Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Winter 2017 Wrap-up

WELL…….this season went by fast…

Not that I’m complaining or anything like that but yeah, Winter was a dry season for anime this time around and we all saw it coming considering one of the anticipated titles of the season isn’t up for legal streaming yet and Netflix got that title (I would be mad but at least I’ll eventually watch it and also Amazon Prime is worst. You’ve seen that so-called Anime Strike subscription bullshit?) but that’s for another time (and that time is right here.)

Here….the strangest thing about this season for me is that my top choices this season are merely either a slow-paced dramatic show or a simple slice-of-life anime and the usual st—OK, who am I kidding? There’s nothing usual about my preferred choices but the stuff I would have been all over isn’t all that great in the end.

Plus, two studios I usually give crap to actually make some impressive anime this season, especially one studio I’ve been dissing since doing this and while some shows were underwhelming, only 2 shows were in my shit list and one of them isn’t a complete surprise considering the flack it got (and deserved).

So, here…….we…….go……..

 

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION // animated by SHAFT / licensed by ANIPLEX OF AMERICA

Thankfully, unlike something like Parasyte, I didn’t make a mistake in putting it on my best of list because this show got better during the 2nd half. Basically it’s everything I have said during the Fall recap is still that only more amped up and involving. I still loved all the characters in here and the interactions Rei made with them, especially with him and the Kawamoto sisters (aka the most adorable and endearing characters of the show) and to the one he has with his step-sister…the hot-tempered bitchy one that has a grudge but I actually dug that aspect even if she was a bitch. However, this still remains of the best of 2016 and that’s end of that…..well, actually, a 2nd season has recently been announced for Fall 2017 and hey, another contender for my best of list for 2017. Shaft has earned it. (FIRST CLASS- 9/10)

 


NANBAKA // animated by SATELIGHT // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

This show did good in my eyes for all of its run although I almost did forget that a 2nd season was running and based on anything on Twitter, I didn’t hear anyone talk jack shit about it. Anyway, I like the constant gags that happens whenever they are trying to escape out of the prison, or even when the warden pretty much went ‘sploosh’ whether Hajime is near and yeah, I did that joke. You’ve been the show and while I think I may not care all about the plot in the 2nd half, it’s still a good show to watch for the laughs. (OKAY – 7.5/10)

MASAMUNE-KUN’S REVENGE //animated by SILVER LINK // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

I’m not pulling any punches here, this show fucking sucks and it’s the same bad cliché romance anime we have dealt before. Our male lead is an egotistical douche-nozzle who you think might be a funny asshole but he’s not, he’s insufferable and our female lead is the typical tsundere bitch who we think is misunderstood but no, she’s not. She’s still a bitch at the end and I couldn’t care less about who ends up with who and the other characters are just either bland or a type but at least they aren’t as despicable as our leads. Also the way it transition to comedy to one big serious moment is like stopping your car in front of traffic and everything just crashes and crashes. No. The hell with this show. (NOT FEELING THIS – 3/10)

FUUKA // animated by DIOMEDEA // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

Well, I thought I was going to be annoyed by this show but with enough time, it was…..slightly less annoying at least with some of the music-related elements and the romance wasn’t all that grating although the love triangle between Yuu, Fuuka and Koizumi was predictable to the end because….well, look at the show title. You know who’s going to get with who. Also, it’s gotten more stable by the latter half of the series. Then again, compared to Masamune in terms of romance, this is a breath of fresh air but on its own, it’s a very standard slice-of-life romantic musical anime. (OKAY – 6/10)

SEIREN // animated by STUDIO AxSIZ/STUDIO GOKUMI // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL

So it’s the mostly mundane journey of this guy and his relationship between 3 girls in the span of 12 episodes with each girl getting their own 4 episode arc. While it’s not that clichéd and annoying, it’s not all that interesting to follow all the way because it all falls flat in terms of actually getting into the story and the characters considering we all know what’s going to happen with most of these relationships anyway. Mostly what I’m trying to say is that it’s VANILLA. (5/10)

BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO ARC // animated by A-1 PICTURES // licensed by ANIPLEX OF AMERICA

I know this is supposed to be the arc that should’ve been in the original series in 2011 but now watching that arc, I prefer the other way it ended than what we got. Look, it’s nothing terrible about this one as we do get more tension about Rin being founded out as a half-demon and how everybody treats him but some of the pacing was slow & monotonous and some focus on the other characters aren’t that interesting, particularly Bon and his family. I don’t know if fans of the manga are pleased with this but it goes to show you that just because you adapted something page-to-page, doesn’t guarantee it’s going to be great. This is slightly passable at best. (6/10 – OK.)

TWIN-STAR EXORCISTS // animated by STUDIO PIERROT // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL

Then again, at least Blue Exorcist got a story that I can pay attention to because after watching (or just having this on the background) this for almost a year, this is…..really just shonen background noise full of the same usual shit. Like, I really don’t have any vitriol against it but it all comes down to giving a fuck and……there isn’t a single iota of fuck to give. (5/10 – VANILLA)

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM IRON BLOODED ORPHANS SEASON 2 // animated by SUNRISE // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL, HULU and DAISUKI

Damn, this has become a downer 2nd season for this series and that doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, this is still quite good but not as good as the first series to be completely honest. The story and characters are still compelling and the events are still full of impact with a few twists in there although some death flags you see coming but there was one I was like WTF. I just wish the OPs and EDs were as strong as the first season (well, “Raise Your Flag” and “Orphans’ Tears” anyway). Other than that, still a solid series. (8/10 – Solid B)

KORO-SENSEI QUEST // animated by LERCHE // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

I really don’t have to say on this but hey, if you like the comedy in Assassination Classroom, then you’re definitely like this web short series of Class E in RPG video game-ish situations. (7/10 – High OK)

AKIBA’S TRIP: THE ANIMATION // animated by GONZO // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

At first, I thought this was going to be some goofy otaku-pandering bullshit that might be repetitive and annoying throughout and…..well, it’s not all by means excellent but this is still a funny show that does caters to that otaku audience and actually respects it. Yes, the fan service is abundant in here and it’s 50/50 where some of it does make sense in context of the show and in some instances, it does go to that pandering level. Also, while the dub is a week late, it was still the 2nd simuldub made by FUNimation and this is a decent dub and yes, Natalie Hoover as Arisa is my favorite part of the dub. Moi Moi! (7/10 – High OK)

SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL // animated by STUDIO NUT! // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

I mostly forgot that this show was on most of this season and while it shows us that this girl is nothing to fuck with, everything else around her is not all that interesting and just another average war anime but with a crazy moe girl that looks like an angry and homicidal duck as the lead. Hell, the only other interesting thing about the show is the studio name. (6.5/10 – OK)

HAND SHAKERS // animated (HA!) by GOHANDS // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

Yeah, no contest here. This anime is the worst of the season and I think this is another case of what Divine Gate did. A show that we don’t know what the hell is it about…a big, stupid actioner that’s neither fun or exciting to watch with your self-insert lead with this loli girl, whose hand you can’t let go or she’ll die (really? Who wrote shit like this!?) and a bunch of other bullshit like battling a brother-sister duo in which the sister obviously wants to bone her little brother (yes, incest is in here) or some idol girl, some other girl that looks younger but—it’s a pish posh of what’s dumber and it doesn’t help that the animation is godawful and dogshit in every way and GOHANDS may not produce great stories but they always have great animation and even that wasn’t in there. Man, you fucked up what little credit you have already. (2/10 – CLOWNSHOES)

 

ACCA -13: TERRITORY INSPECTION DEPT. // animated by MADHOUSE // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

Yeah, I heard and notice not much goes on in here but this is more of a chill and formal type of show that does have you conceptually involved in what plot and characters it has and the situation of what’s to come in between the political rhetoric. This is a show that is reliant on dialogue than action (although I definitely recommend the dub in case you don’t feel like reading the subtitles over and over again) but with the stylish touches in animation and music choices, which is absolutely fine with me. (8/10 – SOLID B.)

MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID // animated by KYOTO ANIMATION // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

Yup, for the first time doing Time of the Season, I actually give great praise to a KyoAni show. After not liking shows like Phantom World or Euphonium, this show just easily clicked to me from the start from the animation that’s simple in its execution and not too flashy nor superfluous, inviting and funny characters like Kobayashi, Tohru and Lucoa in the craziest of situations from living with each other to going to the beach and yes, the show is cute and sweet-natured as well and I can dig something like this, especially in this dead season. (9/10 – FIRST CLASS)

INTERVIEWS WITH MONSTER GIRLS // animated by A-1 PICTURES // streaming on CRUNCHYROLL/FUNIMATION

I bet any of you were thinking that this show was going to be another Monster Musume-type of show. Well, this show proves us wrong. This is an endearing slice-of-life tale of monster girls living their not that ordinary but more stable lives in high school with a special guidance counselor that has an interest in knowing more about them and their lives. It definitely has its charm and likability with its situations, its characters and the tone and mood that puts you in a calming and enchanting mood. I also do like that they didn’t put the main character in a harem-like situation as he is more like a mentor-figure to the girls and it’s very pleasant to see that in anime nowadays. Yes, A-1 Pictures or the writers didn’t fuck this up….and I bet by year’s end, this is going to be the only show from them I like. Please prove me wrong but until then, this show is fantastic and definitely deserving of its praise. (High FIRST CLASS – 9.5/10)

 

 

And there you have it!!! One season done and another 3 more to go until the end of 2017 and you know what that means! LET THE RANKINGS BEGIN…..AGAIN!

  1. INTERVIEWS WITH MONSTER GIRLS – Highest
  2. MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID
  3. ACCA: 13- TERRITORY INSPECTION DEPT.
  4. KORO-SENSEI QUEST!
  5. NANBAKA (Season 2)
  6. AKIBA’S TRIP: THE ANIMATION
  7. FUUKA
  8. BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA
  9. SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL
  10. SEIREN
  11. MASAMUNE-KUN’S REVENGE
  12. HAND SHAKERS – Lowest

 

 

SPRING TIME is coming again and like last time, I’m actually looking forward to what’s coming in that season. Everybody and their grandma knows the two biggest titles to hit next season is the second seasons of My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan and I’m very excited for both of these titles…maybe more so MHA than AOT at the moment but hey, they are coming back and that’s all that matters to me.

Oh yeah, there’s Granblue Fantasy The Animation but I already did an early first impression on that and it’s good that I did considering what the other two shows I mention, this one might be easily forgotten.

There’s also Berserk returning from its lackluster summer debut and I doubt it’s going to get any better…and this is coming from someone who didn’t just this on their worst-of list last year.

And I see some new titles are actually going to stream on Anime Strike/Amazon Prime from Atom The Beginning to the Danmachi spinoff and even…..yes, Re:Creators. Well, I said it before but it looks like I might get an Amazon Prime VIDEO account but I’m not doing the Anime Strike thing. I say it before and I’ll say it again, it had a good thing going for it until they mentioned that you have to have a paid Prime Subscription to get Anime Strike. No separate shit for people that just want the anime service and nothing more……Ugh, I’m still annoyed by that.

 

So, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and…..time to look into my anime streaming budget.

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