Winter 2016 Final Thoughts

This season was a mix of good and bad, but the only shows really worth watching are ERASED and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. I’ll describe my ratings below in more detail along with an amusing screenshot I took of each while watching (where applicable). I use a weighted system to calculate scores. Usually I just round, but I’m going to include decimals this time since it helps to differentiate the shows (particularly those 5 shows that round to a 6 rating) and gives a better idea of my true thoughts on them.

ERASED Ep7 Abduct

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED): 8.20
I personally really enjoyed ERASED. It had good tension, was engaging throughout, and had some really great characters, most notably Satoru’s mother. Yes, it was extremely predictable (I guessed the killer on the second episode), but in my opinion this actually added to the tension whenever the characters interacted with him. My main complaint would be a lack of detail in several areas including the killer’s motive and linking the last few episodes together. Also, after finishing the show, I’ve decided that it works best as a thriller for kids (thinks Steins;Gate aimed at a younger crowd) rather than as a murder mystery for adults. As I’m partial to cute and heartwarming stories about friendship, this worked for me, but it may be off-putting for those who expect serious drama.

Rakugo Ep12 Pain

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: 7.41
I had mixed feelings while watching Rakugo. I particularly liked the characters in the first episode, but then all the following episodes were backstory before these characters entered the scene. Not realizing that this would be the case, I started to get bored and wanted to return to the present. However, this “backstory” turned out to be the entire anime. Once I came to terms with that, I enjoyed the anime much more rather than simply waiting to get back to a present that would never come (although it does return to the present in the last episode). There is a lot of detail in this anime and well-developed characters. Personally I didn’t really care for many of the characters, the MC especially, but I did enjoy learning more about them and how they grew over time, as the anime spans almost their entire lives. The story is also quite interesting and managed to keep me entertained despite knowing vaguely how it would end since the beginning. I look forward to the second season.

Marshmallow Ep5 Belly

Ojisan to Marshmallow: 6.38
This was a cute anime. It’s short and sweet. The ending was decent but could have been better. It did get a bit repetitive and some of the characters are annoying, but overall it was entertaining for 3 minutes a week.

xx Logic Ep1 Mighty Lead
Luck & Logic: 6.28
It wasn’t particularly great, and it wasn’t particularly bad. Most of the characters are likable. It’s definitely cheesy and cliched, but at least the anime admits that and just rolls with it. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but it looks like there will be a second season.

Dagashi Ep4 Mouth

Dagashi Kashi: 6.25
This is basically just advertising for dagashi (cheap candy) with some sexually suggestive jokes thrown in. There are some cute moments though with Saya particularly.

Ooyasan Ep5 Sparkly

Ooyasan wa Shishunki!: 6.14
Originally I didn’t think this was going to be good, but it got better. It’s only 2 minutes per episode, but they try to squeeze a lot in, resulting in everything feeling quite rushed. It would have been much better with full length episodes. Regardless, it’s a cute show.

Kono Ep6 Big

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!: 5.74
This was humorous in the beginning, but the humor decreased and it became blatant fanservice in the last couple episodes. I also personally find the ending to be majorly flawed, though no one else seems to care. The art and animation are very inconsistent until the last episode. I used to like the MC because he seemed to be witty and kept the anime from devolving into a typical harem show, but his common sense vanished towards the end. I did enjoy watching Megumin and Darkness, though. Aqua’s the worst girl by far.

Phantom Ep5 Hot
Musaigen no Phantom World: 4.31
So Phantom World began as practically 100% fanservice. The fanservice decreased as the anime progressed, but honestly I didn’t really care about the characters and there was no real plot, though they seemed to want it to have a plot. The MC’s pretty useless, but at least the animation is well-done. The ending was bad all around, though I guess maybe it was supposed to be cute? Not impressed.

Sekkou Ep7 Nobody

Sekkou Boys: 2.75
Maybe my expectations were too high, but Sekkou Boys really let me down. It was rarely funny, the characters were terrible, and the idols barely did any idol-related things. If you want to see statues arguing with a woman over and over, feel free to watch it. The only redeeming feature was the amusing concept, and they did not make use of it as well as they could have.

Divine Gate: 2.74
Divine Gate was just absolutely terrible. The entire anime is completely pointless, and the characters don’t make up for the awful plot. The narrator is probably the worst character, unless you count the pointless mascot. Every moment is cheesy, and almost nothing is accomplished at all. The anime does make an attempt to go into the backstories of the characters, but this doesn’t succeed in making them any more likable or adding much to the plot. The pacing is also horrible. I should have dropped it early on. I would strongly advise against watching this.

Dropped (score estimates based on the little I saw)
Ajin: 4
The story may be interesting, but the animation is awful. I had to stop watching it because the terrible CG was giving me a headache.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar: 3
With ridiculously bad pacing, weak characters, and excessive fanservice, I knew early on that this anime was not for me.

Winter 2016 Brief First Impressions

xx ERASED Ep1 Girl in Snow
Anime: Boku dake ga Inai Machi | Episode: 1

Boku dake ga Inai Machi: (8) – very interesting so far, I liked the characters and the idea
Dagashi Kashi: (8) – enjoyed this one a lot, best comedy of the season in my opinion
Ojisan to Marshmallow: (7) – cute and somewhat amusing
Luck & Logic: (6) – liked the MC, somewhat humorous, but a bit rushed
Sekkou Boys: (6) – mildly funny, will probably get better
Divine Gate: (5) – interesting backstory, potentially too many characters
Musaigen no Phantom World: (5) – pretty much all fanservice
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar: (5) – too many weak characters, not enough action
Ooyasan wa Shishunki!: (4) – not cute enough, nothing happened

What are your thoughts on the new shows so far?