As we head into the second half of Winter 2017 season, some series have managed to fall from glory, while others have risen to the occasion. The time for developing characters and back stories is over, as dramatic structure dictates the narrative head towards a riveting climax.
Upon reaching the mid season point we expect a lot of shows to set up some interesting hooks to carry them through their second halves, but this season most of the shows didn’t seem to take that opportunity at ep 6. Still, there were a few good showings that kept us entertained nonetheless.
As far as reviewing is going, we still haven’t managed to fully catch up with our pair from Amazon still pending a write up. I think this is why I originally planned to be a weekend otaku, as a few delays during the week really back things up, but we should know by now how my plans tend to go.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: Though we had some good focus on supporting characters this week, I feel like this needs some more development toward the main plot soon or this could drop a category.
- ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept.: Halfway through the season, this show still doesn’t seem to be driving toward something substantial. It’s still incredibly fascinating, but at this point I would really like to see a destination come into view
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Pairing up all the dragons was fun, especially with Fafnir. I have concerns about the show’s content but I’m still loving this.
- Scum’s Wish: Hanabi falls further in her search for fulfillment and self-worth. It’s sad to see her going this way, but intriguing as ever to watch. The series continues to excel with its character work.
- Spiritpact: Dissecting each episode to search for the subtle foreshadowing may turn some viewers off to this series but it is what keeps me completely engaged.
- ACCA 13: Who is part of the coup and who is working to prevent it? ACCA continues to be far from predictable, making each episode eagerly anticipated.
- Scum’s Wish: It is painful to watch someone slowly slipping off the edge, helpless to rescue them. Everything from the depth of the characters to the vivid animation has me longing for the next episode.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Given the episodic nature of this series, I’ve started enjoying it purely on a week by week bases. Therefore, it has finally made the shift into my “fully vested” category.
Still Watching (but not sold):
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: A bit better with the fighting this week, though Tanya is still fairly unstoppable. Looking forward to seeing her challenged by a new character, and for the narrative to hopefully get back on track.
- ēlDLIVE: A lot of new faces this week and an arc that might see some development from Misuzu. The show is fun most of the time, but this episode didn’t make much of an impact on me.
- Spiritpact: Could something finally be happening? A lot of interesting stuff is set up, and hopefully the series delivers. At this point it’s still better than what I thought it would be.
- Onihei: Another ‘entertaining enough’ episode, though the show’s format doesn’t lend itself to intense ongoing interest. I still like this plenty enough to keep it.
- ēlDLIVE: The addition of more one-note characters, while finally fleshing out the main protagonists, has me questioning the focus of this series.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: I really am rooting for this series but recent episodes have left me a bit disappointed. The goal of this series is becoming more muddled as the focus shifts far too often.
- Onihei: I am starting to think that the reason we are still watching this series is because we have “gone too far to turn back now.” Each episode is basically setting up a challenge that Onihei easily overcomes.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: While Masamune has remained in my “fully vested” category for half the season, the redundant plot with unimaginative twists have made for a stale 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