Don't think I quite appreciated how much I wanted more Mob until it came back on, I've really enjoyed this so far.
Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka ep1
There's a decent enough idea in here somewhere, but I'm not that grabbed by it in its execution, and it's not especially great to look at either. I didn't think it was terrible or anything, but I feel like there are more interesting things I could be watching instead.
SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online ep1
I've been largely indifferent to the SAO franchise thus far, but I've been circling around this particular spin-off for a while now, and it's not bad - it captures the feeling of playing an online battle royale-style fps game fairly well. I'll give it a couple of episodes at least.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 90 Decent stuff. Tsundere snake summon strikes again.
How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno episode 3 Pretty funny again this week, I’ll keep watching since it’s established its style of humour now.
Mysteria Friends episode 1 Looks alright so far.
The Magnificent Kotobuki episode 2 First tragic death of the season, poor Pancake-kun.
Tsurune episode 13 What a good shot man...(Complete. A good sports anime focusing on archery with some nice Kyoani animation and some suitably tense tournaments. I wish that they had given this a few more episodes though, as it would have allowed for the characters to be fleshed out a bit further beyond the moping some of them did.) 3.5/5
Gintama° episodes 296-316 This continues to be consistent in balancing out the all out comedic stories with more serious arcs.
Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child! Episode 12 (Complete)
Overall a pretty average series with a rather unusual but familiar premise. 3/5
Konosuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! (English Dub) Episode 1—10 (Complete)
This was a really fun show with a really fun cast of characters. A series that had some hilarious comedic moments throughout. Animation wise is pretty average (considering the studio) but that actually helps improve the comedy. 3.5/5
Megalo Box (English Dub) Episode 5
Radiant (English Dub) Episode 12
Release the Spyce (English Dub) Episode 9—12 (Complete)
A decent series about group of high school girls who secretly protect their city from evil using their unique talents. Overall this was a fun show with a decent cast of characters. 3/5
Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight (English Dub) Episode 11
Love conquers all in the end.
Fairy Tail Episode 292
Not an ideal time for a hot Bath.
How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno Episode 3
Another hilarious episode. Omg... what the heck is up with those censors.
Katana Maidens: Mini Toji Episode 2
Happy Birthday! Kanami. Let's Celebrate, it's Party Time!
Mysteria Friends Episode 1
Pretty good start, I'm definitely going to like this.
Strike the Blood III Episode 2
I'm really like these later LN story arc adaptions.
Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 15
Lesson 101 Kids, weapons are dangerous so don't touch them, otherwise that could happen. The fight though was impressive even though the outcome is pretty obvious.
The Magnificent Kotobuki Episode 2
Some more aerial dogfights and a first tragic death of the show, (Salute) poor Pancake-kun.
Tsurune: Kazemai High School Archery Club Episode 13 (Complete)
Another visually stunning series from KyoAni that focuses on the sport of Archery and the tournaments. I was hoping it would have had a few more eps to give the characters some development as well as their back stories. 3.5/5
海が好き！！ Lovely. I've seen enough, Blu-ray CE immediately ordered. Getting some real Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō vibes here, it was often mentioned alongside Aria as Amano and Ashinano are masters of a similar kind of gentle slice-of-life, but the similarities are a bit too apparent here for me to believe they were entirely coincidental. We've got the sleepy coastal setting, the motor scooter riding protagonist, the subtle yuri tones, the wise old lady mentor and even a GONTITI soundtrack like the first YKK OVAs. I'm not complaining. We're not likely to get any more animated adaptations of YKK (and even less likely to get any that do it justice). Amanchu is different enough with its focus on diving and school life, but similar enough in its gentle and thoughtful celebration of the simple joys of life, friendship and the natural world that I know it's going to be right up my alley.
My only real issue has been a couple of things with the subtitles - In a couple of places the translations didn't sound very natural, and when Pikari makes her weird noises the subtitles translate it as "whoop whoop" - For goodness sake. Is there any need for subs there at all? Also I noticed a bit of incidental dialogue from some students telling a joke in the background included the phrase "My sides". Really?
Food Wars eps 20–24 (complete)
I very much enjoyed this series. As ever, it was the characters that made it for me; Soma is an easy guy to root for. I'll be looking to get series two at some point.
Gankutsuou eps 1–24 (complete)
A really standout series. The last couple of episodes just prevented this getting the full 10/10 from me on MAL — the last episode's refusal to show the thing that would've successfully brought everything to a satisfying close being one thing I was a bit disappointed at — but I thoroughly enjoyed this. An absolute bargain from AL's Xmas sales.
Kiznaiver eps 5–12 (complete)
"Feeling someone else's pain as if it were your own... You proved that it's possible, even without the Kizna system."
No s**t, Sherlock.
Did it really take Mari Okada 11 whole episodes of script writing just to figure that out?
Why spend just a modest handful of scenes mulling something over when you can... drag... it... out... into... an... entire... series. I need a lie down after that.
Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo
I only bought this film on a whim, but I enjoyed it; it's a fun caper. A reminder of classic all hand-drawn animation.
SSSS. Gridman episodes 1+2
Early on, this has got a lot going for it for me. What an absolutely cracking first episode. I'm excited about this series.
Re: Genius Party @HWR, @ActionFaust:
FWIW, I once ranked the Genius Party and Beyond shorts in this post. I think my opinions are perhaps closer to HWR's. Although, looking back at it now, I'd probably be inclined to shunt Limit Cycle up to either number four or five.
My Viewing schedule for the week of 14th January - 20th January 2019
Week 5 of my official uk anime release marathon.
Naruto Episodes 27-52
A much better set of episodes.
The Annoying part of series 1 is still there with the final few minutes of the previous episode being the starting few minutes of the new episode sticking around a bit but starts to fade away here.
The Chuunin Exams introduce a lot of new interesting characters the stand outs obviously being Orochimaru, Gaara, Neji and Lee.
The psychological battles in the forrest are good and the Ninja tactics are very effective and interesting (shame it wont stay that way in the future).
This is where Naruto hit it's stride and you could see how good a series it had the potential to be.
Mob Psycho 100 II episode 3 Some spectral photography.
Gintama. episodes 317-328 A very decent and more serious arc. Plenty of good action and setpieces. There is a bit of irony to be found though in seeing the series feel a bit more like the shounen-y series’ it often takes the p*ss out of. It was still a good watch though.
Last night I finished Sound Euphonium's second season after rewatching all of the first season as I only saw about three quarters of it when it aired, I'm so glad that I did, and now I'm really excited for Liz and the Blue Bird and the sequel movie!
Ace Attorney 2nd Season (Dub) episode 36 A pretty decent end to the arc, was pretty inventive.
Black Clover episode 67 Tearful yet happy reunions.
Run with the Wind episode 14 Akane sure puts in the effort despite his struggles.
Gintama.: Slip Arc episodes 329-341 A set of stories that take place before the events of the previous series, basically it feels more like the classic Gintama than the more recent and more serious iteration.
Sound! Euphonium 2 episodes 1-4 - They really managed to make something better than season 1 in just 4 episodes. That hit me in the feels harder than I expected and damn I really want to see these two characters again in Liz and the Blue Bird.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend episodes 5-6