So we're about halfway through the season and I thought I'd share some thoughts on what I'm watching. The series I was most excited about this season (like WAY too excited) is 'Love Live Sunshine!'.
Love Live has become my 'comfort anime' - you know something you put on when you're feeling a little down or under the weather...? So when I heard about this spin-off I was like a kid at Christmas. I actually couldn't sleep the night before the first episode. And it really hasn't let me down, but I'll say this - they have a formula.
In the beginning I found myself naming the characters like "Chika - that's the 'new Honoka' and "Mari - her family is rich, she's the new Maki". But the characters are different enough that I'm beginning to do away with these comparisons... slowly..
Something I like about Sunshine so far is the way the girls are so inspired by Muse. And I like the setting of their small town very much.
I could go on about Love Live! a lot more, but apparently not everyone adores it like I do, so moving on...
'ReLife'. I'm always keen for a series which has characters closer to my own age group. I found this series much more relate-able than most high-school anime. I'm glad it was a short series too because I think I would have gotten bored if it went on too much longer. And without dropping any spoilers, I will say that the 'twist' in the last episode took me by surprise. And that doesn't happen often. Overall it was a good series, but not a great one.
Speaking of great series, my favourite so far is 'Orange'. I sort of wish I waited till this finished airing so I could binge-watch it. It's very addictive. I love all the characters and I can't wait to see how the story pans out. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that it's going to break my heart...
I started watching 'Rewrite' too. I knew nothing about this one, but in the first ep I was like "this looks a lot like 'Key'" and sure enough, it's based on one of their visual novels. So I was pretty pumped. So far though, it hasn't really drawn me in the way it's predecessors did. The protagonist is kind of a pervert, and it's got a much more 'ecchi' vibe rather than being just downright 'moe'. But I'll keep watching and hope it improves....
And lastly I'm watching 'Days'. I really don't like sports, but I occasionally enjoy a good sports anime. Perhaps only for the eye-candy. But the main character, Tsukushi, is genuinely really interesting and so far I'm liking this series more than I expected to.
I'll be back with my final thoughts at the end of the season :-)