So far this season, I’m still continuing with four series that I’ve started. I’ve dropped Chaika and The World is Still Beautiful.
Both of those are things I just started watching because the main characters were princesses, and both turned out to be horribly derivative and boring. Actually, I started watching Chaika because it’s from the same author as two of my favorite things ever, Scrapped Princess and Outbreak Company. Chaika just ended up being a boring copy of Scrapped Princess. The character’s aren’t nearly as interesting, the story doesn’t feel like it’s put together very well. Overall, you’re better off trying to track down a copy of Scrapped Princess than watching Chaika. Unfortunately, Scrapped Princess is one of the things left in limbo after Bandai Entertainment shut down. I thought it was one of the things Sentai picked up at Otakon, but I just checked and apparently it’s not.
Also, the main character, Toru, has a more extreme version of that bizarre bangs style that seems to be popular nowadays. The main character in irregular at magic high school also has that, as well as Shiro from K (but Shiro is perfect so he gets a pass). It’s just… weird.
TWISB feels derivative of a lot of things. The main plot isn’t as original as some people seem to think. Just within anime and manga, Dawn of the Arcana and Story of Saiunkoku did it better, and I’m sure it’s historically been done billions of times. A girl has to marry a king and ends up having to reform him in some way? Sounds like Scheherazade, basically. Anyway, the main characters in TWISB all seem really derivative. For any of them, several other characters who are better versions of their “type” come to mind, most notably Ciel Phantomhive for Livius. I think I decided I was done somewhere during the explanation of his sad past in episode 3.
I’m still loving Kamigami no Asobi and Love Live, though. Kamigami no Asobi has become one of those shows where I end up watching the episodes over and over again. That’s rare for me. I really like it. I love all of the characters, most of them more than I thought I would. It’s one of those where the one who’s my favorite in the beginning (Baldr, in this case) ends up being just one of my many favorites because the rest of them just keep getting more interesting and lovable as the show continues. I really wish they’d stop teasing and show us Anubis already though. He looks so cute~~
I need to catch up with Captain Earth, and the things on FUNi’s website. FUNi’s simulcasts aren’t as easy to keep track of as the ones on Crunchyroll. Their site just isn’t as user-friendly.