Spring 2017 to Date – Part XX7 – 5 Episodes In

Anime Opinions, Article, Spring 2017 — By on May 13, 2017 7:34 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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All work and no anime turns white kids into school shooters. So here’s to an ounce of prevention.

 

– Post Summary –

Believe it or not, this is the least gay Attack on Titan fanart I could find.

As usual, scores are based on my overall impression of the series at that point — specific episode ratings are pointless and lame.

Screenshots are gonna suck cuz they’re print screens of streams. I wanted to see how the official alternatives stacked up in this post-Nyaa era, so that’s how I watched everything (rip me). There’ll be a follow-up post on that tomorrow, but spoiler alert: I am less than impressed. Brace your eyes.

 

 

10/10

Spoiler:

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? / WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?

hmm…

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
8 (rewatched) 9 10 10 10

 

By all rights, and even my own low, low standards, it would be pushing to even call this a 9. But fuck it, I’m saying it’s a 10/10. Fight me.

Chtholly’s endearingly teenage crush, the slow unraveling of the world’s fucked-up past, the struggle to reconcile the need for change with previous worldviews… These are all incredibly well done (for an anime). And god the characters are great.

Where WorldEnd fails is its incessant desire to fall back on tired tropes (the slap in 04 killed the episode for me), an inconsistent world & character motivations (so the military’s been desperately throwing kamikazes at kaiju for years but suddenly it’s 100% okay for the kamikazes to get cold feet no biggie I guess the world gets to die), and unconvincing stakes (at this point it’s been established that nobody important is going to die unless it’s in the past, and the villains are laughably ineffective at everything).

Yeah… it can sometimes be not so great.

Still, I’m willing to buy into this series’s vision for now. We’ll remain in the build-up part for another episode or two as far as I can tell, and maybe Japan’ll get it right this time around. Surely there’s more to this than KidzBop meets Shinsekai Yori.

 

 

Berserk (2017)

Berserk: now with more filters

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
10 10 10 10 10

 

Gratuitous violence, needless nudity, and all the characters are shallow, one-note edgelords… Yeah, this is unironically everything I want in an anime. Keep it coming, Berserk.

 

 

9/10

Spoiler:

Nothing, lol.

 

 

8/10

Spoiler:

Boku no Hero Academia S2 / My Hero Academia S2

Right?

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
4 5 6 7 8

 

It cannot be overstated how much I hate the Academia fandom, and the series itself, which can be summed up as a transparently pale imitation of Hunter X Hunter overlaid with the worst parts of Marvel. BUT GODDAMN THIS FUCKING ARC IS AWESOME. I love shounen competitions.

Once the villains appear and the show tries hard to take itself seriously again, everything’ll go to shit… Until then I’m just gonna enjoy the presumably only good part of Academia.

 

 

Alice to Zouroku / Alice & Zoroku

Gotta fund this show somehow.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
7 8 8 8 8

 

Make no mistake, Alice to Zoroku is feelz bait. And by that, I mean it’s practically begging for ~le critical acclaim~ without necessarily earning it the honest way.

But how could she be a monster? She’s cute!

Episode 5 was pretty fucking good with the action and arc closure, but all in all it’s really hard for me to respect a story that can’t commit to a necessary execution. Sometimes it’s okay for people to die, Japan.

Still can’t fully place where this one is going, but I’m starting to get a bit worried. Series like this live or die based purely on their conclusions, and it’s looking like this one is headed to its on the path most traveled. Hope A-to-Z proves me wrong.

 

 

Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel / Twin Angel Break

And it was.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
8 8 8 8 8

 

The stakes have never been lower, yet the memes have never been higher. Look, all you need to know is that they have an episode about a pseudo-intellectual incel who gets put in a middle school and has to reconcile his misogyny with the chance to fuck 12-year-olds, and that’s immediately followed by an episode about an idol group popular only because they sing about sushi and then slice up fish for the audience after the show.

Twin Angel does not give a fuck, and that’s why it’s great.

 

 

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism / Armed Girl’s Machiavellism

Amazon’s encodes are fantastic.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
8 8 8 8 8

 

No, this series is not good. Objectively, it’s quite shit. But I like it, so fuck the police.

 

 

Sakurada Sagrada Reset / Charlotte but every character is hopelessly autistic and the comedy is as dry as a fujoshi’s vagina

deep

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
4 7 7 8 8

 

I misjudged this one at first, I’ll admit that. Assuming you watched the first episode and hated it, I would advise finishing off episode 2 and seeing if you still feel the same way — this is not the paint-by-numbers romance series it initially presents itself as.

However, since all conflict in the series comes from stupid misunderstandings that could be cleared up in a minute or two if the characters weren’t prime candidates for IQ-based euthanasia, it’s hard to appreciate what the series is going for. Should the pace keep up, I could see my arm being twisted into giving this a 9, but until then I’m stubbornly holding out in hopes I can hate again.

 

 

Sakura Quest

Ignore the loading icon and blurry visual – that’s just vrv being shit as usual.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
7 8 8 8 8

 

Cute girls doing relatable things is easily the best genre Japan’s come up with since whatever Boku no Pico is considered. Worth watching if you like to create waifu brackets.

 

 

7/10

Spoiler:

Eromanga-sensei

me irl

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
7 6 7 7 7

 

This is a very character-driven show, and there’s only one tolerable character so far. But if Elf Yamada gets sidelined… Well, there’s only one option.

Without Elf-chan, this’d legit drop to a 2/10. And somehow I suspect this’ll sink sooner than later.

 

 

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Preach it, Boruto-kun! ;_;

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
8 7 7 7 7

 

This is a low-effort, pointless cash-in made entirely of filler by people who only liked the worst parts of Naruto. There’s no urgency to anything. And also they fucked with my waifu.

Still, a bad version of the best series of all time isn’t necessarily a failure. And it’s got Sarada <3

 

 

Seikaisuru Kado / KADO: The Right Answer

Episode 00 Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
8 8 8 8 8 7

 

I know diplomacy is boring, but this show takes it way too far.

This guy especially needs to shut the fuck up.

Here’s to hoping we get the laser-eyed robots and giant space calamari I was expecting in the next couple episodes, but tbh I’m kind of doubting it’ll happen at this point.

 

 

6/10

Spoiler:

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records / Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor

Tragic. And entirely uninteresting.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
9 6 5 6 6

 

You have a world where magic exists, where all the strongest and most important people are magicians, yet if anyone has special magical powers they’re treated as outcasts or killed? And there’s a fucking high-class magician military academy, filled with important nobles & supported by the crown, but it takes some reject punchy-fist fuck-up for the students to realize “hey maybe we can play with our chants to do different things like every fucking character outside of our academy does in this shitty series — oh my, now we’re actually halfway competent, what a miracle”?

Bullshit. I’m out.

That being said, Rokudenashi occasionally makes me laugh, so it’s saved from the 3/10 slot where it belongs.

 

 

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria / Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
7 6 6 6 6

 

DanMachi was perfection in animated form. DanMachi side story? Well, tbh I can’t tell where the recap ends and the filler begins. At this point, the only reason to watch this is so you can enjoy DanMachi S2 slightly more. Even then, that’s a gamble, since this show is so fucking boring, half the people watching it will want to skip out on S2.

Still, anything with Loki in it cannot technically be subpar, so I imagine this will stay at a 6 throughout its run. God, the illegal things I would do to her…

 

 

5/10

Spoiler:

Renai Boukun / Love Tyrant

Ugh.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
9 7 6 6 5

 

However interesting the characters could be, the lack of any sensible comedic timing kills it. And turning the show from lighthearted romcom to pure harem? Harem is the worst fucking genre, and it’s hardly even wish fulfillment since half the girls in any harem will make you want to legalize domestic abuse.

Shikimi is the only good part of the show, but the series is too pussy to even use her right, so she gets wasted right after her introduction. Just cuz I’ll masturbate to a show doesn’t mean I have to like it.

(stay strong, D_S, remember the show still sucks ;_;)

 

 

Clockwork Planet

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
4 4 5 5 5

 

Straight from the annals of reddit comes the dumbest plot I’ve ever had to suffer through — the military is evil cuz it’s evil and it wants to kill billions of people cuz it’s evil and everyone in the military is evil too, did I mention that?

Some will be able to tolerate the stupidity, if only for RyuZu talking like the female version of me in a PG-rated romcom. She’s the closest you’re gonna get, so may as well savor it.

 

 

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho / Grimoire of Zero

Aww, they’re sleeping on him~ See? Furries are people too!

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
6 5 5 6 5

 

“They’re coming after us to burn us all alive, let’s fight back and protect ourselves!”

“Nah, if we fight them that’ll make them angry and angriness is bad. Let’s just run away and hope some deus ex machina bullshit will kick in way after the viewer is bored to death.”

If actions had consequences in this series, it could be quite good. But they don’t, so it sucks.

 

 

4/10

Spoiler:

Granblue Fantasy: The Animation

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
3 3 4 4 4

 

Granblue Fantasy feels like a direct-to-VHS release of a bad J-RPG from 2 decades ago. Still, I suppose that’s better than it being a faithful adaptation. Memories of KanColle’s anime still make my stomach empty.

 

 

Re:Creators

A show made for the anime fan in your life.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
7 6 4 4 4

 

The chicks are grade-A fuckmeat, but the show is awful. Don’t bother.

 

 

3/10

Spoiler:

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine / The Royal Tutor

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
5 4 3 3 3

 

Sure, I get it. There’s pretty boys and they have super tropey personalities and they’re anime rich too! But there’s lots of shows with pretty boys, and most of those have more depth than a six-year-old’s vagina, so…

 

 

Tsugumomo

Just one of the many epic fights in the show.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
Dropped 2 3 3 3

 

I undropped this as punishment to myself for getting drunk at Chili’s. Joke’s on me, Hungry Hungry Autism Tits is great.

Not great enough for the series to remain undropped by my next summary post, but definitely great enough for me to spend a good minute or two on the boorus.

 

 

Frame Arms Girl

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
6 6 ? 3 3

 

I noticed halfway through episode 4 that I had skipped episode 3, but when that realization resulted in an overwhelming sense of relief more than anything else, I knew this series wasn’t gonna end well.

There are reasons someone would like this show, but they aren’t good ones.

 

 

2/10

Spoiler:

Warau Salesman New / The Laughing Salesman

If not even a scene like this can get me going, the series is a lost cause.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
3 2 2 2 2

 

Not funny, not good. I hate anyone who legitimately likes this show.

 

 

1/10

Spoiler:

Hinako Note

Not cute enough.

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
3 2 1 1 1

 

Per my last post, I thought each episode would have new jokes that it would only repeat for that sad span of 24 minutes… but no, it is the same jokes throughout the entire series. BEING A SCARECROW IS NOT INHERENTLY HUMOROUS.

Why do this?

I ain’t dropping Hinako Note — I need the hate to live. But for those of you whose souls have not entirely decayed, I would recommend avoiding this, much as culture has avoided Denver.

(For real, Pizza Hut is like the highest quality dining establishment here. It’s like the only thing these dense fuckers eat are edibles.)

 

 

Not Watching / Dropped

Spoiler:

  • Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai
    • As I’m limiting myself to official sources this season, the only format this is available in is censored fucking bullshit, so I refuse to watch it. I would 100% give this a 10/10 if I were allowed proper levels of ass and milktits, because that’s the kind of man I am.
  • Tsuki ga Kirei
    • From the three episodes I’ve seen, this is a solid romance anime. However, I hate romance anime.
  • Attack on Titan S2
    • What’s the point in watching something I know I’ll love?
  • Atom: The Beginning
    • I like the art direction, but I don’t like Astro Boy.
  • Fukumenkei Noise
    • If this had been released in 1920 we would’ve never had the 19th Amendment.
  • Kabukibu!
    • Tried putting this on in the background, as I jacked off to some really sketchy shit. My computer didn’t bluescreen out of shame, but it should’ve, so this is dropped.
  • A bunch of sequels to shows I never finished or whatever

 

 

 

– Post-Summary –

Her belly reminds me I should probably get around to finishing more than just s1 of Natsume Yuujinchou.

Spoiler:

10/10

  • Berserk (2017)
  • Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?

 

9/10

  • N/A

 

8/10

  • Alice to Zouroku
  • Boku no Hero Academia S2
  • Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism
  • Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel
  • Sagrada Reset
  • Sakura Quest

 

7/10

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Eromanga-sensei
  • Seikaisuru Kado

 

6/10

  • Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria
  • Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records

 

5/10

  • Clockwork Planet
  • Renai Boukun
  • Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho

 

4/10

  • Granblue Fantasy: The Animation
  • Re:Creators

 

3/10

  • Frame Arms Girl
  • Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  • Tsugumomo

 

2/10

  • Warau Salesman New

 

1/10

  • Hinako Note

 

Yeah, there’s a lot of 8’s, but that’s usually just my default for shows I’m enjoying but don’t actively hate. I expect half of those will drop from that tier before the season’s over. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

You’re welcome to share your opinion of how good my taste is, as long as it’s in the form of telling me my taste is good.



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20 Comments

Humanity says:

Yeah, Shuumatsu seems to be one of the darling shows of the season. Still not sure if I’m gonna take the plunge or wait until it’s done to see if the hype stays for the whole run then marathon it.

Dark_Sage says:

Hold off. If it fails, it’s not gonna be a smooth crash.

Humanity says:

Sounds good.

Otaku-san says:

So was it a crash and burn or no? I’ve only watched 2-3 episodes of it.

Dark_Sage says:

Uhh, let’s find out…

anony says:

Surely you are going to watch Saekano S2 eventually? 04 in particular.

Dark_Sage says:

That would require me to finish S1.

anony says:

Not really, there’s very little that episode would spoil from S1.

Dark_Sage says:

Fine.

moron says:

i can’t tell if you’re drunk on your sorrows or just like drowning yourself in sleep aids

Dark_Sage says:

I haven’t been sober since grade school, but if you’re asking about my anime watching decisions… I need to watch bad shows so my super-autistic rating scale shakes out. Since it’s an even distribution, 10% of every series I finish get a 10/10, 10% get a 5/10, and 10% get a 1/10. So if I only watch good stuff, eventually some of my 10s will get pushed to 9s or even 8s, which is 100% unacceptable.

Ergo, I must watch bad series in hopes I can finish them and keep my high-rated series where they belong. Would you like to see my fidget spinner?

dekrd says:

Tsugumomo is nice tho… Granted I read manga and aside from loli b8 it had some hype fights.

Shinji says:

One shitty fansubber did (machine-translated) Koe no Katachi, and several edits have come out. Are you going to do any sort of review/comparison for these? Would be interesting to see.

MrPonty says:

is this [TT]?

Dark_Sage says:

Eh.

Kamica says:

Seems pretty safe to say that 35mm’s subs are the best.

Black Shads says:

I was about to drop Machiavellianism, but that slap to the face in episode 7

Holy sugoi

wat says:

Look, all I want in my life right now is a third season of K-On. I can only rewatch the first 2 so many times.

Failing that, having this gay earth be destroyed by an extremely stupid thing that everyone saw coming but did nothing about would be acceptable as well.

anony says:

You mean something like overpopulation followed by inevitable resource depletion and descent into mad max/fallout?

Otaku-san says:

What a disappointment Akashic Records was, eh? It was always shit, but at least it was good shit ’til it started to taking itself seriously.

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