By trying to do too much at once, this week’s episode of Tokyo Ghoul: re suffers from a lack of cohesion. Although each part of the grander puzzle is interesting on its own, the way the pieces are jammed together without fitting into their own place makes it so that it’s hard to appreciate the drips of information that are being fed to us. There has to be a way of covering this section of the story more elegantly. At least we get to see a few more familiar faces even though they don’t quite get a chance to shine.
This week, Legend of the Galatic Heroes: Die Neue These gives us the first episode fully devoted to developing the backstories of both the main characters on the Imperial side, as well as the universe at large. While this does help solve some of the issues I have had with Die Neue These‘s minimal attempts to endear you to the characters thus far, there are several ways that they could have saved precious time while still portraying the events clearly and giving the viewer a full understanding of the characters’ motivations.
This week on Manga Monday, I look into the first volumes of Boarding School Juliet, The Elder Sister-like One, and Monster Tamer Girls! It’s a surprisingly good release week and I’m only disappointed that I couldn’t get to everything that came out. Seriously, there were at least seven brand new series this week. Why would they do that to me?
So we’re already into the second week of Spring anime! After all those First Impressions posts (which I kinda fell down on towards the end… there’s so much stuff and I got sick halfway through the first week!) I already feel exhausted. To keep myself from watching too much stuff, I need to be more picky about what I will and will not continue. I’ve already dropped a handful of series that showed promise in their first episode due to not delivering fast enough, and I expect that to continue over the next couple of weeks. For brevity, I haven’t included anything where only the first episode is out, because I have already covered those in excruciating detail!
So, what second episodes have I watched this week? What did I love, what was just okay, and which series have I had to ultimately say goodbye to? See below to find out!
After getting dumped by her hot normie boyfriend, yaoi otaku Narumi Momose runs away and changes jobs to hide her shame. What were the chances that her childhood friend and hardcore game otaku, Hirotaka Nifuji, would be working there as well? The two spend their days working together at the office and their nights at the bar, drinking beer, eating meat and grinding for rare materials. Narumi is desperate for a boyfriend, but never considered the idea of dating a fellow otaku. Will Hirotaka’s offer change her mind?
I’ll be honest; the Winter season of anime is usually one of the least exciting ones, with a lot of the big names saving themselves for Spring/Autumn. However, there are always a few gems, and this season was no exception with some standout hits that I never would have expected. I wanted to take a moment to get some words on paper about what I watched, what surprised me and what my favourites were. To make it fair, I’ll be including shows from last season that have just ended, but not shows I’m watching now that won’t end until a later season.