The fusion of Seasonal Sawce and Summer of Anime has returned! Get excited, y’all! Or not. You do you. I can’t tell you what to do.
Quick rundown as always before we begin: These are the anime I watched that began and ended during the 2017 spring season ranked from my least favorite to my most favorite. So, that means no My Hero Academia 2 or Sakura Quest here. Those two will get their own entries when they end.
Okay. Buckle up, you crazy kids!
Oh, man. I’m gonna let you all in on a little secret: I was thoroughly entertained by this show every week. Like, I almost justified putting it higher. This is…this is a garbage show. From the set-up to the characters to the story to the gags to the Imouto Cinematic Universe. It’s just bad. But Eromanga Sensei is so bad it’s entertaining. Not so bad it’s good–oh, goodness no. Nothing in my being will allow me to call this good. It just relishes in being so shameless. You can’t help but be entertained.
That being said, I wouldn’t suggest watching it. It’s an anime only those who have delved too deep into anime and have morbid senses of humor can enjoy. Or those who don’t know any better yet. In fact, they may not be mutually exclusive. But hey, I’ll give it some legitimate praise. The show was made with love, and being a writer myself, it always got me motivated to write whenever the characters were talking shop. I think that’s it.
I’ll give it a 5.5. It’s not a good score. It’s not a bad score. It’s a score.
Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
This season was full of surprises! Eromanga Sensei was trashier than even I expected, and Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor made a magical school show feel fresh. Not brand new…but definitely fresh. Glenn Radars as the titular bastard is definitely not the average protagonist for these types of shows. Yes, he does have a good heart, and yes, he is secretly a badass former government agent, but he really is a bastard. He’s lazy, crude, and loves manipulating others. He’s such a fun protagonist. As for the others…eh.
His students, allies, and enemies tick off the cast checklist for this genre. The tsundere, the rich girl, the adorable weapon, the hot witch, the evil organization hellbent on proving there’s a dark secret the kingdom doesn’t want getting out, etc. Although Bastard pulls off these characters and arcs with a more adept hand than usual, it’s still what you’d expect from one of these. Other than Glenn legitimately needing help to win a lot of his big fights. He’s actually bad at magic, and the show keeps that in mind. Good on them.
Gets a 7.5 from me. Better than good, but not quite in that upper tier.
Is Love Tyrant funny? Well, I sure did laugh lot. Not like I laughed at Eromanga Sensei, but like legitimate laughter. The jokes landed for me. This show’s humor is my humor. Plus, all they had to do was show Akane Hiyama on screen and all my worries went away! Yes, Akane is best girl of spring 2017! Shout it from the mountaintops! All hail our yandere redhead assassin overlord! Well…that was a mouthful.
So yeah, obviously the comedy and at least one character did it for me, but I also really like the rest of the cast. Seiji makes a great straight-man, Guri’s quest to understand romantic love is always funny and heartwarming, Yuzu gets more than just her crush on her sister, Shikimi is always a delight when she shows up, and the demon penguin Stolas…well, I don’t know what to say about him. Even in a show about an angel cosplaying as a shinigami putting herself in a polyamorous relationship via her Kiss Note…Stolas is random. But it was great seeing all these characters every week. Heck, Yuzu and her mom are responsible for one of my favorite jokes in all of anime. It’s a terribly simple pun, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
Akane and her funny friends earn an 8 out of 10!
Kado: The Right Answer
Okay, so, this is a bit tricky. Kado: The Right Answer started off with a lot of promise. Like, I was getting ready to tout it as a modern classic. It’s a much slower-paced, thinking sort of science fiction anime you don’t see too much anymore. The anisotropic alien Yaha-kui zaShunina’s relationship and conversations with the negotiator Koujirou Shindou, the devices zaShunina brought with him, and the world’s reactions to said devices were awesome to watch every week. The ideas presented really got me thinking about other ways one could view the universe. It wasn’t always terribly compelling, but it was so good. And then, there was a bit of a tone shift.
I really, really don’t want to get into spoilers, so I apologize if this sounds maddeningly vague. A character reveals something that seriously changes the game, and this action forces the hand of another. That’s the moment Kado enters it’s second phase of sorts. Truth be told, I loved the shift. It caught me off guard, and I thought it added a lot to an anime I was already thoroughly enjoying. This did all lead to an ending that has divided the fans of the show. It is a true love it or hate it episode. How do I feel? I’ll admit it came off as rushed, and I wish they’d resolved something differently, but I mostly love it. There’s a moment involving a message on a cellphone that’s one of my favorite anime scenes. I legitimately marked out.
Had it not been for the fumbled ending, this would probably be my number one show for the spring 2017 season. As it stands, I’ll give it an 8.5.
What could possibly be number one? Well, if you read the last post, then I doubt you’re surprised.
Attack on Titan Season 2
Yes, my favorite anime that began and finished its run this season is Attack on Titan Season 2. Trust me, I’m kinda tired of second seasons dominating these, too. What can I say, though? There’s a reason I watch season twos–I love those season ones so much. Granted, had I watched the new season of Berserk it probably would’ve been near the bottom, but that’s just an awful adaptation of a magnificent series.
But yeah, Attack on Titan is great. The anime does a wonderful job of presenting the art style in an awesome fashion, the soundtrack is killer, all hail Mikasa, and just when we think we have all the answers, they change the questions! The second season isn’t as plagued with pacing problems as the first was, and that allows it to feel a little more lean instead of thin by having just one cour. For the most part, at least. The final stretch to the season finale felt drawn out a bit, but it didn’t bother me much.
Gonna give this one a 9. I love Titan, but it’s never clicked with me enough for me to put it too close to 10.
That’ll do it for this round of Seasonal Sawce. I’ve fallen behind on my Summer of Anime posts (as I’m sure you can tell), but there’s only one more to go until I’m caught up and ready to breathe a little easier. And I can’t wait to talk about it.
Peace out, and stay bizarre.