Today I am trying a new series of post: The monthly anime roundup. I am not sure whether this is a good idea of not because I do have somewhat of a strange taste in what I watch. The current anime season is just over half way, and while I started out with quite a few watches I have already consigned some to my dropped list.
The show that I really like this season is Adachi to Shimamura. (Adachi and Shimamura), It is about two high school girls who develop a friendship. It is a poignant and often embarrassing series that is more of a Slice-of-Life than a Shoujo Ai show, and it is visually very beautiful. I have already given it 8/10 with it at the 8th episode at the time of writing. (Producers: Kadokawa, Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Tezuka Productions)
My number 2 is Tonikaku Kawaii (Over the Moon For You), and it almost a typical boy falls in love show, although very few of them end up with the main characters getting married shortly after the series starts. It is a fun watch, and at times somewhat silly but I have never felt like I wanted to drop it because it did not meet my expectations. (Studio: Seven Arcs)
Number 3 on my list is Kamisama na Natta Hi (The day I became a God) and I have somewhat of a love hate relationship with it. Its all about the typical male high schooler meeting a girl who proclaims herself to be the God Odin (power mad laugh at this point). It is full of cliches and the usual romcom antics but something tells me there is more to the story than meets the eye, and this week some of the backstory started to emerge which is making this much more interesting. Visually it is stunning and while I wont fall off my chair at the characters they do have their moments. I really love the ED theme though, “Goodbye Seven Seas” by Jun Maeda x Nagi Yanagi. I am continually discovering really good songs in the anime that I watch, and this is definitely a new favourite. (Producers: Aniplex, Movic, Visual Art’s, Tokyo MX, Nagoya Broadcasting Network, ABC Animation, Licensors: Aniplex of America, Studios: P.A. Works)
Number 4 on my list is Munou na Nana (Talentless Nana) and can really be described as yet another high school girl that is killing her classmates. It is a bit more complicated than that though, but as yet it is difficult to know what the plot twist is going to be when we finally hit episode 12. (Producers: Square Enix, AT-X, Nippon Columbia, BS Fuji, Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures, Docomo Anime Store, Yomiuri TV Enterprise, Kanon Sound, NichiNare, Kadokawa, Muse Communication, Show Corporation, Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Bridge)
There are 2 shows that I am watching that I should probably drop. The first being Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai (Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club). The only reason I am watching it is because I have seen the two original school idol shows (Love Live! School idol Project and the followup Love Live! Sunshine!!). The former was a great watch but the followup just lacked that sparkle. The only real good thing that came out of Sunhine!! was the song Next SPARKLING!! by Aqours. Sadly this new iteration is weak, concentrating on individual ego’s and not a coherent group. I may still drop this although there are really only 4 episodes to go. (Producers: Bushiroad, Kadokawa, Bandai Namco Arts, Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Sunrise)
The other show I am watching is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou, which is really a remake of the 2006 broadcast Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When they Cry). I believe there is an extra twist to this new iteration but I am afraid it comes across as weak and irritating. The artwork is poor and it just does not come across the same way that the original did. For those who did manage to see the original we all remember it being a real bloodfest and it was a compelling watch. Maybe because I am older I don’t really see much merit in this 24 episode rehash. (Producers: Frontier Works, Infinite, Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Passione)
The one gem I did watch this weekend was one that I had missed when it was originally premiered in Autumn 2017. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride), is the story of a young Japanese girl that is bought by a mage and their adventures and encounters. It is set in England and I was amazed at how realistic the backgrounds and scenery were. Although it was kind of odd that everybody in England and the underworld all spoke Japanese. It was a great watch and visually stunning but at times it seemed to loose the plot. I scored it at a 9/10 and it is currently ranked as # 401 at MAL. (Producers: Production I.G, Shochiku, flying DOG, Mag Garden, Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Wit Studio)
In between the season’s watches I occasionally look for other shows to watch, and one that I have just started is Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland). At the time of writing I am on episode 4, and it has been quite a watch so far. Children living in an orphanage discover that there is a sinister secret behind the institution, and that the all smiling “mom” is not quite what they thought she was.
It rates as # 53 in the ratings which is surprisingly high, with an average score of 8.65. It also appears that a sequel is scheduled for next year too. I completed the show after a marathon watch and it had a fantastic end. I just hope that the story line continues in the 2nd season. I gave it a 9 and probably the only reason I did that was because I was not entirely happy with some areas that were really fillers and not much else. It was a compelling watch though. (Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, Fuji TV, Shueisha, CA-Cygames Anime Fund, Licensors: Aniplex of America, Studios: CloverWorks)
The other show that I picked up this week is Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?). So far it has been watchable but it assumes that we know the back story of the main characters, the world that he lives in and the circumstances of a great war against “Beasts”. The multitude of kawaii female characters seem to encompass most popular anime tropes and just to make matters more confusing they are all Leprechauns. I will finish it by the weekend, so hold onto your hats. It ranks in position 926 at MAL with an overall score of 7.44.
Next year seems promising, with a number of my favourites predicted to return and hopefully some of them will be on Netflix. I do watch in the shows in their original Japanese with English subtitles, so I tend to be a week behind in my watching.
That kind of wraps things up for now, although I may add to this post as the season continues. It is really an experiment and may end up on my dropped list too.
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DRW Created 29/11/2020.