Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. Firstly, apologies for the lack of content on the blog recently. The reason for the lack of content, well it’s mostly general annoyance with WordPress as a platform–as well as being banned from gaining revenue from Google AdSense because apparently my site is “adult”. The latter of which I felt particularly angered about as I’d just renewed my domain plan with WordPress when I found out about the ban and so now am $144 out of pocket and stuck with a site that can’t earn me any money back to pay for the hosting fees! Anyway, that’s not really what this post is about… despite the lack of blogging activity I am still watching anime and for those interested I thought I’d share my thoughts with the shows so far since we’re halfway through the season!
The Anime I’m Liking Way More Than I Thought I Would
‘Wise Man’s Grandchild’ on the surface looks like a rather ordinary isekai but where this show succeeds above other similar shows is its levity, it’s almost parody-level awareness of the genre’s tropes, while still retaining a compelling plot and charismatic characters both main and side.
The Anime That’s Taking Its Time And That’s Probably A Good Thing?
It has a long title and a 26 episode stint and while we’re only at Episode 6 (as the time of writing this) ‘YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love At The Bound Of This World’ isn’t rushing its story. Good thing too since it’s based on an apparently complex and lengthy visual novel. While the show remains strong, interesting and at times even agonisingly dramatic and risk-taking–it also seems like the kind of show that would benefit from a binge-watch rather than the trickle of information each weekly instalment gives us.
The Anime That Is Pure Fanservice (And Not The Sexual Kind)
Bringing together characters from four different, already popular isekai anime could be a recipe for laziness but thankfully ‘Isekai Quartet’ is funny and savvy. And even though I’ve only watched two of the shows whose characters feature (Re:Zero and Konosuba) the show still is a whole lot of fun and occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious. But it’s strictly for fans of the shows its characters are from.
The Anime That Seems To Benefit From A Nostalgic Perspective
I never watched the original ‘Fruits Basket’ or read the manga so I had nothing to go-on going into this remake. And while it certainly has a lot going for it (emotional mother-daughter backstory to wring emotion from, interesting premise, large cast of colourful characters) it also has a lot that I dislike about it (problematic male characters, problematic gender roles, and other various issues that stem from both its genre and the source material’s age). Some people can overlook these issues and that’s fine, but I’ll always be kept at an arms length because of them–still it’s an enjoyable enough experience for me to keep watching till the end.
The Anime That’s Pure Fluff
Nothing wrong with a bit of comfy, fluff and this season’s “comfy fluff” comes in the form of ‘The Helpful Fox Senko-san’. Admittedly I’m not nearly as enamoured as a lot of people are (as evidenced by the crazy-high–for a show of this genre–MAL score) but it’s adorable and peaceful and sometimes that’s enough.
The Anime That’s Got Its Heart In Its Pants
Too often romantic-centric anime are either all horny or all emotion. Chalk that up to their intended audience perhaps but it’s refreshing to see a show like ‘Ao-chan Can’t Study!’ which balances these elements pretty deftly to deliver a show that’s both saucy and sweet.
The Anime That People Need To Stop Comparing To ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’!
Like clockwork, nearly every anime season there’s a show that comes out and then the following season another show comes out with similar themes or concepts and everyone hurries to compare it to the show that came previously. Yes, ‘We Never Learn’ is a harem romantic comedy with a male student from a poor family tutoring a group of girls like last seasons’ ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’. But that’s where the similarities end, not only is ‘We Never Learn’ more charming and intimate but it’s also got a far more interesting female cast, oh and the manga came out 6 months before ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ so stop acting like ‘We Never Learn’ is somehow a rip-off/cash-in, okay?! /rant
The Anime That’s Fun–But Not Much Else…
‘Amazing Stranger’ has a lot of potential in its premise–sort of an otaku-Toy Story except with more lewds. And while I do find myself enjoying every episode for its own merits, it’s also (unfortunately) kind of forgettable.
The Anime That Deserved Better
It’s a weird sentence to say but this 7-minute time-travel lolicon harem should have been a lot better than its execution! ‘Nobunaga teacher’s young bride’ is the kind of controversy baiting show that I gobble up–only this time the only person it seems to be “triggering” is the irlwaifu… As for my opinions on the show, at 7 minutes per episode there’s not enough time to even have a show worth defending and what is here is kinda cheap looking and rushed.
The Anime That Should Slow The Fuck Down
As if to contrast this seasons’ ‘YU-NO’, ‘AFTERLOST’ is unrelenting in its narrative pace and almost belligerent at its introducing of new characters and plots upon subplots only for said characters (and said subplots) to be hastily wrapped up or truncated or elaborated upon needlessly. It’s a messy show but it needn’t have been this way, given a few more episodes between the ones we have and there’d almost have been a show worth recommending. But as it stands its just a fast-paced mess.
The Anime That Needs To Be Uncensored ASAP!
I hate censorship–and while I understand its purpose in the anime industry–it’s pretty egregious when an ecchi comes out that not only decides to censor a toilet bowl, a fully clothed chest rub and a consensual kiss(?)! ‘Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?’ is funny, its shenanigans are imaginative and sexy and it’s characters are all (so far) charismatic and enjoyable to watch. But the censorship… my god, the censorship is just borderline infuriating! *impatiently awaits the blu-ray version*
The Anime That I’m Only Still Reviewing Weekly Because It’s Part Of A Collab
Of all the shows I ended up reviewing week-to-week it had to be the most ‘vanilla’ of anime. ‘Cinderella Nine’ isn’t by any means a bad show, it’s a perfectly fine viewing experience during the 23ish minutes its on. But after it’s over its almost like the show doesn’t exist because I don’t even think about it once until I’m watching it again next week. It makes very little impact and I doubt it ever will…
The Anime That’s (As of Writing This) My Anime of The Season
Calling an anime ‘anime of the season’ before its done can be troublesome–it’s backfired for me in the past more than a few times–but for me, nothing this season is better than ‘Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu’. On all fronts it’s pretty much flawless and Bocchi herself is my new spirit animal–which probably says more about me than I care to admit…
And those are my brief but specific thoughts on the anime I’m watching this season. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below and thanks for reading!
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