Another season and another seasonal roundup from me. Format of it didn’t change and as last two seasons I’m not including synopsis of the shows - you can go and search for it on MyAnimeList.net or any other similar site. This time it will be shorter list, than usual as I didn’t end up watching as many shows as I expected, when preparing for the season. The list I wanted to watch was way bigger, but because I had no time in the beginning of the season and I started watching in the week 3, I already heard some opinions of fellow AniTAY authors on some shows. That decided to drop those even before I started watching them and not waste my time on them.
As usual what you are 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’ll respect you and your opinion. Any recommendation what you saw this season and what I didn’t mention is welcome, but please note I’ve normal day-to-day job and as such I’m not capable of watching everything.
Now without further ado, let’s dive in...
Ballroom e Youkoso (Welcome to the Ballroom)
Episodes: 24 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama, Romance, School, Shounen
Score: 8 / 10
Ballroom e Youkoso is one of the rare show, where after finishing it, I had the need to start watching it again. I don’t dance and I always thought that I’m not suited for it, but I was living in the competitive dance world for a brief moment, when my brother was dancing and as such this show draw my attention to it. Obviously there were many flaws, but it spoke to me on so many levels that I end up loving it. It was annoying to watch the static animation during story moments or listen to lengthy self-monologues or flashbacks during dance, but this was all balanced out by the dancing itself. Those moments were the ones, which I was so desperately looking for in every episode. Not only the animation styles and quality were the best in those scenes, but the dynamic change was something, which gave life to all characters. This all make Ballroom e Youkoso definitely one of the highlights of this (+ previous) season.
Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season
Episodes: 13 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Music, Slice of Life, School
Score: 7 / 10
First season of Love Live! Sunshine!! last summer was my “initiation” into the world of School Idol Project. Before I’ve only heard about it and even for some time thought it was a dumb idea, but watching it changed my perspective. It was cute, sparkling and had catchy songs, where some of them are in my anime playlist. After hearing it will have second season, there was no reason not to watch it. It was similarly cute, even more shiny and pulling my heart-string in the same time. Despite it was in grammar school and I was very young that time, my original school closed down for not having enough students and we were merged with other school, so the story of this season really hit home for me.
Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie) + OVA Special
Episodes: 10 (+1) / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Game, Romance
Score: 7 / 10
This show was on my radar only after hearing good things about it in our community. If I remember correctly I started watching it, when episode five was released, and I consumed all in one go. It was better than I anticipated. Sure it had its own flaws, but it was a charming show, which showed us, how our world can be small sometimes.
Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara (Food Wars! The Third Plate)
Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Ecchi, School, Shounen
Score: 7 / 10
It’s hard to write about third season of some show and not to repeat, what you already said before. To cut it short - this season is another good time spent with Souma and his friends and foes. Adding a villain to the mix spiced it little bit and luckily creators backed little bit on the “win against all odds” approach, which makes it again enjoyable to watch and wondering, who will be the one to stand last victorious.
Inuyashiki (Inuyashiki: Last Hero)
Episodes: 11 / 22 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Drama, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Score: 7 / 10
Inuyashiki was a really good show. It had good idea, which developed into an interesting story and Hiro’s character development was nicely done. But where it hit the ground for me, were the characters. I didn’t particularly liked either of the main characters. Inuyashiki was way too emotional beyond believe and Hiro was uninteresting from the beginning to the end, with the small exception in middle, where he switched for few episodes. But if you were looking for some good sci-fi action drama, Inuyashiki is probably a show for you.
Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School
Score: 6 / 10
There is not much to say about Just Because! It’s your typical school slice of life, romance and drama combination, which we saw so many times already, but still returning back to see more. There is something which puts you in ease, when watching somebody else problems with romance, feelings and relationship, as if it validates your own struggles. Overall it was not a bad show, nicely animated with pleasing atmosphere and colour palette. I’d have only one criticism for this show and that it was so many of what we saw earlier, that it just simply sailed into slightly above average waters and stayed there till the last episode.
Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara (Love is Like a Cocktail)
Episodes: 13 / 3 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance
Score: 6 / 10
My opinion about this show being only glorified alcohol advertisement slowly melted like ice cube in a good cocktail. By the end of season I was every week looking forward to watch these 3 minutes of pure heartwarming show exploring the relationship between Chisato and Sora. If you have approximately half an hour of free time, I’d recommend you to give this show a shot (pun definitely intended).
Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life)
Episodes: 26 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Mystery, Supernatural
Score: 6 / 10
I already said few things about Elegant Yokai Apartment Life in our AniTAY Summer 2017 Anime Guide. It was cool to see new slice of life with unique twist, but in the end I have to agree with Raitzeno, who was writing the “Why You Shouldn’t Be Watching” part. Everybody in the show was crazy or has their own thing, but with the amount of spirits and ghost and other supernatural creatures you’d expect to be more special - not so normal. It was nice and super relaxing show, where you’d have to use magnifying glass to search for action, but I’d say it was not a waste of time. Try episode or two. If you enjoy those, you’d probably enjoy the rest of the show as the pacing and everything doesn’t change throughout the series.
Boku no Kanojo ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch na Ken (My Girlfriend is Shobitch)
Episodes: 10 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, School
Score: DROPPED (after 1 ep.)
After seeing a lot of good shows it’s harder and harder to impress me. You can spend your time and energy in pursuing the perfect anime or you choose different path. On this path you usually now and then consume a thrash show, enjoying how bad this show is and it cleanses your palate so you can enjoy better shows again and be glad they are not like those bad ones. That was Hajimete no Gal for me last season and Sho-bitch seemed very similar, so I wanted to give it a try, just to have yet another show I can complain about. In the end only one episode was enough to persuade me that those shows are in some way too similar, but in other Sho-bitch is only more boring little sister to Hajimete no Gal.
Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji. (My Marriage Partner is My Student, a Cocky Troublemaker)
Episodes: 12 / 4 min. per ep.
Genres: Romance, Ecchi, School, Josei
Score: DROPPED (after 3 ep.)
Based on the synopsis I probably expected show, which is mix between Okusama ga Seitokaichou! and Onegai Teacher, but in this case I got another show starting with rape in the first episode - though not fully committed. I had enough of this already last season, when I watched Skirt no Naka was Kedamono Deshita. I didn’t see any reason, why to continue with a show where they would try the whole season vindicate what they did in the first episode and I’d recommend you not even start with this show, there are lots of better shows to spend your time on.
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