Shockingly enough, I’m actually watching enough anime this season to warrant doing more than a single wrap-up post. This will be in the shorter list-like format.
[Standard disclaimer: Not necessarily spoiler free.]
1. Sansha Sanyou [▲▼new] – 2 ep, 9/10 – [95% import]
I usually outright pass on watching any show licensed by Funi, but this is Manga Time Kirara so I’m making an exception and watching raws. I haven’t seen a Douga Koubou show that I really liked since, uhhh, GJ-bu in 2013? So it was awesome to see that they’re in top form for this show. It excels with both over-the-top exaggerated motion and also the smaller, casual movements that bring otherwise normal scenes to life. It’s a top tier production for sure. My real love in the show right now, though, is Hayama Teru. The glasses-and-braids iinchou is rarely my type but that’s just the human skin she wears in polite society. Underneath is a snarky, scheming, scary demon. Who uh, really loves cute kittens? And then in episode two we meet her sister Kou, which leaves me no doubt that it’s all about the Hayamas in this show.
T2. Bakuon!! [▲▼new] – 1 ep, 8/10 – [75% import]
Bold and attention-grabbing character art drew me into this pretty quickly. The CG bikes (and CG riders for medium/long shots) are really off-putting but it’s not in-your-face enough to hurt the show too much. The cast has been pulled together already by the end of episode two and I’m pretty certain Rin is going to be my favorite. I love her mood swings and ridiculous backstory, and she’s also got that Kagami (Lucky Star) sort of personality I find very appealing. I like the others too, but Rin really steals the show. Hijiri looks like she’ll be a one-note character but that note resulted a particularly great game of Chicken in episode two, so I’m grateful for that.
T2. Flying Witch [▲▼new] – 2 ep, 8/10 – [75% import]
Non Non Biyori may be over but its lazy Japanese countryside adventures live on in Flying Witch. Their area is a lot more built up than Non Non’s but it’s still got that ~feeling~ I enjoy so much. This show’s stand-out strength at the moment is stellar comedic timing. It never fails to deliver punchlines at the ideal time and the characters’ reactions are always spot on. Especially Chizuru! I’m really eager to see her and Makoto develop a strong sisterly bond, because they’re dangerously cute together. Flying Witch is going to make for the perfect show to end my weekends. Just that little bit of relaxation before I remember here’s another hellish week of work head of me.
4. Anne-happy [▲▼new] – 2 ep, 7/10 – [50% import]
I thought a Manga Time Kirara show would be a guaranteed import but this one has the bad luck to get compared to the much better Sansha Sanyou. During episode one I felt like Oonuma’s style was really holding the show back but my opinion went up considerably with episode two. Everything clicked way better with the three leads being together from the start of the episode. I’m eager for the last two to join up (especially because they seem intended to be paired up) and I’m actually kinda interested in what’s going on behind the scenes at the school. More like episode two than episode one and I’ll probably pick this up. One advantage it does have is that despite hilariously strong surface similarities to Sansha Sanyou it’s a very different kind of show to actually watch so they don’t really step on each other’s toes.
5. Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Diamond wa Kudakenai [▲▼new] – 3 ep, 6/10
I guess I’m in too deep to stop now. I didn’t like the first episode at all, but 2-3 helped bring it back. Doesn’t hurt that this is easily the best I can remember Jojo looking production-wise. The scene transitions get a lot of love and really fit the aesthetic well. Jousuke also seems to have a lot more potential than Joutarou, who I always found kinda boring (though his current role as mentor might actually be a very good thing for him). I mean, Stardust Crusaders was carried by Joseph, Polnareff, and Avdol.
1. Pan de Peace [▲▼new] – 3 ep, 6/10 – [80% import]
I was terribly disappointed to find out this was a short. I’m desperate for a Koufuku Graffiti replacement. ;_; This show is fine, but it’s over so fast I barely get to settle in before the episode ends. I’ll very likely import it anyway, because it’s cute and kinda gay and will be a single disc.
none, clean slate this season!
Six shows to watch after two seasons in a row of only finishing two series? Spring is some kind of miracle season.