Fall 2018 Closing Thoughts

 

I can barely wait to let myself loose on the current season’s aviation shows, but first let’s have a quick rundown of the past contenders.

Akanesasu Shoujo (dropped)

The Western episode.

Episodes survived: 4
The garbage pick turned out to be a bit too garbage and not even funny at that. Bad animation, unappealing characters and nonsensical plot. Dropped by the Western episode.

Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa

The second cour added much needed extra twist by introducing the foreman Ootsuki as a secondary protagonist. Overall it was an enjoyable watch with occasional astute observations of the workings of corporate career life, although I would have appreciated a more solid overarching plot. Having dealt with a whole variety of characters and mindless corporate bullshit over my years as a foreman I found many of Tonegawa’s ordeals relatable and weirdly comforting.

Never forget your foreman privilege.

Gaikotsu Shoten’in Honda-san (dropped)

Every day at work.

Episodes survived: 3
This is not a drop out of hate. In fact I really wanted to like the show, but in the end I’m not much of a manga enthusiast myself and the comedy didn’t really click with me.

Goblin Slayer

It was off for a refreshingly brutal start, but the rest of it was pretty run of the mill isekai/fantasy anime stuff that plays it safe at every turn. The stoic lead character was likable for his straightforward simplicity but there wasn’t really anything else to remember the show by. Least of all animation. Will watch the next season, but I’m not expecting wonders.

The Rascal and the Bunny

Sakuta is our guy.

Definitely one of the highlights of the season (that I initially shunned because of the misleading synopsis). Great character chemistry and clever writing that survives the treacherous world of high school romance anime with supernatural elements. This and the zombies are the only ones of the bunch I’d go out of my way to recommend.

Release the SPYCE

Satchii’s changed a little since the last time I saw him.

Good start, pretty bad halfway grind, okay-ish ending. Brownie points for the dangerously hot villain.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

No, you’re the Tarou.

At least it looked better than Goblin Slayer and had a good character cast, although so far there hasn’t been much done to develop the most of them. It’s been a pretty but stale ride with the biggest letdown being that there just doesn’t seem to be anything at stake for the completely overpowered protagonist although the show did at least attempt to explain his strength with something better than “Dude is the only dude who can use two swords”. And having drawn that irresistible comparison I guess this is supposed to be enjoyed like Sword Art Online, as in for literally any other character than the protagonist himself. As soon as they give the other characters the time of day without them dying in the next episode.

Zombieland SAGA

Pretty much this.

Idol show with a zombie twist. Overall worked pretty good, especially the first few episodes were solid gold. The ending left pretty much everything open, so I hope there will be a second season soon.

 

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