I’ve finally seen at least the first episode of everything I was planning on watching (plus a couple extra). So, how do they hold up to my expectations?
I don’t know why, but I tend to use Fall instead of Autumn whenever I’m referring to anime seasons. Maybe it’s just the influence of the internet…
For the sake of listing everything I’m watching in one place (so I can make a timetable), here’s a list of all the anime I interested in this season, grouped based on my eagerness to watch them. I also tried to put my reasons for adding them to my watch list (if I could even remember) but…just see for yourself.
Getting back into seasonal anime after a year’s absences was harder than I thought, although I’ve already spoken about that in another post, which also lists the anime I watched this season.
The list from a few weeks ago hasn’t really changed since then, apart from the removal of Chronos Rulers (I didn’t drop it, I just never caught up) and the addition of a couple more:
To investigate unpopular anime, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting and you can see my post from last week here.
This week, we’ll be looking at Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls…
Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls is a series of 12 8-minute-long episodes that (surprisingly) aired on Tokyo MX and Sun TV during Summer 2016 and was even licensed by Crunchyroll. It’s a story about three ordinary high school girls that become magical girls/idols to fight monsters serving the evil Ice Queen.
Where, oh where, do I start?
We’re always hearing about the hottest new shows like Boruto and Classroom of the Elite and the (debatably) worst things ever created like the recent Death Note film, but we rarely stop to examine unpopular things. I’m not talking about shows that aren’t good enough to be entertaining or aren’t bad enough to be funny but shows that are genuinely just never spoken about for some reason or other. To investigate, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting.
PES: Peace Eco Smile is a series of 7 shorts by Studio 4°C in collaboration with Toyota about Pes, an alien who comes to Earth and falls in love with a girl called ‘Kurumi’ (which is suspiciously similar to ‘kuruma’, the word for car). While on Earth, he and some weird alien things that aren’t properly explained become extremely interested in the ‘automobiles’ on the planet, particularly Toyotas.
I’ve always prefered watching anime dubbed in English, over subbed, but as I began catching up with newer and newer releases, dubs for the shows I was watching eventually became harder and harder to find (although they have dubs now, Maid Sama and Skip Beat! weren’t exactly the hottest new things to watch in 2010…).
On top of that, the (arguably) higher quality of the Japanese dubbing and my (still limited) knowledge of the Japanese language made me much more picky as to what was acceptable, name pronunciations being the most common gripes. Eventually, I just stopped watching dubbed anime almost all together with very few exceptions.
I admit that Death Note means a lot to me and I won’t lie that my inner fangirl hasn’t clouded my viewing experience. Regardless, it’s still undoubtedly a terrible film, even without comparing it to the original work.
What’s most annoying for me is that the first 20 minutes actually showed promise. I was genuinely thinking to myself “Wow, this might actually be an okay film.” I mean, that scene where Ryuk was shown for the first time was pretty fun to watch but then Light shows Mia the Death Note and all redeeming features disappear along with my hopes that I wouldn’t be wasting my afternoon.
There are so many complaints I have with this sorry excuse of a movie, but let’s start with the elephant in the room: who thought that a psychological thriller that makes you question the true meaning of good and evil would do well adapted into a poorly thought out romance with a touch of gore for added shock value?