Summer 2017 Anime at the Halfway Point

I feel like this post is a little late, but it’s about time I put more opinions out about the summer season. At this moment, I think the season as a whole is just ok. I would still put Winter 2017 in a higher place over the spring and the summer, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some good gems going on. I’m glad I didn’t pick up that much shows, because I’ve been enjoying watching older series that I’ve wanted to watch for a long time.  Onto some comments about the season.

Watch these right now:

~My Hero Academia Season 2:

I know that I talked about this show and how it’s very up and down, but oh how wrong I was. It’s very up. Like, even the off episodes, if you can call them that, have been great and so full of character and has some great themes to them. The animation, action, and soundtrack have been great too, so what’s not to like about this show?

~Made in Abyss

Oh man, this show is summer 2017’s hidden gem. (Not so hidden now, but you get the point). It’s a great adventure story with solid art, great characters, and great animation. As our two heroes travel deeper into the abyss, they don’t know what they are going to face next. I also like how our main protagonist is characterized as an actual kid and not an adult in an kid’s body. That makes the series feel like the world to me.

~Sakura Quest

Yeah, this show is still in this spot of my tier system. It’s a great show that feels like it’s gotten off its main plot a little bit, but it’s still great stuff. It looks like the series is going to end with the rival of one of Manoyama’s festivals which makes sense because it would fit that town’s culture and get a lot of attention. While elements of this plot make appearances on each episode, Sakura Quest is more focused on its characters and helping the town. Still, it’s a great watch.

Then these next:

~Re:Creators

This show has taken it’s time to air this season, so I don’t have anything new to say about it besides the fact that I was excited when it came back this last weekend. Finally, all that set up is going somewhere.

~Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul

This show has been off for a couple weeks so I don’t have much to say about it either, but I’m excited to see how this show ends. The buildup and fantasy journey stuff has been great. The weakest plot is still leaning on the relationship between the protagonist and the villain boyfriend and that seems to be the main focus in the coming weeks, so I’m a bit worried about it. Still enjoyable though.

~Restaurant from Another World

This show is still telling us the guests of this restaurant and seeing people enjoy food, and it’s been working for me. It’s a fun and relaxing watch that I need in my life.

If you want to/my personal enjoyment:

~Knight’s and Magic

Despite its need to know storytelling that stream lines the show, it’s a fun watch. I love seeing mechs being put together and fighting, that’s just the kind of person I am. The interesting focus on mech building instead of just fighting is pretty unique. It’s not a perfect watch, but it’s a lot of fun for people like me.

~The Reflection

This show isn’t bad, but it’s kind of bland and doesn’t have that much focus. It feels like it’s going somewhere, but there is some lack of emotion in the series that feels like a huge disconnect. Episode three was great because there was a character with a lot of energy added into a series that doesn’t feel like it has much. In episode four, this character was either asleep or didn’t appear in it. All, I wish we knew more about the main villains besides that there plot is to remind people that they exist.

BLAH:

~Welcome to the Ballroom

I already wrote a long post about this series here, so this is my hate watch for the season.

So that’s it for me. What shows are you guys watching this season and what is your favorite? Let’s have a discussion in the comments below.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jon Spencer says:

    All the ones I want to watch are behind the Anime Strike pay wall T.T Well I can watch My Little Witch Academia at least, so I guess not ALL of them.

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    1. Scott says:

      I’m lucky that I already had Amazon prime and have a job, so I can pay got Anime Strike.

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      1. Jon Spencer says:

        Having money would make this a non-issue lol. I’m poor right now haha :p

        Like

  2. Karandi says:

    Other than My Hero Academia, the only other must watch I currently have is Princess Principal. Then again, I don’t have access to Made in Abyss but I’ve heard some interesting things about it at this point.

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    1. Scott says:

      At some point, I’m going to have to get around to watching Princess Principal. I don’t why, but it didn’t seem appealing to me.

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      1. Karandi says:

        I completely thought it was a one episode watch and drop given the character designs and the like when the season started. But it has actually been really fun and interesting so far. My biggest complaint is that so far all they’ve really done (in half a season), is fully introduce the cast and concept. It will be interesting to see if they can actually do something with the characters and setting now that they’ve run out of intros.

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  3. magicconan14 says:

    Out of your shows, I’m only following two (plus Princess Principal that Karandi mentioned) – BnHA s2 and Reflection. I completely agree that Reflection seems to be missing something (and my watching methods mean I haven’t been annoyed by Sky Show yet!). The type of robot Lisa used was completely out of left field, at least for me.

    Haven’t gotten to the Froppy filler in BnHA s2 yet, so we’ll have to see on that…

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