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July 2017 Anime Roundup

IMG_0590My standards for a good season have changed over time. Only 4 new shows I felt compelled to stick with? Wow, I’m really enjoying this season wowie! I guess in the past I was a more obsessive fan and stuck with more stuff I held out hope on maybe getting really good at some point. Either way, I’m enjoying this new season quite a bit despite not actually watching that much. More excuse to go back and watch recent OVAs.

Compulsive Gambler

IMG_0591This show is very silly. I enjoy it because I like watching pretty anime ladies pulling extreme deformed faces while yelling GYAMBARUUUU but I’m not going to pretend its particularly deep or clever. Still though, I have in my later years found myself enjoying a certain amount of trash if it dives face first into it and plays it almost seriously so the joke is inherent in how silly it is instead of trying to point it out. It’s what made Keijo and Prison School work for me, and it’s why I’m enjoying Compulsive Gambler a lot.

My Hero Academia

IMG_0588I must have hit a threshold with My Hero Academia in the last arc where I now fundamentally care about the cast. In the past I largely only cared about All Might’s story and everything else was an amusing aside, but after that competition arc I care about the outcome of most of the major and even minor characters. Yeah sure I still have my issues. Sometimes I feel the extreme evil villains feel out of place in such a happy-go-lucky action show but the man with the permanent facepalm is creepy enough to work by himself. I also feel like the show still doesn’t treat female characters particularly well. But now I care so much more about people like Icy Boy and Thunder Legs that I could probably watch this show forever.

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul

IMG_0593It’s happened again. Rage of Bahamut got too serious and too wound up in the larger world with angels and other bullshit it forgot what made the series good. It took a fun adventure fantasy anime and have diligently went about ruining it. It’s depressing because it’s the exact same thing that happened last season, and as with last season it’s so maddening because I still love the cast. Nina, Favaro, Kaiser, Rita, they’re all fantastic and I just want the show to do right by them. I primarily blame the angels for all of this. Bloody boring bunch with their no fun zone and ever present bloom and absolutely gigantic tits.

Made in Abyss

IMG_0587I am in love with how well directed and constructed this show is. How they have built up these vague ideas of what exists in the Abyss through tales and drawings, like they are all creatures of myth we shall soon all get to meet the terrifying truth of. I’m desperate to see how the character’s world changes when they descend further into the Abyss and how they deal with all these concepts that have only been brought up in vague conversation. This has all been setup for now though. How they execute on this travel down the Abyss is where we’ll see whether this is a classic in the making. Given the reports from the manga readers, I’ll remain cautious, but I gather they’ve already made some changes from the manga which seems like its worked for the better so far.

Welcome to the Ballroom

IMG_0589I’m not enjoying this as much as I thought I would, which might be entirely my own fault. I like the main character and his reasoning for getting into dancing makes him endearing in a way that I want him to succeed. I like the new characters and how they’ve changed the dynamics of the group. It’s just for a show where the human body is so central to selling the story, it’s their…necks. Their damn necks are too long and I can’t pretend it isn’t bothering me anymore. It’s like their neck grew three sizes overnight and then took over their entire head and now they have no head just a giant neck with facial features tacked on and hair placed on the top and it bothers me so much argh.

Princess Principal

IMG_0592This has ended up being a throughly enjoyable steampunk spy romp that apart from some minor quibbles I’ve had a lot of fun with so far. The story, while sometimes a little tough to follow, is just engaging enough to keep me invested throughout the spy chase sequences. The characters, with the exception of the moeblob irritant who is maybe the most annoying character ever in the history of anything, have enough depth that I care about what they’re doing. The writing is generally strong enough and doesn’t take itself too seriously that I can enjoy the goofy fun without scoffing at the show. I enjoy that one character’s entire spy power appears to be her ability to seduce hapless guards, particularly her almost workmanlike approach of “welp, time to get to work” and diligently pulls her dress down to reveal more cleavage. It’s a generally entertaining show I would say is well worth picking up.

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  1. Fbc
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Hey scamp please don’t take this the wrong way I enjoy reading your views but it saddens me how little posts there are nowadays, why don’t you bring in some more talent for the blog? No offense to you but I miss those days where all three of you were blogging about amines each season.

    Also i’m loving the Animes I thought I would hate and heating the ones I thought I’d love

    • Scamp
      Posted August 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      Yeah you’re right. Life happens, I got a job that involves writing all day with massive commutes so I have barely any time to write in my free time anymore. Things will probably change come October but not before then.

      As for more people, I don’t want to bring anyone in unless the site looks healthy so it’s more about growing than trying to save a sinking ship. I want to get myself back into a more regular posting rhythm before I try bring anyone else on board. Not ruling it out but if I do it wouldn’t be for another year at least.

  2. R1CK_D0M
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I dunno if this helps with your ballroom show seeing as how I don’t watch it myself but I heard during AX as I was working the Pony Canyon booth (that was holding ballroom dancing lessons from pros) that one of the things you have to learn to do to look more beautiful and get points is to stretch your neck. It’s kind of like in diving you have to get no splash when you enter the water (even though to me the fun of diving has been making the biggest splash I could)

    • Scamp
      Posted August 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      That reminds me of pictures I saw in a museum of untouched tribes explorers came across where it was seen as attractive to have really long necks so teen girls would wear these braces around their neck, gradually adding more to extend their neck. They got so long that they couldn’t support their heads anymore without the braces so they looked weird and alien, but in their culture that was seen as attractive.

      Basically ideas of attractiveness are weird

  3. DarkEnergy
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink


    Hey Scamp, will you ever do more episodic posts? It looks like your last one is from May 25, 2016 on Kabaneri episode 6 (http://thecartdriver.com/kabaneri-of-the-iron-fortress-episode-6-muscly-women/)

    Also, how is MAL? Your last MAL article roundup was on November 17, 2016 (http://thecartdriver.com/top-30-essential-anime-movies-list-mal-article/)

    • RIP
      Posted August 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      MAL discontinued their article program a while back.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      MAL actually brought the article system back but by then I had a different job with a stupidly long commute and couldn’t justify spending time writing for MAL anymore. Maybe another day, it was fun to do.

      As for episodics, I would like to but I would have to be in a place where I felt confident I could write to a regular schedule again which I simply can’t do now. It’s been tough even being in place to write these monthly pieces. So at least for this year it will remain as thus. I’m trying to write more frequently lately though so baby steps. The Cart Driver will rise again!

      …thank you for continuing reading though guys, it does really mean a lot.

      • DarkEnergy
        Posted August 3, 2017 at 5:33 am | Permalink

        Ah, I see. Oh well. What is your current job (if you don’t mind me asking)?

        You should try to do episodics for Code Geass season 3 (whenever that comes out). I would love that. The Cart Driver is my favorite anime blog and the only one I’ve been following continuously for over 5 years.

        One of my favorite things is your fake season preview charts (though I know it’s a lot of work to do). A lot of shows on your fake charts have actually been made into real anime.

  4. Ken
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, have you checked out “Classroom of the Elite”. It’s a show that was late out of the gate so I think allot of people have passed it by. I’m not saying it’s great, but it has my interest.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      I read some of the manga adaptation (think it was a light novel first?) and it really didn’t strike my fancy. Felt like a school full of Mahouka dudes

      • Ken
        Posted August 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

        Mahouka? I don’t know where you get that. No one is trying to do their sister so far.

  5. Ariscottle
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    The Cart Driver is my favorite anime blog and always will be. I shall continue to laugh hysterically at your monthly posts for however long they continue. Much love Scamp <3

  6. Canary Paint
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Just want to +1 the sentiments here… I still check regularly for your posts and will keep doing so. If you ever find yourself in the position to post more often, then I will still be here.

    I think I will have some kind of anime paralysis for a season or two if you ever stop the season previews ;-)

    An episodic or even a bi-weekly consisting of major impressions for Code Geass season 3 would be very cool.

  7. Nigouki
    Posted August 9, 2017 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    The necks in Ballroom are definitely more jarring in the anime! The manga still has its problems but I think the art style holds up better in the manga.

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