The 2016 Fall season has had some solid hits so far and like always, I am probably watching too many at a single time. This recommendation piece will be split into many parts on account of my pending law school finals. As a result, these pieces will be shorter than what I normally write. The full length reviews will come back in full force after the holiday season is over, but for now, let’s take a look at what I am watching at this time.
Sound Euphonium: Season 2
This is the only sequel on my watch list for this season. I have already reviewed the first season and by all accounts, this season brings more of the same. The story manages to ramp up as the band tackles the goal of making the national competition. There seems to be more of a focus on some of the older band members in this season as the incidents that plagued the band in the previous years finally come to light. There is a significant amount of band drama is this season to the point where it’s beginning to become a little overbearing. This has been tempered somewhat with storylines involving Taki-sensei’s past and and Kumiko’s older sister. Again, the yuri-baiting maintains a solid presence, albeit it’s not teased as heavily this season. The animation retains its outstanding quality and I would categorize it as the best of the season. The music also remains a stand out in the series as well. I wholeheartedly recommend Sound Euphonium to everyone that has not checked it out yet.
Written by the man behind My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, comes this excellent show about aspiring anime voice actresses. Girlish Number retains a rather sarcastic tone about the anime industry in general and often criticizes it quite a bit. This message has been toned down in recent episodes though, so it remains to be seen if the season will maintain the quality that the start possessed. The series focuses on a cast of young ladies as they work on a frankly awful show. There is a tinge of Shirobako here, but the story places a large emphasis on Chitose. Chitose is one of my favorite characters in recent memory, mostly due to her flamboyant narcissism. The rest of the cast is great as well and they manage to put these characters into all sorts of awkward situations ranging from fan events to promotional video filming. The animation is pretty great. One of my favorite details is intentionally animating the anime within an anime with a poor quality. The singing sequence in the first episode remains my favorite piece of animation though. Overall, Girlish Number is a solid show so far that hopefully finishes as well as it started.
I’ll be back next week to continue my Fall recommendations. Due to my law school finals, it is going to be a shorter piece than this one and will only discuss one show.