The Summer Season is staring to wind down and the anime of the seasons are reaching their zenith. So far Summer has been a decently strong run, with some good shows that have surprised me. Let’s get into my thoughts on these shows, eight episodes in, after the cut!
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files (Detective Waver)
My thoughts after eight episodes: Case Files has been a great return to the Fate universe with little of the baggage of said universe. It’s pretty much just CSI: Magical Crimes Division, but the characters continue to be solid, and our new saber-face is cute as a button. Case Files bringing in of supporting characters from series like Fate/Apocrypha and Fate Grand Order has been a great treat as well. Waver Velvet was probably the character nobody thought they wanted more of, but he’s the one we probably needed.
CURRENT STATUS: Watching and still invested with the best sensei. Also Grey is boss.
Do You Love your Mom and her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
My thoughts after eight episodes: So Okaasan Online has not been the total ecchi romp I thought it was going to be, but what it is has been quite surprising. It’s still funny, still so memeable and Mamako is still absolutely amazing, but the show has also had the feels. The bad mothers displayed, while still anime characters, still feel real and the problems the children go through are things that actually happen. I didn’t expect to think about this series more than “hehe, look at the milf,” but it has. It’s already my ecchi of the year, even if the fanservice has been a little sparse.
CURRENT STATUS: Ara-Ara Mama still!
My thoughts after eight episodes: I’ve spoken on my twitter and on other posts that I’ve pretty much walked away from the shonen genre. I’ve just grown older and I’ve felt that I have gotten my fill. I have to acknowledge that Fire Force is going to be a series that is going to be a massive thing for so many new anime fans. It’s well animated, well shot, has a cool use of fire powers, and the characters are not half bad. The arcs so far have been short and sweet, and the latest episode was legit good. We’ll have to see if this fire can keep burning.
CURRENT STATUS: Watching, but it is very likely I will not continue after the first cour.
My thoughts after eight episodes: Like with Okaasan-Online, I never expected to have any real deep thoughts about Magical Sempai. The show itself is nothing more than a series of little mini gag episodes, but still there is something special here. There is just something about the character of Magical Sempai that really resonates with me, and it’s kept me coming back. I always get a bunch of laughs each time, and the series’s short length means it never feels like its dragging.
If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord!
My thoughts after eight episodes: This show has so far managed to scratch that feel good itch that The Helpful Fox Senko-san wasn’t really able to do, and nothing has done since I finished Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Latina is still absolutely, almost unfairly adorable, and the relationship with her adopted father Dale and all the other characters can best be summed up as “awwwwww.” There has been hints of the story becoming more of a fantasy one, but I hope that we never stray too far away from the super nice slice of life antics. For My Daughter has probably been the surprise hit of the season for me.
“Yeah, but you are aware that the story ends up going full-“
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