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Fall Anime Season 2019 – Review December 31, 2019

Posted by coolmikeol in Seasonal Anime Reviews.
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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.