Curious about what’s worth watching this season? Feel like you’ve been missing out? I’ve got your back. The purpose of this post is to provide a quick rundown on my opinions for the season thus far. My aim is to have a place for people to able to sift through to pick out shows they may enjoy.
Now, there were a lot of trashy shows this season, but it wasn’t as doomed for failure as I had originally anticipated. Hopefully I can dispel some of your fears after the rundown. I originally went into it thinking I would dislike basically everything. Surprisingly, there were quite a few series that really stood out as worth the time such as Little Witch Academia and Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) to name a few.
These two series were breathtaking beautiful with insightful narratives that have something to offer beyond pure entertainment value. And well, if you still find this season disappointing, you can at least be happy that maybe this will give you time to get to that ever-growing backlog of series you’ve been meaning to get to but never had the time to watch.
With that in mind, I’ll be listing the series below in order of ranking, as well as my general thoughts on their placement. Let’s dive right in!
Disclaimer: Please be aware these rankings are subject to change on a week-by-week basis, as my assessments of the show may differ based on their performance for the week.
Click on the titles to go to a more in-depth review!
As – ヽ(´▽`)/
Off to a promising start, may become gems. They have everything you’d want in a series.
So beautiful it practically sparkles, this series has everything you’d ever want in an anime. The cast of characters are rich in depth and personality. The protagonist is a strong lead with initiative and drive, pursuing the dream of becoming a witch that rivals her idol. She doesn’t let trivial things like being a normal human get in her way. She’s an energetic ball of delight that charges forward at her goals in unrelenting fashion. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series makes a run for the best anime of the year. A bold statement as we just begun this year, but that’s how strongly I feel about this series already.
I gave this series some flack for its characters, but it’s the real deal. Two emotionally scarred teenagers seek refuge in a promise to give each other everything but their feelings in order to mask the pain of loving someone they know can’t love them back. Its subject matter is daring, its narrative is poised to be insightful, and the art is superb. The character’s actions feel real and believable, even if the characters themselves are unlikeable. The ending theme is great too. The song powerfully demonstrates the tone of the series with brilliant execution. It starts off with a girl’s yells (there’s something captivating about the raw emotion present in the shrill of her voice)as if in agony, building up to a beautifully sounding chaos with some trippy repeated imagery. That said, I gave this series an A- mainly because I do have qualms with the characters’ personalities, but I suspect they’ll be fleshed out better to show their motives.
Bs – 😀
Shows you could tell your friends about. Decent, but could still use some work.
This one’s a leftover from the fall season. A poignant series about Shogi that is far more interesting than one would suspect. It dives deep into the heart of its characters exploring the themes of depression, vulnerability, and stagnation to excruciating detail. The protagonist, Rei is introduced as someone whose sole existence revolves around Shogi — He doesn’t have a friend, family, or home. Except, it turns out he’s not really as alone as he thought he was. The entire cast is so unbelievably warm and fuzzy that it will undoubtedly tug at your heart strings. With that said, this series is teetering on the edge of greatness, but it’s not quite there yet. It has a tendency to be a little too slow on a buildup. To be fair, that has changed significantly recently. Visually and stylistically, the series is outstanding, staying true to the quality found in its manga roots. Studio Shaft never seems to disappoint in that regard.
ACCA – B+
This series took me by surprise with how stylish and well-constructed it was. There’s a lot of depth to the world and the protagonist, Jean Otus, seems to be quite the badass. Also known as Jean the Cigarette Peddler, he is tasked with overseeing the inspection of each of the 13 branches that make up the Dowa Kingdom. Essentially, he ensures these 13 branches are running by the books and not doing anything they’re not supposed to. He shows he’s a quick thinker, skeptical of others, and yet oddly relaxed at all times. The narrative itself is world-driven, constructing an entrancing world that hints at an impending decline.
Gabriel Dropout – B
This one will trick you into thinking its mainly just fluff. Gabriel, one of the most excellent angels in heaven, recently graduated from angel school and decides she wants to study humans. Unfortunately, her study leads her to downward spiral into becoming a despicable neet. This might be the funniest show to come out of the season. Its silly cast of characters contradict how you think they would behave.
This one is seriously cute, with monster girls that are so naïve and silly you can’t help but laugh. The characters are extremely likeable. Our young vampire protagonist and schoolgirl Hikari has quite the magnetic personality. She’s a girl that lives for the thrill of the moment. This often gets her into trouble with her inquisitive yet clumsy biology teacher, Takahashi, as he cannot help but blurt out questions that come to mind. The guy means well, but it gets him into hilariously awkward situations. It’s the same awkwardness that makes him all the more appealing as a character. Through his questions, you learn about the monster girls’ unique circumstances, their everyday fears, love lives, and even things as trivial as their diets. It’s well worth a watch.
Cs – ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Average to slightly above average shows. On the fence about these.
The premise of this one is iffy. Its protagonist Masamune is a petty boy who’s out for revenge on the girl that broke his heart, so he sets his sights on becoming as attractive as possible. Because yeah, that’ll show her. There is some fun interaction between Masamune and his love interest Aki, but they are largely terrible people. Aki makes it a show to reject admirers in public, shaming them by listing their dirty secrets. With that said, if you can get past the premise and terribly motivated characters, you can grow to like this series.
Ds – ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
These are pretty bad shows. They may be dropped at any point in time
elDLIVE – D
I’m basically only keeping up with this series because I was a fan of Katekyo Hitman Reborn. I’m doing it out of a respect for the mangaka and I suspect I may also be somewhat of a masochist. I’m also clinging on to some small hope it’s just a slow start. Don’t do this to yourself.
Fs – ヽ（´ー｀）┌
Nothing to offer. Doesn’t really get worse than this.
Akiba’s Strip seems incredibly uninspired. It’s as if the whole thing is one giant excuse for showing off battles and fan-service. It starts to feel like there’s some sort of checklist the studio had in mind to make a smash hit. It failed, miserably.
As generic as romantic comedy goes. I actually wasn’t going to give this a chance, but I read a review that the dialogue was pretty fun. And it was, but that was nowhere near enough to save this sinking ship. The studio should’ve stopped at Amagami.SS.
Series on my radar that I haven’t watched due to being behind. I may catch up at some point in the season.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga
Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
If the list looks small, it’s because there are a lot of series I know I won’t like. Chances are, if you don’t see a show listed here, it’s because either I feel like I won’t like it or I’m just pressed for time. Fuuka I purposely avoided after the disaster that was Suzuka. I’m not getting anywhere near that thing (Keep it away, shoo!).
That about wraps the rankings up.
Were you as surprised by this season as I was? Which series did you end up liking? Let me know your thoughts below!