I also debated on making a weekly list in which I update the rankings of each series from episode to episode like I did for Winter 2018, but I’ll just say that particular style isn’t for me.
That’s enough rambling from Remy, though.
BanG Dream! S2
BanG Dream! S2 scrapped the hand-drawn animation that was used in the first season in exchange for extensive use of CG. Time will tell if it’s a benefit for this franchise. Meanwhile, this second season is going to appeal more to viewers who have played the mobile game since so many other bands are brought in, but anime-only viewers can potentially follow along and enjoy the series, too.
Bermuda Triangle – Colorful Pastrale
Mermaids form an idol group. It kind of sucks, to be honest. I’m getting vibes akin to those from Idol Jihen, which also was similarly lackluster, so I’m probably going to drop this one.
Egao no Daika
I’m not a true mecha maniac, but I do dabble with the genre from time to time. So far this one is doing things right and hitting the audience hard already. I look forward to seeing how this develops.
I think writing about the different variations of the hero-vs-demon-lord story archetype could be interesting, but it might not be as charming as this series. Ahhh, the fact that this series exists is a treasure for me. Studio Gokumi is an incredible studio and all other studios should study up and learn from the best since they alone seem so intent on churning out masterpiece after masterp– ahem.
At any rate, I’m liking Endro! a lot!
Gotoubun no Hanayome
Harem romcom involving quintuplets. You either like it or you don’t. My brother is personally obsessed with the original source material so I’m giving this one a shot.
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai
A studious boy and a girl who’s basically a prodigy fall in love with each other…except neither wants to confess so both of them attempt to trick the other into doing so.
I’m a fan of the original source material, but the way they handled the large amount of narration…well, it’s one of the flaws of anime but they didn’t do a good job and as a result the narrator eclipses both of the main characters (along with the popular side characters who were introduced in this episode). It’s a lose-lose situation since the original source material does contain just as much narration, but when it’s read out loud for the viewer like that, it’s just grating. I would recommend just sticking to the manga and ignoring the anime adaptation.
Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai
Girls fly airplanes and shoot down other airplanes. Lots of CG, particularly for the girls and the planes, but there’s also some “2d animation” (that is reserved primarily for men). The girls got personality and the aerial dogfights are intense, so why not?
Mahou Shoujo Tokushushen Asuka
Now this is a series that knows how to be upfront with gore and disturbing elements without being blatantly reaching for the shock factor (much unlike a certain other magical girl show from last year). I’m very interested in seeing what’s going to happen from here on out!
In a world where otaku culture is largely in decline, 12 girls run a cafe and also travel into manga worlds to fight off viruses that try to negatively affect said worlds. There are plenty of references to be found and the second episode is a humongous homage to Gochoumon wa Usagi Desu ka? but I’m not sure if the anime is worth watching just for parodies…
Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!
Basically UzaMaid 2.0. I’m not complaining since it’s a funny show, but it does feature an predatory onee-san who is into a young girl.