(Edited with Episode 2 impressions)
- Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
This one is being animated by Studio 3Hz, which also made the beloved Princess Principal series, so I was immediately curious. Episode 1 was cute and action-packed, exactly as expected. The art style is also magnitudes better than the original SAO by A1. This is an anime I hope will maintain my interest. (Ep.2) Fills in some gaps left by the original series in a nice and neat way. I like that these characters have wayyyy more depth than the original SAO characters. RECOMMEND.
Cute, tongue-in-cheek, very nearly 4th-wall-breaking comedy. Very enjoyable, and also starts off with an unknown premise that piqued my interest. (Ep.2) It only gets better, and it has set a very high bar for this season. I love this series very, very much. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
- Golden Kamuy
I particularly like the historic-fantasy genre here. I'm watching it with Wikipedia open on the side, learning new stuff. Also, a decent plot serves as a solid backbone for staying with the series. Unfortunately, it loses points (personally speaking) for overuse of 3D stuff, although they try unsuccessfully to hide it. (Ep.2) More humor than I had initially expected, and continues to educate. Very cool. SOLID RECOMMEND.
- Hisone to Maso-tan
As expected, the art style was quite refreshing. It's certainly a strange anime, but I find myself liking it more and more. Loses a couple of points for 3D stuff, but makes up for it by altering the lines slightly to make them look hand-drawn. RECOMMEND.
As yet unwatched but curious:
- Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
I watched (binged) the other Selector WIXOSS series before this, and I enjoyed the premise but it wasn't a masterpiece by any means. I'm mostly curious to see how this series will tie in (or not) with that.
Watched and not recommending:
- Mahou Shoujo Site
The only reason I picked this up at all was because of a certain super-intelligent A.I. voice actress... and so far, the anime has a poorer animation quality than acceptable (personally speaking), and a weak plot. The only thing I found interesting was the bleeding out of different orifices depending on ability. I cannot recommend it. (Ep.2) Wow, introduced a villain and immediately conquered said villain immediately. Sorta pointless. And a little weird, too. I literally could not sit through the entire episode - I watched it in 2 minute chunks, skipping through the episode.
- Devils Line
I initially thought the concept was good, but the first episode was thoroughly disappointing. Excessive gore without any decent justification, poor romantic attempts, and just overall, it felt like it was all over the place.
Are there any anime you enjoy this season that I've missed out on? Please leave a comment with your recommendation, and I'll check it out! (No guarantees that I'll like it though~)