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I missed a few shows in the main round up post because I forgot, or they were late debuts.

The latest additions are:

  • Looking Forward To: 1
  • Probationary Watch List: 2
  • Dropped: 2

Re:Zero

Re:Zero is a carryover from the Spring 2016 season. In the briefest possible terms it is a Groundhog Day variant with a moving reset point, and the reset kicks in when the main character Natsuki Subaru dies. Usually in a fairly nasty manner.

He’s the only one who remembers the alternate timelines, and a curse prevents him from telling the other characters what’s going on. By curse I mean, hello it’s time to reset again.

This has led to Subaru’s actions being a weird mix of successful and self-serving. The latter reached the point where Emilia called him out on his behaviour, told him off for it fairly thoroughly, and left to unknowingly head towards disaster. Alas, the latest reset point is after that happens.

So episode 15, The Outside of Madness is a fairly powerful piece that leaves it highly questionable as to whether Subaru is in any way sane anymore, or if his being sane is even useful anymore.

Re:Zero is much darker than my tastes usually run to, but it’s compelling viewing at the moment.

91 Days

91 Days has a lot going for it. The setting of Prohibition isn’t often seen in anime[1], it is visually striking, and well directed/shot. The voice acting is solid, and 91 Days generally looks and sounds great.

The problem is that it’s a fairly dark show, possibly too dark for my tastes, and I may not finish it. On the other hand, I’m still watching Re:Zero (see above).

Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV

This is another carry-over from the Spring 2016 season, and so far 3 of the five episodes have appeared. The structure of the series is fairly simple – episode 1 was a generic introduction to the 4 characters, and then each in turn will have a limelight episode.

Thus far we’ve had the Childhood Friend and the Mentor. It’s still oh so very brotastic, but the 2nd episode in particular had some good character work, plus reasonably realistic handling of body image and nutrition. Given the shortness of the series I’m prepared to keep watching this one.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is basically a set of short comedy skits about a psychic high schooler. This has been adapted from a gag manga, which explains the series of short skits.

This sort of deadpan snarker comedy either works for you or it doesn’t. It was leaving me cold, but may well work for many people. Dropped.

Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 has a distinctive look that will no doubt appeal to many. However one of the main characters is repellent (he’s basically a confidence trickster and swindling the genuine psychic out of earned wages), and I’m just not interested in watching that. Dropped.

Other bits and pieces

Bananya (“Banana Cat”) is a thing that exists that I’m not going near. Cheer Boys doesn’t appeal, so I haven’t tried it.

There’s some franchise titles that I’m not looking at because I don’t have any background with the franchises. This list includes:

  • Berserk,
  • Danganronpa 3,
  • Gray-Man Hallow, and
  • Love Live! Sunshine!!

Other Updates

Based on the 2nd episodes, Orange, sweetness & lightning, and Days are more or less locked in at the top of the list.

New Game is improving, but still needs to tone the fanservice down.

Scar-red Rider XechS is a confusing mix of conspiracies, decent character work, stupid names, and mech designs driven so much by Rule of Cool that my suspension of disbelief fails on practicality grounds. I didn’t even know that was possible for me. XechS is holding on due to some reasonable character work, but may drop off the watch list at any point.

[1] The only close example I can think of is Baccano! (Which might even make sense if I rewatch it).