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Summer Anime Season 2020 – Review October 2, 2020

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This season had a lot of hot shows going on, and thank goodness there wasn’t any delays or hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you want to see a full list of what animes I’ve watched, you can always check out My Anime List. Here is a list of animes that I watched from this season:

Enen no Shouboutai: Ni no Shou

Kanojo, Okarishimasu

Monster Musume no Oishasan

Shokugeki no Souma: Gou no Sara

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season

The God of High School

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Remember, these reviews assume that you have watched the series, which means SPOILERS will be few but imminent. You have been warned.


Enen no Shouboutai: Ni no Shou

Fire Force Season 2 is underway, focusing on world building and the like. Shinra and co have been finding the pieces of the puzzle of the intentions of the Evangelist, it’s connection to the Holy Sol Church, and most importantly the creation of the new world after the Great Cataclysm. I’m liking this season a bit better than the last so far. A bit less fan service (from Tamaki), some more action, and delving into the inner hidden mysteries of the people or entities in charge. We’re halfway into the 24 episode second season, so I’ll continue this review in the Fall Anime Season post.

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Kanojo, Okarishimasu

Rent-a-Girlfriend was this season’s “fighting for best girl” anime, but unlike most animes of its kind, there was one that everyone knew was the worst one (you know who). Here’s the synopsis for convenience:

Kazuya Kinoshita is a 20-year-old college student who has a wonderful girlfriend: the bright and sunny Mami Nanami. But suddenly, he doesn’t. Without warning, Mami breaks up with him, leaving him utterly heartbroken and lonely. Seeking to soothe the pain, he hires a rental girlfriend through an online app. His partner is Chizuru Mizuhara, who through her unparalleled beauty and cute demeanor, manages to gain Kazuya’s affection.

But after reading similar experiences other customers had had with Chizuru, Kazuya believes her warm smile and caring personality were all just an act to toy with his heart, and he rates her poorly. Aggravated, Chizuru lambastes him for his shameless hypocrisy, revealing her true pert and hot-tempered self. This one-sided exchange is cut short, however, when Kazuya finds out that his grandmother has collapsed.

They dash toward the hospital and find Kazuya’s grandmother already in good condition. Baffled by Chizuru’s presence, she asks who this girl might be. On impulse, Kazuya promptly declares that they are lovers, forcing Chizuru to play the part. But with Kazuya still hung up on his previous relationship with Mami, how long can this difficult client and reluctant rental girlfriend keep up their act?

I liked watching this series, but not without its cringe moments. For me this mainly happens when Kazuya lies to make things worse.

I’m in the same boat as most people for who’s best girl and not. Mami is the worst, Chizuru is the ideal best. I liked Ruka, seeing her backstory, but do realize that her clinginess can get annoying. Sumi only got little screen time, but she’s so shy, cute, and precious you can’t help but want to protect her.

While the season is over, the story is definitely not. A second season has already been announced, rightfully so as this season felt more like half of a full 24 episode anime. I’ll look forward to everyone’s development, especially Kazuya who really needs to man up to his mistakes.

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Monster Musume no Oishasan

Monster Girl Doctor is just that, an anime about about a doctor who specializes in taking care of monsters, though from what were shown it seems most of his clients are female. Fan service scenes are pretty much expected here, but at least the doctor here is a practicing professional, diligently working on his patient’s medical needs, even if he may get tunnel vision at times.

I enjoyed the general world building and relationships between the different monster species. I also liked how Glenn (the doctor) has a calm and cool demeanor, and doesn’t act like a typical harem protagonist, getting worked up over certain sites. He’s a certified doctor, so I guess he’s used to knowing the ins and outs of different species’ bodies. The medical knowledge depicted in this series is also believable, which makes this show all the better. I definitely wouldn’t mind another season of this.

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Shokugeki no Souma: Gou no Sara

Food Wars! The (Final) Fifth Plate has concluded and wrapped up the long journey of Soma’s quest to be the very best chef…. besides Erina of course. Even though the main antagonist of this season seemed to be another person who used his stealing ability to gain power, you could begin to understand him after his defeat, thanks to his backstory and conclusion. I’m glad that it seems that everyone got a good ending, even the people who we thought were bad in the past. Who knew that this whole time, it went all according to a plan to save the God Tongue.

Food Wars! has been a consistent series to watch since 2015, putting out a season every year. It was a quirky cooking show with it’s characters, settings, and most importantly fanservice. We saw Soma climb from the bottom to the top though sheer willpower, nothing gained without the hard work and determination he had to beat an opponent. While he has claimed the 1st Seat at his cooking academy, he always knows that there’s always more to learn and improve, even as good as he is now. He is a great role model that has shown that trial and error, win and lose, victory and defeat, the good and the bad; live and learn to become the very best of what you believe in. I think that’s the lesson this show offers. I truly enjoyed this series, and while this hasn’t inspired me to cook, this will be the titular cooking anime for me.

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Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season

The Underworld Saga has finally concluded and boy has it been a journey. Sword Art Online has grown from its humble beginnings as a VRMMORPG Death Game, to a “Imagination is power” kind of thing. Kirito has truly become a god of the VR world, his power no longer being a subtle glow of golden eyes. Did I enjoy War of Underworld Part 2? Yeah, I did. Doesn’t mean there aren’t a couple things I’d like to point out though.

For starters, when PoH had “captured” the team before Kirito woke up, why was everyone completely powerless to do anything? I know they were exhausted from battling the seemingly endless waves of enemy players, but they stayed on the ground as if they were tied down, which they weren’t. The only person to come to their defense was Eiji out of nowhere, and while he did buy some time for Kirito to wake up, he did almost next to nothing against PoH. I’d would of liked it if some of the side characters to be doing something on the sidelines, but PoH apparently had their full and undivided attention. Maybe it has something to do with an ability of PoH’s? I know the anime has a bad habit of not explaining important background elements, such as the Incarnate System, but they should of had a little internal monologue to explain the basics instead of just showing without context.

We were all looking forward to the day that Kirito would bring back his signature move Starburst Stream, and while it did look epic during the final fight, the cinematography toward the end of it  felt a bit rushed. I liked that Kirito had all the looks of a god; glowing aura and eyes, wings, and swords, and that every strike of the dual wield skill had power and range never seen before. What I don’t like as much about Kirito’s swordplay nowadays is that I feel he is just brute forcing his way through combined with his high reaction speed, rather than being dexterous with the swords itself. Or maybe I’m not looking into it deep enough and that he really is doing all he can. For his last couple of final fights, he always manages to get sliced quite bad before making his comeback, assisted or not. If the final fight lasted longed and was smoother (maybe having some slow-mo shots of sword parrying and attacking), I would have been more satisfied.

Overall, Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season was the climax of everything that the series built up, and I think they did it well. Pretty much every important character from the previous arcs got their own time to shine, even Klein. While it felt obvious that Kirito was going to be the god and savior of the VRMMO world, I didn’t expect it on the scale that it was shown. The conclusion did feel like a end, but not the end of the Sword Art Online series. It set in motion new elements that will bring in a new chapter, though not right away anyways. For the future, announced is a Sword Art Online: Progressive anime, a retelling of sorts of the Aincrad arc based on the light novels of the same name. We don’t know when it will air, but I think Fall season of 2022 would be the best time if you know what I mean.

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The God of High School

This was the second Webtoon turned anime series I’ve watched, and I’ve got to say I’m not a fan of the hype. Maybe there’s a lot of people who read the webtoon comic, but I don’t. Maybe that’s why I don’t understand the setting and story that well, as it seems that the animators try to fit part of the original material into a dozen or so episodes.

I will say this, the animation is quite good but there’s a couple of things that bug me. For starters, while the camera is smooth and dynamic, it also gets repetitive for how they do it. Most of the fights have the camera go around the action to show multiple angles in real time. This was cool in the beginning, but got old when it came to the final fight. Because the camera tended to also zoom in and out, I felt that I was missing out on the peripheral side of the battle.

For me, this was a window into what studio MAPPA has to offer. I’ve never watched an anime made by them before this one, and I know that they will be the ones to animate the final season of Attack on Titan, after being done by Wit Studio from the beginning. A lot of people now have their eye on them to not mess up the finale of one of the best animated anime series of the recent decade, mine included. I know they have potential, but whether or not it will succeed, I’m not sure judging from The God of Highschool. Only time will tell.

GOH was at least better than The Tower of God, but that’s because the story wasn’t as complicated in my opinion. I feel like a continuation will happen, but probably not right away. Webtoon animes need to improve, whether that’s fleshing out how they do the stories or animate them. I’ll probably pass on future webtoon animes, but if I notice that it may be good, I’ll be open to check it out.

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Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Railgun has once again proved that it is the superior series of the “To Aru/A Certain” universe. First and foremost: the plot and storytelling, Steady, understandable, and connected. Rarely do I remember much fillers in Railgun, and rarely is there something I don’t understand. As told before in the previous (partial) reviews of Railgun T, random terms and unintroduced characters aren’t mentioned to confuse the viewers. I got a bad taste of that in Index 3, so I use that as an example of a rushed and complicated show, as much as I wanted to like it. Most sub arcs in Railgun connect to each other in a way, or imply a connection to another series in the universe, reminding you that we’re seeing Academy City from Misaka’s point of view. Doesn’t mean that other things aren’t happening in parallel. It makes the setting feel dynamic and alive.

Secondly, the animation and action in Railgun is probably the best I’ve seen from J.C. Staff. You love it every time you see Misaka charging up for a railgun, or Kuroko teleporting in and take someone down using close quarters combat. Even the CG (or stuff that looks like CG but isn’t) looks great as well. Long story short, Railgun is eye candy.

Overall, Railgun T was a blast from start to finish. Even though it was on hiatus at times due to the pandemic, it extended such a great series a season over. It managed to conclude all of it’s stories, with more hinted on the way. We may not get another “To Aru/A Certain” series for a while, but I’m certain that it’s not over yet.

Spring Anime Season 2020 – Review June 29, 2020

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Saying this season was worse than last season would be an understatement, and it’s all because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To be clear though, I’m not talking about the quality of the shows that DID air. The amount of delays and cancellations we’ve seen because of the world crisis is unheard of. Of the seven animes I mainly watched this season, two of them got put on hiatus early this season until July. In the end, this is probably the fewest new animes I’ve watched in a seasonal season, though it did give me some time to catch up on some older ones I didn’t watch, like Your Lie in April. If you want to see a full list of what animes I’ve watched, you can always check out My Anime List. Here is a list of animes that I watched from this season:

BNA

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen 2nd Season

Kakushigoto (TV)

Kami no Tou

Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta…

Shokugeki no Souma: Gou no Sara

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Remember, these reviews assume that you have watched the series, which means SPOILERS will be few but imminent. You have been warned.


BNA

A breath of fresh air from Trigger, BNA (Brand New Animal) was a entertaining show filled with action, drama, and a story not ending with space/aliens (to everyone’s relief). I enjoyed it quite a bit, but before I talk about that let me tell a fairly funny story. When BNA was first announced, I thought it was going to be a anime about animal people playing basketball. Now we all know that is definitely not the case, but a couple of things led me to this initial conclusion. First off, one of the promotional art for the series showed the main character with a basketball, as seen here:

As I didn’t have any idea about the story, and with nothing else in the picture hinting otherwise, that’s what I thought: “This is a basketball anime”. This is what I described this anime to my friends. To further this theory, the name “BNA” I thought was suppose to be a parody of NBA, you know, the National Basketball Association? Other art that came out before the start of the show didn’t give much context about what this anime was going to be about so I stuck to this story. When my friends started watching before I did and told me that this show had nothing to do with basketball, I was stunned as that’s all I thought I knew about this series. Turns out it’s a lot better than that. Long story short, the reason we see a raccoon girl dribbling a basketball was because she used to play it. Her choice of sport at this point of the story is more like a hobby, which is not reflective of the actual plot.

Going back on topic, BNA was a very grounded show that mainly focused on human/Beastmen relationships. Similar to how we have racism in the real world, Beastmen are often looked down upon by humans. In order to create a home for them, the city of Anima City was created so that they could all live in harmony with one another. But certain people and parties seek to threaten this society. Enter human-turned-Beastmen Michiru. After mysteriously turning into a tanuki, she leaves behind her home in Japan for Anima City, in hopes of changing her back into a human. While in the city she makes friends all while dealing with problems that she deals with with her own justice. As mysterious as the reasoning for her turning into a Beastmen, even more curious is that unlike other Beastmen she can partially transform into other animals to use their abilities too.

I enjoyed this show quite a bit, and it’s all due to Trigger’s ability to greatly emphasize expression, all the while dealing with tough topic situations. As mentioned, I’m glad that no aliens appeared this time, as it has become a crutch of Trigger to rely on aliens/space as a way to explain what’s causing the problems. There also wasn’t much in terms of mechs either, or any real noticeable references to previous Trigger shows. Normally this sounds like a bad thing, but I feel this is to differentiate BNA from all their other shows as a new thing, not to be shadowed by their previous works. All the characters were cool in their own way, and the story, while not as flashy as were used to from Trigger, was still great. The last few episodes were darn good in trying to persuade Michiru (and audience) that the “bad guys” was not what she thought they were. Even though in my mind it had to be that person, the actions that we saw them do up to that point supported their claim that they are just helping the city. In the end, I was mostly right about how it would end, glad that there was still something I didn’t expect.

If BNA gets a new season in the future I’d watch it. Heck I usually watch anything that Trigger produces these days, so you know I’ll look forward to their new animes.

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Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen 2nd Season

The second season of Ascendance of a Bookworm was just as great as the first, with Myne continuing on her quest to make books. With her mana sickness being taken cared of by joining the church, in doing so she also learns about class and noble affairs. While she still tends to get worked up about things, Myne has grew her network of relations with people within the church who initially though of her as a commoner in noble clothes. After showing them her understanding and actions to help them, she gained loyal attendants who respected that Myne was someone who they could trust. She was finally able to create books, starting with picture books that could be mass produced to show that what she wanted to do could be done.

This isekai anime has been consistently good, and it’s all due to a great story and characters. Unlike most animes in this genre that lean more towards great art/animation and/or fan service, Ascendance of a Bookworm has shown that animes of its kind can still exist in a would where cheap fan service tactics have become commonplace. At the end of the second season of Bookworm, it’s hinted that the anime series will continue, even though nothing official has been announced… yet. When it does, I’ll definitely look forward to it. Maybe a time skip would work as it would be great to see what progress happens with Myne at the helm, but that would probably be better at the fourth season…

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Kakushigoto (TV)

A wholesome father/daughter anime, Kakushigoto is a funny/emotional story about a father who hides his job from his daughter because he believes that it’s a shameful one; a mangaka who makes dirty jokes. While the premise sounds like one where fan service or otherwise would be present, it’s not. The appeal of the series is how much effort the father puts into keeping his secret from her, and by doing so shows how much he cares for her.

Throughout the anime, there are hints that not everything is as happy and homely. Kakushi and his daughter Hime live without her mother around, at first hinted that she died while Hime was too young to remember her. Because of this, Kakushi usually has a caretaker watching her while he is at work, though he worries endlessly regardless of whether or not she’s safe. As the show progressed, it seems that what we’ve been watching all this time is the past seeing that Hime has grown up. In this present (future), her father is spoken about in the past tense, hinting that something happened to him as well that causes him to be out of the picture of Hime’s current life. While watching the past Hime, it hurts to know that something bad will happen to this already affected family, we just won’t know until the end.

I love the buildup towards the conclusion, with the clever “watching the past to show the future which is the present”. There are a lot of details about the family situation of Kakushi, and it’s the slow assemble of puzzle pieces that made this a show that, besides watching the daily life of Kakushi and Hime, made you always think about what will happen to them in the end. The finale was not one I originally expected, but am glad that it did end the way it did. I won’t spoil it for the sake of experiencing it yourself, so please look forward to it.

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Kami no Tou

Tower of God was the hyped up webtoon series turned anime this season. I’m not too familiar with webtoons apart from seeing them every so often on social media, but as my friends were watching it I decided to as well. Right off the bat, I felt that I missing some background info on this series as it starts right off with the main character entering the tower. Even though I watched the entire season, I don’t know much about the setting of this series. All I know is that there is a tower where if you climb it you can meet with god and get your wish granted, or something along those lines. Everything else hints that this whole area is enclosed from the true outside world, with things being said that the sky they see isn’t real. The unique cast of characters were either very different or generic. Even though I never heard of this series before this season, at the very beginning while reading comments I had gotten the hint that Rachel was not as good a person as Bam always says she is. Usually I absolutely hate spoilers, but for a series I wasn’t really invested in it didn’t really matter. In the end though, it came down to selfish desires….

Did I like this show? To be honest I have mixed feelings about it. It’s not bad but not one I prefer either. I was going to pass on this originally, but a combination of hype, recommendation from friends, and lack of other shows made be decide to check it out. This was also the first time I’ve seen an anime labeled as a “Crunchyroll Original”, meaning that Crunchyroll seems to be moving toward pushing and creating animes they’d like to see made, the next ones being The God of High School and Gibiate airing in July. The story may not be over for Tower of God, but I may be.

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Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta…

A reverse harem isekai where a girl get reincarnated into a otome game that she used to play, but instead of becoming the heroine she becomes the villain. As she reincarnates as the kid version of said villain, this gives her time to set herself up to avoid the routes that would get her killed or exiled. Her general knowledge of the characters around her thanks to the game helps her not only avoids her becoming the mean villain she was suppose to become, but rather she became her own heroine, attracting everyone around her as the stupid air-headed Catarina Claes.

This was a fun little show that I originally thought of skipping, but decided to watch it as there wasn’t much else to watch at the time. It’s a unique take on the isekai genre as the world is based around the setting of a visual novel game for girls, where normally you would conquer routes to romance guys. In Catarina’s case though, she unknowingly conquers everyone. A second season has been announced which I plan to watch, though I’m not sure what it will be about, besides probably more of Catarina’s life in magic school and avoiding any new threats.

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Shokugeki no Souma: Gou no Sara

Only two episodes came out for the fifth season of Food Wars! before it went on hiatus due to the Coronavirus, but it will return sometime in July. The couple of episodes that were released were alright, showing the power of the new Elite Ten, as well as introducing the next chef Souma and friends will have to deal with at Tootsuki Culinary Academy.

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Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Continuing with the old news of delays because it’s 2020, Railgun T at least made it to the end of a arc in fantastic fashion. I’ll always prefer delays over rushed content, as you can only make an impression once. So far this season has got to be the best of all the “To Aru/A Certain” series with everyone playing a vital role, without the confusing story and terminology that S3 of Index had. Touma got his hyped battle in, which disappointed nobody. Railgun T will return in mid/late July as far as I know, and I’m definitely looking forward to watching more. Won’t be surprised if we get more delays even after that though.

Winter Anime Season 2020 – Review April 4, 2020

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This season didn’t have much in terms of super interesting animes, hence why I took my time getting though them, sometimes taking a week off watching before playing catch up. Doesn’t help that global current events had even delayed a few episodes. If you want to see a full list of what animes I’ve watched, you can always check out My Anime List. Here is a list of animes that I watched from this season:

Azur Lane

Heya Camp△

Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.

Kyokou Suiri

Murenase! Seton Gakuen

Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita.

Somali to Mori no Kamisama

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Remember, these reviews assume that you have watched the series, which means SPOILERS will be few but imminent. You have been warned.


Azur Lane

I recently finished watching Azur Lane The Animation after its hiatus. Even though the story and animation were subpar at best, I still liked it for the characters and action scenes. I have a bias towards this series because I’ve been playing the mobile game since its release in the US. I did wish that some improvement would have happened during the hiatus, but it looks as if they did their best just to make sure it didn’t fall anymore. I guess most of the effort went into putting in as many of the characters as possible from the game into this animated version. I recognized pretty much everyone who showed up in some form, and in most of those appearances they were spot on. I doubt Azur Lane will continue in the anime scene, as I feel their popularity has peaked, but only time will tell.

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Heya Camp△

Room Camp is a mini series of Yuru Camp, where Nadeshiko and the Outdoor Activities Club goes on travels around the Yamanashi prefecture to collect stamps and explore what the region has to offer! Despite it’s name there isn’t much camping in a room, or camping at all (so I don’t know why it’s named this). However we get more comfy adventures with the characters of the series, advertising real places within the region. I bet this is what the creators were going for, make more people visit Yamanashi for tourism….. I’m interested. Time to put it on the list! Looking forward to more anime camping in the future.

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Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.

“If a shield hero was overpowered and had many friends” is what this anime can be described as. Simply put, the main character Kaede Honjou aka Maple doesn’t want to get hurt, so while playing a VRMMORPG she maxes out her defense stats. (While researching for this review, what I found coincidental is that Kaede Honjou’s seiyuu [voice actress] is Kaede Hondo, both almost share the same name.) Playing the game recommended by her friend Sally, she befriends new allies and eventually creates her own guild which participates in server-wide events. She may be a happy-go-lucky person, but mess with her and you get the fangs… and shield blocking your every attack. She is pretty much by definition an overpowered character in the game, to the point that the developers talk about nerfing her everytime she achieves something that would think would be unthinkable. Her being OP is pretty much the joke of the series that isn’t taken seriously, and that’s the appeal of the show. I personally liked to see what crazy abilities she would get next, and I’ve got to say she definitely has them, though she has been shown that she still has some weaknesses despite it all. A second season has already been announced, and I’ll continue to watch “How a single pure defense build character can destroy anyone if the game wasn’t balanced”.

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Kyokou Suiri

I first saw this show at its premiere at last year’s Crunchyroll Expo. It’s basically a dialogue-heavy detective action anime. The beginning of the show was alright, but as it went on it became a chore to keep listening to an anime that pretty much only showed people talking with not much going on besides that. I know that there was a purpose to all of this; I can see the potential in a series like this, but I guess this style of anime is not my cup of tea. If it continues I may not watch it, but it will probably depend on what other animes there are competing with it.

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Murenase! Seton Gakuen

Following a trend of animal based animes, this one is a pretty light-hearted one about different anime species going to school together, dealing mainly with the concept of interspecies relationships. Our main character is a human male named Jin who despises animals because of a traumatic past, and as such treats them all the same. Alongside other characters, they create a cooking club as a way to interact with one another and develop friendships. What is interesting is that the anime seems to incorporate real animal facts into the characters themselves, usually explained by Jin. It was a fun little anime to casually enjoy.

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Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita.

More like “Stubborn geeks too tsundere to admit they like one another”. This rom-com was a fun little watch all about intellectuals who take things too far to identify and quantify “love”. I enjoyed the characters and their quirks, though the story was pretty typical.

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Somali to Mori no Kamisama

Somali and the Forest Spirit is about a little human girl and a golem traveling together in a quest to locate other humans in a world that persecutes them to the brink of extinction. Upon finding Somali alone in the forest with chains attached to her, the Golem figures the best thing for her is to find more of her kind to care for her. Humans are hard to come by these days, so throughout the journey they seek stories and clues to their whereabouts, all while keeping her identity as a human a secret from people who want to harm her. Somali happily adopts the Golem as her father, and together they learn more about each other and the world they live in.

Naturally this anime has sad situations, like with many animes that feature father/daughter figures. I first saw this anime premiered at Crunchyroll Expo last year, as it looked and sounded interesting enough. I did tear up one time only, and that was at the climatic “end”. I say end in quotation marks as I can’t really see it as a true ending. First off I felt that things were ended the way they did as a way to wrap up the anime with a bow. Secondly the end does not address the main reason for the journey. Are they abandoning their plans to find humans because of Golem’s change in heart about his life? Will Shizuno and Yabashira stay with the duo knowing that they may not make it alone? I always thought that they traveled with them (the second time) as their travels coincided and also because they cared for their new friends, but didn’t plan to stay with them for the long haul. There are many questions that need to be answered, and so I hope that a continuation will explain these better, as well as conclude the story that feels like the end of a journey worth taking.

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Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

The third season of Railgun and it couldn’t come sooner. It’s great too have something from the “A certain” series that doesn’t feel rushed or budgeted. (I’m looking at you Index 3 and Accelerator.) As you can figure the focus is now shifted to Misaka and Misaki , which is fresh since we’ve seen a lot of Touma and Accelerator in the last couple series. Things are starting to spark up as Misaka deals with the Daihasei Festival (Sports festival of sorts), as well as the secrets of Academy City that lurks throughout. Storywise, not too much has happened, not helped that a couple of the episodes was delayed due to the current world affairs, but at least every single episode has been enjoyable. The action and pacing of the story, without all the confusing religious terminology that plagues Index, makes this spinoff series the best of the three. We’re not even halfway in the season (thankfully this season is 25 episodes long), so I’m looking forward to more to come.

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