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April 2017 anime roundup

Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul - 03 - Large 07New season, old anime. Because while I’ve tried a whole bunch of stuff this season, all the ones I’m really enjoying are sequels. Mind you, those sequels are really good so I’m not exactly complaining. Last season didn’t have much anime worth watching either, but the ones it did have were fantastic. If we go every season with only 3-4 anime worth watching but all those anime are amazing, then it will be the best year for anime ever.

Attack on Titan Season 2

Shingeki no Kyojin - 29 - Large 26This season has felt more of a side story due to how little time we’ve spent with our main characters. Which isn’t what I wanted from an Attack on Titan sequel so long after the first. But it turns out I inherently like the world of Titan so much that I’m still really enjoying this season. It’s the ending that has really sold me on the aesthetic of Titan this time around. The re-appropriation of medieval hyperviolent mural depictions of hell fits incredibly well with the titans. About 80% of the time the titans looks comical, much like medieval art. But that other 20% of the time they’re fucking terrifying, tapping into a primal fear that nothing you do can stop the helplessness of certain death. The religion in Titan kinda makes sense in this context. Medieval people don’t worship God out of adoration but of fear. The whole idea has actually helped me come around on Titan’s hyperviolence in how it shapes its own themes and general aesthetic. It’s a difficult one to pull off without appearing like some tryhard edgy thing, but this season has kinda convinced me that it has.

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul

Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul - 03 - Large 10If anything, this has been a stronger start to the show than the first season of Bahamut, and that’s without Favarooooooooo. The world is already more interesting, the setup to the story I’m already more interested in, and Nina is a more than capable replacement for a main character. The whole idea that she turns into a dragon when she gets too close to a sexy dude is both stupidly funny and worked well into the story. It knows it’s hilarious but is more than capable of running with it as a story piece and how it impacts her life. Now I can see how the story would eventually get bogged down as last season did. The reappearance of Jean D’Arc is a sign of some of the things that kinda ruined the first season. But for now I am more than happy to revel in how much fun this season has been so far. Interestingly, I managed to convince mai waifu to watch it with me and she’s been thoroughly enjoying it without having seen the first season at all. It works perfectly well as a standalone piece. So go out there and watch this.

My Hero Academia Season 2

Boku no Hero Academia - 18 - Large 33When I collected Pokemon cards as a kid (trust me I’m going somewhere with this), I never really played the game itself but instead made all my rarest cards characters who went to school and played out classroom activities, with the primary goal of making my sister laugh. I learned from those dumb games that the characters that consistently made my sister laugh the most were the ones with that one quirk (c wut i did thar) that you could contort into various hilarities while keeping the core of the character intact. Basically this little aside is my way of trying to describe why these latest episodes have been a whole lot of fun. I’m not particularly invested, but watching these minor characters use their abilities to duke it out is fun in a side-character duel sort of way. I would like it eventually get back to the emotional and thematic core of the show with All Might, but for now at least I’m enjoying the sports festival.

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia - 14 - Large 06It’s funny, I’ve spent most of the show wishing it had some kind of more coherent story, but now that it’s arrived I really don’t care about watching Akko search for the seven horcrux-I mean magic words. It’s too high concept and vague for a world with a more immediate and tangible issue of magic dying from the source of power being less powerful. On the other hand, I do really like the new Defence Against the Dark Ar-I mean, Modern Magic teacher, with her cool cape and badass attitude. She’s a fun addition to the show and her introduction shows more of how the witching world is dealing with the death of magic around them. That piece of world-building is still the best part of the show and anything used to enhance that is a plus. Well, it’s the best part of the show apart from the animation and general joy of simply watching these girls muck about and do sakuga-infused magical procedures. But this aint no sakuga blog so something something world building.

Kado: The Right Answer

Seikai Suru Kado - 04 - Large 26I’m not quite clued enough into anime fandom right now to know if I’m crazy for thinking Kado is genuinely really quite good and the only actual new anime from this season that’s worth watching. Yeah dodgy CG people are dodgy, but the writing is good enough to keep me coming back. The best sign of good writing is when I think up a plot hole and withing seconds they instantly bring it up themselves. Its way of looking at communication is well thought out and thorough, with the concept that language will fundamentally fail and get the exact meaning through but is good enough to get the message through quickly. The latest episode got a little Rawr Rawr Japan for my liking, but we’ll see how they handle the obvious question of why Japan should be trusted with the infinite energy versus the UN.

Sakura Quest

Sakura Quest - 03 - Large 14I was kinda into the first episode of Sakura Quest, but a few episodes in and all that interest just sorta faded away into bland nothingness. It’s not like it did anything particularly bad, but I just didn’t get invested in anything. Then the stupid speech in episode 3 came with her talking about how crap their mascots were and it was a sign to jump out. I just have a natural dislike of stories that treat a young adult who wants to leave their sleepy village to find their future in the big city as an immature dream that they just need to grow out of infuriating. Particularly when it’s next to My Hero Academia’s message of YOU CAN DO IT, LET NOBODY TELL YOU OTHERWISE!!! It just comes off as old people yelling at kids, angry that the world is changing and making stories that try to drag them back and berate them for being immature.

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  1. Shadow
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Surprised you havent written anything about Eccentric Family 2, considering how much you liked season 1.

    • Wodes
      Posted May 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Seconding this, season 2 thus far is shaping up to be just as good if not better than season 1

    • Scamp
      Posted May 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      You must be mixing me up with someone else, I never really liked Eccentric Family

  2. Shikamaru
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Still nothing about the masterpiece named Eromanga Sensei? I was waiting for you to bash it.

    I personally enjoy it. It’s just really creepy that they are sexualizing (is that a word?) a 12 year old girl. Okay Kirino was 14 and Ruri was 15 (I think) so they were underage as well, but to think that they had to actually lower that number instead of raising it.

    Why couldn’t the main girl be at least 17 years old? I know that most anime is geared towards teenagers, but does that mean that most anime characters have to be teenagers as well. Especially if you’re going to make them sex objects.

  3. Nagisa
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m enjoying Titan S2 more than S1 but man is the pacing slow. It’s reminding me of the boulder arc a bit. I dislike how at this point we know next to nothing on the titans. There are glimpses and tidbits this season but I wanted answers so I read the manga. I like where it went and I’m looking forward to see it animated. Also, I like how it’s focusing on the side characters bc I find them more interesting.

    Also Your Name was great. I saw it once subbed and another time english dubbed in theaters. It was a treat. Would recommend.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      I think the pacing thing is massively improved by marathoning. I watched about 4 episodes at once and the pacing never got to me, but as soon as I had to watch one episode at a time it was way more noticeable

      • Canary Paint
        Posted May 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        For some weird reason, I am somehow that person who is served just fine by AOT pacing during season 1 and two. I watched the first week by week and now this one week by week.

        Showing the “boring” tension of uncomfortably normal interactions within a globally weird situation punctuated by sudden, sometimes extended bouts of frenetic action works for me to build suspense.

        Some works build what I call “fake suspense.” It is when the characters know something that the viewer does not. The suspense is built by denying knowledge to the viewer that would be common knowledge to the character in the story.

        To me, the most masterful suspense comes from the story being able to transmit the uncertainty of the characters in their situation to the viewer.

        I think AOT does this pretty well.

  4. Ibri
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I like Zero it isn’t great exactly but a simple proper fantasy from time to time is nice. Also I just have a thing for Zeros character type.

  5. AH
    Posted May 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Kado is pretty good as far as political sci-fi goes and I guess the 3D sticks out less due to habit. I do tend to wonder what’s going to be the message at the end of it all.

    ID-0, which you’re obviously not watching, is also pretty good as more of a sci-fi adventure, but one which actually cares about things like physics and building the setting up (I am not comparing it to Kado, btw, but rather to other space adventure shows).

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