Weekly Watching Roundup – Spring 2017 week 1

Bugger all.

Okay, that’s not quite right. Everything watched was a short, though, and all watched on the same day (yesterday). I’d been far too busy to watch anything up to that point.

Episodes watched this week:
Aggressive Retsuko 53
Kochinpa! Dainiki 19
Kochinpa! Dainiki 20
Nobunaga no Shinobi: Ise Kanegasaki-hen 1
Nobunaga no Shinobi: Ise Kanegasaki-hen 2
100% Pascal-sensei 1

Spring 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Nobunaga no Shinobi: Ise Kanegasaki-hen
2. 100% Pascal-sensei

100% Pascal-sensei – this managed to deteriorate rapidly in the course of a single 12 minute episode.

Monthly Japanese Light Novel Sales Figures March 2017

Data covers 6th March – 9th April (have they given up even trying to fit it close to the month start/end dates?)

Volume ranking:

*1. 57,713 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 12
*2. 49,112 Date A Live 16
*3. 47,679 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou Ka Familia Chronicle Episode Ryuu
*4. 47,033 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 6
*5. 40,968 Sword Art Online 19
*6. 38,864 Highschool DxD 23
*7. 35,599 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 12
*8. 30,257 Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records 8
*9. 30,098 Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 10
10. 27,742 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.10
11. 27,122 Shousetsu Hirune-hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~
12. 26,760 Knights & Magic 7
13. 25,595 Shinsetsu Ookami to Koushinryou: Ookami to Youhishi 2
14. 22,902 Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet
15. 21,093 Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi 2
16. 20,336 Hirune-hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~ (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko)
17. 19,890 Last Embryo 4
18. 19,847 Fate/strange Fake 4
19. 19,721 Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
20. 19,168 Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu 11

Series ranking:

*1. 177,098 Sword Art Online
*2. 136,946 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
*3. 120,616 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
*4. *68,667 Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
*5. *55,324 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
*6. *52,837 Youjo Senki
*7. *51,261 Date A Live
*8. *50,360 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
*9. *48,163 Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
10. *47,679 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka: Familia Chronicle
11. *47,458 Hirune-hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~ Novelisation
12. *44,485 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
13. *39,208 Highschool DxD
14. *37,866 Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
15. *31,154 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off
16. *30,438 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
17. *30,161 Knights & Magic
18. *28,586 Gamers!
19. *27,492 Shinsetsu Ookami to Koushinryou
20. *27,249 Overlord

(Source: Oricon via refugee-chan)

Last month: February 2017
Next month:

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 17th April 2017

English Releases:

Yen On: (release date 18th April)
• Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? 8
• KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2: Love, Witches & Other Delusions!
• Sword Art Online 10: Alicization Running
• The Devil is a Part-Timer 7
• Goblin Slayer 2
• Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers 1
• Baccano! 4: Drug & the Dominos
• Black Bullet 6: Purgatory Strider
• The Asterisk War 03: The Phoenix War Dance
• The Irregular at Magic High School 4: Nine School Competition Arc II

One Peace Books: (release date 18th April)
• The Rising of the Shield Hero 7

Viz Media: (release date 18th April)
• Tokyo Ghoul: Past

Japanese Releases:

Tiara Bunko: (release date 17th April)
• 旦那様が絶倫すぎて困っています
• 魔道士は眼鏡の奥に淫らな情欲を隠し持つ
• 冷酷な『魔王』だと思ったら、結婚生活は甘々でした

Ponycan BOOKS Light Novel Series: (release date 17th April)
• Kaettekita Motoyuusha 8 (帰ってきた元勇者(8))

Ponycan BOOKS: (release date 17th April)
• オークの騎士(2)

Gagaga Bunko: (release date 18th April)
• Yuujin Chara wa Taihen desu ka? 2 (友人キャラは大変ですか? 2)
• Seishun Zettai Tsubusuman na Ore ni Sukui wa Iranai. (青春絶対つぶすマンな俺に救いはいらない。)
• Tsuki to Layka to Nosferatu 2 (月とライカと吸血姫 2)
• Ore to Kanojo no Koi wo Chounouryoku ga Jama shiteiru. (俺と彼女の恋を超能力が邪魔している。)
• アトム ザ・ビギニング: 僕オモウ故ニ僕アリ
• Médecin du Mage no Shinryou Kiroku 5 (魔法医師の診療記録 5)

Cocktail Kiss Bunko: (release date 18th April)
• 竜神様と僕とモモ~ほんわか子育て溺愛生活~

Morningstar Books: (release date 19th April)
• 濁った瞳のリリアンヌ 1
• Isekai de Item Collector 3 (異世界でアイテムコレクター 3)

M Novels: (release date 19th April)
• Isekai Cheat Kaitakuki 5 (異世界チート開拓記(5))

Fujimi Fantasia Bunko: (release date 20th April)
• Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Memory Records 2 (ロクでなし魔術講師と追想日誌2)
• Tsujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de 2-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki desu ka? 2 (通常攻撃が全体攻撃で二回攻撃のお母さんは好きですか?2)
• Izure Shinwa no Ragnarok 6 -Mame no Ou to Megamikakusei- (いづれ神話の放課後戦争〈ラグナロク〉6 ―魔眼の王と女神覚醒―)
• Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei shitara, Gendai Heiki de Guntai Harem wo Tsukucchaimashita!? 10 (軍オタが魔法世界に転生したら、現代兵器で軍隊ハーレムを作っちゃいました!? 10)
• Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai 3 (俺が好きなのは妹だけど妹じゃない3)
• Buta Koushaku ni Tensei shita kara, Kondo wa Kimi ni Suki to Iitai 2 (豚公爵に転生したから、今度は君に好きと言いたい2)
• Seven Cast no Hikikomori Majutsuou 4 (セブンキャストのひきこもり魔術王4)
• Death Game kara Hajimeru MMO Slow Life 2 Oshikake Dwarf Yome to Tsukuru Kyuukyoku no Gourmet (デスゲームから始めるMMOスローライフ2 押しかけドワーフ嫁と作る究極のグルメ)
• Crown of Lizardman: Shounen wa Hito no Mi wo Sute Fukushuu wo Chikau (クラウン・オブ・リザードマン 少年は人の身を捨て復讐を誓う)
• Class no Gal to Game Jikkyou part.1 (クラスのギャルとゲーム実況 part.1)
• Boku no Nichijou ga Hentai ni Shinshokusarete Pandemic!? (ぼくの日常が変態に侵蝕されてパンデミック!?)

Fujimi Dragon Book: (release date 20th April)
• ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ Rock ‘n Role(5) ファイナル・ショウダウン

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris: (release date 20th April)
• 双翼の王獣騎士団 狼王子と氷の貴公子
• 鳥かごの大神官さまと侯爵令嬢

HJ Novels: (release date 22nd April)
• Oukoku e Tsuzuku Michi 4 (王国へ続く道4)
• Futsuu no Ossan dakedo, Kamisama kara Moratta Nouryoku de Isekai wo Tabishitekuru. Tsukaretara Teni Mahou de Jitaku ni Kaeru. 3 (普通のおっさんだけど、神さまからもらった能力で 異世界を旅してくる。疲れたら転移魔法で自宅に帰る。3)
• Mahou Joshi Gakuen no Suketto Kyoushi (魔法女子学園の助っ人教師)
• Yonaoshi Ankokushin no Honsou 2 -Ningen Sukisugite Ningen ni Tenseishite- (世直し暗黒神の奔走2 ―人間好きすぎて人間に転生した―)

Mitsuneko Bunko: (release date 22nd April)
• 元帥公爵の新妻は愛されすぎて困り気味です
• 王子殿下の可愛いお針子 秘め事は塔の上で

Overlap Bunko: (release date 22nd April)
• Julia Caesar no Ketsudan 1 Gallia Senki (ユリア・カエサルの決断 1 ガリア戦記)
• 最強聖騎士のチート無し現代生活 1 姫君はイタズラな副会長
• Aires no Shisho 1 (アイレスの死書 1)

Red Rising Books: (release date 23rd April)
• 勇者の出番ねぇからっ! ! 異世界転生するけど俺は脇役だと言われました
• 魔物と始める村づくり! やる気なし魔導師の開拓記
• 勇者召喚されたけど自分だけがハズレ勇者で魔法もスキルもないハードモードだった
• なんでも一つだけかなう願いに「回数を無限にして」とお願いした結果

Unknown label or not a light novel:
• 焦れ恋。

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Bishoujo Bunko (release date 20th April) – 3 volumes

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 10th April 2017

English Releases:

n/a

Japanese Releases:

Kadokawa BOOKS: (release date 10th April)
• Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 10 (デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲10)
• Botsuraku Yotei nano de, Kaji Shokunin wo Mezasu 4 (没落予定なので、鍛冶職人を目指す4)
• Live Dungeon! 2 Jinryuujin no Guild-chou (ライブダンジョン! 2 神竜人のギルド長)
• Buki no Koukyuu Monogatari 3 (武姫の後宮物語3)
• Hypnos Game (ヒュプノスゲーム)
• Striking Girl! (ストライキングガール!)

Mag Garden Novels: (release date 10th April)
• 異世界転生の冒険者
• MMORPG?知ってますけどなにか?

TO Books: (release date 10th April)
• Reworld Frontier 2 -Saijaku ni Shite Saikyou Shienjutsushiki Tsukai- (リワールド・フロンティア2-最弱にして最強の支援術式使い-)
• 異世界は幸せ(テンプレ)に満ち溢れている2
• Magan no Goshujinsama. (魔眼のご主人様。)

Skyhigh Bunko: (release date 10th April)
• 週末陰陽師~とある保険営業のお祓い日報~
• 三毛猫カフェ トリコロール

Honey Bunko: (release date 11th April)
• 黒狼と赤い薔薇 ~辺境伯の求愛~
• 二人の王子と密×蜜 結婚 ~姫花嫁は溶けるほど愛されすぎて~

Arian Rose: (release date 12th April)
• Tensei Oujo wa Kyou mo Flag wo Tatakioru 3 (転生王女は今日も旗を叩き折る 3)
• Sumi de Ii desu. Kamawanaide Kudasai yo. 2 (隅でいいです。構わないでくださいよ。 2)
• 百均で異世界スローライフ 1

Futaba Bunko: (release date 12th April)
• 贋作師と声なき依頼-京都寺町三条のホームズ(7)
• ホームズと歩く京都-京都寺町三条のホームズ(6.5 )

GA Bunko: (release date 14th April)
• Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden Sword Oratoria 8 (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか外伝 ソード・オラトリア8) (2 versions – with and without a drama CD)
• Hero Oniichan to Last Boss Imouto. Bakken! Seikenser (ヒーローお兄ちゃんとラスボス妹 抜剣! セイケンザー)
• Sono Orc, Moto Yakuza nite 3 (そのオーク、前世(もと)ヤクザにて3)
• Sekawa-kun wa Game dake Shiteitai. 2 (瀬川くんはゲームだけしていたい。2)
• Tsuki to Usagi no Folklore. St.2 Hakanaki Sougetsu, Kakute Gesshoku Mushiro Usagi (月とうさぎのフォークロア。St.2 はかなき双月、かくて月食むしろうさぎ。)

GA Novel: (release date 14th April)
• Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita 2 (スライム倒して300年、知らないうちにレベルMAXになってました2)
• Naberius Fuuin Bijutsukan no Collector 2 (ナベリウス封印美術館の蒐集士<コレクター>2)

Vanilla Bunko: (release date 14th April)
• 蜜月後宮~皇太子は偽り公主を寵愛する~

Earth Star Novel: (release date 15th April)
• Jinrou e no Tensei, Maou no Fukukan 6 Teikoku no Tairan (人狼への転生、魔王の副官 6 帝国の大乱)
• Sengoku Komachi Kuroutan Go, Usayama no Shitou to Nobunaga no Kiki (戦国小町苦労譚 五、宇佐山の死闘と信長の危機)
• Sono Mono. Nochi ni… 04 (その者。のちに… 04)
• 野生のラスボスが現れた! 4

B’s Log Bunko: (release date 15th April)
• なんちゃってシンデレラ 王宮陰謀編 なんちゃってシンデレラ、はじめました。
• 恋衣花草紙 ~山吹の姫の物語~

B’s Log Bunko Alice: (release date 15th April)
• 普通ですが何か? 最近はあやかしだって高校に行くんです。

Saga Forest: (release date 15th April)
• 機動城砦サラトガ 2

Seikaisha Fictions: (release date 15th April)
• ようこそ哲学メイド喫茶ソファンディへ

Unknown label or not a light novel:
• 学校へ行けなかった私が「あの花」「ここさけ」を書くまで

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Otona Bunko (release date 14th April) – 3 volumes
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 14th April) – 1 volume

Plus a rerelease of Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Aiding Crimson under GA Novel.

Weekly Watching Roundup – week before Spring 2017

Posting a day earlier than usual as I will be away over the weekend. This also means next week’s light novel release post may be later than usual.

Episodes watched this week:
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 8
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 9
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 10
Aggressive Retsuko 51
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 12
Demi-chan wa Kataritai 8
Youjo Senki 11
Youjo Senki 12 END
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 13 END
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 11
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 12
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 13 END

Spring 2017 Status:

Not started anything yet.

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kemono Friends
2. Youjo Senki (up 1)
3. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel (up 3)
4. Gabriel DropOut (down 2)
5. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (down 1)
6. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (down 1)
7. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
8. Masamune-kun no Revenge
9. Akiba’s Trip The Animation
10. Rewrite 2nd Season
11. Kochinpa! Dainiki
13. Piace: Watashi no Italian (up 2)
14. Nyanko Days (up 2)

Placed on hold:
Idol Jihen
Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari

Youjo Senki – Gripping and exciting more than anything else. I’m not usually one for overly action-packed stuff but I really liked this one for some reason.

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon – Didn’t like Lucoa at all, but the other characters were all good and the series had some good interactions between them. Kanna was my favourite, of course. Might try out the manga at some point.

Schoolgirl Strikers – Whenever you are in the shower, the oblis will invade. Perhaps there’s some magic feature of those showers? Anyway, great fun series with some great characters. The ending was a total deus ex machina but oddly I think that fits with the tone of the series. Satoka best character of the season.

Idol Jihen – placed on hold as I hadn’t watched any since the first episode.
Placed Chain Chronicle on hold as I was really not getting into it. It felt like a poorly done adaptation.

I still intend to finish the other four series (Demi-chan, Masamune-kun, Akiba’s Trip and Rewrite). Along with various things from earlier seasons. I have 23 things still on watching at the end of a season with just 2 things continuing.

Some good episodes of Kochinpa! over the last few weeks, incidentally.

Spring 2017 watching intentions

The season that Amazon killed.

The original version of this, incidentally, had 6 things on the “high expectations” list, the same as Spring last year, and the highest since then in the “will try” list as well. Instead, we’re left with even fewer things than last season, and still plenty of room for more to drop off.

Maybe I should try to just watch the raws… But I always miss stuff when I do that with series that are neither shorts nor things I’m already familiar with.

 

Continuing from current season: (2)
Aggressive Retsuko
Kochinpa! Dainiki

Will try: (21)

Sequels: (2)
Nobunaga no Shinobi: Ise Kanegasaki-hen
Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2

High Expectations: (2)
Hinako Note – Must watch series.
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? – lots of people have talked about this series. And everything I’ve heard has been positive.

Medium Expectations: (11)
Alice to Zouroku
Clockwork Planet
Eromanga-sensei – this sounds like something I’d enjoy watching. But it’s by the author of OreImo. Which makes me rather sceptical.
Gin no Guardian – It’s already started airing so I guess I’ll just watch this one to decide.
Granblue Fantasy the Animation
Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel (TV) – I’ll just hope that this series doesn’t need me to have watched the previous ones.
Love Kome: We Love Rice – This might just be stupid enough to be brilliant.
Puripuri Chii-chan!! – looks similar to various series that have been surprisingly entertaining, so I guess I’ll give it a watch.
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records – This sort of series depends too much on the characters to make any meaningful predictions of how good it will be.
Sakura Quest – I have hopes for this one, but there’s not really enough there to put it as more than that.
Tsuki ga Kirei – insufficient information to form much by way of expectations.

Low Expectations: (6)
Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys – I really don’t know whether to bother with this one. Easiest thing to do though is just give it a chance.
Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – will give it a try. Not expecting much, though.
Quan Zhi Gao Shou – That’s some crazily impressive animation in that PV. It probably won’t be available, though, and I don’t really know anything about the series itself. Plus being in Chinese means that I’ll have to rely entirely on subtitles, which I’ve gotten out of the habit of.
Seikaisuru Kado – will watch with the expectation of a quick drop.
Sekai no Yami Zukan – as above.
Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai – probably a quick drop, but worth a try.

Won’t watch: (39)

Murdered by Amazon (most of these titles will be picked up if they become available elsewhere): (9)
Atom: The Beginning
Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria
Fukumenkei Noise
Kabukibu!
Re:Creators
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭
Sakurada Reset

Murdered by Netflix latecast: (1)
ID-0

Sequel/Related series of unwatched/unfinished anime: (18)
Berserk (2017)
Beyblade Burst God
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season
Cinderella Girls Gekijou
Duel Masters (2017)
Future Card Buddyfight Battsu
Idol Time PriPara
Kyoukai no Rinne (TV) 3rd Season
Natsume Yuujinchou Roku
Panpaka Pants O New-san
Rilu Rilu Fairilu: Mahou no Kagami
Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Shounen Ashibe: Go! Go! Goma-chan 2
Starmyu 2nd Season
Uchouten Kazoku 2
Warau Salesman New
Yu☆Gi☆Oh! VRAINS

Other: (11)
Akindo Sei no Little Peso – Looks stupid. No thanks.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! – basically just an anime of fighting siblings? No thanks.
Buppu na Mainichi – not available.
Frame Arms Girl – Don’t feel like watching something like this
Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan! – I was going to give it a try, but that PV put me off completely.
Renai Boukun – This sounds like uncomfortable viewing.
Room Mate: One Room Side M – if the one with girls was dropped, why would I expect the one with boys to be watchable?
Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni… – no comment.
The Snack World (TV) – Don’t like that art style, and reading the background o the series makes me feel that this is not something I could like.
Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head: Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu – almost as far away from my interests as you can get.
Tsugumomo – no thanks.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 3rd April 2017

English Releases:

n/a

Japanese Releases:

Kodansha X Bunko White Heart: (release date 4th April)
• Bright Prison: Gakuen ni Shinobiyoru Kage (ブライト・プリズン 学園に忍び寄る影)
• 天空の翼 地上の星
• 事故物件幽怪班 森羅殿へようこそ 逢魔ヶ刻のささやき

Iris NEO: (release date 4th April)
• 男爵令嬢は、薔薇色の人生を歩みたい2
• 四竜帝の大陸4

Sonya Bunko: (release date 5th April)
• 王太子は聖女に狂う
• 聖女は鳥籠に囚われる

Tull Kiss Bunko: (release date 5th April)
• 溺愛注意報! ? 腹黒御曹司に懐柔なんかされませんっ

Poplar Bunko: (release date 5th April)
• ショダチ!
• ビオレタ

GC Novels: (release date 7th April)
• Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 10 (転生したらスライムだった件 10)

Dengeki Bunko: (release date 8th April)
• Fate/strange Fake(4)
• Heavy Object: Hokuou Kinryouku Cinderella Story (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 北欧禁猟区シンデレラストーリー)
• OBSTACLE Series: Gekitotsu no Hexennacht 4 (OBSTACLEシリーズ 激突のヘクセンナハトIV)
• Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo 5 (俺を好きなのはお前だけかよ(5))
• Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho 9 -Zero no Youhei part 1- (ゼロから始める魔法の書IX -ゼロの傭兵〈上〉-)
• 魔人執行官2 リベル・エンジェル
• Idealogue! 6 (いでおろーぐ!6)
• Elf Yome to Hajimeru Isekai Ryoushu Seikatsu 4 -Sonna Kankouchi de Daijoubu ka? Mondai… Shikanai!? (エルフ嫁と始める異世界領主生活4 ―そんな観光地で大丈夫か? 問題……しかない!?―)
• ニアデッドNo.7
• 読者と主人公と二人のこれから
• Ken to Mahou to Saibansho (剣と魔法と裁判所)
• アイドル稼業、はじめました!

Dengeki Game Bunko: (release date 8th April)
• テイルズ オブ ベルセリア 下

Everystar WOMAN: (release date 8th April)
• フェアリーテイルは突然に

Unknown label or not a light novel:
• 悪役令嬢に転生したけどごはんがおいしくて幸せです!