I never actually follow the 3 ep rule but it seems like a good title for an entry about my thoughts 3 eps into the season haha.
Well, I definitely dropped plenty already this season but after 3 eps I am still watching 5 shows and 3 of them I really enjoy, so that's already 3x as many as last season haha. The Eccentric Family
S2 is probably tied for my favorite... It's just so good so far, honestly, I'm even more into it than I was into S1. They're developing the world even further and the characters/worldbuilding are just so wonderful, I can't wait to see more. There's some really great conflict going on this season already, especially regarding the two new characters, Nidaime and Tenmaya. If you like magical realism and/or characters who kind of seem
human on the surface but once you get past that are totally different but it's often expressed in a lot of subtle ways, I can't recommend this series highly enough. Also it's great to look at. I'm so glad PA Works is focusing more of its efforts this season on this series even if it means Sakura Quest gets a little bit shafted. (But more on that series later.)Tsuki ga Kirei
gets my other tied-for-favorite spot. Which I really didn't expect even after the first episode! But episode 2 got me HARD, hook line and sinker. The production values are nothing amazing on this one, but it really gets and authentically portrays the awkwardness of first teenage love. One of the little details I've noticed is how dedicated this show is to like, highlighting awkward little mouth-sounds haha. Never below have I seen so much attention paid to sighs and breaths and an a cut-off attempt to start talking. XD Another thing, and one of my favorite parts of it, is the focus on communication through social media (specifically LINE). The show gets that spot-on, from how the kids have an easier time talking through that medium than face-to-face, to sitting and staring anxiously at your phone when you're waiting for a reply, to when you start to type out a message to someone and then delete it without sending haha. It's just so well done and adorable. If you love soft m/f teenage romance anime this is a must-watch imo.KADO: The Right Answer
rounds out the 3 series I am really liking. The cel-shaded 3DCG is probably the best I've seen in a TV anime so far and so far I am really into the plot. It's a very methodical and "thinky" first contact sci-fi story so far. Lots of talking and this whole focus on negotiation. And despite that the episodes just seem to fly by. Especially after the 3rd episode, it's one of those series that makes me think about it after I'm done watching. I've seen some people say it reminds them of American TV, and another friend compared it to The X-Files, which I can definitely see as well. It's definitely got that feel of like, "serious drama aiming itself at adults," even with the alien's very anime-looking costume haha (even though there's an in-universe explanation for why it looks so childish). Also the 3DCG really shines when they're showing the big cube KADO itself, which looks gorgeous. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how this show continues to develop.
And then the two shows I'm more "eh" about:Attack on Titan
S2 is still pretty much what I expected it to be. I feel like by ep4 it doesn't look as nice as ep1 this season did, but it hasn't yet dropped to the depths of how some of the eps in S1 looked. I'd say it's plenty enjoyable, but it's less so for me since I already read the manga. I guess I feel like I'm more watching it to keep up with the anime fandom zeitgeist. And I don't dislike it, but it hasn't wowed me much since the first ep or two. However, I must say, the ED this season is so good. I've seen people slam the animation in it for being hardcore spoilery, but I suspect people who haven't read the manga are not gonna be able to figure out much from it anyway haha. Anyway, I JUST LOVE THE SONG, A LOT. I think I love it even more than Guren no Yumiya. It's so perfectly creepy. I keep playing this extended version of it all the time haha.Sakura Quest
maybe aiming to be my disappointment of the season? Haha. It's not bad, it's just... There's nothing really compelling me to watch more of it either. I'm not interested in any of the characters yet, nor am I interested in the plot, and the visuals are nothing to write home about (see PA Works obviously focusing more on Eccentric Family haha). It's supposed to be third in their "working" series and I loved Shirobako so much, but I'm just not feeling this one so far! So maybe I will follow the 3 ep rule for once... As it is now this show just kind of feels like a waste of my time.
On the non-anime front, two nights ago I watched Logan and then last night I watched X-Men: Days of Future Past. I surprised myself by not really caring for Logan but really enjoying DOFP? Maybe Logan was overhyped to me... But I think I wouldn't really have loved it regardless. Despite all the talk of how different it was, the plot felt really tropey and predictable to me. Like, the only unusual thing was that it was being done with these particular characters. I guess I liked the first half or so of the film but then maybe after they left the hotel my enjoyment just kinda dropped off. DOFP on the other hand was also tropey as hell yet I enjoyed it all the way through (though okay I guess also I liked the first half or so better). Maybe because time travel is more one of my fave tropes, and maybe also I was just more into the overall tone of the movie. I enjoyed the action sequences a lot more too. They just felt a lot more fun/creative to me? Logan kinda just felt like a lot of gore and combat, but not in a way that interested me. Meh. I guess it was fun having Professor X drop the f bomb though, haha.