Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 3

Episodes watched this week:
Monogatari Series: Second Season 17 BACKLOG
Monogatari Series: Second Season 18
One Room 1
One Room 2 DROPPED
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 2
Aggressive Retsuko 41
Piace: Watashi no Italian 1
Piace: Watashi no Italian 2
Kemono Friends 2
Nyanko Days 3
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 1
Masamune-kun no Revenge 2
Demi-chan wa Kataritai 2
Nobunaga no Shinobi 17
Youjo Senki 3
Gabriel DropOut 3
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 3

Winter 2017 Status:

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

Dropped:
One Room

Not yet watched:
BanG Dream!
Chou Yuu Sekai: Being the Reality
Kuzu no Honkai
Little Witch Academia (TV)
Rewrite: Moon and Terra
Seiren
Urara Meirochou

One Room – yeah. This didn’t work. If you want to do first person perspective then do it consistantly please. One of the comments on Crunchyroll was talking about it being like watching a friend play an eroge. Replace “eroge” with “dating sim” (and not a very good one at that) and that seems broadly accurate. Except that a dating sim would have the main character’s lines in there, even if not actually spoken. First drop of the year.

Kemono Friends is shaping up to be the pleasant fun of the season

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 2

Episodes watched this week:
Nyanko Days 2
Gabriel DropOut 1
Gabriel DropOut 2
Nobunaga no Shinobi 16
Youjo Senki 1
Youjo Senki 2
Kochinpa! Dainiki 7
Idol Jihen 1
Kemono Friends 1
Aggressive Retsuko 40
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 1
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 2

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Masamune-kun no Revenge
2. Youjo Senki (new)
3. Gabriel DropOut (new)
4. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (forgot to add last week. oops)
5. Demi-chan wa Kataritai (down 3)
6. Kemono Friends (new)
7. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (new)
8. Akiba’s Trip The Animation (down 5)
9. Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (down 5)
10. Idol Jihen (new)
11. Kochinpa! Dainiki (down 6)
12. Nyanko Days (down 6)

Not yet watched:
BanG Dream!
Chou Yuu Sekai: Being the Reality
Kuzu no Honkai
Little Witch Academia (TV)
One Room
Piace: Watashi no Italian
Rewrite: Moon and Terra
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
Seiren
Urara Meirochou

Gabriel DropOut looks like a great series but that OP is actually painful to listen to.

Kemono Friends seems to be another case of a series exceeding my expectations. Before watching I was thinking “why the hell is this not a short?” After watching the first episode I have my answer. You couldn’t do a series like this with a short, and I prefer this to whatever a short of this thing would have ended up being.

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 1

I decided to count this as just the first week of winter as I didn’t really start winter stuff until the second of the two weeks covered and I’ve been doing lots of other things.

Episodes watched the past 2 weeks:
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 12 END
Joshiraku 12
Joshiraku 13 END
Kochinpa! Dainiki 5
Nobunaga no Shinobi 13
Nobunaga no Shinobi 14
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 1
Masamune-kun no Revenge 1
Kochinpa! Dainiki 6
Aggressive Retsuko 39
Nobunaga no Shinobi 15
Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari
Demi-chan wa Kataritai 1
Nyanko Days 1
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 1

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Masamune-kun no Revenge
2. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
3. Akiba’s Trip The Animation
4. Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari
5. Kochinpa! Dainiki
6. Nyanko Days

Not yet watched:
BanG Dream!
Chou Yuu Sekai: Being the Reality
Gabriel DropOut
Idol Jihen
Kemono Friends
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
Kuzu no Honkai
Little Witch Academia (TV)
One Room
Piace: Watashi no Italian
Rewrite: Moon and Terra
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
Seiren
Urara Meirochou
Youjo Senki

Demi-chan wa Kataritai – this feels like a nice feel good series.

Joshiraku is a series I had been intending to watch for ages but didn’t as the subs are variable to awful. As a result I was watching it mostly just in Japanese with no subtitles, which was a much better experience. I have wanted to buy the manga at some point for a long time as well, and perhaps this will give me the motivation to do so. I wonder how different the manga is to the anime version…

Yokuwakaranai Gendaimahou – wakaranai rather than wakaru on account of the fact that, despite the stupid but amusing segments at the end, it never really makes sense. And there seem to be rather few abilities used for something that should have near-limitless potential. I’m going to assume that it’s a case of “anime adaptation didn’t pull it off well” either because it couldn’t or because it just didn’t, rather than assuming that the source was bad, but assumption it will stay as this has given me no desire to read the novels at all.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 12 (final week)

Episodes watched this week:
Joshiraku 8 BACKLOG
Joshiraku 9
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 7 BACKLOG
Aggressive Retsuko 38
Kochinpa! Dainiki 4
Gi(a)rlish Number 12 END
Hundred 10
Hundred 11
Hundred 12 END
Joshiraku 10
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 8
Joshiraku 11
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 9
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 10
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 11

Autumn 2016 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
2. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
3. Nobunaga no Shinobi
4. Hibike! Euphonium
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season
6. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
7. Stella no Mahou
8. Kaijuu Girls
9. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season
10. Teekyuu 8 (up 1)
11. Gi(a)rlish Number (down 1)
12. To Be Hero

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kochinpa! Dainiki

Hundred – I’m really not sure what to make of this. In some ways it was awful, but in others it was brilliant. And not in the sense of different sections of the series, but different aspects of the same bits. Emilia is obviously the true hero of the series, though. Far better than that stupid MC in every possible way. When all is said and done, I’m glad I finished it. I doubt I would get the novels in the best of times, though. With a backlog of things I’ve said I’m going to buy, only one order from Japan (and that not a full one) in the last 7 months and little chance of increasing the rate again any time soon? Not a chance.

Gi(a)rlish Number, on the other hand, was a series where it was all to easy to tell which were the good bits and which the bad. I have no real interest in having any more of this. I’m not even sure that I would watch it if more came along. I guess I watched the whole series through though, so in that sense I suppose they could say they won. In that annoying and irresponsible manner.

Next week is the first week of winter. Although I’m not sure how much winter anime I’ll actually start in that time. Lots of blog posts coming up over the next few days though.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 11

Episodes watched this week:
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 12 END
Nobunaga no Shinobi 11
Aggressive Retsuko 36
Aggressive Retsuko 37
Hibike! Euphonium 2 9
Joshiraku 5 BACKLOG
Hundred 8 BACKLOG
High School DxD 8 BACKLOG
High School DxD 9
High School DxD 10
High School DxD 11
High School DxD 12 END
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 12 END
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 8
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 9
Nobunaga no Shinobi 12
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 2 BACKLOG
Joshiraku 6
To Be Hero 12 END
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 10
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 11
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 12 END
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 12 END
Kochinpa! Dainiki 3
Teekyuu 8 12 END
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 3
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 4
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 5
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 6
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 7
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 8
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 9
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 10
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 11
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 12
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 13 END
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 12 END
Gi(a)rlish Number 11
Joshiraku 7
Hundred 9

Autumn 2016 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
2. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
3. Nobunaga no Shinobi
4. Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season (up 1)
5. Hibike! Euphonium (down 1)
6. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
7. Stella no Mahou
8. Kaijuu Girls
9. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season
10. Gi(a)rlish Number
11. Teekyuu 8
12. To Be Hero

Placed on hold as I’m probably never going to watch the rest:
Idol Memories

A week of endings, both of series from the current season and of a couple of backlog things. Next week will bring more endings still. Including, of course, the ending of the season. Yup, only 12 weeks this time.

Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku – I went into this at the start having forgotten about what I had previously read on the series. Started off thinking how adorably sweet it was, right up to just before the end of the first episode. Then *that* happened, and I remembered. I found the series to be encaptivating from start to finish. There are a couple of things I don’t fully get (like what a certain object actually does) but I’m sure they’re explained in the light novels. Which I will, of course, be buying.

High School DxD – Slightly better than I had expected. I’ll get and watch the second one at some point.

Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume – Honestly, the worst thing about this series is that it ended. And unfortunately I’d be surprised if there was any more of this anime. I looked into the first part of the manga but it seemed to be rather lacking compared to the anime. Might buy the first volume at some point anyway just to try it properly, though.

To Be Hero – They really did give up on it. What a mess of an ending that was.

Bungou Stray Dogs – that all came together rather nicely in the end, didn’t it. Honestly if it weren’t for a single event that proves a rather important plot point for the final episode then I would ask why the series didn’t end there.

MahoIi – I’ve not really read the manga beyond the content of the first season, but I’m really wondering how the two things interact with each other now, given how much the second season builds off content from the first that was pure filler. Oh well, only one way to find out. Filler or not, though, it was a good watch.

Teekyuu 8 – Teekyuu 9 please.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… – One of the most enjoyable series I’ve watched all year. The fact that I had been expecting to watch eps 3-13 over three days and then ended up watching it in one speaks volumes. It had a better conclusion than the first did as well. There’s a third season to watch still and a fourth and fifth to come. The relative lack of info is slightly concerning but the first cour is being reaired in Japan this winter which could lead to us getting more info.

Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki – a fun little series with adorable characters. And some not so adorable characters.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 10

Episodes watched this week:
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 11
Hibike! Euphonium 2 8
Joshiraku 4 BACKLOG
High School DxD 1 BACKLOG
High School DxD 2
High School DxD 3
High School DxD 4
High School DxD 5
Kochinpa! Dainiki 2
Kaijuu Girls 12 END
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 11
To Be Hero 11
High School DxD 6
High School DxD 7
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 11
Teekyuu 8 11
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 11
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 7
Gi(a)rlish Number 10

Autumn 2016 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
2. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
3. Nobunaga no Shinobi
4. Hibike! Euphonium
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season
6. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
7. Stella no Mahou
8. Kaijuu Girls
9. Gi(a)rlish Number
10. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season (up 1)
11. Teekyuu 8 (up 1)
12. To Be Hero (down 2)
13. Idol Memories

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kochinpa! Dainiki

To Be Hero – did the staff just give up on this or something? Or did they forget how to make things funny after a less humourous episode?

And another season begins to draw to a close.

Kaijuu Girls is first to finish. It was one of those fun little series that was well worth watching as a short but really wouldn’t have worked otherwise. Surprisingly, they actually gave something of a story to it. I know nothing about the original game and don’t really care either. All I know, and all I care about, is that this anime was a good experience.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 9

Episodes watched this week:
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 10
Joshiraku 1 BACKLOG
To Be Hero 9
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 9
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 9
Teekyuu 8 9
Gi(a)rlish Number 7
Gi(a)rlish Number 8
Joshiraku 2
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 10
Kaijuu Girls 11
Nobunaga no Shinobi 10
Joshiraku 3
To Be Hero 10
Teekyuu 8 10
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 10
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 10
Gi(a)rlish Number 9
Aggressive Retsuko 33
Aggressive Retsuko 34
Aggressive Retsuko 35
Hundred 7 BACKLOG
Hibike! Euphonium 2 7
Kochinpa! Dainiki 1

Autumn 2016 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
2. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
3. Nobunaga no Shinobi
4. Hibike! Euphonium
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season
6. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
7. Stella no Mahou (up 1)
8. Kaijuu Girls (down 1)
9. Gi(a)rlish Number (up 2)
10. To Be Hero (down 1)
11. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season (down 1)
12. Teekyuu 8
13. Idol Memories

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kochinpa! Dainiki

Gi(a)rlish Number is a lot better without a certain incompetent character having so much control over things… It gives an idea of what the series could have been, which is kind of sad, come to think of it.

Various catching up, keeping up and watching backlog episodes this week. Hopefully there will be more of all three in the weeks ahead.

And winter has begun. Sort of. 15 seconds of it a week has at any rate.