I’ve decided to cut bait on Banana Fish. It’s not an awful show, but I’d become increasingly frustrated with the nearly laughable level of misfortune and torment in Ash’s life, as well as the absurd extent of Dino’s financial and political power.
I’ve enjoyed the simple human moments between Ash and Eiji, or Ash and Max, et cetera, but more often than not those are overshadowed by all of the ridiculous over-the-top crime and ultra-conspiracy shit that’s going down around them.
It’s simultaneously too simplistic (mostly good guys vs. completely evil monsters) and overly complex (I really never cared that much about the titular drug investigation). I gave it twelve episodes, but my heart’s not into twelve more.
Leaving aside the fact that I don’t think Aoi is using the word “nasty” properly (Holmes has occasionally been impish, but never outright disgusting or offensive as the word “nasty” implies), watching the latest episode on a Full HD TV cemented my opinion that this show is just too crappy-looking to keep watching.
Its status as my “Comfort Food Show” of the Summer is undermined both by its appalling production values and the presence of a “baddie of the week” with convoluted motivations. An ideal CFS is either easy on the eyes, is light on conflict or stakes, or both. Holmes is none of the above, and so we bid it, and him, adieu.
We’ve been on vacation in Denver the past week (beautiful city), but now we’re back! Hopefully within the week we’ll be caught up on all of the new Summer 2018 shows at which we’ve planned to take a look that have aired in our absence. We apologize for the delay. —RABUJOI STAFF
Summer is over halfway done. It was a little rough at first, but once we found some more good-to-great shows to watch (Abyss, Classroom) things picked up. Still, now is the time to start glancing on what’s to come next season. Below is a list of shows we’ll be taking a look at this October.
We’re excited about a third helping of Food Wars, a second season of Kekkai Sensen and 3-gatsu no Lion, and a Kino no Tabi re-imagining. You know the drill (unless you don’t): click on a title to learn more about a show over at MAL.
As always, shows and authors are subject to change. We’ll be updating this list as we explore Fall 2017 shows.
Update-3 Oct 2017: Watching Shokugeki no Souma 3. Juuni Taisen TBD. Black Clover and Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara skipped.
Update-4 Oct 2017: URAHARA skipped.
Update-5 Oct 2017: Just Because! TBD. Ousama Game skipped.
Update-6 Oct 2017: Watching Kino no Tabi. Dies Irae and Net-juu no Susume TBD.
Update-7-8 Oct 2017: Watching Kekkai Sensen & Beyond and Mahoutsukai no Yome. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou TBD.
Update-9 Oct 2017: Watching Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau.Imouto sae Ireba Ii. TBD. Houseki no Kuni TBD.
Update-11 Oct 2017: My Girlfriend Is ShoBitch TBD.
Update-12 Oct 2017: Watching Iyunashiki.
Update-13 Oct 2017: Dies Irae. dropped.
Update-16 Oct 2017: Watching 3-gatsu no Lion S2. Imouto sae Ireba Ii. dropped.
Bold = Watching
* = TBD Crossed out = Skipped/Dropped
We haven’t had a major purge since Fall 2016, but Summer 2017 has turned out to be a major disappointment overall, so a culling was necessary and inevitable.
Specifically, we are saying goodbye to THE REFLECTION,Shoukoku no Altair, and Isekai Shokudou, effective immediately. All three suffer from different degrees of mediocrity, and interest has waned.
Those who continue to follow the three axed shows, we apologize for cutting our reviews short, and thank you for reading up to this point.
In other news, now freed from two less-than-stellar shows, Braverade has finally, finally committed to watching the vaunted Fate/Zero, which has been highly recommended from readers both here and elsewhere.
It’s currently available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.; expect the first review in the next few days.
Note to Readers: We’ll be offline most of the weekend, which unfortunately means no fresh-squeezed anime reviews until Sunday at the earliest (unless Oigakkosan emerges from his burrow).
It’s not ideal, what with the season just starting (and frankly, kind of flagging) and a couple new shows on the horizon, but RABUJOI’s Summer Staff Data Collection Retreat is long overdue. Memories must be made!
So take care, all, and as always, thanks for reading…when we have stuff to read!
Summer is almost here! While all of us at RABUJOI are looking a bit pale and are in need of Vitamin D, there’s a huge batch of new shows on the way, in addition to the second cours of three Spring shows. We’ve perused the Summer list and have made some tentative choices.
Note that as always, the presence of a show on this list does not indicate we’ll be reviewing that show regularly yet, we’re just taking some initial looks.
Aside from a new entry in the now massive Monogatari series and a Fate spinoff, it’s a fairly sequel-free Summer (at least for us), so there are a lot of unknowns on this list. We look forward to sussing it all over in the next couple of weeks!
Last Sunday, sitting down to watch and review Zestiria felt like a chore. It did not impress, or pull me out of the cloud of, well, not malevolence, but certainly apathy and detachment for the show and everyone in it.
I was mildly excited to see more adventures in the world of Zestiria this Winter (and I’ll admit I miss Velvet Crowe this season), but the second half has been an unfocused mess and the leaden characters are just barely there.
The only thing to do when you’ve run out of passion for a show is to either pass it on to Zane for mockery (he refused) or simply drop it altogether (which is what I’m doing).
I’m content to review only Gundam and ACCA—shows with stories and characters I actually care about—for the remainder of Winter.
Wouldn’t you know it, we forgot to post a Season Preview for Winter, so this will be our first of 2017. If it seems early, it’s not; we’ve released previews as early as the beginning of February; this is actually the furthest into the month we’ve waited. And why is that? No real reason beyond we just “hadn’t gotten around to it.” (Also, it’s feeling very Springlike around RABUJOI HQ of late).
Below is the preliminary list of shows we’ll at least be taking a look at this Spring. The only Winter carryover we know of (so far) is Little Witch Academia. Note that there are many sequels to popular shows (ahem Attack on Titan) among the titles, and as always, authors for reviews of these shows are subject to change, depending on which shows appeal to which writer. Click on a title to learn more via MAL.
Shows we’re definitely reviewing are in bold. Six weeks to go. Can’t wait to dig in!