Fall Anime 2018 – Reflections

That’s it for the Fall Anime schedule for 2018. All of my season reviews are available for completed seasons, however, there are three series that are continuing into the Winter 2019 schedule. Two of those I am very happy about and one appears to be moving in the right direction. So, all in I’m quite happy with how things are going.

Obviously, this means that I will be diving into the Winter schedule soon, although, as before, I will be watching them in batches of four. That means I’ve got a bit of time to kill, which is nice. I think I’ll look at catching up on some older series that I’ve not got around to yet.

As before, I have placed each series into a tier based on my opinion. They’re not ranked within tiers as I don’t believe in scoring. You may agree or disagree with where I’ve placed them and that’s fine. We don’t have to agree on everything. The tiers have slightly different names this time as it’s not about whether I continue watching them or not.

Must Watch

I Loved it!

It was all right…

Why did I watch this?

Dropped

I didn’t drop any shows from the Fall schedule, although there’s a couple I do think I should have.

Radiant appears to be moving in the right direction. Admittedly, I’m not sure how I made it to twelve as I’ve only really enjoyed four episodes and three of those were in the nine to twelve batch. Hopefully, the ratio doesn’t stay the same.

Hinomaru Sumo continues to surprise me and I’m looking forward to watching another twelve episodes of that. The fights are so intense and very strategic, which is something I wasn’t expecting.

I have already started one show in the Winter Schedule and that is The Promised Neverland. This is a series that I think you will want to go into blind. Unfortunately, I caught a couple of spoilers on Twitter, so rather than waiting, I’m watching as they release. So far, I’m loving it. Anyhow, I’ll have a better idea of everything I’m watching in a couple of weeks.

Goblin Slayer! (Season One)

When a young Priestesses party of adventurers falls foul of a goblin ambush all appears lost, until an armoured man strides through the caves slaying every goblin he can.

What did you watch and why? Even before the massive out roar that followed episode one, Goblin Slayer was one of the series I was sure that I was going to watch and enjoy. I love epic fantasy and adventures, but I also like dark and gritty, so this should be a perfect union.

What’s it about? A young Priestess joins an adventuring guild and is convinced by a confident group of adventurers to join their party on an easy quest. Some goblins have kidnapped some girls and it was their job to rescue them and eradicate the goblins. The Priestess was hesitant but eager to get her first quest under her belt.

Everything goes horribly wrong. Within minutes they are ambushed and overpowered. With the end appearing neigh, the Priestess is saved by the Goblin Slayer, but the rest of the party was not so lucky. She is grateful for his help and is determined to return the favour, joining him on more quests.

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The Promised Neverland (Episode 4)

Not knowing who to trust will make escaping from the orphanage that much tougher, but can they really trust anyone?

What did you watch? So that was episode four of the Promised Neverland and it was a good one. With this series, I find that I cannot take my eyes off the screen, even for a second. There are so many little details and clues to watch for, if you blink you’ll miss them.

As per normal, this is just me filling up the preview section. I don’t want to give away spoilers to people that don’t want them, unlike the two instances I’ve stumbled upon on Twitter so far. One spoiled the first episode and another something yet to come. I am more than a little annoyed.

What happened? Mother gives Sister Krone a dressing down, on one hand promising to help her become a Mother if she behaves and with the other threatening to destroy her if she steps out of line again. That’s right, again. She definitely knows more than she should.

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Radiant – Back for Thirds (Episodes 9-12)

Seth and Melie convince the Doc to take a job that could potentially erase their combined debt, but it means leaving Artemis and capturing a Nemesis.

What’s happened since last time? We start this batch of episodes by spending some time with the Inquisitors, watching a new recruit ponder his choices as they float outside Artemis. They are still waiting for Seth to emerge which means maintenance of their ship and lots of waiting.

Then they chase down a Leviathan Nemesis that is heading towards a populated area. Back in Artemis, Seth and Melie enter a broom race hoping to win some money, but as usual things don’t go to plan. Next they find a job to go to Rumble Town and track down a Nemesis. Doc is against the idea until his crush overhears. Now he doesn’t have a choice.

Have your feelings changed? Surprisingly, it has. After eight episodes, I was getting increasingly frustrated with the series. Seth screams and yells a lot, but really doesn’t have much of a clue beyond being noble. That said, once they finally left Artemis and got down to some real business, it started to get interesting.

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Hinomaru Sumo – Back for Thirds (Episodes 9-12)

The Oodachi High sumo team are in the finals of the preliminary tournament with the winning team heading to the National Championship. It’s 2-2 with all hopes resting on Hinomaru!

What’s happened since last time? Hinomaru goes up against another National Treasure in the final match of the team tournament. The match is epic as it swings back and forth. Seriously, these fights are tense. One wrong move and it’s over. Hinomaru manages to put a number of moves together to win with a monster combo.

Next is the individual tournament where the wrestlers get to test themselves against their team mates. The fights between Hinomaru and Kunisaki, and then Hinomaru and Shinya are excellent. Ultimately, Hinomaru wins the individual tournament and the team head back home.

To celebrate the victory and the addition of Chizuko and Reina as co-managers the team head to an all you can eat buffet. Not one to rest on his laurels, Kirihito turns it into a trained exercise and uses it to help the team bulk up, much to the horror of restaurant owner, Stamina Jiro.

Finally, they receive an invitation to train with some of the pros in Nagoya. Something that they jump at. Hinomaru is taken to practice with the best of the best, where he catches one by surprise, but is quickly put back in his place, before a mysterious old man takes an interest in Hinomaru and invites him back to his gym.

Have your feelings changed? This has been one of the surprise series of the fall schedule for me. I knew I was going to enjoy Goblin Slayer and Slime, but this one came out of nowhere. Bunny Girl Senpai already had a bit of a buzz when I joined in, but I had heard nothing of Hinomaru Sumo.

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