Bit late but here it is at long last. My first impressions of the shows I picked up this season. As mentioned previously this season I didn’t pick many shows to personally lighten my load and because there aren’t that many shows I’m interested in this time compared to Winter.
Let’s begin with the shows I’m enjoying the most this season, starting with Hitoribocchi. The show is sitll adorable and wonderful as Bocchi’s yuri harem quest continues. Currently she still has Nako the pseudo delinquent with a heart of gold and Aru the unfortunate soul/Nako’s “Boke-Tsukkomi” comedy duo partner. Recently Bocchi got to live the dream of having her new girlfriends visit her house but this being Bocchi it wasn’t without its adorable crazy moments.
Still an excellent Girls Club show.
Next up is Carole & Tuesday. Where do I even begin? In two episodes this show blew away my expectations. I didn’t care about the “Cowboy Bebop director” being involved. I was more interested in the story of two girls from completely different backgrounds, living on a populated planet Mars, coming together to form a musical duo whose songs would change the universe. As expected Mars is full of skeptical douches and these two may very well be what the doctor ordered. I think of them as The New Day if they were girls and consisted of only two members.
I won’t go into detail on the presentation. Just take my word for it that…
IT. IS. INCREDIBLE.
My goodness the visuals, the fluidity of the character movement and the songs…MY GOD THE SONGS! The OP and ED are glorious and that one song, “The Loneliest Girl”. I want to hear the full version SO BADLY!
Besides the musical motif it’s the story of a princess and pauper who have their own personal demons to face and possible a sexy rival being trained by what looks to be an Autotune Overlord.
Will Carole & Tuesday eventually become Carole X Tuesday? That remains to be seen, though I personally hope it happens because INTERRACIAL COUPLE FTW!. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Even if they don’t however, I expect great things from this show. It has 22 to go as of this writing so we’ll see what happens.
And now my favorite show this season. Hangyakusei Million Arthur Season 2. After the climactic events of the S1 finale Dancho was like “I’m the star of this show! I didn’t get as much screen time as I wanted last season. This time, I’m going to show everyone WHY I’m the star”. Three episodes in and that’s exactly what she’s done. The rest of the cast are cool (Even Rorou has his moments) but Dancho is the undisputed main attraction. Not only is she doing her mentor Eruna Ichinomiya proud but the student is on her way to surpassing the teacher. She is THAT DAMN GOOD!
It also helps that she’s packing major heat. Oh yes indeed.
On to the other stuff I’m watching. Joshikausei. I was curious how the show would be presented based on its description. Simple. The music and sound are intact. The only thing removed was the ability to speak. The cast make sounds like groaning, scoffing, pouting, gleeful reactions etc…they just don’t speak. When they’re seen speaking no sound can be heard. Put simply it’s a show featuring one or all three of the above cuties, mainly the leader Momoko and her top tier thighs (Rikka’s are superior though), doing whatever it is they’re doing that day. It’s a simple and enjoyable short.
Cinderella Nine. When this show was announced the first thing I hoped was it being as enjoyable as Taishou Yakyuu Musume. 3 episodes in it’s not as good but decent enough for me to keep watching. Knowing a certain dino skull dude he’ll probably say he dropped it long ago. Oh well. I’m sticking around.
The main story is about a veteran baseball girl Tsubasa and her bestie Tomoe gathering a group of girls to form a team. What everyone, including the above ice queen, wondered was why a skilled player like Tsubasa was forming a team of rookies instead of going pro like said ice queen? This is what Cinderella and Taishou have in common, both starring a team of rookies who become as good as pros over time.
Decent show that has my attention. Pretty sure we’ll get an actual game of baseball or two down the line.
Last but not least we have the Strike Witches short (Strike Witches – Butai Hasshin Shimasu!)…which turned out to be 12-13 minutes per episode rather than 3. The first episode was alright. The 2nd and 3rd were much better. The show is about the Strike Witches in their downtime. More so than their downtime in some episodes of the main series. It gives fans a chance to learn more about the 501st cuties and babes. It’s good stuff despite its intentionally unimpressive animation quality. The manga has the same art style after all. Make sure to tune in after EDs for some neat descriptions of the gang by RAMBO’s (Yoshika) childhood bestie.
Speaking of the main pairings of the show are as strong as ever and like Mini Toji their relationships are portrayed in adorably comedic ways.
Will continue covering Hitoribocchi. Dunno if I’ll throw in Million Arthur. It all depends on how much screen time Dancho gets. Carole & Tuesday I really want to cover but I’ll wait a bit just to be safe. Cinderella Nine I have a feeling not many people are interested in so I’ll stop covering it.