We’re back for another one!
I didn’t know a whole lot beforehand this time, and have been going in more or less blind on most of this stuff. Which has been a bit of a roller coaster, let me tell you.
Nothing for the Actively Avoiding column this time, since I didn’t have enough information to base such a decision on.
Blimey, it feels like there’s a lot this season, though. I’ve been extra delayed for various reasons, so this has taken extra long to get through, but even so it feels like there’s a bit too much. Not to mention that most of it is not terribly exciting. While there’s been a few nice surprises, there’s really nothing that’s blown me away this season. At least not to the extent of last season.
I have also decided to keep my watch list pretty sparse this season. So my mid-season and final posts won’t have a lot on them. I’m thinking of starting with five, plus… two shorts. I have some candidates that might get added if I have time, but for now those five will have to do. Maybe I can do something about my backlog instead.
Let’s just get into it, then. As usual this is just a master-post with a quick summary, while the full impressions are in the links below.
New year, new animes! We’ve finally put 2017 behind us, though there is of course no guarantee 2018 will be any kinder to us. I feel like we’ve said “surely it can’t get worse” for quite a lot of years in a row now.
But at least in terms of entertainment media we’ve been doing alright, and 2018 seems to be off to a strong start with its anime line-up. While it is far too early to declare that any of the new offerings are definitely better than the best of last Winter, it does seem like there’s a larger number of good shows this time. Who knows, maybe a significant number of them will turn out to be absolute bunk by the halfway mark, but I’m at least allowing myself a bit of hope. It wouldn’t do to become completely jaded.
Maybe among this season’s collection the Anime of the Year lurks. There’s certainly a few that have the potential to be strong contenders.
Let’s get the early impressions going then. As a reminder: All of these comments are from only watching the first episode of each show. That’s how I’ve done it in the past 3.5 years, and I’m not about to stop yet. I’m still keeping the recent segmented structure, with only a summary in this post, and links to pages that contain the full text.
But before all that, let’s start with what ended up on my ban list for this season.
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!
[Segmented Version Available, split into three more digestible parts.]
Cor, this season feels a bit larger than the last one. And a bit beefier. Will be hard to make cuts this season. I’l leave that for the end of this post.
Now in general it’s not a new issue for anime to fall into the “this could have been good, or at least better, without that one male main character”, but I’ve been feeling that theme more strongly in this season’s early offerings.
There seems to be a significant amount of harem shows this season too, a couple of which are unmistakably teen-wanks, even though they make a few token efforts towards concealing that.
So as early impressions go, there’s been a lot weighing towards both sides of the scale. And as some shows have their second episodes out, I have heard things that make me grateful I already decided to not keep watching certain shows. It’s almost like there’s a contest towards the low end of who can be the absolute worst. Not something worth fighting over if you ask me.
New year, new anime! After the massive autumn season it feels a little weird to have such a small season to deal with. I think there’s about a dozen less shows total, and there’s several sequels, so there wasn’t really that much for me to check out this time.
I’d also say it’s perhaps a somewhat weak season. While there are several good shows, there’s a lot more that are bad, mediocre, or just dull. And of the good ones, there’s maybe only two or three I think have the potential to be great. I don’t think I’m going to have much problem finding enough stuff to watch though. It just probably won’t be quite up to last season’s standard.
Back to normal procedure with both [Dropped] and [Maybe] tags again applied. I was tempted to also give them a grade, like from A to F, but that’s more effort than it’s worth. If you missed it, I also wrote about last year’s most noteworthy shows here.
BanG Dream is not on here because it’s still a week out, and I don’t want to wait. With that said, let’s get started.
I am not sure whether I’m slow, or this season just has a lot of shows, but it’s taken me nearly a week to get through all of them. Even though I spent several hours per day watching the damn things.
Sorry, I shouldn’t sound so bitter. As always, this adventure into uncharted seas has been highly interesting. In spite of my looming burnout, there were very few shows where I weren’t able to even complete the first episode. Which might have contributed to how long it took to clear them all. Looks like this might be a decent season.
As I stated at the end of my wrap-up post for Summer Season, I am going to be limiting my picks this season. After some self-deliberation, I decided on 3 seeds, 4 new shows, and 1 short. I’ll also have a backup list for things I can swap in if my new picks don’t work out, or maybe just to watch if I have time to spare with nothing else to do. I’m not sure how likely that is, but it’s an option.
I will post my picks at the end, and drop my [Maybe] tags to try to keep some mystery. However, I fully expect my choices to be reflected in my writing, so it probably won’t be much of a mystery.
The Summer season has started, and I believe I have watched everything that’s coming out. More or less. I might have missed something, especially among the shorts, but I did my best to compare the release list with what I actually watched.
My general impression so far: Not as strong as Spring, but definitely not as weak as I thought it might be. A lot of stuff that seems to be at least alright, if not necessarily good. I’m sure it’ll have its audience.
I’ve fallen into the habit of mentally dividing the shows into Yes, No, and Maybe, so I figured I’m going to reflect that more clearly this time. At least as a trial thing. Anything I mark as Maybe is something I might look more into if I have the time or hear good things, even if they technically count as dropped right now. The list will likely feature a lot of Maybes.
Oh, and as a heads-up! This season seems to be really gay. Seems to be a lot of shows that involve boy-boy or girl-girl. Personally I consider this a good thing, but your mileage may vary. How much of it is just baiting/teasing is hard to say yet.
The Spring season is upon us! And wow, what a haul it’s brought.
I can’t remember if there’s any season so far where there’s been so little I’ve felt like immediately dropping. I had to look more harshly at my list and decide which ones I cared less about, since the original list of “stuff I want to watch a bit more of” had 27 titles on it. So I had to drop stuff I normally wouldn’t have.
I suppose it’s similar to the “maybe” list I did for the Winter season, but then it was in part because of how low-energy I get in Winter. I feel much better now, but there’s still no way I can keep up with that much.
Update: I wasn’t able to cut as much as I expected. I have only myself to blame.
Things might be easier to judge once we’re two or three episodes in, but even with that in mind I decided to leave behind some things I was not quite as interested in.
All I’m missing is Big Order, which isn’t out for another five days at least, and I didn’t want to postpone the whole post for that. Will add that when it’s out.
With that said, let us begin:
It is time to embark upon the adventure that is the Summer Season of Anime, 2015!
To reveal a bit of my writing process: As I start this, I have not seen every show yet. I think I’ve seen about a third. But I want to try to get my impressions down while they’re fairly fresh, so I’m starting the document early! So far there’s really only four shows I’ve seen that I’m fairly certain I’ll keep watching, but some potential ones as well.
As always, the idea here is to give some brief impressions after watching the first episode of a show, and see if there’s anything that stands out as immediately impressive, or immediately droppable, or just somewhere in the middle.
Edit: Added early impressions for imas: Cinderella Girls S2.