Winter 2018 Overview


There's still an episode of Violet Evergarden to watch later this week, but most of the other shows I watched in the winter season have concluded. Time for another review. This season was pretty heavily skewed towards slice of life. It didn't particularly bother me, but I still acknowledge that it was pretty heavy on the fluff.

What I Liked

  • 3-gatsu no Lion S2 - This shouldn't be surprising at this point. I feel bad about how much I gush about this show. It's just so consistently entertaining.
  • Sora yori mo Tooi Basho - This series was the surprise for me in this season. The characters were charming and I really liked how the series used backgrounds and other elements in each scene to help deliver its points.
  • Yuru Camp - This series gets my vote as best fluff show of the season. It had a lot of really nice landscape shots and the characters were fun to watch. I also really liked how the comedy was delivered in text messages. I tweeted this during airing, but the text messages had the kind of over-the-top sarcasm that I use when I'm joking. It was nice to see.
  • Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens - I'd say this series is the one that made me really aware of how much effect the structure of a story can have. The show consistently made me feel like every scene was important, so I had to pay attention. Every small plot point felt like it had a purpose. That being said, I can honestly see myself forgetting about this series in the future. However, I'd say it was an enjoyable experience overall even if I question the baseball theme a bit.
  • Mahoutsukai no Yome - Decent ending for a pretty fun ride. Shows with a spiritual component grounded in a serious tone tend to appeal to me, so I enjoyed the show overall.

Middle Area

  • Violet Evergarden - I had a hard time with this series. I wanted to put it at the top, but I felt like there were too many episodes that felt really dull to watch. The show starts to drag in the beginning, but I really liked how it shifted towards the end. I think it's a show that does a good job of playing to the emotional aspect if that appeals to you. I'd say that some of the more recent episodes have been my favorite episodes in the season because of the insane emotional impact, but I'm not sure how much they make up for the rest of the season. The show looks great, though.
  • Koi wa Ameagari no You ni - I was skeptical about this series, but I came around in the end. I think the strength of the series was how it showcased the similarities between the main two despite their many obvious differences. At first glance, the show is about a "taboo" romance between two people with a large age gap, but everything in the show seemed designed to demonstrate how close the two were.
  • Overlord S2 - Pretty entertaining season. The focus on the lizard folk kinda lost me a bit, but I liked where the story went after that. If nothing else, this series does a really good job of making you question which character you should root for.
  • Darling in the FranXX - I'm ready to face my punishment for this, but I honestly can't agree with the general excitement about this series. The character interactions seem to be improving, but I have my reservations with how the series has progressed so far. There's still plenty of time left to go, so I'm open to being proven wrong.
  • Hakumei to Mikochi - Another mostly fluff show. I didn't always look forward to every episode, but it wasn't bad overall.
  • Miira no Kaikata - This series didn't really do anything crazy, but that mummy was exceptionally cute.
  • Mitsuboshi Colors - The girls in this series weren't as annoying as I expected them to be. There were plenty of moments that I thought were genuinely funny, so I have a fairly positive opinion of the series.
  • Ryuuou no Oshigoto - I'm so going to jail for this.

Meh

  • Takunomi - Literally a glorified beer commercial.
  • Grancrest Senki - I'm still considering dropping this series. This series really has a strange sense of pacing, even worse than Shoukoku no Altair. Multiple stories get crammed into a single episode, making it hard to develop any feeling about any one story before it gets resolved.
  • Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san - I'm starting to doubt my opinion about the manga because I was really disappointed with the anime form of this series. I think the soundtrack really stood out to me as annoying, which might have contributed to why I didn't like the adaptation. The main draw for me in this series was the explanations about different types of ramen, so I think it might have been easier for me to focus on those parts in the manga while paying less attention to the character interactions (which are not as interesting).
  • Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku - Continuing along with the theme of disappointing adaptations. This series was one that I thought was painfully average but occasionally charming in manga form. However, the adaptation felt really subpar, which turned average into disappointing. Too much of the anime was a series of still shots, which makes me wonder why it was animated in the first place.
  • Citrus - In all fairness, I had a pretty meh opinion of the series in the beginning, so not much has changed. Just felt like a lot of awkwardly forced drama.
  • Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san - I'm mostly to blame for this series. I knew I'd have trouble watching it from the beginning and I wasn't surprised. I'm sure my initial bias had something to do with my overall opinion. I think the main premise of the series just doesn't appeal to me, so it was always hard to watch.

Dropped

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  • Marchen Madchen - To be fair, this series was apparently going through some production issues, so my hand is little forced here. That being said, I had my reservations with the show as a whole anyway. Much of the beginning felt really slow, and the series didn't feel like it was putting forth its theme until around episode 6. When it finally came around, the theme of making your own story didn't feel too special.
  • Beatless - I wanted to like this show because I thought that many of the sci-fi elements were interesting, but I honestly can't see myself continuing to watch it past this point. I don't understand why it needs a recap every five episodes and the characters aren't particularly interesting. I see some potential hope if Lacia ends up having some kind of hidden agenda, but I'm not sure I want to slog through.


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