1. One Punch Man (-)
One Punch Man is still going strong. I guess it’s going to play out more as a action comedy than an action show with jokes, if that makes any sense. But as long as it’s entertaining I don’t really care.
I’m still curious how it’s going to stay fresh, since surely it can’t keep introducing new threats for Saitama to swat effortlessly. Or… can’t it?
2. Utawarerumono – Itsuwari no Kamen (+3)
Episode two was pretty good all around. With all the garbage this season, it’s refreshing to have a show where all the characters are competent and accomplish things, without either crying about it, turning psycho, or pulling some dumb shit out of their asses. I was a little ambivalent about the first episode, but by now it’s established itself as a solid show.
You know, maybe there is hope. Maybe this series won’t turn stupid like the first one did…
Shit, what am I thinking? I must stay strong.
3. Mobile Suit Gundam – Iron-Blooded Orphans (-1)
Not much change from last week, although with the cast already introduced there was more time for actual progress this episode. It’s a shame the princess already regressed into “stand there helplessly” mode. It’s understandable, sure, but I would’ve liked to see her be a little bit more proactive instead of following down the usual route. She did figure pretty quickly that her dad didn’t have her best interest in mind, so that’s something at least.
Also, Biscuit has two sisters called Cookie and Cracker. It’s a good thing they’re orphans now, cause they must’ve had some fucked up parents.
4. Garo: The Crimson Moon (-1)
Garo continues to be fine, but nothing more. The Crimson Moon just doesn’t have the same flair that the first series did, and it’s hard to get excited when the season with more potential ended up squandering it. If it’s going to continue being horror-of-the-week, it’s probably going to slip further down the ranking.
5. Sakurako-San (+3)
Now that the introductions are over, it seems to be playing out much more like a straight crime-solving show. In that sense, I liked it a bit more than the first episode. On the other hand, the way they actually found the kid’s home was by sheer coincidence. Their initial lead ended up going nowhere, and they just sat around so someone who knew her could randomly pass by. And the action scene at the end was… slightly bizarre, in how characters were responding to the situation. So while it was pretty decent overall, the execution wasn’t great.
It also looks like Sakurako herself has a Very Sad Past. Ughhhh.
6. Concrete Revolutio (-2)
Okay, this show is just needlessly hard to follow. This episode took place in the past, present and future (I guess?), and it’s not really clear when it’s jumping around. The fact that the characters involved don’t age isn’t helping either.
It’s fine to be clever, but it feels more distracting than anything. This isn’t some kind of complex mystery. The order makes sense in terms of storytelling, and some clarity would have greatly improved it.
Aside from that, it’s okay I guess. I’m just not really invested in it. It’s yet another show that after 40 minutes is still dancing around the issue of what it’s actually about, and why I should care.
7. Dance with Devils (+3)
Only one song this week? Come on, Dance with Devils, you’re letting me down. The way all the other council members were all creeping on Ritsuka was kinda awkward, but otherwise it’s pretty all right. Rem is clearly totally moe. It’s not like he likes his dog or anything! It just follows him everywhere, that’s all!
But seriously, you need to step it up. Are you really going to let High School Star Musical have more songs per episode?
8. Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider (-2)
Uhm, hello? Can we get somewhere already? I can appreciate the kind of show F is trying to be, but so far it feels like it’s just wasting my time. The first episode I could at least say it had subtle characterization, this one didn’t get much further than showing that Moe is rich. There was even a joke straight out of Shomin Sample. The setting also seems to be getting more contrived by the minute.
Maybe episode 3 will finally get the ball rolling, but my patience is wearing thin.
9. High School Star Musical (+3)
What’s going on? This show is like… actually watchable. I mean, it’s cheesy as hell, but I was still entertained. How can you hate a show where a dude rides a dolphin while singing about how great it is to be friends?
10. Hackadoll (-2)
I thought I’d get tired of Hackadoll fast, but the second episode was somewhat amusing again. Maybe it’s just because it’s an idol parody, and I hate idols.
11. Kagewani (+2)
The second episode of Kagewani was a major improvement, since it actually has some semblance of a story. It doesn’t even look as ugly as the first episode. Welcome to the world of just being mediocre!
12. Comet Lucifer (-5)
Remember when I said Comet Lucifer had to step it up in order to become a good show? Yeah, about that…
A girl with the mental age of a child acting ‘cute’ is a great way to turn me off of a show. And as if they were pandering to two different crowds at once, there’s also a scene where an edgelord emo kid redecorates his prison cell with the blood of his guards while the captain applauds him. Good job, kid. Welcome to the team. Just… next time, try killing people who aren’t on our side.
And why is everyone friendly with the rich fiancee dude from episode 1 again? Just earlier he was running you off the road.
13. Young Black Jack (-2)
Okay, I was almost on board with this show after a questionable first episode. Sure it was still taking its sweet time getting to the real issue, but there was a actual moral conflict here, and I really wasn’t sure how Hazama was going to deal with it.
But then the resolution to the conflict was a gigantic ass-pull that conveniently avoided having to deal with the dilemma, so that ruined everything. Welp.
14. Kowabon (-1)
Girl gets in an elevator. A ghost appears. The end. WooOOOoOOooo.
This is basically like watching nothing, so everything below Kowabon is worse than nothing.
15. Heavy Object (-)
In order to save the pilot girl from being captured, Qwenthur has to shoot and kill someone for the first time. That’s a big deal, and he’s understandably nervous about it.
But then the enemy soldiers start talking about how they can’t wait to torture and rape her, so he gets to shoot them with a clear conscience. Phew, we almost something interesting happen. Crisis averted. They’re not really people, so it’s not murder!
And of course there is more goddamn exposition.
I guess it’s slightly better than the first episode, just because stuff actually happens, but as soon as any of the characters open their mouths to spew the most terrible dialogue I immediately remember that, yes, this is still a bad show.
16. Asterisk (+3)
Asterisk continues to just be so generic it’s hard to say anything about it. Some shows are bad because they’re mind-bogglingly stupid or outright offensive. Asterisk is just bad because it’s boring and cliched. Episode 2 did help set it apart from Cavalry more though, and it’s come out the clear winner. Julis is a rich and complex character compared to the princess in Cavalry.
17. Lance N’ Masques (+1)
Surprisingly, Lance N’ Masques didn’t actually get worse. It’s still low tier melodrama with a few seriously annoying characters, but it didn’t sink any further. The guy fights an obviously stronger dude and doesn’t end up winning, which might not seem like much, but that makes it an exception among this season’s light novel anime.
The funniest part of the episode was that the main character’s crew basically takes over the little girl’s mansion and throws out her maids. This is our place now, kid.
18. AntiMagic Academy 35th Test Platoon (-1)
This show is just so stupid and nonsensical. There’s no focus; it’s like it’s trying to do twenty different things at the same time. And all of those things are kinda dumb. It’s hard to come up with anything specific to say. Like, do I even want to get started on how poorly written the two main characters are? There seems to be no point. The author clearly didn’t care, and the intended target audience probably doesn’t care either. A girl is sad, she must be protected! Even if she’s straight up executed a bunch of people, those people were probably bad and ugly and not cute girls. Now let’s swoon over the protagonist for being so Nice and Understanding.
19. JK Meshi (-3)
Still painfully unfunny.
20. Shomin Sample (-)
How can this show be so stupid and yet so mind-numbingly boring? There’s so much awful potential hidden within the premise that just isn’t coming out. There’s no offensive gay jokes in this whole episode. According to previews there’s a little girl who randomly undresses herself, but she hasn’t even shown up yet. Instead there’s just the dull repeating pattern of “girls are impressed by something mundane”.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s terrible. But terrible in a way where you don’t even want to make fun of it, just to stop watching and move on.
21. Cavalry (-)
Last week we were told that the main character wasn’t admitted to any fighting classes because he sucks at magic, despite having an ability that lets him win basically any fight. This week we find out that the reason behind this is that his family hates him so much for sucking at magic that they bribed the school to intentionally fail him. Oh great, that’s much better.
And then his sister shows up and starts making out with him.
Just kill me now.