- Knights of Sidonia : A space-mecha about a generation ship & lovecraftian-ish aliens (+ fanservice since this is anime and that's the law). I thought the first season was really good, then the second kinda dropped the aliens in favor of a harem-style plot (in addition to the fanservice already present), which I already get enough of from elsewhere so I put the series on ice for the time being.
Still, I kinda liked it, despite being somewhat predictable it's got some good ideas & decent animation - would recommend though one should be aware that seasons 1 & 2 have some noticeable difference in the kind of story they want to tell.
I really liked the first season of Knights of Sidonia. The Gauna were a credible and lethal foe, one that seemed very much like a force of nature. The action sequences were good fun and the physics side of things was also quite satisfying. The plot was interesting enough to keep me engaged, enough to overlook the bland characters and somewhat wooden dialogue.
Then season 2 came around. Good god what happened? It felt like the whole season was just filler until the very last battle at the end. That penis monster thing was just cringey. I think I remember it doing the "anime rosy cheeks" thing at one point, like it was attracted to the main character whats-his-name, which came off as borderline bestial. The harem crap did not help matters at all, especially considering how stiff and unengaging the characters were. A lot of animes have problems with boring protagonists, but this one was especially bad. His entire character is "I occasionally eat".
Knights of Sidonia stands out to me as something that had so much potential and managed to somehow pull mediocrity from the jaws of greatness. The transhuman elements, such as genderless people and photosynthesis, was something that should have been explored so much further. Instead we got entire episodes devoted to some of the most awkward, cringey, pointless and badly written romantic subplots I've ever seen, all of which revolved around a protagonist with all the character of a blank wall.
On a more positive note, I've seen the first couple episodes of Castlevania which was really good fun. It's excessively violent and gruesome, which I shamelessly enjoy. Haven't seen enough yet to properly judge, but I like the main character so far and I'm hoping for more demon action to come.Got ninja'ed, will post unedited