Summer 2016 | Mid-Season Review: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

heyitszel here with another post! We’re about midway through the 2016 Summer Season now. And I’ve decided to do a quick write up on my impressions of the shows this season as it appears that I’ve took it upon myself to watch most of the summer season.  For the most part Summer 2016 seems to be the summer of feels. There are a lot of happy feels and a lot of bad feels.  As a side note, I’m not really one to drop any anime’s despite how ridiculously horrible it appears to be; I have to see it through till the end – I don’t like leaving things unfinished.  Anyways here’s my recap! (I’ll try to be as brief as possible).


The Good

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  1. 91 Days

    When I saw the synopsis for this – my interest was peaked: A mafia story that’s set in the prohibition era whose themes consist of revenge, trust, and betrayal.  The pacing of the show is good, and has left my jaw dropped from time to time with some of it’s plot twists. There hasn’t been a set number of episodes so I’m hoping this anime will take its time in developing the story.  So far so good though, as our main character’s schemes are coming to fruition; I’m sure there’s another twist to this whole story. I’m keeping my eyes peeled, but I can’t find any hints as to what that twist is yet.

    Recommendations/Similar to: Joker Game

  2. Shokugeki No Soma: Ni No Sora

    This one was one that I’d been hyped about since I finished the first season.  However as highly anticipated as this one was for me, I can’t help but feel like the pacing is off – it feels a bit rushed to get as much content in for the 13 episodes it’s supposed to be running for. I guess it’s better to see one of the battles conclude in one episode versus spread over several. I’m just being picky I suppose.  Overall, this is one of the anime’s I’ve been consistently watching week after week. Soma never ceases to disappoint with his creativity and outside of the box thinking. His resilience to go head to head in every battle is not just borne from cockiness and attitude; it really is for the learning experience and to help him along with his bigger goal: surpassing his father.

    Recommendations/Similar to: Yakitate!! Japan (I honestly think that Shokugeki used this as it’s base story line; the similarities are too glaring to look past)

  3. Orange

    The feels in this anime are beyond words. Every week I wait to tune into this show has given me a sense of looming dread as you soon realize what the plot is about. As much as we’re to assume there is a happy ending; I can’t help but feel that some of the character’s get shafted due to the sacrifices they make.  The grief the character’s represent as they try to save a friend are very heavy on the heart  The story and pacing are done well, and each of the characters have a good amount of development so far. I’m rooting for Suwa; by far the best character on this show and is obviously the most selfless one in the group. I won’t give any spoilers, but my feels are with him the most.

    Recommendations/Similar to: Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), Angel Beats, Ao Haru Ride, ReLife

  4. ReLife

    A chance to re-do high school life is given to the protagonist Arata Kaizaki in this slice of life comedy.  The whole season was released on Crunchyroll so I was able to blast through this one pretty fast. The first few episodes had me in stitches — but I’ve found the story to lean more on the serious side as the series went on, and there’s a bit of an imbalance between it’s comedy and serious plotline which was kind of jarring for a slice of life type show. Despite that one gripe I have, I really enjoyed the show; I hope there’s a second season!

  5. Mob Psycho 100

    From the creator ONE – This one to be one of the more hyped and highly anticipated anime’s of the season. And the art style is so different from it’s predecessor One Punch Man and is much more representative of the original mangaka’s style. It took me awhile to get used to it, but I found that the art style evolves from episode to episode, and I really enjoy seeing the progression. It wasn’t till Mob’s first explosion where I was completely hooked on this show.  When his emotions start to overflow is the best part of this series – I love watching the countdown.

    Recommendations/Similar to: One Punch Man

  6. Sweetness to Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma)

    Tsumugi has to be the most adorable child ever to grace the screen…well maybe her and Naru (from Barakamon).  Another anime with feels!  It’s just so sweet and so charming.  You can’t help but root for Inuzuka-Senpai as he strives to provide Tsumugi with the very best environment he has. It also gives an insight to the family dynamics of a single parent; it must be hard to balance a career while parenting a ball of energy with messy hair and an insanely imaginative mind!

    Recommendations/Similar to: Barakamon

  7. Fukigen No Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean)

    This to me is probably the most underrated show of the season.  It has a very colorful artstyle and the story is good too. Even though it may get repetitive at times how the characters exorcise the yokai, it’s still enjoyable to see Abeno slowly thawing his cold exterior with the help of his new hire Ashiya. This is another one I make sure to tune into weekly.

    Recommendations/Similar to: N/A – I can’t think of any that are similar to this

  8. Cheer Danshi

    I’m surprisingly enjoying this one.  At first I was kind of like okay the premise is interesting let’s see what it’s about.  But the progression has been pretty good so far.  I laugh a lot at the MC Haru because at first he just seems so awkward about the whole cheerleading thing and essentially embarrassed by the thought of being a male cheerleader –which also has the viewer feeling embarrassed for him as well. But he’s a pretty good example of having to put yourself in an uncomfortable position in order to change. There are a lot of unanswered questions to this one though that keep popping up in the back of my mind. 

    Recommendations/Similar to: Free!

The Bad Mediocre

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(…not entirely bad, but not exactly the best…)

  1. Handa-Kun

    Handa-kun is a spin-off of one of my Top Favorites: Barakamon.  It’s also one of the manga’s I’ve read and found hilarious. The story is basically about Handa Seishu as a highschooler – years before Barakamon takes place.  It follows the life of Handa and how he’s mistaken his glaring popularity due to his talent for calligraphy for bullying and hatred.  The situations he gets put in are so ridiculous and unreal that you can’t help but laugh. Some situations are funnier than others; and I actually found the manga to be way more hilarious than its’ animated counterpart.

    Recommendations/Similar to: Sakamoto Desu Ka?,  Tanaka-Kun is Listless

  2. Battery

    This sports anime is quite different from others, for me.  I feel like this is heavy on the feels and the dynamics between the two characters versus the sport. I’m a few episodes behind but from what I’ve seen that’s the sense I’ve gotten from it.

    Recommendations/Similar to: N/A 

  3. Days

    I’m probably a little biased since I’ve been spoiled with a good sports anime like Haikyuu!!; I approached watching Days expecting a similar experience to Haikyuu!; in which the viewer,  who has no experience in the sport, would at least get to know the positions and types of plays occur on the team as it is interwoven naturally into the plot.  However, the show still is enjoyable to watch. I like the art style – even though the MC Tsukamoto’s eyes and stick-on rosy cheeks completely stick out compared to the rest of the cast’s more definitive  facial features.

    Recommendations/Similar to: Kuroko No Basket

  4. Berserk

    I’m not to familiar with the backstory or the history of Berserk. I really want to enjoy this anime but I feel like it’s completely rushed and that I’m missing major points from the manga.  I may resort to reading it to get a better feel for this story.  It’s definitely gory and bloody, and the art is really interesting and detailed.

    Recommendations/Similar to: Ajin

  5. Hatsukoi Monster

    The premise is interesting.  I’m a few episodes behind on this series, but it has it’s moments of hilarity.  The inappropriate sense of humor that is exhibited by the three grade schooler’s is hilarious to me; but only because it unfortunately mimics the humor my oldest friends and I have when we get together.

    Recommendations/Similar to: N/A

  6. B-Project: Koudou-Ambitious

    This is my first attempt at watching an “idol” related anime. Clearly I’m a sucker for shows with cute bishounen boys in it; but hey to each their own.  Honestly, there’s not much of a story here. At first I thought this was going to be a reverse harem, but thankfully it hasn’t been about that.  There’s a lot of melodrama here between characters and there’s barely any real meat to the backstories; however I still find this enjoyable to watch weekly.

    Recommendations/Similar to: N/A

  7. Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu

    This short form anime had a really strong first episode to me.  But after that; it’s been pretty hit and miss but since it’s a short form I still find in an enjoyable way to pass 3 minutes of my lunch break.

    Recommendations/Similar to: Oshiete! Galko-Chan

 

The Ugly

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(I’m really struggling to get through these T-T)

  1. Scared Rider Xechs

    There are no words to even express how bad I find this anime.  It’s so bad I laugh at it.  The story is lacking completely. I’m not sure what they’re fighting against nor do I understand the source of their powers.  They also play in a band for some reason while going to school.  I’m really at a loss for words at how to explain what’s going on here.

  2. Rewrite

    The premise for Rewrite was really interesting when I first read the synopsis; so I was drawn into it. But unfortunately I feel like I’ve been misled by the synopsis.  I felt like there was a level of seriousness to it; but instead I was given a really silly harem that focuses on the occult.  I’ve read forums and realized this was based on a visual novel, but I’m struggling to find anything endearing about it. All the character’s are extremely flat. Even though our main character is probably the most expressive of the cast he still falls flat.

  3. Taboo Tattoo

    I was impressed by the fluidity of the animation in Taboo Tatoo; but I find myself struggling with each episode just because I can’t stand the main character: justice. His sense of “justice” (his name is so clever *rolls eyes*) is incredibly cliche; and his bestie from childhood who is secretly in love with him is also incredibly cliche.  The story seems interesting at first glance; but I can’t really get past the annoyance I find in these two characters.  

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