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Violet Evergarden- A highly rated show, but I am unsure why. I really liked the atmosphere of the show with war and the consequences of such. Letters basically being a lifeline of old wars for many people, and thus smooth letter writers are quite valued or Auto Memory Dolls in this show. I liked the plot between Gilbert, Dietfried, and Violet, but many of the other plot lines were boring and episodic. The side story that I really did enjoy were between a sick mother and her child. However Violet is a very similar character to Sabre from the Fate series. As much as I disliked the original, I did like Violet a bit more but she was pretty strong in the later episodes despite her major life changes. One of the worst offenders was the amateur music direction, the OPs and EDs were okay, but the actual anime music was quite poor in my view. So many scenes where they just insert the random music, when the effect would have been greater without.

I want to say I liked this one...but I honestly don't remember much about it other than a few strong episodes. I suppose it looked super nice, but that's never been a problem with Kyo-Ani stuff. Violet's character arc towards the end was well done, though that action heavy finale was kinda weird. Why was that blonde boy James Bond all of a sudden?

Overall it felt really episodic, which isn't really a good or bad thing, just the type of story they wanted to do. My favorite episodes were probably the one with the princess writing letters to her fiance, the playwright who lost his daughter, and the dying mom writing letters for her daughter for years to come. Some of those might have been cheap hits to the feels, but got dang if they weren't really well done. Especially that last one...holy crap that had me bawling.

Episodic isn't a problem as long as it is done well. I recently watched Kino no Tabi, and it is entirely episodic but still quite entertaining.

Violet Evergarden does it in an odd way with half the episodes being about the main story, and the other half being episodic. I liked the side stories and all the lands along with it, but it really took away from the main experience, just like the weird last episode did. Essentially I would call the episodic episodes as filler, which is just plain ridiculous in a 12 episode series. In longer series I often skip filler, but there was no way of knowing that in such a short series.



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Season was, alright I guess, went from 5 to 3 animes.

Dropped Amanchu Advance, because most of the time the series forgot that it was about diving and character development and not supernatural trips with really bland incidental characters and some poor taste downright OOC dialogue.

Dropped Hisone to Maso tan because...it tried to have a pretty shitty subplot that couldn't sound any more forced.

 

Comic Girls was pretty nice, basic premise and overall simple series, but with some really strong moments and good comedy, I also liked the way they handled Koyume's crush on Tsubasa, less so of a gag and more part of her development, something that would usually be reserved for strictly yuri series. Overall a fun comfy time.

Uma Musume surprised me quite a bit, a really strong sport series with really good characters, especially enjoy the way Special Week developed across the episodes, her relationship with Suzuka, Suzuka herself was quite nice, was expecting a more cold character, but it was a really nice supportive relationship between the two, the general chemestry of the cast was great especially with some background stuff. Also like how the character models are, a tad subtle, but the definition and muscles of the girls is quite more, guess you could say normal than most other series. And of course, Special Week having two moms that she is proud of is precious as hell.

Megalobox is freaking amazing, the 2000's vibe art direction, excellent music and just general badassery of the show is sooo great, sucker for underdog stories combined with boxing, it reminds me so much of films like Rocky don't have much else to say other than I'll definitely watch Ashita no Joe after this is over.

 

@poll My most anticipated summer anime is Happy Sugar Life. Also planning to watch Asobi Asobase, Hanebado, Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight and the third season of Yama no Susume.



There are a few manga that I read that are being made into anime.  I'm looking forward to watching them soar ... or crash and burn.  

I've already mentioned Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro.  It's about school girls.  Not the kind you see in most anime, however.  They certainly aren't ladylike, that's for sure.  Chio is a CORE GAMER!  She likes western games, especially the kind where you kill people.  She often pretends to be a female version of Sam Fisher.  Payday and Assassin's Creed are often referenced.  She is part of the "lower-middle" in terms of school ranking.

Her best friend Manana is by far my favorite character.  She's smarter and more mature than Chio but she is also unscrupulous and blackhearted.  I love it.  They can stab each other in the back and then walk to school together the next day like nothing happened.  That's where most of the manga takes place, actually--not at school but rather in the morning on the way to school.

Looks like the anime is going to really focus on Chio's violent, game-fueled imagination.

Another is Grand Blue.  Honestly, I've criticized this manga a lot.  Especially all the male nudity.  Yeah, that's what I said.  It's basically the Japanese version of American Pie except it's actually funny and has some stuff about diving.  The main character ends up staying with his two (hot) cousins while he attends college.  Because their father runs a diving business, the diving club often meets there.  The diving club forces the main character to join and to party ALL THE TIME.  It's a shame that it's always the male characters who strip naked when the alcohol starts to flow.  It's a joke it leans on way too much.

However, the reason I keep reading is that it's really funny and the female cast is really good.  I like all of them, they give the series focus and make it interesting.  



Finished Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex couple of weeks ago and this was definitely a good show. It was hard to follow at times and had a lot of "blink and you will miss it" moments but it was still really good. Gonna start the second season soon.


Also I'm currently rewatching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and this show is still one of my favorites. Got a couple of episodes to finish but man this show still holds up.

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SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIT. So much great stuff in the summer. Looks like I have to grind to get all of the Spring stuff done already.

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Another season of overlord, my hero academy, black clover and attack on titan. It's gonna be a good season.

My most anticipated show of next season is Happy Dugar Life. Read the manga and I am very interested in seeing some scenes animated...gonna be gud.

 

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Another is Grand Blue.  Honestly, I've criticized this manga a lot.  Especially all the male nudity.  Yeah, that's what I said.  It's basically the Japanese version of American Pie except it's actually funny and has some stuff about diving.  The main character ends up staying with his two (hot) cousins while he attends college.  Because their father runs a diving business, the diving club often meets there.  The diving club forces the main character to join and to party ALL THE TIME.  It's a shame that it's always the male characters who strip naked when the alcohol starts to flow.  It's a joke it leans on way too much.

However, the reason I keep reading is that it's really funny and the female cast is really good.  I like all of them, they give the series focus and make it interesting.  

I remember you mentioning this one in the Manga thread a while back. It seemed pretty fun so I added it to my list. Don't really like bro humor, but on the other hand, a healthy cast of male and female characters is also nice, so we'll see.

I also read a funny tweet by the author:

"By the way, this is about grand blue, but the genre it is in is "isekai fantasy".

Isekai -> A world in which the age of drinking is different than the real world.

Fantasy -> the existence of demi-humans who can chug high-grade alcohol in one go.

Grand Blue is an Isekai Fantasy. Got it?"

 

Sounds like he found the perfect excuse to let underage characters drink. Finally a good isekai anime.



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Super_Boom said:

I remember you mentioning this one in the Manga thread a while back. It seemed pretty fun so I added it to my list. Don't really like bro humor, but on the other hand, a healthy cast of male and female characters is also nice, so we'll see.

I also read a funny tweet by the author:

"By the way, this is about grand blue, but the genre it is in is "isekai fantasy".

Isekai -> A world in which the age of drinking is different than the real world.

Fantasy -> the existence of demi-humans who can chug high-grade alcohol in one go.

Grand Blue is an Isekai Fantasy. Got it?"

 

Sounds like he found the perfect excuse to let underage characters drink. Finally a good isekai anime.

That's very heartwarming.  I'm glad Isekai is getting the hero it needs instead of the hero it deserves.

Actually, all the characters are in college, so ... ah, Google says the drinking age in Japan is 20.  How very clever of the author, reclassifying to Isekai.  And, yeah, their normal alcohol is "80% by volume".

My favorite characters are Azusa and Aina.  The manga improves a lot when they show up.  They add some much needed layers.  



Spring '18 was a fairly strong season, MHA S3 having an amazing first couple of episodes. Food Wars Third Plate was great too, minus the dip in animation quality and ending mid arc. Outside of those two I watched Megalo Box that despite its weaker ending, was easily anime of the season with it's throwback old-school art direction and outstanding soundtrack, my favourite ED of the season and Joe being my male of the season. Steins;Gate 0 continues to be as thrilling as ever and has really picked up from the first couple of episodes. Minus a lack of a Spring themed anime, the season was decent, 4 strong shows and a genuine contender for AOTY. Overall rating would be a 7.5-8/10.

I've seen the line-up for Summer '18, going to watch the dubs of;

MHA Season 3 and Steins;Gate 0 rollovers.
Attack on Titan Season 3
Harukana Receive
Chio's School Road
Angels of Death
FLCL: Progressive - binge watch.

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