Sports anime, this time with soccer. Tsukushi is our 'miracle rookie' who has the potential to grow, Jin is the experienced player who will mentor him. You already know how it will go from here on out -- so why bother watching the show?
Fukigen no Mononokean: A schoolboy gets possessed by a youkai -- a supernatural monster. This one was probably a cat in life, and it attaches itself to his back at the first day of highschool. It drains his strength and gets bigger all the time, so the boy constantly collapses... Then he meets a mysterious person who claims he can get rid of the youkai, and he does -- but the price is high, and now the schoolboy has to work for him to pay off his debt!
For some reason, I tend to like stories featuring Japanese monsters, and this is a nicely quirky setup.
Handa-kun: It's a prequel for Barakamon, showing the highschool life of Handa-kun, who was by that time already an accomplished calligraphist. The series starts really odd with his all-male fan club trying to create an anime, and the only the second part is the series proper? And Handa-kun overthinks everything and gets misunderstood, which is supposed to be funny.
We really liked Barakamon, so I was looking forward to this. But it just wasn't funny and it lacked any kind of sparkle. A pity!