Time to wrap up my “first impressions” finally, especially considering that some shows already have 5 or 6 aired episodes =)
I can’t even imagine what I’d do if there wasn’t such a studio as P.A. Works. Yep, there still would be Shaft… and that’s it. Trigger is struggling to create something as great as former Gainax (Kill La Kill was close, but not enough), Gainax is half-dead, KyAni is too focused on making everything in their own cutie-cutie way and other mainstream studios are so big that can produce several shows every season by several different teams and with very different quality. So thanks Takhisis for P.A.Works!
I didn’t check it deliberately but seems that Sakura Quest is being created by the same people who were in charge of the wonderful Shirobako. This is also a “slice of life” story about five women who ended up in a small town of Manoyama (well, okay, two of them are locals) working for the local tourist agency and trying to come up with an idea how to attract tourists to the place in the middle of nowhere. Of course, in addition, despite that their reasons were different and their circumstances were different, all of them have to find an answer to the same question: “What am I going to do with my life?”
First five episodes have been pure joy: nice character, jokes here and there, no superheroes around and doesn’t look like any of Manoyama inhabitants possesses any magical abilities. By the way, all characters are adults!
There are going to be more than 20 episodes and I really hope that the studio will be able to keep up this pace and become a decent competitor to the newest Monogatari show next season.
And this spring P.A. Works is in their own league, with the second show such as
I’m going to dedicate less words to this one, not because it deserves less but simply because it’s very difficult to describe what’s going on there – “a tanuki family that’s constantly hanging out with tengu and regularly gets into trouble because of their bad blood and OMG OMG THIS SHOW IS SO AWOSOME!1!1!1” doesn’t look like a good explanation, does it? Moreover, I think that it’s impossible to watch this season if you haven’t watched the first one – they definitely have some connections. Putting everything aside – Uchouten Kazoku 2 is great and absolutely worth your time.
The first season was a harem anime, no doubt about it. But it also was a “make-a-game-yourself” anime. The second second season, after the first couple of episodes at least, is just about relationships. Whom should Rinri-kun choose, that’s the question. Why all these girls fell in love with such a guy – for me this is even a bigger question, even though the authors tried to give some explanations. Kato-kun alone saves the day in this harem madness because she doesn’t give a damn about anything at all.
Basically, that’s it for this spring season. We haven’t started watching the second season of “Attack on Titan” yet and one episode of “Re:Creators” was pretty generic so it would be rather difficult to write even a couple of sentences about it.