Brief impressions of the Spring 2017 anime season so far
We're somewhere between three and five episodes into everything I'm watching, which is long enough for most shows to show their cards and my opinions to firm up (and for me to drop some things). So, as usual, here's how my views of this season have shaken out, to follow up on my first episode reactions.
- Eccentric Family second season: This doesn't have as explosive a start as I remember the first season having, but then we know a lot more of the background this time around. It's still great, with all of the good stuff from the first season and more things being thrown into the pot. I like that we're sort of seeing a different side of Yasaboru this time around, and he's certainly getting to sparkle.
- WorldEnd (aka SukaSuka): I refuse to use the show's
gigantic full name,
which is very light novel (which it is). To my surprise, I've wound
up feeling that the show is unreasonably good, much better than I
expected, and it's ended up as my current second favorite show of
the season. It has ordinary looks (in terms of character designs,
background, colours, and so on) and some straightforward LN elements, but its characters and writing are surprisingly deep
and good and it's convincingly sold me on its actual drama. It's also
quite well directed and storyboarded, which really helps hold my
interest despite its generally ordinary looks.
- Alice & Zoroku: While the action isn't bad, it's the character
interactions that continue to make this show, especially anything
involving Zoroku. The show is sufficiently well written and directed
to have given what could have been an over the top villain an affecting
back-story that made her basically a tragic character (still a villain,
- Rage of Bahamut - Virgin Soul: This is not as great as the start of
the original Bahamut was, but it's pretty good. It helps that Nina is
a solid, interesting character with a lot of appealing elements, plus
there's Rita. Unfortunately the show has not sold me on the actual plot
going on, partly because it feels a bit too crazy and so I've wound up
feeling detached from it.
- Re:Creators: This has an interesting concept but a concept is nothing if a show can't execute it well. The good news is that RC has been executing pretty well so far, not just with good action but also with good characters and good character and story interaction. It's not perfect, and in particular it has leaned a bit too much on exposition in sections. Of the shows I'm watching, this is the one that I feel is most balanced on an edge where it could easily tip over into merely okay or tolerable.
Same as it ever was:
- My Hero Academia: This continues the original's frustrating mix of
excellent work and slow, padded pacing that robs that work of a lot
of its impact. I enjoy watching it but it's always frustrating to see
how it could be better if only it would stop with all of the delaying
In short, this is probably a great shonen show dragged down to being okay by its pacing. I'll still miss it when the season is over, though, just as I did the first installment.
- Grimoire of Zero: The characters and their interactions were very nice, but they couldn't make up for the bland, cookie cutter overall story writing. The second episode was especially painful for me, as it plodded through entirely predictable story elements without any particular spark, so I dropped the show.
- Granblue Fantasy: Far, far too generic, as I tweeted. Unlike Grimoire of Zero, this didn't even have interesting characters to make up for its painfully generic storyline.
Not considered for fuzzy reasons:
- Atom The Beginning: This might ordinarily be my kind of thing, but
the ANN preview guide
failed to make it sound appealing enough to sample.
- Eromanga Sensei: Despite Author's praise,
I have various reasons for giving this a pass, including the setting.
- Seven Mortal Sins: Not my kind of thing in general (I generally don't
wind up liking fanservice-heavy shows even if they throw in action
as well), and like last season's Gabriel Dropout it's probably more
entertaining to sometimes watch people watching it on Twitter rather
than actually watch it myself.
- KADO: The Right Answer
- Frame Arms Girl
- Clockwork Planet
- Twin Angels Break
As seems to have become my pattern, I'm not watching any popcorn shows, by which I mean merely okay or passable shows that I watch primarily to pass the time while I have some coffee or whatever. There are such shows airing this season (Grimoire of Zero probably qualifies, for example), but I'm just not interested these days. If I'm not actively enjoying it, I appear to drop it aggressively or not even consider it.
I continue to not look at Sakura Quest, as covered earlier here. Some commentary suggests that the fourth episode is a significant step down, so I feel justified in this so far. There are some fairly acclaimed shows airing in this season that are just not in my area of interest as far as plot and setting go, such as Tsuki ga Kirei (see eg Nick Creamer's writing on it).