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  • #16
    Post-Simulcast Report: May 16-31

    Thanks to MAL undergoing maintenance longer than usual with the history section down for nearly month that I'm way behind on my post-simulcast reports. Anyway, I had to find another way to keep track of what I watched, and I finally got around to it. So here is the the first long overdue post-simulcast report that covers the end of May. Just one show completed during this time, as well as an OVA episode belonging to a TV show that doesn't get a review.

    Code:Realize OVA: C+

    Hyouka (7-22, 11.5): B+
    This is mostly a silly mystery show where the mysteries solved here are mostly out of curiosity and doesn't have much practicality in the grand scheme of things. However, this show was just a lot of fun to watch as the artwork is another piece of KyoAni mastery, the characters are a fun bunch, and the interactions are pretty amusing. That said, the story was just weak and mostly unsustainable with the exception of the culture festival segment, but that didn't detract from the enjoyment. This show just ended way too soon and it's no wonder why it's high on the wish list for a sequel.

    Continuing

    [FCB-4] Future Card Buddyfight X (12-17)
    [GIN] Gintama (19-20)
    [HXH] Hunter x Hunter 2011 (89-92)
    [JBA-SC] Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (28-31)
    [PER-4] Persona 4: The Animation (5-17)
    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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    • #17
      Post-Simulcast Report: June 1-15

      Now that the history section on MAL is working again that I'm able to collect my history and produce my next post-simulcast report for the season. Soon, I'll be doing the final one.

      Completed

      Persona 4: The Animation (18-24, OVA): B
      This show is a great example of how to make an anime adaptation of a video game as more often than not they end up being busts. With this show, it does things right by making it appealing while staying true to what the game is all about. The show does an excellent job with the whole mystery aspect. However, the show is far from perfect as the story really was hard to understand at the beginning with all sorts of different things going on, all while the show's structure was questionable. But in all, it was pretty entertaining with the high drama in the second half.

      Alderamin on the Sky (1-13): B+
      This show got off to a slow start when it introduced the characters and not exactly setting up the show properly. But as the show progresses, the story gets much better, and the whole plot concept of starting a war under dubious circumstances really had me feeling for the characters and everything that happened. From that point on after a rough first couple of episodes the show greatly improved, and the typical style of animation by Madhouse really made it go.

      Ongoing

      [DBZ-K2] Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (63-66)
      [KIF] Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (1-9)
      [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (197-201)
      [PKM-SM] Pokemon Sun and Moon (49-54)
      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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      • #18
        Post-Simulcast Report: June 16-30

        Here is the final post-simulcast report of the spring season. As usual, it includes all shows including completed simulcasts, but simulcasts do not get reviewed.

        Completed

        *Uma Musume: Pretty Derby: B

        *Alice or Alice: D

        *Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku: B+


        ^Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (10-12): B+
        This show starts off really strong with an intense story, amazing action, and lots of drama from the same guys who did Attack on Titan that it led me to believe that it was going to be as great as Attack on Titan for the first half of the show. However, the storywriting was just a mess in the second half as it tried to hard to be a carbon copy of that show rather then keeping the course as the twist was poorly executed and the character development that should have continued was stalled. Still, it's definitely worth it for the great first half and even with a bad story in the second half the action is still great eye candy.

        *Himamatsuri: A-

        *Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS: C+

        *Amanchu! Advance: B-

        *Devils' Line: C+


        Dragon Ball Z: The Final Chapters: A-
        Having not watched all of the original DBZ as I was worn out by the really slow pacing, this show continues to pick up where the first Kai season left off. Once again, the prevailing thought here is that less is more as the canonical-only compression makes the show flow much better, all while the animation quality is improved. The Buu saga is another well-done story arc doing all sorts of creative things to get everybody stronger, all while the show does a great job with the drama that could be expected out of those long shonen series.

        *Cutie Honey Universe: D+

        *Caligula: C

        *Food Wars! The Third Plate: A+

        *Golden Kamuy: B+

        *Crossing Time: C

        *Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These: B+


        ^Overlord II: B+
        This season builds on its core strengths with great animation, an intriguing story, interesting characters, and nice development. While the season has a better story concept than the first, it's execution was a bit on the messy side as it was inconsistently paced opting to drag out in the beginning, and then rushing towards the end of the arc. But in the end, it's a worthy sequel, just one that has some really rough edges.

        *Record of Grancrest War: C

        *Tada Never Falls in Love: B

        *Doreiku: C-

        *Megalo Box: A

        *Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online: B-


        Ongoing

        [FCB-4] Future Card Buddyfight X (18-30)
        [GIN] Gintama (21-26)
        ^[TLS-ZX] Tales of Zestiria the X (0-12)
        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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        • #19
          First Impressions

          By request, I'll be posting my ranked lineup with grades at the beginning and end of each season even if I don't feel the need to write about each series. If you want to hear my thoughts, I'm sure they're available between these forums and Fandom Post Radio (check my signature for links). If not, feel free to ask.

          As for why this is only coming now, three weeks into Summer 2018, you can thank Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory for that. It actually managed to have so many production delays that it extended a 12-episode series three weeks into the next season.


          New For Spring 2018:

          The first number and icon is the number of spots and direction the series moved on the given ranking. The second is the number and direction of possible grades it moved. The former is obviously only relative to the other series around it, and the latter may show a movement of "00" even if my opinion of it did go up or down, if it wasn't enough to change the grade.

          00► 01▼ 01. Steins;Gate 0 (A) Sub and dub
          01▲ 01▲ 02. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (A) Sub
          00► 00► 03. Violet Evergarden (A-) Dub
          01▼ 01▼ 04. Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen (B+) Sub
          05▲ 01▲ 05. Hinamatsuri (B+) Sub
          01▼ 00► 06. Megalo Box (B+) Sub
          00► 00► 07. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (B) Sub
          02▲ 00►​​​​​​​ 08. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (B) Sub
          00►​​​​​​​ 00►​​​​​​​ 09. Lupin III: Part 5 (B) Sub
          02▼ 01▼ 10. Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (B-) Sub
          02▲ 01▲ 11. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou (B-) Sub and dub
          05▼ 01▼ 12. Tokyo Ghoul:re (B-) Sub
          00►​​​​​​​ 00►​​​​​​​ 13. FLCL Progressive (B-) Dub

          Dropped:

          01▼ 02▼ 14. Persona 5 the Animation (C) Sub; 5 episodes



          Everything that Ended:

          01. Violet Evergarden (A-)
          02. Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen (B+)
          03. Hinamatsuri (B+)
          04. Megalo Box (B+)
          05. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (B)
          06. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen (B)
          07. Darling in the FranXX (B-)
          08. Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (B-)
          09. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou (B-) Dub also complete
          10. Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line (B-)
          11. Tokyo Ghoul:re (B-)
          12. FLCL Progressive (B-)



          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.

          As with the first section, the movement indicators show the movement in the ranking and the change in grade, respectively.

          00► 01▼ 01. Steins;Gate 0 (A)
          02▲ 01▲ 02. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (A)
          00► 00► 03. Violet Evergarden (A-)
          00► 00► 04. One Piece (A-)
          02▼ 01▼ 05. Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen (B+)
          01▲ 00►​​​​​​​ 06. Detective Conan (B+)
          08▲ 01▲ 07. Hinamatsuri (B+)
          02▼ 00►​​​​​​​ 08. Megalo Box (B+)
          00►​​​​​​​ 00►​​​​​​​ 09. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (B)
          05▲ 00►​​​​​​​ 10. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (B)
          02▼ 01▼ 11. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen (B)
          01▼ 00►​​​​​​​ 12. Lupin III: Part 5 (B)
          02▼ 01▼ 13. Darling in the FranXX (B-)
          02▼ 01▼ 14. Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (B-)
          03▲ 01▲ 15. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou (B-)
          02▼ 01▼ 16. Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line (B-)
          07▼ 01▼ 17. Tokyo Ghoul:re (B-)
          00►​​​​​​​ 00►​​​​​​​ 18. FLCL Progressive (B-)

          Dropped:

          01▼ 02▼ 19. Persona 5 the Animation (C)

          Weekly Schedule:

          Sunday (2): Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - Toutsuki Ressha-hen, FLCL Progressive
          Monday (1): Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line
          Tuesday (3): Lupin III: Part 5, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou, Tokyo Ghoul:re
          Wednesday (2): Steins;Gate 0, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi
          Thursday (2): Megalo Box, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
          Friday (2): Hinamatsuri, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
          Saturday (5): Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season, One Piece, Detective Conan, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen, Darling in the FranXX
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          • #20
            Spring 2018 Simulcast Rankings: June

            Now that the season is finally over after watching the much-delayed final episodes of Full Metal Panic, it's now time I do my final leader board for the spring season. As usual, I list and rank shows based on the show's content from episodes airing this season only. I make note of whether the shows got better (in green) and worse (in red), and with FLCL Progressive starting and finishing its run in the last month that it's new to the leader board. So with that, here is my final simulcast ranking for this season.

            Home Run
            Steins;Gate 0
            My Hero Academia season 3

            Food Wars! The Third Plate
            Megalo Box
            Hinamatsuri
            Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

            Base Hit
            Darling in the FranXX
            Golden Kamuy
            Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
            Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
            Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
            Tada Never Falls in Love

            Walk
            Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
            Tokyo Ghoul:re (Demoted)
            Amanchu! Advanced
            FLCL Progressive (New)
            Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World
            Ninja Girl and Samurai Master 3rd
            Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
            Crossing Time (Promoted)
            Devils' Line (Promoted)


            Flyout
            Record of Grancrest War
            My Sweet Tyrant
            Caligula (Demoted)
            Doreiku


            Strikeout
            Cutie Honey Universe
            Alice or Alice

            Rising

            Golden Kamuy - After a rough start, this show has slowly been getting better, and in these last few episodes everything is clicking on all cylinders with nice character chemistry being built up. While the show still hasn't really tackled the big problem at hand, it does a great job in setting the stage for the second half airing this fall.

            Devils' Line - While this show continues to be hindered by poor animation quality, this show really steps up its game with the final episodes, relatively speaking. In particular, it chooses to develop the characters over resolving a huge conflict, and they did that very nicely. Still, I'm underwhelmed at the show's direction, but at least they did something great here after not really delivering earlier in the series.

            My Hero Academia season 3 - While the first half was great, the last few episodes are some of the best of the season so far as it involves clashing with an extremely dangerous villain, and some development very few shows can top.

            Falling

            Tokyo Ghoul:re - At least this show avoids the worst parts of Root A, but at the same time it doesn't tap into the stuff that made the first season so great. This is on display in the final episodes as it assembles a cast list too big for its own good, all while some of the characters that really needed attention weren't getting it. Let's hope that the second part improves on this.

            Caligula - After a solid start, this show really falls flat down the stretch with pedestrian storytelling and a rushed plot. This show had potential, and maybe it would have been done better had it been two cours. But in the end, it bit on more than it could chew leading to a lackluster end.

            Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc - The drop has to do with the fact that so much was left unanswered, and while I understand that the manga is still ongoing, the big reveal shouldn't have waited until the very end. The last few episodes were pretty underwhelming, but overall doesn't diminish the entertainment value of this show.
            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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            • #21
              Spring 2018 Simulcast Reviews

              Alright, I just realized that I forgot to do my simulcast review post for the spring season. For the most part, it's a simple copy and past job with some edits to remove potential spoilers and stuff specific to the series, but this season there were a number of shows that were continuing into the summer or (through split cour) fall season. Seeing that it's already into the fall season that it's kind of pointless to review for ongoing shows that finished up in the summer, so I'll skip the reviews for those shows (meaning only Golden Kamuy and Tokyo Ghoul:re will get reviewed).

              Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card: A-
              This season of pretty much sticks to what worked in the original series and not really doing anything contentwise to stand out from the oringial series. While it provides for some great entertainment, that also meant a dragged-out story. This season prioritizes reconnecting with the original story more so than crafting a complete story with the mind of thought that a second season was planned from the beginning. That said, by taking this approach, it made this series a fun extension of the original series with great entertainment value from episode-to-episode, doing it with improved animation quality. In any case, I'm hoping for a sequel seeing that this show was spending too much time with anime-original content that it the biggest lingering question at the beginning wasn't answered until the end.

              *Uma Musume: Pretty Derby: B
              This show ended up being very entertaining to watch after a slow start that was cliched and gimmicky. As the show progresses, the storytelling greatly improves as it utilizes all those gimmicks well to provide some great character development, all while being fun to watch. The characters are great, the racing action is fun to watch, and in all the show ended up being better than expected once the initial shock sets in.

              *Alice or Alice: D
              This is show is pretty much what it expected to be for a short with a slutty premise. That said, some episodes were really good, though most of them are pretty much trash, and being a short is what made this show bearable to watch through. So in all, while it's a trashy sister complex show, at least it had some entertainment value to it since it's a short lasting three minutes an episode.

              Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku: B+
              This show has been quite a lot of fun to watch. The characters are great, the jokes are really funny, and character bonding was solidly done. Just about the only big knock on this show is the story as it was just non-existent for the most part, and that made for some pretty weak romantic developments. But it's designed to be a comedy and on that front it's amazing stuff.

              *Himamatsuri: A-
              This show manages to do a lot of things well as while it was designed to be a supernatural comedy, it nails a lot of other things as well. The comedy is great, while it does an excellent job with character growth in an efficient way so that everything flows to make for a fun show that's more than that. There are a couple of nitpicking issues as the animation quality was pretty average, and things sometimes got repetitive. In any case, this show is an absolute blast to watch.

              *Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS: C+
              This season pretty much caters to those who are fans of the WIXOSS franchise, while it's a step up from Incited series, it still pales in comparison to the Selector series. The animation continues to be very good compared to the Selector series, but the story isn't exactly up to par with it as while it's less predictable and more consequential than in Incited, there was just too much that didn't exactly click. In summary, the show continues to feed off its strengths with the solid drama, character designs, character development, and its focus on the implications rather than the game itself, while this season just had a weak overall story that puts a damper on things.

              *Amanchu! Advance: B-
              This season is started off strong, but tapered off in the second half. This series had its best episodes early in this season, but then it gets away from its core strengths in the second half and bogs it down with content that just felt out of place in this show, all while seemingly forgetting that the show is about scuba diving. So on an overall level, it's on par with the first season, but doing so with a great first half and a weak second half rather than being consistent all the way through.

              *Devils' Line: C+
              Despite the obvious similarities to Tokyo Ghoul, this show has a nice story concept full of intrigue, solid drama, and good character development that makes it entertaining to watch. While the story concept was solid, production values are just bad as this is what usually happens with a no-name studio. The animation quality was poor, while the story was just lacking cohesion with the way it was put together. Even so, it was a show I'm glad to have watched despite these problems.

              *Cutie Honey Universe: D+
              It's clear that this show was made for Go Nagai fans as objectively, it fails on so many levels, but Go Nagai fans certainly would appreciate this show better. The biggest fault with this show is the highly fragmented story, while it has several other problems include an unappealing art style, and dense characters to the point where it gets irritating. That said, this show has some nice things going for it with solid action, a good soundtrack, the show's willingness to be unconventional to tap into the charm of Nagai's style. So in all, this is something only fans of the franchise can appreciate since it does lots of things wrong to make this show unappealing to others.

              *Caligula: C
              This is a show with a great story concept and a solid foundation for great mystery to happen. This show does a solid job with the animation and character growth to support this mystery show. However, the execution is another matter entirely as the show was disoriented and had serious issues with pacing and clarity. And then there ware the action scenes that just poorly connected with the rest of the show. In all, it was a show that was great for the intrigue, but seeing it all go down is another matter entirely as that aspect could have been better handled.

              *Food Wars! The Third Plate: A+
              This show continues to be great, and even more so this season with the characters growing in leaps and bounds. The cooking action continues to be the highlight of the show, all while it does an excellent job in setting up the characters for a huge transformation, and in addition the animation continues to be brilliant. But what this season does particularly well is the introduction of a certain character as that really had a tremendous impact on the story. Pretty much, it continues to deliver on every aspect.

              *Crossing Time: C
              This show is solid entertainment for the short as it got pretty funny at times. As to be expected out of a short, the animation quality is bad and the biggest problem is that things got awfully repetitive. But given its short runtime that it does what a short is supposed to do.

              *Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These: B+
              This show does a great job in introducing viewers to the series as the storytelling is on the mark, the modern animation enhances the show, and the soundtrack does a nice job letting everybody know that politics is more prevalent than warfare. That said, this show can only do so much when the original story is quite comprehensive and this show has only 12 episodes (the equivalent of 24 with the movies) to tell it compared to the 100+ the original series had, and as such the story isn't nearly as fulfilling with the story being rushed, all while too much focus was put on Yang and not enough on Reinhard. But in terms of capturing the spirit and essence of the original series, this show gets the job done on that front.

              *Record of Grancrest War: C
              This show was greatly hindered by a rushed and poorly constructed plot that made the show hard to follow and left too much of a disconnect. The show is great on a technical side as the animation and soundtrack are incredible, while the action is amazing, and the premise, albeit too ambitions, had lots of promise and intrigue to it. So this is a show that could have been better if it was stretched out over more episodes as 24 episodes just wasn't enough to get a good story with the way things are set up.

              *Tada Never Falls in Love: B
              This is a fun time to be had with some solid storytelling and comedy. The characters are great, the romantic aspect is solid, and the chemistry between the characters is exceptional, all while the artwork and soundtrack do a nice job to support this show. However, it's bogged down by a few major issues as I felt that the comedy had the tendency to be repetitive and stale, and the story just felt too uneven to really work with the story not really doing a whole lot at the beginning. In all, it's a fun show that's worth watching, especially for those who enjoyed Nozaki-kun.

              Doreiku: C-
              This show had a great concept, but execution was simply terrible. The show has some great drama and while the characters are hit-or-miss, the ones that hit really stood out and made the show worthwhile. That said, the show's story is just poorly constructed due to the overly ambitious concept as with 23 characters needing substantial attention, that led to a rushed plot and cohesion problems as doing all this in just 12 episodes just isn't possible. So in all, it's worthwhile because of the drama, but the way the show was put together leaves something to be desired.

              Megalo Box: A
              This show is simply amazing as the story really stands out unlike anything else. The drama is well-done, the characters are well-developed, and this show goes far and beyond by making all the characters a lot more than they appear to be. Then there's the amazing hip hop soundtrack that really enhances the story. While it's great, it does have a couple of rather minor flaws that keep it from masterpiece status as the animation was just too blurry making things tough on the eyes, and the story felt like it dragged out as it felt like this show was seemingly not advancing.

              Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online: B-
              This is a satisfying side story that will please SAO fans as it gets all the entertainment aspects down with great characters, nice animation, incredible action, and decent character development. Above all, most of the aspects that dogged SAO after the first half of the first season are largely absent. Unfortunately, the show is far from polished when it comes to the more critical aspects of the show as the story was just silly in structure and doesn't add up to anything substantial, all while this show feels like it was catered more towards fans of the franchise. In all, it was an entertaining show to watch and definitely worthwhile for fans of the franchise even if it is somewhat lacking in substance.

              Darling in the FranXX: B+
              There was never a dull moment in this show as it was entertaining from start to finish. It is boosted by great action, incredible drama, complex characters, and plot twists that stand out with Trigger's signature style While this show has been great entertainment, it had pacing issues were the biggest problem as some areas really dragged out and kind of broke the momentum of the story. The ending also felt underwhelming and incomplete that puts a damper. In all, it's a great show that really delivered on its potential, but isn't quite the complete package.

              FLCL Progressive: C+
              This sequel was a disappointment as the show suffers from a weak MC, bland supporting cast, and an over-reliance on the crazy nonsense that makes for a story that makes little sense and has little substance. Above all, the show was just way too random for its own good and it doesn't help with the choice of studios as while Production I.G did an admirable job with the animation, Trigger would have brought it out to its full potential. That said, it still does a nice job with the nostalgia factor all while a couple of episodes were at least worth watching. But as a follow-up to an amazing first season, it's just a huge letdown.

              Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory: B+
              Overall, this show is still a great show to watch, just nowhere near as good as The Second Raid when this show was at its peak. The show still delivers on its core strengths with great characters, excellent drama, and intense action. However, this season is hurt by two major issues. First of all, the animation is a huge step down as while Xebec specializes in mecha, it just pales in comparison to the masterful job KyoAni does. And the other major issue is the story flow as things seem to be jumping from place to place without really connecting things. Besides that, this show does a good job in being a worthy entry to this franchise, but one that could have been improved with better planning as having those delays are a strong indication that the directors were too tentative in their approach to this adaptation.


              Continuing

              (Grades are through the end of the content airing in the spring season. Since I already wrote reviews for continuing series that wrapped up this summer to reflect the entire show, I will only write reviews for shows that are still going on.)

              Golden Kamuy: B+
              The show took awhile to get going, but once things settled in and the characters get established, this show takes off. The adventure aspect is nicely done all while characters are nicely developed. And then there's the action and other ridiculous aspects involved that lead to a great product. Just about the only big issues I have with this show are the sidetracking that goes on too much in this show, and the use of CG bears.

              Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World: B-

              My Sweet Tyrant: C+

              Ninja Girl and Samurai Master 3rd: C+

              Steins;Gate 0: A+


              Tokyo Ghoul:re: B-
              From a storytelling perspective, this is a huge improvement over Root A that just did so many things that were cringeworthy. At the very least it goes back and tries to do what the first season did well with an impactful story and that develops both sides of the conflict. That said, the execution just felt off the mark as while there was not much cringeworthy stuff going on, the approach was questionable as the story wasn't put together in the best way.
              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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