I’m only starting off the season with five shows, so let’s see how this goes!
To be completely honest, it was a generally meh start to things.
Ougi… it’s not just the dead eyes, it’s not just the obvious fact that she’s behind more than she lets on, it’s not just the fact that she claims to be Oshino’s niece. But she seems almost as omniscient as Gaen. And having two characters like that in the same show can only have disastrous results. While Ougi’s involvement in the future is guaranteed (especially with one little detail I was spoiled about a while back that still doesn’t quite make sense yet), Gaen hasn’t been on-screen in ages, although I can’t imagine a character with her reach in things would remain on the sidelines through the conclusion.
The chronological role of this one threw me for a loop at first – it actually takes place amid the events of the Second Season, which was also a bit out of whack time-wise. As an introduction to Ougi’s character to the extent that her other appearances didn’t provide, it really hammered in how untrustworthy she is, and how all is far from how it seems. I’m not even convinced that she’s an actual human.
And to bring things back to somewhat logical order – I just finished the Tsukimonogatari special(s) the other day, which is chronologically the farthest part animated so far besides Hanamonogatari, which is an exception, and it absolutely felt like it was beginning to set up the ending. Bringing in Gaen’s involvement, references to the still absent Oshino, and the insinuation that something is seriously wrong, and likely linked to Ougi pulling the strings, really got my attention. So while this season isn’t going to wrap everything up yet, we’re getting there. Soon™?
None of this probably made any sense if you haven’t watched up through the Second Season, but trust me, I’m not delusional. Basically, Tsukimonogatari piqued my interest in what’s to come more than the first two episodes of Owarimonogatari, but it still served its purpose at cementing Ougi as more than just a harmless side character.
ALSO KIZUMONOGATARI IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE RELEASED THANK YOU BASED MADOKA. I don’t really understand why it’s going to be broken up into three films, but whatever.
Compared to the first episode of the first season, this severely lacked impact. The music is nearly entirely stuff we already heard in the first season, the OP is stylistically the same (and the song’s not drastically different this time around either, although it’s definitely inferior), and I’m 99% sure they completely recycled the scene of Yato “activating” Sekki.
With the story at least, I’m very interested to see where things go. The conflict with Bishamon in the first season was never properly resolved, so this season being devoted to it should hopefully provide something more concrete, while also keeping the attention focused from beginning to end. Because that was the first season’s biggest issue – switching the focus without providing adequate resolution. So let’s see how this goes.
One Punch Man
As far as first episodes go, this was far from the best I’ve seen, but knowing a lot of what comes later means I’m not going to worry too much about it. Unless the animation quality tanks or something. Granted, it wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped either.
While the concept itself seems silly – a hero being so overpowered that he can fell any enemy with a single punch – there is far more to it than just that. Once Genos and other heroes come into play, the wider focus away from OP Saitama really helps. It’s been a while since I was up-to-date on the story, but some of the later arcs do not fail to disappoint. It’s crazy.
So even if the initial concept doesn’t sound very interesting, don’t watch just the first episode and base it on that – either wait for a bit more, or read the manga. And I’m not the type of person who normally says “read the manga,” but holy crap that has some amazing art.
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
Compared to the first two seasons, this episode was really boring. As in I sat there for half the episode thinking “Were there any episodes in the first two seasons that dragged like this?” The comedy was pretty much non-existent, and nothing interesting really happened. It got a quick chuckle out of me a few times, but far from the full laughter the prior seasons seemed to manage quite frequently. Hopefully this episode is just the exception.
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru / A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet
As the only show I’m watching this season that isn’t a sequel, my expectations were a bit lower than for the others. So far, it’s nothing special. It kind of reminds me of Hyouka crossed with countless crime dramas, but the mystery aspect doesn’t really leave the viewer guessing. And even with the reveal it’s more of an “Okay. I get it” type reaction rather than “Ohhhhhh I GET IT.” It has only been one episode though, so I don’t want to come down too hard on it. It wasn’t boring, just sort of uninteresting. Like it’s not doing anything new.
I’ll stick with it for now, and probably for the full season provided it doesn’t head south, but I’m not expecting too much. Whatever happens, happens.