Spring 2018 anime review

Spring 2018 anime review

With the Spring 2018 line-up now at a close, I thought I would take a quick look back over the anime I have reviewed this season and do a swift summary and conclusion on them all. Many of my reviews were written only a few episodes in, and some of my opinions may have changed since all those months ago. Besides, one of the things that I think makes a good anime (or book, film or game, for that matter) is how good the ending is. Here I will take a look at those very important endings and rate them, in reverse order. Since these are ending reviews, there will be spoilers!

8. Comic Girls

God, by the end of this one I really wanted to shake Kaos. She was the most whiny, annoying main character I’ve seen in a while. And whilst I get that she’s supposed to be crippled with self doubt and this is a journey of honing her talents and making friends and finding her true calling etc… did it have to be so irritating to watch? The other girls were entertaining, so far as they were doing cute things while being cute, but Kaos’ personality made this a hard watch for me. I mean, after crying in front of her editor after so many rejections and crying because you have deadlines and crying because you’re too stressed to eat because of your deadlines… I don’t know… maybe she shouldn’t become a manga artist? At least the other girls could actually get their shit together. Annoyance is probably not the main emotion that should have been evoked here, but it was certainly how I felt by the end of this infuriating journey.

7. Cute High Earth Defense Club HAPPY KISS!

I have to say, I had higher expectations for HAPPY KISS! I felt that things continued to be a little too samey when compared to the first generation of magical boys. The lead antagonist at Binan had a long-standing beef with Kyotaro and our sleepy lead wasn’t even aware of it. Then, when they were appearing to reconcile in the penultimate episode, there seemed to be some random emergency in Honyaraland where Karls and Furanui’s father (a platypus king – go figure) was overthrown by his younger brother (a lemur) and all the knights had to band together in order to make everyone happy and calm the revolt. I was disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I expected I would since it barely deviated at all from the previous story. I mean, obviously some things must stay the same… but who wants to watch the same plot lines for a second time, only with different characters. Shame.

6. Amanchu! Advance

The second season of Amanchu! had glorious visuals and beautiful character designs as usual, but I couldn’t quite get my head around the odd dream sequences which seemed to be a theme this time around. What started off as small, shared daydreams resulted in episode-long dreams involving handsome ghost and alternate worlds as some kind of thematic motif that I didn’t think was in-keeping with the first series at all. I wanted to see more great scenery and beautiful underwater shots and these odd little daydreams seemed to get in the way this time around, which was disappointing.

5. Magical Girl Ore

This one was a bit of surprise. The one person I had pegged to be the main antagonist turned out to be a red herring, meaning that my attention was taken away from the real culprit. I enjoyed the twist, but the final battle was a bit of a let-down, all things considered. Nothing really happened with Mohiro and Hyoue and even less happened with Ruka and Michiru (why were they even in it at all?). Even so, I can’t say that I wasn’t entertained by the constant silliness and the ever-amusing massively-extended magical girl ultimate attacks. One of the funniest anime of the season.

4. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card – Season 2

Wow, I hope that there’s a third season on the cards (‘scuse the pun). I felt that things just started kicking off in the last two episodes. I thought there was going to be some real confrontation to be had when the hooded character that was appearing in Sakura’s dreams was unveiled, but the way things ended just left me at a bit of a loss. What is Kaito trying to do? Is he really an enemy of Sakura or is there another reason why he wants to take the Clear Cards? Apparently we won’t find out for a while now. I did enjoy the romantic developments between Syaoran and Sakura – as they grow a little older you can really see that they care for and want to protect one another. Would love to see more of Sakura growing up as a Cardcaptor!

3. Yotsuiro Biyori

This anime was such a calming, enjoyable watch. I don’t know why I felt once that something sinister was going to happen between Sui and his brother – that’s just not Yotsuiro Biyori at all. Instead they reunited over tea and mugs and it was actually a really lovely way to wrap up the story. It seemed like the final episode really brought the whole community together and just reflected what an impact the little restaurant had on everyone and how the hard work and positivity of the Rokuhoudou really paid off. Always very heartwarming to watch.

2. Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS

It was great to see the Selector Battles coming to a real end as it didn’t disappoint. I feel that things came together quite well and the final battle was an interesting one against Eternal and Tama and Yuki taking a look at the concept of LRIGs and what truly binds them to the Selector battles. The ending even gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when Shohei Shirai come back into his original body and reunite with Chinatsu. I’ll admit, there were some elements that went over my head, but I think that’s due to me coming in mid-way through the story and not having much knowledge of Ruuko’s Selector journey

1. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Big fan. Big fan of Gun Gale Online. It must be something to do with the format here as I’ve been hooked on everything Sword Art Online since the very beginning. I love the world-building, the characters, their contrast between avatar and IRL person and the all-out fights. I was a bit concerned when IRL M approached Karen claiming that Pitohui will kill herself in real life if she didn’t win the next Squad Jam and the only way she wouldn’t was if LLENN defeated her. It just seemed to de-rail the story a bit and I wasn’t sure if I enjoyed Pitohui as an antagonist here. My favourite character by far was Miyu/Fukazirou, Karen’s ALO friend who has taken to GGO like a duck to water with her grenade launchers.

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