Today is the last day of 2019, and the last day of anime in 2019.
The year has not been as good as 2018, but that year was one of the best on record, so it is understandable. Still the year, especially in the back half has delivered some great series, characters and moments. I already did this at the halfway point of the year, so let’s not waste anytime, join me after the cut as I give you my best, and worst, of anime in 2019.
Good, now I don’t have to look at Shinmaievery time I open up this blog.
Anyway, a few days ago I sat down with Lynn from Ecchi Hunter once again to talk about another show. This time we delved into the sleeper hit of the year: YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World. We had a great conversation as always as talked about the series that is being cruelly ignored by the rest of the anime viewership. Don’t miss out on this show! It’s damn good!
The Summer season of anime is just about to get started which means we’ve now reached the halfway point for Anime 2019. So far the year has been a bit more subdued than the banner year that was 2018, but there have still been some hits. Join me after the cut as I give you my preliminary bests and worsts of everything anime has offered this year. This list is absolutely subject to change as we still got two seasons left to go!
I am becoming more and more convinced that the 3-episode rule is both a flawed concept of watching anime, and also a pretty great way to a sense of a series. If that sounds weird, then it really is, but as I keep watching anime seasons I am finding that there is no real bulletproof way to look at a series.
Case in point, the anime that we are discussing today is that kind of show that can’t really fit nicely into the 3 episode rule. After the cut let’s take a look at Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Now this is a show that I am surprised hasn’t got more traction. After all the shit that was stirred over the opening episodes of both Goblin Slayer and Shield Hero, the fact that this show has gotten halfway through it’s run time and there hasn’t been a PEEP from the usual players is something else. I mean some of the shit that happens in these first thirteen episodes is quite shocking.
Anyway, let’s talk about the second best anime of the season: YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of the World.
Isekai Quartetis a show in which the enjoyment you get comes mostly from much you liked the four shows it borrows from. I am on record saying that ReZero is a masterpiece of an anime, and that The Saga of Tanya the Evil is probably freshest and most unique of the major Isekai shows. I’ve said that Konosubais a great comedy that is a playful thumb in the nose of the common tropes, but also just a fun story with some of the best characters around. And Overlordis…well it has a great premise on a familiar concept, but I just can’t get into it. Still 3 out of the 4 is pretty good.
So with all that said, you can probably tell that I liked the mini crossover series starring all four leads and their main cast members. What surprised me though was how much I loved it, and everyone else has. After the cut let’s take a dive into the breakout hit of the year: Isekai Quartet.
So the curtain has just drawn on The Rising of the Shield Hero, so far the other “big isekai” of 2019. While some had dismissed the show because of the controversial first episode (that I believe is a great idea, but just sloppily executed), others have stuck around and seen the show through to the end. I gushed about this show in my look at the first half, and now I return to take a look at the second. Does it hold up? Or like its sister series That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime, does it lose momentum in the back half? Join me after the cut as I give you my thoughts.
It has not been a good year for Ecchi in 2019. The shows have been sparse and those we do have have been decent at best, horrible at worst, or in the case of Why the Hell are you Here Teacher?: censored to hell and back.
That’s a shame really, because 2018 was all around a banner year for the sub genre, with How not to Summon a Demon Lord becoming a runaway hit, and High School DxD Hero proving to everyone why it’s still the king. While 2019 is not over yet, and there are some interesting shows coming up (Please don’t suck Isekai MILF!). It has just been a really weak year.
The show we are looking at today is one of those weaker shows, so join me as I take a look at Nobunaga-sensi no Osananzuma, or, Nobunaga teacher’s young bride.
Nobunaga Sensei is a very strange show. With each episode around 6 to 7 minutes, it always feels like a show that is just getting started before it suddenly ends, which is a shame because the premise is actually quite interesting.
Our lead, a decedent of the great Oda Nobunaga is a teacher at a local high school and everything is peaceful until, when his hand touches an ancient object, he finds himself in the presence of a young girl named Saito Kicho who claims that she is his bride to be. What follows next are short mini episodes of ecchi antics where more and more girls connected to Nobunaga’s life are introduced to cause comedic chaos.
Now it’s hard to talk about a show like this simply because it’s so short. This is a show that at the very least should have been 12 to 15 mins, or a full 24. There is enough comedy among the girls, enough chemistry among the characters that the series could have gone on for a bit longer, but I guess they didn’t bother.Which is a shame, because unlike the other show, this one was actually uncensored and brings a respectable amount of “the goods”. Again this has been a horrible year for ecchi, so beggars can’t be choosers and thankfully there is quite a bit done in the short run time.
And that’s about all I have to say about Nobunaga-sensi no Osananzuma. I was never not entertained by the show, and I chuckled a more than a few times at some of the comedy. It’s nothing special at all, but hey…at least it’s fully uncensored.
I had a whole fucking FULL post ready to be published, then it randomly got deleted. I fucking HATE it when this happens. But I can’t be bothered to re-write the whole damn thing again, so you’re getting the cliff-notes version. Gah that pisses me off, anyway here are my thoughts on the first cour of Fruits Basket 2019.
I can see why people love this show. Twelve episodes in, and I am already fully committed to watching this until the end. It’s an exceptionally well done piece of anime so far.
Tohru is a good character, but feels a little basic and hollow right now. Is that the point? I know the broad strokes of the plot, but I am hoping we get a bit more meat to her character in the next cour.
Kyo and Yuki feel like almost stereotypical shoujo character, but since this is considered a landmark title, I suppose that’s the point?
The first cour feels very much like set up, establishing the core characters, their personality traits and place in the Zodiac chain/Soma hierarchy. Again this is going to be a 60+ episode series, so we can forgive that for now.
Tohru’s friends are the best, with Hana walking away with series MVP so far.
Hatori is my favorite Soma, giving us a great little peak into that Fruits Basket angst the series is known for.
Akito, the series villain show up in the twelfth episode and does a remarkable job showing us the danger and fear that the other Soma’s have towards the family head. I had chills just watching it.
Shigure’s hinting at darker motives for having Tohru stick around the household is also a great sense of foreshadowing.
The comedy so far has been really well done, Hana again is a great fucking character. I’ll buy any statue that make of her in that cute black dress and hat, just GIVE IT TO ME.
So far, the series has not gone full “Sadness: The Anime,” yet, but I know it’s coming and I am READY for it. Bring it on.
This week will mark the start of The Summer of Love, with the first post coming up early this week (day TBD), but I wanted to take this time to spotlight a new blog done by two fellow WordPress Members: Lynn from The Otaku Author, and Yomu from Umai Yomu Anime Blog. It’s called Ecchi Hunter and it’s going to be a blog where those two discuss all aspects of the Ecchi genre, review and rate shows, and of course talk about the best Ecchi has to offer.
Ever since I came back to the anime world about *checks notes* fourish years ago? Ecchi and Harem anime have been a staple of my anime diet. I’ve always been a staunch defender of the genre and still believe it can tell good stories when done right. So I am excited to hear that other bloggers are taking up the mantle of sharing that belief with the world. I wish them the best of luck and I suggest you check out their blog as the post start rolling in. I may even show up as well.
Right, anyway. While I’ve already made a post on what’s coming up for The Summer of Love. I wanted to also drop an update on some other stuff that is coming or that you might have missed.
Finally, while it’s still in the “thinking about” stages, I think I am going to return and read through shallow dive on the manga series Black Cat. I’ve gushed about this series (written and drawn by To Love Ru’s illustrator!) before, and I want to go back to it. This probably will be more of a fall thing, but something to look forward to!
As always thanks to Crow, Irina, Lynn, Karandi, Scott, Yomu and Matt and Petefor always liking or sharing my posts and welcoming my comments. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the blog as much as I enjoy working on it.