With the end in sight, a few series are baring heart and soul to wrap up this season in the most exhilarating way imaginable. Which episodes this week have taken to ‘wearing their heart on their sleeve’ and which are still fighting feelings?
While some shows chose to play it safe with their standard fare for content, others like ACCA, Masamune, Scum’s Wish, and Dragon Maid decide to get honest as the characters put it on the line for the important people in their lives. The week otherwise doesn’t do as strongly as the mid season reveals, but there is a little time yet for the final arcs of each one to take shape. Unless you’re an episodic show like Onihei or Dragon Maid.
- ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept.: Engaging storytelling, a backstory that ties everything together, and Nino. This episode couldn’t have gone wrong if it tried. It was the top show of the week for me
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Tohru and Kobayashi’s first real fight, and it’s actually not about who can make a better bento. Good character moments, but Elma is in danger of being as much a side character as Lucoa.
- Scum’s Wish: I was worried for about five minutes, but this week’s episode does find its feet afterward. Now I still worry, but it’s a good story driven worry.
- Spiritpact: Though each episode raises as many questions as it answers, I have become too devoted to Ki and Keika to be off put by pesky details like a worthwhile plot.
- ACCA 13: A prequel episode involving a young Jean, Nino, and Lotta provided some much needed details to forward the narrative; while further developing this captivating cast of characters.
- Scum’s Wish: When a series can provoke its audience to surpass merely sympathizing with the characters, to become fully immersed in their plight, it is being executed well.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Charming, humorous, and heartwarming, this series continues as my ‘light’ viewing for the week.
- Onihei: So it seems this series has finally made it to the coveted, “fully vested” spot. Each episode introduces a novel character to foil against Heizo, unfolding amid against a narrative sure to offer equal parts humor and actions. The memorable characters and simple, episodic format make for a satisfying, binge-worthy viewing experience.
Still Watching (but not sold):
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: I wanted a character defining moment, but I didn’t get it for the character I wanted. Neko has perplexed me since the beginning, but now that we seem to know her angle I hope it doesn’t distract from the story.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: Why do I care more about Anson Sioux than I do about Tanya? This series is so far off from what I thought it could do that I’m honestly at a loss to figure out what it’s going to do. Still in it for the war fanservice.
- ēlDLIVE: The three part arc wraps up, but I’m not sure what it achieves besides upgrading Chuuta’s powers. This isn’t a bad shounen series really, but I feel my interest waning with each episode that doesn’t try to reach for more.
- Spiritpact: A return to comedy doesn’t really help the direction that this series has been going for, but I’ve seen the show do much worse. There’s still potential here as all the major threats are coming to light.
- Onihei: Oh, Onihei… you were doing so well! Honestly not a bad episode this week but I was spoiled by three weeks of really good ones. Had I moved this up last week it would have stayed, but it escapes ‘Fully Invested’ for now.
- ēlDLIVE: Another pointless episode this week concluding another senseless group of episodes separated into ‘Parts.’ Lets take the entire elDLIVE force and send them to Chuuta’s school because it just makes sense. In next week’s episode, Laine infiltrates the high school as the cool, ‘I can relate to all the kids…’ teacher.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: Introduction of an endearing supporting character, and his untimely demise, finally added a moment to this series viewers could really connect with.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: As the end nears, all the buildup over the duration of this series is starting to tie together. What has resulted is an interesting, albeit predictable plot.
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