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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Spring 2019 Final Thoughts

    First Impressions

    Now that the final two episodes of JoJo have finally aired a month after everything else, I can put this post together. Unfortunately, I don't really have the time to make any commentary right now. This is the first time I've been caught up on simulcasts in a week, and it's looking like I'll be busy with other things for the next few days as well. I do have to use what little time I have right now to talk about this season's masterpiece, though. For elaboration on anything else you're interested in, you'll have to ask me directly.

    New For Spring 2019:

    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. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2 (A+) I hate to call it "Attack on Titan" with how this season revealed how inappropriate of a translation that was for "Shingeki no Kyojin" for major plot reasons, but whatever you call it, it absolutely made those three months of anime (mostly just two months, May and June). I'm similarly annoyed that this isn't considered its own season, since it aired separately from the original "Season 3," followed a completely different arc, and stands on its own in terms of quality so drastically, but I'll still refer to it as "a season" in most contexts. The fifth episode of this season, entitled "Hero," is the single greatest and most perfect thing I have seen in recent memory, with its closest contender being its immediate predecessor, entitled "Perfect Game." While I've invested myself in anime and related material far more than anything else, I was starting to feel like anime series lacked the episode-to-episode gripping sensation of top-tier English-language drama series, but watching these episodes two weeks in a row captivated me like nothing else. As much as I wanted the series to be one of the greatest from the earliest days of its adaptation when it had overtaken the zeitgeist in an unprecedented fashion, I had given up on any hope that it would become this amazing, especially six years later, peaking in the middle of a (second half of a) season that's not even the final one, no less. No matter where it goes in the forthcoming Final Season, nothing can detract from the unquestionable quality of these episodes. Along with awarding it a rare A+, I currently place this installment in my top 15 anime of all time, the highest TV series since a season of Gintama from four years prior.
    01▲ 01▲ 02. Kimetsu no Yaiba (A-)
    03▲ 01▲ 03. Fruits Basket (2019) (B+)
    00► 00► 04. Diamond no Ace: Act II (B+)
    03▼ 00► 05. Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season (B+)
    03▲ 00► 06. Isekai Quartet (B-)
    02▼ 01▼ 07. One Punch Man 2nd Season (B-)
    01▼ 00► 08. Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (B-)

    Dropped:

    01▼ 02▼ 09. Kenja no Mago (C) 6 episodes



    Everything that Ended:

    01. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2 (A+)
    02. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze (A)
    03. Dororo (A-)
    04. Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season (B+)
    05. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (B+)
    06. Isekai Quartet (B-)
    07. One Punch Man 2nd Season (B-)
    08. Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (B-)

    Dropped:

    09. Kenja no Mago (C) 6 episodes



    Everything I'm Watching:

    00► 01▲ 01. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2 (A+)
    01▲ 01▲ 02. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze (A)
    01▲ 00► 03. One Piece (A-)
    02▼ 00► 04. Dororo (A-)
    03▲ 01▲ 05. Kimetsu no Yaiba (A-)
    01▼ 00► 06. Detective Conan (B+)
    05▲ 01▲ 07. Fruits Basket (2019) (B+)
    01▲ 00► 08. Diamond no Ace: Act II (B+)
    02▼ 00► 09. Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season (B+)
    04▼ 00► 10. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (B+)
    01▼ 00► 11. Fairy Tail: Final Series (B+)
    03▲ 00► 12. Isekai Quartet (B-)
    02▼ 01▼ 13. One Punch Man 2nd Season (B-)
    01▼ 00► 14. Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (B-)

    Dropped:

    01▼ 02▼ 15. Kenja no Mago (C) 6 episodes

    Weekly Schedule:

    Sunday (1): Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2
    Monday (1): Dororo
    Tuesday (3): Diamond no Ace: Act II, Isekai Quartet, One Punch Man 2nd Season
    Wednesday (2): Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san
    Thursday (0):
    Friday (3): JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze, Fruits Basket (2019), Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season
    Saturday (4): One Piece, Kimetsu no Yaiba, Detective Conan, Fairy Tail: Final Series

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  • Buckeye
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    Post-simulcast Report: June 1-15

    Alright, I was extremely busy this past month that I didn't bother to do my final post-simulcast report of spring until just now. Seeing that I finished a lot of simulcasts that unlike with previous reports I include them in this report, but not writing reviews for this post. Like always, shows are listed in order I finished watching for completed shows and in alphabetical order for ongoing, and I am using the following symbols once again to indicate simulcasts and rewatches:

    * indicates a simulcast
    ^ indicates a show being rewatched

    Completed

    ^Kakegurui xx (9-12): B+
    Pretty much, the same thought as the first season apply to this season as the show thrives on characters, drama, and artwork, while the story is on the weak side, the pacing could have picked up a big, and the anime-original ending didn't exactly leave the best of impressions.

    *Senryu Girl: B+

    *Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu: B


    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods: B
    Having already watched Dragon Ball Super, this movie feels pretty familiar seeing that this came out before Super. This movie does a nice job in introducing the new characters and utilize action and humor nicely for a satisfying movie. Not the best of works, but it does a great job in appealing to the Dragon Ball faithful.

    Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F: B-
    Pretty much, the same thoughts as Battle of the Gods here, but with storytelling on the weaker side. While it does a nice job to appeal to the fans of this franchise, it's more about glorifying Frieza than anything seeing that he was such a memorable villain. That said, it was another nice piece of action there, but one that wasn't really put together in the best of ways.

    Hunter x Hunter (146-148): A+
    This show has it all and it's no wonder why it's up there as one of the GOAT candidates. Everything is just clicking on all cylinders and while the original series is great as well, it had too much tentativeness seeing that it came out as the manga was being made. This series was well-paced, well-animated, and above all character development was just off the charts, especially with the Chimera Ant arc. If there was one gripe about this show, it would be how Gon's father goes off and disappears for a great portion of this show. But in all, this show does everything right to tell a complete story.

    *AfterLost: D+

    *Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki: C-

    *Dororo: A-


    Baki (21-26): C+
    The show is built on ridiculous action that mirrors JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's artstyle. The show does a great job with the action and character development, but the story was just felt so fragmented that it was hard to make sense of everything that was going on. It just didn't feel like one big story as it should be and many little ones stitched together. In all, it was a show I had a hard time getting into, but managed to do just enough to make it to the end.

    *The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater Climax Season: C+

    *Isekai Quartet: B+

    *Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off!: D

    *The Rising of the Shield Hero: A

    *The Helpful Fox Senko-san: B+

    *Wise Man's Grandchild: C+

    *Karakuri Circus: B-

    *Bungo Stray Dogs season 3: B+

    *We Never Learn: B-

    *Attack on Titan season 3: A+


    ^The Promised Neverland (11-12): A+
    This is one of the best shows of the year as everything was clicking. But above all, the drama was just off-the-charts amazing. It helped that it had a strong story with great character development and nice animation. But nevertheless, the drama is what carries this show in a big way.

    Ongoing

    [DBZ-S] Dragon Ball Super (112-116)
    [KKM] Kyo Kara Maoh! (15-22)
    ^[SAO-A] Sword Art Online: Alicization (21-22)

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  • Buckeye
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    Post-simulcast Report: June 1-15

    The season is finished, but I have yet to do my post-simulcast report for the first half of June. So here it is.

    Completed

    ^Mysteria Friends (1-10): B-
    This is a show where there's not a lot going on as it focuses on only one thing and accomplishes that. The animation is nice while the characters are interesting, the atmosphere is inviting, and it has decent character development for a short. But in the end there's pretty much no story to it all and there are several stretches of nothingness going on. That said, it sets out to be a slice of life show in the quasi Rage of Bahamut universe and it accomplishes that objective.

    ^UQ Holder (1-12): C-
    This is another poor attempt at adapting a Ken Akamatsu work into anime as they are notoriously difficult to do, especially with only one cour's worth of episodes. That said, this show does some things well with solid animation, interesting characters, and a plot full of intrigue, but the execution was all over the place, especially at the end. This is more of a show that Negima fans can appreciate than the general audience largely because of its difficulty to adapt. That said, the show cuts a lot of corners with the story and rushes things to make it another busted Akamatsu adaptation.

    JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (35-39): A+
    This is easily the best series of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure the corrects a lot of the problems that prevented the first two seasons from achieving perfection. The story doesn't have storywriting issues that hindered the first season, and it doesn't do the repetitive stand-of-the-week stuff essentially from start to finish that Stardust Crusaders does. This season tells a strong story from start to finish, and it helps that the main villain is playing a far more meaningful role. While the action is what this show thrives on, this season it knew how to use it effectively, all while telling a story that far surpasses that of the first two seasons. In all, it's a well-written show that flows.

    School Babysitters Special: B+

    Ongoing

    [BKI-3] Baki (17-20)
    [DBZ-S] Dragon Ball Super (108-111)
    [HXH] Hunter x Hunter (144-145)
    ^[KGR-2] Kakegurui xx (1-8)
    [KKM] Kyo Kara Maoh (1-14)
    ^[PNL] The Promised Neverland (7-10)
    ^[SAO-A] Sword Art Online: Alicization (17-20)

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  • Buckeye
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    Spring 2019 Simulcast Rankings: May

    Alright, this is quite late, but I finally got around to updating my rankings based on the episodes that aired during the month of May. I'll try and not be influenced by what I watched so far in June, so here it goes.

    Home Run
    Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2
    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
    The Rising of the Shield Hero

    Dororo
    Fairy Tail Final Season

    Base Hit
    Bungo Stray Dogs season 3
    The Helpful Fox Senko-san
    Fruits Basket (2019)
    Isekai Quartet
    Senryu Girl
    One Punch Man 2nd Season
    Kono Oto Tomare! (Promoted)

    Walk
    Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu
    We Never Learn

    Mix
    Fairy Gone
    Karakuri Circus
    Wise Man's Grandchild
    AfterLost
    Cinderella Girls Theater Climax Season

    Flyout
    Fight League: Gear Gadget Generators
    Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Promoted)

    Strikeout
    Miru Tights
    Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off!

    Rising

    Kono Oto Tomare! - After a rough start, this show is finally hitting its stride as it's all about making broken characters better through playing koto as a club. Tremendous character development is happening in these episodes, and it's a sight to behold.

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - This show is doing an excellent job with character development, all while putting on action scenes that are just pure eye candy. This show is most definitely a winner.

    We Never Learn - The comedy has gotten better, and that's good enough for me.

    Falling

    Wise Man's Grandchild - After a strong start, things start to come back to Earth in the way I was expecting for a cliched isekai show. Too much focus on all the wrong things.

    One Punch Man 2nd Season - While the content remains strong, these episodes are some of the weakest so far in this franchise.

    Bungo Stray Dogs season 3 - It's a show that has hit a rough spot, but even so the drop is not very big.

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  • Buckeye
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    Post-simulcast Report: May 16-31

    Another post-season report ready to go.

    Completed

    Star Blazers 2199: A-
    This is a nicely constructed space drama that takes an old-school science fiction show and modernizes it with nice touch-ups and stuff. Above all, the story was just so strong, while character development and drama were top-notch. That said, it still has some flaws as the biggest one was just the pacing as I felt that things really dragged in the beginning while it was a bit rushed at the end. But in all, it's a great way to modernize a classic show.

    Wataten! An Angel Dlew Down to Me Special: B-

    Revisions (1-12): D+
    While this show had great potential, it all went down the tubes with a totally annoying MC with a hero complex that is extremely irritating. Having such a terrible MC pretty much kills any chance this show might have had as it distracts from whatever story they were trying to craft. While the story was way too cliche, at least it was sound in concept. The action was nice, the drama was decent, and the last third of the show had a solid story as the saving graces for this show that totally whiffed on its potential. Nevertheless, a better MC would have gone a long way.

    The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments (15-24): A-
    This show continues to build on the first season as it does a great job in revealing character backstories and slowly revealing the truths and connections behind the Commandments. And of course, there are the fights that are the highlight of this show. While it continues to do most of the things the first season did, the ending was a bit of a letdown, all while there were certain parts that just didn't click. Nevertheless, it's a great way to follow up the first season and set the stage for a third that is coming.

    Ongoing

    [DBZ-S] Dragon Ball Super (101-107)
    [HXH] Hunter x Hunter (141-143)
    [JBA-DU] JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (33-34)
    [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (245-250)
    ^[PNL] The Promised Neverland (1-6)
    [SAO-A] Sword Art Online: Alicization (14-16)

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  • Buckeye
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    Post-simulcast Report: May 1-15

    Life has gotten pretty hectic lately, but in a good way this time around. Seeing that I'm about to switch cable services and lose my DVR that I prioritized the Toonami stuff, so most of my post-simulcast stuff is that. So with that, here is my latest post-simulcast report as it took quite a while for me to write it up.

    Completed

    ^The Ancient Magus' Bride (13-24, specials): A
    This show is a visual feast with a well-constructed storyline and strong character development. But above all, everything is perfect from the technical side of things. Just about the only major problem this show has is the ending as the storytelling was rough and had problems with its execution. In all, it's a great show with all the supernatural elements nicely constructed to tell a rich story.

    Ingress (1-11): C-
    While this show is visually impressive, the story was just lackluster as it is designed to advertise a mobile game. But above all, the characters were just a dry bunch that just didn't have much to offer. While the story was very weak, the show did have some decent drama and action to make it worthwhile. The show's story definitely could have been better, but it is what it is.

    ^Re:Zero (13-25): A+
    This show does such an amazing job in combining great characters, a well thought-out story, and an ingenious concept all into one show. The animation does the job, and above all it brings about tremendous character growth. Just about the only issue is pacing as the show took a bit longer than I would have wanted on the arcs, but in all it leads to a great show with amazing drama.

    Mecha-Ude: C+
    Seeing that this is just an OVA that it does the job in setting the stage for something big to go down if this should get a TV series or another OVA episode. While the action was solid, other than that this show doesn't stand out as the story was alright, and the concept was at least a worthwhile one.

    Ongoing

    [BKI] Baki (11-16)
    [DBZ-S] Dragon Ball Super (85-100)
    [HXH] Hunter x Hunter (139-140)
    [JBA-DU] JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (27-32)
    [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (236-244)
    [PKM-SM] Pokemon Sun and Moon (77-83)
    [7DS-2] Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments (9-14)
    [YMT-99] Star Blazers 2199 (1-13)
    ^[SAO-A] Sword Art Online: Alicization (9-13)

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  • General Hentai
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    CR got some old school titles added to the library, and as an old Tenchi Muyo fan from way back, I had to rewatch Photon the Idiot Adventures, a 6 episode OVA. A mixture of ecchi and idiocy, Photon tells a story brought to us by Masaki Kajishima, one of the major creators of the Tenchi Muyo! OVA series, the sole creative force since OVA episode 6, and the person who brought us Tenchi Muyo GXP! and Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar.

    And that story? It tells of various doings on about a power source throughout the universe, including a powerful young man named Photon, who is immune to it. But who's a simple guy, and simple-minded as well. Throw in a plot where Photon's home world of Sandy Planet is the setting for most of the adventure, as he's sent to chase after the village head's idiot daughter, Aun, as she chases her latest love, a roaming idol, with the notion of selling the village's Holy Object, a permanent marker, which we later see can be used to trace circuitry, so it's more than a Sharpie. But it's also something used by a man to draw his crest on the forehead of his wife, officially making them married. And after Photon stumbles across the sleeping capsule of a naked young woman, where after he realizes Aun had drawn "idiot" on his forehead, he draws it on the forehead of the mystery woman, Keyne Aqua, marrying her by galactic standards, and definitely by Keyne standards. Throw in an idiot villain, a unique squad of henchmen, plus 2 evil villains, a space princess named Lashara Moon, Photon actually being named Photon Earth, a Koro as a mascot type character personification of a ship, plus a great deal of fan service and the result is old school fun, including things I doubt they could get away with today. such as villain Papacharino Nanadan's misadventures resulting in him being bandaged like a mummy, including his very visibly though entirely wrapped, swinging in the breeze manhood.

    Still, it's interesting to see how much of what was used in Photon would be used yet again in later series, from the name Lashara and the Koro, all whom we would see decades later in Geminar.

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  • Buckeye
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    Spring 2019: Finalizes Slate

    It's that time of the season again where I finalize my watchlist. Just about everything except for the last spot was locked down pretty quickly, but I had to use the extended trial card to lock down that final spot. In any case, here is my finalized list of shows I'm watching this season, in order of when they were locked in for the watching list, and when they hit the drop pile for the dropped list with the last show listed first. As I did with the first impressions list, I'm going to use the # symbol to indicate shorts as those were determined by a separate process.

    Watching
    • Dororo (continuing)
    • Fairy Tail: Final Season (continuing)
    • Karakuri Circus (continuing)
    • The Rising of the Shield Hero (continuing)
    • Attack on Titan season 3
    • Bungo Stray Dogs season 3
    • One Punch Man season 2
    • Fruits Basket (2019)
    • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
    • The Helpful Fox Senko-san
    • Fairy Gone
    • Million Arthur
    • AfterLost
    • Wise Man's Grandchild
    • Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu
    • Mix
    • Koto Ono Tomare! Sounds of Life
    • We Never Learn
    • # Fight League: Gear Gadget Generators (continuing)
    • # Cinderella Girls Theater: Climax Season
    • # Isekai Quartet
    • # Senryu Girl
    • # Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off!
    • # Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki

    Dropped
    • Cinderella Nine
    • Sarazanmai
    • YU-NO
    • Midnight Occult Civil Servants
    • RobiHachi
    • King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars
    • Namu Amida Butsu! Rendai Utena
    • # Amazing Stranger
    • # Joshi Kausei
    • # Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?
    • # Ao-chan Can't Study
    • # Nobunaga teacher's Child Bride

    Pretty short drop list this time around as the number of shows this is down quite a lot. While the majority of shows locked down their spots rather quickly, I had to go into extended trial period to determine which two between We Never Learn, Koto Ono Tomare, and Cinderella Nine made the cut, and it was pretty clear after six episodes which one is the last one out. So to summarize by day of the week with the first number being shows total and the second counts only the full-length ones where applicable:

    Sunday (3): AfterLost, Fairy Gone, Attack on Titan
    Monday (2/1): Yatogame-chan, Dororo
    Tuesday (3/1): Isekai Quartet, Strike Witches, One Punch Man
    Wednesday (3): Shield Hero, Senko-san, Wise Man's Grandchild
    Thursday (2): Million Arthur, Karakuri Circus
    Friday (4/3): Bungo Stray Dogs, Fruits Basket, Senryu Girl, Hitori Bocchi
    Saturday (5): Mix, Demon Slayer, We Never Learn, Kono Oto Tomare!, Fairy Tail (simuldub)

    So it's a weekend-heavy schedule this time around while I barely have enough stuff for the week. But thanks to the continuing shows and sequels being spread out that I didn't need to include a show due to the lack of stuff on a particular day of the week. As usual, I explain the process some other time as it's quite a lengthy process.

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  • Buckeye
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    Post-simulcast Report: April 16-30

    Here is my next post-simulcast report of the season. While I have begun to watch Million Arthur, whose second season is currently airing but the first season is still coming out weekly despite being complete and out for quite some time now that I will roll it into my simulcast report seeing that it is a split cour that doesn't restart the episode counter. Also, I'm considering both seasons of Golden Kamuy as one for the same reason, so it's listed as ongoing rather than continuing.

    Completed

    ^Stellvia (21-26): B-
    This old-school sci-fi show is an enjoyable show to watch for the characters, drama, action, and comedy. While the individual parts are nice, the plot is uneven and while some parts are great, other parts are on the cringeworthy side. The show takes awhile to get going, but the things pick up really nicely in the second half to make for a solid show all-around.

    Hi Score Girl: Extra Stage (1-3): A-
    This does a great job in putting a wrap on the cliffhanger ending in the TV series as the show continues to use retro games as a driving engine for character development, as well as put the family issues in the limelight. It continues to do everything the TV series did so well in the second half, as well as set the stage for the sequel.

    *A Certain Magical Index III (23-26): C

    Ongoing

    [BKI-2] Baki (8-10)
    [DBZ-S] Dragon Ball Super (75-84)
    ^[GKY] Golden Kamuy (1-12)
    [GKY] Golden Kamuy: Golden Douga Theater (1-12)
    [HXH] Hunter x Hunter (134-138)
    [JBA-DU] JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (21-26)
    [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (226-235)
    [PKM-SM] Pokemon Sun and Moon (74-76)
    [7DS-2] The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments (1-8)

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  • Buckeye
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    Spring 2019 Simulcast Rankings: April

    Time for my monthly simulcast rankings, and with this being the first of the spring season, that means football terminology is out and baseball is in for the tier names, but they mean the same thing. As usual with the first month, all shows are included while only those that remain on the watchlist take part in the next two rankings. Shows I'm watching are in black, shows I have dropped are in red, and shows I'm still on the fence about are in blue. Onto the simulcast rankings.

    Home Run
    Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2
    Dororo
    The Rising of the Shield Hero
    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
    Fairy Tail Final Season

    Base Hit
    Bungo Stray Dogs season 3
    The Helpful Fox Senko-san
    One Punch Man 2nd Season
    Fruits Basket (2019)
    Isekai Quartet
    Senryu Girl

    Walk
    Kono Oto Tomare!
    Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu
    Mix

    Wise Man's Grandchild
    Fairy Gone
    Karakuri Circus
    We Never Learn
    AfterLost
    Cinderella Nine
    Cinderella Girls Theater Climax Season
    Sarazanmai

    Flyout
    Ao-chan Can't Study
    Midnight Occult Civil Servants
    YU-NO
    RobiHachi
    Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?


    Strikeout
    Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off!
    Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki
    Joshi Kausei
    Amazing Stranger

    King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars
    Nobunaga Teacher's Child Bride
    Namu Amida Butsu! Utena


    One thing to note is that while I'm planning to watch Million Arthur, I'm watching the first season as even though it's all completed, Funimation is releasing it weekly, all while they are releasing the second season. Since it's the second season that's being broadcast this season that it will be omitted. Overall, it's shaping up to be a weak season, and part of the reason is the reduction in the number of shows as there are far fewer shows to watch compared to last season.
    Last edited by Buckeye; 05-01-2019, 12:36 PM.

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  • Buckeye
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    Spring 2019: First Impressions

    Now that I have had a chance to finally get through all the shows this season that I can now do my formal first impressions post. Like always, shows are grouped into three categories called Red Zone, Midfield, and Own 20 as football terminology to represent shows that have locked down a spot on my watchlist (or very close to), shows that could go either way, or shows that I have dropped (or very close to and unless I see a huge turnaround, it's as good as toast). Shows are in alphabetical order based on English name by tier with the full-length shows listed first (for the first tier, continuing shows, then sequels, then new shows), followed by shorts, now indicated with a # marker before the show's title.

    Red Zone
    Dororo - Continuing from Winter
    Fairy Tail Final Season - Continuing from Winter
    Karakuri Circus - Continuing from Winter
    The Rising of the Shield Hero - Continuing from Winter
    Attack on Titan season 3 Part 2 - Things pick up quite nicely from where it ended and it definitely continues its high quality storytelling mixed in with off-the-charts drama and intensity.
    Bungo Stray Dogs season 3 - So far, the show has only done the backstory for two supporting characters, but it is nicely told all while the show continues to nail it with the action. I'm skeptical of the direction, but at least it does a great job with what has been decided.
    One Punch Man season 2 - While the show's content and storytelling continue to be top-notch helped out by great source material, the animation takes quite a nosedive with the change of studio. While J.C. Staff is more than capable, unfortunately the person in charge of the artwork is puts in an amateurish product thus turning what should be an S-class product into a B-class product.
    Demon Slayer: Kimestu no Yaiba - While the visuals are what stand out the most about this show, it has a great story to go along with it. Character development has been tremendous, all while the action does a nice job in complementing the story.
    Fruits Basket (2019) - It's Fruits Basket that I remember, but with the comedy toned down significantly so that the storytelling can stand out. So far, the new adaptation is doing great justice to the source material, all while the strong character development that makes this a beloved classic is nicely emphasized.
    The Helpful Fox Senko-san - This is a fun, laid-back show as it's all about improving one's outlook in life by having a fox spirit doing housework to make life better for the MC who is down on his luck. This show has been one of the most enjoyable ones so far as the characters are great and the relaxing atmosphere makes everything click.
    Million Arthur - While this show is designed to advertise a mobile game, it's a show that does a solid job in making the characters stand out and bring some amusing antics. It still falls into the typical pitfalls as shows adapted for this purpose, but it's all about the characters as they are a fun bunch to watch.
    #Isekai Quartet - This show is a lot of fun to see how characters from four different isekai shows interacting in a lighthearted comedy. While it's all about giving fans of Kadokawa's isekai shows something, it does a nice job at that. The comedy is hit-or-miss, but the content that hits provides for some great content.
    #Senryu Girl - This is a cute and fun show to watch. The girls in this show are insanely cute, all while the senryu poems are really funny. This combination makes for a show that I eagerly anticipate each week.

    Midfield
    AfterLost - Being animated by Madhouse, it looks great with the visuals and action, all while the show has an intriguing mystery going on. That said, the storytelling has been sorely lacking, but all of the style elements are great as to be expected out of Madhouse, and seeing that it's intended to advertise a game that my expectations were pretty modest coming in.
    Cinderella Nine - This show is a fun way to bring baseball and girls together, but in the end this is simply designed to advertise a mobile game, and not exactly doing a great job at it. While the story's execution is all over the place, at least it does the job for those who are into the cute girls doing cute things type of show.
    Fairy Gone - With P.A. Works animating this show that as expected, it looks great, especially with the action sequences. That said, the storytelling has been all over the place, but even so I have hope that in due time things come together as I'm not sure what this show wants to be at the moment.
    Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu - It's another one of those cute girls shows with the twist being the MC is socially awkward who is simply looking to make friends. While the story is pretty weak and it's nothing groundbreaking, the characters are a fun bunch and the comedy is in good tastes.
    Kono Oto Tomare! - This is a show with solid drama and storytelling as it builds an interesting story about playing koto with a bunch of guys who aren't exactly the type of people expected to play such a serene instrument. While the storytelling has been nice, the show suffers from subpar animation and underdeveloped characters that are too hard to keep track of.
    Mix - This is an old-school baseball show that does a nice job in sticking to its roots while modernizing the animation. Character development has been nicely done going to show that this family is tightknit despite it coming to be through widows marrying each other. That said, the baseball aspect has been lacking seeing that it hasn't spent as much time as I would like for the baseball, but I expect that to come in due time.
    Sarazanmai - I give this show props for being outside the box, but man is this show just weird. While I can appreciate the art style and the craziness that Kunihiko Ikuhara is known for, the show is starting to feel repetitive, and it feels like one of those shows where by seeing one episode, I have seen it all. That said, it's still an entertaining ride so far.
    We Never Learn - This show is pretty much Quintessential Quintuplets, but replacing the dumb siblings with three girls who are at least great at something, just not in the subject they want to make a career out of. The comedy is solid, the characters are a fun bunch, and the show is entertaining, but the way it was put together leaves much to be desired.
    Wise Man's Grandchild - This is yet another cliched isekai show, but it's one that uses the tropes and stuff to make this show good and worthwhile to watch. The characters are an interesting bunch, and while the whole overpowered cliche has been overused time and again, it's used wisely in this show as the MC is weak in many ways making for a show that manages to be good in spite of the cliches.
    #Amazing Stranger - This is easily one of the dumbest shows to come about easily as the whole concept is just stupid. And it doesn't exactly help that the animation is subpar, the characters are creepy, and the humor has a poor hit rate. But even so, this concept makes for a somewhat entertaining show.
    #Joshi Kausei - This show has an innovative idea for a short with no dialogue, and while it makes for something that stands out, not necessarily in a good way. Still, it's amusing to watch stuff happening without words.
    #Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off! - While it's fun to see the Strike Witches characters again, the show suffers from really awful animation and dumb humor that really isn't worth making its own short series for. Even so, the antics are sometimes funny.
    #Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki - It's another one of those shorts where not much happens. Even so, learning about Nagoya and stuff is fun.

    Own 20
    King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars - This is another pretty boy idol show aimed towards the fujoshi fanbase. While I'm open to watching something that's well-done like Starmyu or Idolish7, this one is just boring, confusing, and just something I couldn't care less about.
    Midnight Occult Civil Servants - This is pretty much a monster-of-the-week type of deal with the supernatural, and not much story or stuff to keep me invested in this show.
    Namu Amida Butsu! Utena - This is pretty much just a ripoff of Touken Ranbu as it's just boring and unimaginative. Not to mention, it is animated by a studio that generally does shorts. I knew right away that this show wasn't for me.
    RobiHachi - While this show is amusing, at the same time the humor just doesn't click well with me, all while the animation looks sloppy and it tries too hard to be like Space Dandy, but the content just doesn't do any favors for me.
    YU-NO - This could wind up being an interesting show given that it's based off a well-received game, but the show is just painfully slow to develop all while I'm having a hard time understanding what this show is trying to be.
    #Ao-chan Can't Study - The show has some amusing moments, but overall most of the comedy is in rather poor taste, all while the characters are just too much to bear with.
    #Nobunaga Teacher's Child Bride - This show is just tasteless all-around as a child bride and other fanservicey trash makes for a show that's best left in the corners of history.
    #Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? - The show does a nice job being the fanservicey guilty pleasure it set out to be, but the insane amount of censorship makes it unwatchable.

    So with the way things are shaping up, I should arrive at my final watchlist sooner rather than later since I only need to cut two more shows out. 11 are pretty much in with 9 shows in the running for 7 slots. If I had to decide today, Cinderella Nine and Sarazanmai would be the last shows out.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Spring 2019 First Impressions

    All but one show this series was underway weeks ago, meaning that the rest of them have all had three episodes under their belt, with some approaching episode 5 in the next couple of days. But now that everything has finally started, we can dig into the season as a whole.

    New For Spring 2019:

    01. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2 (A) That straggler that started nearly a month into the season was one of the most anticipated continuations and a definite candidate for the best anime of the season. In fact, it essentially earned that distinction well before it even started, thanks to the total lack of other impressive offerings and the relative reliability of each season of this series compared to a certain other big name that will be addressed later. Still, the first episode made up for this starting so late into the series by blowing through more thrilling events than anything else this season has done in 3+ episodes. It was a hell of a return, though it's also true that the series tends to hit hard at the beginning of each new installment, helped by the anticipation building up to it. So I'm sure it will drop from this peak as it goes on, but the gap between it and everything else is so wide that it's hard to imagine it won't stay on the top of this list throughout the season. While the previous OP was good in its own regard, the return of a traditional Linked Horizon OP does feel more appropriate. The only thing I really don't like so far is that, with the Colossal Titan coming back into focus, we have to deal with more of the hideous CG applied to him starting in the second season. Still, that episode of the second season with the big reveal was such a highlight that I can handle that distracting element as long as the confrontations are anywhere near as gripping.
    02. Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season (B+) It's been a few years since the first two seasons, so I wasn't necessarily expecting another season now, but I'm happy to have it. It wisely begins just like the second season did, spending its first three episodes on a serious flashback arc centered on Dazai in his time in the Port Mafia, this time going even further back in time. It's unfortunate that I find these side stories so much more engaging than the main material that encompasses at least three quarters of each season, but with that being my full experience of this season so far, it's a very positive first impression. The second season went in an interesting direction, bringing the Port Mafia onto the protagonists' side to combat a common foe, and worked quite well with it. I wasn't expecting that at the time, so I can't be sure that they'll be back to being the main antagonists here, but as long as the series continues to have strong character development, creative use of literary-based powers, and exciting battles set to quality Bones animation and an eclectic Iwasaki score, I'll be content.
    03. Kimetsu no Yaiba (B+) Another series benefiting from strong visuals and music, this Jump series that I hadn't read any of is receiving a shiny adaptation with plenty of Aniplex money. It's rare that I see a non-Fate ufotable TV series that I actually like, but the obvious strength of the source material helps a lot, in addition to a number of elements that help any series, like ufotable, Yuki Kajiura, and LiSA. From a production standpoint, it has a lot in common with the likes of Fate/Zero, which never hurts your chances. It's one of the more compelling of the recent Jump series that stick pretty closely to standard formula (as opposed to, say, last season's Neverland), its seasonal approach helps keep the production values solid (especially since they're so ahead of schedule that they screened five episodes before the series even started airing) as well as the pacing, the animation is quite impressive on top of the usual strength of cinematography expected of ufotable, and we already have 26 episodes confirmed to get through a good amount of material.
    04. Diamond no Ace: Act II (B+) It's hard to say much new about a series that I've watched well over 100 episodes of, but the fact that I've stuck with it that long and am very excited to have it back speaks volumes to its strength as a sports show. The only real difference here is that Production I.G has dropped out, leaving Madhouse to handle it solo, but being animated by my favorite studio by far isn't too much of a step down from another of my favorite studios co-producing it. So far, it looks very consistent with the previous seasons, and feels like no time has passed. The first episode understandably spends most of its time on recapping previous events, but I didn't especially mind the refresher, and I'm looking forward to seeing how far it goes. With another full year (52 episodes) for this season, we'll probably catch up to the manga at that point, but I hope we can continue to get more additional seasons for as long as there's material to adapt. It's definitely a top 10 sports anime overall.
    05. One Punch Man 2nd Season (B) Here's where the big disappointment drops. It's not like this is a bad anime. It's not even the most disappointing adaptation of beloved source material in recent years; it scores several letter grades higher than the train wreck that befell the masterpiece that is the Berserk manga. But as a direct sequel to a solid A series, an easy candidate for the most well-animated of all time, after years of waiting... this is a major bummer. I was worried this would be the case when it was announced that J.C.Staff would be replacing Madhouse as the studio and one of their unknown lifers would be replacing Natsume as the director, especially as more years continued to pass by with so few updates and no actual footage until the very end. I still hoped they would try to pull out all the stops because of the bar set by the first season, but as those repeated delays indicated, the production schedule is way behind for some reason, and these negative factors combine to deliver a relatively mediocre production of something that should be outstanding at every turn. The direction is uninspired, the artwork is often messy and off-model, the lines are dull and inconsistent, the color design employs strange gradients that feel washed out compared to the richness of Madhouse's solid colors, amateurish filters are applied to mask inadequacies but only cause it to look cheaper and more distracting, and the animation not only doesn't live up to Madhouse's impossible precedent but goes as far as being less dynamic than some still panels of the manga. Even with all that lost potential, though, it's still a serviceable adaptation of one of my favorite manga, so it's not as if these detractors bring it down to the point of being bad or anything. The director occasionally nails some of the comedy, which is always an important factor, and episode 3 did pull off some animation that, while nowhere near as stellar as a single episode of the first season, gave a lot more hope for the future of this season. With the scheduling woes, though, there's a definite fear that it could totally fall apart before it's finished, so I'm hoping we don't see that, and instead get a lot more scenes like the ones in episode 3. Best-case scenario at this point, the next 9 episodes are much stronger and the original team takes back over for all future adaptations, but even if all of that were to happen, there's an unmistakable blemish in a series that was so perfect until now, and it's not like they're going to remake that just because it's of lesser quality. So as sad as it is with how much I was looking forward to another season of One Punch Man since 2015, I might have to end up recommending that people watch only those original 12 episodes for the optimal One Punch Man anime experience, regardless of how much more is produced later on. With Mob Psycho 100 II ending immediately before this began, the timing couldn't have been shittier to showcase how inferior this sequel is thanks to the people, companies, and production schedules involved.
    06. Fruits Basket (2019) (B) Another very eagerly anticipated adaptation, this one isn't disappointing me as much as it just hasn't hit its stride yet. I never watched any of the original Fruits Basket anime, but knowing that the manga was considered infinitely better, I read through all of Yen's collector's editions a couple of years ago, and I certainly understood why it was so highly regarded. The announcement of a full anime adaptation (with at least one break, given the "1st season" indicator in the logo) staying faithful to the manga was extremely exciting. While the studio and other main staff didn't give me the most confidence, it's being written by Taku Kishimoto, my favorite anime writer and a master of adapting very emotional, character-driven manga series, which is exactly what this is. While it looks quite nice, I don't personally love the aesthetic, but once the story gets to the really dark, emotionally complex and heavy material that I never could've expected from what's introduced as a cute shoujo romantic comedy, it should shoot up the rankings. It could always be mishandled when the time comes, but I hope that at the very least Kishimoto will deliver well enough to earn yet another adaptation on my Top Anime list.
    07. Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (B-) Yes, the premise sounds like it could very easily be an extremely creepy anime. But so far, it has mostly stayed away from that path, instead just being very pleasant, to the point that I don't think it's any sort of exaggeration to call it an iyashikei show. However, it's not necessarily as "pure" as that designation generally implies, since it is very much intended as a self-insert experience. So yeah, it's a little more of pandering, escapist wish fulfillment than some, but that hardly makes it uncommon for anime. The protagonist being a software developer gives me an extra connection, though that's more of a novelty than anything. It's appropriate that this show focuses so much on fluff, because that's exactly what it is. And sometimes, it's okay for a show to just be light and comfy.
    08. Kenja no Mago (B-) Compared to other recent and ongoing isekai series, this one is fairly unremarkable. I don't even know that I could point to many elements that make it particularly unique. But while it's not one of the best, it's also far from the bottom of the barrel that so many of them occupy, and even its common tropes don't annoy me too much. I appreciate that the nature of the isekai factor keeps it from leaning too much on "Well, in my world..." and that the visuals occasionally have a little creative touch from Silver Link. It's still generic enough that any misstep could lead to a drop, but I find it entertaining enough to for the moment.
    09. Isekai Quartet (B-) I'm probably watching this due to obligation more than anything. I've seen and enjoyed all of the series that go into it and I'm a bit of a sucker for crossovers, so I'm glad it exists and isn't too bad so far. But as expected from a half-length chibi gag show, there's not much to grab onto, and it hasn't even done much in the way of actual jokes beyond acknowledging the characters and making some references back to their worlds. Even though it will obviously be nothing more than a comedy with very simplistic art, it could do a lot more with legitimately funny material. Like similar spinoffs in the past (just focusing on single series instead of crossing them over), relying on the fact that "You get this reference" can't sustain a series for long, so this is definitely the closest to being dropped if it doesn't come up with anything new.

    Dropped:

    10. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (C) At this point, I feel pretty comfortable in saying that I genuinely believe my silly quintuplet harem show from last season to be a good series. This series has a superficially similar plot, but harem shows only really have five ideas or so that they shuffle around. To make them work, the characters really have to be likable, and that's the biggest distinction here. Sure, I only watched the first episode, but since this is another Jump series that Viz included in their online publication from the beginning, I read the first several chapters when they were released, and I'm pretty confident that nothing about this adaptation would make me care about the series any more if I had watched the next few. I will give credit to some nice animation in the OP, but the protagonist and the main girls are so equally one-dimensional that I can't get into their story no matter how cute the girls are or how nice certain elements of the show look.
    11. Fairy Gone (D+) Other than some degree of the signature P.A. Works aesthetic, there's not much about this series I like. Okay, the music is a little catchy, but it tries just a little too hard to ape Sawano and gets kinda cringey as a result. The rest is basically a mess: the premise, the characters, the too-dark color palette, the hideous CG "fairies" (which are impossible to take seriously in general), and what the hell the series is trying to accomplish. I didn't take to Grimgar as much as a lot of people, but that was clearly much more competently written than this original series by the same writer.

    I can't think of another case of a winter season being so much stronger than the spring season that follows it, but even with a very solid #1, I can't really consider this anything but a huge step down. Most of the good shows are sequels, which is fairly common, but even then, only one of them is great. Kimetsu no Yaiba is a good addition for a brand-new series, and hopefully this will appear to be a stronger season for having the new Fruits Basket once that ends. But with that still bubbling below the surface and One Punch Man taking a huge hit in its return, it's not a very exciting slate of new shows at this point.



    Everything I'm Watching:

    01. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2 (A)
    02. Dororo (A-)
    03. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze (A-)
    04. One Piece (A-)
    05. Detective Conan (B+)
    06. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (B+)
    07. Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season (B+)
    08. Kimetsu no Yaiba (B+)
    09. Diamond no Ace: Act II (B+)
    10. Fairy Tail: Final Series (B+)
    11. One Punch Man 2nd Season (B)
    12. Fruits Basket (2019) (B)
    13. Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (B-)
    14. Kenja no Mago (B-)
    15. Isekai Quartet (B-)

    Dropped:

    16. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (C)
    17. Fairy Gone (D+)

    Weekly Schedule:

    Sunday (1): Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2
    Monday (1): Dororo
    Tuesday (3): Diamond no Ace: Act II, One Punch Man 2nd Season, Isekai Quartet
    Wednesday (3): Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san, Kenja no Mago
    Thursday (0):
    Friday (3): JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze, Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season, Fruits Basket (2019)
    Saturday (4): One Piece, Detective Conan, Kimetsu no Yaiba, Fairy Tail: Final Series

    Numbers 2-6 being continuing series from last season or earlier really illustrates how little this new season is actually contributing, but it does mean that my overall slate is still plenty solid. 15 is a pretty average number for me, and Isekai Quartet is on somewhat thin ice. My Mondays from last season have shifted to Tuesdays this season; while Wednesdays also have three series, Tuesdays have one that I also review. At least Isekai Quartet is half-length.

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  • Buckeye
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    Post-Simulcast Report: April 1-15

    Here's the first post-simulcast report of the season. This includes stuff from the previous season's simulcast lineup that finished up in April that aren't reviewed in this post.

    Completed

    *Mob Psycho 100 II: A

    *Kemono Friends 2: C-

    *Today's Menu for Emiya Family: B


    ^One Punch Man (1-12, Special ep. 1-6): A+
    This show is simply a masterpiece in every way imaginable as everything about this show is great. The characters are great, the show is nicely animated, the action is amazing, and the story is simply genius.

    *Double Decker! Doug and Kirill EX: B-

    Ongoing

    [BKI-N] Baki (1-7)
    [DBZ-S] Dragon Ball Super (66-74)
    [HXH] Hunter x Hunter (2011) (131-133)
    [PKM-SM] Pokemon Sun and Moon (69-73)
    [SVA] Stellvia (1-20)



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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Cinderella Girls Climax
    Cinderella Nine
    Senryuu Shoujo
    Yatogame-chan
    Kiratto Pri-chan
    Aikatsu Friends
    Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu
    Star Twinkle Precure

    Those are the anime i'm watching this season. Everything else has been skipped or dropped. Bocchi is the favorite of the season.

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  • Buckeye
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    Before I do my formal first impressions, which is a week away due to Attack on Titan's late start, I'll go ahead and do an informal one to let you know where I'm leaning in regards to my watch list. First of all, with the reduced number of shows coming out that I'm scaling back my list to what it was before this year's explosion of shows, and to compensate for that and because there are so many short series this season that I'm upping my shorts load. It used to be 20 standard-length shows and 30 minutes worth of shorts (and going over that limit will eat away at the standard-length total), and now it's 18 standard-length and 60 minutes of shorts. Anyway, let's begin.

    First of all, the locks as four shows are continuing (Dororo, Shield Hero, Karakuri Circus, and Fairy Tail), while there are three sequels (Attack on Titan, One Punch Man, and Bungo Stray Dogs) and one that's in because it's a remake of a classic (Fruits Basket). So that's eight shows in so far, and the nice thing is that every day of the week is already covered by these.

    Next are the shows that are in from the start based on favorable first impressions. Those are Demon Slayer, Senko-san, and Fairy Gone (though the last one isn't quite there with a strong story, it's there with everything else). Unfortunately this season, there aren't many heavy hitters out of the gate. So far, that's 11 shows.

    Now, the shows that are falling out of favor with me and are unlikely to make the cut barring the unexpected. Those are Midnight Occult Civil Servants, Namu Amida Butsu (which has already been dropped), RobiHachi, King of Prism, and YU-NO. So cutting these shows out, that leaves me with seven slots to fill between AfterLost, Cinderella Nine, Wise Man's Grandchild, Million Arthur, Sarazanmai, Hitori Bocchi, Mix, We Never Learn, and Kono Oto Tomare for a total of nine shows to choose for seven slots. With the way things are falling with the reduced schedule, I don't have to think as long as hard as I usually do.

    Lastly, there are the shorts. Senryu Girl (13) and Isekai Quartet (13) are locked in as they were two of my most anticipated shows, while Fight League (10) is continuing and Cinderella Girls Theater (5) is a short. So that's 41 minutes so far with 19 minutes remaining in my allotment. Things are falling into place nicely as I pretty much have Ao-chan, Why the Hell are You Here Teacher!? (mostly because of the censorship), Amazing Stranger, and Nobunaga Teacher (which I have dropped) as shows not likely to make the cut. That leaves Strike Witches (13), Joshi Kausei (4) and Yatogame-chan (4) left, and one of these three shows is the last short out.

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