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  1. Anime: Summer Season 2018


    #1142752018-07-08 00:01:45DarkChaplain said:

    So the Summer Season of Anime is kicking off right now, with a few shows' pilots out the door, while others are following in a week or two. There looks to be some pretty neat stuff among the usual trash, so I figured instead of having individual threads for shows that nobody really bothers posting in anyway, how about just doing a seasonal thread for starters, eh?

    You can check the lineup over on AniChart or MyAnimeList.

    Share what you're planning to watch, first impressions or whatever, but please keep spoilers tagged accordingly. If you want to go fully in-depth on any series in particular, I'd encourage you to make a specific thread for it and link it here, too.

  2. #1142762018-07-08 00:22:23DarkChaplain said:

    What I've been watching so far:

    Hanebado!

    This was one of the first pilots out of the gate and I watched it mostly on a whim, and left stunned by the intensity of the first episode, the stellar animation, the passion behind it all and I dig the drama. I can only recommend it.


    Island

    This started out looking pretty generic and weird, but quickly opened up some mystery plot that actually seems fairly intriguing. A mysterious, isolated island, disappearances, time travel, assassination elements, a girl who can't go into the sun... It's pretty full of elements that may or may not clash in the future, but as far as the pilot goes, it opened up just enough doors to provide a good amount of entertainment and intrigue. It's also based on a VN, so hopefully there'll be more plot than nonsense.


    Harukana Receive

    This one looked like it'd be more ecchi than it actually is. After one episode, I'd say the Ecchi tag on MAL is utterly deceptive, because all there is to it that could be ecchi right now is... well, they're playing Beach Volleyball, which means they're wearing bikinis. How lewd.

    No, but seriously, I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't have the intensity of Hanebado!, but I don't think I could take another sports anime of the same caliber this season anyway. It's more upbeat, though with drama looming just around the corner. The protagonist is bubbly and entertaining, her partner is shy and timid right now, but got a fuckin' pet turtle, so she wins in my book.
    There's already a healthy dose of rivalry going on, the animation is rather pretty, especially the eye effects used, and the comedy is comfy. I'll keep up with this one.


    Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro

    https://myanimelist.cdn-dena.com/images/anime/1819/92602l.jpg

    This one.... had me bored as fuck with its first episode today. I couldn't believe it hadn't been an entire episode yet when the first half ended and another manga chapter got tackled. It had a neat-enough premise, but the longer it went on, the less amused I was with it. It wasn't good comedy, in my opinion. It dragged on, the pacing felt off, the gags fell flat... I don't understand how this is being hyped as the savior of comedy anime this season. I don't see it. Maybe it'll get better, but I don't know if I even want to bother with episode 2 when it releases. It felt like a massive waste of time, and when it was over, I turned my back on the TV and took a nap instead.

  3. #1142772018-07-08 05:31:01Bavalt said:

    I want to toss up a recommendation for Planet With. I've been a big fan of Satoshi Mizukami since I read Spirit Circle, and now that he's finally doing an anime, I'm stoked. This guy's amazing at taking bizarre or downright silly concepts and weaving them into poignant and compelling stories, and the first episode just oozes with his style. The level of strangeness might not be for everyone, but if you like a bit of absurdity, I implore you to check this out.

  4. #1142782018-07-08 13:16:25DarkChaplain said:

    Cells at Work

    Well, now this was cute. Reminds me of ancient 80s cartoons in theme. Hanazawa and co pull it off pretty well. The biology info is delivered a bit quickly, but I think that's mostly due to the pilot needing to lay down the basics. It was entertaining and in a nice dress. The Platelets were fucking adorable.

  5. #1142902018-07-12 18:52:02DarkChaplain said:

    Both Hanebado! and Island had pretty good second episodes. Happy about those.

    A lot of shows are out now, too, including How Not To Summon a Demon Lord, Angolmois, Phantom in the Twilight, Holmes of Kyoto, Asobi Asobase and Satsuriko no Tenshi. Planning on digging into a bunch of them tonight.

  6. #1144072018-08-02 09:48:46DarkChaplain said:

    Way behind on my Summer Animu now, though there's potential to catch up.

    I really, really didn't think much of Asobi Asobase. The comedy didn't appeal, the gap moe stuff doesn't work for me, and in general it made me feel like I'm wasting my time watching and would rather do something else, similar to Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro.

    Hanebado! keeps being great, in contrast, with some pretty unexpected childhood trauma drama and excellent badminton animation. It does seem to diverge from the manga, but frankly, I don't care as long as it stays this good. I'm glad I accidentally skipped a week so I was able to avoid a cliffhanger from 4 to 5 and just move on right away, though.

    Happy Sugar Life meanwhile is something I'm probably going to keep on hold til the end of the season, since the first episode was fantastic and I have high expectations there. I might rather binge that than watch it on a weekly basis.

    Similarly, Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san will be deferred to Bluray instead. The censors are all over the place, ridiculously so, which makes you wonder who they're kidding with that series. With so many lightbeams, they're not going to appeal to the main demographic of an ecchi show, and with so much requiring lightbeams, it is hardly for younger viewers either. Lose/Lose.

    On my list to check out right now are Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight, though I have to wait on PAS's subs for that one, Grand Blue, those LN Harem adaptations and Sirius, I guess. Oh, and Angolmois.