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Winter 2018: My Best and Worst Pick

This season, for how excited I was for it…really actually wasn’t that memorable. There was definitely a lot of shows I picked up that I won’t remember in winter next year, or some that were downright dreadful. Despite this though, there were some shows I really really enjoyed. In this post, I will highlight what I thought was the best show of the season (I didn’t watch A Place Further than the Universe), as well as what was absolute turd.

Honorable mentions for the best:

  • Darling in the FranXX – Perhaps the most talked about show of the season, and for good reason. Besides the ever great Studio Trigger backing it, we have a badass female lead (who is literally designed to sell figures but…) in Zero Two, some interesting social commentary on puberty and coming of age…oh, and some sweet robot fights. It’s not quite Gurren Lagann, but I’m enjoying it regardless.
  • Kokkoku – What began as a clear AOTS candidate for me after a strong start kind of…lost its way as it went along. Perhaps a case of too much in not enough time, as well as the ever-awful Deus ex-Machina ending, Kokkoku just misses out on being my favourite.

My #1 however?

GAKUEN BABYSITTERS (SCHOOL BABYSITTERS)

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“After their parents are killed in a plane crash, Ryuuichi and his younger brother Kotarou are taken in by the chairman, who they never met before, of an elite academy. Ryuuichi becomes the school daycare’s new babysitter.”

If you’d asked me if I thought this would be my favourite at the start of the season, I would’ve laughed at you. Not only have I never been a big fan of the shoujo genre, but ‘cute people doing cute things’ has never been a huge favourite of mine. That includes cute boys. Still, I am so glad I gave School Babysitters a chance, because it really stole my heart. It did a perfect job of mixing emotion – mostly from the flashbacks of the brothers parents, which was done wonderfully and placed well – alongside fluffy, feel good slice of life. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that School Babysitters is a show that requires a lot of thought power. But is it enjoyable? Oh, yes. And just look at these baby designs.

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Overall, I finished School Babysitters with a solid 8/10 and a big smile on my face. Deep down, I’m really hoping Japan loved it as much as I did – I want another season of the Babysitting Club!

Onto the worst…and boy, is it a shit show.

BEATLESS

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“With great advancements in technology, mankind has created hIEs, human-like robots that act as public and personal servants for society. Unlike many others, the kind-hearted high school student Arato Endou treats hIEs as equals, but his financial situation keeps him from ever owning one.

However, his normal life is shattered when an ordinary run to the local grocery store goes horribly awry. Viciously assaulted by a hacked hIE, Arato is on the verge of death; but luckily, he is saved by an abnormal hIE carrying a weaponized coffin. Her name is Lacia, one of five highly advanced hIEs that recently escaped the clutches of the mysterious MemeFrame Corporation.

Faced with a hacked car threatening to run them over, Lacia offers Arato a deal: in exchange for saving his life, he must register as her new owner, thus taking full responsibility for her actions. With little choice, he decides to trust this artificial girl and allows her to live in his home. Though Lacia begins to adapt to her new, peaceful lifestyle, she warns the entranced Arato of one thing—she does not have a soul.”

That synopsis is almost longer than what I could say about Beatless. In fact, it actually might be. We’ll see.

But speaking of the synopsis – sounds pretty cool, right? If only this show didn’t fall flat on its face by being unspeakably boring and dull. The main character? Zero personality, and utterly undeserving of his MC-Kun spot for being so forgettable. I can remember background characters in huge cast shows like One Piece better than I can remember him. The rest of the characters? Would be forgotten as well, had it not been for the tiny detail that they’re androids. But really, if that’s all you can describe them with (and they’re dull robots, at that), then does that really make for ground-breaking character?

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It almost feels unfair writing a piece on Beatless, since not only did I drop it at episode 4; but I fell asleep during every episode I actually watched. If that doesn’t say everything about the riveting story…

What is everyone else’s top pick for Winter? Spring is a lot more easy going for me, since the only one I’m really interested in is BNHA s3 – so expect to see me here more often!

Until next time!

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