Yet another season of watching anime, yet another seasonal roundup from me. Same as the last year I left out synopsis as you can easily found those on MyAnimeList.net or any other similar site. As usual this season had some lows and some highs, so in that matter it was not an exceptional season, but in the end I had fun and that’s what counts.

What are you about to read is purely my subjective opinion and if you don’t share it, you can express yourself in the comment section below, but please respect me and I will respect you and your opinions.

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In addition, I have normal day-to-day work to do, wife and other life stuff so I’m not capable of watching everything - especially if it’s sequel of something I haven’t seen before, therefore if you cannot find here show you watched it simply means that it didn’t sound good to me, I missed it or it is simply not my genre (e.g. there are few exceptions, but generally I do not watch shorts).

Now without further ado, let’s dive in...

18if

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Mystery, Supernatural
Score: 7 / 10

18if was a pleasant surprise. I saw the release of first episode on Crunchyroll and knowing nothing about it gave it a shot. Usually when first episodes are aired, it’s pretty lively in the community as everybody discuss the new shows, but 18if was nowhere to be found in those discussions. It slightly reminded me by the artstyle and episodic nature Flip Flappers from Fall 2016. Because of that I was little bit worried that it will share Flip Flappers fate and I will end up dropping it, but ultimately it kept me entertained and I stuck with it. I’m still not sure what exactly think about the ending of this show, but it was not a bad show.


Isekai Shokudou (Restaurant to Another World)

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy
Score: 7 / 10

For a long time I did not know what to think about Restaurant. It was relaxing and easy going, but there was nothing to grasp on. The whole world building with each individual story was great, but I was missing something, which would tight everything together. It took some time to realize, that the connection point is in fact the restaurant itself. This revelation caused me enjoying every other episode more and more. As the show approached closer to the finale, loose ends started to connect and everything made more sense. So if you don’t want anything super demanding and you just want to relax, this show would be definitely on my recommendation list.


Kakegurui (Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler)

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Game, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, School, Shounen
Score: 9 / 10

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Academic or athletics successes are nothing for children of the richest people. They have they bright future planned, as they will inherit the family businesses and corporations. The best asset for them is to learn how to read their competitors, how to bluff and play high stakes games. Hyakkaou Private Academy is the right school for them to learn all those quirks. After classes end for a day, this Academi is turned into a casino and the gambling shall begin. Everything changes, when Yumeko Jabami transfer there. She is psychotic and compulsive gamer, who lives only for the thrill of the games. Kakegurui is crazy trip with unique art and awesome opening, it’s a show worth of watching.


New Game!!

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Score: 8 / 10

The first season of New Game was more than anything else cute girls doing cute things (CGDCT) type of show and rating it now, I would probably lower the score I gave it back then, but I still stands by my opinion that I liked it. I was going for this new season expecting more or less the same, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was still CGDCT, but introducing new characters, giving Aoba and Hifumi more responsibility took the show step further than the prequel. There was more story and character development than in the first season and tension between new rivals made it more enjoyable to watch. So if you liked the first season, you would probably enjoy this one as well.


Owarimonogatari 2nd Season

Episodes: 7 / 22 min. per ep.
Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Supernatural
Score: 9 / 10

There is not much to say about Owarimonogatari 2nd season. If you are already fan of this franchise, then you have probably already seen it yourself and if not, then I don’t really understand, what you are still waiting for. On the other hand if you never saw anything from Monogatari franchise, as this is one of my all time favourites, I cannot do anything else than to recommend it. This season finally closed most of the stories, brought answers on so many questions and overall was the best anime this season I have watched.


Re:Creators

Episodes: 22 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Score: 7 / 10

In the beginning of this series I was confused. What this weird meta anime wants to achieve and what is its purpose? Those were only few of the questions I asked myself. Around the half way through I went on watching hiatus. I did not feel the urge to continue watching the show, but I did not feel like dropping it completely. After hearing that the finale was worth the previous ground building, I resumed watching it and binge the last 12 or so episodes. I would lie if I’d say there were no moments, where I had to power through, but in the instant action began and battle theme music kicked in, I was sucked again in. That was probably what was the best about the show and because the ending was full of it, Re:Creators won me over in the end.

Gamers!

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School
Score: 5 / 10

I wanted to like Gamers!. I really did, but in the end I was not able. Honestly I don’t know what I expected from this show, but it certainly wasn’t romance comedy, where they spiral in never-ending cycle of misunderstandings, which are so easy to dismiss with simply being able to listen to others. To give it a little bit of credit, it made me laugh few times, but mostly it was painful to watch.


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. (In Another World With My Smartphone)

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Adventure, Harem, Comedy, Magic, Romance, Fantasy
Score: 5 / 10

I was excited when I heard about this show for the first time. Finally it’s time to stop with the weak main character trope, who by sheer will is able to overcome obstacles and succeed against all odds. Now we get someone, who is overpowered and nobody can match him. I thought this might be great fun and it was - for the first episode or two. If it would not be for the harem and ecchi parts, I might be enjoying the show little bit longer, but the slime episode was the total breakpoint, from where it all went down hill. In the end it was just average show, which made me laugh few times.


Koi to Uso (Love and Lies)

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Drama, Romance, School
Score: 6 / 10

It was the premise, what caught my attention, when I was searching for shows in the beginning of the season. It was another take on the romance, where you get notice of your future wife / husband and your previous feelings don’t matter. Living in the presumption that those notices were law, I was wondering how they will be fighting for their feelings and love. Discovering that it’s not the case and you can simply reject the notice (even though you are not recommended to and it can affect your future) it lost most of what I was looking for in the show. From that moment it changed into another average school romance show, where even the end resolution was lackluster.


Netsuzou TRap (Netsuzou Trap -NTR-)

Episodes: 12 / 9 min. per ep.
Genres: Drama, Shoujo Ai
Score: 5 / 10

I’ve always trouble to comment on short shows as those usually results in episodic sketches with no plot development and when they try it, usually it fails. This is the case of Netsuzou Trap as well. Nine minutes long episodes give not enough space to fully develop characters and because of that the whole show suffer. One dimensional characters and story full of clichés is detriment of NTR. If I’d have to point out at least one of the positive about this show, it’d be definitely the visual aspect and pleasing colour pallet used, so at least it was pleasant to look at.


Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (Classroom of the Elite)

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Psychological, Drama, School
Score: 6 / 10

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Together with Kakegurui this show was another school anime done differently, but this time everything went wrong. Despite the premise of school having point system, where you can literally buy anything as long as you have enough points, was interesting, it cannot carry the whole show on its back. It needs some interesting characters and that’s exactly where Classroom of the Elite felt flat. From the first episode I was not able to sympathized with any of the characters. They were boring and simply almost non-existent for me. I’ve heard quite a lot of people praising this show and in the end it might not be a bad show, but I had hard time to enjoy it, so that’s why it’s sitting slightly above average for me.

Centaur no Nayami (A Centaur’s Life)

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy, Seinen
Score: 4 / 10

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When I started watching Centaur no Nayami I had no hopes for the show as it’s from Haoliners Animation League who were behind Ling Qi (Spiritpact) airing few seasons back. That show was unwatchable and its stupidity made me drop it after first episode. Luckily the beginning of Centaur was different. As it goes in slice of life genre, there was not much happening in the terms of story progression, but I quite enjoyed the characters and the undertone of something dark about the totalitarian monster society. I thought if they will keep up with it, it might be decent show. Sadly the second half started to slip and the final episode put cherry on top of this mess. In the end, it was not worth of my time, shame.


Fate/Apocrypha

Episodes: 25 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Historical, Supernatural, Drama, Magic, Fantasy
Score: DROPPED (after 2 episodes)

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Fate/Apocrypha was simply too much. I like Fate series and probably seen most of it, but every time I had a problem with the sheer amount of characters they introduce. Normally it would be seven servants and masters, but here you need to double it. That’s insane amount of characters thrown at you in the first two episodes, not counting some side characters, who might be some importance in the later episodes. Because of all this I ended with episode two, not having the brain capacity to continue watching it. When episode eleven was aired and I still had no intention to catch up with this series, it was clear sign to not bother and drop it. Shame.


Hajimete no Gal (My First Girlfriend is a Gal)

Episodes: 10 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, School, Shounen
Score: 4 / 10

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If you are looking for thrash show and brainless comedy, then Hajimete no Gal might be your jam, otherwise it’s seriously not worth of your time. Not only mostly it’s ridiculously sad in terms of quality and jokes are not funny, but if you happen to stumble upon the censored version, then I don’t recall I saw something so bad as this. Better to avoid this show altogether.


Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (There’s a beast under the skirt)

Episodes: 12 / 5 min. per ep.
Genres: Drama, Romance, Ecchi [Hentai]
Score: 3 / 10

It’s difficult to write about show, where one main character basically rape the other in the very first episode. What follows is basically sequence of situations, where they are trying to justify it. They are trying to develop some feelings in Shizuka towards Ryou, who keeps sexually assaulting her, despite her opposing it. If I’d have to give only one recommendation out of my whole list it would definitely be not to watch this show. Even if you look at from the hentai perspective, it’s nothing I’d recommend. (Note: hentai tag in genres appeared on MyAnimeList.net only after fifth episode was aired and now, while writing this, it was already removed.)


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