It’s all too easy to remember the awful shows we subjected ourselves to over the course of the past year, but often much harder to remember the stuff that surprised us in the best of ways. In order to cap off 2016 on a positive note, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about those anime titles which, while not necessarily the strongest of the year, definitely exceeded expectations.
It’s the last Roundup of the Summer season and we bid farewell to a surprisingly solid lineup of shows with an appropriately solid batch of finales. Well, except for 91 Days, they still have one more episode to kill everyone off.
Summer is over and we must prepare to say goodbye to our Roundup shows. Sweetness and Lightning is the first to go, with everyone else setting us up for their finales. So enjoy these fun episodes while you can and save those tears for next week.
With only a few episode remaining, shows like Sweetness and Lightning and Amanchu scramble to meet their mandatory anime episode quotas, tackling the cultural festival and beach episodes respectively. Fortunately both shows remain just too sweet to be dragged down by anime clichés, and we get yet another week of solid Roundup viewing.
I probably need an insulin shot after watching anime this week as nearly every show was super sweet and endearing – even my dumb Art Club show. At least 91 Days is back with more murder to make sure my cold, dead heart doesn’t thaw out too much.
With 91 Days taking a week off and Orange feeling like filler, we’re left with nothing but sunshine and rainbows with the rest of the perpetually pleasant Roundup shows. Sweetness and Lightness does give us a few gut punches while playing the Mom Card, but stick around for Iro’s important PSA on cutting food.
I’ve been giving a lot of love to the cute and sweet shows that dominate this season’s Roundup so let me shout 91 Days this week. It got real dark this episode but not in the excessively juvenile way you might expect. Of course those others shows are still adorable and you should watch those too.