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It’s about time to go over all of the shows I watched in the fall season. I actually quite liked this season. Plenty of shows were duds, but I felt like there was a lot of really entertaining shows to watch.
What I Liked
- Houseki no Kuni – This series was a pretty big surprise for me since I hadn’t heard of the manga before it aired. It had an interesting world, an entertaining main character with nice character growth, and fun side characters. Phos also has the best facial expressions. I enjoyed watching it every week.
- 3-gatsu no Lion S2 – My opinion on this series hasn’t really changed from the first season. It’s a great show to watch. The difference in Rei’s character from the first season is amazing.
- Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou – This series was a nice, relaxing series for the season, which was strange given the post-apocalyptic setting. Still, it was always fun to watch. In many ways, I felt like the series had many of the aspects I expected from Kino no Tabi, proposing interesting concepts while travelling the world.
- Mahoutsukai no Yome – I really like this series, but I felt like my reactions to it didn’t reflect that well because I came in knowing I would like it. I’m really happy that the series delivered on my expectations, though.
- Konohana Kitan – This series was the biggest surprise of the series because I mostly wrote it off as another fluff show. To be fair, it was a fluff show, but the stories were much more interesting than I was expecting them to be.
- Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – This season of Kekkai Sensen was much better than what I remember from the first season. It focused a lot on side characters who had legitimately fun stories, like Chain and KK. I’m starting to wonder if I was unfair on the first season.
- Net-juu no Susume – This series was pretty fun overall. There were a couple of things that bugged me, like Sakurai’s self-doubt phase and the lack of focus on side characters, but it was enjoyable to watch. To Sakurai’s credit, I thought he was much smarter than I would expect a romance lead to be.
- Shoukoku no Altair – This season felt a lot better than the first one because we were seeing a lot of the payoff from Mahmut’s travels. It was really cool to see how the relationships he had built throughout the series changed him and helped him out when he needed to fight.
- Blend S – Kind of a generic fluff show, but it was funny enough.
- Inuyashiki – My coverage of this series kinda goes into how I felt about this series. It was okay for the hype, but I didn’t feel like I was getting much out of it. The ending felt really cheap too.
- Juuni Taisen – This series always felt lacking, but it was still enjoyable to watch. It’s similar to Inuyashiki in that I didn’t feel like I got much out of it, but it didn’t feel as bad because the series felt like it was doing what it set out to do.
- Kino no Tabi – This series was very hit or miss. I really liked a couple of the episodes, but I’d say most of them were misses in my mind. That’s why it doesn’t get into the first section.
- Shokugeki no Soma S3 – Kinda more of the same. This season is in a bit of an awkward place because it had to end in the middle of the Central arc (which still isn’t over yet in the manga), so the ending wasn’t satisfying at all.
- Just Because – This series wasn’t bad as a romance series, but I never felt like it was doing anything special. In fact, I thought the ending relied a bit too much on everything working out, so I didn’t end up liking the final scene that much.
- Animegataris – This series was great for its anime references and its window into otaku mentality, but I think it lost itself a bit when it tried to create a cohesive story. The story felt out-of-place and forced overall. For example, why is there so much focus on shutting the anime club down?
- Love Live Sunshine S2 – Meh…kinda more of the same. Not that bad.
- Code:Realize: Sousei no Himegimi – I wanted to like this show, but it felt like my initial enthusiasm about the series dropped off as it went along. I felt like many of the episodes had glaringly faulty logic, which gave the impression that stuff just kinda worked out for the main characters. I also thought that the villains in this series were severely lacking. I will admit that the ending wasn’t bad, though, even if it also felt like it kinda worked out for the main characters.
- Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau – I was so happy with the opening of this series. It introduced an interesting world with a hidden secret, and then it hit a really jarring twist that shook everything apart. But once that initial shock had passed, the series just felt like it wasn’t doing anything. I thought the world as they kept adding more information became less interesting.
- Fate/Apocrypha – This season felt worse than the first season. It felt like the story just flew in a different direction after the mid-series finale and dragged on in a lot of places.
- Boku no Kanojo ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch na Ken – Meh…this series just didn’t feel that funny to me. Not sure what else to say about it.
- Himouto Umaru-chan S2 – I’m not sure why I jumped on board with the second season of this series. It just kinda happens.
- Dies Irae – I thought VN adaptations were normally bad, but I think this one takes it up to another level. The fights never looked like much, as though they were literally pulling visuals from the VN itself, and the art style looked strangely old. The pacing also seemed problematic, as the main character seemed to get stronger for no real reason every episode. That being said, I could see hints of what people might have liked from the original, so it didn’t feel totally hopeless.
- Ousama Game – This series is easily my least favorite of the season. I think I mentioned from episode 1 that the characters seemed strangely dumb, which turned out to be more true than I could have imagined at the time. They’re just frustrating to watch and their actions make no sense whatsoever. The series also strangely jumps between two different times like it doesn’t know which story it actually wants to tell.
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- Black Clover – This series didn’t feel like it was doing anything special as a shounen and there’s no way I can make it through 50 more episodes. The main character is also too annoying for that.
- Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou – After seeing how bland the first half of this series was, I didn’t really want to go through another full season of it, so I didn’t watch any of the episodes that aired in fall.
- Urahara – I stopped this series after episode 8 because it was getting too strange. I might end up completing the last four episodes later, but I’m not feeling particularly motivated at the moment. The colorful art doesn’t really appeal to me, and the story doesn’t feel like much. I don’t really like the characters either.