The Viewing Party is still going strong after trimming down our watch/review schedule to 4 shows each. With most of them past their intro phases, they start getting into their main stories while more serial ones like Dragon Maid and Onihei try to stay engaging. Keep reading to see which ones captured our interest the most this week.
Despite a (slightly) trimmed schedule that I promised would lead to better reviews for the ones that remained, we’ve had some delays getting a few out. This might mean more delays down the line if we can’t manage to catch up, but we’ll do our best to get back on schedule soon. I wanted to post the weekly summary though, as we had settled on our general opinions on what we’ve watched.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: With some help from Yoshino Masamune’s latest ploy actually kind of works. Aki seems like she might be ready to get closer but a surprise at the end throws everything for a loop. I have to see where that goes, at least.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: Tanya’s careful planning to secure a ‘safe’ position in the army backfires when she oversteps her efforts. Some interesting things happen, but if this doesn’t pick up soon it might fall a category.
- ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept.: Jean’s latest audit opens his droopy eyes to more than he expected. The way he handles a tense situation seems so fitting for him though, and this series keeps getting more interesting.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: I said this was one good episode away from a category bump, didn’t I? Dragon Maid is still the best comedy of the season.
- Scum’s Wish: A show that can make me feel so many different emotions is doing something right. I’m still 100% hooked on this.
- Spiritpact: Despite this week’s episode being a bit less impressive than week 3, the characters, humor, and narrative are entertaining.
- ACCA 13: This series moved up this week from ‘still watching,’ because of the enigma that is Jean Otus. For some reason, this monotone, reserved inspector is far deeper than what meets the eye.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: Still predictable, but this series is enjoyable nonetheless for the humorous characters and slow building romance.
- Scum’s Wish: Still the best part of my Winter 2017 viewing experience. This series just keeps getting better in all aspects (animation, narrative, characters, etc.)
Still Watching (but not sold):
- ēlDLIVE: Some decent development this week makes this interesting again, but I’ll wait for the end of the two-parter to see if this stays exciting.
- Spiritpact: Kimmie has me convinced that there is more going on in this series than is immediately apparent. It’s passable as a series, but there might just be a really good story underneath all the caricature.
- Onihei: A bit more exciting this week, but nothing of note that makes me look forward to more. This series is doing what it sets out to without over-achieving.
- ēlDLIVE: I’m still holding out that Misuzu’s will develop beyond a condescending, bitter teen. Chuuta’s growth and the narrative keep me watching.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: This series is entertaining enough, but seems to be a bunch of the same material executed in a slightly different way each week.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: I’m only watching this now because of Fafnir’s angry, awkward personality. He may be the only thing to bump this series up into the ‘fully vested’ category.
- Onihei: This series has taken an episodic turn, but it is still engaging enough. While I’m not anxiously anticipating each episode, I don’t inwardly groan at the thought of watching it either.
No new drops this week. For your reference here’s what we dropped earlier:
- Hand Shakers: after 3 eps
- Gabriel Dropout: after 3 eps
This post is part of our seasonal episodic review series. To view all the posts in this series, click the following link: Viewing Party