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.
I’ve said this at least have a dozen times, and I’ll keep saying it. 2019 has NOT been a good year for ecchi. Aside from a clear lack of ecchi and fanservice shows in general, those that we have had have ranged from the decently ‘eh’ (Date A Live III), the forgettable (Nobunaga’s Sensei), the overly censored (Why are you here Sensei?), and depending on who you ask, the disappointing (Two-Hit Mom). It just hasn’t been a good year, but to be fair, 2018 has been a hard act to follow with the double whammy home runs of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, and High School DxD Hero.
However hope is not lost, and there is actually a series in 2019 that isn’t only a great ecchi, but it is a reminder of just how fun ecchi can be. After the cut let’s dive into the series Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie?
They do. It’s in the visual novel, they have whole conversation and then go straight down to bone-town. I just wanted to get that out there, cause they cut it from the anime series, the bloody cowards. Oh and Kanna is his daughter and he fucked both her AND her Mom.
Anyway, after the cut let’s talk about the second half of the anime adaptation of the legendary visual novel: YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World.
This is a weird one guys, this show has been a wild ride of feelings and opinions that have gone from one extreme to another. Let’s not waste anytime. After the cut let’s take a dive into the series Do you Love your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
Famous series and popular series are no strange to the concept of the ‘spin-off’ and that very concept has had a very sketchy record. In the west, there has been some successes: The sitcom Frasierwhich spun off from Cheerswas wildly successful, the Arrowverse, probably the best thing to come out of DC comics in the last decade is pretty much all spin offs from one show about a B-tier super hero. However there have been also considerable clunkers, with things like Joey, AfterMash and several others never being able to recap the magic of its parent series.
For anime it is a bit different, but there is still that checkered history. Borutois doing decent as a successor to Naruto, and A Certain Scientific Railgun is considered it some ways even better than its first series Index. Yet there have also been mixed bags, and we come to one of those today. After the cut let’s take a dive into this seasons Fate series, and spin-off Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
I have long been an observer of the pop culture landscape. While I never directly engage with it to protect both sanity (and because I don’t have the time to waste on that bullshit) I have always enjoyed watching the “discourse” evolve around entertainment and the people involved in it. Is that weird? Kinda, but we all got our interests I suppose.
One thing that I’ve noticed in the last few years, is that in the west, there seems to be a real battle over the depiction of women in cartoons and media, and while I am absolutely not an expert in that field, I’ve been coming to the conclusion that, in terms of the west, female characters often seem hampered by the need to be about “something.” Too often I find that female characters are often held to impossible standards, and that they must spend more time constantly justifying their existence or fighting for a “cause” than just being actual characters. Female characters have to adhere to silly shallow ideas of “strong” and “independent” and aren’t allowed the vast creative freedoms offered to male characters. They can’t just be normal, they can’t be people full of flaws or virtues. They are always judged by how they contribute to “the cause,” whatever that cause may be.
Anime I’ve seen, doesn’t suffer from that problem. As the medium is almost neatly split down the middle, with a large, respected and well entrenched female fan-base. I’ve noticed that female characters are often given far more creative liberty and freedom to encompass a wide range of archetypes. Most of all though, they are allowed to be just be people, and the best example I’ve seen lately came from the most unexpected place. After the cut let’s take a character dive into the titular lead of Magical Sempai: Magical Sempai.
((For the sake of avoiding confusion, I will now refer to the lead character as just ‘Sempai’))
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 has begun and there have been several shows that have I started watching. My list from the last post has changed alot since then, having dropped both Vinland Saga due to it being on Amazon and not bothering to look at Arifureta due to people saying it was just horrible. That being said, there is still plenty to look at, so join me after the cut as I give you my thoughts: three episodes in!
Spring 2019 is wrapping up in two weeks and the Summer season is right around the corner. While I’ll be busy delving into my season long look into High School DxD aptly named The Summer of Love, I will also be catching a few shows that are hitting screens during the sunshine months. I’ll also be continuing to watch shows like YU-NOand Fruits Basket. The list isn’t much now, but you can check our my initial picks after the cut!
Seriously, I want this broken down and injected into my veins. I do not do hype, I hate it, but THIS is going to be amazing if it even lives up to a third of what I think it will be. Ecchi has been in such short supply this year, ranging for decent to horribly censored. This is the great last real hope we have for 2019. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be groundbreaking. Just be good enough.