Atom: The Beginning 1-3! is a prequel to Astro Boy and has that nostalgic style to the character designs. Two robotic students are working on a powerful robot with a possible soul. I think the one's sister has a crush on the robot. The first couple episodes are cute enough, but meh. Dropped.

Kado: The Right Answer 2-4! Shindo and the alien talk to the human race. The political blabbing is tedious and this is a little slow. Dropped.

Fukumenkei Noise 1-3! is a typical shoujo love-triangle story where a young girl, Nino, befriends a young boy, Momo, through music. The boy leaves town. The girl can't forget him. She befriends another boy, Yuzu, through music...he also leaves, but they meet again in high school and she joins his band. She still can't forget about Momo. Momo and Yuzu are both songwriters. Yuzu is inspired by Nino. Momo avoids Nino thinking that she will stifle his writing ability. There's tons of angst. Nino has a unique but very irritating voice. Dropped.

Kabukibu! 2-8! Kuro is able to recruit enough to form a school club; a girl who is the class 'prince' and a boy who laments being too manly to dance female roles, a short, fat girl who loves sewing costumes...she's not really fat. So far the characters are pretty cute, but gawd, the animation production is so terrible.

Attack on Titan S2 27-34! Other than Eren, more humans who can turn into titans are hinted at and revealed in this season; the armored titan and colossal titan. You can see that the titans are some sort of human/alchemy/science experiment turned bad, so I wonder when the past will be revealed. The crazy relationships that create crazy scenarios shouldn't be so engaging, but the constant action helps. The fight between Eren and the two titans again is unreal. Cliffhangers are so tough to handle each week.

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku 1-7! continues with episodic one-shot stories. The first is about Natsume as a child after a youkai mistakenly thinks he's doing Natsume a favor by making him a child. Episodes with Natori are interesting. After 6 seasons I still think he might betray Natsume. Episode 6 is a touching episode about Nishimura and Kitamura's initial interactions with Natsume.


oops...forgot to post this one...zzz..

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Tales of Zestiria the X 16-25! the end. Sorey finally finds out that Rose is an assassin, gets over it pretty quickly, and she becomes his squire via contract like Alisha. This season begins a little slowly in terms of action and plot development. This season has focused on Rose and Alisha who have predictably angsty issues that are more political than action-driven. Things get better by episode 20 when everyone heads towards the north to face the Lord of Calamity. Sorey gets a book from Laila written by the prior Sherpard which is about Velvet Crowe. I was hoping for another flashback. Like the other 'Tales of' anime, the wrap up of this series is rushed and a bit of a letdown. I supposed the anime makes far more sense to a fan who has played through the game. *spoilers* Sorey sacrifices himself to save the world in a high-budget, but completely lame final fight. The fight lasted about 5 minutes and the rest of the episode were scenes of the epilogue. ~7/10 rating~ for a nicely set-up, but terribly executed plot. Sorey x Mikleo xoxoxo.


ACCA 1-2! builds an interesting world where a monarch rules 13 independent districts. Jean works for ACCA as a sort of government auditor who inspects the various districts. Madhouse still produces top-notch, visually interesting animation and this fits that bill. The episodes are a little sleepy. A day in the life of Jean in an unreal world should be more interesting that it appears. Episode 2 introduces us to his best friend who is spying on him since his bosses think Jean is planning a coup d'etat. Each district seems to have its specialized food and oddities which makes this intriguing despite the slow pacing.



Youjo Senki 1-3! The first episode shows us a seemingly psychotic little girl, Tanya, who is the most powerful mage in the army...like seriously, if she can blow up the enemy like that, why are there so many non-magical ground troops? Anyway, it's a crazy anime, but the first episode spent a little too much time on the army leaders just standing around talking 'army stuff'. In episode 2, we see Tanya in her former life as a ruthless Japanese businessman who lays off an employee. The employee pushes him onto an oncoming train. At his moment of death, he converses with 'God' and God decides to see if he will learn faith...or something like that. He is reincarnated into a magical little girl in an alternate Europe-like world in the midst of war. She still retains his former life's memories and moves up the ranks quickly.



3-gatsu no Lion 12-14! I usually enjoy Yuki's anime pop songs, but her new song has a little too much autotune and cuts off oddly. We pick up after Rei has recovered from his flu. He starts a new competition and we get to see some new players. I continue to love the detail in the animation; they really try to make Chica Umino drawings come to life.



Tales of Zestiria the X 13-15! picks up where it left off with Sorey traveling with Rose. The episode focuses on her general likability amongst the people of hometown, and her darker side as an assassin. We learn a little about Dezel the wind seraph who is loyal to Rose. So far, the 2nd season is rather lackluster.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Saga 1! In the first episode of this season, Yukio heads off to pursue an exorcist-turned-demon who steals the Left Eye of the Impure King while Rin plus classmates go after the Right Eye in Kyoto. Hm, this is only mildly interesting despite the nicely animated episode. Other than Rin's cat, all the characters are stuck in a rather teenage-y drama. Dropped. Will not stick it out this season.

Spirit Pact 1! I would think that a Chinese-Japanese collaboration would be a tad more interesting, but this is pretty mediocre. A young pseudo-fortune teller gets hit and killed by a truck. He wakes up as a spirit, and a exorcist tries to recruit him because of his innate spiritual powers. I think this is trying to be a comedic version of Mirage of Blaze, but most of the jokes fail. The production was quite bad. Dropped.



Doukyuusei jmovie! was something I forgot to write about last year. It apparently was the first full-length BL anime movie shown in theaters....or that's what the internet says. Anyway, it's a standard boy-meets-boy/first love/opposites-attract story. The only conflict being that both boys have differing plans after they graduate. It's pretty charming and the highlight is that the anime captures the mangaka, Nakamura Asumiko's unique drawing style. ~8/10~ for a cute and sweet time-waster.
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Mob Psycho 100 9-12! the end. Mob, Teru and Dimple go to rescue Mob's brother and the other kidnapped psychic kids. Mob's boss, Reigen, comes to talk to Mob about work, and gets involved. Great story arc here with good humour and cliffhangers. The beginning of the anime was a little iffy and lacked the humor that One-Punch Man and Saiki have, but it definitely built up to a more complex anime. Mob's brother and Reigen developed into interesting characters. And the fun humor came back near the end. ~9/10 rating~ short anime with an interesting animation style and feel-good message.

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91 Days 8-12! the end. Angelo/Avilio's friend, Corteo, is forced to murder Fango when his recipe for the Lawless Heaven alcohol is leaked. Things deteriorate further when Angelo kills Corteo to prove his loyalty. Things come to an end when Angelo cause the Vanettis and Galassias to start shooting each other at the opera. Angelo never gets around to killing Nero, thus the show ends with them having a heart-to-heart and mildly open-ended off-screen gunshot. ~6/10 rating~ for a revenge story that was a mild struggle to get through. Angelo plan was clumsy and all the mafia characters were unlikable.

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Tales of Zestiria the X 9-12! the end of season 1. Mikleo finds a creature/mascot character that boosts his new-found archery powers. Mikleo then joins Sorey who is fighting a dragon 'puppy'. We get educated in dragons. Princess Alisha faces her assassin in an anti-climactic fight. Then everyone heads to stop a war. The climax was rather anti-climactic, too. The big boss/Lord of Calamity decides not to fight Sorey because Sorey is too weak an opponent which is the classic bad guy mistake. Who waits until their opponent is stronger than them? Only the stupidest of bad guys do that. Plus, Alisha's almost-death scene was not very dramatic. ~8/10 rating~ for the production alone. The story has promise, but the last episode was rather on the cliched side. Gotta wait for season 2 next year to see if the journey is worth it. On the upside, the characters are super-likable and each episode flies by.

Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi 2-4! the end. consists of Melodias fighting Ban, King chasing Diane and Vivian chasing whathisname...dull fillers. ~6/10 rating~ reminding me why I shouldn't watch the next season.
Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan 16-40! in episode 16, Saiki meets a boy who can see ghosts and knows of Saiki's powers. He becomes Saiki's apprentice despite Saiki's reluctance. Saiki's deadpan reactions and actions to avoid his friends are funny. Sports day at the school was especially funny. The mini comedic insights to Saiki's life are fun to watch.

Mob Psycho 100 4-8! Mob faces another student with psycho powers but tries not to use his powers. He inadvertently humiliates him, but gains an ally. Mob's brother suddenly develops powers after some intense brooding and jealousy towards Mob. His brother seems to be going to the dark side until a more powerful psychic beats up Mob, and kidnaps the brother. There are some comedic moments, but unlike Saiki, this veers towards drama and action.

91 Days 4-7! Nero continues to search for those responsible for his family's deaths. He currently works with the one of the people who tried to kill him in the past. The pacing is somewhat lethargic in this show. There are some nice twists as Nero manipulates the people around him...though I suspect they are actually suspicious of him. Episode 7.5 was a recap episode.

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Tales of Zestiria the X 4-8! Episode 4 ended with dark hurricane heading towards Sorey and the capital. Episode 5-6 jumped off into Tales of Berseria and Velvet Crowe, a woman who is on a prison island full of demons. She is kept alive to devour the demons with her demon hand. Had to wiki this twist and apparently the new 2016 RPG game, Tales of Berseria, takes place long before Tales of Zestiria and sets up the history of the same universe. The main bad guy seems to be Artorius, the people's savior and main exorcist. The terms of both stories seem loosely lifted from the King Arthur legend. Episode 7 returns to Sorey and Mikleo with a strong bromantic episode. Episode 8 introduces new seraphs and defines dragons as seraphs who have turned to the dark side...ha. There are definitely lovely background settings in this show.

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Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu 5-8! the end of this semi-season. Arslan and gang are in a merchant-filled, wealthy, port city. They bump the corrupt mayor-type person from power, and also solve the pirate problem. It's all going very well for them. Episode 6 brings Alfreed's brother, Etoile, and Princess Erina back into the story. It's interesting how easily the author manipulates the characters. By episode 8, all groups, Hermes, Arslan and Andragoras head toward Ecabatana to claim it as their own. Unfortunately, the anime has caught up with the manga. Apparently, there are two manga adaptations of the light novel series. The anime is following the one by Hiromu Arakawa (Hagaren), so no more anime until she finishes. ~7/10 rating~ While fun to watch, the anime production is still quite inconsistent and bad at times.

Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi 1! Like Arslan, this is another mini-season before a full season. Wasn't too fond of the first season, but might as well fill my time with something silly. Episode 1 re-introduces the characters as they try to catch Hawk, the disgruntled mini-pig.
Lengthy anime post ahead...

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Apparently this studio is experimenting with an anime app and released the whole season at once a la Netflix-style. It'll be interesting if this release model pans out for them..I think the anime pirates like it.
ReLIFE 1-13! the end. Initially thought that this would be a time-travel anime, but it's more of a science experiment that turns a young, jaded adult, Kaizaki Arata, from a 27 year old adult into a 17 year old high school student. He will redo a year in high school, but in his current time period. His appearance is the only thing that changed which becomes apparent when he comedically struggles in gym class. It's a cute anime with some comedy and shoujo-esque drama. The minamalistic background piano music is pretty fun to listen to. I also thought it was a nice nostalgic touch that every episode ended with a jpop song that would have been popular 10 years ago. ~8/10 rating The show spent a bit of time on Kariu's problems which slowed the pace down, and there was a drop in production quality. As a warning, the anime just ends after everyone becomes friendly. I guess viewers can read the manga to see what happens to Arata. Anyway, it was a cute shoujo anime.

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Orange 1! a group of high school friends get letters from their future selves telling them something in regards to a new transfer student. Girl falls in love with boy within the first episode...cue the eye roll. The show already reveals that Kakeru isn't with the group of friends in the future and that his (we can predict) death is preventable. Dropped because well, I spoiled myself below...

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Orange jmovie! saw that this was made into a live-action movie last year, and decided to check it out. As the anime hinted, the main female character, Naho, is a bit of a wimp. Even with a letter from her future self with a list of regrets and telling her what to do to save Kakeru, she stumbles with the letter. As a side note, a class in time travel and parallel worlds would have been awesome in high school. ~6/10 rating~ for a fairly predictable, sweet shoujo story. The movie was about 30 minutes too slow, but well-cast. Apparently giving your past self a note with a list of regrets doesn't help when your past self is a moron most of the time. She could have made the movie last 5 minutes if she pointed out that regret #1 was the most important step. It was predictable that the group was going to save Kakeru at the very last possible moment.

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Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan 1-15! is a funny 4 minute show airing during the week and then compiled on Sunday. Episodes 1-2 introduce us to Kusuo Saiki, a young high school boy with psychic, telepathy, telekinesis powers and his laid-back, kooky parents. Episodes 3 and on introduce us to his classmates and other people who are unaware of his powers.

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Mob Psycho 100 1-3! is another anime about a young high school boy with strong psychic powers. It is implied that he will explode or go 100% psycho one day. Unlike Saiki, Mob doesn't know how powerful he is. He is taken advantage of by a young adult who runs a exorcism business. His boss pretends to have powers and pretends to be teaching Mob. This anime has a fairly unique animation style that is very raw in its drawings. The mangaka is ONE who also wrote One Punch Man, so the humor is fairly fun to watch. By watching Mob and Saiki, you can see how two authors approach the same type of main character differently, but still humorously.

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Fukigen na Mononokean 1-2! also not on my list but looked cute. A young boy, Ashiya, starts high school by finding a fluffy animal on the side of the road that seems to suck out his energy to the point where he is missing days of school. He sees an ad for an exorcist, Abeno, who is hiring and calls him for an exorcism. The exorcist in a fashion similar to xxxHOLiC coerces the student into working for him. Episode 2 emphasized the fact thtat the Abeno prefers to work for money while the Ashiya has a soft heart. It's not quite that fun, so dropped.

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Servamp 1! is about a young, motherless boy (story didn't say anything about the father), who grows up to be good at everything. His classmates tend to pawn off school projects on him since he feels it's 'simpler' to do them on his own. He picks up a cat on the street who turns out to be a vampire. Another vampire attacks, the boy and cat form a 'servamp' contract. I think I would have liked this when I was 12. Dropped.

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91 Days 1-3! Ah ha, a mafia story. A young boy witnesses the murder of his parents and younger brother and years later, seeks revenge during the Prohibition era. Style and characters remniscent of Baccano, but there's no humor.

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Tales of Zestiria the X 0-3! Not on my initial list but I'm a sucker for big budget anime shows and ufotable's production. There's a sword in a stone, 'LadyLake', mysterious mist, a badass-looking dragon, a badass princess, swords and guns. The prologue episode with Princess Alisha won me over.. Episode 1 introduces the main character, Sorey, and his seraph friend, Mikeo, who explore old architecture and find the princess who wanders in after the dragon destroys her comrades and the nearby town. Not sure what's going on and not really interested in the rpg game, but it's very Final Fantasy-like, and still very well-made. The last 'Tales of' series was decent, and this looks pretty good. The original game opening has a catchy rockin' opening by Superfly. The anime has a decent opening by Flow, but the original is more badass.

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Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu 1-4! continues that tale of Arslan. Gieve and the man in the silver mask hunt down a legendary sword that belongs to the true king, but a group from the evil Church steal it away. Arslan and his army win another battle, but in episode 2, the king, Arslan's 'father', is able to escape on his own and tracks Arslan down. He orders him to raise an army of 50k which is supposedly a banishment. No worries as Arslan's friends decide to help him. This really needs a bigger budget.

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Bananya 1! is a 3-minute show. The banana cat bounces around looking cute.

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Magi: Sinbad no Bouken 9-13! the end of this season. In episode 9, Sinbad and his crew are trying to trade with a country that has precious metals. After technically defeating the king who also has a dungeon weapon, Sinbad gains another companion in the form of the king's enthusiastic son. Episode 11 starts their adventure in a country run by women. He is also able to draw up an alliance with them. Thus, the season ends with Sinbad trading with three elusive countries, and gaining a good number of new companions. ~7/10 rating for a good-natured adventure anime.

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