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Summer 2017 in Review

Let's wrap up the summer season. Overall, I felt like this season had a lot of good shows, so I ended up taking on a lot. I've added some quick comments, but let me know if you have preferences for which shows should get future reviews. Also, I'm thinking about adding more categories...hopefully that goes somewhere.

What I Liked

  • Owarimonogatari 2nd - This show kinda slipped under the radar because it was released as three episodes. But it really felt like a satisfying conclusion for the Monogatari series and I enjoyed watching it.
  • Made in Abyss - This show did a great job of showing its world on top of the descriptions given by narration or characters. The background for each location was impressive and really made me feel like I was experiencing the world. Also, it had a surprisingly dark tone while trying to convey a pretty standard adventure story otherwise.
  • Princess Principal - This show was interesting in how it introduced its characters and story through a fragmented and non-linear timeline. It also looked and sounded really cool overall.
  • Tsurezure Children - Funny mini-romance stories. This one isn't really fair because I knew I'd enjoy it going in, but it didn't disappoint.
  • Isekai Shokudou - As I said in my review, this series was a joy to watch every week. It combines an interesting fantasy world with the kind of food show I tend to enjoy.
  • Re:Creators (Part 2) - Solid ending and climactic fight for this one, even if a lot of time was spent setting it up.
  • Boku no Hero Academia S2 (Part 2) - I don't have anything to add to what I said in the first half. Still entertaining.

Middle Area

  • Kakegurui - Fun to watch. This show was definitely entertaining and stood out, but I wasn't too impressed with some of the games or the ending.
  • Sakurada Reset (Part 2) - Second half of this show felt much more interesting than the first half, as it was bringing together many of the pieces set up in the first half. All in all, this show had a very satisfying ending that make the rest of the show seem like it actually had a purpose.
  • Knight's & Magic - I'm a sucker for giant robots and cool fights, which is why I enjoyed watching this show. I'll freely admit that the rest of it is pretty sketchy, though.
  • Gamers - Lots of funny gamer references in this show. The misunderstandings could be hit or miss, but they were certainly impressive.
  • Nana Maru San Batsu - This show's jokes ended up being pretty stale, but I enjoyed watching the quiz bowl aspect of it, especially when they showed the thought process used to figure out an answer.
  • Shoukoku no Altair - Surprisingly interesting for a show revolving around diplomacy in a war situation.
  • Fate/Apocrypha - Interesting new setting for a Fate series, but the fights feel lacking.
  • Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni - Revived human in a new world with the power of a god builds a harem.
  • Sakura Quest - More of the same.
  • Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e - I already wrote a review for this one, so I won't repeat myself too much. The show just didn't feel as smart as it was trying to be.


  • Centaur no Nayami - This show felt like it was trying really hard to sell me some kind of message while remaining as lighthearted as possible. In the end, it just felt like a less entertaining fluff show.
  • New Game+ - More drama than the first season, but it was mostly just there. Also, the name is definitely "New Game+" and no one can convince me otherwise.
  • Koi to Uso - This show actually started to seem like it was going somewhere in the end, but it was pretty much cut short.
  • Aho Girl - I'm biased against characters like Yoshiko, so I was always going to be annoyed by this show. To its credit, there were some good moments, but I just couldn't stand Yoshiko.
  • Keppeki Danshi Aoyama-kun - Eh...I just didn't find this funny.
  • Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou - Didn't seem like anything special. This show just felt boring to watch most of the time, like I'd seen it done better in a different show.
  • Vatican Kiseki Chousakan - I had a bad initial impression for this series because I felt like the first mystery dragged on way too long. The recurring villain in the show also felt like he was thrown in for fun.
  • Hajimete no Gal - Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention while reading the manga, but I don't remember it being so perverted.

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