My (Twitter) reactions to the first episodes of the Summer 2018 season
As before I'm collecting here all of my tweeted reactions to the first episodes I've seen (in the order that I saw them). This is a sparse season for me.
- Cells at Work! episode 1: That was reasonably fun and amusing, but
the basic conceit feels like it's a one-episode show. I guess I'll
see if next episode can do anything particularly novel and interesting.
- Planet With episode 1: That was simultaneously quietly fun (and funny),
deliberately confusing, and definitely interesting. I'm intrigued and
I want to see more. A bunch of the show's look feels deliberately 90s
or early 00s in a way we don't see any more.
- I tried watching Chio's School Road and its humor didn't work well
enough for me to keep me watching more than a few minutes. Part of
it is that I don't like laughing at ostensible (and sympathetic)
protagonists and it felt like it was heading that way.
- Phantom in the Twilight episode 1: That was a pretty energetic and
entertaining start. I like it. Our protagonist is not one of the ones
that have to be prodded into motion; she's right out there cheerfully
throwing herself into things.
- Angolmois episode 1: That was pretty nicely done, with little flab
or flailing and good directing and all that (I could have lived without
that filter). I'm just not yet sold on the story itself or engaged
with the characters themselves. Still, it was nice.
- Revue Starlight episode 1: That was a pretty interesting presentation
and the end of the episode was great, but I'm not sure I'm really
interested in the apparent story here. We'll see; I'm certainly watching
the next episode.
- Sirius the Jaeger episode 1: This is stylish (or trying to be) and
it had some good action, but there wasn't really anything else there
and it certainly didn't try to tell us much of anything about the
(It feels kind of 80s in an odd way.) #
This covers everything that I seem likely to be enough interested in to watch the first episodes of. I've seen both Hanabado and Harukana Receive get praise as reasonably nice sports shows, but sports shows are almost always not my thing and neither seems strong enough to overcome that. None of the other comedies are appealing, and while Holmes of Kyoto seems okay, I think that niche is already filled this season with Phantom in the Twilight.
Written on 22 July 2018.