It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our final thoughts on the autumn anime season that just came to an end~
What’s the most exciting Yuri show this season? That’s right, it’s no other show than our favorite borderline hentai, Valkyrie Drive.
Since I already posted my full review a few days ago, I don’t really have that much left to say. The anime itself was rather mediocre, the yuri, however, probably blew all our minds.
If you wanna read more, here’s our review~
For some reason, I think the yuri in this season was even stronger than in the prior two seasons combined. There were numerous episodes in which we couldn’t even talk about subtext anymore, as the yuri was pretty much thrown into the viewer’s faces, hitting us hard with Kyouko x Ayano or even Sakurako x Himawari.
All in all, not only thanks to the surprisingly high amount of yuri, this show managed to score even higher than the prior seasons, making this my all time favorite Yuru Yuri season… so far! I think it’s totally okay to be greedy this time, so let’s all hope for some more!
As adorable as season one of this series was, season two somehow managed to up the cuteness factor even more, making this as good a moe anime as you’re likely to find. Just like season one, there wasn’t enough yuri—specifically Sharo x Rize—but other than that, there aren’t any complaints on my part. This was simply a good follow-up to an already enjoyable anime. There’s plenty of generic slice of life anime out there, but like the cream in a good cup of coffee, Gochuumon rises to the top.
If you look at Hidan no Aria AA objectively, it’s hard to say with a straight face that this anime is good. It’s just not very good at all, BUT, it’s still surprisingly entertaining, thanks in no small part to all the yuri. Akari, Shino, Urara, Raika, and Kirin made this show enjoyable, and for a while there, this was as entertaining to me as anything else I was watching. Unfortunately, once the (bad) drama ramped up towards the end, the yuri dissipated, but it was great while it lasted. I only picked this up months ago because it looked like it had an all-female cast of characters, thus, it had yuri potential. As bad as the anime was, I got far more yuri than I had hoped for, so this has to be considered a revelation, in that regard.
If you didn’t watch Kagewani, you didn’t miss all that much. This felt like Yami Shibai meets a generic anime version of The X-Files. Despite the different monsters (which were kind of interesting), this was a repetitive anime where nearly the same thing happens in a slightly different way each and every episode. I have a soft spot in my heart for stuff like this, but I can imagine that those who don’t might’ve dropped this show without much hesitation. Thankfully, it was a short, so even though it was subpar, the time spent on it was held to a minimum. All told, it wasn’t good, but at least I found it better than this next anime….
There are some good shows on this list… and then there’s Kowabon. I should note that I didn’t watch every episode, since the fansub groups abandoned this show, like I probably should have done. But of the seven that I did see, there was MAYBE one episode that I thought was alright (definitely not more than two), but this was probably the worst anime that I saw all year. I don’t even feel like writing about it anymore, so just know that it’s very bad, and if you want a horror anime, you can do a lot better than this.
As much as I enjoyed the first season of Noragami, I thought the new season cut much of the excess fat and was better in nearly every way. Story, characters, action, drama, comedy; there’s a lot to like here. As far as entertaining characters go, Yato is pretty high up on the list, so it sucks to have to say goodbye yet again. Another thing I’ll miss is this series’ OPs. Between both seasons, Noragami has produced some kickass OPs that most other anime can only envy. This is definitely one of the better shows I picked up this season and a very worthy follow-up to the first season, if I do say so myself.
Every once in a while, an anime comes along that just blows people away. One Punch Man is one of those anime. Be it from myself, Lena, or countless other viewers and critics, the praise for this show has been unending, and it’s easy to understand why. The fight scenes are EPIC, the characters are great, the comedy and animation are very impressive, and it’s just an all-around great watch. This is an ongoing webcomic/manga, so there might not be enough material for a second season at the moment (despite the fact that we’re getting 6 OVAs), but it’s hard to imagine a scenario where we won’t eventually see a second season. For action fans, it doesn’t get much better than this, so if you even remotely consider yourself a fan of the genre, you definitely owe it to yourself to watch it.
Considering how much hype this series garnered early on, it’s disappointing how much my interest level fell during this second cour. The first cour ended pretty well, but since the story progressed so slowly through the first half of this one, the whole vampires vs. humans narrative almost grew old for me. Yeah, the action and music were good, but unlike an anime like Shingeki no Kyojin—which shares several aspects with Owari no Seraph, and unlike OnS, has extremely memorable characters—this cast lacked that certain something to get me to care too much about most of them. And to top it off, the whole Yuu/Mika dynamic was put on ice until the second half, which further delayed my excitement for this series. Things got a lot better towards the end, but this series still could’ve been better, in my opinion.
Maybe I’ve just gotten too used to seeing so many teenage schoolgirls in anime, but it was great to see such a smart and mature female lead. There really aren’t enough of those in anime. As for the rest of the show, the mysteries themselves could’ve been a little more interesting, and the slow pacing might not be for everyone, but it was far from a boring experience. Much of that was thanks to Sakurako-san, whose combination of genius and quirkiness easily made her one of my favorite characters of the season. Overall, this anime was a nice change of pace, and even though I doubt it’ll happen, I’d love to see Sakurako come back and solve more mysteries in a second season.
As good as some of the other anime from this season were, this was the most fun I had with any of them. I’m not saying that I think it’s the best show, but if you’ve seen seen the original series, viewing these characters in another light makes them even more lovable than before. Krista x Ymir had their moments, but more would’ve been even better. Still, it was nice that they were actually acknowledged and that viewers were catered to so much with this series. 2016 will finally bring us season two of SnK, but this proved to be a surprisingly worthwhile diversion to hold us over until then.
I really liked Kagewani, mostly because it really did the tense moments well. Kowabon…yeah, I'm all caught up, and it really didn't get better. I'm really disappointed in it. Every episode is basically the same exact thing. They had all sorts of potential to deliver something special, but they squandered it on a repetitive loop. I did enjoy the little making of scenes afterwards though.
Interesting that fans of the show also find that good. I personally didn't like Attack on Titan, but man was this spinoff hilarious xD I'll probably watch the next season whenver it happens, but I'll be more looking forward to the next season of Junior High~
Sakurako…it had a lot of good to it, but they went into filler a bit too much, and the pacing definitely needed work.
Anyway, Yuru Yuri!!! Really excited for when season 4 happens, but more excited at the moment to get my hands on volume 14 of the manga!
I would've liked to have seen Kagewani as a full-length anime instead of just a short, but it definitely had some tense moments. A couple more episodes of Kowabon were subbed just recently, but nothing's really changed, even though one of the new episodes wasn't bad IMO.
It was the best kind of fanservice. Krista x Ymir, Mikasa x Eren, all sorts of references; I wish more series would devote an entire season to doing something like that.
Yeah, and I'm disappointed there wasn't a real conclusion to the Sphenoider cases. I'm still hoping another season gets made and they tighten things up.
Getting Nachuyachumi!, Nachuyachumi!+, and San Hai all in one year might make it a long wait for another anime season, so I'm sure you're not alone in waiting for the next volume of the manga~
While yuru Yuri, Valkyrie drive were amazing. My favorite this season was noragami. I also think it's better than season 1. I stayed up until 8 in the morning watching it. I thought one punch man was OK. I gave it a 7, but i want another season of it.
My favorite anime for thi year is undoubtely yuru yuri followed by hello!! kin iro mosaic…
A good year i can say if we add hidan no aria and usagi desu ka?
I think my opinion changed since i reviewed some anime…
Now, i will give this year a 8.5/10
That seems more like how I'd score it. I'm gonna miss some of those shows.
You lost me a little when you said that Valkyrie Drive was amazing, but you totally redeemed yourself by having Noragami as your favorite. Pretty good choice. 😛
I'm crossing my fingers for more OPM as well.