Week #2 – Summer Anime 2017

Week #2 has arrived with this Summer anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!***


18if (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

What a morbid and horrific episode. I will admit the amount of confusion after this episode is really high, all of a sudden we’ve gone from what we thought was an innocent main character thrown into this dream world, to an almost psychotic and yet bored main character who has zero problem taking another’s life, even if it means that person dies in the real world too. The horrific imagery really sets the tone for how strange this show will be at times, which makes me wonder what other extremes the show will eventually go to. What I’m not sure I like though is how it almost feels that none of these witches will re-appear in the show, so all these women he’s helping are just gone. Either way, this show is EXTREMELY interesting, so we’ll see what happens next.

THE GOOD

  • Horrific imagery used properly to set a tone, not just for the sake of gore
  • The psychotic nature of these characters brings interest towards them

THE BAD

  • I’m not sure how I feel about the MC going from innocent to a murderer in one episode

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Aho Girl (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Yep, this is a show that will be in my top 5 all season, there’s no doubt about it. The insanity, the comedy, the expressions, it’s all really good here. And like I said last week, that disciplinary committee girl is definitely becoming my favourite. Though I will admit she turned to the dark side a lot faster than I expected…

THE GOOD

  • I’m in love with the disciplinary committee girl…
  • The comedy isn’t stopping

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Centaur no Nayami (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Much like Demi-chan wa Kataritai, this show is a fun monster girl comedy that does take a look at race differentiation and those trying to find a normal life within the rest of the public. I think the second half of this episode really solidified that for me, with the whole section related to merfolk and especially towards the end with the one girl wanting to be able to walk like the other races can. It’s an interesting perspective. And hey, I can’t complain that at least a quarter of the episode was swimsuit-related too! But it was all school swimsuits, so there’s no contest this episode.

THE GOOD

  • Nozomi really started to stand out this episode
  • I really like the race differentiation issues that the show brings up, it’s a good conversation to have
  • Swimsuits!!!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gamers! (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

This is such a weird one to judge, I feel like there’s a lot here for me to like, but the problem I’m having is that I cannot stand these characters and the general vibe I’m getting from the show. I feel like I was supposed to be smiling and laughing during the episode with all this “comedy”, but I don’t feel like there was anything to laugh at. Aside from the cleavage girl playing Guilty Gear, there wasn’t anything piquing my interest at all and that mystifies me to no end, given the subject matter.

So even though this episode did nothing for me, because of the subject material, I’ll give the show one more shot to recover from what was a weird first episode. We’ll see if it was a fluke or not.

THE GOOD

  • A show about gaming? Sign me up!
  • Guilty Gear and Counter-Strike referencing

THE BAD

  • None of the characters come off as interesting at all to me
  • The comedy failed in every possible way

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Hajimete no Gal (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I don’t get the general anime community sometimes. A show that I really enjoyed its first episode in 18if has a rating of 5.78 on MAL and yet this atrocious show has a 7.45?! Even I have to admit when the sexual comedy is getting to be WAY too much and it goes above and beyond the boundaries here. From this episode, while I will say that by the end of the episode, the show had gotten better, the over-usage of “virgin” and “pervert” were starting to really get on my nerves. Yukana does seem like an interesting girl, but the lead character in Junichi is on the wrong side of being an over-the-top character. So much of this show is extremely annoying and even coming from a guy who loves ecchi anime, this one is just plain bad!

THE GOOD

  • The concept of “gal” girls brings out characters we don’t normally see and that’s interesting

THE BAD

  • An over-reliance on virgin and pervert themes
  • The sexual comedy wasn’t funny at all, nor was the over-the-top comedy

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***


Isekai Shokudou (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I’m really liking this show, so far a series of half-episodes introducing new characters that are customers of the restaurant. It’s a nice pace and doesn’t demand too much of your attention, it’s just cool little fantasy backstories leading into people going nuts about food, one step away from their clothes blowing off a la Shokugeki no Souma. So far, each of these unique characters have been quite interesting in their own ways, the girl this week was a badass, the guy this week was noble and quite silly when discovering the place. My only worry is that the show for sure will stray away from this to tell an actual story and I hope it doesn’t break the good run it’s having so far.

THE GOOD

  • Two new customers were really good additions
  • I like how the show isn’t placing any emphasis on anyone, they’re all just regular people

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I don’t think this show will be anything overly special, nor does it have to be. As of two episodes in, it’s just a nice fantasy harem with a silly premise of a smartphone being able to be used in that world. I see the show intends to make Touya able to do almost anything so he can play the jack-of-all-trades role, that way he can solve every problem. It’s a little cliche, but as of right now the characters are working with it well enough that I can look past it. I’m seeing a pretty good show, right in the middle of my rankings.

THE GOOD

  • I really like Yae, she’s a fun samurai girl
  • I’m not seeing any annoying flaws thus far

THE BAD

  • By getting a lot of money at the end, I feel like maybe there’s a rush to move them all forward

Episode Score: 4/5


Jikan no Shihaisha (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

The show surprisingly isn’t letting up, I think I might actually have to take this show as a serious contender now. With the addition of Mina, we’ve got a pretty good trio that brings the best out of each other, not to mention that at any moment this could all come crashing down with her betrayal, which is being heavily foreshadowed. I’m still a little sour that the girl from last week is gone though. But yeah, this show is doing really well thus far, the design of everything look so good, the battles are good and the comedy’s pretty good too.

THE GOOD

  • Good trio of characters going on
  • Always nice to see some boy butt going on instead of a parade of naked girls

THE BAD

  • DARLING!!! I just had a Monster Musume relapse…

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Normally, I give a show another shot to correct itself, but in all honesty, this show is extremely boring. Beautiful, perhaps the best looking show this season, but man is it a drag to watch. The battles are good, but again, everything else is bland and boring and if the show is at best 25% fighting, the other 75% is boring. Do the math, that ain’t good at all. I can see where many will enjoy this anime, but it’s not catching me early on and I’m not going to waste a half-hour of my life listening to endless dialogue that (in my opinion) goes nowhere.

THE GOOD

  • ufotable once again are the kings of anime art direction

THE BAD

  • The entire episode after the early minutes of battle was a bore, running at a snail’s pace
  • Unless you’re super into anime guys, I don’t feel like there’s much to grab onto with these characters, aside from their muscular physiques

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***


New Game!! (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I actually didn’t like this episode very much, in fact it might have been the weakest episode in the entire series, counting the first season. The reason why is because the core of the show was gone for most of the episode, that being the cute comedy. Sure, Hajime’s little segment had a moment with Hifumi, but realistically speaking this episode was all very dramatic and that’s not why I fell in love with this series the first place. I really hope this is just a minor bump to move the team forward, I want the show to stay on the comedic track it’s been on since Episode 1 when the show first started.

Oh and Kou didn’t have her pants off this week, so the whole point of the counter’s kind of already been ruined, so no more of that.

THE GOOD

  • The sleeping bag makes a return!

THE BAD

  • Way too serious for what I’m used to with this show
  • No pantsless Kou, so sad…

Episode Score: 3/5


Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

It’s a 3-minute short so I won’t have it on my list every week. But is it worth watching? For the fact the show is a harem where the main character was turned into a cat, yes it absolutely is. For that ridiculous alone, I love it!

THE GOOD

  • Ridiculous plot, condensed into three minutes of slapstick comedy, it’s perfect!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report, a fun short if you want to keep up with it

Episode Score: 4/5 ***DROPPED (SHORT)***

 

 

 


The Reflection Wave One (Ep.1)

Debuts on July 22nd


Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Once again, while the show wasn’t terrible, it really didn’t draw me in that much. While Touken Ranbu got the boot right away, I’m giving this show one more shot before I drop it. I do actually see something in this show that intrigues me enough to want it to get better. The psychic abilities awakening in the main character, the diverse cast of characters, there’s something there I would really like, but the writing so far has been very slow and lazy in my opinion. So yeah, one more week to see if it picks up.

THE GOOD

  • The continuing expansion of characters adds more interesting faces
  • The main character’s awakening to psychic powers adds some intrigue

THE BAD

  • The episode as a whole was still rather boring, I wasn’t paying attention all that much

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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