Because this season I’m watching more shows but reviewing less of them week-to-week I figured it’d make sense to at least let you all keep tabs on my brief thoughts on each episode. Just because a show is here doesn’t mean it’s any less good than any other show, it just means I didn’t have enough to say about it to justify a full review! Also, I’ll try and refrain from spoilers where possible but will give warning if I do need to post a spoiler.
Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (Episode 1)
More of the same as the first season except it’s set on earth, the scene in the gift shop with Subaru and his brother buying up all the ‘Tiramisu’ merchandise was undoubtedly the highlight of the episode.
Banana Fish (Episode 13)
A tight ending to the first cour of this show, I’ve never been completely happy with this show (but I’ll save those thoughts for a full-season review) but it’s still enjoyable. The New York setting is always worth watching for and this episode was certainly a stand-out in that regard with an exciting (if implausible) fight in a subway carriage that led to a genuinely compelling final confrontation.
Ms. vampire who lives in my neighbourhood. (Episode 1)
Oh my god this show is adorable! And the not-so-subtle yuri leanings of our main girl Akari was muchly appreciated for what is ostensibly just a slice of life comedy. Also I’m getting definite Rin (from Laid Back Camp) vibes from our kawaii vampire Sophie Twilight–I know they’re not the same voice actor but still the ~vibes~ are there! Out of all the shows I’m not giving full reviews this is the one I came closest to but in the end I knew I wouldn’t have much to say if things kept at this level. It’s a great level, just not one that inspires much review fodder.
Boarding School Juliet (Episode 1)
*Spoilers for Episode 1* This was a bit of a surprise, its kind of cheesy but also kind of authentic, also I didn’t expect an episode 1 confession of love from our main boy Romeo to his fair love Juliet (I also didn’t expect her to accept so quickly too!) I could be wrong but I get the feeling it might get more harem-y later on which it kind of needs to if its going to remain interesting to me as ‘conventional’ romance anime ~generally~ don’t do much for me.
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (Episode 1)
I was a bit disappointed the episodes for this show are only 11 minutes, but I still had a fun time with this show. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to relate to a skeleton protagonist but the power of anime seemingly makes ~anything~ relatable. I enjoyed the book shop aesthetic, the little references to various manga and doujin related things, also the diversity of people represented in the book-shop customers (I’m guessing this book-store is meant to be located in Akihabara considering the amount of Western customers Honda-san has to deal with!)
As Miss Beezlebub Likes (Episode 1)
This show is very cute and fluffy, too cute and fluffy for it’s own good really! It’s basically an office-comedy set-in-hell–a really pastel cute and fluffy version of hell. And for some reason I was reminded of Cells At Work while watching this show, albeit if Cells At Work had almost zero pace and urgency. Of all the shows on this list this is the one I’m closest to dropping, because even though I dig the aesthetic and I like Miss Beezlebub (and her rack) I can’t stand the main guy! I’ll see if the other supporting characters that the show introduces next week will help lighten the load from having too much of main guy.
And that’s all the episodes I watched but didn’t review in full for Week 1! Obviously there’s more anime than just came out in the 7 days of the first week of fall since ‘As Miss Beezlebub Likes’ came out on the 11th, but I figured it made sense to keep all the Episode 1 reviews together, the same format will continue going forward, so look forward to that! If you have any questions about specific things regarding each episode, feel free to leave a comment!
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime