Stínolez’s Seasonal Roundup [Spring 2019]

My dear readers, it’s again the time of the year, where we’re closing on one season of anime, while the new season is starting, so of course I had to bring you my classical seasonal roundup. Sadly, this one might be the last one for a while, as big changes happened in my personal life and I might not have enough time to watch anime or write about it. I’ll be back occasionally on AniTAY with my Shogi series, which I’m still trying to prepare for and hoping to have good cooperation with Yotsuba and I’ll definitely continue my Japanese Cookbook 101 which is mine passion project. Now, as per usual - shows are divided into three groups; great and good; average; bad and dropped shows. Each opinion in this article is mine and you might disagree. If you do, please do so in a polite manner down in the comment section below and respect my opinion, so I can be respectful of yours. Now without further ado, let’s dive in...

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Dororo

Episodes: 24 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Samurai, Shounen
Score: 8 / 10 (tentative)

Dororo is one of the shows I started last season when I still had plenty of time to watch anime. For some reason despite loving the first two episodes I never actually got to fully watch it week to week and by the end of this season, I only managed to watch the first five episodes. If it won’t get any worse in the later episodes, the score will remain unchanged, but it’s currently only tentative, but I wanted to finish the roundup and close this season. I might return back to writing more about Dororo in the future, but in the meantime you can read about it in the series “In The Latest Chapter Of... Dororo” by my good friend ShadowHaken here on AniTAY.

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Isekai Quartet

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Episodes: 12 / 12 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Parody, Fantasy
Score: 6 / 10

When I first heard about this show and even now after finishing it, I still question why it even exists. Yes, it’s a parody, comedy relieve, but was that necessary? Anyone, who didn’t watch the shows Isekai Quartet is based on will probably skip this show and for the rest, they’d probably rather see actual sequel of their favourite show either it being Overlord, Konosuba, Re:Zero or Tanya. I know sense of humour is subjective and must admit, that in the later half of the show it picked up quite nicely, but in the end it was still an average show, which can be easily skipped. Finally, the announcement at the end of the last episode of having second season of Isekai Quartet filled me with despair rather than with excitement.

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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)

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Episodes: 25 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Score: 6 / 10

If I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t know what to think about the Shield Hero. On one side I quite enjoy the isekai genre, as it’s a metaphor of me running into another world (anime) to escape problems of my world, but on the other side it’s past few years over saturated and to stand up one from another you have to put your very own spin on the series, otherwise you’ll be buried into mediocrity. Exactly this spin which started in the first few episodes of Shield Hero is something, which tanks the score and putting it down. Despite I found several characters in this show intriguing and interesting to watch, there were way more of them, which I found at least annoying or straight hated them - not only the side cast, but most of the main characters as well. Maybe I’m too harsh with this series, but those few good moments this show had don’t outweigh plenty of moments when I thought it’d be better to drop this show.

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Araiya-san!: Ore to Aitsu ga Onnayu de!? (Miss Washer!: Her and I in Female Bath!?)

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Episodes: 8 / 3 or 6 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Ecchi
Score: 3 / 10

In the beginning of my anime watching career I often went for ecchi comedy shows as those were often hilarious and immature as I was back then. I watched gems like To LOVE-Ru or Date a Live, heck I even watched Love Hina. Since then I reduced the amount of ecchi shows, but occasionally I opt-in for one as a guilty pleasure. Premise of this show sounded so bad, that I had to give it a shot. After a first episode, I discovered that this show is distributed in two variants - 3 minutes per episode ecchi version, or double the length at 6 minutes per episode uncut version, which basically is straight hentai. If you are determined to watch any show, you should go all in - so in the end I started watching the uncut version. That said, what can you expect from 6 minutes long hentai episode? There is almost no character development and repetition of the situations gets boring quickly. Luckily, it was only eight episodes long and I end up losing only approx. 45 minutes of my life. Would I recommend this show? Definitely not, the shorter version is nothing, uncut is not good as a show and you can definitely find better hentai.

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Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? (Why the hell are you here, Teacher?!)

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Episodes: 12 / 12 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, School, Seinen
Score: 4 / 10

From the synopsis this show resembled Onegai☆Teacher a show I saw way back and I thought maybe I’ll give up and dive in a little bit of nostalgia. In the end I got basically eroge with four different stories of a student falling in love with their teacher and vice-versa, while ultimately all of them start to date after graduation, when the student-teacher relationship is no longer relevant and an issue. For the comedic situations and the fact they waited till graduation I have to rate it higher than Nobunaga-sensei below, but it’s still trash.

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Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma (Mr. Nobunaga’s Young Bride)

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Episodes: 12 / 7 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School
Score: 1 / 10 (giving the score per the scale on MyAnimeList.net, where 1 is the lowest)

In all kinds of shows you have the case when underage girl idolize and thinks about the older person in romantic or sexual way. Usually the response is nothing happens or they simply wait for the proper age, or till the time when it’s socially acceptable. That’s not the case of this show. Despite the fact that intercourse doesn’t happen in it, only the thoughts of the main character, where he tries to make points why to fondle breast of his underage student is okay, are enough to make this show the worst of the season. By all means, watch this crap, but I warned you!

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