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  • Winter 2021 Currently Watching (Winter 2021 Edition)

    Widgets Magazine
    It's a new season, and not only that but a new year as well. 2020 was quite a turbulent year, but it's a new year and hopefully things return to normal soon. In any case, here is what could possibly be the last Currently Watching thread with the Fandom Post due to be shut down really soon. But as long as the Fandom Post is still living, it's business as usual.

    The link to the Fall 2020 Edition
    Winter 2021 Anime Chart
    Winter 2021 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: Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Laid-Back Camp
    Watching: Shimoneta, Special 7, RobiHachi, Maria Holic Alive, Dokkoida, Buddyfight Ace, Shippuden
    Simulcasts: HIG, JJK, REZ, INU, DCF, AOT, HSB-2, HSB-B, DRS, YUC, LHZ, PNL, 5HY, TSL, UMA, HMY, MTE, SK8, TZK, WEP, BSD, STW, more TBD
    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
    Winter 2021 Simulcast Interest List

    Now that I know what's coming and what's not, time for my seasonal interest list, which is how I feel about shows coming into the season (while they have changed since the first episode, this is how I felt about the shows before watching the first episodes). No real need to explain what the tier names indicate, but I'll still give a quick rundown of it. In means I'm watching, Probable means unless it's unbearably bad I will watch it, Questionable means I'll check it out and impressions will largely determine where I go with it, Doubtful means I might not check it out (more often than not I do check it out), but it will have to knock my socks off to watch it, and Out means I'm not bothering with it. And then there's the usual three-letter abbreviations that go in my signature to indicate what I'm watching.

    IN
    [HIG-G] Higurashi: When They Cry Gou (continuing)
    [JJK] Jujutsu Kaisen (continuing)
    [REZ-2] Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 (continuing)
    [INU-Y] Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (continuing)
    [DCF] With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun (short, continuing)
    [AOT-4] Attack on Titan: Final Season
    [HSB-2] Cells at Work! Season 2
    [HSB-B] Cells at Work! Code Black
    [DRS-2] Dr. Stone: Stone Wars
    [YUC-2] Laid-Back Camp Season 2
    [LHZ-3] Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table
    [PNL-2] The Promised Neverland Season 2
    [5HY-2] The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2
    [TSL-2] That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
    [UMA-2] Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2

    PROBABLE
    [HMY] Horimiya
    [MTE] Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
    [SBR-ST] Show by Rock!! Stars!!
    [SK8] SK8 the Infinity
    [BSD-W] Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! (short)
    [STW-WWT] World Witches Take Off (short)

    QUESTIONABLE
    [243] 2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team
    [BAW] Back Arrow
    [TZK] Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki
    [RMN] Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist
    [HSA] Hortensia Saga
    [IDP] Idoly Pride
    [KJN] Kemono Jihen
    [OSP] Otherside Picnic
    [ROH] Redo of Healer
    [SLS] Skate-Leading Stars
    [SSW] So I'm a Spider, So What?
    [LDN] Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?
    [WEP] Wonder Egg Priority
    [AZL-BZ] Azur Lane: Slow Ahead (short)

    DOUBTFUL
    [XAR] Ex-Arm
    [GKI] Gekidol
    [TDB] Heaven's Design Team
    [HDE] The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
    [ICU] I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol
    [LBX] LBX Girls
    [SPT] Scar on the Praeter
    [WAV] Wave! Let's Go Surfing
    [WIX-D] WIXOSS Diva(A)Live
    [IDL] Idolls! (short)

    OUT
    Aikatsu Planet
    Armor Shop for Ladies and Gentlemen II
    Beastars Season 2 (Until released on Netflix)
    JimiHen
    Non Non Biyori Nonstop
    The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgment (Until released on Netflix)
    Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck
    True Cooking Master Boy Season 2
    World Trigger Season 2

    Seeing that this is a season so heavy on sequels and that I have a policy of allowing at least ten new shows that my watchlist this season will be set to 24 shows plus shorts that don't count towards the total.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Laid-Back Camp
    Watching: Shimoneta, Special 7, RobiHachi, Maria Holic Alive, Dokkoida, Buddyfight Ace, Shippuden
    Simulcasts: HIG, JJK, REZ, INU, DCF, AOT, HSB-2, HSB-B, DRS, YUC, LHZ, PNL, 5HY, TSL, UMA, HMY, MTE, SK8, TZK, WEP, BSD, STW, more TBD
    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
      01. Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season (A+)
      02. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2 (A-)
      03. One Piece (A-)
      04. Jujutsu Kaisen (TV) (A-)
      05. Horimiya (A-)
      06. Yuru Camp△ Season 2 (A-)
      07. Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season (B+)
      08. Detective Conan (B+)
      09. Dr. Stone: Stone Wars (B+)
      10. Non Non Biyori Nonstop (B+)
      11. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu (B+)
      12. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season (B+)
      13. Wonder Egg Priority (B+)
      14. 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬ (B)
      15. SK∞ (B)
      16. Kemono Jihen (B-)
      17. Hataraku Saibou!! (B-)
      18. Hataraku Saibou Black (TV) (B-)
      19. Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai (B-)
      20. Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! (B-)
      21. Osomatsu-san 3rd Season (B-)

      Services:

      Crunchyroll (12): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2, One Piece, Jujutsu Kaisen (TV), Yuru Camp△ Season 2, Detective Conan, Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, Non Non Biyori Nonstop, Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season, 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!, Osomatsu-san 3rd Season
      Funimation (11): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, One Piece, Horimiya, Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season, Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, Wonder Egg Priority, SK∞, Kemono Jihen, Hataraku Saibou!!, Hataraku Saibou Black, Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai


      Weekly Schedule:

      Sunday (4): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, Non Non Biyori Nonstop, Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, Kemono Jihen
      Monday (1): Osomatsu-san 3rd Season
      Tuesday (3): Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season, Wonder Egg Priority, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!
      Wednesday (2): Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2, Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai
      Thursday (6): Yuru Camp△ Season 2, Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season, Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬, Hataraku Saibou!!, Hataraku Saibou Black
      Friday (1): Jujutsu Kaisen (TV)
      Saturday (4): One Piece, Horimiya, Detective Conan, SK∞

      What a bizarre change. Thursday and Friday completely switched their numbers, while Saturday spread half its numbers onto Sunday.
      My Top Anime | Manga
      My Collection 1 | 2 | 3
      My FP Reviews | Twitter
      FPR Episodes | Apple

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      • #4
        Winter 2021: First Impressions

        Time for my usual first impressions, and while I have an idea of what my slate is going to look like, there's still plenty of uncertainty to sort out. Like always, the first list is for shows I have decided to watch, and it would take the unthinkable for me to drop it, the second list I'm conflicted on and the coming episodes will pretty much dictate which way I go, and the third list I have either dropped or plan to do so soon barring an unexpected upturn in quality. Continuing shows as usual will only be listed with nothing more said.

        Red Zone
        Higurashi: When They Cry Gou (continuing)
        Jujutsu Kaisen (continuing)
        Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 (continuing)
        Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (continuing)
        With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun (short, continuing)
        Attack on Titan: Final Season
        - The feel of this show has greatly shifted now that the big truth is out, and it starts off with a lot of buildup and backstory, but ultimately it figures to lead to a tremendous payoff. The studio change is a bummer, but MAPPA is doing an excellent job in maintaining the art style.
        Cells at Work! Season 2 - The show continues to do what it does best, but it's cramming two things into one episode. While still enjoyable as ever, this season's approach starts to feel a bit repetitive.
        Cells at Work! Code Black - This version of Cells at Work! takes a much darker approach seeing that the person has been engaging in an unhealthy lifestyle, and it does an excellent job with the feel and of course, the scientific accuracy of the problems. The animation is rough, but fitting for the atmosphere.
        Dr. Stone: Stone Wars - Things pick up very nicely where the first season left off, and this time things are really focused seeing that there's a war coming.
        Laid-Back Camp Season 2 - This season continues to be every bit comfy and relaxing as the first season as it continues to be one of the best slice of life shows out there. The characters are amazing, and the camping adventures are all well-executed to adhere to the laid-back nature of this show.
        Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table - While the show is still suffering from the animation downgrade of switching studios, the show comes in with a focus, and so far it has stuck to it even though it has been mostly slow-going at this point. Even so, it doesn't do anything forceful, which is the most important thing at this juncture of the series.
        The Promised Neverland Season 2 - After a drama-filled first season, it begins with the drama scaled back, but of course that allows for things to flow naturally as things pick up very nicely after the way the first season ended.
        The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2 - This show has really shifted gears as character development is front and center this season as a great mystery has presented itself in the first season that's being addressed to start off this season.
        That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 - Things pick up nicely where they ended with more of the same before venturing into more serious stuff that's supposed to be coming.
        Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2 - This show has a new MC and a different studio animating this, and while it's not as good as the first season, it's far from beating a dead horse as the show does a nice job in making the new MC much different than the first season MC, but at the same time doing so in a way where there's plenty of room for development when it looked like it wasn't possible at the beginning.
        Horimiya - This is the rom-com that everybody was waiting for, and it has been every bit impressive as expected. The characters are well-established, the comedy comes naturally, and there's plenty of great development and relationship building going on.
        Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - This isekai show has done everything right so far to establish the MC as someone who died and reincarnated with his experience intact, but doing so with much more focus on the process than the end result. The style of storytelling has worked wonders for this show in a big way making the MC much more interesting than the run-of-the-mill isekai protagonist.
        SK8 the Infinity - This show has an all-star production team, and it has done wonders for this show. The animation is amazing as expected out of Bones, and while it could have easily been a sports actionfest, it thankfully is not as it does a great job in making the characters all interesting people.
        Wonder Egg Priority - This show feels like something Shaft would create, and while there's a lot of weirdness and supernatural things happening, it's all done to tell a story effectively as opposed to being just for show.
        Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! (short) - This show puts the silly side of the characters on full display, and it's really funny. And for being a short, the animation quality is pretty good. This is definitely a winner as far as shorts go.
        World Witches Take Off! (short) - Pretty much, this is more of the same as with the first Take Off! series, with the only difference being that cast of Brave Witches is part of it. The humor is once again hit-or-miss, and this show suffers from bad animation quality despite being meant to drive home the point that this is a gag show.

        Midfield
        Back Arrow - This show has potential with a great air of mystery and interesting characters. But at the same time, the story is slow to reveal its true colors all while being hindered with story writing that feels too convenient for its own good.
        Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki - After initially stumbling, things are starting to settle down as the show's source material is pretty strong. The titular character's rise through a game-like set of real life objectives is certainly an interesting approach to the story, and so far it has been a nice concept, but one with flaws.
        Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist - This show has some pretty amusing stuff, but at the same time it's stupid. Nevertheless, it's one of those shows that is bound to get repetitive and there's not much of a story to get interested in.
        Hortensia Saga - This fantasy show has some interesting setup, but so far the execution hasn't been there to differentiate it from a generic fantasy show. Even so, the characters are at least interesting people to make it worthwhile.
        Idoly Pride - This is an idol show that takes a much different approach to the standard genre as drives home the point that being an idol is not as easy or glamorous as it looks. While the storytelling has been slow to develop, the way it differentiates itself from a run-of-the-mill idol show makes this worth watching.
        Kemono Jihen - This is a solid supernatural show with an interesting cast and a setting that has potential. That said, the action has been rather underwhelming, all while the characters are shallow at this point.
        Show by Rock!! Stars!! - After a pretty good first two seasons, Mashumairesh was a huge dropoff as it lacked the kind of adversity that made the first two seasons entertaining. At least that part is back, all while the music continues to be good as always, but it still doesn't completely capture the feeling of the first two seasons.
        Skate-Leading Stars - This has evolved into a straight-up sports show where it does the job with the skating action and the character development. But the cast of characters is pretty uninspiring to say the least, all while it appears that this show is trying to mimic Yuri on Ice, and it has failed to do so.
        So I'm a Spider, So What? - This show has great source material, but it was going to be very difficult to adapt as things don't get good until well into the manga. It doesn't help that it's being done making use of CGI. But above all, this show is lacking focus as going back-and-forth between the spider and the rest of the reincarnated class just doesn't allow for things to develop. Even so, it's amusing to see what the spider girl can do.
        Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? - So far, this show has been entertaining with a combination of crazy comedy and an interesting story. But this show had its flaws with the cliched setting and inconsistent quality of the storytelling.
        Azur Lane: Slow Ahead (short) - This franchise seems to be better suited for a short like this than an action-based show that the TV series is, and so far it's entertaining and amusing. Not much of a story, but with the need to get as many girls showcased as possible in a short amount of time, it doesn't need to.
        Idolls! (short) - It's a good thing this show is a short since this kind of stuff just doesn't translate at all to a full-length series. The CG motion capture animation just looks terrible, but at the very least the concept of aspiring idols having to live a frugal lifestyle on the way to making it big is a solid one.

        Own 20
        2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team - While I wasn't expecting it to be like Haikyu, this show just doesn't have any interesting characters or plot lines. While the effort is there to craft a coming-of-age story, the execution just has been flat.
        Ex-Arm - Pretty obvious that this was going to be a spectacular failure after seeing the amateur quality job of the CG animation in the trailer, and indeed it is making Gibiate look like a masterpiece.
        Gekidol - Bad production values all-around pretty much makes this a low-tier idol show. The setting is interesting, but that's about the only thing going for this show.
        Heaven's Design Team - The show has some nice humor to it, but in the end it just gets repetitive all while the animation quality is pretty bad. This would have been better as a short.
        The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter - The show has some interesting characters and amusing antics, but in the end it's a highly cliched show that skimps on the story in favor of appeal.
        I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol - The quirky cast of characters and the setting make this stand out compared to other boy idol shows. But when all is said and done it's the typical boy idol show that is there only to market a mixed media project and not really trying to concoct a quality story out of it.
        LBX Girls - When there's a transformation sequence that lasts for three minutes, you know that this show's production was troubled. Just a dull and boring show made to market a bunch of figures, which it's not really succeeding at doing.
        Otherside Picnic - The show has intrigue with the other world mysteriousness and the yuri relationship between the leads, but so far it has been just nonsensical to the point where I stopped caring about this show.
        Redo of Healer - This show is the closest thing to being a hentai without actually being one, and if the rape scenes weren't enough of a deterrent (at least for me, but certainly not for other people and the audience this show was made for), the unlikable characters is. The concept is at least solid on paper, but it comes down to audience.
        Scar on the Praeter - Seeing that this is by the studio that did Hand Shakers that I didn't get a good feeling about this show coming in. And indeed, it's dull and boring, but at least not cringeworthy that was the main turnoff of Hand Shakers. Even so, it's a show with a dull and uninteresting plot.
        Wave! Let's Go Surfing - This show is just another typical sports show, but without the appealing characters or the production values that high-end sports shows typically get.
        WIXOSS Diva(A)Live - The original WIXOSS series made its mark by throwing that psychological and supernatural element to what would have otherwise been just another card game show, and that made the show really stand out in a great way. That isn't happening with this show as it's just another cliched card game show, all with the stereotypical genki MC that has been done a bazillion or so times already, and in most cases better than how this show does it.
        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Laid-Back Camp
        Watching: Shimoneta, Special 7, RobiHachi, Maria Holic Alive, Dokkoida, Buddyfight Ace, Shippuden
        Simulcasts: HIG, JJK, REZ, INU, DCF, AOT, HSB-2, HSB-B, DRS, YUC, LHZ, PNL, 5HY, TSL, UMA, HMY, MTE, SK8, TZK, WEP, BSD, STW, more TBD
        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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        • #5
          Winter 2021 Simulcast Rankings: January 2021

          With January in the books, time for my usual simulcast ranking that happen at the end of each month, though I'm not planning to do one for the second month of the season as I have recently done away with due to the lack of movement. As always, the first month's simulcast rankings include all shows with an indication of what I am watching (in black), what I have dropped (in red), what what I haven't definitively decided on (in blue). This is based on only what I have watched based on the episodes airing in January, meaning that for continuing shows everything coming before it does not factor into these rankings, though it will factor into the final grade of the show.

          Touchdown
          Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World Season 2
          Attack on Titan: Final Season
          Horimiya
          Jujutsu Kaisen
          Laid-Back Camp Season 2
          Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
          Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

          Field Goal
          That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
          SK8 the Infinity
          The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2
          Cells at Work! Code Black
          Cells at Work! Season 2
          Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!
          Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table

          First Down
          Kemono Jihen
          Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
          Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?
          Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
          Higurashi: When They Cry Gou
          Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2
          Azur Lane: Slow Ahead!
          Idoly Pride
          With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun
          Back Arrow
          Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist
          So I'm a Spider, So What?

          Skate-Leading Stars

          Punt
          Hortensia Saga
          Show by Rock!! Stars!!

          The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
          Heaven's Design Team
          Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3
          2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team
          Redo of Healer
          Otherside Picnic

          I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol

          Fumble
          Wave!! Let's Go Surfing
          ABCiee Working Diary
          Idolls!
          WIXOSS Diva(A)Live
          Scar on the Praeter
          Gekidol
          LBX Girls
          Ex-Arm


          This is shaping up to be a strong season largely attributed to the fact that a lot of shows were pushed to this season because of the pandemic.
          MyAnimeList | Avatar: Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Laid-Back Camp
          Watching: Shimoneta, Special 7, RobiHachi, Maria Holic Alive, Dokkoida, Buddyfight Ace, Shippuden
          Simulcasts: HIG, JJK, REZ, INU, DCF, AOT, HSB-2, HSB-B, DRS, YUC, LHZ, PNL, 5HY, TSL, UMA, HMY, MTE, SK8, TZK, WEP, BSD, STW, more TBD
          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
            Post-Simulcast Report: January 1-15

            I'm behind on my post-simulcast reports as I have been debating about what to do about them given that I'm thinking about moving this elsewhere with the uncertainty about how much longer The Fandom Post will last. Nevertheless, I have been totally lagging behind on my reports as the halfway point of the season has passed. As with the winter seasons in the past, this is the time where I do my bingefest where I watch shows that are one season and done as a way to get a quick start on the year. But with me running out shows that fit the profile that this is probably going to be the last ever bingefest that I do.

            First Episode of 2021: My Love Story! ep. 18

            Completed

            Re:_Hamatora (1-12): B
            After a season that has a solid story, but plagued with animation quality issues and a slow start, this season fixes a number of the problems the first one has, and the style change of the animation makes a big difference. That said, the story wasn't as impactful as the first season, but the show's production values are greatly improved.

            Citrus (1-12): C-
            While the show does a decent job in character building and relationships, it is plagued by unlikable characters, cringeworthy content, and the overplayed creepy vibes. While it's one thing to be a mature yuri show, this show is obsessed with the characters making so many bad choices and resorting to storytelling convenience that it makes this show so hard to watch. That said, this show does have nice visuals that fit the show's theme, so the production values are there. In all, the show's production does a solid job, but the plot and characterizations are too much to overcome.

            Demon Lord, Retry! (1-12): D+
            While this show has a solid foundation, the production values are just terrible all-around. The animation quality is as expected from a no-name studio, while the story just has so many plot holes and an egregious lack of focus. The show could have been worthwhile with the characters and quirks that are solidly done, but it dropped the ball with a lot of corner cutting and cheap production values.

            Akiba's Trip (1-13): C
            This is a stupid show that at least has a creative gimmick and has decent plot developments, all while doing a nice job at being silly. That said, this show is just repetitive and overplays fanservice, all while Gonzo's animation quality is far from ideal. But the show has solid characters, amusing antics, and creativity through self-awareness that made it worthwhile.

            Juni Taisen (1-12): C-
            This show had so much potential, but it was squandered with the need to do too much with so little. The drama and characterizations are all nicely done, but the show's biggest issues are the plot that skips around too much, all while overplaying the main villain's creepiness factor, as well as ignoring the most important character for most of this show. And not to mention, the ending was terrible seeing that the winner of the tournament was unexpected, all while the prize at the end of the show was simply cringeworthy to say the least.

            Ongoing

            [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (23-25)
            [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (296-298)
            [PKM-J] Pokemon Journeys (1-2)
            [RHI] RobiHachi (1-2)
            [SNS] Shimoneta (1-4)
            [SP7] Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit (1-2)
            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Laid-Back Camp
            Watching: Shimoneta, Special 7, RobiHachi, Maria Holic Alive, Dokkoida, Buddyfight Ace, Shippuden
            Simulcasts: HIG, JJK, REZ, INU, DCF, AOT, HSB-2, HSB-B, DRS, YUC, LHZ, PNL, 5HY, TSL, UMA, HMY, MTE, SK8, TZK, WEP, BSD, STW, more TBD
            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
              Post-Simulcast Report: January 16-31

              Moving right along with the second post-simulcast report that's overdue.

              Shimoteta (5-12): B-
              This show does a nice job in being outside-the-box and admitting that they are trying to be as stupid as they can to maximize the comedic value of this fanservicey show. That said, this show is really hit or miss on the jokes, and while the jokes that hit are great, those moments aren't very commonplace in this show, especially in the second half. Nevertheless, this show gets props for its creativity, albeit lagging in many other areas.

              Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit (3-12, Special): C-
              This is a pretty generic cop drama show, but one with cheap-looking animation and bland characters to carry the way. The show's story was totally disorienting in the first half, but at least things were clicking a bit more in the second half to salvage what was otherwise a forgettable show. That said, this show has some decent things going for it as the storytelling gets better in the second half, while the drama was solidly constructed, plus dining at a Vietnamese restaurant is something that's rare in anime. But in all, there are much better cop dramas out there.

              RobiHachi (3-12): C
              This is pretty much Space Dandy without the episodic format, and while this show does a nice job with the comedy and the sci-fi elements, this show does a poor job with characterization, while storywriting is totally inconsistent. Some episodes are well-written, while others are just there and not really doing anything with this show. But above all, the characters are just totally stupid and mostly unlikable, all while some characters are largely ignored. That said, this show does a solid job with being funny and outside-the box.

              Maria Holic Alive (1-12): C+
              Pretty much, this season has all the great and not-so-great things about the first season in that the comedy and the Shaft-style storytelling carry this show, but there's not much of a story to speak of. Compared to the first season, however, the creepiness factor of the MC is greater, and not for the better. Nevertheless, for those who like the first season, this season will be just as satisfying.

              Dokkoida (1-12): C+
              It's hard to believe that Ufotable did this show as this was their second anime show ever. But nevertheless, it was the start of great things to come from Ufotable as while the show missed its mark in several areas, it does a nice job in taking a creative concept and putting it into fruition. The show takes awhile to get going as the shock value at the beginning was too much of a distraction, all while the show revels in a lot of stupid things. But over the course of the series, the show does a solid job with character development, all while the comedy is nicely done. The characters can get irritating, but they get less so as the show progresses. In all, while the show is full of flaws, it becomes a satisfying show once all the main characters are introduced.

              Nekopara (1-12): C+
              This is a slice of life show where the main gimmick is on full display with the cats in this world being girls. There's not much of a plot to speak of, all while the show tends to have dull moments and stupid things. Not to mention, the animation quality is lagging seeing that it is by a no-name studio. The show starts off strong, but tails off towards the end as it's mostly about catgirls being catgirls and not much else once the youngest member of the cast joins the family. In all, the characters and antics are pretty good, but just about everything else doesn't stand out about this show.

              Ongoing

              [18F] 18if (1-6)
              [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (26-28)
              [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (299-301)
              [PKM-J] Pokemon Journeys (3-4)
              MyAnimeList | Avatar: Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Laid-Back Camp
              Watching: Shimoneta, Special 7, RobiHachi, Maria Holic Alive, Dokkoida, Buddyfight Ace, Shippuden
              Simulcasts: HIG, JJK, REZ, INU, DCF, AOT, HSB-2, HSB-B, DRS, YUC, LHZ, PNL, 5HY, TSL, UMA, HMY, MTE, SK8, TZK, WEP, BSD, STW, more TBD
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
                Winter 2021: First Impressions

                Time for my usual first impressions, and while I have an idea of what my slate is going to look like, there's still plenty of uncertainty to sort out. Like always, the first list is for shows I have decided to watch, and it would take the unthinkable for me to drop it, the second list I'm conflicted on and the coming episodes will pretty much dictate which way I go, and the third list I have either dropped or plan to do so soon barring an unexpected upturn in quality. Continuing shows as usual will only be listed with nothing more said.
                The 5th episode of the 5th series of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki has debuted on Crunchyroll today. Episode 6, the final episode of this series will arrive on May 28, 2021.

                This is the best episode so far. Although there's a good bit of fun here, as Kenshi's training continues for his eventual mission to Geminar, this was satisfying in more ways because of the focus being much greater this time on the original cast than in past episodes.

                This episode is the most "Must-Watch OVA" for any Tenchi fan since at least the 3rd series.


                My Avatar: The lovely Mikuru Asahina from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Why do I stick with her in a world of constantly changing avatars? Because:
                1) Her friendly, playful attitude in that picture, (despite being forced unwillingly into cosplay), reflects my own friendly, playful personality;
                2) Mikuru-chan is an excellent combo of smoking hot and super sweet cuteness; and
                3) It makes it easiier for me to find my own posts in threads.

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                • #9
                  Winter 2021: Finalized Watchlist

                  Alright, I had long settled on this and forgot to post it, and with one of the shows being only eight episodes and having finished up that it gave me the heads up to post my watchlist for the season. This season features more shows than usual because of the number of sequels and spinoffs this season. The pandemic pushed a lot of such shows into this season when they were originally scheduled for an earlier season. And with a whopping 15 continuing shows and sequels, plus two spinoff shows (Cells at Work! Code Black and Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!) that I decided to raise the watchlist load to 27 shows (two of them half-length shows) plus shorts. I have a rule where I have a minimum of ten new shows every season, and because of the larger-than-usual offering of sequels that it went into effect.

                  Watching
                  • Higurashi: When They Cry Gou (continuing)
                  • Jujutsu Kaisen (continuing)
                  • Re:Zero Season 2 (continuing)
                  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (continuing)
                  • Attack on Titan: Final Season
                  • Cells at Work! Season 2
                  • Cells at Work! Code Black
                  • Dr. Stone: Stone Wars
                  • Laid-Back Camp Season 2
                  • Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table
                  • The Promised Neverland Season 2
                  • The Quintessential Quintuplets 2
                  • Show by Rock! Stars!!
                  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
                  • Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2
                  • Horimiya
                  • SK8 the Infinity
                  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
                  • Wonder Egg Priority
                  • So I'm a Spider, So What?
                  • Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki-kun
                  • Kemono Jihen
                  • Idoly Pride
                  • Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Move to a Starter Town?
                  • Hortensia Saga
                  • With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun (short)
                  • Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! (short)
                  • World Witches: Take Off! (short)
                  • Azur Lane: Slow Ahead! (short)
                  • Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3 (short)
                  Dropped
                  • Back Arrow
                  • The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
                  • Skate-Leading Stars
                  • Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist
                  • Redo of Healer
                  • 2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team
                  • Heaven's Design Team
                  • Otherside Picnic
                  • I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol
                  • Wave! Let's Go Surfing
                  • WIXOSS Date(A)Live
                  • Scar on the Praeter
                  • Gekidol
                  • LBX Girls
                  • Ex-Arm
                  • ABCiee Working Diary (short)
                  • Idolls (short)

                  To keep things short, the sequels and spinoffs were all included (though I was thinking about offloading Show by Rock! until later due to Thursdays getting too crowded), while Horimiya, SK8, Mushoku Tensei, and Wonder Egg were locks right off the bat for four of the ten new shows. As for the other six, I just picked the ones that interested me the most. Back Arrow was the last show out largely because it didn't do anything special to warrant sticking with for two cours.

                  Sunday (5/4): Kemono Jihen, Yatogame-chan, Mushoku Tensei, Idoly Pride, Attack on Titan Final
                  Monday (3/2): Last Dungeon, Umamusume, Azur Lane
                  Tuesday (4/2): Wonder Egg Priority, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Bungo Stray Dogs Wan, World Witches Take Off
                  Wednesday (3): Log Horizon, Re:Zero, Hortensia Saga
                  Thursday (8): Show by Rock, Dr. Stone, Laid-Back Camp, Higurashi, Cells at Work, Cells at Work Code Black, Promised Neverland, Quintuplets
                  Friday (4/3): Tomozaki, So I'm a Spider, Jujutsu Kaisen, With a Dog and a Cat
                  Saturday (3): Yashahime, Horimiya, SK8 the Infinity

                  Except for Thursdays that are just loaded, especially with both Cells at Work series dropping on Funimation before its TV broadcast (usually it's only for the first episode, but in this case it's for the entire series), the week is pretty balanced. It helped that each day has at least one show including just the sequels and continuing shows that I had every intention of watching.
                  MyAnimeList | Avatar: Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Laid-Back Camp
                  Watching: Shimoneta, Special 7, RobiHachi, Maria Holic Alive, Dokkoida, Buddyfight Ace, Shippuden
                  Simulcasts: HIG, JJK, REZ, INU, DCF, AOT, HSB-2, HSB-B, DRS, YUC, LHZ, PNL, 5HY, TSL, UMA, HMY, MTE, SK8, TZK, WEP, BSD, STW, more TBD
                  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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