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.
After the overview of the situation we got in the first episode last week, episode two goes into more depth about the specifics of a couple of the characters as well as giving us more information about the supernatural power that Sana and the other ‘Dreams of Alice’ can use.
It seems heaping my praise on Zoroku last week didn’t have the desired effect in this episode as the first thing that happens is he leaves for work, taking himself away from the majority of the episode – only appearing briefly to try and keep Sana in check. Instead, episode two properly introduces us to Zoroku’s granddaughter, Sanae – and yes, the show is self aware enough to realise that the similarity between the two names could get confusing.
I wasn’t sure whether to start Alice and Zouroku. There are lots of shows I’m looking forward to in this Spring 2017 season and I do comparatively more time to watch them compared to last season, but even so, I wasn’t sure about this.
Suffice to say I took the plunge and found myself with a double length episode one to kick things off and, well, let’s say I’m generally pleased I went for it.