Grats on getting through the year with good marks. I'm in a really tense spot (doing well but constantly swamped with assignments) and will be for about 32 days more. AVCon prep has really heated up and I've finally been cleared to make last rounds of submissions. My game relief has been Hearthstone, League of Legends and replaying L.A. Noire. Will play Transistor once I finally get a long stretch without assignments, housework or AVCon getting in the way.
I'm adding Kindaichi R to titles I'm keeping this season, so that makes 6. I'd marked about 10 as interested in before seeing them, so having six to keep has been a pleasant surprise. Guess we'll see how this keeps up since right about now, the 2nd eps of a lot of shows will be airing since a lot of shows started on the 6th.
Admittedly, I'm also doing exams at present. They've kind of had the reverse effect on me. Break time from revision has been precious for me. Pulled of my first 12 win run in Arena mode in Hearthstone today, so the focus/tension is doing me good it seems.
Mushishi S2 and One Week Friends are the kind of chill mode I like. The World Is Still Beautiful has a cool, feisty female lead in a fun, shoujo setting and has good art, so ticks most boxes for me. Brynhildr did enough for me to remain interested. Wrestler Matsutaro is from the old school and intentionally having a real prick of a protagonist but in a very funny way. I find it absurd most people don't want to allow such a thing, yet when a complete cast is full of douchebags/detestable people like, say...White Album, it's perfectly fine according to those same people.
Either way, season is fun. My last exam is tomorrow. Accounting 2 was a real trial today and I was one of the few to avoid being scarred by Legal Decisions. Payroll is the last stanza for this term. Then I can chill. Good luck with your exams.
I think One Week Friends suffered a bit from launching when I'm in exams mode... I'm normally quite tolerant of slow paced shows, but around exams I tend to be a little less focused when watching than usual - even though I tend to only watch during meal breaks.
And an episode of info-dumping with that weak not-battle at the end was pretty meh.
Interesting... this was actually my biggest complaint about the Mahouka opener. I'm not going to claim the competition - I'm thinking here of other action shows with at least one prominent cute girl in them like Black Bullet or Hitsugi no Chaika - are brilliant shows, but they had far more engaging openers.
Nice to know someone else likes The World Is Still Beautiful. Nike is just an awesome female lead.
Brynhildr and One Week Friends do get stronger over time from what I read. Brynhildr was never going to match the opening Elfen Lied had - but since they have the same author, the bloodbaths will come in due time. As for One Week Friends, it's simple but to the heart. Over time, the impact of what those two go through with the futility of losing it all over and over - it amounts to something memorable.
And I won't deny how utterly delighted I am that Mushishi S2 has finally happened. 9 years apart yet that crew still knows exactly how to do it.
This season could be the one for me that I've been waiting years for. After discussing things with a friend, I realised the last time I liked 5 titles in a season was April 2010. 4 years....If the five I'm following stay good and either Kindaichi or Knights of Sidonia are also keepers, this will be quite a season for me.
For me, the major fizzle of the season at this rate is Irregular at Magic High School. They seem hellbent on making what was a fun manga with some good action into something really bland. They removed an entire battle from the start of the manga where the sister utterly owned face. And that gives me grave concerns about this adaptation. They seem hellbent on establishing the sister as inferior all the way when she isn't. And an episode of info-dumping with that weak not-battle at the end was pretty meh. Really don't know what Madhouse were doing. I know the innuendo/relationships were meant to be a core part of this, but it's also a shounen/action title in part. This adaptation seems intent on ignoring those aspects, which is pretty deplorable in my opinion.