Here we are.
Atom: The Beginning
Just like Young Black Jack 2 years ago, this is cashing in on the nostalgic IPs by adapting their prequel manga. Sadly to say that while the OP is fantastic, the rest of the show didn’t really keep up with it. The story of AstroBoy is well known, and here we are seeing an interpretation of what happens before that. The entire episode felt flat, without any meaningful climax to finish up the entire 25 minutes with. Despite some odd chemistry between the deuteragonist, it didn’t manage to carry out the rest of the show at all. It was however fun to see Dr. Tenma being this hyper. Animation looks unremarkable, with rather flat colouring for the already inconsistent character models. The fact that the opening looks great just unfortunately sets a really high bar that the show didn’t manage to meet, and that simply soured my experience throughout. That said, the two main protagonists are rather charming, but the supposed star of the show didn’t really show up much.
Hype Level: 2/5
It’s a typical shoujo triangle romance with band drama. At the very least, I quite like the rawness in the singing and the song is good, but I really do not look forward to any of those messy relationship problems at all. This episode ticks all the tropes while having the band as a central plot device. The usual big eyes, sharp chins, pastel colours, they are all there. All that’s missing are the boxes. If you like shoujo romance, you’ll more than likely to like this show as well since it’s basically that. For those that are not a fan of that genre, the songs should be a good listen at least. Personally though, I’m not really interested in those kind of things.
Hype Level: 2/5
Sanzigen is back with their full CGI series once again, and this time they have the leverage of having the majority of the characters in robot form for the majority of the episode. The setup is fairly breezy, getting you into the thick of things and provides just enough exposition to keep thing moving along. In some way, the carefree nature of the bandits we meet in this episode kept the tone afloat, and it’s not too heavy on the sci-fi jargon either. It’s a fairly light-hearted show with some personality going around with the crew. A little bit of mystery that will get solved on the way, but not really a lot of goals at the moment to know which direction this story will go. With this setup I was probably incorrectly hoping for more of a philosophical talk with the whole “conscious inside a machine”, but this show seems to be going for more of a displacement element when using it for drama so far. It’s another show that had I not already been watching a lot this season that I would persevere to see how it turns out. This writer tends to be quirky, so that’s at least something.
Hype Level: 3/5
SIN – Nanatsu no Taizai
Here it is, the seasonal censored show, where fanservice is the biggest focus in this show instead of other factors. It’s a toy ad for the models, and the level of storytelling is of that level of quality. In some way, it’s quite relaxing as you can be assured that there won’t be any meaningful story to this other than some slim possibility of shoehorning some silly messages. It introduced us to all the key players straight up, and established the dynamics of the main duo early, including several perverted sexual interactions. Although the jiggling is still high tier, the battle scene suffers from horrible animation, choreography, and editing. I seriously don’t mind them allocating good animators to the important scenes, but I prefer them to at least drop the pretence. If you want some tits and ass, this is the show to look out for this season. Having said that, seriously please ignore the heavily censored official version that are just too overexposed in film terms. Also I’m still not too sure of the character designs myself at the moment either.
Hype Level: 2/5
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?(Sukasuka)
There’s a sense of poignancy in this setup. End of the world, reverse racism, and a feeling of isolation at the end of it. We never truly see the reason for the calamity in this episode, but given the structure of LN that should be brought up again in the near future. This feels like one of those setting-heavy kamiges in the making, and possibly the fantasy show that engaged me the most this season. The tone is gentle, with an persevering sense of resignation throughout. While the character artstyle isn’t the most eyecatching, the colourful design somewhat compensate for it, and the background at the key moments is just breathtaking. I especially love the use of Scarborough Fair in one of the early scenes, establishing the atmosphere while giving us lots of fantastic characterisation and chemistry. There are plenty of questions remain throughout, and I like how the story just presents them without making a big deal out of it. It may not be heavily stylish, but you can feel the confidence in the overall direction. This is going to end up tragic, and I can’t wait to see more of it.
Hype Level: 5/5
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho
It’s rather unfortunate, that a lot of what transpired during this proceeding is quite uninspired and bland. Having watching this episode late into the season means that all its strengths: the racial discrimination against the minority, the relationship between the gruffy mercenary and a bratty girl, the explanation of its magical system, have already been seen in other shows and done better elsewhere. While the world building had a good start by delving into the superstition and the typical anti-witch situation, ultimately it failed to engage my interest. It went for the world building first before characters, and while it can pay off in the long run it didn’t capture my imagination much. Otherwise though, the visual, animation, and the music are pretty competent without being spectacular. As it stands so far it’s fairly redundant in this season’s lineup so far. Nothing particularly wrong with the show itself, but it just doesn’t stand out as of right now.
Hype Level: 3/5
It’s more of the same really, and now with more closeup shots of the legs. More quality legs is good. The usual team dynamics is back, with the focus of the first episode goes back to the previous skirmishes between Utaha and Eriri. It’s a rather heartwarming encounter, surprisingly, and that goes back to the usual fine balance between sentimental, satirical, and comedic in its writing. More often than not the scenarios usually plays out quite maturely before devolving into silly shenanigans. Once again, if you’ve seen the first season this is more of the extension.
- Atom: The Beginning, Fukumenkei Noise
- ID-0, Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho
So in summary, my top 5 after episode 1 not counting sequels are: Sukasuka, Seikaisuru Kado, Sakurada Reset, Tsuki ga Kirei, Alice&Zouroku. With around 18 shows enlisted so far due to 4 big sequels and 2 continuations, this season is going to be busy unless I can cut down on some stuff. I love how there’s always one show for each niche subset, and at the very least, that’s something.