This season is a strange one for me. I only started watching four new shows. This is partially because I didn’t find many interesting things to watch and partially because Netflix took away a couple of them. I have been watching older shows that I have been meaning to watch instead. Shows I always wanted to watch, but never had time for. Death Note was one of them, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled was another, and I am currently going through Wolf’s Rain. Another oldy that I haven’t watched yet. After that will be Scrapped Princess. Still, I am watching a few new shows weekly and I might as well make some sort of impressions post about them.
Welcome to the Ballroom
This was one of the most hyped over things for this summer season and the best I can say is that…it’s okay. There are some great bits of animation and awesome dance choreography here and there, but that’s about all I got from it so far. If anything, Welcome to the Ballroom is proof that the shonen tournament battle formula can be applied to sort of media pretty well. At this moment, that’s all I can say about this show. I will continue to watch to see if it gets better though.
Made in Abyss
This is the surprise hit of the summer for me. Who knew a show about kids mining for hidden relics could be so interesting. Yes, the plot about a kid finding her long lost mother down in the mines is something that has been done many times before, but there is something about this show that makes it feel fresh and interesting. The characters are good and relatable, the world has a lot of things that I want to learn about it, and it’s just so beautiful to look at. I want more. Watching this show week to week has been hard.
Restaurant from Another World
Does it feel weird saying that I was looking forward to this one ever since I heard about it? It’s just a good and relaxing watch just like Flying Witch was. This anime is centered around a Restaurant that is beyond a basic fantasy world’s understanding. Each episode is about how a random stranger encounters this door out of nowhere and order something to eat. That’s about it really, but I like it quite a lot.
Knight’s and Magic
Yet another surprise for me. The first episode was terrible because it was too fast. A mech otaku dies, gets reincarnated into the body of a young noble who is learning magic, and just skips a lot of things so the kid can get into a mech. After that, the show became a lot more interesting. The second season became a lot more shonen like and then next episode centered around mech engineering. I won’t say that this is an amazing show, because it still follows some light novel clichés, but right now it’s holding my interest. I want to see where it ends up.
So yeah, that’s it for me. I do want to watch Fate Apocrypha and Kakegurui, they were licensed by Netflix and I will have to wait for who knows when. When those come around, I will write about them like I did with Little Witch Academia. Speaking of which, when will that second half appear? Also, I will talk about Reflection when it appears, but that is a Stan Lee project so it’s special.