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.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 8

Episodes watched this week:
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 9
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 9
Kaijuu Girls 10
To Be Hero 8

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. Kaijuu Girls
8. Stella no Mahou
9. To Be Hero
10. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season
11. Gi(a)rlish Number
12. Teekyuu 8
13. Idol Memories

What can I say? I was going to watch some Hibike! Euphonium the other day, which I’ve started to fall behind on, but didn’t get around to it in the end. KanColle ate up much of my week.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 7

Episodes watched this week:
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 8
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 7
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 8
Nobunaga no Shinobi 8
Kaijuu Girls 9
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 8
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 8
Kimi no Na wa. (FILM)
Teekyuu 8 7
Teekyuu 8 8

Autumn 2016 Status:

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

So on Thursday evening I went to the cinema for the first time in almost a decade. The film I went to see? Your Name., or 君の名は。 to give it its Japanese title. This experience served both to remind me of the advantages of the cinema experience – there’s no way that watching the film at home would have given anywhere near the effect of the breathtakingly beautiful scenes that the film has to offer – and also of why I generally avoid going to them. Leaving that aside, though, the film itself was beautiful and touching, and I wholeheartedly recommend anyone to go and see it if you have the chance.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 6

Episodes watched this week:
Hibike! Euphonium 2 6
Gi(a)rlish Number 5
Stella no Mahou 3
Aggressive Retsuko 32
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 7
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 7
Kaijuu Girls: Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku 6
Working’!! 11 BACKLOG
To Be Hero 7
Nobunaga no Shinobi 7
Working’!! 12
Working’!! 13 END
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 7

Autumn 2016 Status:

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

Gi(a)rlish Number – this show has so much cringeworthiness to it that it makes me uncomfortable… Still, that guy with these lines:
“You want to drop it by the start of the OP, right? I saw that on a portal site.”
“the original story is crap too, right? I haven’t read it, but I saw that on a portal site.”
“the voice actors are crap too, right? I haven’t heard them, but I saw that on a portal site.”
reminded me of the attitude I’ve seen of so many anime fans over the years.

Working!! is one of those series that I take really slowly but get through and thoroughly enjoy when I watch it. Still, after taking 5 months on the first one, then 8 months on the second, I wonder how long the third one will take me.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 5

Yes, I am actually posting these two weeks in a row. Yes it has been more than 2 months since this last happened.

Episodes watched this week:
Aggressive Retsuko 28
Aggressive Retsuko 29
Aggressive Retsuko 30
Aggressive Retsuko 31
Kaijuu Girls: Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku 5
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 6
Nobunaga no Shinobi 6
To Be Hero 6
Stella no Mahou 2
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 6
Teekyuu 8 6
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 5
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 6
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 5
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 6
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 6
Hibike! Euphonium 2 5

Autumn 2016 Status:

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