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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
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    Why'd you drop ReLife? I just watched the entirety of it yesterday and thought it was pretty good.
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    (Original post by jackien1)
    Why'd you drop ReLife? I just watched the entirety of it yesterday and thought it was pretty good.
    As I said, no room for a complete series on the list of anime I'm planning to watch weekly! It's possible I'll go back to it, but seeing as I've found it the least interesting/funny of the four first episodes I've watched so far, and seeing as I've got another 5-6 first episodes to watch later for the sake of this thread, it's not a priority right now.
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    Rewrite


    Good use of a double-length episode here, it did a fantastic job of introducing our protagonist and the rest of the cast, without giving too much about their secrets away. I was expecting a generic everylead, but Kotarou ended up being my favourite character so far (though the phantom night-biter was very cute as well). A good mix of comedy, mystery and horror, and the fact it jumped straight into things made it feel much different to the gradual reveals of previous Key anime adaptations. As much as I enjoyed this though, it joins Hatsukoi Monster on my 'maybe' list until I've seen more of what the Summer has to offer.

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    Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu


    Surprise surprise, my most anticipated sequel of the season has made it onto my watching list. Definitely the best first episode of the six I've watched so far, Gieve's fight with Silver Mask was spectacular. The introductory battle between the forces guarding Peshawar + Arslan's army and the Turan invaders was also good... but Funimation still haven't learnt how to encode. :s: The twist near the end of the episode was my favourite part though. Can't wait for next week's episode!
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    B-PROJECT: Kodou*Ambitious


    Sparkling bishounen singing generic J-Pop tunes, but without the ridiculous teachers that made the similar UtaPri so enjoyable... there wasn't much more to this than I was expecting. :p: However, it does seem as though it might take a more realistic and educational look at how the idol industry works, with its multiple agencies, job roles, and the glimpse at how songs are recorded. I should probably start dropping things soon, but B-PROJECT was very watchable and VERY pretty, so for now it's another maybe.

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    Orange


    Those production values! :zomg: Orange looked and sounded absolutely amazing. The expressive faces and fun dialogue made the whole cast instantly likable, so I'd probably have picked this up even if it was a regular rom-com. The letter from the future just adds to the series' appeal though - just how closely will Naho heed the warnings of her future self, and will the changes actually achieve anything? 100% picked up.
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    DAYS


    Nothing overly original here - an unathletic boy who's never played football before is invited to take part in a game, and displays absolutely no talent for the sport. However, he (quite literally at times) throws himself into it with such determination that he catches the eye of other players regardless. The main characters were likable enough, but these kinds of sports series don't truly start to shine until the rest of the team and a good rival or two are introduced. Nevertheless, a solid first episode, and another one for my ever-increasing 'maybe' pile.

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    Love Live! Sunshine!!


    As I said in my preview, I had no plans on picking this up to begin with as I'd rather go back to the first Love Live! series first, so don't take my dropping this as a sign that it's bad. I actually quite enjoyed this episode - it matches B-PROJECT when it comes to sparkliness, exceeds it in animation quality and (arguably) song quality, though the whole school club setting is of less interest to me than the more adult, real-world setting of the latter. I can see why it gets all the hype, even if it isn't really my kind of show.
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    I'll make a provisional list of items to watch. Although said items may just be placed on the plan to watch list. List:
    91 Days
    Amaama to Inazuma
    Orange
    ReLIFE
    Rewrite - A Key apdaptation. Only fair I watch it seeing as I love Key creations.
    Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara - Halfway through the 1st season and enjoying it thoroughly.

    Mainly just wildcard choices for me but if I do have spare time and interest i'll give them a view.
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    Tales of Zestiria the X


    ufotable does it again, this first episode looked absolutely incredible. :coma: I'll certainly be looking forward to this each week for my action fix alone! The pacing was a bit all over the place, but seeing as it was just a prologue to set the scene, I can forgive that. The music was great, the world it's set in intrigues me, so if the plot and characters live up to the same high standards as everything else, this could be something really special.

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    Fukigen na Mononokean


    Seems like it'll be a very cute slice of life/comedy. I liked the character designs (especially the furball mononoke), and the main character's mother who expresses everything through flowers, and Abeno's door conjuring ability was cool. The jokes made me laugh a few times. Yet, bizarrely, I just don't feel any inclination to keep this on and watch any more. I don't know what it is about youkai series that cause this reaction from me, maybe xxxHOLiC has set too high a standard for them? :dontknow:
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    Amaama to Inazuma


    Amaama to Inazuma certainly had the cutest first episode of the season so far, bringing together a schoolgirl who can't cook, a single father who can't cook, and his daughter who misses having proper meals. Tsumugi's cute, innocent nature reminded me of series like Yotsuba&! and Barakamon, which I really liked... but for me, there wasn't a lot else to it aside from the cute factor. Too slow-paced and lacking in comedy for my tastes, and I already have Shokugeki no Souma this season to make me feel hungry, so this one's dropped.

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    Taboo Tattoo


    Right at the opposite end of the spectrum, Taboo Tattoo offered fast-paced, brilliantly animated fights, and the comedy (though ridiculously dumb) was also to my liking. Whereas Berserk offers blood and guts (etc etc), Zestiria has swords and sorcery, and Arslan provides full-scale warfare, Taboo Tattoo's one-on-one martial arts fills a niche of its own in what's turning out to be a very promising season for action junkies such as me. :excited: Picked up, in case there was any doubt.
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    D.Gray-man Hallow


    This sequel has been a long time coming. From the high rating on Anime-Planet, it's clear this first episode lived up to the hype... for me though, it just made me realize how much about the show I'd forgotten. Simple terms like 'Innocence', character's names and their relationships with each other etc, it was just one confusing thing after another. Barely any recap after 8 years meant I simply couldn't follow any of the (highly plot-significant) discussions, so for that reason, I'm dropping Hallow. Hopefully I'll come back to it some day, after rewatching the first series, or perhaps giving the manga a read instead.

    I'll be giving its space in my watching list to Rewrite instead.

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    Puzzle & Dragons X


    It's your typical monster summoning kids anime, complete with protagonist that has ridiculous spiky hair, a handheld device that will no doubt spawn toys (if it hasn't already from the popularity of the DS games), and a mascot that keeps repeating its own name. Also a lot of tanks, soldiers and explosions, which I wasn't expecting! I cringed a little when it worked the whole '5 drop combo' thing (presumably a game mechanic) into the dragon battle. As expected, not for me this one.
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    Servamp


    Fantastic ending theme aside, this was very average. Animation-wise, it just isn't up to the same standard as the other action shows I've picked up so far, and the characters weren't as amusing as I'd hoped from the trailer either. Character designs were cute, and the odd chibi moment always adds extra appeal to a show for me, but that alone isn't enough to convince me to pick it up. I think my first impression was right, I've had enough vampires for a while.

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    New Game!


    Since a space in my want to watch list just opened up, I'm going to give New Game! a chance. This first episode was mostly character introduction, with little to no focus on actual game making, but hopefully that'll change now they've announced their next project. It's an all female cast, and there were slight shoujo-ai undertones at times, but whether or not that'll go anywhere also remains to be seen. What I do know based on this first ep is that it has the usual 4-koma adaptation feel to it, which I always like.
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    Masou Gakuen HxH


    This was pornography. Though if you want pornography, I still wouldn't recommend watching the TV airing, as it's censored to the extreme. So really, the only people I can recommend this to are those who like having their whole screen obscured by logos and conveniently-placed robot arms. It has the same old recycled battle harem setting, where the world is under threat by generic, poorly-animated CGI baddies, and the only people who can save the day are schoolgirls in powersuits. Except in Masou Gakuen, the male protagonist's job seems to be to have sex with the girls in order to recharge their powers. Novel, perhaps, but still terrible.

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    Tsukiuta. The Animation


    Not a short, it turns out. I mildly enjoyed this first episode, but that might just be because I watched it after Masou Gakuen, at which point anything would have been good! Another series focusing on a large group of singing pretty boys, divided into groups, but I have to say B-PROJECT was the nicer looking of the two, and had more interesting characters and dialogue. The episode saw three of the twelve 'months' hanging out with the brother of an ill fan, who didn't even want to be at their handshake event... cute, but not a lot else, so I'll be dropping this as well.
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    Scared Rider Xechs


    This was just bad. Too many things happened too quickly, without any world building, character introduction or explanation of the in-series jargon ('Dirigent', 'LAG', 'Substance' etc) provided, and the episode struggled to hold my interest in spite of all the action scenes (which weren't spectacularly animated either). And it's not just me who didn't approve, judging by the low rating on A-P and the roasting it's getting in the MAL discussion page. Easily dropped.

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    Cheer Danshi!!


    Ah, so THAT'S what a good first episode feels like, I was starting to forget. :p: Yep, this one I liked. The friendship between Haruki and Kazuma is truly beautiful, and if I'm thinking that at this early stage, it's clearly done a good job introducing its characters! And the awkward third wheel club member Wataru was hilarious. Animation was pretty decent, character designs were lovely, and the cheerleading premise is a new one for me, so it makes my list.
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    Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars


    This one felt a lot like Scared Rider Xechs, which I remind you is far from a good thing! To be fair, it at least attempted to introduce the characters, had better pacing all-around, and probably nicer animation as well... but there wasn't much of a hook. We don't know what's going on, or why, but personally this episode didn't leave me desperate to stick around and find out. The potentially interesting twist at the end was hinted at too heavily early on, so I saw it coming a mile away. I'll be sticking to last season's Kuromukuro, Macross Delta and Gundam Unicorn for my mech fixes.

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    Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! LOVE!


    My memory wasn't kind on Chikyuu Bouei-bu, all that really stuck in my mind were the repetitive monster of the week battles. However, this episode reminded me why I immediately took to the first series: the in-depth, pointless conversations the club members have in the bath. This time the debate focused on whether hourglasses were clocks, if they couldn't tell you the time. Doesn't sound all that riveting, but good writing makes it so. :p: The new costumes and attacks were fun, and hopefully the villains will be a match for the school council. Picked up~
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    Only one this morning~

    Kono Bijutsu-bu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!


    A comedy series needs to make me laugh, and this one didn't do a great job, hence why I'm dropping it. Usami mocking Subaru's manga-style drawings as 'not real art' rubbed me the wrong way (especially since, with the characters themselves being drawn in the same style, we could only take their word for it that his paintings weren't photorealistic!), as did all the pantyshot 'jokes'. The sleeping president didn't add much. Why there was a girl hiding in the locker, I guess I'll never know.
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    Amanchu!


    Prior to watching, I wasn't hugely enthusiastic about Amanchu! But then, I didn't pick up on the fact that this series was based on a manga by Amano Kozue. It quickly became obvious though - the hilarious facial expressions, the long dresses, the cat-blobs, the comedy and pace and feel of the show... this first episode was beautiful. Pikari is easily my favourite new character of the season, and Amanchu! is likely my fave new series so far (excluding sequels, Arslan's still the one to beat overall). It just made me so happy.

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    Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin


    Not quite as big a shock, but Tenkyou no Alderamin also impressed me - the fantasy military setting is of interest to me at this early stage, hopefully they'll actually provide some deeper world building as the series progresses. The more immediate, shipwrecked in enemy territory plot development is also good, and I look forward to seeing how they get out of the situation. Characters were all very different, and their long-winded light novel dialogue was actually interesting, so it's definitely worth keeping on for now.
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    91 Days


    Amanchu! didn't get to hold the best first new series title for very long! I liked everything about this first episode - aside from the obvious drama, betrayal and action that you'd hope for from a mafia show, it nailed the atmosphere. What's not to like about prohibition-era America as a setting, with its illegal bars with bulletproof counters inside churches? :p: Animation, music and dialogue were brilliant. A lot happened in this first episode, and there's plenty yet to be revealed, but unlike certain other first episodes this season, 91 Days made me want to keep watching and find out more.

    Dropping the other, football-themed Days, as my list is getting pretty full.
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    Time Travel Shoujo: Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi


    This was a really good episode, considering it's an educational anime clearly aimed at a younger audience. Mari and Waka were fun characters, and there was drama even before the whole time travel event, after a classmate went into cardiac arrest and we got to see an AED in action! :eek: The time travel itself was more magic than science, with Mari just warping back to 17th Century London, and magically overcoming the language barrier. I was genuinely interested by the different (now disproven) theories early scientists put forward for why a compass points north... thankfully Mari isn't the brightest character, or else she might have caused a time paradox there! Despite this, I'll be dropping it for now, as the standard this season is too high - will probably come back to it in the future though.

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    Handa-kun


    This definitely has more in common with Sakamoto desu ga? than Barakamon, shared protagonist aside. Same school of 'normal' pupils, obsessed with the stand-out, titular Handa-kun. The main difference here is that we actually get to know what Handa is really thinking, and all his actions and reactions that make his fellow classmates swoon are the product of misunderstanding. Similarly, he interprets their love for him as deep hatred! The 4th wall breaking first segment featuring the 'Handa Force' was bizarre. While I did enjoy the first ep, it just feels too soon after Sakamoto for such a similar show - it goes on my maybe list for now, we'll see if there's anything more original yet to come.

    Dropping B-PROJECT: Kodou*Ambitious to make room for it.
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    Your thoughts on the first episodes are great. I haven't seen DGM Hallow yet, but I think you should still keep watching it. I'm just gonna wait until the episodes build up first, so I can marathon through it.
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    (Original post by Dr Tenacious)
    Your thoughts on the first episodes are great. I haven't seen DGM Hallow yet, but I think you should still keep watching it. I'm just gonna wait until the episodes build up first, so I can marathon through it.
    Cheers! There will be more to come later. :yes:

    I feel bad about dropping DGM Hallow, as I was really looking forward to it, but at the very least I'll have to read some plot/episode summaries before I can make any sense of what happened in the first episode. I'll probably leave it for now, as I'm hardly spoiled for choice by the season's other offerings.
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    I watched the first episode of D grayman Hallow yesterday,I found it alright,I guess maybe you need to rekind yourself of what happened last series ?
    Is it possible if you could do one foranga possibly ?
    Thanks
 
 
 
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