Fall 2018 – First Impressions

All aboard to the new anime season!

You may feel tired watching anime but anime seasons will still begin regardless of your thoughts. Fall is usually regarded as the biggest season in an anime year and I cannot help but feel a bit enthusiastic with the sheer quality of the new shows this time. Yet then, that was I said during Spring which ended really, really disappointing and Summer which was okay at best. However, every show in my watchlist today has some good points.

Let’s just keep this optimism on the check to avoid disappointments later.

GREAT

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1. Banana Fish – The noitamina show remains my top pick for its consistent pacing and solid production values. I have nothing more to say except that watch this show. Watch this show. Watch this show!

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2. Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet – This feels like a lost 2012 series that aired on 2018. However, color me torn on the next episodes since LIDEN FILMS actually managed to make Hanebado dull in terms of animation. This is a homage to romantic comedies that aren’t original but are heartwarming, and this show gets it. Damn, the last five minutes of the first episode left me with a stupid grin. Folks, that is how to make an anime confession.

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3. FLCL Alternative – The original FLCL is crazier than this. The animation is also a tad too subdued, to be honest, but the studio wants to recapture the feel of the original series. For now, it managed to replicate the coming of age schtick that FLCL excelled. I just want some more gravitas and that’s it.

ALMOST THERE

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4. Golden Kamuy 2nd Season – The guys are back! Also, we are now in the part of the manga where these characters with different interest begin to converge. Golden Kamuy remains fun but irreverent, which are the reasons why I loved the series in the first place. I just pray that the anime will be able to capture the nuances of the source material.

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5. Sword Art Online – Alicization Arc – I may have put this to #1 for the majestic first half. Boy, it looks more of an anime from ufotable than A-1 which says a lot and the world building is quite good. Then the second half reminded me why I have a love-hate relationship with Sword Art Online. Asuna is way too dependent on Kirito. The heartbeat monitor thing really creeped me out. Give this girl a seminar on feminism, pretty please!

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6. Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara – Time travel shows involving introverts aren’t fun but this somehow managed to show the jadedness and the subsequent fear of being subjected to one. Holy shit, Irozuku Sekai is damn pretty although the plot reminds me of every PA Works show ever (You know, some high gloss fantasy stuff with teenage romance as its linchpin).

GOOD

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7. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken – Passable to be honest. I just cannot get over the fact that a dude that is socially-skilled, moderately good-looking and a damn accomplished to boot is… an… outcast? But then, I am a middle age man with a decent job but also chose to be alone. Hmmm? The writing is smart for an LN series but I am not hooked. Not bored though.

DECENT

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8. Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru – I feel like I should like this show more than I have. The colors they chose for the show are so easy on the eyes in a Kyoto Animation level kind of way. Moreover, the animation is damn smooth. Its concept screams noitamina slot. These should have made me love the show on the get-go. However, the main lead is a kind of ass. Who the hell drags people for your selfish whims anyway? The side characters are fun to watch though.

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9. Double Decker! Doug & Kirill – Another show that I should be praising to the high heavens but left me cold thanks to the lack of camp. Ridiculous shows need ridiculous execution so these will not be a cringe to watch. Samurai Flamenco and Tiger and Bunny did the stuff before. Please be like those two.

TRASHY GOOD

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10. Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu – On the other hand, the SJWs and I should be hating this but the uke’s one-liners are pretty funny to watch. It is also kind of awkward to see this beautifully animated. I mean, you get Black Clover and Tokyo Ghoul which can be horribly rendered and then this. I am a fudanshi though so… I enjoy the hell out of this one.

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11. Goblin Slayer – Kids. You should never ever take on a quest that is not supposed to be for your level. The edge here may be a tad too unnecessary (the peeing scene made me wince) but hey, I am not bored. Let me watch this in a while. The production values are kind of bland though. Which is weird since White Fox is on a two for two for badly produced shows by now.

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12. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Mina – Actually, this is the real edgy show this season given its high concept premise and a random bunny girl thrown to the mix. The adolescence syndrome could have been more interesting only if we are not given halfbaked Oregairu and Bakemonogatari nuances. You better have magnetic characters to pull this kind of schtick. And that series failed on that note.

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13. Zombieland Saga – Anime in its final form. I get the jokes but why am I not laughing?  However, I am also not bored so I guess I was not in the mood when I watched the premiere? The mad scientist was the good part of Zombieland though.

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14. Black Clover – Looks like it has another cour. Damn. At least the opening is still one of the best this year.

 

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