It became habit for me to dump all shows I have watched and ended its airing by the end of season in one article. This season is no exception. As you can probably see I have changed the format of these articles, so I hope you will like it and will be change for better.

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Before we will get to the actual list I have to say, that everything below is purely subjective - even the more objective point like animation or sound quality will go hand-to-hand with my feelings and my preferences. So if you want to comment below the article, because I have sh*t talked your beloved show - please feel free to do so, but be respectful of my opinion and I will be respectful of your.

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).

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Lastly there is one show which I finished watching this season and won’t be included in the list below and that is Naruto: Shippuuden. It would not be fair to include show which ran for the past decade with shows aired during one season (up to one year). If I’ll feel like it, I would write completely separate article about Naruto.

And now without further ado...

3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion)

Episodes: 22 / 25 min. per ep.
Genres: Game, Slice of Life, Drama, Seinen
Score: 9 / 10

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Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall. However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. Akari, the oldest of the three girls, is determined to combat Rei’s loneliness and poorly sustained lifestyle with motherly hospitality. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

I found about Shogi several years ago and I instantly fell in love with it. Since then I haven’t played western style chess and I doubt I will play them ever again. When I learned that over the course of two seasons (Fall 2016 & Winter 2017) there will be an anime about my favourite strategic board game, it was must watch and I haven’t regretted any second I spend on this anime. But don’t worry if you don’t know the game. Even though everything in the show is build around Shogi, it’s not necessarily the main topic of it. The focus is mostly on Rei - amazing Shogi player and fifth in history, who became pro-player in the middle school. As he leaves his adoptive home, he struggles under huge pressure - both physically and mentally. Despite the fact he can sustain himself by playing Shogi, he’s still 17 years old kid, who is trying to grown up. Things starts to move for him when he meets three sisters living in the neighbourhood and again feels welcome somewhere. Be warned - you cannot expect quick action or progress from this show, it’s quite slow (especially in the beginning), but if you don’t mind that or keep up until the second half, you will be awarded by amazing story, great character development and awesome art.


ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.)

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Police, Drama, Fantasy, Seinen
Score: 9 / 10

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The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch’s 99th birthday. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has ten people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there. (Source: MangaHelpers, edited)

ACCA has been probably the most divisive show this season. Lot of people are sharing the opinion, that it was brilliant show, where for the rest the show was simply boring and nothing special happened. It might be true, that this show has slow start, middle and even the end is not much eventful, but that’s what made it special and why I loved it. It had simple, but beautiful art and great soundtrack (its OP was one of the best this season!). I was holding breath till the last episode, because there was not telling where the story will leads and what will happen and for all of it was ACCA my anime of the season.


Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga)

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Demons, Supernatural, Fantasy, Shounen
Score: 8 / 10

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The ExWire of True Cross Academy are beset with shock and fear in the aftermath of discovering that one of their own classmates, Rin Okumura, is the son of Satan. But for the moment, they have more pressing concerns than that of Rin’s parentage: the left eye of the Impure King, a powerful demon, has been stolen from the academy’s Deep Keep. After an attempt is made to steal the right eye in Kyoto as well, Rin and the other ExWires are sent to investigate the mystery behind the Impure King and the ultimate goal of the thief. While this mission has them cooperating for the time being, Rin has never felt more distant from his fellow exorcists. In his attempt to reconcile with them, he undergoes specialized training to control his dark power. However, when the right eye is stolen not long after their arrival, the unthinkable threat of a traitor amongst them leaves them in need of all the power they can get. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Even though the first Ao no Exorcist had anime original ending, I still liked the show. Yes - the ending that time felt weird and rushed, but since I haven’t read the source, I just took it as it was. When I learned that there will be second season after so long I was honestly worried. I’m grateful that it turned out I was worried for nothing. The second season exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed every episode. For those of you who haven’t seen the first season just watch first 17 episode and then switch to the second season. If you have no time to spare for it, you can also see the first season guide written by my fellow AniTAY author Ishamael here: http://anitay.kinja.com/blue-exorcist-the-really-short-filler-free-viewing-gu-1788840521.


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews With Monster Girls)

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, School, Seinen
Score: 8 / 10

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The story takes place in an age where “Ajin” (demi-human), more casually known as “Demi,” have slowly started to become accepted into human society. Tetsuo Takahashi is a biology teacher who ends up teaching three such Demi, hoping to understand more about them while also managing to catch their attention. (Source: Wikipedia)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai is one of the highlights of this season. After I’ve seen Monster Musume back in 2015, monster girls anime means for me nothing more than big dose of ecchi and fanservice. How surprised I was after the first episode of Demi-chan. This series was nothing like Monster Musume and I loved it for it. Most of the main characters look like normal high school students (or teacher) with just nuances which distinguish them from other people and makes them unique. During the season we get to know those girls and how they manage to stand in the society on their own, what problems bothers them and with the help of Takahashi-sensei they try to understand their own nature and how to live happier life.


Fuuka

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Music, Drama, Romance, Ecchi, School, Shounen
Score: 7 / 10

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Yuu Haruna just moved into town and loves to use Twitter. Out on his way to buy dinner, he bumps into a mysterious girl, Fuuka Akitsuki, who breaks his phone thinking he was trying to take a picture of her panties. How will his new life change now? (Source: MAL News)

Music animes are probably right after slice of life my second favourites. Every time I’m searching for new shows for the next season on Anichart, whenever there is music anime I cannot help myself and I’m hyped. That was the case for Fuuka as well. Synopsis was pretty generic (and slightly reminded me the beginning of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), but the visuals looked good, so I was excited. And to be fair - I was caught in by the first few episodes and loved the show. Then came the break point in the third of the series, where they poured full bucket of melancholy mixed with pathos all over the show and music stepped down. It became more of a romance show than anything else. And how it goes with romance shows in anime, most of the time you want to punch the main characters to face. It’s pretty obvious, what everybody wants, but nobody does it, which makes it painful to watch. Sadly these stuff were in Fuuka as well and it spoiled the first few episodes for me, but despite all of it I still enjoyed most of the show.


Gabriel DropOut

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural, School, Shounen
Score. 7 / 10

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For centuries, Heaven has required its young angels to live and study among humans in order to become full-fledged angels. This is no different for top-of-her-class Gabriel White Tenma, who believes it is her mission to be a great angel who will bring happiness to mankind. However, Gabriel grows addicted to video games on Earth and eventually becomes a hikikomori. Proclaiming herself a “Faillen Angel,” she is apathetic to everything else—much to the annoyance of Vignette April Tsukinose, a demon whom Gabriel befriended in her angelic early days on Earth. Vignette’s attempts to revert Gabriel back to her previous self are in vain, as Gabriel shoots down any attempt to change her precious lifestyle. As they spend their time on Earth, they meet two eccentric personalities: the angel Raphiel Ainsworth Shiraha, Gabriel’s classmate with a penchant for sadism, and the demon Satanichia McDowell Kurumizawa, a clumsy self-proclaimed future ruler of the Underworld. Gabriel DropOut follows these four friends’ comedic lives as they utterly fail to understand what it truly means to be a demon or an angel. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy is one of the genres, where personal sense of humour highly affects the show’s impact. I know quite a lot of people, who loved this show and the same amount of people, who were considering this show as an average at best. I’m somewhere in the middle between those two groups. I liked the show and sometimes it gave me good laugh, but most of the time it was one joke repeated again and again. Meet fallen angel Gabriel, lazy, dirty and addicted to MMO, demon Vigne, who should be born as angel due her nature, sadistic angel Raphi and self-proclaimed arch demon Satania, who is stupid as fuck. Mix those four together and you can imagine, what the show is about.


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

Episodes: 13 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Fantasy
Score: 8 / 10

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As Kobayashi sets off for another day at work, she opens her apartment door only to be met by an unusually frightening sight—the head of a dragon, staring at her from across the balcony. The dragon immediately transforms into a cute, busty, and energetic young girl dressed in a maid outfit, introducing herself as Tooru. It turns out that the stoic programmer had come across the dragon the previous night on a drunken excursion to the mountains, and since the mythical beast had nowhere else to go, she had offered the creature a place to stay in her home. Thus, Tooru had arrived to cash in on the offer, ready to repay her savior’s kindness by working as her personal maidservant. Though deeply regretful of her words and hesitant to follow through on her promise, a mix of guilt and Tooru’s incredible dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to take the girl in. Despite being extremely efficient at her job, the maid’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up horrifying Kobayashi and at times bring more trouble than help. Furthermore, the circumstances behind the dragon’s arrival on Earth seem to be much more complicated than at first glance, as Tooru bears some heavy emotions and painful memories. To top it all off, Tooru’s presence ends up attracting several other mythical beings to her new home, bringing in a host of eccentric personalities. Although Kobayashi makes her best effort to handle the crazy situation that she has found herself in, nothing has prepared her for this new life with a dragon maid. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

As I mentioned in my opinion on Fuuka, slice of life is probably my favourite genre of anime. Probably how believable those shows are is the reason I like them so much. Despite the fact Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid has dragons, magic, dimensional travel and some other fantasy things it still excels in what slice of life is doing slice of life. During the whole series nothing happens, when something happens. Except of the character development and their relationship, there is no actual progression, but still every episode is enjoyable, when you watch the small wins and defeats each character is going through.


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2 )

Episodes: 10 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy
Score: 8 / 10

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No synopsis needed - if you watched first season, you know what this is about, otherwise go and watch it.

This show really disappointed me animation-wise. Despite the first season was such a hit and the sales of Blu-rays and DVDs were great as well, it was huge step down. Other than that - there isn’t much else negative to say about it. If you liked the first season, this will be definitely up your alley and worth of your time. Of course the ending was open, so can we expect another season in a year time?


Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Military, Magic
Score: 9 / 10

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On the front lines of the war, there is a little girl. Blond hair, blue eyes, and porcelain white skin, she commands her squad with a lisping voice. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. While in reality, she is one of Japan’s most elite salary-men, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being who calls himself God. This little girl, who prioritizes efficiency and her own career over anything else, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army.

In the beginning of season I made “Early Drops” article with the series, where I saw first episode and dropped it. Youjo Senki was “honorable mention” there. I was not sure if I will continue the show as the start was really strange. We found ourselves in the middle of the story and met Tanya for the first time, but her character was so painfully unbelievable. Few people convinced me to watch the second season and I’m grateful I listened. The second episode should have been the beginning. We got there backstory of how Tanya became Tanya, why she’s so evil and what the show is about. With each episode it got progressively better till the very end, where we got a small tease what showdown we can expect in the next season if it will happen and truth to be told, I cannot wait for them to confirm it.

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Masamune-kun’s Revenge)

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

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As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him “Piggy” due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance. With the aid of the rich girl’s maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune starts to question the objectives of his devious plans, and if bringing them to fruition is what his heart truly desires. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

I started this show purely based on the premise and synopsis. It was intriguing and I was interested in how they will manage to deal with it. How disappointed I was... Main character is an idiot and from anime romances you (mostly) cannot expect quick progress. Third way through the series I started to wondering if we will end up him not being able to overcome his feelings and he will again fall in love with Aki and if he will forget about the whole revenge. Guess we have to wait for the next season or start reading the manga to know, since the anime ending was just simply “meh” - who cares, nothing happens.


Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu (Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club)

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Sports, School, Shounen
Score: 5 / 10

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Maiharu Hiromi has moved to Kamakura Nagasaki, and rides a bicycle to school everyday. Then she meets Akizuki Tomoe, the leader of the girls cycling club. She therefore joins the club and her life gradually begins to change.

There is actually not much to say about this shows - it’s the CGDCT (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things) anime, where girls trying to get cycling club started, recognized and approved. They are going for cycling trips, participating in school race and overall doing cute things. More than anything else it reminded me last spring and Bakuon!!. Not only the premise of having moto or cycle club is quite similar, but the main character voice actress is the same and the voices she used are almost identical. The only difference there is that Minami Kamakura Cycling Club has way less fanservice and is maybe just tiny little bit more mature.


Nanbaka (2017) (Nanbaka: Season 2)

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Comedy
Score: 5 / 10

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The second part of Nanbaka. The prisoners and their guards continue their comfortable lives at Nanba Prison. However, from the shadows emerges a new threat: Enki Gokuu, a person from Samon’s past, who has mysterious goals of his own.

First season of Nanbaka was funny, silly and stupid. It was a show, where you just watched, did not care about character development and story and enjoyed the time spent with the episode, smiled little bit and sometimes even had a good laugh. Second season tried to continue where the first season left, but with inclusion of character development, some story and drama. It’s nothing which I’m looking for in this type of shows and as such it was huge drop for me. From my perspective it made the show worse, but if that’s your jam, who am I to judge?


Piace: Watashi no Italian (Piacevole: My Italian Cooking)

Episodes: 12 / 4 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Score: 5 / 10

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While on her summer break, Morina Nanase starts a new part-time job as a waitress at Trattoria Festa, an Italian restaurant. Finding the restaurant adorable and coincidentally close to her house, Morina quickly settles into her new profession. However, her new job comes with several eccentric co-workers and Italian dishes she has never heard of. The restaurant’s typical fare includes a variety of pasta dishes such as penne arrabbiata, rich dessert such as tiramisu, and even caponata. Join Morina in her restaurant adventures as she gets to know her co-workers and serves the best Italian cuisine to her customers with a smile. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Working last season was a blast. I enjoyed the comedy and dynamic between each character and reading synopsis of Piace reminded me that feeling. Even though I generally don’t watch shorts I thought I will give it a go. In the end I got what I asked for, but in shorter, more sketch-like and less funny way.


Seiren

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

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Shoichi Kamita is an ordinary high school boy, who is faced with the university entrance exam and worried about his future. This campus romantic comedy, “Seiren”, which means honest in Japanese, depicts his pure relationship with three different heroines. Each story is the unique and mutual memory between him and the heroine. (Source: Crunchyroll)

AniTAY podcast was the sole reason I started to watch this show. I was not intrigued by the synopsis as it sounded dull to me. After I heard it might be like dating sim the anime, I started to be more interested and decided to give it a go. Despite the fact that the first story arc was terrible, I wanted to see if they will make the second girl better and if there will be any character development and progression of the main protagonist whatsoever. None, zero, nada… Then I asked - can the third be any worse than the two before and yes, she can. Well, maybe it’s just not my type of anime, next time I see something like this, I will probably give it a free pass.


Sousei no Onmyouji (Twin Star Exorcists)

Episodes: 50 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Supernatural, Fantasy, Shounen
Score: 6 / 10

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Magano, a parallel realm filled with monsters known as “Kegare,” is a place where exorcists deal with all impurities. Benio Adashino is a prodigy exorcist who is recognized for her strength and is summoned to Tokyo by the Exorcist Union. On her way, she plummets into the arms of Rokuro Enmadou, a young exorcist with a troubled past. But the impurities of Magano do not rest. When these two exorcists witness a couple of children stolen by a Kegare, Benio rushes to save them, dragging Rokuro along with her into Magano. Engaged in a fight she is on the verge of being defeated in, Benio is saved by Rokuro, revealing himself capable of being her rival in talent. Sousei no Onmyouji tells the story of two talented exorcists who are destined to become the “Twin Star Exorcists” and the prophesised parents of the Miko—the reincarnation of Abe no Seimei—who will cleanse the world of all impurities. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Since this show ran for almost a year, I don’t exactly recall where was the break point for this show. It started as typical shounen show. I loved the battles where main characters struggled to fight enemies and overcome obstacles with the sheer willpower and all the special moves names written across the whole screen. But as the story progressed it became more ridiculous with every episode. The bad guy was doing everything according to his plan, using everybody, just to learn that he was manipulated by somebody else, who was just a pawn in somebody else’s game and scheme which was planned for the past millennium. Because of the “plot” reasons for last 15 or so episodes we were missing some of the most interesting side characters, which made the show at least bearable. By the end the whole show was hot garbage and the only plus was it was not dragged for longer than 50 episodes.

Akiba’s Trip The Animation

Episodes: 13 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Supernatural, Ecchi
Score: DROPPED (after 1 ep.)

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Otaku siblings Tamotsu and Niwaka Denkigai are shopping in Akihabara when it is overrun by vampiric cosplaying monsters! These creatures, known as “Bugged Ones,” can possess anyone they bite and soon they begin causing mayhem across the city. As Tamotsu finds himself at the mercy of one of these creatures, he is rescued by the mysterious baseball bat-wielding Matome Mayonaka. Together, they fight through several more encounters with the Bugged Ones, but before long, Tamotsu is fatally wounded protecting Matome. With no other choice, she revives him as a high level Bugged One—just like her! Tamotsu and Matome, along with excitable otaku cosplayer Arisa Ahokainen, make up the group “The Electric Mayonnaise” and they begin dispatching the Bugged Ones in the only way they know how: by ripping off their clothes and exposing them to sunlight! [Written by MAL Rewrite]

I’m listening to podcasts quite often as a background “noise”, when I’m traveling, working or playing games. Fellow AniTAY authors podcast is no 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. It’s just bad and stupid.


ēlDLIVE

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Space
Score: DROPPED (after 1 ep.)

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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.

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 you. 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

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action
Score: DROPPED (after 1 ep.)

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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)

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 whatsoever 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 and a bad one?


Idol Jihen (Idol Incidents)

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Music
Score: DROPPED (after 1 ep.)

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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)

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...


Ling Qi (Spiritpact)

Episodes: 20 / 14 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Magic, Shounen Ai
Score: DROPPED (after 1 ep.)

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Poverty-strikened Yang Jinghua had an accident. The moment he woke up, he seemed to turn 10 years younger overnight. Yang Jinghua thought he had been reborn and when he was about to step on the path for a new beginning, a white-haired, rich and handsome guy named Duanmu Xi, appeared right in front of him. He not only told Yang Jinghua that Yang Jinghua was already dead, he even asked for an invitation: “Young man, do you want to sign a contract with me and stay with me for the rest of your life?”

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!!!


Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” yori

Episodes: 24 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Mystery
Score: 4 / 10

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The time period is the 2030s. Before the mysterious detective Kogorou Akechi, the Boys’ Detective Team is assembled. Their actions have led to the resolution of various small and large incidents. One day, team member Kensuke Hanasaki meets a mysterious boy named Yoshio Kobayashi. Kobayashi, who has an undying body because of an “unidentified fog,” wishes his own death and refuses contact with others. Hanasaki takes an interest in Kobayashi and invites him to join the Boys’ Detective Team. The encounter eventually leads them to the connection between the criminal nicknamed the “Fiend with Twenty Faces” and Kogorou Akechi. The fate of the two begins to move… (Source: MAL News)

To be honest I really don’t know, why I finished this anime. From the beginning it was average or below average show, where most of the characters were not interesting, dull and plain. I would definitely not describe this anime as a mystery. The only thing what you could possibly called like that, was the Kobayashi’s “unidentified fog”, which prevents him to die. If you start to watch this anime, don’t get your hopes too high, by the end we will learn something about Kobayashi’s past and that he has a “gift”, but what that is, we are not told. Just avoid this show - it’s not worth of your time.


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