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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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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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