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Wrapping up the spring season with part 2 of my (shorter) reviews! In part 1, I covered Uchouten Kazoku 2, Anonymous Noise, and Tsuki ga Kirei, which were fantastic if unfocused, forgettable with some good moments, and surprisingly beautiful in turn. This time I’ll be looking at arguably the two biggest series of the season, one of which had started in the winter – Little Witch Academia and Attack on Titan 2.

These will be a little longer than last time as there’s more to talk about – especially in Attack on Titan 2’s case – but they still don’t come anywhere close to my 3000+ word review of the original Attack on Titan!

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I’m trying a new review format out! Instead of lengthy, analytical essays I’ve decided to go for something hopefully more concise and to the point. Honestly, the long ones were wearing down on me, becoming some massive obligation in my head that took too long and stressed me out – especially when I only really wanted to convey a couple of points or a few feelings about a series. So now I’m just getting to the point! I’m worrying less about justifying everything I write and instead just capturing the core of my perspective.

So let’s get started! In this first post for the spring 2017 season, I’m looking at Uchouten Kazoku 2, Anonymous Noise and Tsuki ga Kirei.

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OK, I lied.

I said winter season reviews would come out, and then they didn’t. I would say blame Persona 5 (a perfectly valid target) but there’s more to it than that.

I simply don’t have the time, energy and enthusiasm for the long-form reviews that I used to. And I worry they’re getting formulaic or whatnot. So for spring, I’m going to be trying something slightly different: I’ll be creating posts collating 3 or 4 (depending on season size and how much there is to say) concise reviews in them, instead of the detailed analyses I have been doing. Because I do still want to share my thoughts on feelings on what I’ve watched, but not 1500+ words worth at a time. Hopefully the reviews will come out more focused and to the point too!

So we’ll see how that goes. In the meantime, here’s what I’ll be picking up for the summer, which has actually already started even if I haven’t watched anything yet!

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Why doesn’t anichart.net have the graph exporter anymore?

  • 18if
  • Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
  • Ballroom e Youkoso
  • Centaur no Nayami
  • Clione no Akari
  • Dive!!
  • Isekai Shokudou
  • Kakegurui
  • Konbini Kareshi
  • Made in Abyss
  • Nana Maru San Batsu
  • New Game!!
  • Owarimonogatari (ge)
  • Princess Principal
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ
  • Shoukoku no Altair
  • The Reflection Wave One
  • Vatican Kiseki Chousakan
  • Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou

And of course, thoughts:

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So I am working on reviews from last season, but it’s very on-off, not helped by varying distractions (Dark Souls 3 DLC, card games, Persona 5 soon enough, etc.). It was a good season though! Rakugo S2, Gabriel DropOut, Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, the end of 3-gatsu no Lion (S2 hype!), and the starts of Little Witch Academia and KiraKira Precure A La Mode!

This season has actually already started, so I’m a bit late to the party on this (it snuck on me – technically speaking, the winter season hasn’t finished yet!), but aside from the first episodes of arguably the 2 biggest shows of the season there’s nothing much to talk about. Something tells me that this will be a season with few real surprises, mostly because the most anticipated shows are sequels and thus represent a somewhat known quantity.

And on that note, here’s what I’m picking up:

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Chart courtesy of anichart.net

  • Alice to Zouroku
  • My Hero Academia 2
  • Clockwork Planet
  • Fukumenkei Noise
  • Hinako Note
  • Natsume Yuujinchou Roku
  • Sagrada Reset
  • Sakura Quest
  • Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul
  • Attack on Titan 2
  • Tsuki ga Kirei
  • Twin Angel Break
  • Eccentric Family 2
  • Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho

And a few thoughts:

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Urara Meirochou

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I’ve mentioned before in other reviews, but for a cute-girls-doing-cute-things anime to stand out in this day and age it needs to do one of two things: be absolutely excellent, or have some kind of novel hook. Urara Meirochou goes surprisingly hard on the latter, giving up the cliché school setting for something far more fantastical and whimsical.

In the gigantic and confusing Labyrinth Town, fortune tellers drive the economy and culture. No matter what style of divination you seek, you will be able to find it and more. These fortune tellers – called urara, and all women – borrow the powers of the town’s gods to help their clients, but if they break their ultimate taboo and attempt to divine the nature of those same gods then they will lose their powers.

Four fifteen year old girls receive letters of invitation to start training as urara at the Natsume-ya teashop, one of whom – Chiya – sees in this an opportunity to finally find her mother.

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Thank fuck it’s finally 2017. Jeez, 2016 just couldn’t end soon enough. Thankfully, there was some good anime and if I’m honest it’s looking like there’s some good anime again!

Between Yuri!!! on Ice, Flip Flappers and Hibike! Euphonium 2 the autumn 2016 season is a tough act to follow. All three of those series ended up amongst my absolute favourites of the year, there were more series that were also great, and to be honest I’m only optimistic about two upcoming series. Most everything I’m picking up is ‘fluff’ – series I’m not expecting to be great but might be fun and surprise me, assuming they’re good enough to warrant continuing beyond an episode or two. That doesn’t bode well, but hey – the two series I’m optimistic for look set to be great!

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Chart courtesy of anichart.net, although I had to stitch it together from screenshots as their image server has been down forever?

So here’s what I’m picking up:

  • ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
  • Chaos;Child
  • Fuuka
  • Gabriel DropOut
  • Kirakira☆Precure A La Mode
  • Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon
  • Kuzu no Honkai
  • Little Witch Academia
  • Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-Bu
  • Onihei
  • Rewrite S2
  • Seiren
  • Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
  • Urara Meirochou
  • Youjo Senki
  • Yowamushi Pedal: NEW GENERATION

And, as always, my preliminary thoughts:

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