre that I doubt anyone will even remember this show in a couple of months.