The Viewing Party’s rocky start didn’t get much better in the second week but, after another change to our lineup, our party is fully booked! Better still, we have had at least one episode of each show we plan to watch.
Those of you who followed our initial choices closely will probably spot a number of differences. This week one of Kimmie’s picks, Chaos;Child, was replaced. Because the show was technically a sequel, or at least relied in part on knowledge of Chaos;Head, it shouldn’t have been eligible for our draft in the first place. From initial descriptions, however, it seemed like we could get away with it. That changed a few minutes into the first episode.
The series began with what I understand to be a quick recap of Chaos;Head, presented in a dizzying fashion that neither one of us could make much sense of. It became very clear very quickly that this wasn’t going to be reviewable so we broke our 3 episode rule and just replaced it. Sorry to anyone who was looking forward to our take on Chaos;Child!
The replacement came after reading a review at The Lily Garden on Gabriel Dropout. It seemed like it could be fun, so we’re giving it a shot. Thanks, Remy!
To avoid having to replace two more shows, we decided to bite Amazon’s bullet to keep Scum’s Wish and Onihei. One of these at least is already looking like it might be a hit this season, so that made the choice a little more palatable. Still, the price tag on the service is questionable for people who already subscribe to Amazon’s Prime service and far from worthwhile for people who don’t. No saying how long we’ll keep Anime Strike, but at least for this season we’ll cover these two shows.
In any case we’re settled in now, so hopefully Winter 2017 can go according to (current) plan. Read below for our quick thoughts on each show this week.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: While it’s not super interesting in terms of premise/plot, I think this show has the most promise of the romance shows this season (with one exception). Still interested in where it’s going.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: Despite its shaky direction, this series is still hitting the right beats for me. Regressing this week to show backstory, it seems that viewers will witness the change in Tanya’s beliefs about faith.
- ēlDLIVE: More shounen space cop action this week, but the focus is being spread to other characters as well. The latest episode is a sign that the episode count may rush things, but it’s good so far.
- ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Dept.: I love intrigue in anime, and the slow way that this series is going about it is quite nice. Still, this is a soft interest right now that might wane if the plot can’t move forward.
- Scum’s Wish: This might be my favorite of the season so far. It’s beautiful to look at but promises some heavy themes. I haven’t had a hard hitting series in a while, so I’m looking forward to what this can deliver.
- Spiritpact: though people will likely disagree with me, I am loving the slapstick humor this series delivers. The animation is iffy and the characters are pretty stereotypical but (for this series) I’m okay with that.
- Scum’s Wish: after raving about the premiere ep, it’s little wonder why I’m sold on this series. The narrative, character development, and animation are all remarkably well done.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: though this series is typical rom com fodder, it’s entertaining nonetheless. The comedic timing and character reactions keep me invested in finishing this series.
- ēlDLIVE: episode 2 brought some world building and character development. This, coupled with the colorful animation and interesting premise, compels me to keep watching.
Still Watching (but not sold):
- Spiritpact: An entertaining main character keeps this series afloat where most everything else drags it down. That said, there is potential for improvement if a decent plot coalesces soon.
- Handshakers: There is a lot wrong with this but there’s a slim hope of a decent underlying story. A slightly more cohesive ep 2 helps, but this series needs to do some work fast.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Some interest dragon mythology keeps me interested, but it’s decently funny otherwise. Waiting to see if there’s a point to this series.
- Onihei: The theme is super interesting to me, but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. It remains to be seen how compelling Heizo and Kumehachi can be on their own.
- Gabriel Dropout: “Slovenly cuteness is next to godliness.” This series is doing okay for not getting anything done, but the humor will need to stay consistent if this series is going to remain on the lineup.
- Onihei: between the poor animation and slow plot, it was rather difficult to sit through the premiere episode.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: given how cute and funny the trailer was, I really wanted to enjoy this series. So far though, the premiere seemed pointless and irrelevant.
- Gabriel Dropout: episode 2 relied less on fanservice and more on comedic elements to drive the narrative. Regardless, even the humor is already starting to bore me.
- ACCA 13: the premise of ACCA seems so intriguing and the world building is spot on. So, what is keeping me from loving this series? Honestly, I think it is the slow pacing. The monotony surrounding even the more “intriguing” moments makes it a struggle to sit through.
- Handshakers: despite the unwhelming reception this series is getting, I’m still pretty intrigued by it. The animation was less bewildering in episode 2 and the characters are starting to take shape too.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: episode 2 detailed Tayna’s backstory (which was a significant complaint I had with the premiere). Also, the action and humor kept me engaged throughout the episode. If the series continues in the direction, I have no doubt I will keep watching.
We agreed to watch three episodes of each series before deciding to drop anything, so you won’t see anything here until at least week 3.
This post is part of our seasonal episodic review series. To view all the posts in this series, click the following link: Viewing Party