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Thoughts on new fall season shows [message #354149] Tue, 10 October 2017 13:04 Go to previous message
Chris Buckley is currently offline  Chris Buckley
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I've seen an episode of most of the new season shows I might be interested
in. Here's my quick reactions to them, in decreasing order of probability
I'll finish out the season watching each.

Shows I expect to watch all of:
_Children of the Whales - Kujira no Kora was Sajou nu Utau_: I hadn't
heard anything of this, but it looks very nice from the first episode.
A fantasy featuring a society which has split itself from the mainland
onto a whale/island in a sea of deserts (with most of the island population
not knowing the real story.) I like stories that make you think, and the
main conflict here is obviously a clash of philosophies.

_The Ancient Magus Bride - Mahoutsukai no Yome_: This is the most
anticipated show of the season (based on the manga and OVA's released
several months ago). It should be quite good, a quieter character
oriented show (which I also like), with a well thought out world with
elements that are purposefully both positive and negative (like fairies).

_Fireball Humorous_: A series of shorts (Dave says there's only 3? Boo!)
about a very quirky female robot girl. I enjoyed the earlier series of
her a few years ago - this is a prequel series.

_Just Because_: A high school slice of life that is very character oriented.
The first episode shows that a lot of thought has been put into it.

Shows I'll watch more of, but may drop:

_Net-juu no Sosume_: Main character is a 30-year old female NEET, playing
a male character on-line, meeting a cute female character on-line (being
played by a real-life male). Might be good as a nice, quiet, enjoyable
series, but won't be deep.

_Kino no Tabi_: Looks like a well-done sequel to the 2003 _Kino's Journey_.
I think I'll have the same reaction as to the original - good, with occasional
excellent episodes, but I'm more interested in novels than short stories, and
this is very much a short story series.

_Kekkai Sensen & Beyond_: another sequel series from a year or two ago: I
liked it, but have started and never finished rewatching it twice!

_Houseku no Kuni_: A different original world, with the main characters
being (breakable, and mendable) jewels, in conflict with invaders who
value them only as jewels. Reasonable, but could be good or could be bad.

_Juuni Taisen_: Another conflict to the death among a dozen characters
with various powers. The first episode was interesting primarily because
the main character was so unlikable. We'll have to see where it goes from

_Hozuki no Reitetsu_: A comedy sequel that I like individual pieces of, but
for my tastes would be much better as a series of shorts. (That's my
reaction to most comedies - may be good in small doses, but not in longer
pieces without something else to be thinking about.)

_Blend S_: A comedy cute girl series which has the girl waitresses all playing
roles opposite to what they are really (eg, a shy, apologetic girl being a
sadistic waitress). A nice setup for interesting issues, but I doubt the
director will go that way, so I expect to be dropping it.

Shows I've already dropped:

_Imouto sae Ireba Ii_: A over the top sis-con that exhibited some more
serious possibilities at the end of the first episode. I may keep tabs
on it to see what will dominate.

_Shoujo_shuumatsu Ryouka_: two girls in a post-apocalyptic world. The
setup as described in the first episode has too many holes in it - I
kept on thinking "that would never happen". Again, I could see checking
in on the show's reviews later to see if they supplied a different
background, but I'm not optimistic.

_Love is Like a Cocktail - Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte Kara_: an adult
social drinking series that looks pleasant, but nothing for me there.

_Amias Aite was Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji_: a series of shorts about
a relationship between a female teacher and male student. Unbelievable
and a bit unpleasant.

_Ousama Game - King's Game_: a horror series with loads of violence for
the sake of violence.
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