Fall 2016 Final Thoughts

This was a pretty good anime season for me. I watched 26 shows and didn’t drop a single one (though I did consider it for a couple). My seasonal average score was a 6, just slightly lower than for the summer season. I gave out two 9’s, one 8, and five 7’s, and Udon even managed to squeeze into my #10 spot overall, edging out New Game! from last season. Below you’ll find my scores for each show and brief comments.

If you prefer to look through images, here’s a slideshow of a picture from each show arranged from best to worst (the same order as below). I apologize for not captioning the images, but the captions were blocking some of the subtitles. If you hold your cursor over an image, it should indicate the show title and episode number.

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1. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World) – 9
Heartwarming story with great characters (likeable, decent depth and development, very cute interactions)

2. Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) – 9
Ecchi comedy done right, consistently funny and surprisingly engaging

3. Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage) – 8
Wonderful story, cute character interactions, realistic relationships, touching ending

4. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) – 7
Fun sports action, some humor, engaging, cute characters

5. Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) – 7 (ongoing)
Cute and funny shorts

6. Gi(a)rlish Number (Girlish Number) – 7
Refreshing candor, good character growth

7. Natsume Yuujinchou Go (Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 5) – 7
Enjoyable like all seasons of Natsume, but my least favorite season because I didn’t find it as engaging as previous ones; too much focus on side characters, not enough Nyanko-sensei; the Touko and Shigeru episode was my favorite

8. ViVid Strike! – 7
Solid show, good character growth, gritty and enjoyable fights, consistent action

9. Brave Witches – 6
Watchable, relatively enjoyable to see the MC prove herself

10. Shuumatsu no Izetta (Izetta: The Last Witch) – 6
Rather average show, fairly engaging, ridiculous ending

11. WWW.Working!! – 6
Boring to watch but good character development and pleasant ending along with frequent but mostly dull comedy

12. Hagane Orchestra – 6
Charmingly straightforward advertisement for a mobile game, frequent comedy

13. Soushin Shoujo Matoi (Matoi the Sacred Slayer) – 6
Slow start but somewhat fun to watch; plot is very contrived and predictable, especially the ending; the music is nice though whenever the MC uses her powers

14. Flip Flappers – 6
Great visuals and enjoyed watching Papika but the story was haphazard and clichéd

15. Stella no Mahou (Magic of Stella) – 6
Kind of boring but some of the characters are cute; I particularly liked the club president; some comedy but could have been much funnier

16. Long Riders! – 5 (two episodes left)
Very slow-paced, inconsistent and low quality animation, but some decent character growth

17. To Be Hero – 5
Very weird show all around but consistently humorous; unsatisfying ending

18. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season (I’ve Had Enough of Being a Magical Girl 2nd Season) – 5
Mostly boring but has some humor; I particularly enjoyed the 9th episode

19. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki (Kiitaro’s Yokai Picture Diary) – 5
Boring but has some cute characters and moments

20. Getsuyoubi no Tawawa (Tawawa on Monday) – 5
Excessive fanservice, all females look the same so I can’t tell them apart, men don’t have faces; however, there are some cute (albeit sketchy) character interactions

21. 3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion) – 5 (ongoing)
Too much drama for me (the MC’s sister especially), slow-paced, too big of a focus on shogi, frequently rather depressing

22. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me) – 5
The senpai is the best character, every other character (including the MC) is terrible; some decent moments but the end was awful (though predictable)

23. Show By Rock!! # – 5
Not as engaging as the first season, too many characters, inconsistent pacing, contrived plot

24. Hibike! Euphonium 2 (Sound! Euphonium 2) – 5
Too much side character drama, missing performances, slow-paced, character interactions are often frustrating; I particularly enjoyed the 5th episode though

25. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) – 4
Pretty much just meaningless suffering but some of the deaths were entertaining; terrible ending

26. Nazotokine – 4
Boring, puzzles are impossible to solve, unclear plot, repetitive; that said, characters are okay and there is occasional humor

Fall 2016 First Impressions

So far it’s been a decent season for me overall. I’m watching a lot more shows than usual, and I’m pretty surprised I haven’t dropped anything yet. And yes, I chose to watch most of these because of the cute girls.

Anime: Stella no Mahou (Magic of Stella) | Episode: 2

Here is a list of the anime I’m watching along with comments and scores. I’m sure the scores will vary quite a bit by the end, but this is how the shows compare for me at the moment.

1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (Ping Pong Girls) – 8
As a lover of cute girl, school club comedies, this show is right up my alley. The superhuman sports abilities, character interactions, and comedy remind me of Saki, which I also enjoyed quite a bit, though it had more yuri undertones.

2. Keijo!!!!!!!! – 7
I was skeptical going in to Keijo, but I was pleasantly surprised. So far it’s one of the best ecchi comedies I’ve seen.

3. Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) – 7
A funny and cute short, what more can you ask for?

4. Stella no Mahou (Magic of Stella) – 7
I thought the first episode was rather boring, but the second episode kept me laughing. 

5. Gi(a)rlish Number – 7
I like the skepticism of the industry and two-faced ladies, particularly the MC. It’s an interesting change from the always cute and mostly pleasant girls I’m used to.

6. Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage) – 7
This is the most mature seeming show I’m watching this season. It has some serious josei vibes though it’s not tagged as such (or anything yet) on MAL, and as josei is my highest rated genre (unweighted), I think I’ll enjoy it.

7. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World) – 7
I enjoy heartwarming shows about single fathers, so I’ll probably enjoy Udon. That said, the first episode was rather predictable and contrived. I’m also not a big fan of the kid’s character design, particularly his mouth and eyes. And as everyone knows, little girls are better than little boys. Also I don’t like the implication that the kid can never grow up, making it less about raising a child and more like taking care of a pet.

8. Show By Rock!! # – 7
The first episode was just okay, but now that the MC has returned, it is back to about the same level of fun as the first season. It looks like they have toned down the amount of time in the weird CG mode too, which I’m all for.

9. Shuumatsu no Izetta (Izetta: The Last Witch) – 7
Seems decent, but I hope it holds up. I like the yuri moments. It is a bit contrived, though, which makes me feel somewhat detached while watching it.

10. Flip Flappers – 7
It’s fun to watch and I like the characters, but I’m a bit worried about consistency issues. The art/animation is fantastic.

11. Brave Witches – 7
Better than I expected. It’s entertaining to watch, though there’s not a whole lot to it so far. It’s very focused on the MC’s “stamina.”

12. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season (I’ve Had Enough of Being a Magical Girl) – 6
It’s alright so far, watchable.

13. Soushin Shoujo Matoi (Matoi the Sacred Slayer) – 6
I’m not the biggest fan of this show so far, but I do like the blue-haired girl and some of the comedy.

14. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) – 6
The concept is interesting, but I haven’t been very impressed so far. I don’t like the character designs, particularly the eyes. It’s also been pretty predictable and tamer than I was expecting.

15. To Be Hero – 6
A weird show but it has a lot of decent humor and I like the ED.

16. ViVid Strike! – 6
This seems okay so far, not great but not terrible either. It’s watchable at least. I kind of wish it didn’t have the magical girl element because loli boxing would be entertaining.

17. Long Riders! – 5
It’s a bit boring so far, but I tend to like cute girl, school club stuff, so I may get into it more later. It needs more comedy and more engaging characters. Also, the CG parts look pretty bad.

18. WWW.Working!! – 5
As a fan of the original Working!!, I was hoping I would enjoy this one as well. However, the characters have not been nearly as good as the ones in the original. I feel like they are trying too hard to make each character unique. It does have okay comedy though.

19. Nazotokine – 5
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. So far it hasn’t been great. I don’t like the animation, and the first puzzle was too easy (although I realize these things generally get harder as you go). The MC is okay.

20. Hibike! Euphonium 2 (Sound! Euphonium) – 5
I’m a bit surprised this one is so low on my list as I did give the first season a 7. I’m not a huge fan of the dramatic parts this season as you might guess. It’s also pretty slow and I don’t particularly care about the new side characters. I realize that the first season also had drama (which I wasn’t too thrilled about then either), but now that it’s less focused on the main characters, I just don’t care. Nothing happening right now affects the main characters at all aside from them being annoyed that they don’t know what happened last year. I still like the yuri-bait moments this season, but it’s starting to get to me that it’s just bait.

21. Getsuyoubi no Tawawa (Tawawa on Monday) – 4
I did not particularly like the first episode as I found it a bit creepy. It’s way too focused on the MC’s boobs. I keep waiting for the classic bus groping. It might improve in later episodes, but I’m not holding my breath.

22. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki (Young Kiitarou and His Youkai Picture Diary) – 4
I wasn’t sure about it after the first episode, but the second episode was even worse. I have a small hope that the show will focus more on the relationship between the guy and the girl in his new home, but it seems to mostly be centering on comedy that doesn’t work for me.