Fall Anime 2016: Wrap-up
It didn’t take long before I realised I picked up way too many shows than I had time for. Which is why I won’t attempt to follow the next season, or any other seasons probably. I leave that to the pros. (What I will be doing, is continuing to write reviews of the anime I watch, as well as more in-depth breakdowns of narrative structure – I am a writer after all).
I honestly enjoyed a lot of the anime I checked out at the start of this season, but I struggled to keep up with them on a regular basis. In the end there were two shows I followed to the end, and that was mostly by accident. I tried to be ruthless, and had to drop over half as well. The rest wound up in my to-watch list.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been watching this season, and my current thoughts on them (with some new additions).
Episodes seen: 2
I could not get over the art style and character designs. Even for sports anime, this looks awful. The writing is bad and the characters are cringeworthy.
Episodes seen: 1 and a half
Nothing wrong with a nonsensical show, but this just didn’t grab me. There’s barely a story and I couldn’t see the point of it.
Episodes seen: 1
Dumb designs and dumb story.
Fune wo Amu
Episodes seen: 4
This anime is so cute! Definitely best OP of the season. It’s refreshing to see some adult characters for once, and everything here is of such high quality. Can you believe they threw so much money at a show about making dictionaries? It looks great, sounds great, feels great, everything is just so nice. The only problem I have so far is that the characters are a bit too much at times, mainly the main guy who’s obsessed with words, but I guess I’ll see where they take it. Absolutely recommended.
The only anime I followed religiously. I liked it. It was nicely paced and Hinata had some great moments. A bit predictable and the final episode didn’t quite hit home like, say, the end of season 1. I also missed more development for Kageyama, but hey, they could only fit so much into ten episodes.
Episodes seen: 3
I really liked this one at first glance, it’s absurd but in a funny way. However, it didn’t take long before I realise this reverse harem might be just another soulless fujoshi grab.
Episodes seen: 2
I definitely want to see more of this. Yuki Kaji impressed me as usual and yes there are some problems in the narrative and design, but I have every intention of getting back to it some day.
Scorching Ping Pong Girls
Episodes seen: 1
Can’t be bothered.
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda
Episodes seen: 5
This anime has actually made way for some interesting discussions about rape culture, which a few weeks ago I hadn’t even considered. It’s a very silly premise, but I’ve enjoyed it so far, more than I did the manga. This story somehow came alive on screen rather than paper, and I’m likely to finish it pretty soon.
Yuri!! on ICE
I honestly never expected YoI to be what it is. And when it became that, I kind of just jumped on the bandwagon and went with it. I adore figure skating, and I adore gay romances, and I adore Yuri on Ice. But I’m not quite there with the rest of the fangirls. It is a good show, in fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s simply too good to be true. However, now it exists, someone went there and gave us a real story about real people in real love, and hopefully this will serve as a game-changer for the future.
Overall, while there were some good shows this has been a very underwhelming season for me. Or perhaps I’m just bad at picking out the anime I actually like. Either way, I won’t be doing this again for a while. I’ll be working on editorials from now on and hopefully be back with a big post about Free! in the new year. Wish you all a good time until then!