It’s cold outside but apparently we are already on the spring season, which means it’s time to talk about the first impressions this season has brought. But first I should apologize to you, the reader, I’ve been lacking no content in the past days and my only excuse is the fatigue after writing all day on my current job. I still have two pending reviews about spring season shows and a special one I was planning to do. For now, let’s go down into the rabbit hole and explore this action-packed and edgy season.
Shows I like
The gang is back, and 5pb has learned that the only franchise worth of an adaptation is Steins;Gate. This show maintains a similar structure with the original adaption but delves into more mature topics and sometimes the uppity personality of some characters contrasts with the somber tones of our main character, a PTSD spineless mad scientist. While I did play the visual novel, that was enough time ago that I already forgot the important details so watching is show is like uncovering lost memories. The adaption does a fair job on translating the story from the VN to the television screen and I’ve enjoyed it so far.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. This animation is something you don’t want to miss. This show goes on its own way while also serving as a tribute for Ashita no Joe. The art style of reminiscent of late 80s/early 90s anime which could be a plus for people who dislike modern animation standards. I’m not a sports guy but box and wrestling were always my favorite events when I was growing up and so far Megalo Box has captured that intensity and passion behind boxing matches.
Last Period - Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari
Parody comedies might be dead on the west, but there’s a lot to lampoon on otaku culture and I didn’t expect a show that was an adaptation of a mobile game to be as sardonic making fun of the increasing popularity of mobages and everything that surrounds it. The characters are not one dimensional, break the fourth wall constantly and the show also have my favorite type of villains: Goofy ones that only exist to annoy our heroes.
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
The recent influx of “grown-up” anime is always welcome, presenting the conflicts and daily struggles is more relatable (at least for old people like me). Wotakoi is a romantic comedy about two couples who work in the same company and all of them are otaku. To me the show feels in the same vein as “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun” but for adults, same style of comedy, main girl character has a cheery but also dry personality, focus on the hobbies that you won’t expect people have.
Speaking of dry humor, Hinamatsuri is a champion on this setting. This show is an ensemble of characters and their daily interactions between each others in a world where a girl is allowed to be a bartender and a space/time traveler has to survive in our world collecting cans from the trash. The comedy timing of the show relies on its absurdity and I’m happy that stories like this get an adaptation.
Apparently this is a game adaptation but it doesn’t feel like it. It wasn’t until the fourth episode where we got the explanation behind the strange events of the first episodes but I would be OK if they didn’t explain it. The weirdness of this show hook me instantly and asking who are these people, why the world is incomplete or who the fuck is virtual goddess was intriguing. We still don’t have all the answers and I will continue watching this show to see how weird it gets.
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
It’s finally here after thirteen years, a new season of Full Metal Panic. This is not a joke and probably means the world is ending soon, but who cares, the latest installment of this story brings since its first episode all the action and intensity that has characterized Full Metal Panic. All the characters back as if only six months have passed, I admit that my sense of nostalgia might cloud my judgment about this show but I can say it was worth the wait.
SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online
Talking about oddities, this is a show with a SAO in its title that does not suck. Gun Gale is, at its core, a simple story about valuing yourself and learning to work with others as a team and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a simple narrative device that makes for an entertaining show.
Boku no Hero Academia S3
What is left to say about BnHA? I’ve choose this show as one of my favorites during the 2017 Summer season and what I’ve seen of this new season is that some of complaints have been answered and I want to see more of it.
Darling in the FranXX
People say this Trigger’s Evangelion, or Trigger’s Eureka Seven, but to be honest for me it’s Trigger’s Soap opera. The world is slowly uncovering for us and we will probably get a twist ending but what I’ve enjoyed more is the relationships between the characters. Maybe this is a refined Kiznaiver after all.
Uma Musume Pretty Derby
How could I forget one of the strangest shows in the season? Not only because of its premise, horse girls are real and in that world they compete in races like normal horses but they are also treated like idols, but also it’s the first P.A. Works anime I can tolerate. The gimmick of Uma Musume works good enough to keep me interested which if it didn’t have that gimmick it would be another idol show.
Mahou Shoujo Site
It’s not a secret that I like weird, bizarre and absurd shows. But when the first episode of a show its fill of torture porn just for the sake of it, I could not stand it. At least Ousama Game you could laugh at how bad it was, in Mahou Shoujo Site is just done in poor taste.
Soon to be dropped
Persona 5 The Animation
I know there’s a loose connection between Caligula and Persona, but Persona fails where Caligula succeeds. I feel like I’m watching the cutscenes of the game and that I need to play the game to understand the motives of our characters. Not a fan of that.