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Winners and losers for Comicbooks / Super Shows in Spring 2017

During the spring 2017 season, I put a moratorium on doing episode-by-episode write-ups on the TV shows I was following. I felt like there were starting to get to be too many shows and that too many of the ones I was doing write-ups on had become comic book based. Obviously, I love that genre, but I wanted to take a step back and remember what it was like watching those shows normally. I also figured that there's more than enough people doing up to the minute coverage of this whole genre. So, I sat back and watched, and here were my takeaways from the season. 7591

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic – Season 1

This series premiered in 2013 and the first season showed up on Netflix, seemingly, immediately. I put off watching it for a while, but I finally decided to give in and watch Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. I was going to just do a write-up of the entire series, but the story is so heavily partitioned that I thought it best to do this one season at a time. 4680

Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona)

Season 1 of Yona of the Dawn (YotD) has come and gone. It's a show with a lot of positives that's reminiscent of some older, long running, shows like Fushigi Yuugi. This first season really just sets the groundwork for the story. So, if it doesn't get a second season, this show will end up just being an entryway into the manga for viewers who want to complete the story. 3561

Torchwood – Season 4 – Miracle Day

WARNING: series ends with a cliff hanger (-_-). I prefer to think of Torchwood, season 4 as "Torchwood USA". The season was co-produced by BBC One and the Starz network making it notably different from other Torchwood seasons, but not the full on American remake it was planned to be. Minor spoilers contained within the recap. 2167


The Showtime series Dexter has been on my list of talked about shows to binge watch for a while now. With the recent holiday season I was finally able to get it checked off. 1907

House of Cards

Initially, I thought I'd be able to write about this show without containing spoilers. It turns out that I was wrong. So, I'll try to do this by writing a brief spoiler-free section and then continuing on into heavy, heavy spoilers.  1314

Lost Girl (Seasons 1-4)

Lost Girl is a show that falls right into the middle ground of a lot of genres that have risen to popularity over the last 5 years or so. You've got your vampire/werewolves, assorted supernatural characters, re-imagined fairy tales, warring tribes of a hidden race and (just to spice things up) open sexuality. 1270

Brynhildr in the Darkness

If I had to think of one word to describe  Brynhildr in the Darkness it would be: tragic. Brynhildr in the Darkness is based on an ongoing manga of the same name. The anime was produced by the studio Arms Corporation (Elfen Lied, the Ikkitousen series) and directed by Kenichi Imaizumi. The show fits itself into the sci-fi, harem and horror genres; which is quite a combination. Even though it's only 12 episodes long and based on an unfinished property it still did a really good job of pulling me in. 680

Mekakucity Actors

From the studio/director team that brought you shows like Monogatari series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Nisekoi, comes Mekakucity Actors (aka MCA). MCA is a show based on a series of soundtracks and Light Novels that composes something called the "Kagerou Project". The show, like everything else, is based on the story of the Mekakushi Dan (lit. Blindfold Gang), a group of kids with special powers that are exhibited when their eyes turn red. The story of the show is told in bits and pieces with each episode focusing on a different time or viewpoint of an event that's in at least one other episode. Initially this can leave thew viewer confused and feeling like there is no continuity. However, if you stick with it long enough there's actually a pretty good story behind the whole thing. 3541