My apologies for the late post. Real life is as busy as ever and it also does not help that watching Death (Desu) Note eats much of my time. Let’s start?
I tried to read back my end-of-season post last Winter 2016 and even I got tired of scanning what I posted back then (aka too long). Without further ado, I present the ranking right away after using some weird mathematical formula I devised last Fall 2015.
- Concrete Revolutio – The Last Song
- Assassination Classroom – Final Season
- My Hero Academia
- Flying Witch
- Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
- Bungou Stray Dogs
- Rainbow Days
- Kotetsujou no Kabaneri
- Kagewani – Season 2
- Joker Game
- Sakamoto Desu Ga?
- Kuma Miko
Shows I consider for the year-end ranking: Concrete Revolutio – The Last Song
Shows I consider decent: Shows which are ranked above Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
Shows to skip: Anything that is ranked below Kagewani Season 2
I will catch on Luluco this week and see how it fares against these shows. I ‘might’ watch Re:Zero but my trusted bloggers (Bobduh, Caraniel and Flawfinder) aren’t that hot with it so I guess I’ll skip after all. Below is my supporting explanation regarding this ranking.
If Winter 2016 is the season of drama and shorts, Spring is a collection of watchable new shows but never tried to do that much. Assassination Classroom Final Season and Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song mostly wowed me during their respective run. The former has gone to a direction I am super-pleased, since it managed to give Koro-sensei some real development in his character that I was left devastated in its climax. On the other side of the spectrum, Concrete Revolutio just made its plot so thick that I felt I was like reviewing some notes during my undergraduate days for its intricate storytelling. It was one of the few shows where I have to pay attention to almost everything because these play parts in the story’s bigger picture. The sequel is a bit weaker than the first season thanks to the lack of episode count but I get its fully materialized take on the superhero genre so I still included it in my most favorites list.
In the end, I think Kiznaiver has the boldest concept as far as new shows are concerned, but it falls short on mixing high-glossy science fiction and convincing character moments. Color me disappointed with Sonozaki’s role and the way she tainted this otherwise very good show. The laboratory-experiment-gone-wrong approach of Kiznaiver also fell flat for me because I am not a fan of the way it was handled (exposition galore!). Nonetheless, the pros far outweigh the cons (Maki and Nico are simply amazing characters, or I have a biased with guarded characters in general), hence, Kiznaiver is my best new show this season.
My Hero Academia took a last ditch attempt in redeeming itself and succeeded in bringing my belief back to this traditional shounen show. The pacing is quite to relaxed for me to appreciate but darn those feels-y moments that tickled the kid in me. Episode 12 in particular is just spectacular in terms of animating the amazing All Might v. Villain’s fight. Now that a second season has been confirmed, I hope this show gathered enough steam to propel itself similar to what happened with Noragami Aragoto. Meanwhile, there’s not much to say about Flying Witch but I am pleasantly surprised that JC Staff took the courage to animate a purely slice of life series devoid of moe, fanservice and annoying imoutos. The show could have used much more magic for amusement factors though.
You know what? I enjoyed the heck out of Mayoiga since it managed to make me guffaw past episode three. I know enjoyment is subjective but we can never be 100% objective anyway so I turned my brain off and witnessed the craziness unfolding in my screen. I sincerely believe that this series is a product of squeezing three cours’ worth of content to a single one and color me happy on how bad it went. The dialogue is plain bizarre, the characters are nuts and the main conflict is so anticlimatic I cursed my laptop when I saw Yottsun reappearing in that episode. God bless this mess. At least, we got Lovepon who bent the definition of a best girl this season.
Yet why do I consider Mayoiga good? You know, there’s a fine line between bad horror and unintentional comedy and Mayoiga did not only accidentally walk in a fine line – it ran towards the weirdly funny territory since episode three. Yet yeah, liking it is similar with boozing ourselves out with alcohol. The hangover is just that bad. I feel a bit ashamed reading my posts about it now. Teehee.
Then Tanaka-kun is Always Listless proves that you do not need a plot to make your show good. I think I need to commend its creativity in pulling a one note joke all over and over again without getting stale. The use of side characters are also well-executed in this show since Tanaka alone cannot successfully deliver the jokes. Honestly, Echizen and Shiraishi lifted this show from a fujoshi-based one to a clean slice of life comedy series. Do not look for character development though because it is not the show’s intention. Ahhh.. That too, is something I like with Tanaka-kun is Always Listless.
Well, my online friend says that I might be too harsh on Bungou Stray Dogs and he might be right. I cannot contain my frustration with this show because it looks good and it can be really engaging when it tries. The Akutagawa – Atsushi fight is just amazing that I changed my opinion on this show from meh to something special. Bungou Stray Dogs also excels in tackling multi-episodic stories rather than a character of the week. Kunikida’s arc, while slow building, gave us some real good payoffs which changed his beliefs. Then there are inconsequential filler-ish episodes devoid of plot development. Remember Rampo-san’s episode or that finale where nothing much happened until the end of its run? Yeah, this show is darn inconsistent!
Well, Rainbow Days is still reliable in making me smile like a teenager but the lack of episode count rendered it a bit lacking for me. Nonetheless, I am glad I saw a generic romantic comedy show done right with real characters, while trying to exert some efforts in deconstructing shoujo tropes.
Lastly, Mayoiga is not the most talked show this season – it’s Attack on Trains! I enjoyed the hell out of it when they were killing off zombies in trains for the first seven episodes. Then Biba came. Then he became Lelouch minus the Geass (or Gai, whatever). Some forced drama ensued later and we got a show that tried to shift its gears on the second half only to derail later on. I wouldn’t call it a trainwreck because what they are doing still makes sense but I am not pleased with Araki’s direction with the show. In the end, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a missed opportunity in making a faster Attack on Titan which exudes awesome steampunk zombie-killing flair.
Dear God, the second season of Kagewani sucked big time! I know the science research trope will appear sometimes later but… I didn’t expect that it ate two-thirds of this cour. What have you also done with Banba-sensei? He was relegated to the sidelines in exchange for the
good-looking caricature-ish Kimura. This is a letdown.
For the others? Joker Game, Sakamoto desu ga? and Kuromukuro have a common weakness which made my opinion ticked across bad – they’re all boring and lifeless. Joker Game in particular exudes high production values and some tightly written script but the lack of any meaningful characterization and the sanitized approach in World War 2 simply felt soulless and rendered me to sleep. Sakamoto desu ga? does not know how to properly utilize side characters so the joke ran out of steam after two episodes. I was more creeped out than entertained with this series because Sakamoto is either a Gary Stu or a mentally challenged lead. Lastly, Kuromukuro is fine – only if you play it at 120% playback speed because the show is too slow in revealing plot development! Yukina and Kennosuke are fine but darn this show’s overly leisurely pacing. Where’s your Shirobako and Nagi no Asukara greatness PA Works? Ugh.
Yes. Kuma Miko reached Dimension W’s level of atrocity on its last three episodes and I am so disgusted with how it sugarcoated the lack of Machi’s mental capacity and this bear’s perverted desires to remain with her side forever. You know, the final episode could have been cute if not for the fact that the show has a tendency to physically and psychologically torture our country bumpkin while these elders are blissfully doing these deeds.
The characters are not spared either. Yoshio is a persistent and annoying freak who has a good intention but cannot read the darn atmosphere. Machi is socially retarded (seriously) and she never made an effort to surpass her fear of cities and modern technology. Natsu is cute at first, but grew too preachy and weird during the last few episodes. The drunkard old dude who looks like Yoshio is simply annoying. Well, Hibiki is okay but she cannot save the show alone!
Do you want a show where a loli is objectified, traumatized, physically abused and sexualized while a cute background music is playing? Yeah, sure watch Kuma Miko. It’s cute so this cannot be that offensive, isn’t it?
EDIT: I might have gone overboard with lashing out Natsu but man, the show is still my personal worst this season. I cannot appreciate this creepiness disguised as cuteness floating in my screen, you know.
Then there’s my Spring 2016 assessment. Any wild reaction? None? None. Okay. See you next season!