It’s a week later than planned, but I’ve finally caught up on a few more shows from this summer. Some of them are shows that I’m now trying not to fall behind on because they’re really quite fantastic.
Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA
While I’m having some fun with this bit of magical girl fluff, it’s got the usual Type-Moon inconsistency in quality going. The first two episodes were fast, funny, and did a nice job of poking fun at the genres tropes. Then there was the massive, bland info dump that is some common to the franchise (I wish they could make fun of themselves and had someone in the background swirling a glass of wine during the scene). Then there was flashy action which was cool, but lost the focus on the characters. As Paradox has noted, Fate/kaleid (or any magical girl series) is at it’s best when it’s giving us reasons to care about the characters. Unfortunately, it’s wandered away from that path in recent episodes.
Worth continuing? Even though it’s gone off the rails a bit, it’s still funny a times so I’m going to keep with it. It’s definitely not for everyone, though.
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this show after the first episode, but now that I’ve seen half of it, I think I know. It’s colorful awesomeness. There’s a lot of different elements pushing against one another to make the overall story both mysterious and compelling. I don’t quite know what’s really going on yet, but it doesn’t feel like they’re being cryptic for the sake of cryptic. Rather, we only know as much as the individual characters do, and I really appreciate that. As for the characters themselves, they’re a bit hit or miss, but I kind of like them for that flawed nature. Hajime is utterly annoying and yet such a compelling character. She reminds me a bit of Himari, Ringo, and Momoka from Penguindrum. She’s bright and kind like Himari, high energy and strong-willed like Ringo, but also willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good like Momoka. So while her voice might grate a little and her actions sometimes leave me shaking my head, it also makes me appreciate her even more. The other characters do well as foils for her, and for people to grow from her influence (which I suppose means she also reminds me of Usagi from Sailor Moon).
Worth continuing? Absolutely! I wish I hadn’t waited so long to really get going on it. I’m watching it about 1/2 attention but only because I’m convinced that I’ll be watching it again with Paradox and I want to be able to experience it with him again.
Teekyuu’s continued run makes me miss AIURA. I still think the show makes less sense and is even more random and idiotic than it was before, but maybe I’ve just purged the memory of the first season.
Worth continuing? Not in the slightest, but I will anyway since it’s just 3 minutes of my time.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
I’ve gotten over my disappointment with the limited animation, and have confirmed that even when watching in the daylight these little shorts are creepy if not utterly terrifying. The sound and atmosphere makes up for the animation to make a really decent little horror story.
Worth continuing? Yes, although perhaps only while cuddling a stuffed animal with all the lights on.
I still have a few more shows to catch up on, so there might be a part 3 in another week or so. It’s more likely that they’ll just wait until the season review if I can get caught up on them by then.