First episode impressions only, cuz I committed to getting this post out today… and I’d only watched an episode of Dragon Ball Super prior to this mind-draining marathon.
Interest level: piqued
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace (9/10)
With broken characters on display like a Tuesday-afternoon strip show, Ranpo Kitan certainly has my attention. It’s not quite as clever or grimdark as it portrays itself, but since I’ve been soured on the pretentious swill that was Zankyou no Terror, I’m inclined to give it a free pass for comparative subtlety.
Yeah, whatever. Admit you’re at least a bit intrigued. Just pretend it’s the sequel to a certain well-regarded series if you’re too tryhard to be honest with yourself.
The douchier the main character, the better the series will be.
Then again, this is a Key show, so we already had MC-kun get knocked off his badass podium by the end of the first episode. Prepare yourself for a bunch of forced drama as we find out that everyone with super powers in the show has some super-sad tragedy looming over them. How many dead girls will there be by the end? I’m betting two.
Akagami no Shirayukihime (9/10)
If you aren’t already a shoujo convert, I don’t know if Akagami’s gonna be the show that fixes you. There ain’t a lot of genre crossing or oh-my-wow impact moments.
With cute characters and a time-tested plot, there won’t be too many genre fans complaining about Akagami… which is enough for me. This is gonna be close to the top of my viewing schedule.
I’m already impressed by the world-building and the show’s only featured Japan so far. Then again, the show’s main draw is the otherworld setting…
Jury’s way out on this one. Episode 2, don’t let us down.
Gakkou Gurashi! (8/10)
Japan did the best possible thing here by not doing a straight adaptation of the shitty manga. The show pulls a Shadow Star Narutaru in episode 1 that’ll leave a wide grin on the faces of any of you whose souls have long since transcended normalfagdom.
Future episodes will need to do a lot more to keep the smile on, however, and I am not sure Gakkou Gurashi is up to the task. We’ll see.
Ushio to Tora (7/10)
Better than it has any right to be, this adaptation of a dusty old manga will still only appeal to fans of dumb shounen. As a part of that crowd, I’m sufficiently psyched.
I’d rather be organizing my figure collection
Aoharu x Kikanjuu (6/10)
Fluff isn’t inherently bad, but it must be paced appropriately. And Aoharu has a rather pronounced limp.
Whatever a show’s core competency is should be at the forefront of the viewers’ attention. In Kikanjuu, that’s the character interactions:
Yet with all the slowly paced conversations and overly drawn-out “action” sequences (with gratuitous cuts to needless NPC narration), the show doesn’t have enough of its best feature on display to justify the 24-minute time commitment.
I appreciate the courage Chaos Dragon shows in its willingness to have people die on-screen, but every dead body that hits the ground barely kicks up any dust. The heftless action and checklist plot go only as far as a series designed by committee ever could.
About the only saving grace of the show is that it looks like named characters are going to die every fucking episode. Mostly cuz it’s an easy way for me to find content for my
filler polls community outreach programs.
Consistent content ahead? We’ll see. It’s far more likely Chaos Dragon will drag me too far into its cesspool of mediocrity for me to find any motivation to even put together a simple poll.
Dragon Ball Super (4/10)
Dragon Ball’s never been good and this episode’s time-wasting “content” just proves it. Fuck nostalgia.
Where did my life go fucking wrong?
24 minutes to accomplish absolutely fucking nothing.
I knew I should’ve invested in razor blade stocks, cuz half the people watching this nothing-fest are invariably gonna resort to opening their wrists each episode to keep their circulation from shutting down.
OverLord is the kinda show hardsubs were made for. I recommend that if you’re deadset on watching this, you just grab the Funimation/HorribleSubs release and set the speed to double. Still, if my results with Hyouka are anything to go by, you’ll be better off pretending the show never existed in the first place.
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (2/10)
All I could think about while watching this is how I should really finish Cross Ange. Not sure there’s an indictment more damning than that, so take this as a strong warning to skip Kuusen.
Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Dropped/10)
I’ve never wanted to jam a steel pole through a writer’s taint as much as I have while trying to suffer through Watashi sober. I don’t even wanna call this out as the shitty Princess Resurrection rip-off it’s desperately trying to be, cuz that’d mean associating Riza’s sexy-ass abs even tangentially to this mindrot.
Fuck this, I’m dropping Jitsu from Summer 2015 canon. It no longer exists. You’re welcome.
|Akagami no Shirayukihime||9|
|Aoharu x Kikanjuu||6|
|Dragon Ball Super||4|
|Joukamachi no Dandelion|
|Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan||2|
|Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou|
|Non Non Biyori Repeat|
|Ranpo Kitan – Game of Laplace||9|
|Rokka no Yuusha|
|Sore ga Seiyuu!|
|Ushio to Tora||7|
Part 2 up next. But I’m gonna need some sleep first.