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Winter Anime Season 2021 – Review April 5, 2021

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This season has been the most jampacked anime season I’ve ever watched, almost all of them being great in some way. I would have watched a few more new animes this season, but I felt overloaded as it was already. (I’ll probably watch them starting next anime season.) 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:

5-toubun no Hanayome ∬

Azur Lane: Bisoku Zenshin!

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

Hataraku Saibou Black

Hataraku Saibou!!

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

Non Non Biyori Nonstop

Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV) Season 2

Yuru Camp△ Season 2

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


5-toubun no Hanayome ∬

Season 2 of Quintessential Quintuplets has made progression in both their grades and their love interest in Fuutarou. While I’m happy with the development of Fuutarou’s relationships with the girls, I hope that the studying part is still relevant to the story. It would feel like the studying part was just an excuse to get him and the girls together, so I’d like there to be a goal for the girls to get their grades high enough to help them pursue what they want in their future careers. That aside, it was nice to see the girls open up to realize their feelings to the point of taking action towards Fuutarou, some more than others. Especially when we’ve been used to them repelling him for most of the time due to his nagging about studying and grades and the like. A third season is currently in the works, so I’ll look forward to that concluding the five sister saga of who gets with Fuutarou.

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Azur Lane: Bisoku Zenshin!

I play Azur Lane on a daily basis, so this short episode anime series was a welcome addition to the season. It’s based on the 4-koma style manga of the same name. Basically it puts the characters of Azur Lane into a slice-of-life setting rather than their usual battle-on-the-seas setting. Starring the 4 starter ships Z23, Javelin, Ayanami, and Laffey, they encounter various other ship girls on the base, doing what they please. While there’s no real story, at the least the commander is mentioned which makes it a bit more like the game, unlike the main anime.

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Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars continues directly after season 1 with the inevitable clash between the Tsukasa Empire and the Kingdom of Science. Senku’s goal is clear; to capture the miracle cave without any fatalities. To do so he creates machines of war to scare away his enemies before they know what they’re actually against. His plan mostly works, until Tsukasa intervenes which causes Senku to improvise to his actual goal; to create a truce between the two warring groups. He succeeds after agreeing to help Tsukasa find and revive his sister. After some time they are able to find her and with the power of science, revive her to full health thanks to the petrification’s healing ability. (She had a brain disease in the past which caused her to stay in a coma for a few years before the petrification event happened.) Everything was well and good, until the true antagonist in the form of Hyouga attacks both Tsukasa and Senku when their guards was down. Knowing that the only way to survive is by fighting together, Senku and Tsukasa team up to take Hyouga down through a combination of brains and brawns. Unfortunately, with Tsukasa was fatally wounded by Hyouga, Senku figures the only way to save him is to use the petrification’s healing ability. In order to do so, he’ll need to understand that phenomenon more which will require him to explore and research. To buy time, Senku decides to put Tsukasa into a cold sleep (almost like a cryogenic sleep). The end of Stone Wars previews the future of the anime, with Senku and gang planning to travel to the otherside of the world to find answers toward to mystery of the petrification event, to eventually save Tsukasa and the rest of the world.

Didn’t mean to actually write a synopsis, but it was nice remembering the story of Stone Wars. If you read my previous review of the first season of Dr. Stone, I probably mentioned everything that makes this series enjoyable for me. As for this season specifically, I liked how flexible the characters were, as in they weren’t just what you see is what you get. The biggest example of this is Tsukasa. While he seemed to just hate science for the reason that it ruined the world, his motives for his hate stemmed from his past. Once Senku showed him that it can be used for good, he decided to side with the genius when push came to shove. Everything has a good and bad side, and it’s the understanding of that which can tilt the scale in either direction. Surprisingly, the final episode of the second season was titled “PROLOGUE OF Dr. STONE” which basically means that the story is really just starting now. I guess when you think about it, if it weren’t for the squabble between Senku and Tsukasa, the first thing they would of probably done is investigate the petrification event, especially if they wanted to revive everyone. I like these kinds of mysteries, so I’m “10 billion percent” interested in a future season of Dr. Stone, hoping that it won’t be long until we get it.

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Hataraku Saibou Black

Cells at Work! CODE BLACK! is a darker grittier spin-off of the usual light-hearted Cells at Work, the anime running at the same time as Season 2 of the main story Cells at Work. I enjoyed this more than the main story, mostly because it felt like a total opposite of the main story, such as gender and personality swaps. Just like with Season 2 of Cells at Work though, there was times where I got tired of the repetitiveness of each episode, which caused me to hold off watching weekly to watch other shows. Overall it was entertaining to see a body struggling with some of the more painful and dangerous illnesses and how our cells deal with it.

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Hataraku Saibou!!

In the second season of Cells at Work, we continue to see the everyday lives of cells that keep us alive. Though unfortunately for me, watching this tended to put me to sleep. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great series to watch, especially if you have interest in anatomy and/or a doctor. However for me I guess the gimmick of the show wore off, so I felt I was just watching a looping slice of life anime with the setting being inside the human body. Luckily this season was only 8 episodes long, so it wasn’t much of a chore to finish watching it. What I did enjoy more of though was its spin-off anime Cells at Work! CODE BLACK!

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Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

We are at the halfway point in the 24 episode season, and it’s been a grind. When I mean grind, I mean like level grinding. Our main Spider has been surviving and fighting in a giant labyrinth since she was reborn in a new world. At this point she’s quite adept at using her abilities, but hasn’t yet reached the surface. Meanwhile, her classmates who was also reborn in the same world mostly as humans are busy in school, dealing with a pending war. So far the season has been slow. Not much happens besides more fighting and leveling up, with massive walls of text showing abilities and skills that have leveled up. The show is no Slime, but it’s watchable, especially when watching it with someone else.

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Non Non Biyori Nonstop

As simple as Non Non Biyori is, I always enjoy its classic humor alongside characters who make this series come alive. Season 3 (Nonstop) has shown that time is indeed moving forward in the countryside, introducing new characters as well as graduating one silent character. One new character is Shiori, a girl that’s younger than Renge. (I noticed right away that she’s voiced by Misaki Kuno, who also voices Klee from Genshin Impact. I play that game daily.) I don’t know if they’ll be another season (I wasn’t expecting a third season until I saw it airing this season.), but I’d like one with a bit of time skip maybe when Renge is at middle school age. (This is in reference to Shiori’s mother telling Renge that by the time Shiori’s new little sister will enter school she will be in middle school age.) I know we’d lose watching kids enjoying the simple joys of being a kid, but we would also be able to see them grow up a bit as well. It would be bittersweet seeing them grow up, but that’s how life works.

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Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season

Attack on Titan: The Final Season… we should have known that title isn’t quite true. Whether or not it was intended (definitely was), this part 1 of the final season was a definite major transition for the anime series in many ways; Animation studio and main composer change (Yamamoto Kohta was heading new OST for this season, with Sawano Hiroyuki assisting/using some of his OST from previous seasons, as far as I know), shift in setting for the story, new characters, and Eren now being a cold, calculating menace to anyone who stands in his way.

I really didn’t mind any of these changes, though a lot of people thought otherwise. Sure there may be some hickups with the animation, and maybe the music wasn’t always as amazing as I’d expect, but we still got a great intro to the world that surrounds Paradis Island, and how they think of it and the Eldians that live there. The main mystery that drew me in may be gone, but now there is a goal for the characters, and whether or not this goal will “save the world”, we’ll have to wait and see (if you’re not a manga reader.)

Part 2 of the Final Season has been announced for the Winter 2022 season, which is a year away. Attack on Titan will continue. I’m ready to finally see this epic saga conclude. There’s still so many ways it could go down, but with so many rapid changes going on to the characters, it’s hard to predict. I’ll have to wait until the end of the year to find out, hope you do too!

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Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season

Season 2 of Slime (actually just part 1 of Season 2) started off slow, but went to the extreme end through war and deaths. As powerful and prepared he and his nation is for problems, nothing had them ready for an entire human army whose mission was to nearly destroy Tempest. And unfortunately for this nation of monsters, they were under the order to not harm humans from Rimuru himself, not knowing the savagery that this nation would inflict on the friendly new nation of Tempest.

For Rimuru and Tempest, it seemed that luck was not in their favor. Rimuru was away from his nation and faced a foe that nearly defeated him. As for Tempest, they weren’t completed wiped out but not without causalities. Upon returning to his nation, he vowed to do whatever it took to help his people. After finding out that resurrection magic is theoretically possible if he ascends into a Demon Lord, he annihilates the entire army nearly 20,000 strong to fuel the chance to bring the people he lost back to life. He succeeds in both defeating the enemy nation and reviving everyone in his nation who died when he wasn’t around, evolving to an even stronger being that now rivals the strongest there is in the world. New threats still pose problems to the already damaged nation, but Rimuru will rebuild and prepare once again to protect his family and country.

Once the story got going I really enjoyed seeing the characters in action at their full strength. Since we’ve never seen an immediate threat like this attack Tempest before, it showed what everyone was capable of when Rimuru is not there to be their first line of defense. The pacing of the story was rather clustered, and if you didn’t know there was a part 2 coming out later this year, then the ending of this season would have looked unfinished. Like I said in the beginning, the story was slow in the first few episodes which made me lag on watching the series until I got myself to continue watching. I’m looking forward to the second cour which I believe comes out in Summer this year.

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Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV) Season 2

I wasn’t expecting a second season of the Horse Girl anime, and I saw a comment that describes it best:

“You can say this about every single episode this season. But a show about horse girls who are also Idols sometimes, shouldn’t be this good!”

– comment from suddenlychris on Crunchyroll, Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2 Episode 10 – One Day, Without a Doubt

While the first season focused on newcomer Special Week, which made it a typical sports anime about someone going from 0 to hero, the second season starred Tokai Teio and Mejiro McQueen, two established horse girls with an ongoing rivalry. What I like about this anime is that you can feel their competitive spirit, not through just yelling and winging it, but by dedication, studying, and hard work. I also like that this anime is cute without fan service, which it easily could have used. But I feel if it did it would of detracted from the serious tone that these girls get into when wining a race in on their mind. The last few episodes were truly heartbreaking, reigning in the reality that there is a limit to everyone no matter what you wish for. During the final race, I wasn’t sure who was going to win, and when a miracle happened I thought that the anime was just going for the highlight ending. Though I had forgot that most if not all of the races in this anime are based on real ones by their real life counterparts, which made me really believe in these horse (girls) and their struggles to run towards their goals and dreams.

One thing that’s not realistic that I don’t think much people think about this anime; the school their in looks to be like a high school, but it seems that no one really graduates. For example, when Tokai Teio was a kid she looked up to Symboli Rudolf who was racing at the time. When Tokai Teio entered the same school as her she was still around, serving as the student council president. Another example is Kita and Dia, two young horse girls who are big fans of Teio and McQueen. At the end of this season, it shows them eventually entering the same school. At the same time, Teio and McQueen have a mock race with THE theme playing the end of the anime. I guess a “retirement” in real life terms would be death either by old age or being put down, which this light-hearted anime wouldn’t do.

Overall I enjoyed this anime and would be welcome to see it continue in some form. I’m aware that a mobile game had recently released in Japan, so I guess that will hold peoples’ interest. Maybe enough that it will generate more hype and money for the series that we’ll get more horse girls in the future.

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Yuru Camp△ Season 2

This anime never failed to make me smile while watching. Season two of Yuru Camp really expanded and grew the series, adding more minor character appearances, as well as exploring and camping further away from home. Nadeshiko has really made great effort towards her hobby of camping, such as working jobs and learning new skills. It really has me wanting to try more camping experiences, solo like Rin usually does.

The Yuru Camp series is one of my favorite anime series, and I’m glad that we’ll be getting a movie of it in the future. It’s great simply because of the scenic (real life) locations, music, and most importantly the close friendship these characters share.

Fall Anime Season 2020 – Review December 31, 2020

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This final season of 2020 had an alright mix of animes to watch. 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:

Adachi to Shimamura

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III

Enen no Shouboutai: Ni no Shou

Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls

Kamisama ni Natta Hi

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen

Tonikaku Kawaii

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


Adachi to Shimamura

Adachi and Shimamura, is exactly who this anime is about. As for “what” it’s about, it’s a bit more complicated. Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, and Adachi who doesn’t like being around people, tends to skip class and hide in the second floor of the gym. One day she finds company in this space by Shimamura who skipped class as well. As time went on, and the more these two spent time together away from class, an unexpected relationship blooms.

Of course this sounds like a classic yuri type of story, and you’re somewhat right. Two girls enjoying each other’s company sounds like that. But the relationship these two have stemmed from a slow, steady, but unstable feelings. As mentioned, Adachi doesn’t associate herself with too many people. Though when she finally realizes that Shimamura is someone she’d like to be close with, her main obstacle to that would be herself and how she tended to run away from her problems rather than facing them. Maybe it’s because she overthinks, or because of a past event. Over time she gains more and more self confidence, to the point where she will just do it rather than standing on the edge and turning around.

Shimamura is a outgoing character on the outside, but in reality worries about how the friends around her may move on and disappear. When a old friend comes back to reconnect, old memories years ago versus the present created an awkward atmosphere, mainly from the difference of where their lives went after they split. It’s not that hatred or loneliness came between them, it was just time that did. You may be able to rekindle a friendship that faded, it just may take a new form.

That being said about these two, here’s the situation between Adachi and Shimamura; Adachi wants to find a way to be Shimamura’s best friend while getting over her shyness and lack of self-confidence, while Shimamura (who also can be a little dense) slowly settles into accepting Adachi as someone who won’t fade from her life the way others have before. Their progress over the course of the season can probably be described as a hilly rollercoaster, going up and down but never dropping lower than the lowest point. Basically a snaking line in a upward climb. What I like is the development of both characters, realizing what causes their troubles in their mind and heart, and how they learn to grow from it. The biggest development can be seen from Adachi, whose shy tendencies always were the first to pop in her mind. When she finally decided that enough was enough, and loudly announced that she would not run away anymore, she was able to start anew. Adachi and Shimamura were able to get over their fears to become close (best) friends.

I enjoyed watching this anime, originally thinking it was just going be more of a lovey-dovey type of show. I’ve realized that every Shoujo Ai anime I’ve watched is different in someway when it comes to the relationship development of the two main heroines, and that Adachi to Shimamura was the slowest of them all, in a good way. So far I haven’t been disappointed in shows in this genre, so I’ll forward to watching a new one hopefully soon enough.


Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III

The third season has come to a close, and while it was better in it’s action scenes than ever, the story still felt like it went nowhere in the end. At first I thought that the plot was moving forward when Bell and party was trying to upend the balance of humans over monsters, but I felt that this season’s conclusion just nullified all their efforts. The whole point of Bell trying to help the monsters was to get them freedom and understanding from the beings above that they aren’t just mindless beings. I know that it’s not simple at all to get the people who’ve always seen the monsters as nothing more than savages, as seen from the high tension of Bell publicly protecting a rampaging Wiene. But at least I thought that they would of found a way to have them at least hide on the surface rather than back where they came from underground. Again, I know that for the time being it’s the best course of action, but then what was the point of Ourano’s plan for the Xenos? Why try and help them through the Hestia Familia if it was just going to cause all of this with no gain? In the end, the some adventurers and surface dwellers know that these monsters can talk, but most of them still think of them as just enemies. The Hestia Familia is the only group who will actively help the Xenos, but at the cost of their reputation which will cause them hardship. While things have been patched up for now, the future of the Xenos is unclear. Maybe I’m missing information by not reading the source material, and/or maybe the adaptation of said materials was not great. I’m only reviewing what I saw through the anime, though this sounds more like a rant than anything. Just wanted to get my opinion and feelings out on this show. I’ll of course look forward to more seasons; I just don’t know if the show can pull itself together to have both good story and animation at the same time.


Enen no Shouboutai: Ni no Shou

Fire Force Season 2 has concluded and I felt that the second part of it lagged in the story department, as if they were stretching it out for a third season…. Besides that the animation and action has been consistently good, and I like that they’ve given spotlights to the other characters as well. The ending of this season has now hinted at what’s to come in the future, heating up the hype for the ongoing battle between the Fire Force and the Evangelist.


Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls

Another female focused sport anime, Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls follows the typical format of a newcomer to a sport, eventually to become one of the best, thanks to teamwork, friendship, and innate abilities. It’s not a standout anime, especially in the story department, besides it being unique about rock climbing. I personally like to casually climb rock walls, though I haven’t done so in a long time as they aren’t too common around where I live. The animation is fine, though I’d like to have seen a full climb with no cuts to really sell it. I’ll admit that midway through the season though I was falling asleep at times, but overall I thought that it was entertaining for people who have interest in rock climbing and the like.


Kamisama ni Natta Hi

The end of a another Jun Maeda anime, The Day I Became a God may not have been what I was expecting, but it was alright in its own way. If you don’t know, Jun Maeda also created other Key works such as Angel Beats!, Charlotte, and Clannad, so expectations were high for a sad twist. While watching this anime, for the first half of the season I was just waiting for that twist. I knew it was coming, I just didn’t know when or how. When it did happen, I’ll admit that it felt rushed so the impact was less than anticipated. Maybe also because the twist was somewhat more realistic than his previous anime works. In the end though it was a bittersweet ending, which made me tear up slightly.

While waiting for said twist though, I had my own ideas of what it could have been. Based on the fact that the ending had a computer/virtual vibe, I imagined that maybe the twist was that the main character Yota was in some sort of virtual world. Maybe sick in the real world and that his mind was sent to a virtual one to ease his pain. Hina telling him how many days left until the end of the world was going to be his countdown to his remaining lifespan. The ending would have probably been a struggle to realize these facts and how he may or may not accept death as it comes. Maybe a compromise would have happened to save him, but not without consequence, similar to what happened to Hina in the actual ending.

I’m not disappointed in this anime, it had its fun and sad moments. The pacing was just off that affected the twist. While the first half felt like funny random moments, which we later learn had a purpose, the second turned sad with almost no set up. It just happened in a moment, but it lacked substance to sell itself well. The “I love you” dialogue between Yota and Hina felt like a last ditch attempt to save the scene, but figuratively and literally. I also wish they went in more depth about Hina’s grandfather and his work that saved but doomed Hina. What happened with the so called Super Conducting Computer that was put in her head? Yes it was removed from Hina but was it truly destroyed? Technology of that caliber wouldn’t be ignored. This anime had potential that maybe if it had more episodes it would have been more fleshed out. I’ll still look forward to animes from Jun Maeda in the future, but my expectations are now that much lower after watching this one.


Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

A cute show about an overpowered bear costume wearing girl named Yuna in a VRMMO game turned isekai, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear was a fun casual anime to watch this season. I wasn’t expecting the twist about the VR game she played would turn into an inescapable world with real characters (Not NPCs), though that aspect is rarely touched upon after it happens. While Yuna misses certain things from the real world (mainly Japanese food) her detachment from it allows her to not worry so much about going home and enjoying her time in this new one, where she and her bear abilities are needed and appreciated. A second season has been announced which I will watch when it eventually comes out.


Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai

In this Love Live! series, we follow the Nijigasaki School Idol Club based in Odaiba. Originally on the verge of disbanding, the club eventually reforms with new members inspired by their friends and fans. Each character of the club has an episode focusing on them, showing their strengths and weaknesses.

Unlike previous Love Live! series though, these idols mostly are independent of one another, solo idols. In the beginning, each person’s uniqueness clashed which caused issues when trying to only operate as a group. They ended up deciding that each person becoming their own thing was the best solution. The club became a way to support one another as they built up their idol game. Another difference from other Love Live! series is that not all members of the club are idols, as seen from the character Takasaki Yuu. She becomes a fan of school idols after seeing a performance from the idol Setsuna (who ironically is the president of the school idol club and was trying to disband it). She became a supporting manager of sorts for the club, helping out in any ways she could. Through it she discovered her dream of playing the piano, slowly learning with the intent to join the music course at the school.

I liked this Love Live! series as it mixes up the formula a bit. Actually, you could even say that this anime is not really Love Live! at all. For starters, Love Live! is the name of a competition between school idol groups from across Japan. This anime though rarely if ever mentions it. I don’t see this as a bad thing though; it took away the usual drama and story we’re used to from worrying about it in the previous Love Live! animes. It allowed for each character to shine in their own way. When they did finally perform as a group at the end of the season, it felt like they earned it. Watching them learn about themselves and about each other allowed them to grow into their idol colors.

I’ll admit that I have a soft spot for idol anime; cute characters and music. I like watching characters progress from the beginning to end, showing the results of their training and will. Idol anime tends to be a kind of inspiration for me to work at what I like to do, and what I want to accomplish. Like seeing the Nijigasaki School Idol Club finally have their group performance was a great way to conclude the season, to see their seeds bear fruit so to speak. If they wanted to do a second season, maybe that’s where Love Live will be relevant again.


Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen

The second season of The Irregular at Magic High School has ended, and while it’s always great to see Tatsuya do his thing, it wasn’t as great as the first. I will note that while the animation studios did change between seasons (Madhouse to 8bit), I didn’t see much quality drop from it. I guess it comes from a change from Season 1 having a lot of action scenes to Season 2 being more dialogue based. While dialogue is key to telling the story, I felt that not much really happened in that regard and with continual development of the characters. Everyone besides Tatsuya and Miyuki felt secondary even more so than normal. Everyone had a minimal part, enough to not be forgotten but also not enough that they are memorable. Even Lina who was suppose to be a strong main character this season could not stand up to Tatsuya’s “OPness”. Maybe it’s because there were changes to the adaptation from source to anime, or that the arc itself was a shift change in the amount of action we’d see. I still thought that this season was a good watch, but I’m craving for the story to move forward towards bigger and better things.

Looks like we’re getting something in between for the future. A spin-off anime titled The Honor Student at Magic High School will follow the events of the original series (assuming the first season) but through Miyuki’s perspective. This anime will probably help in fleshing out gaps from the from the first season, as well as showing more of Miyuki, who we almost always see alongside Tatsuya in the main series. Seeing her in action without Tatsuya should get her out of her brother’s shadow that we all see when she’s in her love-struck mode with him. I’ll look forward to watching this when it eventually comes out, planned for next year.


Tonikaku Kawaii

An unexpected favorite of the season for me, Tonikaku Kawaii was the most wholesome anime of a young married couple I’ve ever seen. Before we get into things though, let me elaborate on “an unexpected favorite” of mine this season. For some reason, when I first heard about this anime earlier in the year, it sounded like a cheap spin-off. For starters, the title in English was TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You, also know as Generally Cute, Fly Me to the Moon, which reminded me of the song of the same name, thinking that the English version of the title was just making reference to a popular classic song. Secondly, the visuals that was promoted with this news looked simple like in lower budgeted animes. Basically my first impressions were not great for these reasons. I didn’t really even look into what it was about at that time. What did perk my interest was that this was coming from the same creator who made Hayate The Combat Butler, a favorite of mine when I was starting to get into anime the way I am now.

I’m glad to say that my terrible first judgement was wrong, and we got an anime about two people who fell in love on first sight because of unusual circumstances, and became an inseparable couple. Not only that, but both of them have a unique personality. Nasa has mostly everything figured out; he’s confident but not brash. Tsukasa is a calm and cool character who does have her quirks and interests, but most importantly she’s understanding and doesn’t jump to conclusions right away. Basically these two are the opposite of typical rom-com stereotypical characters, which is a breath of fresh air. While the animation is quite simple as expected, it’s enough to convey the warmth that this anime radiates.

An OVA episode has been announced for next year. Whether or not we’ll get a new full season though, that remains to be seen. You know that I’ll be seeing anything that this series animates, so look forward hopefully to more in the future.


With this season over, we can also say bye and good riddance to 2020. Its given us enough grief, and it’s still not over. From animes being delayed and conventions and events being cancelled, I’ll be looking forward to the day when this pandemic is finally over and we can enjoy an anime otaku’s life without fear and disappointment of a viral outbreak. To 2021, please be the hope that this world needs. To any of you that reads my posts, I appreciate and thank every one of you. I mostly write these for myself to not forget the feelings and opinions I have on the animes I watch, but if any of what I write interests you, I’ll feel happy that someone can relate. Until next year (tomorrow), see you all then!

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.