Welcome to the second round of impressions for the new season of anime! I gotta say, this season is pretty polarizing for me. Most of the episodes are either very good or very bad. Very few of the episodes so far this season have fallen into the mediocre category. I'm not sure if that's good or bad myself, but here we go for wave 2! Oh and here's part 1 if you missed it :3
Let's jump right in with one of the biggest releases of the new season. Psycho Pass 2, I was extremely wary about going into because the original season was one of the very few series that had a satisfying ending. It left a few questions, but the arc of the season had a concrete opening, middle and end. So, I was wondering whether they would force the issues of the last season into repeat, or if they would expand and grow the universe. I'm happy to report that it's the latter of the two. Psycho Pass 2 confidently expands on the character of Akane making her a badass while still maintaining that there's still room for character development. It introduces new wrinkles into the society of the world of Psycho Pass that could lead to some wonderful developments down the line and it doesn't feel forced at all.
Verdict: I'm pumped for the next entry in this series!
I heard some wonderful things about this series from some people on the last wave of impressions, and it had somehow skirted under my radar before the start of the season. I have to say I'm extremely surprised at the quality of this show. I mean it's based off of a social trading card game, c'mon! That being said, the characters are interesting and our protagonist feels unique at least to recent years. The animation is top notch and the music is epic. This episode caught me really off guard, and I'm now pretty hyped. Plus, it has the best facial expressions ever.
Verdict: Believe the hype!
Karen Senki is a short form anime about a girl who is the last hope of the human race in a fight against of an ever evolving group of robots to get revenge for her dead sister. The problem for me is the animation. I get the feeling that this is going to be this season's Arpeggio of Blue Steel, a show that people seem to like, but for whatever reason I can't get through because of the 3D animation. I'm just not a fan. The story seems pretty well done, and the fight scenes are well choreographed, but I just can't get over the animation style.
Verdict: You may like this one much more than I, but I'm dropping it.
There we go, one that sinks firmly into that middle ground. Sora no Method is not a bad show, but it's not a particularly good one either. The episode gets off the ground very slowly, despite the giant flying saucer floating over the town and the pacing is such that it was very hard for me to get drawn into this world. The characterization was strong enough to make me enjoy a few of the characters, but the slow build of the show drags it down. Also, fair warning, I can see the emotional gut punch of this show coming even now. I don't know what it's going to be, but it's just going to be one of those shows, I can feel it.
This was a semi interesting episode absolutely ruined by a totally super bland main character. His sole defining trait so far is that he does everything on a routine. He's so deadpan that I don't see how this can work at all. Yuck. I mean it's a harem series about him going to a school with six other girls who all happen to be dangerous criminals, which should be entertaining, it really should be. The girl who's trying so hard to be tsundere and failing almost saved the episode, but super-bland man ruined even that. Meh.
Verdict: I'm skipping this one
This show was pretty entertaining, but it wasn't without it's flaws. I love KyoAni and the design, animation and voice acting were pretty stellar, but where it fell flat was the pacing and story departments. The show drops us immediately in a situation with no context where our female lead character is pointing a rifle at the male lead in a classroom. He barely freaks out and never questions the funky looking rifle. We're given very little information about who these characters are and the main lead is forced into a exposition heavy date at the Amagi Brilliant Park. This episode felt like less like a story and more like a writer's device to dump information on the viewer about the park. The story only really kicks in within the last five minutes or so. I want to like this series, but as it stands, I'm disappointed.
Verdict: I'm going to give it a few episodes to see if it can pick up it's game.
An anime that starts off pretty typically and then ... ends pretty typically. Daitoshokan no Hitsukjikai might be the first TRULY mediocre show of the season. There's nothing really BAD about it, it's a serviceable story about two people our main protagonist and the female lead being dragged out of their social shells, with the help of a mystical "Shepard" character. It just so happens that it takes place in a library, the plot doesn't have much to do with books so far other than the setting and that the main character likes them. The characters are entertaining, but not really memorable and the plot just sort of happens. All in all, it's pretty much the definition of ok.
Verdict: If I've got nothing else to do I'll probably watch this
My favorite new anime of the season. Seriously, the music, the animation, the voice acting, the characters personalities, the hints of what to come and the overall concept lead me to believe that this is going to be an absolute roller coaster of emotions and a lot of fun to boot. Kousei our protagonist, was a prodigy at playing piano from a young age, but due to a traumatic event he no longer plays the piano. Everything is monotone and with out color to him. (This plays out on screen in the animation and the score) Then he meets Kaori Miyazono and everything changes. The world suddenly becomes colorful, and sound returns to his world.
Verdict: LOVED EVERY SECOND!
Parasyte has some of the more disturbing visuals that I've seen in an anime that airs uncensored, in a long long time. This anime is about a young man infected with an alien parasite that wanted to eat his brain and take over his body, but the young man managed to prevent it from reaching his brain by cutting circulation to his arm. The parasite subsequently ate his hand and now lives as his right hand. The show follows him as he adjusts to his crazy new life. It's a pretty interesting concept and has some really nice animation, the pacing is good and for the most part is an entertaining story, though we're only really introduced to our main character and his parasite.
Verdict: Pretty Good!
I can already tell that this show is going to have the same mood whiplash problems that made Akame ga Kill so controversial. I personally don't have a problem with it, because I tend to just naturally no longer expect as much of it, in terms of trying to take it seriously and treat it as popcorn fodder. As such, it's entertaining and mindless fun. Something you could probably enjoy on the go, in-between classes or meetings or whatever.
Verdict: Mindless fun
Holy crap, how saccharine sweet can one show get?! I get that some people like this sort of thing, and some of the girls are entertaining, but it almost became so focused on being cute that it became painful to watch.
Verdict: Definitely not for me, though it was cute
That was so absurd... that it kind of worked? I feel like this is going to be a total guilty pleasure show for me. It's really totally about everything I dislike about anime all in one show, but it plays all of it with a wink and a nudge as if to say, "yeah we know about all the stereotypes and ridiculous things in anime, here let's turn it up to eleven and see what happens." What happens is an entertaining parody that had me laughing at the sheer zaniness of it all. The premise is that our hero is a Twintail hair style fanatic, so much so that he runs around shouting about it. It turns out that a group of aliens are stealing the part of human's identity that makes them love twintails, because of course they are. The only thing that our protagonist can do is accept the weird bracelet of a total pervert that he meets. It allows him to change into a defender of justice and twintails! There is a side effect however, it turns him into a twintails girl himself!
Verdict: I can't help myself, that was fun!
Let's finish this batch the way we started! with one of the biggest releases of the "season." I put season in quotes because this one's being released by Netflix meaning, if you want to watch it as it comes out, you'll need to strap on your eyepatch. That aside, this one's a real treat for any of the readers of the manga, it hops off the page just like I imagined! The only difference so far, being that I thought that hawk the pig would have a deeper voice. The show focuses on Elizabeth, a girl who is looking for a group of legendary criminals known as the "Seven Deadly Sins" and their adventures along the way. Melodias is a mobile bar owner who runs into Elizabeth and aids her in her quest. Any ways, it's a pretty standard shonen, in structure, but where Taizai shines is it's execution. The pacing is fantastic and the art is great. If you like shonen at all this one watches like a love letter to the genre.
Verdict: I loved it!
Edit: I forgot to put this down here, but have you seen any of these shows? If so, what do you think of them, agree with me? disagree? Any other shows that I've missed so far this season? let me know in the comments! Discussion is always fun :3