I raise my eyes while casually playing DanMachi - MEMORIA FREESE. Only moment later I finally realize what I see. It’s the calendar, which indicate the end of the Spring 2018 Anime Season. I calmly open my Crunchyroll queue to go through the list, when ... Fuck! I still have 11 episodes of this show? 4 of another series? I still haven’t started this one I wanted to watch? What will I do? As a proper hitch-hiker I took my towel, slapped myself and didn’t lose in the face of panic. I sat down, digested insane amount of anime in a week and this is the result, so if you think this is not good enough - I know it myself, so please be nice.

I want to say, that this is not my fault and I’d like to blame all on DanMemo, but I was the one, who started to play it. First I only wanted to try this game as I watched the anime and in the end the game made me wanting to know more about characters and in the span of month I read all ten already published light novels in English. So yeah, there went my time, which normally I’d dedicate to watching anime.
But enough of me rumbling, let’s dive into the list...

Grancrest Senki (Record of Grancrest War)

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Episodes: 24 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Score: 8 / 10

It’s almost two years since the hidden gem of Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin aired and I was looking forward to the new anime, where you could expect grand battles, some level of strategy and convoluted story. Still I cannot help myself, but to be little bit worried every time show like that appears on my radar, as most of them tends to go horribly wrong. Luckily it was not the case of Grancrest Senki and I enjoyed even the little bit of romance, they put in. If you like those kinds of shows, you might give it a shot.


Hinamatsuri

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Score: 7 / 10

This show is hard nut to crack. Despite I enjoyed the show overall, I was put of by the sheer lack of interest in the main character. Some of the characters were written in a way, you could see some development and internal change in them, but the rest felt flat in the comparison. The end was a little bit disappointing as well.


Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen (Food Wars! The Third Plate: Totsuki Train Arc)

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

Yet another season of Food Wars! What else is there left to say? It isn’t bad, it isn’t great either, just watch it and enjoy some exploding clothes and foodgasms…


Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Game, Military, Sci-Fi
Score: 7 / 10

In the beginning - let me openly admit, that I don’t hate SAO. There are a lot of people in the community, that hate that anime, but I’m not one of them. It still doesn’t mean I’m great fan, but I enjoyed parts of it, while the other parts I wished it ends soon, as it was painful to watch. With this off my chest, I went to SAO Alternative: GGO without any prejudice and expected nothing. I was pleasantly surprised as most of the characters were likable, despite sometimes they got back into the “overpowered character” waters again. Luckily it was well balanced with the clear player and character distinction and time spent in the real life - not only in the game. If you don’t hate the vision of you watching something remotely SAO related - I think this is show, which is worth some time to at least try for few episodes.

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Darling in the FranXX

Episodes: 24 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi
Score: 6 / 10

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Darling in the FranXX was an interesting show until approximately halfway through. I enjoyed for once new air into the sails of mecha anime, despite the controversy surrounding the piloting of them. Once it changed into intergalactic war between humanity and some unknown entity in universe, it went quickly downhill. Without a doubt the ending was emotional, but it doesn’t change the fact, it was vastly different show from the start and as such it didn’t leave the mark I hoped for.


Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (It’s Difficult to Love an Otaku)

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Episodes: 11 / 22 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Score: 5 / 10

As I said in the foreword, this season I had difficult to concentrate on the anime and spent more time on the pages of the books. This was the reason, when I started watching this show - it already had 4 episodes out. Sometimes when I start watching a new show, I tell my wife what the show is about and she might end up watching with me so we can share opinions or snark on it together. This was that show this season. As we finished the first episode, the first thing which she said was: “Well, this was a bullshit.” So of course she stayed and watch the remaining 3 episodes with me and then every week until the end. Everytime we finished the episode, we agreed it was a dull show, but somehow we were still interested in it and continued watching, so it might have some bright side.


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