As we enter the fifth week of the Winter 2017 season, a lot of the shows seem to be trying to position themselves for more involved threads. Though we found some doing this more successfully than others, we’re still getting a sense of where each one might be headed.
We’ve not completely caught up yet with the reviews, but we’re not far behind anymore either. I’ve spaced out our viewing schedule as well so that we have a bit more time to review in the evenings, so hopefully we’ll get these out on a more consistent pace.
Also I’m moving the weekly post to late Friday or Saturday so that it fits the viewing schedule more closely. This way we’ll have watched the same number of episodes for each show before doing a roundup.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: The addition of another girl could make things ridiculous, but the idea of someone playing Masamune while he tries to play Aki is fun.
- ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept.: A long awaited confrontation with Nino is built up well, and makes everything that might happen afterwards all the more intriguing.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Refocusing on Tohru this week lets us see how much she and Kobayashi have progressed. A very sweet episode, all things considered.
- Scum’s Wish: A lot of confusing feelings as the characters struggle with the decision to let things go on as usual or do something they can’t come back from.
- Spiritpact: Since I’m absolutely sold on Ki and Kekia’s emotional connection, witnessing their binding ceremony this week gave me all the feels!
- ACCA 13: Nino reveals to Jean that he has been the one tracking him, which Jean might have already suspected. Between this and the hints that Mauve and Grossular may be on the “good team,” has me looking forward to the second half of the season.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: Masamune finally semi-discloses his true feelings for Aki. In fitting with the theme of the show, Aki retorts with a challenge. Though predictable, the “aww” inducing moments and humor continue to be entertaining.
- Scum’s Wish: A glimpse of Mugi’s convoluted soul and feelings he has developed for Hanabi ushers captivated viewers into next week’s episode.
Still Watching (but not sold):
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: Dropping a spot this week, Tanya seems to be treading water with the latest episode in terms of finding a narrative direction. I’m still hoping this will pick up again soon.
- ēlDLIVE: A good conclusion to the two-parter started last week, and a new personal motivation for Chuuta gives this series some traction. While I’m not hyped for each new episode yet, I feel this is getting better.
- Spiritpact: This series is still terrible at organic story development, but a renewed focus on the characters helps them grow on viewers a little. The extra effort to skew toward the absurd, however, makes me worry that the plot may never deliver.
- Onihei: With as much fun as I had with this week’s episode, I’ll be looking forward to this show much more if it can maintain decent storytelling.
- ēlDLIVE: Though this series has progressed by finally delving into the mysterious, action filled main arc, some one note characters muddle the overall appeal .
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: While I continue to root for Tanya, the absence of Being X in the last two episodes has me questioning the merit of this series as a whole.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: While it is doubtful that I will ever consider the narrative relevant, I have become emotionally attached to some of these adorable characters.
- Onihei: I continue to question everything about this series, from the episodic way the narrative unfolds to the introduction of a new character every single week. I am one disappointing episode away from nixing this series.
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