When I start reading new book I have a rule of 50 pages. If I’m not interested in that book even after those, what’s the point for me to continue reading something I’m not enjoying?

When I have started watching anime ages ago I was consuming everything I got my hands on. Weirdly enough it had good effect in the end as I’m now able to enjoy most of the shows or at least survive without any major defects on my mind. But lately when I saw some great shows, I’m not satisfied with everything anymore. For that reason I always give new anime one to three episodes to reevaluate if that’s worth of my time. And oh boy, this season we’ve got some unique stuff...

Disclaimer: Because I’m not enjoying those shows it doesn’t mean, that you shouldn’t if you like them. Do whatever you want, let one of it be your AOTS / AOTY if you want.


Akiba’s Trip The Animation

Set in Akihabara, the shopping area has been invaded by creatures known as “Synthisters” who prey on the patrons of Akihabara, feasting on their social energy and will to live. These enemies can only be stopped by direct exposure to sunlight, meaning to defeat these synthisters their clothes need to be ripped off exposing them to sunlight. (Source: MAL.net)

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I’m listening to podcasts quite often as a background “noise”, when I’m traveling, working or playing games. Fellow AniTAY authors podcast is not difference. When somebody mentioned Akiba’s Trip jokingly as Akiba Strip - well it caught my attention and I started to listen more closely. I don’t know if I was thinking the premise sounded funny, but after the first episode I quickly changed my mind and it’s just bad and stupid.


ēlDLIVE

Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember, he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy—right until the day when a strange-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force. Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take the aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong. (Source: MAL.net)

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This was one of the shows which I have heard basically nothing about, just read the synopsis. Even from that it looked like shit, but why not to give it a chance it might surprise. Sadly it was not the case. Even though by the end of episode we have learned what was the Chuuta’s voice in head, it didn’t make it less obnoxious, jokes were cheesy and overall the whole cast of characters we would probably end up seeing again and again were uninteresting. I’ll give it benefit of doubt because it might still turn ok, but that’s for somebody else to discover.


Hand Shakers

The anime takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX,” and revolves around the Hand Shakers—partners who can summon “Nimrodes,” weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. The top pair will then meet and challenge “God.”“They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God. They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them? And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked, join hand and hand for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.” (Source: ANN)

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I can forgive quite a lot, but this anime goes from bad to worse and then straight down to the sewers. It starts with chaotic beginning which I would be able to forgive (we got some explanation by the end of episode if you want to call it that way), fish-eye effects with no reason what-so-ever and then maniac pursuing two kids, trying to kill them with woman chained to him which he is treating like trash. No thank you, this was enough - I have some dignity. Oh did I mentioned it’s 3D?


Idol Jihen

Increasing income divide, creeping environmental pollution, unsolvable waste issues, childcare waiting lists being discussed without those concerned, repeated corruption… The government, smeared by vested interests, can’t do a thing against the many problems and sources of discontent. It’s in this situation, with Japan cornered with no way out, that idols rise up to save the day!The Heroine Party, Sunlight Party, Starlight Party, Bishoujo Party, Wakaba Party, Subculture New Party, and SOS Party. From these seven idol political parties, the idols who have become National Diet members and representatives for each prefecture will smash through the sense of stagnation covering Japan using the power of song and dance! They’ll bring back the smiling faces of the people, and wrap Japan in a glittering aura!! (Source: Honeyfeed)

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Last Summer season I got into the idol anime world with Love Live! Sunshine!! which I end up enjoying, so when I have seen another one of those, I was down for it. First few minutes ensured me that these shows are not alike. Idol Jihen starts with a village girl, who got picked for audition to be representative of party in government. She looks like she is 14-ish for fox sake and you are forcing her to politics, because when she sings she has nice aura? Guess I will pass...


Spiritpact

Heir of an old famous family of exorcist, Keika You is stricken by poverty after losing his parents. He struggles as a street fortune teller and computer recovery part timer to earn money. One night in a junkyard, he meets the mysterious yet charismatic exorcist, Ki Tanmoku, fighting an evil spirit. This encounter is the beginning of a fated story for Keika You. Unfortunately for him, he was actually hit by a car and became a ghost. That was when the handsome exorcist Ki appeared and asked Keika to make a “pact” with him to fight evil spirits together. Here starts the friendship of our heroes! (Source: ANN, edited)

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The year 2016 was in the sense of trying new things for me. I have seen my first idol anime, went for sports anime which were not my genre before and I have tried my very first Chinese animation - Bloodivores which was a mistake I dropped after three episodes. When I’ve seen another Chinese animation scheduled for this season I wanted to give it chance to redeem itself. I had the feeling from the beginning (based on the synopsis) that this show probably won’t be something special, but I did not expect to be THAT BAD. The only thing remaining to be said about Spiritpact is avoid it and drop it from your queue as soon as possible. I mean it! Do it!! NOW!!!


“Honorable” Mentions

Sometimes it’s pretty obvious after first episode, that the anime will be bad and you just don’t want to waste more time on that. Sometimes it’s just off to bad start or there are simply things which bothers you and for that reason you decide to continue for another episode.

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Youjo Senki: After covering last season every week Shuumatsu no Izetta I was hoping this anime to be good. The animation itself is great, I liked the art style and the direction it went, but there were two main reasons why I’m thinking of dropping that. Firstly the main character Tanya - her missing backstory is make it less believable, that she is such evil character and her appearance doesn’t help as well. Secondly “Frog face” a.k.a. Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov - what’s wrong with that girl, why?