Summer 2017 Anime Guide Part 3

We’re back for the home stretch. These are the last handful of shows for this season. Are they good ones? Let’s find out.

Tenshi no 3P!

Worth watching: No

At first glance, this seems like a pretty neat idea for a show. An online amateur musical artist teams up with cute anime girls to start an idol group. But then you realize that these girls are in elementary school, which just makes you feel uncomfortable because you know how idols are often fetishized. There’s also the fact that the show isn’t much to look at. The cute girls in this show aren’t really all that cute or well designed at all, really. The designs don’t really express much personality and there’s an obvious overuse of the same face shape. Even the clothes feel samey, with all the girls having lots of light colors, frills and collars in their outfits. It’s a shame to see a show with such a fun idea executed with such little passion.

Clione no Akari

Worth watching: No

This is the first anime made by a brand new studio that has no information about it easily available online and who’s director has barely worked on anything beforehand. All that alone should be reason enough to ignore a show but this series keeps the red flags coming by having some of the least appealing animation this season. Every movement just feels wrong and the art is equally repugnant. Hopefully this newly established Studio Drop will turn out a better product with their follow-up, but I’m not holding my breath.

Teekyuu Season 9

Worth watching: Yes

Shin Itagaki has run this passion project of his for 7 years to massive success against all odds. If you like cute anime girls, tennis or even just having a good laugh you owe it to yourself to see this series.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Season 5

Worth watching: Yes

This is a long running and entertaining horror series that frequently manages to set a great mood while serving as a window into Japanese culture by adapting urban legends and campfire stories to animation. For those reasons I fully intend to watch this latest season… once I’m caught up on all the rest anyway.

Kaito x Ansa

Worth watching: No

Have you ever seen a second season so ashamed of its own predecessor that its title just acts like it’s the first season of a completely different show? Meet Kaito x Ansa, the continuation to 2016’s critically panned Nazotokine that won’t even indicate its relation in its name. If you can’t read the writing on the wall with this one, you probably need to see an optometrist.

Musashino!

Worth watching: No

What, are these multiplying? No really, this is yet another sequel to a show so bad the staff decided it would be best to change the name in hopes that it would sell better. Literally the only difference between this and Kaito x Ansa is that Musashino! is a sequel to the still terrible, but not as irredeemable, Urawa no Usagi-chan. Everything I said about Kaito x Ansa except for that one detail is still just as applicable to this show.    

 

Action Heroine Cheer Fruits

 Worth watching: No

Live theater is a much bigger deal in Japan than you might think, but it’s not just serious dramas for adults. A very popular genre of theater in Japan is based around kids’ action media like tokusatsu or magical girl shows and here is an anime about people performing for these shows. It sounds like a pretty nice concept, right? Well, so far the execution doesn’t seem promising. There doesn’t seem to be any personality put into any aspect of this series. From the character designs, to the animation, to the previews to just about everything else in the show there seems to be nothing alluring. Hell, the characters don’t even want to be theater actors, the main character’s aunt just ropes them into it. If the characters aren’t even going to be invested in the events of the series, why should we?

Mahoujin Guru Guru

Worth watching: Yes

This is a series based on a popular lighthearted adventure for kids that parodies RPG tropes and has already been adapted into a popular anime in 1994. What sets this season’s adaptation apart from others though, is that the legendary Production I.G. is handling it. If all that doesn’t make you want to watch it, then I honestly don’t know what would.

Musekinin Galaxy Tylor

Worth watching: No

I love the Captain Tylor series, they’re some of the funniest anime I’ve ever seen and yet they somehow manage to work in fleshed out and interesting characters and an involving plot along the way. This series is likely not going to have any of that. It’s yet another short series, which means we most likely won’t have time for a well rounded story or characters and we won’t have the eponymous Captain Tylor from the original series either. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this anime isn’t even based on the original light novels from Hitoshi Yoshioka which means we really aren’t left with any reason to get behind this.

Ikemen Sengoku: Toki wo Kakeru ga Koi wa Hajimaranai

Worth watching: No

A modern day highschooler being transported to an alternate history of medieval Japan is already a tired premise, so adding terrible CGI animation with cheap looking chibi character designs does not help this series stand out.

Forest Fairy Five: Fairy Tale

Worth watching: No

And speaking of bad CGI animation, here is the second season of Forest Fairy Five. A bad anime deserves a bad sequel, so boring and ugly fluff is all I can reasonably expect from this sequel.

Piko-tarou no Lullaby Lullaby

Worth watching: Yes

Sometimes an idea for a show is worth investing time into simply as an experiment.  This series is one such example. It centers on improvised stories made up on the spot based on illustrations made by the director. Additionally, the improviser will be performing all the roles in the story. The whole thing is such a fresh idea that I feel compelled to stick with it even if it turns out to be garbage, because at least it will be uncommon garbage.

And that’s it. Those are all the anime for this season. We’ve seen some good looking shows and some bad looking shows but either way, the season is going to be filled with a wide variety of shows. Which ones will you be watching? Let us know in the comments and be sure to stick around for more coverage of the season.

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Will Bertazzo Lambert
Will Bertazzo Lambert has recently risen above doing nothing but watch anime all the time and has now taken up talking about it on the internet. He hopes you will listen too, since he intends to talk for a long, long time.