Anime Autumn Season 2017 – Early Impressions

Autumn season is steadily rolling along, and I’ve discovered I was wrong about Overlord. S2 isn’t until Winter 2018. Well, at least that means I have an extra slot this season.

I’m not sure I dare make any judgements about whether this season seems strong or weak, considering how wrong I was about Summer. I have certainly found several strong-looking shows, and some that might grow strong. I suppose it will be easier to judge by mid-season.

There appears to be a lot of shows though, but I seem to remember from previous years that Autumn is the most packed season, with Summer coming not too far behind.

Not much more to say, so I guess we might as well get started!

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Night Terrors

[A/N: Just began watching Symphogear G (finally), and this idea sprouted overnight.]

“Finé!”

Her eyes flew wide open, and Chris pushed herself up from the bed. Blearily she looked around, and it took her a good few moments before she remembered where she was. Home, not… there.

She pressed her right palm against her forehead, and squeezed her eyes shut before turning on the light. It wasn’t as harsh as that, but certain habits died hard. Genjuurou had insisted on soft, yellow bulbs for the bedroom. ‘It helps soothe your mind and soul,’ he claimed. Yet Chris didn’t feel very soothed right now.

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Won’t You Look My Way?

[A/N: Another middle of the night idea. I don’t usually write these types of stories, but I suppose I wanted to see if I could.]

She’s beautiful. The most beautiful person in the world. That’s what I think every time I see her.

Graceful, talented, cheerful… wonderful. I have never met anyone like her. Compared to her I am so painfully average. If only she would… I should say something. Hah, I keep thinking that, yet I never do. But perhaps today…

She turns her head, and our eyes meet. My heart can’t decide if it wants to leap out of my chest, or just stop dead. She smiles, a genuine one reflected in those deep blue eyes. One might think blue eyes would be cold, but hers are soft and enveloping, like a warm ocean I want to sink into. I smile back, even though I’m aware it probably looks goofy. Then I realise I’ve been staring. Again.

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Flustered Flower

[A/N: This was one of those ideas that come to me when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night/early morning. Not stuff I’d normally write, but that I just have to give a go anyway.]

“Good morning, Riri~” Mari’s perky voice rang out.

“Good morning, Mari-san,” Riko said as calmly as she could. For Riko felt like she was constantly flustered around Mari these days.

It had started with Yoshiko. She had been the first to call Riko ‘Riri’, for whatever reason. Maybe she thought it was poetic, or dramatic, or something. It was sometimes hard to get what was going on in Yoshiko’s mind.

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Day At The Zoo

[A/N: With everything else out of the way, it’s time to wrap up Daily Demon Dealings with the fourth and final chapter.]

After four weeks:

Dia had invited them to go to the zoo. Ruby was initially worried Maru and Yohane wouldn’t be interested, but Maru seemed quite excited, and Yohane said she might as well come along. If she was excited, she was doing the thing where she was acting like she wasn’t. So now the four of them were here.

Dia paid for entry for all of them, probably with money she had gotten from their mother, if Ruby was to guess. They had picked a slow day, since Dia was aware of how bad Ruby was with crowds. Ruby didn’t feel as nervous as she normally would, though. Maybe she felt safer with having three people she knew there, or maybe being around her two friends from the underworld had made her more used to people in general.

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Anime Summer Season 2017 – Final Thoughts

Thanks to moving to a new place, and various other things happening throughout September, I once again managed to fall behind on my anime watching. I think I did a decent job of catching up though. I’m not that many days behind the last show ending, I think.

For once I actually didn’t drop any shows between mid-season and the end. They were a good (or good enough) bunch of shows I had ended up with. I think the general consensus is that we had a strong season. At least the few comments I’ve seen indicate as much. So if you’re looking for something to binge on now, there’s probably something for you here.

I sadly don’t have anything new to report on the Symphogear or Precure front. I’m in a state where I could use about a month of peace and rest just to stabilise, so it’s a little too easy to procrastinate on things in favour of just doing nothing productive for a whole day.

There’s also no shows I’ve watched that are continuing into the Autumn season, so that segment is unnecessary. Certain things clearly have an S2 coming a little later, but no direct continuations right now. I have however watched a few extra things besides what just finished airing (yes, instead of what I keep saying I need to catch up with), so there will be a bonus section afterwards.

As always, you can check out the early impressions, and mid-season update, if you’re not up to date on what’s been running this season.

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Warm To The Touch

“Ugh…” Watanabe You felt miserable. Wasn’t summer supposed to be over? Yet it was still unbearably warm, even with the sun having gone down. Her brain was fried, so any more studying would have to wait. She’d taken off her glasses anyway, since they just kept sliding down her nose. At least it was slowly cooling down now. Slowly being the key word, as everything was still really clammy. Even sitting still she felt awful.

Suddenly she could feel something pressing against her back, and two arms were lazily draped around her.

“Chi… Chika-chan?” Hadn’t Chika fallen asleep after overheating? Ah, she could feel warm breath against her neck. You shivered, the sensation travelling down her spine.

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After Shipping

[A/N: With New Game!! complete, here’s a collection short after the fact scenes. Spoilers for the finale! The timelines for these stories might not be entirely concurrent. ]

Aoba was smiling as she sat at the computer.

“Peco’s selling well, it seems,” Hifumi said, and Aoba jumped.

“Gah! You’ve gotten way too good at sneaking up on me,” Aoba said, putting a hand over her heart.

“Or maybe you’re just getting too used to my presence,” Hifumi countered, and smiled at Aoba as she swivelled the chair around to face her fiance.

“Shouldn’t it work the other way, that I get better at noticing you?” Aoba asked with a wry smile. “But yeah, it seems like the game is going to be a success.” Her smiled waned a little, and she turned back towards the screen. “But…”

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Rooftop Visit

[A/N: Chapter 3 of Daily Demon Dealings, sequel to Confrontation.]

After three weeks:

It was a funny thing. Ruby hadn’t ever particularly thought that she disliked school, even though she had no friends. It was just something she had come to accept as normal. But now that she had someone, it was like her eyes had finally been opened, and she could truly see how miserable she had been. That it was something that shouldn’t have been normal.

Things were much easier now. Even being away from Maru and Yohane wasn’t so bad, when she knew she would see them again afterwards. They might be terrifying demonic entities, but she still thought of them as her friends, particularly now that she was getting more and more used to them. She had started daring… allowing herself to be happy. Even if it didn’t last, she would enjoy it while it did. No one could claim she didn’t look at the positive side of things. Or at least tried to. She was determined to have no regrets.

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Re:Creators Is Good But Could Have Been Better (Spoilers)

We’re not quite out of the Summer season yet, but Re:Creators, the new original series from studio Troyca, wrapped up about a week ago.

I still feel like the capitalisation is unnecessary, and a space might be, but it's their creation.

Overall I’d say it’s quite good. Maybe even very good, though that is more contestable. It played well with the concept of what would happen if the characters we created became aware of, and even entered into, our world. The world of those who created them, their “gods”. Which also provided justification for why all of these vastly different characters would/could be in the same place. Seeing characters from different worlds with entirely different backdrops and values interact was interesting. The episodes that were heavy on dialogue and interaction were just as, if not more, interesting than the action-heavy ones. It painted an intriguing picture.

Yet we’re not here today to talk all that much about the strengths of the show. Past the break the Spoilers are soon to start, so I assume that if you keep reading you have already watched the show (or just don’t care). Let’s instead talk about the shortcomings that resulted in this show only being good, when it could have been great.

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