Of course I couldn’t get through the whole of April posting at least once a day. I’m obviously disappointed, but things have ramped up again with work so I suppose I’ll just have to chalk it down as one of those things. Further to finding myself busier with work, I’ve also fallen a bit behind on the episode reviews for this season – I will be trying to do as many as I can, but hopefully you’ll appreciate it if I miss out the odd one each week! I am after all still trying to write a diverse range of articles, and I just don’t have time for them all!
Today I’m going to try to compensate for my lack of episodic positing in the last few days by doing a double week summary – as with my article for the first week of Spring 2017 I’ll give a short overview of my thoughts before letting you know where I rate it in comparison to everything else.
Attack on Titan, season 2
Episode two and three maintained the tone set out in episode one of the season. We got more build up and characterisation, which in the case of Sasha was particularly good, but I the pay off for these episodes is coming late. If you’ve seen episode four you’ll already have seen this, but also I think some of the ramifications of events in two and three will be seen most heavily later in the season and even in season three. Thoroughly enjoyable and with production values through the roof, this gets a comfortable second place.
The only anime I picked up from the second week of new shows, but this one won’t be giving us any surprises. Older brother is light novel author with a shut in sister who secretly draws the erotic insert art for his work. Besides the threatening undertones of incest that might crop up here, I actually found this pretty enjoyable. The comedy is pretty cheap and the characters are hardly original, but it’s a light watch that’ll probably make you smile for one reason or another. I can’t see this ever reaching number one in these articles, but it’s sits happily at number four this week.
Alice and Zouroko
Weird couple of episode for Alice and Zouroko, in as much as we didn’t really get to see much of Zouroko, particularly in episode two. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as we did need to get to know other characters a bit more, but episode two especially just felt a bit… weak. Episode three was an improvement somewhat as the plot started to progress again and we got a bit of a back story, but I’m beginning to wonder just where the story is going to focus in on. At the moment we’ve got several different characters vying for attention and because of that I don’t particularly care about any of them. I’m still holding out hope though so this gets fifth place this week.
I found out this week that we’re going to get twenty-four episodes of Sakura Quest, which can only be a good thing because of how this is shaping up to be. However, I found myself a little bored with episodes two and three as it took so long for us to get passed the point where Yoshino gets on and decides to stay. Episode three in particular left me wanting more as it felt as if they dropped the comedy aspect. Sixth out of seven this week.
While I found myself disappointed with Sakura Quest after it’s strong first episode, I was pleasantly surprised with the next two episodes of Akashic Records. It may only be going to have twelve episodes, but now that they’ve started giving us some back story for Glenn, I feel like I might be able invest in this show. We got a good mix of his idiocy shown off in episode one and the special power that we knew he would inevitably have to have. Hopefully this will carry on in a similar manner going forward: third place this time around.
Tsuki ga Kirei
I had a good feeling about Tsuki ga Kirei after episode one and it’s two follow up episodes have confirmed to me that this could be up their with the top shows of this spring. The best thing about this slice of life, school romance is that it feels so real. The way in which the two main characters interact as well as how they think about those interactions retrospectively or in advance feels to me as if they are taking out of someone’s diary rather than the imaginations of a writer’s mind. Kudos to studio feel. this week, first place goes to Tsuki ga Kirei.
From the brilliant to the plain old stupid. It’s not a good sign when you’re fed up with a series three episodes into it, is it? Clockwork Planet was underwhelming in it’s first twenty-four minutes and nothing changed in episode two or three. There was a glimmer of light in episode three for about three minutes, but it’s just not in this show to maintain serious character interactions, or serious characters by extension. Like last time, dead last for Clockwork Planet.
That’s all for this week, I’ll be back tomorrow with the review of the fourth episode of Attack on Titan season two.