Part 2 of our viewing guide includes shows we planned on reviewing but are now either dropping or thinking about dropping because they didn’t meet expectations, were too similar to other, superior programs in the same genre, or other reasons. Not all of these shows are doomed, but they’re on the edge. If Part 1 was anime “hell”, this is anime “limbo”.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Franklin: AHR is kinda terrible looking, with its giant eyed, awkwardly rendered figures and generic, unlikable high schoolers with zero at stake. I can’t see it scoring above a 7 on our scale and, thus, it’s not worth reviewing.
Zane (sesameacrylic): Yikes, Frank, that’s laying it on a bit thick! Perhaps it’s because I’m used to this kind of bug-eyed character from two seasons of Kimi ni Todoke, but I didn’t really think the show was particularly terrible looking. Generic, perhaps. I’d also go so far as to call it the most straightforward guy-girl romance show on our list, and while the first episode painted both the guy and girl as bland and unlikable, the strong second episode reversed some of our initial coolness towards them.
Franklin: I don’t think this show has much potential, as it spent more time on it’s over the top silly character design than its world. Think Mezzo Forte weird world building without an interesting world or a coherent story.
Preston (MagicalChurlSukui): I’m definitely more in love with the idea of the show than the show itself, or rather, I’m enamored by its sights and sounds, shallow though they may be. The OP is hands-down the best of the season, IMO, but a great OP does not a great anime make. I’ve been burned before by slow-burn mystery (Amnesia), watching an entire season of meh; and I’m not going to do the same here just because I like the show’s looks.
Genres: Comedy, School, Sports, Slice of Life
Zane: So…I may have overstated my enthusiasm in watching a whole other season of these guys swimming and having manly emotional dilemmas. I say that because despite having a couple opportunities here and there, I still haven’t gotten around to watching the first episode, and it’s already two episodes in going on three. That’s not to say it’s bad or that I’ll never watch it, I just that I can’t guarantee I’ll do so regularly, or that I’ll be reviewing it.
Genre: Slice of Life
Zane: Absent any other good slice-of-life or romantic comedies, Glasslip would probably be a lock on my list. But after watching its first episode, and then watching Barakamon, Nozaki-kun, and Hanayamata, I’ve concluded that those three are better than Glasslip, at least so far. Granted, I’ve only watched one episode of Glasslip, and it was pretty, but like Preston said, in a season this full pretty isn’t enough.
Franklin: I fell asleep during the first ep. It’s slow, bland, and defaults to using ‘stills’ on several occasions instead of, you know, animating anything. It’s not terrible but boring. Slightly pretty when frozen but…blegh.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Romance, School, Slice of Life
Zane: While it’s a promising vehicle for discourse on a diverse array of topics, nothing about Jinsei particularly wowed me, and at times, it bored me. Life (jinsei) may be full of surprises, but there weren’t any here. That being said, SKET Dance also had a slow first episode, so we’ll watch the next one before dropping it for good. May watch, but not may not review.
Genres: Magic, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Supernatural
Preston: Just as Hannah simply lost her enthusiasm for Nobunaga the Fool when the second cour came around, so too do I find myself in a similar situation. It can be such a slow, tentative, talky, introspective show, that it’s gotten a bit lost in the rush of new Summer shows, and I always seem to find myself watching something new and fresh rather than checking in to see what has become of the Nine Schools Competition. My timing on this may be terrible, as things may finally start to be picking up in that arena, but there it is.
Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Supernatural, Psychological
Preston: Tokyo Ghoul started with a bang, but it’s problem has been whimpering…from its weeny protagonist whose only connection to the living world seems to be his goofy friend, who will probably become a ghoul himself at some point. The fact that this is a gory show that isn’t allowed to show any extreme gore due to network censors does not help matters, nor does the fact that the titular ghouls’ magical abilities (something involving glowing tendrils that come out of their backs/butts) aren’t very impressive. I’ll give it one or two more episodes, but it has a hill to climb.
Franklin: After two episodes the protagonist is still a whiny mess and the fighting and effects are bland. (glowy death tentacles?) Nothing that interesting to see here!