Spring 2018 Anime: Drop, Watch, or Review?

I had a taste of 10 first episodes from this season, and here are my very brief thoughts on everything. I had the audacity to rank them all in order of enjoyment after just one episode. Enjoy.

*Verdicts subject to change

10. Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan

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Goddammit, who cares about Hitaki?

Verdict: Drop

  • Did not know it was a reverse harem, and was sufficiently disappointed. There’s not even a husbando-worthy character in this.
  • Aside from the unexpectedly dark introduction scene, nothing about this episode could have surprised any viewer. A perfectly flat first episode is the death to a show.
  • Pretty heroine though. I love her hair. Her cutting it eliminates any reason for me to watch this show.

9. Mahou Shoujo Ore

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Ugh…those subs. Don’t torrent

Verdict: Drop

  • A lot of people seemed to have enjoyed this, and while I definitely laughed at multiple gags, I couldn’t get into this one enough. Yes, it’s self-aware, but a lot of the time, I feel like it’s subverting tropes simply for the sake of subversion, and can’t really imagine it going anywhere remarkable. I guess I was looking for a slightly wittier parody?
  • Saki’s mom is the best though.

8. 3D Kanojo

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So not real?

Verdict: Hold

  • Out of the 10 first episodes I’ve watched, Iroha is already the most lovable girl. She’s savagely honest, somehow pure, and has an adorable voice.
  • I’ve actually seen two episodes by now, and 3D Kanojo frequently feels like a wish-fulfillment show. The irony in how the 3D girlfriend is really just another 2D goddess. It’s not exactly a bad thing, but it’s something I can’t resonate with fully as an actual 3D girl.
  • I wish Tsutsui’s otaku side is fleshed out more. Maybe this is to happen gradually, but all we really see is the unconvincing magical girl Ezomichi.

7. Mahou Shoujo Site

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There’s an aesthetic quality to bleeding facial features. The lines make them look like *gasp* puppets

Verdict: Watch

  • Now…it seems like most people hated this. In terms of tropes, I have a high tolerance towards gore and cruelty (and conversely, not much patience for cheesy drama). Sorry for the Madoka comparison, but while Madoka took basically the whole series to get to her contract, Mahou Shoujo Site wants to get its protagonist on the dark side right away, and the utterly gruesome first episode justifies Aya’s decision. Heavy-handed, definitely, but it doesn’t offend me.
  • I don’t have hopes that this anime is going to be of great quality, but the controversy it generates (and those suspicious sperm cells in the ED song) makes it too interesting to drop right away. I could use another dose of edginess for now.

6. Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai

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Yes, this is an anime

Verdict: Casual Watch (as in I’d watch it if I happen to remember to)

  • A 3-minute short that advertises (?) the prefecture of Gunma. The humour is kind of dumb, but the fact that this show exists (and isn’t full-episode length like Pop Team Epic) allows it a reasonably high spot on my list.
  • This mayor is adorable…I hope he appears again. He sounds so sincere despite knowing that he’s in this weird comedy show (d-does he really know??).

5. Hinamatsuri

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Don’t drink stuff while you watch this anime

Verdict: Hold

  • I was certainly very entertained by this episode, but there are simply too many good shows this season, so I shall wait and see if I have time for this one.
  • Nitta’s absurd reactions to Hina’s behaviours, more so than Hina’s own reactions to the human world, were the real comedy gold.
  • I can’t help but wonder if I’d love the show more in its original manga form, where disbelief is more easily suspended and the differences between panels can be as enormous as can be. You can argue that the absurdity is what makes the anime funny, but it does try to convey more serious messages as well, and I think manga is the only medium that can present a good amount of both.

4. Steins;Gate 0

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How we have all changed

Verdict: Hold

  • I thought Steins;Gate was one of the greatest anime when I watched it, but I can’t seem to pick up that feeling again when I watched this episode. Don’t get me wrong – it was a great episode. Perhaps it’s because the only characters who really stood out in the original were Okabe and Kurisu, so the show loses half the charm without Kurisu. The greatest problem for me, however, is simply that I’ve forgotten most of what has happened, and will have to look up a detailed summary before I can continue watching (or else it’ll keep bugging me).

3. FLCL Alternative

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Makes me miss high school

Verdict: Hold

  • I haven’t seen the original FLCL, but this episode was still a great experience. You don’t seem to need to have seen the original to understand Alternative. The schedule for Alternative is a bit unusual, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m the type of person who prefers to see the original work first, so I may do that before continuing this.
  • The depiction of high school girls and their daily lives feels so real. Varied faces and body shapes, pointless and unintentionally interesting conversations, lying around being unproductive… I used to lie in a heap on the carpet with my three friends like that, and we called it “glooping.”
  • The kick -> forehead -> flower -> guitar scene was mind-blowing.

2. Piano no Mori

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Kyaaa…musical people in suits!

Verdict: Review!

  • I like shounen feels sometimes, except I don’t care for sports. I do care for classical music, however. And the anime opens with the International Chopin Competition!
  • The show seems to be going for a pretty traditional shounen structure, with two vastly different boys becoming friends (potentially rivals later?), competitions, and the subject of talent being a very big thing.
  • Ajino-sensei is cool… I love those dark but secretly supportive characters. Reminds me of Professor Snape, except Ajino is probably a way better person.

1. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

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Two central pairings!

Verdict: Watch

  • Finally, an office romance in anime! Not that I’ve ever sat in an office, but it’s certainly a breath of fresh air.
  • The anime only seems to be concerned with the four characters featured in the above image (at least, they’re the only ones in the OP), and so far, all four of them are highly likable and interesting.
  • There’s something charming about Hirotaka’s dull, efficient, yet gentle personality. The scene where he recites his skills/qualifications and Narumi “hires” him was to die for.

Conclusion

I truly love this season, and out of everything, Nil Admirari was the only one that was truly “bad” to me.

You might notice that the only one I said “review” to was Piano no Mori. And I won’t even review it episodically unless all goes well in life. Getting lazy, aren’t I? I’m choosing Piano no Mori over Wotakoi simply because I find that I have more to say about music than romance. Might review other stuff in collabs, but nothing has been decided so far.

It really doesn’t look like that many people are watching Piano no Mori this season. Well, you can look forward to my reviews, I guess. Most likely.

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39 thoughts on “Spring 2018 Anime: Drop, Watch, or Review?

  1. Angelica Destler

    I keep seeing Mahou Shoujo Site compared with Madoka all over the place, so I’M GIVING IN AND WATCHING IT! (After I’ve researched whether or not it’s too gory for me, that is.) And Piano no Mori sounds amazing! I love musical people in suits~ 😊 (Thank you, Phantom if the Opera, for that. 😄) A quick question: what do you use to watch seasonal anime? An anime streaming website or something of that sort?

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    1. Mahou Shoujo Site isn’t exactly gory per se. It’s the emotional scars it can leave on some people.
      Watch Piano no Mori!
      And I do use a streaming website. It’s called Masterani and is supposedly legal.

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      1. Angelica Destler

        Ah, I see. I… think I’ll stay away from it, then. I don’t really need any emotional scars.
        And thanks! I’ll look into Masterani; I really want to get up to date with all this seasonal anime goodness. 😊

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  2. I’m gonna watch Piano no Mori when it’s up on Netflix. I am a tad (super) tired of fan subs and extremely annoyed at Netflix for not simulcasting this but out of two evil I chose to wait. As for Hinamatsuri, I am in love with Nitta. 😍 I can’t wait for vol one of the manga to be released in November. I could read the scanlation but I won’t want to spoil it with fan translations. Ugh, I’ve become such a snob lately. 😱😳😎

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  3. Good selection! A couple of things: Piano no Mori is a full TV adaptation of a movie with the same name and if you’re enjoying the show, definitely check the movie out!

    Secondly, FLCL Alternative is a weird one so be careful! Alternative is Season 3 of the show, and episode 1 was aired alone as an April Fool’s joke (and no, Season 2 hasn’t even come out!).

    Whilst it is for all intents and purposes standalone, a lot of the context and occurrences are written with the understanding that people will have watched FLCL itself! It’s a great show and only a six-episode watch, with so much imagery and so many metaphors that makes for great discussion!

    Finally, thank you for also giving Mahou Shoujo Site a nice mention! I’m so sad at everybody discussing it negatively, calling it “comedy of the season” or completely unrealistic ;-; it deserves better!

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    1. I did know about the Piano no Mori movie and its manga! I think I’ll watch the series first before giving the other two a try.
      Thanks for the info on FLCL! I’ll definitely give Season 1 a try once I’m free.
      Mahou Shoujo Site is by no means as bad as a “comedy”. I found the second episode inferior to the first (contrary to popular opinion, it seems), but will keep watching at least until the mystery of the sperm cells is resolved!

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  4. So much I want to watch!! I really need to see Mahou Shoujo Site. I know a lot of people have been disturbed by this show… I still need to check it out. And FLCL Alternative?? I didn’t even know this was a thing!! I love the original FLCL! I was just listening to the soundtrack yesterday! I’ll DEFINITELY have to check this one out!!!

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    1. I was informed that the first episode of Alternative was released as an April Fools joke, but I certainly still enjoyed it.
      Always better to check something out than listen to the rumours! Let me know if you do!

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      1. That’s a problem with a second blogsite. It doesn’t have a follow feature. I’m not sure, but I think you can do it manually, like the others have done, or you can comment, and check the box with Follow via email or something. I don’t know how the others managed to follow. That’s why I see to it I always write down the WP address on my main blogsite .

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  5. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog, but I just wanted to encourage you to continue watching Hinamatsuri if you get the chance. It’s absurdist humour is definitely one of its strongest points, but I’d argue that it’s biggest strength is how unexpectedly touching it is. I know many people who were moved to tears by later episodes.

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    1. Thanks, Ty! I’ve been reading q lot of positive reviews on the show as well, so the only reason I’m not watching it at this point is my lack of time.
      First impressions are often off, and for choosing Piano no Mori to review over other things, I think mine may be more off than others.

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      1. A shounen show with piano as the focus. It’s a pretty standard show, except the animation is quite trashy. Like, I don’t even consider myself to be someone with standards for animation, but those noodle hands just make me so sad…

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