Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 12

20 episodes watched this week. Unlike last week I definitely watched more than I read, although the number of episodes watched was lower this time (the time spent watching was almost exactly the same, and the time spent writing this blog post was rather longer).

Episodes watched this week:
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 13 END
Uwara no Usagi-chan 12 END
Etotama 6
Etotama 7
Etotama 8
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 12 END
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 13 END
Hibike! Euphonium 12
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 10
Ichigo Mashimaro 7
Hibike! Euphonium 13 END
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 11
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 12 END
Etotama 9
Etotama 10
Etotama 11
Etotama 12 END
Show By Rock!! 5
Show By Rock!! 6
Show By Rock!! 7 DROPPED

Spring 2015 Status

Series rankings at present:
1) Hibike! Euphonium (up 1)
2) Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou (down 1)
3) Etotama (up 9)
4) Hello! Kiniro Mosaic (up 2)
5) Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (down 1)
6) Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (down 3)
7) Arslan Senki (down 2)
8) Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku (down 1)
9) Owari no Seraph (down 1)
10) Teekyuu 4 (down 1)
11) Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me
12) Takamiya Nasuno Desu (up 1)
13) Urawa no Usagi-chan (up 1)
14) Kyoukai no Rinne (up 1)
15) Pikaia (up 2)

Placed on Hold:
Re-Kan! (see below)

Show by Rock!! (fansub rule)


Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken was much as expected, and much the same as the first one was.

Urawa no Usagi-chan was a few minutes of fluff each week. If the episodes had been longer I would probably have dropped it.

Etotama – For the first few episodes, this series was mildly amusing and just about entertaining enough to get my interest and keep me watching. Nothing much more – it got pushed to the side slightly as I started to inevitably fall behind on the season. The low point of the series was the second episode, as Mo-tan’s antics only served to irritate me. Then at the end of episode three that happened, and I nearly dropped the series. After that, though, the series exploded into greatness. Even the recap episode was good enough that I didn’t even realise that it was one until Shaa-tan pointed it out… And then that ending – honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen a series end like that before, and I’m not sure I ever will again. All in all, though, this series was brilliant. Even Mo-tan ended up garnering a bit of affection by the end. This is one series that makes me so glad that I don’t use the whole “three episode rule” thing, as I’d have surely dropped it if I did. Instead, I had brilliant laughs and brilliant entertainment.

Re-Kan! I’ve just placed on hold until the official UK release comes out. This will likely be a couple of years away yet, but I’m not too bothered about that.

Show By Rock!! was another classic fansub drop. I have no intention of playing the game (if that’s even possible for me) so the only option would be to buy the anime, and I really don’t see myself doing that. The fact that it made it as far as episode 7 before I felt confident of this was actually slightly surprising.

DanMachi was enjoyable if a bit weird in the way it ended. In fact that last episode was very weird. I’m sure it makes far more sense and is better in the novels, though (based in part on the difference between the first 2 novels and their adaptations). I I will continue buying and reading these, and would recommend others to do the same.

Kiniro Mosaic was a series that I had expected to be good. What I hadn’t expected, however, was for it to be better than the first series was. But better it was. I loved the new characters, and all the comedy was great, too. Not really much to say on this one other than that.

Tesagure! Bukatsumono is a series which has always had its ups and downs. With this spin-off going even more all over the place than either of the original parts to the series did, it’s actually surprising that almost every episode was top tier. Even the repeat of the “reuse the footage” thing was much better this time around than it had been in the second season where it so badly damaged my viewing experience. However, with so much variety there were always going to be a few dips, and (perhaps just due to a lack of experience) the purupurun characters weren’t as good at the improv stuff (Enjouji Yui being a notable exception) as the tesabu lot. Still, this series is the epitome of underappreciated anime among the western fandom, and I absolutely love it.

Hibike! Euphonium. Well, what can I say? It delivered. From start to finish, building up almost perfectly with no significant wavering except for a slight feeling that the very last scene could have been done better. Quite a few great characters, too. I hope we see a continuation. Maybe I should try buying the novels?

Ongoing to next season are Arslan Senki and Kyoukai no Rinne – the latter of which I’m far behind on and am not yet sure will make it (fansub rule doesn’t apply, though, as I already own most of the manga). I’ve yet to finish OreGairu Zoku, and barely started the second season of Fate. Oh, and then there’s pikaia for if I get really bored. I’m not sure I’ll ever watch any more of it, but it’s staying on watching for now. A couple of new series have already started, but most will begin in earnest over the next few days. I don’t like starting things on day 1, though, although NNB will be hard to hold off on.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 29th June 2015 (UPDATED 5th July)

Sorry about this being late – with there being lots of changes and additions to make to last week’s post, plus quite a lot out this week, and other blog posts to do, AND me not being around for most of yesterday, there wasn’t much option but to push it back to today. It will be back to the usual time next week, though.

English releases:


Japanese releases:

Hero Bunko: (release date 29th June)
World Order 2 (ワールドオーダー 2)
Kusuriya no Hitorigoto 3 (薬屋のひとりごと 3)
Seiun wo Kakeru 2 (青雲を駆ける 2)

Famitsu Bunko: (release date 29th June)
モンスターハンター “M.S.S Project×ファミ通文庫”コラボノベル 天地カオスな狩猟奏2
Haken no Kouki Altina 9 (覇剣の皇姫アルティーナIX)
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin 9 (龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金9)
Shitayomi Danshi to Toukou Joshi -Yasashii Sora ga Mita, Uchiki na Umi no Hanashi. (下読み男子と投稿女子 -優しい空が見た、内気な海の話。)
Meigyoku no Almaine 4 (冥玉のアルメインIV)
Tegs no Meikyuu Tanbouroku (テグスの迷宮探訪録)
Saishin no Mahoutsukai to AI wo Shirumono (最新の魔法遣いとアイを識るもの)

HJ Bunko: (release date 29th June)
Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyrie 8 (百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女8)
Sword & Wizards 2 Haken no Koutei to Shichisei no Himegimi (ソード&ウィザーズ2 覇剣の皇帝と七星の姫騎士)
Glau Sandear Koukoku Monogatari 6 (グラウスタンディア皇国物語6)
成り上がり英雄譚 屑星皇子の戦詩

Monster Bunko: (release date 29th June)
ギルドのチートな受付嬢 2.5 Fateful Encounter
Shinka no Mi ~Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei~ 3 (進化の実~知らないうちに勝ち組人生~(3))
Boku wa Isekai de Fuyo MAhou to Shoukan Mahou wo Tenbin ni Kakeru 4 (ぼくは異世界で付与魔法と召喚魔法を天秤にかける(4))

KCG Bunko: (release date 29th June)

Clear Bunko: (release date 29th June)
銃☆射道-Gun Shadow<3>

Vanilla Bunko: (release date 30th June)
Kogane no Ouji to Toware no Cinderella (黄金の王子と囚われのシンデレラ)

GC Novels: (release date 30th June)
異世界のカード蒐集家 4

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (release date 30th June/1st July)
Hero and Daughter: Lv1 kara Hajimeru Yuusha Dakkan Sakusen (Hero and Daughter Lv1からはじめる勇者奪還作戦)
Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- Mizu no Umi, Ootori no Sora 2 (艦隊これくしょん ‐艦これ‐ 瑞の海、鳳の空 (2))
Shinmai Maou no Testament 8 (新妹魔王の契約者 (8))
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? 3 (終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか? (3))
Bakemono no Ko (バケモノの子)
Tenkuu Kangoku no Majutsu Garou 2 (天空監獄の魔術画廊 (2))
CtG: Zero kara Sodateru Dennou Shoujo 3 (CtG ─ゼロから育てる電脳少女─ (3))
Joukamachi wa Kyou mo Mahou Jiken de Afureteiru (城下町は今日も魔法事件であふれている)

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (release date 1st July)
Shounen Onmyouji Kuchiki no Hizumi ni Mure Tsudoe (少年陰陽師 朽木のひずみに群れ集え)
Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Ima Suki na Naru. (告白予行練習 今好きになる。)
盟約の花嫁 (2)
仮面婚約のたしなみ ウソと誓いの花嫁修業!?
Heppoko Oninikki 5 (へっぽこ鬼日記 (5))
Heian Uta Koigatari: Hana Arashi to Shirogane no Shoushou (平安うた恋語 花嵐と銀の少将)

Cobalt Bunko: (release date 1st July)
Hayou no Tsurugi 6 Ukon no Gyouan 24 (鬱金の暁闇 24 破妖の剣(6))
Ibara Kou Shaku no Hanayome: Kake wo Shimashou, Danna-sama (棘公爵の花嫁 賭けをしましょう、旦那様)
Koushu-sama no Oyakusoku! Sore wa Ukkari Deau Koto (公主様のお約束! それはうっかり出逢うこと)

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko: (release date 1st July)
Kuroneko wa Mitsugetsu ni Naku: Dragon Guild 黒猫は蜜月に啼く ~ドラゴンギルド~
Ookami Sanchi no Katei no Jijou (狼さんちの家庭の事情)
Kakehiki no Inside Bets (駆け引きのインサイド・ベット)

Chiffon Bunko: (release date 1st July)
Itsunomanika Princess (いつの間にかプリンセス)
喪服の姫君 かりそめの初恋は褥を濡らす

Kodansha Ranobe Bunko: (release date 2nd July)
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 9 Cerulean Engage (銃皇無尽のファフニール9 セルリアン・エンゲージ)
Boku no Bungeibu ni Bitch ga Iru Nante Arienai. 4 (僕の文芸部にビッチがいるなんてありえない。4)
Denpa na Megami no Iru Nichijou (電波な女神のいる日常)
Maou-gun no Gunshi Hajimemashita 3 (魔王軍の軍師はじめました3)
Shitsuraku Noah (失楽ノア)
Yukemuri Onsenkyou Mahoroba no Hinichijou 2 Onsenbu Katsudou Biyori (湯けむり温泉郷まほろばの非日常2 ~おんせん部活動日和~)
Nisenkyuu Love Story (二線級ラブストーリー)
うしろの席のヴァルキリー 2

Melissa: (release date 2nd July)
月刊 人外妄想図鑑 【巨人族】

Atomic Bunko: (release date 2nd July)
Maou-sama, Isekai de Yuusha to Naru (魔王さま、異世界で勇者となる)

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 3rd July)
NARUTO -Naruto- Akatsuki Hiden (NARUTO─ナルト─暁秘伝)
劇場版総集編 前編 ハイキュー!!“終わりと始まり”

Sonya Bunko: (release date 3rd July)
Mitsuwaku no Kubikazari (蜜惑の首飾り)
Yami ni Kawareta Ouji (闇に飼われた王子)

Kodansha X Bunko White Heart: (release date 3rd July)
Yousei no Hanayome Muku Naru Aiyoku (妖精の花嫁 無垢なる愛欲)

Ponycan Books/Ponycan Books Light Novel Series: (release date 3rd July)
Unlock City (アンロック・シティ)
NEET Musou: Isekai ni Nijigen Joshi wa Inai (ニート無双~異世界に二次元女子はいない~)
Shousetsuban Glasslip 3 (小説版グラスリップ(3))
ヴァンパイア リヴァイヴ~植物系男子と人でなし仲間の受難~
Kimi, Iro, Toumei 2 (キミ、色、トウメイ 2)
Kishou Senki wa Hohoemanai: Houkou no Parthia (機従戦姫は微笑まない -彷徨のパルティア-)

Opal Bunko: (release date 4th July)
Choukyou-kei Danshi: Ookami-sama to Koneko-chan (調教系男子 オオカミ様と子猫ちゃん)
玉の輿ですかっ!? オフィスの王子様に熱烈プロポーズされました

Sakura no Mori Bunko: (release date 5th July)
Kaze to Lute no Shirabe ni Nosete 8 (風とリュートの調べにのせて8)

Unknown label or not a light novel:
Overlord 9 Hagun no Mahou Eishousha (オーバーロード9 破軍の魔法詠唱者)
幼女戦記 4 Dabit deus his quoque finem.
勇者様のお師匠様 IV
かまどの嫁 1

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 30th June)

Summer 2015 anime watching intentions

2 continuing series and 35 new ones. So one fewer in total than last season, thanks to me having moved one from Will try to Won’t Watch this morning.

Continuing from the current season:
Arslan Senki
Kyoukai no Rinne

Will try:
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Aoharu x Kikanjuu
Bikini Warriors
Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku
Chu Feng: BEE
Classroom Crisis
Gakkou Gurashi!
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
God Eater
Himouto! Umaru-chan
Jitsu wa Watashi wa
Joukamachi no Dandelion
Kangoku Gakuen
Kurayami Santa
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan
Makura no Danshi
Million Doll
Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2nd Season
Non Non Biyori Repeat
Okusama ga Seito Kaichou!
Pikkapika Summer
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
Rokka no Yuusha
Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
Sore ga Seiyuu!
Suzakinishi The Animation
Teekyuu 5
Ushio to Tora
Venus Project: Climax

Won’t watch:
Aquarion Logos – Not watched Aquarion Evol
Boo Boo Boy – no chance this could be entertaining in any way.
Deban Desu yo! Onigirizu – I don’t know the context.
Dragon Ball Super – not a fan of the franchise.
Durarara!! x2 Ten – haven’t watched any of the previous series.
Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei! Herz! – haven’t watched the first one.
Gatchaman Crowds Insight – didn’t particularly like the look of the first one.
Imabari Barysan – I had a flip around the website and the anime isn’t even mentioned. And what there is doesn’t seem of interest.
Junjou Romantica 3 – not watched previous series.
Kaijuu Sakaba Kanpai! – looks awful
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou – This would be just like Kiseijuu was, except I’m even more convinced that I won’t be able to stand it. Why should I waste 2 minutes of my life just confirming that the series is a bunch of disgusting nightmare material when Seven Seas have already shown me that it is by shoving it in my twitter feed several times a day?
Q Transformers 2 – not a fan of the franchise.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX: Believe in Justice and Hold a Determination to Fist is an odd case – Not watched the second series yet. I will probably be watching this one once I have done so, though.
The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls 2nd Season – not a fan of the franchise, and haven’t watched the first one.
To Love-Ru: Trouble – Darkness 2nd – not watched previous one
Wooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen Hen – dropped on series 1.
Working!!! – not watched previous series, and although I intend to do so, I probably won’t be able to any time soon.

Expectation levels: (as before this isn’t saying “this will be good” but as something to look back to)

Non Non Biyori:
Non Non Biyori Repeat – this needs a category all to itself.

High Expectations:
Gakkou Gurashi!
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
Himouto! Umaru-chan
Joukamachi no Dandelion – This sounds fun.
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan
Overlord – optimistically cautious would be about right to describe my expectations of this – not cautiously optimistic, optimistically cautious.
Sore ga Seiyuu! – Will either be amusing or informative. Or both.
Teekyuu 5 – because 4 seasons of Teekyuu goodness wasn’t enough.
Wakaba*Girl – because we always need more CGDCT series.

Not sure what to expect:
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime – Seems a little too shoujo-esque to put it in the high expectations category.
Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku
Chu Feng: BEE – It’s Chinese. In Japanese. I don’t know what to make of that.
God Eater – indifferent to everything I’ve seen about it, including the things that others are raving about. We’ll see.
Kurayami Santa – something a bit different, I guess.
Million Doll – Idol stuff.
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace – lack of information
Rokka no Yuusha – Lots of people seem to like the light novel, but I’ve heard the anime is making some rather bizarre changes, so what else will they change? And will it threaten what makes the series liked?
Suzakinishi The Animation – What can you expect from what appears to be an anime adaptation of a talk show?
Ushio to Tora – My instincts say no, but the manga has been compared to a lot of things that I enjoyed, so I’m not really sure.
Venus Project: Climax – Idol stuff.

Low Expectations:
Aoharu x Kikanjuu
Bikini Warriors – seems more focused on the “bikini” part than the “warrior” part. I’m expecting another Momo Kyun Sword, but I could be pleasantly surprised
Classroom Crisis – a space setting is usually a bad sign, as it invariably means that the author thought to themself “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if, for no real reason, I set this series is SPACE… of course I then have to get rid of every aspect of it that an actual space setting would have, but still, set in SPACE, man. Isn’t that, like, awesome?” To which the answer is obviously “no”.
Gangsta. – other than through the addition of warped human bodies *cough*kiseijuu*cough*monster musume*cough*, it’s hard to imagine how this could be made into something that appealed to me less.
Jitsu wa Watashi wa – looks too cringe-humour-esque. Could still be good, though.
Kangoku Gakuen – Errm yeah. Giving this a chance because I said I would more than out of any hopes of deriving enjoyment out of it. Who knows? Maybe I’ll awaken to a new fetish or something.
Makura no Danshi – gender-flipped Issho ni Sleeping?
Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2nd Season – I’m not overly sure why I finished the first one. I’ll probably finish this one as well, and not know why I did that either.
Okusama ga Seito Kaichou! – condoms.
Pikkapika Summer – All I have to go on is a single, very small picture. That’s enough to put this in the Low Expectations category.
Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai – This doesn’t sound like my sort of series. I’m not overly fond of dirty jokes and, despite the title’s claim, this will probably be full of them. It could be entertaining in other ways, though.
Wakako-zake – nothing about this sounds appealing. But we’ll see.