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.

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.

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 12 (final)

Episodes watched this week:
Nobunaga no Shinobi 26 END
Nyanko Days 12 END
Piace: Watashi no Italian 11
Piace: Watashi no Italian 12 END
Kemono Friends 12 END
Kochinpa! Dainiki 17
Aggressive Retsuko 50
Gabriel DropOut 12 END
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 11
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 9

Winter 2017 Status:

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

Nobunaga no Shinobi – good fun series with nice humour, although I’m sure there are historical references that go over my head. Onwards to the next series. Next week.

Nyanko Days – I swear the ending of this thing is like some kind of hypnotism. Look into my eyes… Nyanko is love… love… Nyanko is love… love… If it is meant to be that, though, it doesn’t work too well.

Piace: Watashi no Italian was one of those series to watch just because. It had interesting enough characters and events to keep me watching.

Kemono Friends – I think this has top spot on this year’s list of biggest pleasant surprises wrapped up already. Which would be the second time that Yaoyorozu have taken it. Back in my watching intentions post I said that this looked “like just the sort of thing that probably should be a short”. Having watched it I am so glad it wasn’t, and also so glad I picked this up (I nearly didn’t bother even trying it). Great fun series with brilliant characters, and always of course that bit more under the surface.
Welcome to Jappari Park! Oh and… Please don’t eat me!

Gabriel DropOut – Some good comedy, although it was starting to feel a tad repetitive by the end. Satania best character.

Even though this was officially the final week of Winter, next week I will mostly be watching and hopefully finishing off the other things I’ve been following. And then it’s time for Spring to begin. Watching intentions will be up shortly before I start watching stuff.

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 11

Episodes watched this week:
Nyanko Days 11
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 8
Youjo Senki 11
Nobunaga no Shinobi 23
Gabriel DropOut 11
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 7
Demi-chan wa Kataritai 7
Aggressive Retsuko 49
Kochinpa! Dainiki 16
Kemono Friends 11

Winter 2017 Status:

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

Kemono Friends – bloody hell that episode…

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 10

Episodes watched this week:
Nyanko Days 10
Piace: Watashi no Italian 9
Gabriel DropOut 10
Aggressive Retsuko 48
Youjo Senki 10
Kochinpa! Dainiki 15
Demi-chan wa Kataritai 6
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 7
Nobunaga no Shinobi 22
Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari 4
Kemono Friends 10
Piace: Watashi no Italian 10
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 10 END
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 10

Winter 2017 Status:

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

KonoSuba 2 – More antics, more humour and an even more broken world than we had before. What’s not to like? I haven’t bought the first light novel yet but will do soon.

Strange to think the season is coing to an end already. Each season seems to end faster than the last one did. I guess it’s about time to start looking into next season’s stuff.

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 9

Episodes watched this week:
Nyanko Days 9
Piace: Watashi no Italian 8
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 6
Non Non Biyori Repeat OVA (BACKLOG)
Youjo Senki 7
Youjo Senki 8
Nobunaga no Shinobi 23
Gabriel DropOut 9
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 5
Kemono Friends 9
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 9
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 6
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 9
Aggressive Retsuko 47
Kochinpa! Dainiki 14

Winter 2017 Status:

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

I finally got around to actually putting that Non Non DVD in my computer and playing it. Took long enough. The OVA itself was perhaps on a par with one of the weaker episodes of the series as a whole, but this is perfectly normal and thus it still makes it one of the better OVAs I’ve ever seen. The autumn one was my favourite of the four parts.