With only a few episodes left to close out many of the shows we’re watching, late season lulls can be killer. Read on to find out which shows are still going strong in week 9 and which ones may have run out of time.
It’s been a tough week outside of anime viewing, but we still managed to get all the reviews out before bleeding too much into the next week. Trying to keep on schedule has to count for something, yes?
This week sees Kimmie and I agreeing on which shows are most interesting for the first time since we started the Viewing Party. The banner image also gives a strong hint as to the other major change this week if you noticed what I did in week 3. When we run out of meaningful things to say about a series, it’s usually a good time to give it a proper sendoff.
How did our weekly breakdown compare with your watching schedules?
- Spiritpact: Well, I finally drank the Kool Aid. In all seriousness this show has done a surprising job of pulling me into the story as Keika’s fateful choices are sure to play out in an interesting way. Not bad, Spiritpact, not bad.
- ACCA 13: This series gets better with every week, as even with the plot starting to coalesce, new and compelling drama is introduced. The slow burn might really start to heat up after this week.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Explain to me how you can do a Kanna episode and not continue to win over viewers. You can’t, can you? The easiest choice this week.
- Onihei: After many weeks of debating, I can’t deny that I really look forward to Onihei each week. This week’s look at young Heizo was great, and I hope the rest of the episodes retain the charm it’s built all season.
- Scum’s Wish: As much as I worried about Hanabi after she had messed things up with Ecchan and decided to be more like Akane, I was relieved to see the turn she took this week. More than that, it’s positioned to be a great story about bouncing back from crushing loneliness
- Spiritpact: Keika’s body has been quite the vessel of activity. First being taken over by You Nei and now Ragkugetsu? Okay, you have my attention boys!
- ACCA 13: Despite a questionable abduction/assassination attempt on Lotta, big reveal this week! No spoilers but yeah, didn’t see that coming. This series is absolutely full of surprise twists.
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna has stolen my heart this week, as she meekly explains to Kobayashi that she doesn’t have to attend her sports festival. All that is missing is a huge dose of Fafnir!
- Onihei: So teenage Heizo was quite the rebel *tsk, tsk* He was so terrible, it seems he had to change his name in the end? Regardless, viewers now better understand why the fierce Onihei is a bit lenient on criminals.
- Scum’s Wish: Hanabi, Ecchan, and Moca have begun the healing process. Now, I am on the edge of my seat, hoping Mugi will learn to value himself in the end.
Still Watching (but not sold):
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: While I felt bad for Neko’s character a little, the show didn’t build it up well enough for this episode to deliver. The ending at least looks to finally address the issue of Aki and Masamune’s past.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: Interesting commentary on the nature of war and the modern era’s definition of a civilian aside, they seem to be intent on making Tanya unlikable. At least our favorite fallen hero may be making a comeback.
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge: With Neko’s arc wrapped up, it is finally time to determine who this Masamune lookalike is that infiltrated the end of the episode. All systems are go for an intriguing conclusion.
- Saga of Tanya the Evil: Anson is alive and may be controlled by Being X. On top of this, the horrors and struggles faced during combat are truly being highlighted the past few episodes. Though there is still absolutely no focus to the narrative, I can appreciate certain aspects of Tanya the Evil.
With another case of “We’ll probably still watch it,” ēlDLIVE drops off the Viewing Party review schedule.
- Hand Shakers: after 3 eps
- Gabriel Dropout: after 3 eps
- ēlDLIVE: There’s a lot of fun things about this series that this week’s episode didn’t neglect to highlight, but a plot wasn’t one of them. After struggling all season to get a grasp of what the show was trying to do, the bowling episode convinced us that we don’t have anything of merit to discuss in a review.
This post is part of our seasonal episodic review series. To view all the posts in this series, click the following link: Viewing Party