Spring 2017 Anime First Impressions – 2nd Inning: Leaving the light novel stigma behind

If there is one thing I’m still trying to get over, it’s my dislike of light novel anime. These days, I almost always dismiss them because I have had a low like to dislike ratio when it comes to them. While there have been some that I really liked like Grimgar: of Fantasy and Ash, Log Horizon, and Spice and Wolf, most of them have left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Even Grimgar has some elements of this bad taste because of the fanservice that didn’t add anything to what was going in the story at all. Imagine my surprise when it turned out that I like two of them this season. I’m pretty happy about this fact. After watching two episodes of each of these series, I might give more of them a try.  Also, there is Atom: The Beginning, but that isn’t a light novel adaptation thing.

Grimoire of Zero

This book is a fantasy series with a simple plot. Find the magic book. That is the only part of the anime that is lacking right now. The characters are well textured, likeable, and interesting, the world is well developed, and art and animation are extremely solid. That’s why I don’t care about the plot so far. It could continue to be an episodic series and the characters never find the book for all I care, though it would be interesting if a major plot broke out as well. Either way, I’m all in at the moment. Especially with the Spice and Wolf feel the show carries with it.

Suka Suka (That one light novel anime with the obscenely long name)

Before I get into this one, know that while I like this series, but I am extremely wary of it. There are some fanservice moments and plot elements that have set off some of my mental alarms at the moment. I’m going to stick with it though. Despite some things that I have said, I like how the series is executed so far. At the moment, it’s not a straight up action series and I feel like it works better that way. Also, the characters are realistically written, based on the situation they are in, and some of the reveals are incredibly terrifying. I can’t help but feel sad for all the characters currently involved in the situation. Without spoiling anything, the series is a war story, but instead of the battlefield we are given the home front perspective. That will probably change in the future, but I hope the world and the characters still feel as fresh and interesting as they do now.

Atom: The Beginning

Atom is a prequel story to Astro Boy and it’s about what I expected. Two crazy scientist outcast build a robot with an A.I. that is beyond anything anybody has ever imagined. So, these two are basically the underdogs of the engineering community of university in Mecha City. (I like the city name for reasons). Despite it being pretty standard plot and story wise, the execution is pretty good. Also, the animation is pretty stellar as well. Considering that this is produced by Production I.G., that sounds like a given though. I also might have obtained yet another anime character crush. Motoko Tsutsumi is incredibly attractive and intelligent. I just love her character design. So yes, it’s pretty interesting so far. Worth watching if you are into Astro Boy or science fiction in general.

I like a lot of shows this season. If I was forced to put the shows I’m watching in some sort of Tier system, it would look like this:

Watch Immediately
-My Hero Academia: S2
-Sakura Quest
-Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
-Kado: The Right Answer

Highly Recommend
Attack on Titan Season 2
-Grimoire of Zero
-Tiger Mask W
-Suka Suka

Not Bad
Tsuka ga Kirei
-Atom: The Beginning
-Berserk (2017)

At this moment, none of these shows are bad so I recommend watching all of them. This is just how I mentally rank them in terms of how much I look forward to watching them week to week. This could all change because this order is never permanent until the season ends. Still, this is an absolutely solid season. I’m so glad that there is more to watch sequels. Original intellectual properties combined with some sequels makes for a well-balanced season.

3 thoughts on “Spring 2017 Anime First Impressions – 2nd Inning: Leaving the light novel stigma behind

  1. I’m hoping SukaSuka can be good. The first episode was pretty great but the second episode was very ordinary. It would be a real shame if episode 2 was a signe of everything to come.

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