It’s Monday, and which means it’s time for me to talk about stuff. Welcome to Don’t @ Me, the time where, like Inuyasha and Kagome yelling each other’s names over and over (and over, and over, and over, AND OVER) again. I’m here to shout out my thoughts and views on anything related to anime and the like. This week we’re talking about that Inuyasha news and some other shit. Let’s get into it after the cut.
1. So if you haven’t heard already, Inuyasha will be returning with a new manga series, set years later and apparently involving the daughters of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru (which means he and Rin did the nasty) Right on I say. A lot of people are excited about this and I can see why.
2. Inuyasha was probably the last big anime of the 4kids/Toonami Era (1995-2005) for Anime in the west. It was fucking MASSIVE, especially back in Canada. I watched it every Friday, and I have a lot of good memories of that show, well at least the first 25-30 episodes. After that it just starts to fall apart because of dragged out episodes, fillers, barriers (SO many barriers) and the will they/won’t they romance between the two leads. A mixed bag to be sure, but the last anime of that era to be a major landmark for an entire generation of fans. It’s good to see it come back.
3. Oh, and if you don’t know. I pretty much can classify the history of Anime in the West into 4 different eras. Which are as follows. (These dates aren’t concrete, just a general window)
- The Zero Era (Before 1995) Before my time, when anime was the niche of niche.
- The 4kids/Toonami Era (1995-2005) When anime was actually on TV at decent times, but 4kids’ stranglehold on the market meant most were heavily edited and censored. This is the time of Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, etc.
- The Fan-sub Era (2005-2012) When the fan-translated subs of anime was dominant, and illegal streaming sites were at their zenith.
- The Crunchyroll Era (2012-Present) When Crunchyroll established itself as a safe and legal way to stream anime.
4. Darling in the Franxx shit the fucking bed when it introduced that late-game plot twist around episode 21 (like holy fuck man), but before that. It was honestly a pretty good show with the interesting theme of “stagnation vs reproduction.” Oh Franxx was derivative as all hell, but it honestly was telling an interesting story, shame about what happened, and that some people absolutely loathe the series because of that theme.
5. Right, I don’t think Steins;Gate Elite was the right way to try to experience the VN. I’ve dabbled in the original version and I’m already so much more interested. I get what Elite was trying to do, but I would rather just watch the anime, then a gimped down version of it. The normal version at least has that wonderful art and feels like a different experience. Shame I blew that money, oh well.
6. Now that I’ve finished my review of Kakushi Dere, I’m already thinking of what hentai to talk about next. I’m saving Aki Sora for later in the year, so it is probably gonna be something like Lovers in Law, or Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo. Or Mankitsu Happening, that one is a god damn riot.
7. There is a lot of series that seem to be wrapping up or entering their final arcs. Konosuba just ended its LN run, Overlord is starting its final arc, and Demon Slayer seems to be taking its final bow this month, just to name a few. It’s a weird time to have so many series coming to an end. Let’s just hope they stick the landing as best they can.
8. Unless ReZero’s second season is half as good as its first. Kaguya-Sama is probably going to win anime of the year, again. It’s astonishing how damn good that show is.
9. Can someone, anyone, please. PLEASE read/watch the YU-NO visual novel. I want to talk about that with someone! I got so much I wanna gush about, I need someone to bounce my thoughts off of! Come on!