Tune of the Week(ish): That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime’s [Another colony]

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This week’s tune is the first ending theme of 2018’s That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime! [Another colony] by TRUE

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On the Radar for Winter 2019 Updated: All Girls, All the Time.

Girls, Girls, Girls!

That really seems to be all that’s on the docket for Winter 2019, the first anime season of the new year. I don’t think there will be as much on my list compared to last season, but that could all change! Let’s take a look at a few of the shows on my radar after the cut!

This is an updated post from my previous one, I’ve added a few new shows and posted my thoughts on what I’ve seen so far!

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Gimme those fucking cat ears.

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Primer for Heaven’s Feel Posts

Hey guys.

Yesterday was the Japanese release of the second part of the Heaven’s Feel trilogy: Lost Butterfly. So far reviews have been stellar, with praise to the masterful animation, amazing action and surprising twists and dedication to the original publication of the Fate Stay Night visual novel (you know what I mean)

Anyway, it’ll be months until I am able to have a viewing of it but to celebrate the release, I’m giving out this post with links to my previous previews of the trailers, and my review of the first movie. Take a look if you are so interested!

Fatevember: Fate Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel: Presage Flower

Tune of the Week(ish) Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly’s 『Aimer – I beg you』

Fatevember: Quick Thoughts on Heaven’s Feel: Lost Butterfly Trailer 2

Quick Thoughts on Heaven’s Feel: Lost Butterfly Trailer 3

 

Tune of the Week(ish) Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly’s 『Aimer – I beg you』

Hey guys

I don’t care what you think of Fate Stay Night, but it is an undeniable fact that the partnership of Type-Moon, Studio Ufotable and the singer Aimer is a match made in heaven. In all seriousness, Aimer’s music is the type of perfect fit for an anime I haven’t seen since the First Opening of One Piece or Evangelion’s Cruel Angel’s Thesis.

With that said, the tune of the week(ish) is the theme song for Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly『Aimer – I beg you』

Quick Thoughts on: That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime 1st Cour: Basic at it’s Best

I know this is a bit late, but I wanted to wait until the current arc was all but wrapped up before I did this.

There is much to be said about the all-encompassing popularity of the Isekai genre right now. Personally, I find it to be a venue to tell some really cool and unique stories but seems more concerned with creating middle of the road power fantasies that aren’t concerned with much else.

That has led to some truly good and even great shows. How not to Summon a Demon Lord was my ecchi anime of 2018. Overlord puts a unique spin on a standard formula with a unique hero, hell the more time goes on, the more I have come to really enjoy and respect In Another World with my Smartphone for simply being honest with itself (though it doesn’t make me forgive the forgettable female leads). But what about the big Isekai of the year? With the series about halfway over, let’s get into my thoughts of That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime after the poster.

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Slime Time

If I could sum up Isekai Slime, it’s that it is Demon Lord’s less pervy brother. Both shows are examples of what happens when you polish the basic Isekai formula to an absolute mirror shine. Fourteen episodes in and it is clear that Slime is not going to be a deep or meaningful show in terms of its themes. What it has though is an absolute true upfront honesty of what it is, and the quality it shows towards that pays off in spades. This isn’t like Master of Ragnarok or Death March where the showrunners hope just being an Isekai will mean easy money. Slime has so far been a show where everyone has shown up to play and that alone is able to pave over some of the possible negative feelings some people might have overwatched yet another Isekai.

Despite being basic though, Slime has done some interesting things, most notably in the Shizu arc. While not a gory or mature show by any means, there have been some moments where I was legit surprised at how the show portrayed some the beats in the story. Shizu’s entire life from the start to the conclusion is filled with a bittersweet tragedy that is too often missing from shows like this. The ending moments of the arc, where our hero Rimiru bids farewell to Shizu and we get to see her come to a metaphorical peace is honestly probably one of the saddest/heartwarming moments of last year (I knew I fucking forget SOMETHING on my list).

Aside from that, everything else is standard Isekai fare with that spit and polish that made Demon Lord such a runaway hit last year. The character designs are unique enough to stand out, the other arcs have been good enough, and the decision to have a slower pace (being a two cour series of 12 episodes each) has allowed the plot to take its time where it might have rushed. I’ve enjoyed Isekai Slime a lot so far, and I’m really interested to see where it goes. Give a look if you haven’t already, or if you aren’t sick to death of the genre. This one is looking to be a real keeper.

I stole this image from Sean from Moe’s Sucks. But can you blame me? That lucky bastard.

Fate Stay Night: Fate Route: Kidnapping Fetish

A few months ago I took a deep, deep dive into the world of Fate Stay Night, covering almost every single series that has been published since the visual novel hit shelves in the late 2000s. What I didn’t cover, however, was the first route of that visual novel.

The reasons for that were quite simple: the anime adaptation of the Fate route sucks. Aside from a few clips, I have not watched it but from everything I’ve seen and heard I am not missing much. The Fate route anime, done by Studio Deen in 2006 was made in a time before Fate had really established itself, and before Studio Ufotable’s one-two punch of Fate/Zero and Unlimited Blade Works blew everyone’s mind. It was a different era, and while that can be forgiven, the amount of effort put into the Ufotable adaptations make the 2006 anime look rushed, badly animated, and just…not good. While things have gotten better for Fate fans since then, the Fate Route remains an outlier among the fandom.

With that said, and knowing that I should really look at this vital piece of the franchise I decided to spend the last few weeks slowly reading the visual novel of the route. So after the cut let’s dive into the Fate Route of Fate Stay Night. 

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If only it actually looked this good.

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