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Fall Anime Season 2018 – Review January 1, 2019

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I got a late start on most of these series as I was in Japan when they started. I started watching about halfway into the season, and slowly I added a few more series as I watching during it. The only one I did plan to watch but haven’t started yet from this season was Sword Art Online: Alicization, but since it’s going to be a fairly long series I knew I didn’t have to rush into it. 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:

Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san

Goblin Slayer

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai

SSSS.Gridman

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken

Toaru Majutsu no Index III 

Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san

Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!

Yagate Kimi ni Naru

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


Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san‘s “story centers on a skeleton named Honda who works in a bookstore. Hilarity ensues daily in his work at the shop’s manga counter.” I connected with this anime as it was all about retail work in a bookstore. As a person who works in a bookstore myself, I related to a lot of what Honda-san went through. Of course the main difference was that this was about a Japanese bookstore that seems to sell a large variety of books, where as my department exclusively sells textbooks used for University college classes. There was some cases where the more specific situations that Honda-san had I had trouble keeping up with understanding, but that’s probably because just like with all retail stores, there’s always something to do. Employees and customers are in a rush alike, and so are the tasks to do. My favorite episode was the last one, as I could relate to most if not all to what a bookstore deals with. From looks alone, I probably would have skipped this anime if I had not known what it was about. I’m grateful that I did check this short anime out because it put a smile on my face, and I’ll definitely think about it from time to time while I’m at work.

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Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer, with its raw violence and disclaimers about it, was something that people either liked or didn’t like. I myself had no problems with it, but I can imagine why controversy was stirring about it when the anime started. Images of gore and rape were present and talked about in the show, but it was done to set the reality of how dangerous goblins were when left unchecked. Goblin Slayer (the character) had goblins killing on his mind ever since they killed people close to him when he was a child. Now he goes about on quests only to kill goblins and nothing else. He eventually has a party of people helping him, and they do their best in whatever dark situation they find themselves in.

Unlike most animes that look the same as this one, I felt that the fights that Goblin Slayer and company had were more realistic in the sense that there was no plot armor to protect them. Their strategy and teamwork to fighting the goblins was their greatest weapon, and even when things didn’t go according to plan, they fought until they could no more. The tag line for this show: “He does not let anyone roll the dice” probably means that Goblin Slayer controls his own destiny, and he will not let anyone control it for him in the form of luck or higher beings. Hard work, advanced planning, consistency, and a passion for killing Goblins seems to be the core that drives Goblin Slayer to live up to his name.

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Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai

Probably my favorite of this season is Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, which is about Sakuta Azusagawa, a second-year student in high school who meets several girls that are experiencing “puberty syndrome”, an “illness” that is provoked by some sort of personal drama. The some of the effects include presence disappearance, time looping, body doubles and transforming and the like. Sakuta himself has experienced his own puberty syndrome and helps each respective girl out with their problems, mainly because they are either people who are friends or family, and also because sometimes their syndrome affects him as well.

This show was quite fantastic, as it balanced each of the girls on-screen time, as well as keeping them relevant even when they were not the focused girl. Mai Sakurajima is the favorite girl of the anime, being the face of the series. After Sakuta helps her fix her dwindling presence in the world, she is able to re-pursue her passion for acting. She and Sakuta begin dating after this, but have to keep it low key due to Mai’s acting career. Unlike most anime girlfriends, she is a very calm and understanding person who doesn’t jump to conclusions. This is a breath of fresh air in an anime world filled with stereotypical girls who are either quick to anger or are quite meek, as she is neither and actually feels more realistic. I think a lot of people would like a person like Mai with her characteristics.

In terms of who I liked the most, yes Mai is probably my number 1, but probably my close runner up would be Tomoe. In her case the puberty syndrome caused time loops, where she and Sakuta would relive certain days over and over again. This happened because Tomoe is a person who is extremely conscious of her social life with her friends, and when she was being asked out by Maezawa, who her best friend had a crush on, she was reluctant to answer. When Sakuta passed by this situation and later a unfortunate event happened between him and Tomoe, a time loop started. Sakuta asks Rio (one of the other heroines) about this who attributes the phenomenon to being Laplace’s demon. To my understanding and in this case, the time loop is Tomoe’s way of trial and error, making sure that the best outcome happens from that day. When she is satisfied, time flows again. This is probably why when she and Sakuta were about to end their fake public relationship, that day ended up repeating again and again. It was because Tomoe fell in love with him despite them having a fake relationship to get Maezawa to move on from liking her. She didn’t want to end their friendship at the same time as ending their fake girlfriend/boyfriend status. After she confessed to Sakuta and got rejected, things were resolved and time reverted back to the day where it all began, the day of Maezawa confessing to Tomoe. In essence, that whole experience was merely a simulation of the future. She confidently rejected Maezawa’s confession and when asked if she liked someone else, described the person she admired as a new friend. I liked Tomoe’s arc because of her development from being overly conscious of what others think of her, to learning to be honest to herself. The people around her would never see her for who she is if she always had a mask on, and by accepting who she was she could have people who accept her as well.

There was a movie announced to be released sometime in 2019, and I hope to see if when I have the chance. Hopefully it will fill in any other gaps the anime had and further Sakuta and Mai’s relationship.

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SSSS.Gridman

SSSS.Gridman was a great throwback to classic kaiju shows, like its original show. It was entertaining with its kaiju battles and Trigger style, but the story felt shallow. Once again, it’s thanks to space aliens causing trouble for our world. When I say “Once again”, I mean in terms of Trigger’s animes. Kill La Kill and Darling in the FranXX both also had aliens who were presented as the main antagonist halfway through the season. It feels like a tired and cheap way to have a bad guy to identify. I might be jumping the gun though when it comes to this show, as SSSS.Gridman is not an original thing by Trigger, but rather a remake in their own style of the original 1993-1994 tokusatsu show titled Gridman the Hyper Agent. If there are aliens in the original show, then I’ll forgive Trigger this time. Overall it was unique in its own right and has some nice characters. The ending to this show also was a nice touch to answering the question about the connection between Akane and the world she “played” in.

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Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken

The current favorite of the isekai genre this season is TenSura (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime). In a typical fashion a guy who dies in Tokyo is reborn in a new world of magic and fantasy. However he is now a slime who is capable of permanently learning new unique abilities by absorbing the entity or being that has them. (Kind of like Kirby from Nintendo.) By gaining new powerful abilities and being a nice guy, he gains allies and alliances to solve problems that this new world has.

I’m happy this this show is 24 episodes, which means that my expectations for it to have a good story are there. So far I’m liking most of the characters, and the story is progressing at a good rate. I don’t know what to expect in the second half of the season, but if it’s as entertaining as it has been I’m not worried about it.

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Toaru Majutsu no Index III 

We’re halfway into season 3 of Index, it being 24 episodes long, and it’s been a rushed mess of sorts. When I mean rushed I don’t mean quality of the show, but rather the plot. The first several episodes had the viewers thrown all over the place, just like how Touma is too. It can get confusing when trying to follow multiple factions fighting each other. More than half the time I don’t really know what’s going on, besides the basic idea of Science vs. Magic thing in this series. You would think that a season with 24 episodes would be able to spread itself out evenly over those episodes, but at the rate things are going I feel like they intend to make this the last season. Things seem to be slowing down slightly at the midway point of the season, but the rush to it has definitely affected the overall quality of the show in my opinion. Index has always had a bunch of intersecting storylines, but with the massive amount of church terminology being mentioned as well supposedly important for the story, it’s hard to keep up with it all. Whenever I watch this show, I just think about it as good guys vs. bad guys and hope to see more Touma punches saving the day.

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Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san

The cutesy slice-of-life anime of the season, Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood is exactly what it sounds like. Akari Amano is obsessed with dolls, and upon hearing a rumor of a doll-like girl living in a house near the woods, goes to see if she can find her. She ends up getting lost but is saved by Sophie Twilight, a vampire girl who was the subject of the rumors. Unlike most stereotypical vampires, Sophie lives a modern life, never attacking humans and gets her blood by ordering it on the internet. Akari befriends Sophie and moves in with her. Together they enjoy their everyday company all while learning about each other. This is the modern everyday life story of a human and vampire living together.

I enjoyed it as a light comedy, though there’s nothing outstanding about it. When I was in Japan a couple of months ago, while fishing the Japanese television channels I came across this on one of the live anime channels. I already heard about this anime before I left for Japan, so I knew generally what it was. But because I was with other people at the time and also I couldn’t understand spoken Japanese, I would watch it another time.

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Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!

Another slice-of-life anime that I also watched was UzaMaid!, an anime about a girl named Misha and her lolicon maid Kamoi. A lot of the comedy in this show comes from the funny but cringe-worthy moments that usually come from Kamoi or Midori, with their obsessions over their respective person. While it is a slice-of-life show, there is the story of Kamoi slowly getting closer to Misha, helping her to accept her feelings about her late mother. I found it heart warming that despite Kamoi’s strange actions, there was certain things that she knew she could or should not do, and in the case of Misha and her mother, she always put Misha’s well-being first. The last couple of episodes had more drama that the rest of the series, but it came out well and it had a believable conclusion.

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Yagate Kimi ni Naru

This shojo ai series is a slow drama about discovering what love is, as well as self discovery. Here is a synopsis of Bloom Into You from MAL.net:

“Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and blushes, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her…she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That’s when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity that she’s inspired to ask her for help. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is Nanami herself. Has her shoujo romance finally begun?”

While this describes Yuu, Nanami has a more complicated situation. Namami admired her late older sister who passed away when she was about the same age as she is now. To follow and fulfill her sister’s footsteps, she decides to do a school play that used to be a tradition for the student council to put on. The last one that was to be held was seven years ago, one that her sister was to perform in until she died in a traffic accident. Nanami felt that it was her duty to fulfill what her sister couldn’t do, but is that who she truly wanted to be? The new school play was written by Yuu’s friend Koyomi, an aspiring writer. The play she wrote for the student council can be seen as parallel to the current situation, basically a girl who has to discover who she truly is after losing her memories from the people who are close to her. Memories loss aside, Nanami struggles to figure out who she really is; A replacement of her sister? A perfect student council president? Or a person with faults that hates herself for it? Yuu sees a side of Nanami that she never shows others, and even though Nanami has admitted that she loves Yuu, she doesn’t want Yuu to fall in love with her, or rather with the her that she hates. Yuu initially doesn’t feel much towards Nanami, but as she spends time with her, her feelings grow and eventually blossom within her. However, because of Nanami’s insecurity about who she should be on the outside, Yuu is determined to help Nanami to discover who she truly is though the writing of the student council school play.

Unlike the other yuri genre shows I’ve watched, this one is slower and more thought out in a good way. The other yuri shows I’ve watched more or less speed through and force the girls love onto the audience via fan service scenes, usually though sexual harassment or though a form of Stockholm syndrome. This can be cringey to watch, so these shows end up being on the end of the enjoyment spectrum. However, Bloom Into You is a slow story about discovering what you like and love, and that’s how it should be. Most of the time you don’t fall in love at first sight; it develops as you learn more about yourself in relation to the person you’re interested in. This anime is probably one of the more realistic love stories I’ve seen in a while, and that’s why I like it. The ending of the season though left much to be wanted. It didn’t end on a stereotypical note where they become an actual couple, but it didn’t resolve the story either. The school play is where the climax will be, but the season ended right before it. I guess if they were to have a movie that could conclude it nicely, but nothing has been officially announced. I’ll be looking forward to any new animations of this series in the future.


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Summer Anime Season 2018 – Review October 5, 2018

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This has been a relatively light season for me, as these were the only ones that interested me. It also works out because I haven’t had as much leisure time recently because I’ve been maxing out hours at work. 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:

Hanebado!

Harukana Receive

Hataraku Saibou

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu

Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3

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


Hanebado!

Hanebado looks like your standard sports anime about Badminton… and it mostly is. In this case though, it took the drama approach and made the main character into a sort of tragic hero. Ayano Hanesaki used to happily play badminton throughout her childhood with her mother Uchika, until she seemingly abandoned her after Ayano lost a match. This caused Ayano to abandon badminton in order to escape the memories. With the start of high school, Ayano’s friend Erena pushes her to join a club. While trying out tennis, a rogue ball heads straight for Erena which Ayano deflects with ease. A scouting coach for the badminton club sees this and tries to recruit Ayano. She reluctantly does so with support from Erena. Here she meets Nagisa, one she beat back in their middle school days, who is hell bent on beating Ayano in badminton. Playing badminton brought back her skills she learned all those years ago, as well as her deep psychological pain and rage that welled up when her mother left her. When Ayano is in trance zone, she becomes cold and blunt towards everyone, and is a no mercy force to be reckoned with.

This show was alright, but the two extreme sides of Ayano felt unnatural, but still understandable. At first glance she is shown as a happy high school student, but under that exterior was an ugly past that caused her to ignore it and put up a front to hide it. When she is reintroduced into badminton, her rage against her mother is what fuels her to be just as cruel to her opponent and everyone around her. What’s even worse is when she hops back and forth between her happy and depressed demeanor because of the clashing contrast. When Ayano’s mother returns and acts like she did nothing wrong, I can see where Ayano gets the guilt free personality from. Uchika explains that she left Ayano to allow her to improve, but she doesn’t really explain it more than that. I don’t agree that leaving her only child was a positive way to instigate improvement from her. What’s worse is that Ayano was led to believe that her mother left because she thought she was worthless to her when she lost that match, and went to another country to train another girl who also thinks of Uchika as her mom. Because of this Ayano questions herself about why she was playing badminton. At first it was in order to get revenge on her mother, by becoming the best so that she could “abandon” her mother like she did to her. Towards the end of the show, when finally confronting Uchika and settling things between her, Ayano finally finds a new purpose for playing: For herself and the aim of beating the person in front of her. In a sense this releases her from her attachment to the past and allows her to look forward to the future.

Overall it was a mixed bag that tried to resolve itself nicely, but it felt like a loosely tied knot than anything else. The thing between Ayano and her mother wasn’t clearly explained, or maybe I just missed it. From what I gather it was a mix of misunderstandings and poor judgement, and even with each other trying to settle this issue at the end, I felt the resolution to each other was not genuine. It was more like they each wanted to move onward without acknowledging fault. A conclusion like that always leave a bitter taste, and I feel that Ayano and Uchika both feel the same but don’t know how to express their sympathy, if they have any for the other.

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Harukana Receive

Harukana Receive was a good standard sports anime featuring beach volleyball. It stars our main character Haruka who goes from a newcomer to a very capable player. Thanks to hard work and the power of friendship, everyone improves their skills in order to compete in the Japan Beach Volleyball Nationals.

It seems that a lot of people see this anime as an obvious fan service kind of anime just because all the characters would be donning swimsuit like attire every episode. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen a lot of anime that I didn’t really pay it much attention to it, focusing more on the game itself. Even if I don’t know too much about beach volleyball, I can tell that the creators of the show did their research through visual cues and game explanation. Overall it was a decent anime that was detailed with beach volleyball knowledge., presented with a straightforward plot.

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Hataraku Saibou

This anime seems to be a favorite for everyone this season, myself included. Essentially each episode teaches its viewers about the inner workings of the human body, focusing on specific cells and their assigned tasks. The main characters include the Red Blood Cell, White Blood Cell, Platelets, Killer T Cell, Macrophage, and so on.

The information given throughout the show was accurate, but hard to digest especially when the subs cannot fit it all at the same time. It’s still understandable if you just watch what unfolds throughout the episode, but it’s something to mention. Visually I think that everything was great, easy to understand what every cell does in an anime way: Red Blood cells carry things throughout the body, Platelets help repair the body from open wounds, and White Blood Cells/Killer T Cells/Macrophage destroys invasive pathogens.

I enjoyed the anime with its fun and animated way of showing us our cells at work. I think we’ll appreciate our bodies more knowing that we have these characters protecting us 24/7.

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Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu

I’ve been skipping a lot of the new isekai (another world) animes as they tend to be generally the same thing. This one however caught my attention because the main character was not a weakling nor one who outwardly showed himself as a pervert. Diablo is summoned into another world that is similar to an MMORPG he played back in his world, but different in subtle ways. He retains all his abilities from his character avatar as a Demon Lord. When Rem and Shera successfully use a summoning spell, the enslavement part of it backfires and turns them into Diablo’s slaves, thanks to his ring that reflects all magic. Because he is a hikikomori, he is socially awkward and so relies on his avatar’s demeanor when speaking in order to convince everyone that he is indeed a truly powerful and feared Demon Lord.

As I mentioned, what drew me to this show was Diablo’s character. He was strong and knowledgeable, but had faults that was relatable. Whenever he went into his internal dialogue, you can figure that he was like others who would just stay at home playing on their computers for many hours without going out or interacting with anyone. Whenever he did speak, it was always in a overlord manner; stiff and sometimes rude, but always trying to find the best solution for everyone.

I liked this anime mainly because of Diablo, and of course the fan service was a bonus too. I honestly don’t think this will get another season as more isekais will come to cover it up.

Also, I choose Rem, that is all.

 

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Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3

The start of the third season of Attack on Titan definitely has a different feel to it than the previous seasons, mainly because the plot is moving forward at a good pace. Unlike the titan fighting that has become a staple of the first two seasons, we’re finally getting into whose responsible for the titans and why they exist in the first place. I’m 10 episodes into the season, and so much has happened that’s helping to put the pieces in place for figuring out why the world is the way it is. I think we’ll definitely get to the basement of Eren’s house close to the end of this season as I think that is where a big revelation will be reveled. Definitely looking forward to see what the mysteries of the walls will bring.

One other thing I want to mention is the first OP for this season feels very odd as it’s not action orientated as all of the previous ones have been. The song itself is OK but it’s one that I skip when starting a new episode, and I’m one who usually watches the OP of every episode of anime I watch.

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Spring Anime Season 2018 – Review July 4, 2018

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This season was mostly full of random stuff I found interesting. There was a few weeks during the season however that I wasn’t watching any animes. Mostly because I was busy with other things, but also because myanimelist.net was down, which I’m very dependent on to keep track of what animes I watch. I didn’t want to watch episodes without marking them down on my list. They have been slowing recovering from a still unknown reason, but at least the website is functional enough for me to use it again. 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:

Comic Girls

Darling in the FranXX

Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan

Fumikiri Jikan

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Toutsuki Ressha-hen

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV)

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

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


Comic Girls

Comic Girls is about the daily life of up-and-coming female mangaka living together in a dormitory. That’s the basic synopsis, but there’s a little more to it than that. Kaoruko “Kaos” Moeta is a new mangaka who is struggling to debut. She is invited to stay at a dorm where other young female mangakas stay, as a way to help her. Kaos is very unsure of herself and her abilities, especially when surrounded by people who to her are pros in their own right. Her dorm mates who eventually becomes her friends help support her by eventually becoming the inspiration for her manga storyboard.

This show is a cute little story of someone trying to get their foot in the door of a competitive industry. She has the drawing skills, but not enough experience of how to put that into a manga that people would like. I can sort of relate; I have skills to do post video production, but I don’t know where to start (besides YouTube) to apply it towards a career. It’s a decent slice-of-life anime, but nothing too special in this day and age to be honest.

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Darling in the FranXX

Review of this anime continued from the last season post.

Because I had just finished watching Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, during the battle near Mars it reminded me of that show only because of the Klaxosaurs vs. VIRM fighting. You know lasers firing at each other in space. Just wanted to note that as the thought went through my mind while watching that scene.

Darling in the FranXX feels storywise to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in a way. Just like how in Gurren Lagann, humanity thought that the enemy was the Beastmen when it really was the Anti-Spirals, in Darling in the FranXX the Klaxosaurs were the initial enemies, but it turns out that VIRM is the true villain. What cements this similarity is the fact that the Beastmen and Klaxosaurs both faced their respective foes and lost, and because of it went after humanity for one reason or another.

The ending of this series felt sort of rushed. It concluded everything on a positive note, even though I think that VIRM is still alive. I don’t understand what’s stopping them from attacking Earth again, besides maybe that their planet was destroyed. After the heroic sacrifice of Hiro and Zero Two, Earth is once again able to recover and learn from their mistakes, going back to the days of classic human reproduction. It gives closure to the two by having them meet in the next life, as hinted in the last scene.

Overall, Darling in the FrankXX was an interesting show between Trigger and A-1 Pictures. It wasn’t as great as it could have been, but I enjoyed the world building and past story leading up to the present.

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Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan

This short series anime is still ongoing through this season, and only a couple more episodes came out for it but it’s still pretty good. Shirou is still making delicious looking food, all while being surrounded by his friends and acquaintances. I will say that episode 7 showed that as simple as this show is, it still is a Fate series anime, and with it comes some good action with great animation to go with it. PS: I looked into who animates this and was surprised to find out that it’s ufotable, known for their work on Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night UBW, among other shows.

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Fumikiri Jikan

Short stories that take place while waiting at a train crossing. Each episode usually focuses on a couple of characters and how they interact with one another. There wasn’t anything too interesting with this series as a whole, it’s just a short episode format anime to watch to kill time between my other shows I was watching.

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Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou

I initially picked this up because Sawano Hiroyuki did the OP for the anime, but stayed for the tactical space battles. What I initially didn’t know was that this is a remake of sorts, as this series came out as OVAs back in the late 80s to 90s. As for the show, there was a lot of plot and dialogue that I didn’t pay attention much to, such as the background history and politics, but I do understand and appreciate it for its world building purpose. The main event, the space battles, were slow but intense in a different way: Tactics. It was like seeing a chess battle but with the pieces being thousands of ships flying around with weapons. The action would mostly be just ships on either side endlessly firing lasers at each other not doing much, but it’s the decisions by the higher ups that would turn the tides of battle. Whether small or big, these actions can win or lose the battle in an instant. I enjoyed seeing this aspect of the war between the Alliance and Empire, because it shows that half the battle is fought before a shot is fired. If you can manage to plan and predict things out in advance, you may win before you even start.

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Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Toutsuki Ressha-hen

Shokugeki no Souma never ceases to amaze me with its cooking action, even if I don’t directly understand all the terminology thrown around. Things are getting more heated up now that everything is pretty much on the line. If either side loses, then it will be a permanent game over for them. In this second part of the third season, our rebel heroes have the winning edge over Central, and that’s how this season ends. It’s almost a given that we’ll see a forth season in the future. I can’t believe that this anime series started three years ago, and it’s still entertaining none the less. It doesn’t get me to start learning cooking, as this stuff is on another advanced level, but some people out in the world probably does cook like these elites. I’m looking forward to more in the future.

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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

It’s another Sword Art Online anime, and it doesn’t have our usual hero Kirito? Meet Karen Kohiruimaki, a college student who has a complex about her tall figure and has a poor social disposition because of it. To have some relief from it, she decides to enter the VRMMO universe in an attempt to find a virtual avatar that suits her, finding it when entering the world of Gun Gale Online. She becomes LLENN, a short cute chibi avatar who she dresses in an all pink uniform. Armed primarily with a P90, she finds herself on the battle royale battlefield known as Squad Jam.

This show is what I call a battle royale anime. It’s not that great of a show, but it does have some moments that I did find cool. For example, most of the time you see a little pink girl, you would not think of her as a threat, or rather as someone who would be afraid and dependent on others. That’s not the case with LLENN, who when she gets serious, can get a job done in a way only she could manage. Sure she has had times where she was worried about the people around her and about what to do in general, but once she has her mind set, she’s the Pink Devil.

As for the story it’s quite bare, and the ending tones down the importance of LLENN’s mission to “save” someone. Talking about the ending, it really came as not much of a surprise that Pitohui is really Elza Kanzaki as it was hinted a few times in the season. I did like how they tried to throw us off by Goushi saying that Pitohui is the owner of the venue that Elza was performing at, even having her have the same voice as Pitohui. However Karen saw right through that illusion to correctly identify Elza as Pitohui, realizing that only she would have known that Karen was LLENN through a fan mail that was sent to her by Karen.

Overall, it was entertaining and fresh in the world of SAO animes. We’re about to get the third season of Sword Art Online with Alicization, so we got that to look forward to now.

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Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV)

This series was pretty solid, despite its premise: Anthropomorphized horse girls. In essence this show is all about the horse races and the hard training that comes with trying to be number one. I found myself liking this anime because you could understand the hardships the characters had that come from working hard towards a goal that almost looks like a dream.

I know that this series is based of the game, but I could see this kind of show working even without the horse girl part; It would end up more like a track running show. Even so it was interesting to have the horse girls based on their real life counterparts. That’s right, if you didn’t know each horse girl in this show is based off of a real horse. For example in real life, Silence Suzuka suffered an injury that led to her early “retirement”, and Special Week was winning races during its very early racing years. It was sad to find out that Special Week had passed away shortly after this show started. His legacy will live on through Japanese anime.

I’m glad that this show turned out to be more sports based than fan service based. I remember watching the PV a couple of years ago, which had way more fan service via yuri. In the TV adaption, it was kept to an absolute minimum, to the point where it’s hard for me to recall any specific scenes, which usually stick to most viewers minds. I’m also glad that the idol aspect was more present as a bonus, rather than a main feature. Overall this anime was better than my expectations, and I would actually recommend this if you are into unique individuals going at it at horse racing speeds.

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Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Unfortunately I dropped this anime, not because it’s bad but because it’s too slow for me. I realized this when I kept falling asleep every time I tried watching this show. It’s basically about office working adults who are all otaku in their own ways. The main characters are dating each other, and so you would think that an otaku dating another otaku would be easy, but love never is.

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