Finally a season with shows that look worth watching! Been like a year since I really posted in this topic.
ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
Episodes Watched: 6
This show has style beyond belief, but there isn’t much substance. Let’s start with the style. Groovy beats. Distinct character designs. Garbage tier animation. Those are the three ingredients of ACCA. As for the substance, bad exposition and some okay detective work. It isn’t exactly Log Horizon, but it manages to be fun. That doesn’t sound like a raving review, but honestly, I find it very easy to overlook the animation woes, and once I get a glimpse of the mystery underneath ACCA it is hard to let go, so the show does a good job of keeping me watching.
CHAIN CHRONICLE: Haecceitas no Hikari
Episodes Watched: 3
Animation stands out as the greatest aspect of the show, looking similar to the modern Arslan at times, specifically in battles. Music is pretty standard late-80’s going into 90’s JRPG stuff, as is the story. It’s kinda sad to say that a lot of modern shows could fit naturally into the 90’s if given an animation style change. The scene hasn’t grown much in some regards, and this is one of the more obvious cases.
Ah well, if you want something to replace your Aslan or Yona cravings, or you are super into Fire Emblem Heroes, this MIGHT be for you? I’m probably gonna sit out though.
Episodes Watched: 6
There are few shows that encapture me in such a way, where I no longer see it as a product that was created and start seeing it as a story unfolding before my eyes. Nevertheless I did notice things that the show has messed up with. Something the show really lacks is a feeling of suspense. They managed to capture it briefly with a nice first person view, but it didn’t stay around for long, and with just the normal anime appearance there isn’t much visually to make a viewer uncomfortable. Also the show is a bit too obvious when it comes to foreshadowing, and that kinda ruins the suspense. I noticed it heavily in the third and forth episode, but the over-teasing of information is spread throughout. Single-frame flashback teases linger too long, certain actions and appearances are made incredibly apparent. A lot of it looks like nods to VN readers, but I kinda feel like I already have the story tied together… Didn’t get that with Chaos;Head or Steins;Gate.
Oh and my god the OP song is catchy but the visuals are so damn spoilery. Why does this always happen? Also Crunchyroll’s subs for this suck. Why does THIS always happen?
Demi-chan wa Kataritai
Episodes Watched: 7
Half of Demi-chan wa Kataritai is basically a CGDCT show with monster girls with some subtle anti-discrimination morals attached. I know that both the Cute Girls fans and the Monster Girls fans are very dedicated to watching shows of said genres, so I imagine this show has a very obvious audience that it wants to capture.
The second half is… educational? About monster girls… Fictional education, if that’s a thing. This mix means it is a weird show for me to comment on, as I don’t like CGDCT shows very often, however monster girl shows usually end up being interesting simply for the way they adapt and subvert classic mythological tales. Also this show has a vampire, and as I hail from the land of Dracula, I’m partial to vampires.
Outside of the interesting insight into monster girls, and some feelgood from the cuteness, I don’t have many thoughts on the show. There’s some nice expressions, and the characters are all very charming, but it isn’t New Game level of good, and it isn’t bad in any regard, so it is just… fun. The show does have some depth in regards to life as a human, life as a demi, and the distinctions and similarities between, as well as the effect it has on other people, and that is probably the greatest aspect of the show. That enough should make it a standout in the CGDCT genre.
Oh, and has anyone else ever wondered how Dullahan are born? Does the head come out separate, or do they disconnect after birth, or… what exactly happens there?
Kuzu no Honkai
Episodes Watched: 6
Essentially a Tomoko Oshima MV. Each episode begins with one of the cast telling a story of what made them so damn messed up.
Kuzu no Honkai has a distinct visual style that I’d liken to an animated manga more than a conventional anime. The show rarely settles on an individual screen, employing multiple frames to show a scene, similar to what the recent Gate anime did (though much better.) When it isn’t using multiple frames however, it settles on a weirdly sized box to fit the screen in, because a normal full-screen or wide-screen presentation is too cool for this show. It does create a slight claustrophobic atmosphere, but I feel there are better ways to do that. Speaking of atmosphere, Kuzu no Honkai never really figures one out. A dark atmosphere will randomly cut to a chibi scene, and then go straight back to something not-so-pleasant. I know that shows don’t have to keep a consistent feel, or give a feeling of resolution to each scene, and some anime manage to do that well. Kuzu no Honkai however just ends up feeling wishy-washy and it always misses the mark. It has some nice scenes, but it doesn’t piece together all that well. Half the time I’m really interested, but I spend a lot of the time just bored and waiting for the episode to end so I can hear that ED (haven’t heard Sayuri since ERASED!)
I have to give some praise specifically to the third episode though. If the rest of the series is like the third episode, I will probably enjoy it a lot.
Masamune-kun no Revenge
Episodes Watched: 7
Knockoff Erina and Kirito’s head put on Prompto’s body star in a romance anime!.
This show is serious garbage. It’s hard to not go on a rant and just list all the negatives, but let’s just say this show was unfortunate to air during the same season as Seiren and Kuzu no Honkai.
For some positives, the music guys went to town, Tae is cute, and Hayami Saori is in the show.
Episodes Watched: 4
Seiren is a romance show using an omnibus format, like Amagami, but not awful.
Seiren is all about the romance. Entirely. Visually it isn’t impressive and there are some strange decisions made at times, such as scenes where background characters are frozen mid-action. Clearly someone in charge couldn’t decide between pure scenery or overlaying action for the backgrounds. The music is what you’d expect from any kind of dating sim, which isn’t to say it’s unpleasant, but it is generally just white noise outside of a few key scenes.
What I loved, no, adored about Seiren was the romance. I love when a show gets a MC I find creepy or annoying, and a girl who I don’t care for in any way, and make me fall for them both. Seiren did that perfectly in 4 episodes, and most importantly it felt natural. The MC was a person, who jumped from comical to bashful to a normal quiet at the correct times. The heroine of the 4 episodes also felt very natural. She swore casually, wasn’t the typical idol or anti-idol that girls tend to be portrayed as in anime, and had a personality that was less a common trope and more defining traits like a real person would have. You know when describing someone is hard and not much comes to mind outside of basic things, but you know how that person would talk and react to things? That’s what I get here. Heck, this anime had a scene that included a shot of those marks you get when you wear trousers that are too tight around the waist. When do you see blemishes or bruises in anime like that?
I know a lot of my love for this show is coming from someone with a history experiencing such things and having expectations betrayed in good ways, but I can tell that, unlike some of my favorite shows, Seiren would be a good anime to show someone who had never seen a romance. MAAAAAN IT IS GOOD TO HAVE SOME NICE ROMANCE ANIME AGAIN.
Also the next 4 episodes appear to be about that girl with the messy hair, and I am all aboard for that. Choo choooo~
Episodes Watched: 6
There’s some nice animation, some good battles, a damn amazing protagonist, but most importantly… This is The Great War. The war where no one knew how to fight. The war where thousands upon thousands died for no reason. And in that war is a man who has lived in our modern times, who has been granted ridiculously strong powers, and pitted against the entire world by God. This is similar to a related show named Overlord (which I’ve covered previously) but so much better. This is a strategy game player finding out the enemy team is low level ai. This is being 2 eras ahead in Civ, or capital diving in HOI, or only using one unit in Fire Emblem. Of course it won’t last that way. People will catch on as the show progresses I assume (or we’ll reach the non-ending of the show) but the evolution of war will be fun to witness.
ALSO LOOK HOW AMAZING THE LIGHT NOVEL COVERS ARE!
I’m also watching Konosuba 2, Fuuka, Piace, Handshakers, Maidragon, LWA, SPIRITPACT, and elDLIVE. Half of them are pretty awful, a few are just fun with little substance, and a couple are sequels.