I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is the worst anime season in recent history, but it’s certainly the season in which I’m watching the least amount of titles over the past several years. That’s not necessarily a complaint by the way, and I should also point out that given my current work schedule, I’ve had to be even stricter than usual about how many shows I’m willing to keep. Still, I do find it interesting that of the four lonely anime left on my weekly watch-list, only one of them isn’t a sequel.
Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Original score: 7/10
Current Score: 7/10
It’s a testament to how entertaining this show is that even with its frequently dialogue-heavy scenes, I’m always happy to stick around for more. That said, Bahamut definitely shines the most when it shows off its flair for action sequences – and coming from someone who doesn’t actually like the action/adventure genre all that much, that’s saying quite a bit. I admit, I do miss that fun, dumb, swashbuckling atmosphere the first season had going for it in spades. This second season still has a bit of that, but seems to be taking itself a little more seriously and is way talkier to boot. It’s not that I feel the pacing is too slow precisely; more that Bahamut is missing some of its spark, and not only for the lack of FAVAROOOO appearances.
Uchouten Kazoku 2
Original score: 8/10
Current score: 7.5/10
Surprisingly, Uchouten Kazoku also seems to be missing that small but essential ingredient to make the show really pop. Having Benten back in the thick of things certainly helps with that, and to be fair, there’s nothing wrong exactly about this second season that I can put my finger on. It’s still a goofy, quirky, charming, and ultimately loveable series, and if the production qualities aren’t quite as good as last time around, that doesn’t detract from my own personal enjoyment of it. However, I can’t help but get the sense that Uchouten Kazoku is holding back in some way. There’s nothing inherently bad in keeping some surprises until later of course, but I do wonder if the show is playing its cards a little too close to its chest at times – and by extension, that makes it harder to fall as deeply in love with the characters and the lives they all lead.
Tsuki ga Kirei
Original score: 7.5/10
Current score: 7.5/10
I’m still loving the extreme realism that Tsuki ga Kirei puts on the table every week, with scenes that I sometimes don’t even have to imagine taking place because I’ve witnessed them (or at least, something very similar to them) actually taking place in the real world. For the most part, the very detailed, down-to-earth, and unexaggerated nature of this show makes it one of the most ‘un-anime’ anime titles (if you’ll excuse the term) I’ve seen in a long time. This no doubt makes Tsuki ga Kirei a rather dull and plodding watch for some – which is totally fine – while as a fan of deliberately-paced slice-of-life shows, I’m all over it. The only things that prevent me from awarding it a higher score are its unfortunately obvious production issues (the artwork is lovely, that awkward CG is anything but), and the fact that even Tsuki ga Kirei can’t seem to stop itself from very occasionally using drama for drama’s sake rather than as a completely natural unfolding of events.
Natsume Yuujinchou Roku
Original score: 9/10
Current score: 9/10
Question of the post: How many shows are still on your weekly watch-list at this point, and is that more or less than usual? Which of them is your current top pick?