As far as seasonal viewing goes, Winter 2018 is probably the slowest start I’ve had since I’ve been watching anime. I don’t think it’s because I’ve lost interest in the medium (you need only look at the episodes watched feed on the left to see that I’ve been doing some serious catching up on some back catalogue shows), but that January’s offerings have just failed to inspire me. Apart from the second half of Fall’s The Ancient Magus Bride, which I am still catching up on, I have only started two Winter anime so far: Beatless and Violet Evergarden.
I’m intending to watch Fate/Extra: Last Encore when it starts in a couple of weeks, but other than that there’s nothing that’s really grabbed me. I haven’t seen the first seasons of Overlord or The Seven Deadly Sins, so they’re out before I start, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody seems to be another run of the mill isekai. Despite it’s hype pre season, Citrus seems less sweet yuri and more inappropriate, incest ecchi but just with girls. There are a couple of shows that are airing under the radar such as Kokkoku and After the Rain that look somewhat interesting even if they don’t particularly having anything to grab me.
Only a brief post today just to fill you guys in on what I’ve been up to over the last ten days or so since my last post…
So until the start of September I’m going to be working on my Masters’ dissertation (that is twenty-thousand words on a very niche bit of Medieval British history), so I hope you’ll forgive me for not posting a lot until then. It doesn’t mean though that I haven’t had any time to watch any anime!
Because my time for watching has come a bit randomly I haven’t watched things as episodically as I would normally, but let me just run through what I have seen…
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.
Uni has finished for the term, my work is due for four weeks, so of course I accidentally went crazy on the blog. Not only have I started more episode reviews than I originally intended, but I also started more shows than I intended – although I haven’t been able to start all of the shows I intended to…
This is a new weekly article that I want to do to give a very brief thoughts to all of the seasonal episodes that I have seen in the last week. As I started on Saturday with Attack on Titan, I thought Saturday morning (or Friday morning depending on where you are in the world) would be a good time for this. As I do like ranking things, I’m also going to let you know how I viewed it compared to the other episodes of the week. For those who want to get inside my organisational workings, this list is ordered by the order in which I watched each episode.