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  • [Spring 2018] Currently Watching (Spring 2018 Edition)

    Widgets Magazine
    Temperatures are rising as the cold days of winter are behind us and won't be back for awhile. And with that, it's onto the spring season where everything begins in Japan. As such, it's time for a new one of these threads to discuss what you are watching.

    The link to the Winter 2018 Edition
    Spring 2018 Anime Chart
    Spring 2018 Anime Lineup Thread

    Note
    - Change the title of your post to reflect the contents.
    - Do not use the Reply to Thread button; instead, click quote on the post you wish to reply to, or on this post if you're starting a new subthread.
    - Edit down the quoted section to the relevant bits, nobody needs to read someone's epic list of watched stuff twice.
    - Be nice to one another.
    - Please discuss only what you are watching this season in this thread. Stuff watched during other seasons should be discussed in their respective threads.

    Also, I'd like to add the following. The Currently Watching Thread is mainly meant for a general overview of how you're currently feeling about shows. It is not supposed to be a replacement for actual discussion threads. Try to keep heavier discussion (if possible) in the more specific discussion threads.

    In addition, try to be careful of spoilers here. It's one thing if it's properly tagged and such. However, I don't want people to have to worry about someone randomly posting "Wow, X died in episode 17 of Y". Just a randomly made up example, but you get the idea.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
    Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
    Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

  • #2
    Simulcast Interest Levels for Spring 2018

    To start things off, I do an assessment of my interest level for each show this season, and I also use this post to indicate what the three-letter codes are going to be for each show this season as I will list everything I watch this season for simulcasts using them in my sig. Once again, I have a five-tier system using NFL injury report terminology as tier names. Once again, here are what the tiers mean:
    • IN: It's on the watchlist no matter what. This mostly applies to continuing shows and sequels.
    • PROBABLE: I'm checking out, and it has a very good chance of making the cut. I have dropped shows in this category in the past, so it's not automatic.
    • QUESTIONABLE: I'm checking out, and impressions will dictate its fate. Pretty much, it's for shows I have moderate interest in at the beginning.
    • DOUBTFUL: I may or may not check it out, and if I do, it must really impress me in order to make the cut.
    • OUT: I'm not bothering with it at all.
    So it's onto assessment. One of the reasons I don't do this before the season anymore is because of the fact that shows are in many different places. And in particular, if a show ends up with Netflix, it automatically goes into Doubtful or Out since it's not legally available (I will make an exception for a few shows, but for the most part I'm not willing to go to illegal sites to watch them). In particular, Hisone and Masotan is the biggest remaining question mark since it's Netflix exclusive, but only in Japan so far which isn't a guarantee anymore that it's also that way worldwide after Sentai snapped up Doreiku. Anyway, onto my assessment.

    IN
    [CCS-C] Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc (continuing)
    [DFX] Darling in the FranXX (continuing)
    [SOM-3] Food Wars! The Third Plate (continuing)
    [RGW] Record of Grancrest War (continuing)
    [AMC-2] Amanchu! Advance
    [FMP-IV] Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory
    [WIX-L2] Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
    [MHA-3] My Hero Academia season 3
    [STG-0] Steins;Gate 0
    [TGL-R] Tokyo Ghoul:re
    [NBS-3] Ninja Girl and Samurai Master season 3 (short)

    PROBABLE
    [CLG] Caligula
    [GKY] Golden Kamuy
    [HMR] Hinamatsuri
    [LGH-N] Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
    [SAO-G] Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
    [WOK] Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
    [IIZ] Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World (short)

    QUESTIONABLE
    [CMG] Comic Girls
    [CTH-U] Cutie Honey Universe
    [DTD] Dances with the Dragons
    [DLN] Devil's Line
    [D23] Doreiku
    [LPD] Last Period
    [LNA] Libra of Nil Admirari
    [MGO] Magical Girl Ore
    [MGS] Magical Girl Site
    [MGX] Megalo Box
    [MSG-BD] Mobile Suit Gundam: Build Divers
    [TDK] Tada Never Falls in Love
    [UMA] Umamusume: Pretty Derby
    [AKJ] Akkun and His Girlfriend (short)
    [AOA] Alice or Alice (short)
    [LLA] Love to Lie Angle (short)
    [LSP] LadySpo (short)
    [FKJ] Railroad Crossing Time (short)
    [TIM] Space Battleship Tiramisu (short)
    [WOS] Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! (short)
    [YGY] You Don't Know Gunma Yet (short)

    DOUBTFUL
    [BUT] Butlers
    [CTS] Captain Tsubasa
    [CFD] Creatures Family Days
    [FNS-R] Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis
    [GEK] Gegege no Kitaro
    [GZN] Gurazeni
    [DXD-4] High School DxD Hero
    [HMT] Hisone and Masotan
    [LAY] Layton Mystery Tanteisha
    [KYM] Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits
    [MAJ-2] Major 2nd
    [PER-5] Persona 5
    [PIM] Piano's Forest
    [3DK] Real Girl
    [RYB] Rokuhodo Yotsuiro Biyori
    [JPD] Unit Pandora

    OUT
    Aikatsu! Friends
    Amai Choubatsu
    Beyblade Burst Chouzetsu
    Chi's Sweet Travels
    Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss!
    Duel Masters!
    Hozuki's Coolheadedness II Part 2
    Inazuma Eleven: Balance of Ares
    Kiratto Pri-chan
    Lupin III Part V
    Matthew the Rabbit
    Neko Neko Nihonshi
    Oretacha Youkai Ningen G
    Puzzle and Dragon
    Shounen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan season 3
    To Be Heroing
    Washimo 6th Season
    Yokai Watch: Shadow Side

    It's a pretty crowded slate with 10 slots already spoken for, and six more taken up should I go forward with all of the shows in the second tier. So for this season and moving forward, I decided to up my slate to 20 shows after keeping it at 18 for a long time, and with up to two more added should I have a hard time making a decision. Seeing that more shows are coming out than ever that I decided to make the increase permanent (though that doesn't mean I'll necessarily use it every season), and now I have up to 22 slots available for standard-length shows. So that means I will pick 4-6 shows from the 13 middle tier shows to join the watchlist, plus shorts that are evaluated against each other and I'll take up to 30 minutes worth of them per week.
    Last edited by Buckeye; 04-12-2018, 11:08 PM.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
    Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
    Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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    • #3
      I am still finalizing my watch list for this very strong looking season. In addition to 3 carryovers (Darling in the Franxx, Record of Grancrest War and Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card), I am adding 14 new shows: Steins;Gate, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, My Hero Academia 3, Tada Never Falls in Love, Amanchu! Advance, Lupin III, Part V, Doreiku, Tokyo Ghoul:re, Hinamatsuri, SAO: Gun Gale Online, Food Wars: The Third Plate, Cutie Honey Universe, Megalobox and Pretty Derby.
      Last edited by angelmcazares; 04-16-2018, 10:08 AM.

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      • #4
        So I don't really do these posts anymore, and I've gone from watching at least one episode of everything to only watching what I'm sure I'll like or have a lot invested in, but the significance of Spring 2018 is enough to warrant a post for the things I did watch.

        I've watched every episode of everything I haven't dropped and the first episode of everything I have unless otherwise noted. For those who read the regular discussion threads as well as the posts in these threads, note that I may be reusing some of my posts from those that I feel express my thoughts on a series well enough that there's no reason for me to make a point of saying something completely different.



        New For Spring 2018:

        01. Steins;Gate 0 (A+) Spring 2018 could alternatively be called "Steins;Gate 0 and pals" because of how far Steins;Gate 0 is above everything else. This isn't a surprise; on the contrary, it was the expectation, and it would've been horribly disappointing if the situation had turned out any other way. Steins;Gate has been my second favorite anime since I started defining my absolute favorites, and with everything below it frequently shuffling around and the only thing above it (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) certainly not getting any new material, there is possibly nothing that could elicit greater hype from me than a brand-new Steins;Gate series. Okay, maybe a new Berserk adaptation could've come close, but let's not talk about how that turned out. With the original series undeniably and universally successful and acclaimed, it's no surprise that the production made no intention of straying from the path established seven years ago, but it was still a relief from the potential fear of this project going awry. Nothing was set in stone until it finally premiered last Wednesday, though, and thankfully, I can now confidently say that all is right with the world. This is indeed the Steins;Gate I first watched and fell in love with seven years ago, just a different world line essential to its conclusion. The most captivating element of the series so far is how much Okabe has changed since failing at the one thing that was most important to him, and the poignant depiction of trauma adds another layer of depth to the already rich character that spent the original series going through hell and proving himself to be infinitely more than the lovable chuunibyou that there's no trace of within the emotionally scarred protagonist we begin this followup with. But everyone else is back with all the characteristics that make them each so unique and great, as well as some sincere concern for the current state of their friend. New characters are already proving intriguing additions to the cast, and the twist that the premiere builds up to sets the stage for a world of exciting new possibility. The possibly unmatched seiyuu cast is as stellar as ever, with Miyano in particular excelling as he always has in a role that runs an extraordinary gamut of characterization. It could all fall apart, but at this point, it looks like the worst I'm going to get is merely spectacular, rather than the absolute masterpiece that its predecessor was. Not a bad range of options to be picking from.
        02. Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen (A-) The previous season changed the stakes in a major way, giving the series as a whole a fresh intensity beyond the already rather over-the-top school challenges that had been established at the very beginning. This season is continuing the trend in a promising way, paying particular attention to Erina's position in the series and growing her character so much that even those who had frowned upon her arrogance early on have to admit that she has become one of the most well-written and likable characters the series has ever had. And yes, the formulas we know and love are still there, so we still get the same climactic (in every sense) catharses and delicious food porn (in every sense).
        03. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (A-) Starting new seasons with recap episodes definitely dampens the enthusiasm out of the gate, but once we get to legitimate new material, it's pretty easy to see that everything is still on track. The second season had already surpassed all expectations set by its merely good predecessor and become one of the greats of its kind by its halfway point, only progressing even further in the second cour, so this season has a lot to live up to. It's hard to know how an arc will turn out from these very early stages; a training camp doesn't sound like the most fertile soil for masterful material, but neither did a sports festival, tournament, or internship, so I'm still very hopeful that this will turn into something amazing as well. Like the previous season, this one is another two cours, so as long as the source material, pacing, and production values are anywhere near as solid, we're in for another great run.
        04. Megalo Box (B+) I have no relationship with Ashita no Joe beyond references in many other properties over the decades. Fortunately, that's not necessary, as this isn't a sequel or a reboot, but rather an original story that functions as something of a re-imagining of the classic Joe story by following the same story beats with a new cast of characters and new concepts. Hajime no Ippo is my favorite sports anime, which could either be very good or very bad for other boxing anime trying to cut it. So far, Megalo Box is thoroughly impressing me for not only some of the same reasons as many of my favorite sports anime but also its original ideas that set it apart from a standard sports story and its richly developed and well-executed aesthetic. The one huge drawback is that, perhaps in a ridiculous attempt to appear older or something, the studio is literally downscaling the series to the point that it never even looks like you're watching something in HD. That gorgeous visual style that the series has presented is partially wasted by the potential for crispness we've grown to expect being thrown out in favor of a soft picture with blurry, dull lines. Even with that caveat, this is already shaping up to be an excellent series that could become one of my favorites of the genre, especially if we get some Blu-rays that look better than DVDs.
        05. Tokyo Ghoul:re (B) It's hard for me to just lose myself in the story of Tokyo Ghoul:re when I'm too busy constantly wondering how they can adapt a sequel to a series that had only a fraction adapted before the anime came up with the second half completely independently (oh, and it kinda sucked). Obviously it's a hard sequel, with some time between them, a primarily new cast, and a "new" protagonist who doesn't remember who he used to be, but eventually they'll have to tie it all together, and I don't see how that's going to work. Despite that, it's still an enjoyable enough return to the world of Tokyo Ghoul so far, and I sure hope I can be confident in it being a hell of a lot better than Root A.
        06. Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (B) This season is so packed with returning series that even Full Metal Panic! was dug out of the vaults for the first time in well over a decade. It picks up right where the last season left off, but of course the great disappointment is that it's in the hands of Xebec instead of KyoAni. I wouldn't have had any hopes for KyoAni if not for them putting the same team behind the related Amagi Brilliant Park just two years before the announcement of this new season, but while Xebec's production values are still a lot more promising than those of early 2002 Gonzo, it's rather disheartening to watch a series that arguably looked better fifteen years prior, with the same animation style and technology. Nonetheless, I like Full Metal Panic! and I think this series will be a fine continuation of the story that I haven't seen any progress for in ages, even if it doesn't end up being as gorgeous or expertly directed as it could've been.
        07. Lupin the Third: Part 5 (B) On the other hand, it took over thirty years to get from Part 3 to Part 4 of Lupin, but only two for the next installment. In fact, it probably shouldn't even be considered Part 5, because Lupin is still wearing the same color jacket as last time! This is definitely a new kind of Lupin, though; its gimmick is finally bringing the series to France and exploring the connection with the original Arsene Lupin after the better part of a century, but it is perhaps more notable for introducing technology of the cutting-edge present, and perhaps a bit into the future, into the story for a very different experience. The visuals aren't quite as striking as the past several major installments of the franchise, but it still looks plenty good, and there's enough else to make up for it.
        08. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (B) A simple otaku sitcom, basically, but it's always nice to have working adults as the characters, seemingly all of them in this case, and of course I have a soft spot for stories of otaku, especially when there's a strong sense of camaraderie between them and a positive message about accepting and encouraging people's passions. If the romance is believable and cute, all the better. With fairly solid production values, it's a worthy inclusion for the season all-around, if nothing too special.
        09. Hinamatsuri (B) Although the story may not have the most originality or depth, Hinamatsuri is showing signs of being a very successful comedy. It's all about timing, and more often than not, this series actually nails that pretty well. The characters aren't intensely complex, but they each serve their respective role in a likable and entertaining manner. Hina is an amusing and endearing kind of deadpan, all-powerful character and Nitta is an endearing yakuza with a heart of gold who manages to be half punching bag and half strong father figure... most of the the time. The second episode introduces some more fun additions to the cast and the implication that the real plot, which could be very dark but probably won't be, is always right around the corner but will likely stay there until the last few episodes.
        10. Persona 5 the Animation (B-) Probably more surprising than Ashita no Joe at this point, I also have no experience with Persona or any related franchises whatsoever. This is clearly made to be accessible to people in my position, and I do find it intriguing and well-produced. It's a little bizarre in a way that may not be charming me quite like it does for people actually in the thick of it via the games, but hopefully it can start to come into its own as a compelling story, and not just through Exposition Mascot.
        11. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou (C+) On the opposite end of the spectrum from Steins;Gate 0 is the reboot of my fourth favorite anime of all time, this one thirty years old. Remember what I said about Full Metal Panic! looking worse than it did fifteen years ago despite using the same technology? Well I can't expect a series with 2018 digital animation to look remotely similar to one with 1988 cel animation on film, but that doesn't mean I didn't wish this looked a little better, or a little more like it respected its roots. Other, much older franchises like Yamato and Gundam are recapturing their classic aesthetics with polished, modern styles beautifully, so to see these beloved characters reduced to Kuroko no Basket clones piloting CG machines is unfortunate. And I love Kuroko no Basket, but that's not what I want from charismatic space military men. The music is fine, but the lack of any classical music makes the battles a lot less powerful than they were originally. This cast can never replace the classic cast of the original, but it's a solid second offering, with Miyano leading yet another of my favorites, and doing it as well as I could hope for. I don't particularly like the choices in direction or episode structure so far, but it's starting to show some progress, so hopefully it will at least end up with a grade that I'd normally keep on my slate. The only reason this gets to break the rules is that I do have so much invested in it, and it's not nearly at Berserk levels of disappointment.

        Dropped:

        12. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (C+) I already feel like I should give up on Sword Art Online proper at some point, so it's pretty easy to drop a series with absolutely no bearing on the main story, far inferior animation and music, and a focus on just playing the game I was perhaps least interested in, with no hint of a real plot as of the first episode.



        Everything I'm Watching:

        Here's everything, including everything listed above. This is here to show the overall ranking (and movement for end-of-season posts) of everything in relation to everything else.

        01. Steins;Gate 0 (A+)
        02. Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen (A-)
        03. One Piece (A-)
        04. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (A-)
        05. Megalo Box (B+)
        06. Detective Conan (B+)
        07. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen (B+)
        08. Tokyo Ghoul:re (B)
        09. Darling in the FranXX (B)
        10. Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (B)
        11. Lupin the Third: Part 5 (B)
        12. Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line (B)
        13. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (B)
        14. Hinamatsuri (B)
        15. Persona 5 the Animation (B-)
        16. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou (C+)

        Dropped:

        17. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (C+)

        Weekly Schedule:

        Sunday (1): Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen
        Monday (1): Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line
        Tuesday (3): Tokyo Ghoul:re, Lupin the Third: Part 5, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou
        Wednesday (1): Steins;Gate 0
        Thursday (2): Megalo Box, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
        Friday (2): Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, Hinamatsuri
        Saturday (6): One Piece, Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season, Detective Conan, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen, Darling in the FranXX, Persona 5 the Animation
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        • #5
          Buckeye's Spring 2018 Anime Viewership Plan

          Alright, this is way late as my first post-simulcast report is already due and not even this viewership post is up. I got sidetracked, plus winter season ended much later than usual with a binge watch of Violet Evergarden to officially mark the end of the Winter season for me (it appears on the Winter 2018 thread and not here despite being watched during the first week of April as the show ended on the first Wednesday of April.

          Anyway, time I outline my season viewership plan, and I have quite a large backload of BDs to watch, but with nothing imminent on Netflix that I don't plan to subscribe until the summer. And now that Bingefest 2018 is over, it's back to resuming the long series and other stuff that I generally set aside. Once again, this list is only tentative as not only will I not get to everything on the list, but there will be some shows not on this list that I'll be watching as well.

          ^ indicates shows being rewatched

          From the Beginning
          ^Chihayafuru
          ^Flip Flappers
          ^Himouto! Umaru-chan
          ^Interviews with Monster Girls
          ^Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
          ^Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions
          ^My Hero Academia season 2
          ^Tales of Zestiria the X
          ^The Perfect Insider
          ^Re:Zero
          Den-noh Coil
          Future Card Buddyfight X
          Gintama
          Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Egypt Arc
          Persona 4 the Animation
          Rurouni Kenshin (from episode 63)

          Continuing Shows
          ^Chihayafuru (from episode 16)
          ^Seraph of the End (from episode 13)
          Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (from episode 47)
          Fate/Apocrypha (from episode 13)
          Hunter x Hunter 2011 (from episode 81)
          Naruto Shippuden (from episode 191)
          Pokemon: Sun and Moon (from episode 44)

          First up, I finished watching Fate/Apocrypha as I binged through it during the last two days of my now-expired Netflix subscription.
          MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
          Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
          Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GingaDaiuchuu View Post
            So I don't really do these posts anymore, and I've gone from watching at least one episode of everything to only watching what I'm sure I'll like or have a lot invested in, but the significance of Spring 2018 is enough to warrant a post for the things I did watch.
            Well, even if you don't really do these posts, at the very least you can just do the list part. Speaking of which, I am wondering if you plan on doing your final reviews for the Winter 2018 season or not (and I'm under the impression that you are waiting to get the chance to watch Violet Evergarden before you do it). If not, at least consider doing only the list.
            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
            Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
            Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
              Well, even if you don't really do these posts, at the very least you can just do the list part. Speaking of which, I am wondering if you plan on doing your final reviews for the Winter 2018 season or not (and I'm under the impression that you are waiting to get the chance to watch Violet Evergarden before you do it). If not, at least consider doing only the list.
              I can certainly do the lists at the beginning and end of every season. I assumed nobody really looked at them at this point, but if you do, the grades and rankings are easy enough to put together. I didn't even do a first post for Winter 2018, or a final one for Fall 2017. I haven't gotten around to Violet Evergarden yet; it's hard to slot those Netflix shows in with my usual one-episode-a-week simulcast schedule. Hopefully I'll get around to it eventually. Unfortunately, my excitement for it now is less than at the beginning of the year.
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              • #8
                Post-simulcast Report: April 1-15

                Here is the first post-simulcast report of the season, and seeing how it took overtime to finish up the winter season that I'm just now getting to my spring reviews. First this, and my first impressions that I hope to have written by tomorrow.

                * indicates simulcast completed
                ^ indicates rewatched show

                Completed

                *Overlord II: B+

                *Mitchiri Neko: C-

                *Violet Evergarden: A


                Fate/Apocrypha (13-25): C+
                While this show had some great things going for it, the execution was just off the mark. It has interesting characters, a curious setup of having two sets of servants battling it out for the Holy Grail, and the animation is pretty solid as while A-1 is a far cry from Ufotable, they are reliable. This show does a nice job in drawing viewers who are into the Fate series very nicely with all that other stuff. That said, this show has some serious issues with the biggest problem being the way the story was directed as things are just happening without sufficient buildup or explanations. It's a show where personal agendas get in the way, but what the other Fate series do so well is to make the viewers feel for such characters, which is totally lacking in this series as they end up being shallow characters that drags the story down, and in turn make a number of characters cringeworthyly unlikable. And also, the story in the second half just felt rushed. This show could have been great with better direction and more episodes, but it had to make do, which really doesn't really do it at all.

                ^Himouto! Umaru-chan (1-12, S shorts 1-12): B
                This show has some great comedy and fun characters to make for a fun time to watch. This show has a few issues in that the jokes tend to get stale and repetitive, all while it lacks a story and there's no character growth whatsoever when there should have been at least a little bit of it. In all, this show is all about having fun and relaxing, and this show does a great job at that.

                Ongoing

                [DCL] Den-noh Coil (1-5)
                [DBZ-K2] Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (47-56)
                [FCB-4] Future Card Buddyfight X (1-3)
                [GIN] Gintama (1-7)
                [HXH] Hunter x Hunter (81-82)
                [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (191-193)
                [PKM-SM] Pokemon Sun and Moon (36-45)
                MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                • #9
                  Spring 2018 First Impressions

                  Alright, I said a week ago that I would get my first impressions out, but of course I have had a lot on my plate lately, as well as the NFL Draft taking most of my attention this week. So, I took the time to finally get this out ahead of my first leader board. Once again, It's grouped into three categories based on football terminology that metaphorically represents how close it is to securing a spot on my watch list, though at this time most of the decisions have already been made. This is based on where I stand after last Friday as that's what this was supposed to be posted. Red Zone means I have pretty much decided it will be on the watchlist and barring an epic collapse, it has locked its place, while Midfield means no strong indication one way or the other, and Own 20 means I have pretty much decided to drop it, and if I haven't, it will have to really turn around quickly in the episodes remaining in its trial period to convince me to watch it.

                  Anyway, onto impressions. While continuing shows will be listed, no impressions are given since after all, these are first impressions, which the shows had a season ago or more. Sequels (save for the split cour stuff) will, on the other hand.

                  RED ZONE
                  Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card - Continuing from winter.
                  Darling in the FranXX - Continuing from winter.
                  Record of Grancrest War - Continuing from winter.
                  Food Wars! The Third Plate - Continuing from fall.
                  Amanchu! Advance - More of the same great stuff as the first season with the atmosphere being the best thing about this show.
                  Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory - Things got pretty serious right away leading to some great action and intense storytelling. The animation is a step down as expected seeing that KyoAni is in a whole different universe, but it's fitting for a mecha show.
                  Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS - This show continues to be all about the drama and intrigue, and so far it is doing a much better job at that than in Incited, but still not as well done as it is in the Selector series. I'm not too fond on the choice of MC, but the return of the Selector characters makes it much more interesting.
                  My Hero Academia season 3 - This show continues to hit in high gear with a great story, memorable characters, and spectacular action. It's great that it doesn't skip a beat by including a recap episode told from the swimming pool to get the potential fanservicey stuff out of the way.
                  Tokyo Ghoul:re - The show is a huge improvement over Root A, but at the same time it's too much about the cop action, and not enough about the moral conflict that made the first season so great until the end.
                  Golden Kamuy - The show has been slow out of the gates, but chemistry between characters has gotten better once the dust settled in the first episode Lots of great intrigue going on here, all while the characters are an interesting bunch as well.
                  Hinamatsuri - This show hits it out of the park with the comedy, all while the characters are a fun bunch and the storytelling is pretty solid so far.
                  Steins;Gate 0 - This version has started out much better than the original series as it took its sweet time getting to the heart of the matter whereas with this one, it's already there as this takes place in an alternative timeline where the events of the original series takes on a different ending. So far, it has been every bit as great as I remember.
                  Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - I can't expect a show spanning 24 episodes (the equivalent of) to tell a story as great as something 100+ episodes does, but so far the show has done a solid job in introducing the characters, all while the animation makes this show come alive in a big way.
                  Megalo Box - This show is another sports anime done right as there's a great story going on, and a nicely done underdog one at that. Character development has been tremendous so far.
                  Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online - While it doesn't have the epic story the SAO series has (at least the first arc), it's a show that does a solid job in being more slice-of-life oriented. The gaming action and the background stories are done well, at least putting the worst arcs of the SAO series to shame.
                  Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku - The comedy is great, and the atmosphere is very fun and inviting. And in the midst of all that commotion, the show is doing a nice job with character development so far.
                  Ninja Girl and Samurai Master (short) - This show continues to do everything the first two seasons do so well in being short and humorous in a situation where it really isn't appropriate in most cases.
                  Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food from Another World (short) - It's a short that's more meant to be an advertisement for dishes, and while the show doesn't leave the same impact as Restaurant to Another World, it still is fun to watch this short for the Food Wars-style imagery.
                  My Sweet Tyrant (short) - It's a cute short that does a decent job with the comedy, all while it never gets cringeworthy. Things get stale at times, but the short time makes it tolerable.

                  MIDFIELD
                  Caligula - This show is really hard to get a read on as it's full of mysteries and stuff that really isn't coming out. But this show has lots of intrigue and the mystery aspect is nicely done so far.
                  Tada Never Falls in Love - Seeing that this is by the same guy who did Nozaki-kun, the show has had some nice comedy and character development so far. The characters are an interesting bunch, all while the awkward situations are funny. The comedy is nowhere as strong as in Nozaki-kun, but it is crafting a good story to compensate for it.
                  Cutie Honey Universe - This is a show that only those who appreciate Go Nagai's style are going to enjoy as it's just full of problems, the biggest one being the storytelling as it's way too nonsensical for its own good. Not to mention, the animation is mediocre and the change of opening theme song will irk fans of this franchise. That said, it passes the test, and then some, for a worthwhile guilty pleasure with great action and a bold approach to it.
                  Devils' Line - The show is pretty much like Tokyo Ghoul, except that it's vampires/devils sucking blood instead of ghouls devouring flesh, and the focus is more on the romantic aspect than the action. The show has some great intrigue, but the execution has been off the mark as the show isn't quite sure what it wants to be, all while the animation just doesn't look right.
                  Uma Musume: Pretty Derby - It's another one of those gimmicky shows where girls take the place of something else, in this case horses. That said, the animation is great as to be expected out of P.A. Works that is surprisingly doing this, all while it's another one of those feel-good shows with some decent drama to it. But in the end, its gimmicky nature is always going to be a huge strike against this show. Still, it is enjoyable.
                  Last Period - The story is absolutely a joke, but the comedy is pretty good all while the characters are an interesting bunch, especially the Team Rocket-like trio. But above all, it's there to advertise a smartphone game, and this holds to form.
                  Doreiku - The show has an interesting premise and some good drama, but the show seems to be taking a slave-of-the-week approach, while the MCs aren't really getting established through all that info dumping.
                  Dances with the Dragons - This show has great action, but the story is just confusing as hell as I don't know what the heck is going on or what this show wants to be. If I'm going to watch this, it's for the action more than anything.
                  Gundam Build Divers - This has all the makings of a kids show as it's all about playing Gundam on VR and is not a true Gundam series. That said, the characters are a solid bunch, all while the show has decent action, but the story is just all over the place.
                  Libra of Nil Admirari - This is a pretty typical otome game adaptation as so far it has been about the MC meeting and greeting all the pretty boys, while not really establishing a strong backbone. But I give this show props for making the animation match the show's atmosphere of being in the Meiji era.
                  Crossing Time (short) - The formula for this show is pretty simple, and for its short run time it does the job with some amusing chats.
                  Alice or Alice (short) - This is all about putting siscon crap into high gear as it's introduces the cute girls, and then doing slutty stuff to amuse the big brother. Still, it has some appeal.
                  Space Battleship Tiramisu (short) - This show is funny, but at the same time the jokes can get stale all while the animation is really terrible.
                  Love to Lie Angle (short) - The girls are interesting, but the show gets totally cringeworthy with the amount of ecchiness.

                  OWN 20
                  Comic Girls - The show is a solid cute girls doing cute things show, but it doesn't do much beyond satisfying those who are into shows like these. That said, while I like what I have seen, I don't feel that I'm getting a whole lot out of this that I can get from similar shows.
                  Persona 5 - I didn't play the game, and while I was told that it's not necessary, I just don't understand what's going on. Maybe I'll play the game someday, but until then it's on hold. The story is interesting, and the production values are great, but I just wasn't getting into it.
                  Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits - This show has some nice, heartwarming stories that are interesting. But at the same time, this show just doesn't do anything special for it to overcome the fact that I'm not part of the target audience for this show.
                  Magical Girl Ore - The show is good for some laughs as it tries to be as messed up as it possibly could. Even so, at some point I would have enough of it.
                  Magical Girl Site - This is certainly one of the most disturbing shows I have come across recently. While I do enjoy the drama and trauma like in Madoka Magica, this one just puts on the pain with no reasonable justification for it, leading to stuff that's simply cringeworthy.
                  Real Girl - This show has a decent premise, but overall I just feel indifferent about the characters, all while the animation is mediocre and the story just wasn't grabbing me.
                  Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori - The show is heartwarming, and it has a bit of drama in it, but above all it's a show for fujoshis, and not really for me.
                  Gurazeni - This show has a good concept looking at the money aspect of pro baseball, but it just failed to capture my interest.
                  Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis - I haven't watched anything else from this franchise, but this version just had me lost, all while the action just was lacking with the CGI artwork. An easy decision not to continue with this show.
                  Creatures Family Days - It's surprisingly entertaining that manages to do a decent job in mixing tragic with heartwarming. But at the same time, it suffers the problem that shows from Chinese source materials tend to have.
                  Butlers x Battlers - This show is just boring and I was totally lost with what was going on. Pass.
                  LadySpo (short) - All it took was one minute to know just how trashy this show is. Some of the laziest animation I have seen, even for a short.
                  You Don't Know Gunma Yet (short) - I just wasn't getting into this short with the pretty boys doing all sorts of nauseating things.

                  And finally, I will mention that I skipped a number of shows entirely, either due to low interest or because it's not available to stream until Netflix puts it out until the end of the season. Applying to the former are Gegege no Kitaro, Major 2nd, and Captain Tsubasa (though in Tsubasa's case, it's not streaming anywhere dues to some licensing difficulties), and for the latter are Hisone and Masotan, Piano Forest, Unit Pandora, and Lost Song, while I'm going to wait for the simuldub before checking out High School DxD Hero.

                  So with the way the season is shaping up, it looks like I'm going to easily hit the 22 show (standard length only) allotment, which is absolutely the most I can take on, with 16 slots already accounted for, leaving me with up to six more between the ten shows in the middle group. As of today, I have already dropped Nil Admirari and Build Divers, while only one will stay between Doreiku and Dances with the Dragons. And while Last Period and Umamusume were obvious choices to bite the dust, not so much after watching the most recent episodes. And I'm still kind of debating with Cutie Honey and Devils' Line as well. At this time, only Caligula and Tada have made the cut. Once again, the shows were placed in these tiers based on where they stand a week and a half ago.
                  MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                  Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                  Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                  • #10
                    Spring 2018 Simulcast Rankings: April

                    Time for the first leader board of the season, and I'm a bit too lazy to get it going, until now. That said, since this is now spring that the tier names are now using baseball terminology. So out are the football tiers and in are the baseball tiers with Touchdown, Field Goal, First Down, Punt, and Fumble replaced by Home Run, Base Hit, Walk, Flyout, and Strikeout, respectively. As always with the first month, all shows are part of it, and which shows I'm keeping (black) and dropping (red) are identified. At this time, I'm still debating over which of the last remaining bubble shows will make the cut or not (blue), and I hope to have a final decision soon, but I'm giving some extended trials.

                    Home Run
                    Steins;Gate 0
                    My Hero Academia season 3
                    Food Wars! The Third Plate
                    Megalo Box
                    Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
                    Darling in the FranXX

                    Base Hit
                    Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
                    Hinamatsuri
                    Tokyo Ghoul:re
                    Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
                    Amanchu! Advance
                    Golden Kamuy

                    Walk
                    Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
                    Persona 5: The Animation
                    Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
                    Tada Never Falls in Love
                    Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
                    Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World
                    Caligula
                    Ninja Girl and Samurai Master 3rd
                    Comic Girls
                    Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
                    Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits
                    Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
                    Magical Girl Ore
                    Gundam Build Divers
                    Real Girl


                    Flyout
                    Record of Grancrest War
                    Devils' Line
                    Doreiku

                    My Sweet Tyrant
                    Last Period
                    Creatures Family Days
                    Magical Girl Site
                    Dances with the Dragons
                    Crossing Time
                    Space Battleship Tiramisu
                    Libra of Nil Admirari


                    Strikeout
                    Cutie Honey Universe
                    Alice or Alice
                    Love to Lie Angle
                    Gurazeni
                    Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis
                    You Don't Know Gunma Yet
                    Butlers x Battlers
                    LadySpo


                    And I'm deciding to keep some strikeout tier shows this season as while they are rubbish contentwise, they still have entertainment value to me, and that's the primary basis for what makes the cut and what doesn't. In any case, this season is shaping up to be one of the best ever with six shows in the top tier. Normally, 2-4 shows start off there, but this season is boosted by a number of sequels to great shows. Anyway, I have 19 shows locked in among those with standard length episodes and with this season being so packed that I decided to up my absolute maximum load from 20 to 22. As this reflects my thoughts as of April 30 that I hadn't decided that I would take Doreiku and drop Dances with the Dragons. So with the way things are going, I have two more slots with three shows in the running between Umamusume, Devils' Line, and Last Period.
                    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                    Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                    Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                    • #11
                      Post-Simulcast Report: April 16-30

                      It's almost time for the next one, but before I forget, here is the one for the latter half of April.

                      Completed

                      ^Chihayafuru (16-25): A-
                      This show is presented in typical sports anime fashion, and it does an excellent job in building characters and developing chemistry between them seeing that things just weren't rosy coming into the series. This season does some pretty cringeworthy things, but of the intuitive kind. In all, this show does a great job in balancing the serious with the lighthearted stuff, all while the story moves along well in keeping things realistic. The animation is great and the poetry is well-utilized.

                      ^Interviews with Monster Girls (1-13): B+
                      This is a nice, laid-back show where it's all about appreciating demi-humans for who they are and adapting to their unusual behaviors and tendencies. The show does an excellent job in building characters without ever getting too overly serious that it turns the show into something it wasn't meant to be, while the humor is well-constructed. It's a show that blends the supernatural nicely with daily life.

                      Ongoing

                      [DCL] Den-noh Coil (6-18)
                      [DBZ-K2] Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (59-62)
                      ^[FLF] Flip Flappers (1-3)
                      [FCB-4] Future Card Buddyfight X (4-6)
                      [GIN] Gintama (8-15)
                      [HXH] Hunter x Hunter 2011 (84-86)
                      [PKM-SM] Pokemon Sun and Moon (46-48)
                      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                      Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                      Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Spring 2018 Finalized Watchlist

                        This season was extremely tough in figuring out my watchlist, but now that the extended trial period has passed for all borderline shows, I'm now ready to call it final. Once again, I'll explain my thought process in another post, but for now I have selected the shows that I will be following this season.

                        Watching
                        Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (continuing)
                        Darling in the FranXX (continuing)
                        Food Wars! The Third Plate (continuing)
                        Record of Grancrest War (continuing)
                        Amanchu! Advance
                        Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
                        Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
                        My Hero Academia season 2
                        Steins;Gate 0
                        Tokyo Ghoul:re
                        Hinamatsuri
                        Sword Art Online: Gun Gale Online
                        Caligula
                        Golden Kamuy
                        Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
                        Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
                        Megalo Box
                        Tada Never Falls in Love
                        Cutie Honey Universe
                        Doreiku
                        Umamusume: Pretty Derby
                        Devils' Line
                        Ninja Girl and Samurai Master 3rd (short)
                        My Sweet Tyrant (short)
                        Isekai Izakaya (short)
                        Alice or Alice (short)
                        Crossing Time (short)

                        Dropped
                        Last Period
                        Comic Girls
                        Persona 5
                        Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan
                        Dances with the Dragons
                        Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits
                        Magical Girl Ore
                        Magical Girl Site
                        Libra of Nil Admirari
                        Unit Pandora
                        Lost Song
                        Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
                        3D Kanojo: Real Girl
                        Major 2nd
                        Creatures Family Days
                        Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis
                        Butlers x Battlers
                        Gurazeni
                        Space Battleship Tiramisu (short)
                        Love to Lie Angle (short)
                        You Don't Know Gunma Yet (short)
                        LadySpo (short)

                        This season was so packed that I decided to expand my season watchlist from the usual 18 to 22 for this season, and moving forward I will put it at 20 with up to two more at my call. This season is so packed seeing that there are so many sequels, and not to mention shows that were originally planned to air earlier, but ended up being bumped to the spring after production issues like Full Metal Panic (originally set for Fall 2017), Food Wars! The Third Plate (originally planned to continue into the winter before making the last minute decision to delay the second half into the spring), Butlers (Winter 2018), and Dances with the Dragons (Fall 2017), and not to mention Golden Kamuy would be better as a winter season show and Amanchu Advance would be more fitting for the summer, but they all ended up in this season. In any case, here is my watchlist by day of week (first number is total shows, second is total number of shows with full-length episodes for days that have shorts involved):

                        Sunday (4): Cutie Honey Universe, Caligula, Umamusume, Food Wars!
                        Monday (2/1): Golden Kamuy, Crossing Time
                        Tuesday (2): Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Tokyo Ghoul:re
                        Wednesday (2/1): Alice or Alice, Steins;Gate 0
                        Thursday (4): Tada Never Falls in Love, Wotakoi, Doreiku, Megalo Box
                        Friday (6/4): Full Metal Panic, Hinamatsuri, My Sweet Tyrant, Grancrest, WIXOSS, Ninja Girl
                        Saturday (6): My Hero Academia, Amanchu!, Devils' Line, Darling in the FranXX, GGO, CCS: Clear Card

                        Once again, Saturdays are heavy, while Fridays are pretty packed as well. Thursday through Sunday has quite a lot of stuff going on, while not so much for Monday through Wednesday. While Mondays and Tuesdays are pretty packed, I'm skipping a lot of stuff there as either the stuff is a sequel to something I haven't seen (Yowapeda, High School DxD, Lupin III), is not available to watch (Captain Tsubasa, Creatures Family Days), or is something that I'm not really into it to warrant continuing (Magical Girl Ore, Kakuriyo, Build Divers, Real Girl). So that's my season in a nutshell, and I'm hoping that things ease up a bit in the summer. Of course, I'm skipping all the Netflix stuff for now seeing that I have too many other great things to watch this season.
                        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                        Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                        Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #13
                          Post-Simulcast Report: May 1-15

                          I'm behind on my post-simulcast reports as MAL had been down, and while it is up now, it's not fully functional. So I had to piece together the stuff I watched through a different way, and I at least wanted to get this out before it slips from my mind.

                          Completed

                          ^Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions Heart Throb (1-12, OVA, Lite Shorts): B-
                          This season is pretty disappointing after a strong first season that was great, but the ending left a bitter taste of sorts. While it continues to be a fun-filled show with humorous antics that makes for a great time, the story was just about non-existent in this season as it does very little to advance it after a strong first season. That said, it still is worthwhile to watch for the animation, humor, and characters.

                          Den-noh Coil (19-26): B+
                          It took awhile for this show to get going as the beginning was just full of terminology, info dumping, and too many things to keep track of that makes it hard to follow. But things get much better in the second half when the story became far more focused and things start making sense after being so roundabout it in the first half. In the end, it's a great show that does an effective job of building up, but one that takes awhile to make it happen with so much going on, and a sizable chunk of it not really being relevant to the grand scheme of things.

                          ^Flip Flappers (4-13): A-
                          This show does a such a great job in combining the supernatural while crafting a pretty strong story out of it. While the show appeared to be nonsensical at the beginning, it is all used as building towards something big down the line. It started off slow out of the gates, but once the purpose of everything is established, it led to a pretty solid drama all while nailing it on the animation and supernatural craziness that makes this show go. And character development was nicely done further adding to the list of great things this show has to offer.

                          Ongoing

                          [FCB-4] Future Card Buddyfight X (7-11)
                          [GIN] Gintama (16-18)
                          [HXH] Hunter x Hunter (2011) (88-90)
                          [HYO] Hyouka (1-6)
                          [JBA-SC] Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (25-27)
                          [NAR-2] Naruto Shippuden (194-196)
                          [PER-4] Persona 4 the Animation (1-4)
                          MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                          Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                          Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                          • #14
                            Spring 2018 Simulcast Rankings: May

                            This is long overdue now, but it has slipped out of my mind. Nevertheless, the same drill applies for the second leader board of the season in that dropped shows are no longer listed, shows that have gotten better based on the episodes aired in May are in green, and those that got worse are in red, all while I'll make indicators of whether a show has gained or dropped a tier since the last rankings.

                            Home Run
                            Steins;Gate 0
                            Megalo Box

                            My Hero Academia season 3
                            Food Wars! The Third Plate
                            Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
                            Hinamatsuri (Promoted)

                            Base Hit
                            Darling in the FranXX (Demoted)
                            Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
                            Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
                            Tokyo Ghoul:re
                            Golden Kamuy
                            Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (Promoted)

                            Walk
                            Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
                            Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
                            Tada Never Falls in Love
                            Ninja Girl and Samurai Master 3rd
                            Amanchu! Advance (Demoted)
                            Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
                            Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World
                            Caligula

                            Flyout
                            Doreiku
                            My Sweet Tyrant
                            Crossing Time

                            Devils' Line
                            Record of Grancrest War

                            Strikeout
                            Alice or Alice
                            Cutie Honey Universe

                            Rising

                            Uma Musume: Pretty Derby - The beginning felt really gimmicky, but the show has gotten much better after starting slow out of the gate. In particular, it does an excellent job in building character through adversity while emphasizing the importance of rivals and companions. I had believed all along that this show was going to be a (pun intended) one trick pony. But these latest episodes say otherwise.

                            Megalo Box - After a somewhat pedestrian first episode, this show has just continues to be a knockout punch. The drama has just been off the charts, and the show has just done an excellent job with character development and suspense.

                            Hinamatsuri - It starts off being a crazy comedy, but it doesn't ignore the fact that these characters are going through a lot of problems with their lives, and this show gets a ton of kudos for keeping everything in perspective. In particular, episode 6 shows that these characters deserve to have a chance at life when things aren't working out. That episode alone really catapults this show into elite company.

                            Falling

                            Amanchu! Advance - After a nice start to the second season, it goes too overboard with the dream sequences. The whole Peter arc was just getting away from doing what this show has been doing so well. That's not to say it's bad, but it certainly has been the weakest part of this show so far.

                            Caligula - After a somewhat strong start, the storytelling is starting to falter as it does a poor job in establishing the characters, especially the Musicians as there's just no depth to them. To be fair, the game it's based on wasn't all that great, but even so it would be helpful that there's clarity as that's the one thing that this show needs the most.

                            Darling in the FranXX - The lack of action makes for this being the weakest part of the show so far. That's not to say it's not good, but it feels like the latest episodes just haven't been up to par with the rest of the series.
                            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                            Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                            Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                            • #15
                              I always give an explanation of how I arrived at my final watchlist but never really got around to doing it. So here I am explaining how it all went down. This season was unusually packed and as such, I decided to increase my watchlist permanently to 20 with up to two more for seasons like this one. Many slots were already earmarked for inclusion being a sequel, spinoff, or remake. Nevertheless, here is how I arrived at my final 22 plus shorts and the point they clinched their spot is bolded.

                              So to being, there are three continuing shows in Cardcaptor Sakura, Darling in the FranXX, and Grancrest War. Then there are the sequels for Food Wars!, Tokyo Ghoul, Steins;Gate, Full Metal Panic, WIXOSS, My Hero Academia, and Amanchu that were included from the start. So ten shows were locked in from the start, which is an unusually high number as that is what prompted me to allow the increase.

                              Next phase are the shows that didn't take long to lock in their spots impressing right out of the gates. Those are Golden Kamuy, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Megalo Box, Wotakoi, Hinamatsuri, and GGO. All of these shows I had locked in after one or two episodes, so that brought the total up to 16 shows.

                              And then the last process was excruciatingly difficult that was eased up by the increase in shows. First of all there were several shows that didn't stand a chance to make the cut and I'll quickly run through them all. First are the shows dropped due to lack of availability that includes the four Netflix shows in Hisone and Masotan, The Piano Forest, Unit Pandora, and Lost Song, as well as Captain Tsubasa and Creatures Family Days. Dropped in total disdain are Magical Girl Site, Gurazeni, Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis, Butlers x Battlers, and Real Girl as all of those shows were just too painful for me to watch. Dropped due to not being my cup of tea are Kakuriyo, Yotsuiro Biyori, Nil Admirari, Magical Girl Ore, Gegege no Kitaro, Persona 5 (I want to play the game first), and Major 2nd. Lastly, High School DxD Hero, I wanted to wait until the simuldub is finished to binge through it.

                              So after removing those shows, that leaves Cutie Honey Universe, Caligula, Umamusume, Gundam Build Divers, Last Period, Tada Never Falls in Love, Comic Girls, Dances with the Dragons, Doreiku, and Devils' Line for a total of ten shows in the running for the last 4-6 spots. I decided to take on four Thursday shows, and either Doreiku or Dances with the Dragons makes it, while either Tada or Comic Girls joins Wotakoi and Megalo Box in the lineup. Doreiku's drama provided for some solid entertainment, while Dances with the Dragons had great action and just about nothing else to offer. And Tada has a solid story to go along with nice humor, while Comic Girls was just generic and not very memorable even though I like these kinds of shows. So that means Doreiku and Tada Never Falls in Love mades the cut. Caligula and Cutie Honey Universe, while heavily flawed shows, had my interest so those two got in. So that meant two more slots for the remaining four shows still in the running opting to use up my absolute allotment. After greatly improving after a generic start, Umamusume got better and as such, it took one of the last spots, leaving one more between Build Divers, Devils' Line, and Last Period. Being two cours of kiddy stuff, Build Divers was cut leaving the last spot between Last Period and Devils' Line. In the end, I went with Devils' Line because I know what I'm getting out of Last Period (and it's stuff where watching it once means I have seen it all) whereas I don't have that feeling with Devils' Line. So that's how the full-length shows were chosen.

                              As for the shorts, 30 minutes was allotted as usual. Ninja Girl and Samurai Master (3.5) was automatically in for being a sequel, while Isekai Izakaya (14) and My Sweet Tyrant (3.5) pretty much made it off the bat. So that left me with 9 minutes, and I decided that either Space Battleship Tiramisu or two between Crossing Time, Love to Lie Angle, Alice or Alice, and You Don't Know Gunma Yet round off the list. I went with the two 3.5 minute shorts option as Crossing Time really stood out for me. As for the other, Gunma just had no appeal for me, while Love to Lie Angle was nothing but pure cringeworthiness. At least Alice or Alice wasn't nearly as bad as the other two, so I chose that to round off the short stuff this season.
                              MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                              Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                              Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
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