[Podcast] Chatty AF 25: Summer 2017 wrap-up

Dee, Vrai, and Peter look back on the summer 2017 season. Vatican LOLs, 18wtf, Abysscourse, Princess Principallin’ around, and more!

Summer 2017 Premiere Rankings

Summer 2017 Mid-season Check-in

0:00:00 Intro
0:00:37 Overall impressions
0:03:58 Classroom of the Elite
0:07:11 Welcome to the Ballroom
0:08:47 Convenience Store Boys
0:08:58 Knight’s & Magic
0:09:47 Altair: A Record of Battles
0:10:07 Vatican Miracle Examiner
0:13:48 GAMERS!
0:17:23 Battle Girl Highschool
0:17:35 Dive!
0:17:52 Restaurant to Another World
0:18:20 Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
0:21:40 The Reflection
0:30:39 18if
0:37:45 Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun
0:46:15 Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
0:51:10 Made in Abyss
1:10:24 Princess Principal
1:17:49 Saiyuki Reload Blast
1:19:16 Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
1:21:05 Sakura Quest
1:24:08 My Hero Academia
1:34:45 Outro

 

Recorded Sunday 1st October 2017

Music: Open Those Bright Eyes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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  • Dawnstorm

    Ballroom is doing something interesting with regards to gender roles right now, but judging by the show’s track record, they’re going to mess it up. I’m interested, but not hopeful.

    I ended up quite pleasantly suprised by Convenience Store Boys. The first episode bored me, too. The art seemed rote. The animation is horrible to the point that I sometimes got kicked out of the illusion that it is the animated people that are talking (and this keeps being an issue for the entire run). There are people that seem important in the opening that never show up (though I might have missed them in a crowd scene). But the longer I watched the show, the better a feeling got for its characters. The art, rote though as it may be, is very good at showing subtle emotion in key moments. The writing is solid. We end up with two couples who support each other through-out the show, and it feels… natural? I found myself rooting for these kids, and I would never have expected that after episode 1 (although I was interested enough, I suppose, to not drop it). Solid story, believable and likable character, and horrid production values that nevertheless adequately get the story across.

    Action Heroine Cheer Fruits needs more exposure. It’s nothing special, but it’s good fun, and hardly anyone seems to have watched it. (Is this the HiDive prison?) Vrai’s characterisation of the show is pretty much spot on, IMO.

    Similarly, Dee is right about Youkai Apartment. The show has its heart in the right place, but it’s just so clumsy. I’ll be staying with it, because I find it endearing.

    Finally, a short: Tsurezure Children (“z” or “d”?) was a pretty charming rom com. A lot of cute couples that make you root for them. Wasn’t too fond of the simple character designs at the beginning of the show, but eventually I realised they’re a strength, as the simplicity carries the emotional moments well, while – with only a few changes – are also adaptable to utterly silly caricature faces without breaking mood. There’s a lot of embarrassment and awkwardness, something I’m normally not fond of watching, but the show somehow manages a warm and reassuring mood to shield you from the negative effects of those. There’s no schadenfreude; it feels more reminiscent – hyperbole and nostalgia. Even though episodes last around 10 minutes only, you’re left with a full-length episode’s worth of content. It’s like an anthology of light hearted anime romances minus the filler material. It’s not much more than concentrated cuteness, but it’s very good at that.