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Sooooo... Ladies, gentlemen and... whatever the heck the rest of you are... it's that time of the year again. That's right, that time of the year!!
No you fucktards, it's time for the seasonal anime (or, really, animeh) review! Which, recently, earned itself its own blog! (Mainly because scrolling through one comment thread was torturous and some bitchy anon that wouldn't stop whining, but anyways)
Moving on! For those of you new here, Hi! I'm Carry and we use our seasonal animeh review to rant, rave, and generally talk about all of the anime we watched over the last season. We give our favourites, our least favourites, our favourite OPs and EDs, and what we are totally looking forward to for the next season. It's a great place to see what you missed, see what you definitely shouldn't have missed, and talk about anime news in general. So, if you watched even one series over the last season, or just wanna chat, drop us a comment.
Without further ado though, here's my outlook on everything I saw this season. As always, scores here are raw, rounded for my MAL page :D
|In a season of both great content and totally average content, I'm glad there was at least one series that had me coming back each week pumped and ready to go. Never had to debate the plot... never had to question character motives... never had to pray something stupid wouldn't happen:
Ahhhh, what to say, what to say? I LOVED Haikyuu season 1, and though I found the first half of season 2 to be a little slow, I adored the second half! The matches were so great, and you can tell a sports anime is doing it right when you legitimately barrack for every damn team -__-
Animation is smooth as always, every character gets a chance to shine in such a way that isn't simply turning them into plot conveniences, and story-lines are fun to follow.
Seriously, I don't have much to say about this anime because it's just so damn entertaining. So, I'll just recommend you watch it if you haven't already. Admittedly, I didn't like it as much as season 1, but Haikyuu still continues to amaze me. I'm totally looking forward to season 3! :D :D
Oikawa also gets my pick for 'Male of the Season' X3
Final Score: 9.4/10
#OikawaForKing2016 #IWasBarrackingForSeijoh #OikawaDeservedThatWin #Fuckin'OikawaMate
|I often have a lot of trouble picking a worst series, because often times there are just so many different things that qualify as "bad' for me. A few seasons ago I debated 3 series that I found awful for 3 entirely different reasons, and I find myself doing so again here, albeit with 2 series. However, in light of how I view characters, plot, tone etc. and how they should be handled, I have settled with:
My brother and I have noticed something. There is a band called STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION, and they have done the OPs and EDs for a few anime we've seen. Their songs are catchy as fuck, and my brother and I love them. However, we've noticed that every time SDF does the OP or ED for an anime, we start out liking it and then slowly come to dislike it over the season. Case and point: Gangsta.
Dimension W is much like Gangsta in my books. It was a series that, at first, opened the audience up to a new world filled with intrigue and opportunity. The main male and female were very good characters, and the anti-hero (of sorts) was very appealing too. DW seemed like a series that would greatly impress, but episode after episode it just sunk into mediocrity.
The mystery brought up in the first episode was never really addressed; the anime spend ages on short, weird side stories that ultimately added nothing to the overall story or characters; the main plot became so convoluted (trying to be smart, and failing imo) that it grew boring, and the ending really was nothing short of bland. And this was a shame. This anime had so much going for it and such great leads that I was certain it would impress. Alas, like Gangsta, it got lost in itself, and never delivered anything close to an enjoyable or cohesive story. Unfortunately, a series cannot stand on its characters alone, and this anime is proof of that.
My brother and I have now dubbed this the "Stereo Dive Curse". We'll see if it strikes again, heaven forbid.
Final Score: 5.2/10
|Aside from the above, the other series I followed were:
As a manga reader, I've been a little disappointed with the pacing of the anime, but I'm also biased in knowing what's coming and I'm totally pumped for it! So far AssClass has been a good continuation of the first season, and I look forward to seeing more :)
Final Score: I don't score still-airing anime/10
... *sighs* Yeah, after all the flack I give this series and that I gave the first half, I watched the second cour of this anime. And, truth be told, I really have nothing to add to the review I gave last time.
We're back in Clarines with "I'm so perfect I never muck up or have any flaws" Shirayuki and "I'm so perfect I sparkle and I never seem to even have a negative emotion besides getting miffed at people sometimes" Zen. Yep, the perfect characters and their "perfect" romance and ugh, I'm gunna roll my eyes again. Here it comes... *rolls eyes*
Anyone who knows my opinion on this series will know I dislike the two leads a lot, and this second cour did nothing to help that. Arg, they're just so flawless and gah! It's INFURIATING! Really, Zen and Shirayuki don't even seem to have differing opinions on ANYTHING. Zen touches Shirayuki's hand and they both blush. He kisses her (not for the first time, I might add - more like the 7th) and she falls to the ground due to her legs giving out. I'm... not even freakin' kidding. It's like some Disney movie (but never-ending... for no reason) and I just... don't like it .-.
Once more the story is also pretty run-of-the-mill. Our characters start in one place, they have stuff happen that seems to be dramatic... and then they finish in the same place. Mainly because they were already perfect to begin with. It's the other characters who reap the benefits of these plots, but because they aren't the mains they rarely take the spotlight, which sucks.
Why am I not saying this anime is horrible then? Because of the secondary characters... who legit make the show and are the only reason I watched and liked this cour more than the first half. Obi is magnificent, balancing his feelings for the cast versus his nature, going overboard when stressed and regretting actions. He's such a great character, and I really wish he was the lead male. Really. Raj is another who blossomed in this cour. He got such great development, but, again, because he's the secondary character it becomes quite irrelevant. I can safely say (as a manga reader) that he doesn't come back into the story with a major role after this arc.
And that's what annoys me. AkaGami isn't a bad show. The characters aren't bad. They're sweet and cute and fun. But everything they do... everything that happens... just seems so insignificant and insubstantial. They always face some random "bad" and come out the other end no different. Zen AGAIN hinted throughout this entire season that he wanted to marry Shirayuki and I saw anionlys flip because they thought it would happen. This was in the equivalent of chapter 35-40(?) and I can safely say that over the course of the next 40-ish chapters that he still hasn't proposed properly. They still aren't together and their relationship has gone nowhere.
Alas, because the two leads are perfect, it seems heaps think this series is perfect. I think it's far from, but all of my negativity aside, it's not bad either.
Final Score: 6.5/10 (For Raj and Obi and Isana ONLY)
Hmmmm... this anime was interesting. I really don't have much to say on it.
Animation of the world was AMAZING (omg, it's so great) and the plot was pretty good. I dunno... it was kind of slow, but I never really found anything I disliked here. I guess Ranta was the most annoying character of all time, and the females (bar 1) were pretty meh, but the series tried its best and never really failed at anything imo. I guess the ending was a little slow and anticlimactic, and the characters could have been written a tad better, but overall I found everything to be fine.
What I'd recommend is watching the first few episodes. If you like what you see, you will like the entire anime. If not, then stop while you're ahead, because the pace and tone never really changes.
Mary takes out 'Woman of the Season' for me, though, tbt, there weren't many great females this season .-.
Final Score: 7.1/10
|Gah, this is so hard to pick, because there were so many great OPs this season, all fantastic in their own way.
Assassination Classroom Season 2: What can I say? This catchy-as-heck tune caught my ear, and the incredibly subtle spoilers throughout winked to manga fans whilst not giving anything away to anyone else. The fact that it changed as plot points were revealed was also great, and the lyrics are lovely :)
|After all the great OPs we got, I found most of the EDs were very poor. Still, there was one GREAT one!
Aaaaand... heck, that's that from me :D Gods, this took ages to type up, but I expect everyone to do the same in the comments XD Hopefully many of you felt slightly the same as me in regards to the above anime, but, if not, argue away!! :P
So, up to you now. What did you like? Dislike? What would you recommend? Fire away! Just please be sure to either skip spoilers or black them out with our colour code ;)
(As for next season, well, ngl the list looks a little dry tbh. The only two catching my immediate eye on synopsis alone are Bungou Stray Dogs and Mayoiga, which, funnily enough, are apparently both mysteries XD Haha, guess we'll see how it goes ^__^)
Carry out... bitches!