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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: “The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Dragons are some of the most powerful mythological beasts ever imagined; they are gigantic creatures that breathe fire and have strong scales. Whether depicted in movies or video games, they are massive beings that are not to be trifled with. In today’s anime, things are slightly different. The dragon in this anime is still powerful and can bring destruction down on people, but she can also transform into a human maid with horns and a tail. Instead of an expressionless demeanor and urge to attack anyone that comes close, she instead has fallen in love with a human girl. And, of course, she has a ginormous rack. All in all, it could be worse.

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KonoSuba: “Give Me Deliverance from this Judicial Injustice!” (Season 2, Episode 1)

It is difficult to talk about a second season of anime to people who have never watched the first. The preview might end up having spoilers, it could seem confusing, or worse, they might not bother with the series even if the first season was great. Pretty much everyone falls into one of these pitfalls when approaching a second season blindly. I, for instance, am only writing about this sequel this season even though there are quite a few continuations. Maybe those shows are amazing, but since I have not seen the first seasons of these shows, I am not going to write a preview on them.

Still, let’s talk about KonoSuba.

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Powerless: “Wayne or Lose” (Season 1, Episode 1)

The Marvel and DC universes have expanded into the territory of television with several small incursions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DLuciferLegion, Legends of Tomorrow, and Gotham have either been off-beat explorations into well-known properties or original perspectives on well-established universes. The thing is, though, all of these shows have stayed within a few degrees of their original genre. Even Preacher, which adds a tinge of what I refer to as the “AMC quality” (some perfect blend of drama and action, character study and story arc),  keeps to the dramatic side of the genre-spectrum. While I’ve personally been a fan of the more comedic comics, a la iZombie, they are a rare find on television. DC has found a way to add to it.

Here’s a show I’ve never mentioned in the same paragraph as a DC property: Better Off Ted. The offbeat, nearly fantastical series that’s on every Netflix Top 50 list worth its salt seems to have inspired the newest DC entry. Powerless is a straight-up comedy that takes place in one of Bruce Wayne’s companies that attempts to improve people’s lives through technology. Alright, the plots are similar, but what else could they share? The art direction, the writing, and the general tone of the series were all so similar, I spent twenty minutes trying to find shared producers and writers. There were none.

Better Off Ted has been a favorite of ours at Tonight’s Watch, which puts Powerless between a soft spot in my heart and a hard place in my criticism. Will it measure up and go a full two seasons without getting axed, or Ben Queen’s fourth series be Powerless to stop it?

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Masamune-kun’s Revenge (Season 1, Episode 1)

Ever been fat? Made fun of for being fat? Maybe want to get some revenge by getting jacked and showing those people how good looking and awesome you are? Or maybe a crush dissed you when you were fat and you want to show them how hot you can truly be? Well, have I got the anime for you.

Lets face it, we have all at one point thought about bettering ourselves in order to get revenge on those that ridiculed us and made us feel terrible. The problem with these scenarios is that our emotions tend to change after a while. Maybe we are motivated for a time, but we either lose interest or the situation changes. In the world of anime, however, we can see someone take that sweet revenge that we all yearned for at one point. This is Masamune-kun’s Revenge.

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The Good Place: “Pilot/Flying” (Season 1, Episode 1 & 2)

Michael Schur has made a career out of making workplace comedies nobody knew they wanted and with Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine being the breakout hits that they were, it makes sense that expectations would be high for his next project. The Good Place is not the typical fare one might expect to be served by Schur, however.

Instead of a comedy about an otherworldly government employee trying to manage their corner of “heaven”, we are offered a show about a woman who has found herself at the beginning of her afterlife and she might not deserve to be there. Though, I would not be surprised if there was an original draft of The Good Place out there told from the former’s perspective with Ted Danson as the lead. I probably would have watched that show too.

Note: The first two episodes of The Good Place aired together as a one-hour premiere, so I will be reviewing both episodes as they were delivered—as one complete package. Keep this in mind if you’ve only watched “Pilot” and not “Flying” as well.

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First Watch: Welcome to the Family – “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

While I originally had a good-size review planned for Welcome to the Family, it was canceled last week. In lieu of the normal, plot-heavy review, I’ll just strip it down to why this got canceled.

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First Watch: In the Flesh – “Episode 1” (Season 1, Episode 1)

During the height of The Walking Dead‘s popularity, the Zombie movement has experienced a reawakening. The BBC, taking it’s cues from AMC, explores human nature and social themes in it’s new series, In the Flesh, using the undead phenomenon as a backdrop.

The show opens with a British wasteland, the victim of an apocalyptic disaster. A lone woman gathers supplies from a grocery store, which is seemingly empty. She’s armed with a gun, sure, but we all know how this scene ends. A couple of zombies appear and eat her alive. And, thus, we meet our hero. No, not the screaming woman, but the zombie eating her brains: Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry).

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