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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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Fall Anime Season 2019 – Review December 31, 2019

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I was playing catch up so much this season. I usually watch animes on a weekly basis, but due to a busy schedule I’ve had to binge watch a few of these get myself to finish it in time for me to write my final post for the year, if not the decade. The variety of this season was a mixed one; good, bad, happy, and sad. 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

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai!

Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu!

Dr. Stone

Enen no Shouboutai

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

Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo

Psycho-Pass 3

Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld

Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!

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


Azur Lane

Starting off with Azur Lane, an anime that I actually have not finished watching yet, and it’s mainly not because of the broadcast delay to March. Due to me being busy with real life, I only watched up to episode 4, and with the announced delay figured that there wasn’t much reason to catch up until the broadcast started up again next year.

As for what I think of the Azur Lane anime so far, it’s alright. The story and animation that I’ve seen is decent, but I feel it’s more of a fan service to Azur Lane players and fans. As one who has been playing it since its US launch a couple of years ago, it’s nice to see our shipgirls in action. I’ll write up an actual review for the anime once I finish it, which means it will be a part of my winter anime season 2020 review, so look forward to it then.

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Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai!

The second season of Bokuben has ended, but I feel that there wasn’t much of a conclusion. While everyone has graduated and is moving on to what they want to study in college, I felt that the relationships were put on the side, put on hold for that matter. While I completely understand wanting the build yourself up academically with the goal of having a good career afterwards for financial stability before thinking about relationships, how you put those people on hold will probably affect how they will see you when you eventually come back from your studies. For Nariyuki though, because his goal is to become a teacher, I feel that in his situation he will always be around for his friends and students, remembering all the times they were together. So much so that when they come back to him he will welcome them with open arms. I’m not sure if a third season will happen, but if it does it would be great to see how their fairing in college, as well as progressing their relationship a bit more than just a teacher/student.

I’m not saying that this season wasn’t great, it was. Each heroine had relatively equal screen time, though people would argue otherwise though their bias of who they like and not like. Nariyuki as a male protagonist in a harem type show may have that “dense MC” moments, but what makes him a bit different is that he learns from his mistakes and tries to reach out to each of his friends more so everytime, advancing his relationships to at least being close to everyone of them.

Overall Bokuben has been a great rom-com that balances the romance and comedy, with sprinkle of important lessons and fanservice that appeals to everyone. I’ll look forward to more from this series in the future.

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Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu!

An isekai that is somewhat different from previous ones, this one is pretty self explanatory from the title. As you expect from people who are at the top of their fields, they dominate the typical medieval like setting with their knowledge from our modern world. It was an alright anime, mainly entertaining from seeing how our world’s knowledge was integrated into a whole new world. However I felt that the anime got a bit too busy, though the outcome was expected. Because the story is far from done, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new season happened sometime in the future. I don’t know if I would continue to watch this anime, but knowing my tendencies I probably will.

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Dr. Stone

One of my favorites of the season if not of the entire year, Dr. Stone was a unique and fun anime that mixes reality with anime. The second half focuses on Village Arc where Senku meets a group of people who have been living over many generations. We find out that the founders of this group is actually Senku’s father’s astronaut group. Through science and stories, information from Senku’s father reaches Senku thousands of years through time. It’s this that gives Senku reaffirmation that science is the right thing for this stone world, and proceeds with his goals: To bring everyone back with science and figure out the cause of the petrification, as well as bringing back the modern world he remembers.

After the Tsukasa Empire discovers that Senku is alive, plans are made for war between them. Senku’s main plan to combat this is… making a phone. Information is everything when it comes to a battlefield, so Senku and the village works to create a working phone, which they succeed in doing so. The season sends with Spring looming close, the season of war. The Stone Wars will continue in 2020, where we’ll see science tackle the non-scientific.

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Enen no Shouboutai

Fire Force ended at a good place, laying the foundation for what the bad guys are doing, as well as building Shinra’s power to the upmost extreme to fight against equally extreme circumstances. I admit that the middle part of the season got slow at times, causing me to fall asleep, but once they got to the old underground subway tunnels, things got back to being interesting. Things will heat back up with a second season in Summer 2020.

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

Ascendance of a Bookworm is a prime example of not judging a book by its cover. This isekai anime may look all innocent and basic, but it has a good story that draws the viewer in the further you watch. Definitely something that differs from what I felt when I saw the premiere at this year’s Crunchyroll Expo. Here’s the synopsis via MAL.net:

Urano Motosu loves books and has an endless desire to read literature, no matter the subject. She almost fulfills her dream job of becoming a librarian before her life is ended in an accident. As she draws her last breath, she wishes to be able to read more books in her next life.

As if fate was listening to her prayer, she wakes up reincarnated as Main—a frail five-year-old girl living in a medieval era. What immediately comes to her mind is her passion. She tries to find something to read, only to become frustrated by the lack of books at her disposal.

Without the printing press, books have to be written and copied by hand, making them very expensive; as such, only a few nobles can afford them—but this won’t stop Maine. She will prove that her will to read is unbreakable, and if there are no books around, she will make them herself!

This synopsis is just the tip of the iceberg. With Main having a clear goal in mind and passion to push her forward towards her goal, she does all she can to achieve it. This makes Main take different paths, experiment and adapt to her current situations and surroundings. Her decisions build new relationships, and new meaning to her new life as Main, in this strange new world she finds herself in. I don’t want to spoil much more about this show, as it’s best to experience it for yourself, but I’m glad to say that a second season will continue the story in the Spring 2020 season. I’m definitely looking forward to that.

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Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo

Amatsuyu “Jouro” Kisaragi is a completely average second-year high school student who has two dates over one weekend⁠—with the student council president Sakura “Cosmos” Akino on Saturday, then with his childhood friend Aoi “Himawari” Hinata on Sunday. Sadly for Jouro, both girls proclaim their love for his best friend Taiyou “Sun-chan” Ooga, the ace of the baseball team. Accepting each of their requests for advice and guidance, he is now responsible for helping the two girls win the heart of the same guy.

Unbeknownst to his friends, Jouro’s friendly and obtuse image is all but a ruse designed to cast himself as the clueless protagonist of a textbook romantic comedy. A schemer under his cheery facade, he makes the best of this unexpected turn of events with a new plan: get Sun-chan to fall for either Cosmos or Himawari and take the other as his own prize. But Jouro’s last-ditch effort is threatened by the gloomy, four-eyed Sumireko “Pansy” Sanshokuin, who surprises Jouro with not only her knowledge of his secret personality but also a confession to the true self he hid for all this time.

Stuck in this hilariously messy situation, each of the five students must navigate countless lies, traps, and misunderstandings to come out on top.

In this rom-com parody-ish series, Joro finds himself in all sorts of relationship problems that stems from everyone around him having a mask or sorts. Diverting intention with deceit for goals unknown until investigated and discovered, is basically what this anime is all about. When the mask is finally broken, can people finally truly talk face to face.

To be honest, as crazy fun this anime can be, I wasn’t really into it as much as most people are, as seen as how slow I was to finishing this season. Partially because of my busy life, but mostly because of how irritating it is to see people hiding behind masks, something I can relate to in real life. I guess in this case though, the anime portrays this well if it’s enough to make me get annoyed of that aspect. I will probably watch a continued season of this series when it comes out to see more of the shenanigans that will happen with this colorful cast of characters.

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Psycho-Pass 3

I wasn’t expecting Psycho Pass to return when I was browsing the Fall anime lineup. I didn’t know what to expect when I saw a whole new lineup of characters in the anime artwork. I was thinking that maybe it was a spinoff of sorts at first, following a different team in the same setting as the previous Psycho Pass seasons. I was partially right on that, as the “3” isn’t part of the title for nothing.

Taking place after the last couple seasons and movies, Psycho Pass 3 follows a newly reformed Unit 1, doing their duties of protecting the city from people with high crime coefficients. One crime after another leads Unit 1 closer to finding the true masterminds behind the issues that plague the Sibyl controlled city.

It’s great that this series has returned, even greater when old characters show up to assist our current Unit 1. However if you’re a fan of the Psycho-Pass series, it’s probably best to watch the movies first before going into this season. I haven’t watched any of the films, so I didn’t fully understand the circumstances of the old Unit 1 characters. There are four films: Psycho-Pass Movie, Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.1 – Tsumi to Bachi, Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.2 – First Guardian, and Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.3 – Onshuu no Kanata ni__ . While the Psycho-Pass Movie is a direct sequel to Psycho Pass 2, the Sinners of the System movies seem to jump around to certain important events, not necessarily in chronological order, but still important towards each characters’ they star. I’ll get around to watching these films when I have the chance, but at least I’ll know where they’ll end up courtesy of Psycho Pass 3.

Confusion aside from not watching the movies, with all the names and associations that are talked about, it can be hard to follow along with the story of this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if I felt this way a bit with the previous seasons. At least towards the last few episodes things got more straightforward. The final episode does not close this case at all, if anything this definitely hints at more Psycho Pass in the future, whether in movie or TV anime format. When that happens, I should be caught up with the movies so I’ll be ready for more then.

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Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara

The true food war takes place in this fourth season, where it’s the Rebels vs. the Azami Administration in back-to-back Shokugeki battles. Long story short, the Rebels won and now control the school. The old Top Ten Elite graduate and move on, while Yukihira and gang focus on improving themselves further by allowing Shokugekis at any time to challenge their seats.

While this would sound like a good place for the series to end, it’s not over yet. A fifth season has been announced, which I presume will be the last. As they are now second years, and hints of new characters entering the fray, it seems that the cooking battles will only continue as long as they are in the best culinary academy in the world. How Yukihira and company will turn out in the end? We’ll have to see when this next season starts in Spring 2020.

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Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld

Sword Art Online: Alicization was already the best SAO season we had, and with the story continuing in War of Underworld, things have only gotten better. With Kirito out of commission, it’s up to Alice and the rest of the Integrity Knights to protect themselves from the Dark Territory. Unfortunately things aren’t as simple as that, as secret US forces are trying to steal the AI fluctlight Alice for their military. In order to counter this and save Kirito, Asuna dives into the battlefield.

Every episode has been quite good, building up momentum towards what we hope will be an epic conclusion. The reason why I sound like things aren’t done yet even with the season over is that this season was actually just part one of War of Underworld. The second part of War of Underworld, or the third part of the Alicization saga will continue in Spring 2020. Even if Kirito is taking a backseat for the longest while, his return will be glorious. We’re all waiting for him to wield his swords again fighting side by side with friends to right a wrong. How he will do it is the question left for us to watch to figure that out.

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Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!

Another isekai anime I first saw as a premiere at Crunchyroll Expo, this one was pretty much the light toned anime of the season.

Having stood out from others most of her life due to her exceptional character, Misato Kurihara has lived without neither the joy of having close friends nor the experience of having a regular life. However, after a sudden death, she was transported to a divine realm to be reincarnated—and granted one wish to top it off. Thinking about the ordinary life that she had always wanted, she wished to be born as a normal person, with abilities that are average for the world she will resurrect in.

Reborn as Adele von Ascham—the daughter of a noble—she possesses magic powers completely exceeding what one would label average. Still desiring to carry out the life she wanted, she leaves her home and enrolls at a hunter school in a faraway kingdom using “Mile” as an alias. However, try as she might to hide her overpowering potential, attaining her goal will be difficult—especially when facing against the crazy situations that ensue!

This anime’s unique quirk is references to popular anime culture, as well as Mile’s somewhat overpowered abilities. It was quite an average anime, as Mile would want. The one thing that caught my interest was at the very end, where it was hinted that this isekai world could actually be one that is actually far in the future from Mile’s original life in Japan. If they could build upon that I would be more inclined to watch, as I like the post-apocalypse genre.