This week has taught me how difficult it is to manage seven series when half of the week consisted of being drunk in a club or hungover in my dorm. Nonetheless, I’ve done my absolute best to keep this Weekly Roundup on time and of the quality you’ve come to expect. Although it’s been a haze for the majority of this week, each show has continued to impact me in their own ways. Neither a genuine or backhanded compliment, memorable will always be the word to describe this season and week eleven doesn’t lose that title. We may be reaching the conclusion stage of Summer 2017 as a season, but apparently not everyone got the memo as some episodes continued to delve deep into the heart of their series. With surprisingly detailed fight sequences in shows I’d never predict and narratives attempting to ease off, this week has been a difficult one to digest.
Depending on what shows I’ve seen by the time this goes up, this could be a very different style of the Weekly Roundup. So this has been one of the most hectic weeks in a long time, moving into my dorm for University hasn’t left much time at all for anime. As of now I’m writing the introduction in advance and this week seems to be a pretty strong one. Even though some of my personal favourites aren’t performing quite on form and the ones I love to slate are trying to redeem themselves, it’s not been a terrible time so far.
Let it be known that Week Nine of Summer 2017 was dedicated to providing some top quality Maid Service. More so than ever before, this week had some incredible heights and some catastrophic lows. As a whole, it’s been a pretty strong week when the shows all balance out. While that all sounds alright, that does leave some of these shows in a very bad spot for the latter end of the season. Although we’ve seen some of the best individual sequences of the season, a small portion of quality can’t always make up for an all-round dull episode. Thankfully, not every series fell to this effect (I’m looking at you Welcome to the Ballroom) so let’s delve into Week Nine of the summer season!
It was inevitable that a dedicated article to the fan-dubbed genre of “Cute Girls Doing Cute Things” would surface on this website. After more than one episode of the Truly Trash Podcast revolving around the concept (my piece on Relaxing Anime subtly trying to weave it in), I am passionate about the Slice of Life genre. That’s all inclusive from emotional series to laid back ones. However, I often find that because these two are sorted into the same category of Slice of Life, the more laidback series are often pushed aside or ridiculed for their inherent structure. With this piece, I’m hoping to blur the bridge that the anime community frequently puts in place and recommend five of my favourite shows where the Cute Girls doing Cute Things formula is used effectively. Oh and I’ll also be trying out some new scoring systems for the sake of these multi-show articles.
This week has been a hectic one for me outside of my hobby as an anime enthusiast which is why this one’s a little later than usual, sorry about that. Fret not though, every episode of the shows you expect are here this week and there is a hell of a lot to say! This appears to be the week of change, some going as drastic as to removing entire members of their main cast and others taking on a different structure altogether. Although it really hasn’t been the strongest week this season, there has been an incredibly high number of notable sequences and a couple scenes I could script an entire Piece-by-Piece episode on. Drama has been the theme and it’s been an emotionally exhaustive week for anime. Combining that with my mentally taxing preparation for University (which is starting very soon by the way), the word length on this one is going to be one for the record books.
We are officially past the halfway mark and most of these shows are still going strong! As always, no edition of the Weekly Roundup shows an entirely perfect week but some of the episodes that aired definitely deserved a near flawless score. Although these little introductory paragraphs are proving more difficult to write with each edition, I’m excited to share what I thought of this week. With AHO-Girl focusing on side characters, Knights & Magic finally getting to the point we’ve been waiting for and Made in Abyss getting much darker than expected, it’s been an eventful week.
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.
So this is the first episode of a new Video Series I’ve been wanting to make for a very, very long time. Piece by Piece is an anime analysis show where I delve into what I consider to be a well produced sequence and figure out how it’s as effective as it is. In this episode, we go deep into the cinematography and visual direction of New Game!! and how it visually presents Aoba’s struggle as a character designer amongst an experienced team. Although this took around a week to produce, this idea has been in the planning stage for months now so I hope you enjoy the video!
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.