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)

Dropped:
Show by Rock!! (fansub rule)

Thoughts:

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.

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 11 & Winter 2015 final status

Well it’s the beginning of the end of another season. In all honesty I probably did more reading than watching this week, but I still got a fair amount watched, including reaching the end of certain series.

One of these was the conclusion of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, which therefore also means that the Winter anime are now done.

Episodes watched this week:
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 12
Urawa no Usagi-chan 11
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 7
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 8
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 9
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 10
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 11
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 12
Owari no Seraph 6
Owari no Seraph 7
Owari no Seraph 8
Owari no Seraph 9
Owari no Seraph 10
Owari no Seraph 11
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 12 END
Owari no Seraph 12 END
Teekyuu 4 12 END
Takamiya Nasuno Desu! 12 END
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 22 END
Ame-iro Cocoa 3
Ame-iro Cocoa 4
Ame-iro Cocoa 5 DROPPED (fansub rule)
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 11
Ichigo Mashimaro 6

Spring 2015 Status

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

Dropped:
Ame-iro Cocoa

Ame-iro Cocoa – if it were available legally in the UK I have no doubt that I would have watched this through to the end. But that is not the way the world works, unfortunately.

Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku – The ending of this series wasn’t exactly the best, but it was still fun. And fun this series was, more or less from start to finish. The thing that most appealed to me about this series were the characters, with Eruna appealing from the beginning. The light novels are still ongoing, and I picked up the first volume fairly early on in the season (although I havent started reading it yet). I placed the second to fourth on another order that should ship soon, but there seem to be stock issues, with volume 4 being removed and volumes 2 and 3 both currently awaiting availability – and with just 4 days left until the latest dispatch date for the order, there’s a good chance that none of the volumes will dispatch.

Owari no Seraph was a very different series, but also very much enjoyable to watch. I spent a lot of time thinking “right, and now this is going to happen”, only for it to not. The main character was somewhat frustrating at times – characters defined by extremely strong bloodlust aren’t exactly ones that appeal to me. His relatively weak character, though, just opens the way for Shinoa to take the well deserved spotlight. She’s probably the best thing about the series, and the best new character (to me) of the season’s anime. I’ll be watching the second part when it airs in the autumn.

Teekyuu continues to be Teekyuu – with the difference that this series was rather more stable in terms of enjoyment than the past ones were – missing out both the top end and the bottom end of the franchise’s fluctuations. I will, of course, be watching the 5th one over summer.

Takamiya Nasuno Desu, though, was certainly less than its parent series. Can we have a Kanae spin-off instead please? The last episode was great, though.

Winter 2015 Final Status

1. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
2. Kantai Collection
3. Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
4. Dog Days”
5. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
6. Koufuku Graffiti
7. Seiken Tsukai no World Break
8. Absolute Duo
9. Yoru no Yatterman (on hold)
10. Junketsu no Maria (dropped)
11. Sengoku Musou
12. Rolling Girls (dropped)
13. Death Parade (on hold)
14. Yuri Kuma Arashi (dropped)
15. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir (dropped)
16. Military! (dropped)
17. ISUCA (dropped)
18. Doamaiger D (dropped)
19. Shinmai Maou no Testament (dropped)

I really didn’t watch much in Winter did I?

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu really grew on me in the middle parts, and although the later stages of the series (as in the second half of the field trip arc) weren’t as good, the series as a whole was a pleasant surprise to someone who had largely given up on the idea of liking any newer shounen jump series, and had previously dismissed it as not worth my time. I’ll start on the manga sooner or later but I’m not sure how far I will get with it.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 10

I’ve decided to do this post on Fridays on a semi-permanent basis from now on. This may mean that it doesn’t match up so well with the season start points but that’s a relatively minor price, especially considering that I can simply adjust when I start on a new season’s anime to make it fit.

Episodes watched this week:
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 9
Urawa no Usagi-chan 10
Takamiya Nasuno Desu! 10
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 11
Teekyuu 4 10
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 9
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 5
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 6
Takamiya Nasuno Desu! 11
Teekyuu 4 11
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 19
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 20
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 21
Show By Rock!! 3
Show By Rock!! 4
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 10
Etotama 5
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 7
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 8
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 9
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 10
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 11
Hibike! Euphonium 10
Hibike! Euphonium 11

Spring 2015 Status

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

Placed on Hold:
Ore Monogatari
Plastic Memories

We’re drawing close to the end of the season, with several series ending over the course of the upcoming week. I’ve still got quite a bit left to watch, though – not least on account of the fact that I’ve only watched one episode of the second half of fate/stay night so far (and as such I haven’t been including it in the rankings). Factoring in watching up to episode 12 of series that are either 2 cours or have no episode count yet, leaving out Eikoku Ikke and Pikaia, and assuming I finish all other series, there’s still 83 episodes from the things I have started watching this season for me still to watch. And 2 weeks for me to do this. That’s not going to happen.
Then I’ve got to finish Ameiro Cocoa. Not that that will take long.
And I’ve got to go over the stuff for the upcoming season. Which could take rather longer.

I put Ore Monogatari and Plastic Memories on hold as I have no particular desire to watch either.

TesaPuru episode 9 felt relatively lacklustre to me, but episode 10 more than made up for it.

On the other hand, the past couple of episodes of Hibike! Euphonium have both been outstanding. There could be contention for the AOTS title after all…

Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 9

Episodes watched this week:
Re-Kan! 5
Hibike! Euphonium 9
Pikaia! 1
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 8
Re-Kan! 6
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 10
Denpa Kyoushi 4 Dropped
Urawa no Usagi-chan 9
Arslan Senki 1
Arslan Senki 2
Arslan Senki 3
Arslan Senki 4
Arslan Senki 5
Arslan Senki 6
Arslan Senki 7
Arslan Senki 8

Spring 2015 Status

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

Dropped:
Denpa Kyoushi

not yet watched:
Kekkai Sensen
Shokugeki no Souma*
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

Denpa Kyoushi was showing no signs of improving, so I dropped it.

This provided the space to enable me to finally get around to starting Arslan Senki, and I must say that I’m impressed with what I have seen so far. Which is rather a lot given that I couldn’t stop watching it yesterday.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 8

Rather more watched this past week than previously.

Episodes watched this week:
Kyoukai no Rinne 3
Teekyuu 4 7
Teekyuu 4 8
Gunslinger Stratos 2 DROPPED
Houkago no Pleiades 2 DROPPED
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 17
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 18
Etotama 4
Hibike! Euphonium 5
Hibike! Euphonium 6
Kyoukai no Rinne 4
Hibike! Euphonium 7
Hibike! Euphonium 8
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 4
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku 2
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku 3
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku 4
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku 5
Plastic Memories 2
Takamiya Nasuno Desu! 8
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 6
Urawa no Usagi-chan 8
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 7
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 9
Takamiya Nasuno Desu! 9
Teekyuu 4 9
Owari no Seraph 5

Spring 2015 Status

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

Dropped:
Gunslinger Stratos
Houkago no Pleiades

Unable to find:
Nar Doma

not yet watched:
Arslan Senki
Kekkai Sensen
Shokugeki no Souma*
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Pikaia

Houkago no Pleiades is an odd series. And I fail to see who they’re really targeting it at. I wouldn’t have thoughtttt that the magical girl fandom and the fandom of the noise of revving car engines had much overlap. Personally, I am probably just about in the former, but a long way away from the latter. It’s a shame – without that ear-grating noise this could have been a rather nice series.

I deliberately spoiled myself with Etotama, to see if it was worth continuing with. The answer? はい、ですです. A good thing too, as it’s a good fun series. Although I’m still miles behind with this one…

… Unlike with several other series for which I caught up quite a bit this week. Once I started watching OreGairu I found it difficult to stop, which is always a good sign.

There was no episode of Tesapuru this week, which is a sad thing.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 7

I’m not going to write much this week as I’ve done enough writing over the last few days.

Episodes watched this week:
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 7
Takamiya Nasuno Desu!: Teekyuu Spin-off 5
Takamiya Nasuno Desu!: Teekyuu Spin-off 6
Takamiya Nasuno Desu!: Teekyuu Spin-off 7
Etotama 3
Owari no Seraph 3
Owari no Seraph 4
Re-Kan! 4
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 8
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 5
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (PV)
Urawa no Usagi-chan 7

Spring 2015 Status

Series rankings at present:
1) Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou
2) Hibike! Euphonium
3) Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
4) Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku
5) Teekyuu 4
6) Hello! Kiniro Mosaic
7) Plastic Memories
8) Re-Kan!
9) Owari no Seraph (up 1)
10) Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku (down 1)
11) Denpa Kyoushi
12) Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me (up 1)
13) Ore Monogatari!! (up 1)
14) Etotama (down 2)
15) Takamiya Nasuno Desu
16) Urawa no Usagi-chan
17) Kyoukai no Rinne
18) Houkago no Pleiades
19) Show by Rock!!
20) Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation

not yet watched:
Arslan Senki
Kekkai Sensen
Shokugeki no Souma*
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Pikaia
Nar Doma

Thoughts:
Desu desu…

Incidentally, the first volume of Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku is now on its way.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 6

There was no update last week because I didn’t watch anything and I didn’t see much point making a post just to say that, and to mention about Digimon’s removal from the list.

Episodes watched this week:
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 5
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 6
Vampire Holmes 2
Teekyuu 4 4
Teekyuu 4 5
Teekyuu 4 6
Urawa no Usagi-chan 4
Urawa no Usagi-chan 5
Show By Rock!! 2
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 2 DROPPED
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 7
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 3
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 4
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 5
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 6
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 6
Vampire Holmes 3 DROPPED
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 12
Ore Monogatari!! 2
Urawa no Usagi-chan 6
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 2
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 13
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 14
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 15
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 16
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 3

Spring 2015 Status

Series rankings at present:
1) Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou
2) Hibike! Euphonium (up 1)
3) Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (down 1)
4) Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (missed last time, up 9 on the time before)
5) Teekyuu 4
6) Hello! Kiniro Mosaic (down 2)
7) Plastic Memories (down 1)
8) Re-Kan! (down 1)
9) Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku (down 1)
10) Owari no Seraph (down 1)
11) Denpa Kyoushi
12) Etotama (down 2)
13) Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me (down 1)
14) Ore Monogatari!! (down 1)
15) Takamiya Nasuno Desu (down 1)
16) Urawa no Usagi-chan (up 1)
17) Kyoukai no Rinne (down 2)
18) Houkago no Pleiades (down 2)
19) Show by Rock!! (up 2)
20) Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation (down 2)

Dropped:
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
Vampire Holmes

not yet watched:
Arslan Senki
Kekkai Sensen
Shokugeki no Souma
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Pikaia
Nar Doma

I’m loving Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku. I’m pretty sure that’ll be top of my “to-buy” pile from this season (the novels, that is, not the songs or the anime itself).

Digimon adventure Tri has been removed from the list as it is neither a TV series nor airing this season.

Show by Rock isn’t that bad if I can just get over the character designs in that band mode thing.

Nagato Yuki-chan, on the other hand, I dropped. I’d rather just read the manga.

I get the feeling that Ore Monogatari!! could start to get annoying. It hasn’t yet, though.

I really need to get round to starting those other series at some point, but while there are so many episodes that I need to catch up with for stuf that I have started watching I just don’t feel like doing it.