What with that pesky vacation in the way, I haven’t had time to watch the first episodes of the new season and write down my thoughts! So here goes:
Date A Live: There’s this thing called ‘spacequakes’ now, where a section of the planet simply blows up and ceases to be. Itsuka finds out that these are caused by so-called ‘Spirits’, who enter this dimension. Some of his classmates are part of a unit that fights these Spirits, and his sister is their commander. And she gives Itsuka a mission: make the Spirits (who are, of course, all invariably female) fall in love with him so he can banish them.
It’s kinda stupid and fanservicey, but it reminds me of ‘The World God Only Knows’, which amused me a lot. Might check out the second episode of this to see if it’s a keeper or not.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru: This overly long title means so much as “As I thought, my teenage romantic comedy is mistaken”. Our male protagonist is a bit of a misantrope, and doesn’t have much patience for the idea that he should be ‘celebrating his youth’. His teacher doesn’t seem to think that will do, and forces him to join the Volunteering Club, which has a popular girl as its single member. She isn’t impressed by him, but doesn’t have much friends either herself…
It reminded me a lot of Boku Ha Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, which we liked, but it seems a little less edgy, which might be good.
Aku no Hana: Takao is kind of a loner, a nobody. He broods a lot, mainly about the school idol Nanako, whom he hasn’t even spoken to. The series has a totally unique visual look, and manages to produce a dark, brooding atmosphere.