Anime in 2021 is halfway over, and it has been a banger of a year so far. Many great shows, a bunch of really good ones, and a few that make you question the existence of god. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point, it’s time to give out my thoughts on what I think is the best, and the worst, of the year so far. This list will no doubt change by the time the end of 2021 rolls around, but here is where I stand! Let’s get into it after the cut.Read More »
Well, here we are. It’s been a long ride, but we are now at the final season of this series. I’ve got a post on my initial views of the entire story coming up later this week. I want to save most of my words for that, but I wanted to get out some quick thoughts on the third and final season before that. So let’s take a quick look into Fruits Basket; The Final.
- The Final works when it does what Fruits Basket has always been good at: focusing on the secondary characters. In many ways this third season becomes the anthology series it probably always should have been.
- Because honestly? I can’t give a fuck about Tohru and Kyo or their relationship. I like the central theme of Fruits Basket being about ‘moving on’ and ‘change’, but there is very little that I could grab onto with these characters. It’s probably because for vast swaths of story, Kyo is just absent, and Tohru seems to be only there for the other characters to have a sounding board.
- Hell, I was more invested in Kureno and Arisa’s relationship than pretty much anything else. That felt like it had real sparks and chemistry.
- Still, Tohru’s confrontation with Akito is well done, and her kindness and compassion, the ‘no-strings attached’ love she shows her is pretty much in line with her character.
- Seeing Yuki step up to the plate and be a guiding force for Machi is a good way to end his character. I’ve been on record saying that Yuki takes up too much of the story, but now that his journey more or less finished by the time The Final begins, it’s nice to see how much he’s changed.
- “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ is pretty much THE quote you can use to sum up the entire main plot of Fruits Basket. Not everything can last forever, staying locked into one state of being is not healthy, and as much as it might hurt, moving on into the unknown is the right thing to do. There will be good days and bad, but at least you are alive.
- And yeah, those final moments of the series are damn good. Say what you will about the entire series (which I will), Fruits Basket absolutely sticks its landing where it needs to.
This was an anime that almost completely slipped under my radar. I had heard a bit about it, but most of the conversations this season didn’t surrounded it. Does that mean it is a possible sleeper hit, or people didn’t like it? Well I was in the market for another anime to watch and I came across this one. After the cut let’s take a dive into original anime series: Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-Read More »
One of the most surprising anime hits of the last couple years was Zombieland Saga. With humor, great music, cute girls, and an interesting take on the genre. It was a surprise to many that simply smashing together undead zombie girls and idols together would work so well, but boy it sure as hell did. For someone like myself, who has always viewed idol culture as the place where I “get off the bus” in terms of Japan, it was shocking at just how much I enjoyed the show.
So when new of a second season came out, you can bet people were excited about it. Would the show continue to have the same magic, or would it suffer the same fate as other series. Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Zombieland Saga Revenge and find out!Read More »
Out of what has been a very solid and enjoyable spring 2021 anime season. There has been one show that I’m shocked I’ve enjoyed so much. Especially since that show is really nothing special. A mid-tier show to end all mid-tier shows. Yet it was always something I was excited to watch each week. Let’s not waste anytime, and after the cut, take a dive into The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent.Read More »
Ah the monkey’s paw. That damnable object that gives you want you want, but always at some price. I’ve been lucky in my anime career to not cross paths with it often, but when I do it always ends up going the way you expect. Case in point with the anime we are talking about today. After the cut let’s take a dive into How Not to Summon a Demon Lord ΩRead More »
Spring 2020 has turned out be a solid season, filled with good shows, a few great ones, and a few that just get the job done. Now that we are in the last third, it’s time to sit down and give you my thoughts on what I’m watching. Let’s get into it after the cut!Read More »
This has sorta snuck on me, time just flies so fast! We are about three weeks into the spring season, so it’s time to check in and see how the shows I’m watching are holding up. Now this list has changed a bit since I last did it, I put Tokyo Revengers and Shaman King on the shelf mostly because I wasn’t in the mood to watch them. Not ‘dropped’ per say, but I’ll get to them at another time. I’ve also added a show or two. Either way, let’s get into it all after the cut!Read More »
Winter 2021 will go down as a very strong anime season, and a great way to start the year. Yet all things must come to an end, and with it, a new anime season looms on the horizon! I’ll be watching a bunch of shows, but there are only a few I wanna initially follow on the blog. What exactly is going to be on my radar this time? Let’s get into it after the cut!Read More »