Spring 2016 anime
March 5, 2016 6:35 PM - Subscribe

Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here.

So far looks optimistic with a lot of original vs adaptations this time around.

Spring Animechart 2016
posted by chrono_rabbit (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I think you wanted to post this link.

I'm curently watching Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. Both excellent but very different shows.

Besides Season 2 of Concrete Revolutio, I don't know wich shows I'll watch in spring, but I usually watch what the Josei next door rates highly.
posted by Pendragon at 3:39 AM on March 6, 2016

I'll be following a lot of shows this time around vs last season. I'm esp hyped for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and maybe Joker Game.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 7:37 AM on March 6, 2016

Hmm, Kabaneri looks interesting, adding it to my list now :-)
posted by Pendragon at 8:06 AM on March 6, 2016

Wot interests me:

Concrete Revolutio 2 is a given. but need to rewatch the original first.

Bakuon: cute girls riding motor cycles

Bungou Stray Dogs: a Bones animated urban fantasy series.

Flying Witch: might as well call this Kiki's Delivery Service, the television series.

Joker Game looks good: anime original, set before WWII, spy thriller. Only worry is that Japan can be a bit erm revisionist when it comes to examing its own past.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri: Attack on Titan with zombies.

Kuma Miko: shrine maiden moves to the big city, with her talking bear guardian.

Kuromukuro: P. A. Works 15th anniversary project.

Mayoiga: fantasy teen angst drama with Mari Okada involved, of Ano Hana & Black Rock Shooter fame.

Sakamoto desu ga? Sakamoto is the coolest guy in school and a lot of people are resentful. Cue hijinks. Could be great or insufferable.

But really, who cares about any of this because Macross Δ is on. Idols! Mecha! Love triangles! Missile Swarms! The power of music stopping wars! And a male lead that isn't a complete jackass for a change!
posted by MartinWisse at 12:32 PM on March 11, 2016 [2 favorites]

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Joker Game looks good: anime original, set before WWII, spy thriller. Only worry is that Japan can be a bit erm revisionist when it comes to examing its own past.

It's going to be weird but I want to see if it completely becomes a train wreck or not at the very end.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 6:53 PM on March 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

I'm interested in Concrete Revolutio 2 and Bungou Stray Dogs. I think I'll wait to see other people's impressions and opinions for picking up other series. I have to say Sakamoto desu ga? does pique my interest.
posted by needled at 7:52 PM on March 18, 2016

I've watched the trailers for Kabaneri and I am getting strong Guilty Crown meets Attack on Titan vibes. Maybe it's just the Sawano Hiroyuki soundtrack plus plus the opening song from Egoist.

Interesting that Amazon Prime has streaming rights for Kabaneri, and apparently other Noitamina shows in the future.

Speaking of Amazon, I was watching this Kamen Rider Amazons trailer and laughed when I saw the Amazon logo at the end. I do hope it's streamed on Amazon Prime outside of Japan, too, the series looks interesting and I do have a soft spot for the Kamen Rider series.
posted by needled at 7:31 AM on March 19, 2016

I've watched little of this season so far, but the first episode of the reboot of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Mobile Suit Gundam UC RE:0096, looks interesting. Gorgeous animation, charmingly retro character designs. Haro shows up! On Crunchy.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 8:24 AM on April 6, 2016

I just watched the first episode of Mobile Suit Gundam UC RE:0096 - the character design is enh for me (Gundam 00 had my favorite character design of the Gundam series), but I am happy they kept the Sawano Hiroyuki soundtrack. Unicorn is my favorite of Sawano Hiroyuki's anime soundtracks.

Others I've seen so far are Bungou Stray Dogs, and Joker Game. I'm not quite sure what Bungou Stray Dogs is aiming for, with the exaggerated comedic faces combined with some nice action snippets. I'll keep watching, though.

Joker Game is intriguing - so far it is not presenting pre-WW II Japanese imperialism and militarism in a favorable light. Not having read the novels the anime is based one, I don't know if further episodes will maintain this tone.

Space Patrol Luluco is so Trigger it hurts.
posted by needled at 5:32 PM on April 6, 2016 [1 favorite]

Kabaneri, Kiznaiver, and Bungou Stray Dogs all had, I thought, really promising first episodes.

Kiznaiver is about a bunch of people who, owing to some weird experiment, all get hurt when any of them get hurt. Presumably there will now be fighting and heavy-handed metaphorizing. It's Studio Trigger saving anime again; as long as you limber up first so you don't pull a muscle rolling your eyes when they start talking about people being 'connected by their pain', it looks to be fun.

Bungou Stray Dogs has a Kekkai Sensen vibe--stylish visuals and a motley group of characters with weird powers.

I just watched the first episode of Kabaneri last night, and it's a show-stopper--it's the Attack On Titan folks doing a show about samurai-era steampunk zombie fighting. I'm not usually big on zombies, fighting, or steampunk, but this is just gorgeous, the world is rich and full of cool details, it looks like we will NOT be looking up somebody's skirt every thirty seconds, and there just isn't any reason not to like it a lot as far as I can see.

Now we descend into the almost-but-not-quite-recommendable and lower categories... Twin Exorcists was not great, but better than I expected. It's probably gonna be a standard Battlin' Magic High School show, but I thought the art was nice, and it was watchable.

Hundred is the EXACT same show as Asterisk War and about ten other not-very-good shows from the last two seasons. It IS airing now; I'll say that for it. It is an animated television show produced in Japan, and when you watch it there are colors, shapes, and sounds that come out of your TV which can be understood to convey a kind of story.

Re: Zero, Starting Life In Another World is a weird mashup of the time-rewind premise from (most recently) Erased and the incompetents-tranported-to-a-fantasy-world premises from Konosuba and/or Grimgar. It looks like there's gonna be stabbin'. And the show kind of seemed to be luridly interested in the stabbin', like the people making it think the stabbin' is, in itself, sufficient to make the show interesting. I am not that big on stabbin' and I suspect I will not be that big on this show.

Lost Village is setting up an atmosphere which suggests future stabbin', but there hasn't been any yet. There's just an unmanageably-huge cast of redshirts and some vaguely creepy portents. This would have to go pretty deep into so-bad-it's-good territory to entertain me, and I don't think it's gonna get all the way there.

I still haven't seen the Flying Witch thing...
posted by Sing Or Swim at 6:20 AM on April 10, 2016

>Space Patrol Luluco is so Trigger it hurts.

I'm sorry, do you not WANT Studio Trigger to save anime for some reason?
posted by Sing Or Swim at 6:39 AM on April 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

I feel really mixed about Kabaneri - yes, it's visually gorgeous, but I'm not completely sold on it. It's like Attack on Titan meets Snowpiercer and adds zombies and steampunk with a dash of Princes Mononoke (remember Irontown and Lady Eboshi Gozen?). And it may be too early to tell with just one episode, but I feel it's heading towards Guilty Crown / Valvrave the Liberator territory. Kabaneri's writer worked on both Guilty Crown and Valvrave, while the director worked on Guilty Crown and Attack on Titan.

As a female anime viewer, what bothered me about both Guilty Crown and Valvrave the Liberator was the way female characters existed only to be plot devices and/or eye candy. Female characters were handled in random and arbitrary ways as needed to move the plot and male main character's arc along, and glossed over with gorgeous visuals and batshit crazy plot developments.

And I feel I am seeing some of the same in Kabaneri, in the visual presentation of Mumei in particular. It's like she came from an entirely different anime than Ikoma and his fellow mechanics. It's visually jarring (this reviewer also notes the clashing visual styles) and to me it makes it seem like female characters should not be considered full participants in the anime's universe. I will continue watching Kabaneri, but with some wariness.

On a lighter note, I found Kuma Miko quite charming, and am continuing to enjoy the Trigger-ness of Luluco. I might check out some episodes of Inferno Cop just for the Mr. Judge character.
posted by needled at 8:30 AM on April 10, 2016

>Attack on Titan meets Snowpiercer and adds zombies and steampunk with a dash of Princes Mononoke (remember Irontown and Lady Eboshi Gozen?)

This is kind of what I like about it--its organizing principle seems to be 'let's put some of everything in a bag, and put some cats in there too, and then whack the bag so the cats will fight'. I won't mind if it doesn't make a lot of sense, as long as it doesn't make sense in a way that's interesting... But yeah, you're right about Irontown--that hadn't occurred to me... though Irontown is a bit more mundane, or something.

>female characters existed only to be plot devices and/or eye candy. Female characters were handled in random and arbitrary ways as needed to move the plot and male main character's arc along, and glossed over with gorgeous visuals and batshit crazy plot developments.

Yeah, there is certainly the danger that this could end up being the case. There was a female character among the folks who were doing maintenance work on the trains--Kajika, according to the show's wiki--and I think her visual design was more or less in line with the other characters. The female characters who arguably look out of place are Ayame, who wants the gun repaired, and Mumei, who finishes up the first episode with the trick with the pointy shoes. And arguably, both of them are supposed to be social elites, so arguably that's why they're dressed dramatically differently. Ah yes--and if one were to actually read the review you linked, one would find that it says just that...

Anyway, this being anime, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume until proven wrong that the female characters are gonna get some kind of weird treatment. The Guilty Crown tie-ins aren't a good sign--Inori didn't get to do ANYthing except sort of be languid and sad, and sadly drape herself on the male characters, and need help.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 9:34 AM on April 10, 2016

>On a lighter note, I found Kuma Miko quite charming,

Yeah! I thought that was fun, too.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 9:43 AM on April 10, 2016

Uggh, including the bestiality joke in episode one?
posted by MartinWisse at 2:15 AM on April 12, 2016

Anyway, my spring 2016 (so far) verdict of the roughly some thirty shows that premiered or continued this season. Here are the shows I'll probably will keep watching, grouped by genre:

If you like Shounen battlers there are two neat series this season. My Hero Academy is about a powerless boy who wants to be a superhero nonethelss and gets superheroes in a way few anime series do. Twin Star Exorcists meanwhile proves that being completely generic doesn't have to matter if the execute is good, iwht an almost perfect first episode.

The Asteriks War continues from Fall 2015 and is so far a bit disappointing, but since I've invested the time anyway I'll keep watching. (This kids is what we call the sunk costs fallacy in the real world.)

On the slice of moe side of things we're spoiled for choice:

Flying Witch is great: a new witch moves to the countryside and moves in with her cousin. It all plays out like your average SoL series, until she surprises her cousin's younger sister by taking off on a broom at the local DIY. Slow pace, great, understated reaction spots and the countryside setting reminded me of nothing so much as Non Non Biyori.

Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge meanwhile is created by some of the people who actually worked on NNB and is about this very lazy guy Tanaka and his phlegmatic friend Otha who keeps him out of trouble. The same slow pace as FW but with better jokes and great pacing in telling them.

Bakuon! is cute girls riding big motorcycles and making fun of Suzuki. "A giraffe never cries".

Haifuri is cute girls sailing WWII Imperial Navy replica warships which is very Girls und Panzer like until threequarters of the way through the first episode.

Sansha Sanyou is about a formerly rich girl who has to adjust to live as a commoner while coping with her two friends, a sadistic class rep and an airheaded genki girl. It is of course a Manga Time Kirara show.

As is Anne Happy, about a class full of girls who for some reason or another are unlucky in life and need training to become happy.

Pan de Peace is a cutesy moe short; Wagamama High Spec is a sleazy one.

Sakamoto Desu ga is another comedy full of stupid people doing bizarre stunts played completely deadpan about the most perfect guy in the world and his everyday school life.

12-Sai. Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki is about when you're a twelve year old girl starting to grow up and having to deal with your body changing and not being in control of it.

As is Space Patrol Luluco, as this review argues; it's also one of the two Trigger series this season.

Kiznaiver is the other one, written by Mari Okada, who has a flair for the dramatic and outlandish. So far it's the self consciously strangest series of the seasons, about a group of anime archetypes who are connected through their wounds.

More of Okada's style of writing is on display in Mayoika, about a group of online nerds and chuunies dissatisfied with their lives going on a bus trip to a mythical village to start new lives. It's either a trainwreck or it's meant to not be taken quite as seriously as the characters do themselves.

Bungou Stray Dogs has the same problem in that it could either be overblown kiddie goth stuff or a dark comedy, but in any case it thinks it's more clever than it really is by having all its characters named after famous Japanese writers.

Concrete Revolutio returns as strong as it ended two seasons ago.

No season is complete without the obligatory trapped in fantasyland series and Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is this one. It reminds me of last season's KonoSuba but it's trying slightly too hard.

A thrashy harem show is also de rigeur and here we have Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? about a guy who once confessed his love online to what turned out to be a guy and now he's wary of starting online romances until he decides that it doesn't matter who they are in real life as long as their MMO avatars are cute. Guess what? His guild mates are all girls and going to the same high school as him...

Shounen Maid is a comedy, which opens with the sixth grade age protagonist's mother having died, he having nobody anymore to take care of him until his never mentioned by his mother uncle comes and takes him in. His pride denies him to take advantage of this offer, so as a compromise he'll work as a maid for his uncle. Trust me, it's better than this sounds.


Ace Attorney: crap animation, boring story, you're better off playing the game instead.
Endride: completely generic action series in a season packed with much better such series.
Seisen Cerberus: ibid.
Super Lovers: never even started because I read the description and it has an eight year old boy being molested by a much older bloke as a good thing.

On the verge of being dropped:

Hundred: another generic shounen action series overshadowed by better offerings, but I liked the manga so I'm giving it a few more episodes.
Kumamiko: there's a surfeit of slice of moe series anyway and this goes out of its way to be obnoxious. If there's no improvement by episode three, it's gone
posted by MartinWisse at 5:58 AM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

And finally, best show of this season (any season) is of course Macross Delta which everybody should watch.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:59 AM on April 12, 2016

MartinWisse, thanks for that link. Very worthwhile idea. After two episodes, I'm in love with Space Patrol Luluco. I hope that Trigger can restrain themselves from smothering it in fan service as they did with Kill La Kill. So much genius, Trigger, and such flawed execution. I want to believe in you, but it's hard.

When you think of it, of course, a vast number of anime shows are parables about adolescence of one sort or another. Unsurprising, considering the intended audience. And considering that in the lives of many people, perhaps most, adolescence is a critical, emotionally fraught, make-or-break, camel-through-the-eye-of-a-needle period in one's life.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 1:21 PM on April 12, 2016

>Uggh, including the bestiality joke in episode one?

Yeah, I thought it was funny, if only because it was bizarre to include such a thing in a show with such a harmless tone otherwise.

The only thing I saw this week that made me go "uggh" was Hundred, which opened with a "whoops, I fell on you and accidentally grabbed your boob, which made a sound like a bike horn" scene. At least the Interspecies Fellatio Folktale gag was something I haven't seen a thousand times.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 5:13 PM on April 12, 2016

I loved the first episodes of Flying Witch, Anne Happy, Sansha Sanyou and Haifuri. Does that say something about the anime I love ? :-)

And of course I'm going to watch Boku no Hero Academia and Koutetsujou no Kabaneri.

I watched Kabaneri on a free Amazon Prime trial, but I don’t know if I can afford another streaming service besides Netflix, FUNimation and Crunchyroll. I want to pay for my content but it isn’t getting easier. Not to mention I have to use a geo-unlocker for everything, otherwise I can’t get ANY anime here in the Netherlands, sigh….

MartinWisse, where can I watch Macross Delta ? And should I watch any previous Macross ?
posted by Pendragon at 2:59 AM on April 13, 2016

You can pirate Macross Delta with a clear consciousness as the rights situation for anything Macross is fscked up beyond belief with the upshot that everything but Macross Plus is unavailable legally in Europe or the US.

It's not available for streaming therefore, at least not legally.

You'll get more out of the series if you know a bit about Macross but it's a standalone series set eighteen years after the previous one, Macross Frontier. The aforementioned Macross Plus, a four episode OVA series from 1995 is recommended as a concentrated hit of everything that makes Macross Macross.

The main thing you need to know for the new series is that Delta stands for love triangle, whether that is between the three main characters (two pilots and an idol) or that between the two pilots and the plane they both fancy.

Macross is all about the love triangles, but also about cool mecha fighting each other while idols desperately sing of peace to subdue the enemy without bloodshed.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:45 AM on April 13, 2016

OK, thanks, I'm going to sail the high seas then :-)
posted by Pendragon at 4:22 AM on April 13, 2016

I need to catch up with the previous seasons first.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:05 PM on April 13, 2016

Yeah, my to watch list is pretty full. And now I have to watch all of Macross too :-)
posted by Pendragon at 12:15 PM on April 13, 2016

> am i the only person watching jojo

I also feel like I need to catch up with previous seasons. I heard the latest JoJo has a lot of spoilers for previous JoJo series?
posted by needled at 2:25 PM on April 13, 2016

Macross has always been about how rock and roll will save the universe. If you gotta have a theme, I guess there are worse ones.

Macross Frontier is recent, and worth watching.

I actually bought the AnimEigo release of the original Macross, the one was made into part of Robotech. I must report that it did not impress me, and I was sad that I had purchased it.

It's been said that all Macrosses with a number -- e.g., Macross 7 -- are bad, and ones without a number -- e.g., Macross Plus -- are good. Macross Plus, BTW, is only 4 OAVs, not a long series.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 4:23 PM on April 14, 2016

Alrighty, after a month, and my having watched 1-2 episodes of each of these shows, here are some capsule reviews and insults.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096. Gorgeous detailed animation. Charmingly retro character design: pug noses!

Space Patrol Luluco. 8 minute wacked-out high-energy romps. Imagine that Trigger took Mako from Kill la Kill and gave her a show of her own. So, Trigger, can you stop being hyper-sexual and hyper-violent long enough to just be FUN for once, without running out of ideas halfway through the show? I hope you can. I'm cheering you on! Gambatte, Trigger! You can do it!

Bungo Stray Dogs. Supernatural detective squad. The focus seems to be comedy, of the jumping-up-and-down-yelling-at-each-other sort. Everyone goes super-deformed all the time. Animation average. Fans seem to be lovin' this, but the show's not doing much for me. Plot twist in first episode was telegraphed from miles away. I'll watch another episode or two, but I don't have high hopes for this show, sorry, fans.

Joker Game. A naive army officer with a traditional Japanese sense of honor is thrown into a group of amoral, unprincipled spies on the eve of WWII. First episode is obvious stuff. So much possibility, so little performance. Will the show improve? Do I care? These questions remain unanswered.

Terraformars. Mutant supersoldiers vs. giant cockroaches on Mars. Sub-par animation, ugly character design, slow story, dumb sexual humor. Quit partway through second episode.

Anne Happy. Moe saccharine fluff for boys, as only Japan can do it. Fine animation, gorgeous atmospheric watercolor backgrounds, but recycled character types, slow plot, uninteresting incidents.

Re:Zero. Yet another portal fantasy in which a random boy is transported for no good reason into a stock-footage D&D world. How much more of this trope can humanity endure?

Twin Star Exorcists.
Boy and girl with magical powers fight demons, and each other. Yawn. Animation standard quality. Boy has some of the Faustian flavor of Ed in FMA, but the show lacks FMA's relentless noir atmospherics. I watched one episode and will try another, but I'm not hopeful.

Flying Witch. Teen witch comes to new town to stay with relatives. Witchy stuff happens. First episode slow, with a lot of awkward moments, little tension or drama. Characters uninvolving. Slightly twee. Nice animation, but uninteresting character designs. I gave up halfway through second episode.

Sakamoto Desu Ga. Sitcom. Sakamoto is the coolest high school student ever. The show is all about how cool he is and all the cool stuff he does. Is this camp? I'm camp-deaf. Humor is subjective, and I'm sorry, Sakamoto, but I am not your viewer.

The Lost Village.
A bus of strangers travels to a mysterious village because every passenger wants to start their life anew, whatever that means. I suspect it's a McGuffin. Too many characters for a TV show. Dull animation, slow pace. Nothing happened in 1 1/2 episodes, and I quit.

Kiznaiver. Trigger's second show this season. Truth or Dare meets the Milgram experiment. Kafkaesque sensibilities of The Prisoner, Deadman Wonderland, and Hunger Games. After two episodes Kiznaiver is very watchable, but Trigger has such genius at running a brilliant show off a cliff at 100 miles an hour, so I worry.

Hundred. Militarized school kids fight monsters, and each other. First episode slow and talky with trumped-up conflict. Animation average. Hundred is extruded from the same nozzle that produced Twin Star Exorcists.

Big Order. Boy and girl with super-powers fight each other, Zzzzzz. However, Big Order has stylish design and animation, because it originated in manga by Esuno Sakae, who also created Mirai Nikki/Future Diary from a couple of years ago, which you either loved or hated. Mirai Nikki was a beautiful and bizarre mix of stuff which intrigued me for about five episodes, until the plot decohered. I'll try a second episode of Big Order, but I'm not hopeful.

Cerberus. Guys fighting monsters with swords in yet another D&D-like Europeanoid fantasy world. There's a band of adorable ragamuffin thieves. And a dragon. A miniature flying evil catgirl mage who dresses out of the Frederick's of Hollywood catalog isn't enough to save the show.

Macross Delta. Obviously what this pitched battle between giant robots and zombie giant robots needs is to be invaded by a chorus line of barely dressed holographic idol singers belting out lively Jpop! Oh, Macross, don't ever change. Production values are high, characters are fun, action is confusing, plot is charmingly ridiculous.

Boku no Hero Academia. Boy finds himself the only muggle in a world of superheroes and supervillains. I predict that over twelve episodes he will fight his way to self-respect and recognition by others, overcoming setbacks, gaining self-knowledge, experiencing epiphanies, anagnorisis and peripeteia, and do I need to even watch this damned thing? The show seems to be wildly popular with fans, I don't know why. Maybe the manga is better. Production values sub-standard.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. Steampunk samurai with zombies. Remarkable characters, action, cinematography. Zombie design could be better. Very high production values, near film quality. Can the show maintain this level of quality?

Kuromukuro. Japanese giant robots vs. alien giant robots, with heroic naked guy from the past and ditzy schoolgirl POV character. A little too much filler, especially for a first episode. Makes me nervous. Some elements here remind me of Gasaraki, from around 2000, a show which combined mecha, ancient gods and Noh theater, sometimes brilliantly, but was very uneven and ended with a whimper.

Kumamiko/Girl Meets Bear. Appears to be a cute show about a teenage temple priestess who is friends with an intelligent talking bear. Then, around the middle of the first episode, it went all ecchi with bestiality involving miko and bear. WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. HELL. Plus there were grade-schoolers involved.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, first 2012 series. Famous manga, famous show, big fandom. I'd heard good things about the third season of this show, running now, so I started with the first season. After two episodes, this appears to be a shounen fighting show, like Naruto, Bleach, Dragonball, and many more. Not my cup of tea. Sorry, JoJo. Also, art style is blah and animation is average at best.

Pan de Peace. 3 min. episodes. Moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe moe and some unconvincing shoujo ai.

At this point, I think I've run through all the new shows that have any chance of being watchable. I specifically haven't watched Ace Attorney because it's based on a game, and I have yet to see game-derived anime that I liked. I'm still watching: Gundam Unicorn, Macross Delta, Kiznaiver, Space Patrol Luluco, Joker Game, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and Kuromukuro. Some of these will inevitably get dropped. Joker Game in particular is on double secret probation.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 3:26 PM on April 28, 2016

I'll note the Kuma Miko "ecchi" element lasts about five seconds and is telegraphed pretty heavily, if that's something you need to avoid. The grade-schoolers are only involved in that they're listening to someone tell a dirty story. I am still watching the series, but I guess it's one of those series where it helps I've become inured to the background-radiation level of perversion in anime. Nothing in the other episodes has quite reached the level of WTFery of that first episode, but it still plays some stuff for laughs that's a little gross and out of place for the very innocent stuff they do in the rest of the episode.

I'm also still watching Flying Witch. Not a lot happens, and what happens is not very dramatic. Like, if you quit half-way through the second episode, then you missed the exciting climax where they cooked some food and ate it. I think I'm still watching it because it feels like a love-letter to a very specific place, like this is all based on the author's home-town.

I'm still watching - Space Patrol Luluco, Joker Game, Kabaneri, Flying Witch, Kuma Miko. Kabaneri is probably on the thinnest ice.

Also I've got into Kyoukai no Rinne in the second season. It's Rumiko Takahashi, very reminiscent of Ranma 1/2, whether that's a selling point or not.
posted by RobotHero at 9:09 PM on April 28, 2016

Flying Witch has nothing happen because nothing is supposed to happen. It's an Iyashikei series, a healing anime meant to calm you the fuck down and make you mellow and it succeeds admirably. If you need plot in your anime, this is not for you.

It also has a nicely understated sense of humour. In the first episode you have the little sister being suspicious of the titular character, who talks to her cat and seems a bit weird, until they go and shop at the local DIY centre, the witch looks for a new broom, finds a likely candidate and starts flying. The next scene has the two of them flying over to the local liquor store where the cousin is talking to his classmate/friend, who goes quiet with shock and surprise at seeing them, while the little sister is running around all hyperactive and excited and the witch and her cousin are just talking as if it's the most normal thing in the world.

The understated response of the classmate, the timing, the little girl being excited as well, a little girl, it's all done perfectly and it's not even the best comedic scene in the episode. (That would be the mandrake scene).

The only other series that comes close is Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge, about a very listless boy and his enabler friend which has the same sort of humour and timing. And then in the second episode you have a very energetic girl joining the cast who wants to become like Tanaka-kun to be more mature, but whose personality is not entirely suitable to the task.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:38 AM on April 29, 2016

Tanaka-kun is the anime of the season for me. It's so funny and at the same time relaxing.

I mean, who doesn't find this cute and funny!!
posted by Pendragon at 12:08 PM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Boku no Hero Academia: The manga was somewhat bland really for a superhero series. The anime is notable since it's done by Bones who is famous for well-animated fights and similar shounen shows. Typically I like hero shows but even then it didn't stand out enough compared to OPM or Tiger vs Bunny.

Alright I did drop quite a few series since I started a few months ago due to lack of interesting plot/characters.

Bungo Stray Dogs: Confusing story that burned me out with the constant random inappropriate comedy. Even Bones can't save it. Dropped.

Joker Game: Story went in a weird direction and each episode felt like it was going nowhere fast despite high production values. Dropped.

Flying Witch: A surreal SoL story which I like to follow along as a break from the more intense shows. Features dry humor and likeable cast. Bonus: mandrake.

Kiznaiver: Stylish animation and colorful cast is a plus but story ... is questionable? I hope they'll tone down the edgy scenes/dialogue since it's ruining my enjoyment a bit.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Great animation but MC feels very generic shounen who will save the world from itself or something. I never completed AoT but I have watched GC and welp, there goes my dreams.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 11:29 PM on May 12, 2016

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