On my Radar for Winter 2019: The Eight Episode Check In!

Hey Guys.

Winter 2019 has well passed the halfway point and the anime season has been humming along. My thoughts on the shows I’ve watched up until are right after the cut. What’s been dropped? What’s held out? Let’s take a dive and find out!

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Winter Anime Season yet no animes with snow. The industry has failed.

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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.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Like a Bolt of Lightning

I want you to think about a bolt of lightning.

When you see one in the sky you are often filled with emotions and feelings. It’s powerful, beautiful, awe-inspiring, and almost all too fleeting. Once the lightning comes it is as gone as soon as it came and you don’t really think about it anymore. Still when you saw that lightning you were just blown away by how much it affected you, or just how great that experience was. That is pretty much the series we are talking about today. Let’s waste no time and dive into 2018 series, the sharer of the Anime of the Year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.

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Such a Rascal…

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Quick Thoughts on: Date A Live III Trailer 1: Standard Dating Animation

Well, it’s better than that god awful poster made it out to be.

I could end it there, but I won’t. So my thoughts on the first trailer of Date A Live season 3 are right after the video.

I’m going to do my best to keep my animation expectations of this show low because the studio that did the last two seasons has gone under, and this was picked up and saved by Studio J.C Staff. In that case, I’m glad we are getting this when its future was very well up in the air. So yeah..I’ll forgive a lower grade of animation for another chance to step into the world.

Overall though, the trailer looks great, showing more of the harem aspects of the show, probably all from the first “reintroduction episode” I don’t know much about the plot, though it is going to be adapting two different arcs, with the second probably focusing on Origami, which I’m really interested to see.

So bring it on Date A Live III, let’s kiss some girls and save the world…again..

Quick Thoughts on Uzamaid!: A Successful Tightrope Act

With the new year almost here, the anime of the season is starting to wrap up, which means it’s time for my Quick Thoughts on many of the series we are watching. The first on the list is the comedy series Uzamaid!

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Truly this year’s Circus Act.

I’ve said this in my previous looks into the series over the last season, but Uzamaid! had to walk an extremely difficult tightrope in trying to balance the unsettling premise, with the comedy and cuteness of the story. There was no way some people weren’t going to take a look at the poster, or the first episode and instantly drop it. I’m going to get into a bit more on this in my proper shallow dive in a week or two, but that position is more than understandable.

I’m happy to say though, that after it’s twelve episode run, Uzamaid! was successful in its tightrope act. It is both extremely fucking funny, and thankfully self-aware in the “creepiness’ of its premise. Kamoi Tsubume is one of the most comedic and original female leads this year and brings so much hysterical laughter to this series. The extreme lengths she’ll go to spend time with Misha just keep getting stranger and stranger, and the reactions and music the animators and show-runners use never get old.

Yet, Uzamaid! doesn’t rest completely on comedy, and instead opts to also be a touching and heartwarming story about grief, parental loss and the fear of moving on from it. Misha’s situation is something I expect a sizable amount of viewers may have gone through, and its portrayal in this anime is done extremely well. I was surprised just how much the final two episodes tugged at my heartstrings as Misha was forced to confront the fact that her mother really is gone, and that deep down she has always been ok with that.

Overall Uzamaid! was an extremely solid show, with only a little of the “mid-season dip” that other shows suffer. If the premise turned you off (and it’s ok if it did) maybe try to give it another shot and see if you can change your mind. There is more to this story than is suggested, and hell it might just give you a really good laugh.

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Housekeeping, End of Anime Winter 2018, and a Slowdown.

Hey guys.

Just wanted to drop in and do some housekeeping in regards to the blog and what’s coming up next week and in the new year.

First thing’s first, I will be starting a new job after the new year, which will limit how much I will able to post on this blog (I post way more than I thought I did). I expect that I might be able to post up to two or three posts a week, but that is dependent on how quick I am able to get my feet under me. I love this blog and I am glad I am starting to build a respectable audience so I won’t be going anywhere. Just expect a bit of a slowdown until things shake out.

In other news, the remaining posts of this year will be both my Quick Thoughts on the remaining seasonal anime I am watching (Bunny Girl Senpai, Senran Kagura, Golden Kamuy, Goblin Slayer, Uzamaid! and Slime) and my awards for the best (and worst) of anime in 2018. I already made an award list after the end of the fall season, but things have changed quite a bit! I am looking forward to getting into the 2019 anime season, and I already got some anime that are on my radar for next year. Doing proper shallow dives on Bunny Girl Senpai and the other seasonal anime will be coming sometime in January, along with more posts on ReZero, Naruto, and more.

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog, and to all my fellow anime bloggers who share my work, or just give it a quick like. I’m glad I have been able to make a small foundation for myself in this community, and I hope we can carry on into the new year.

So Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays, and see you in the New Year!

 

How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Simple, Superb, Successful

 

2018 has been a pretty solid year for Ecchi. With shows like Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, the fourth season of High School DxD and recent additions Senran Kagura, and My Sister My Writer, there has been a steady supply of anime titty to tide over fans, which is always welcome, but there has been one show that has stood out from all of them.

I’ve already done my quick thought on this show, but now enough time has passed and my thoughts have solidified enough that I can take a proper Shallow Dive into the series. So join me after the cut as we dive into Yukiya Murasaki’s How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord.

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Even well over a month after it has finished. I’m STILL surprised this has been so well received.

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These: Bishonen Wars Episode I

Anime and Manga have always had a wonderful relationship with Space and Science Fiction. Series like Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Space Battleship Yamato, Robotechand Macross all have massive fanbases that have lasted for decades.

The series we are shallow diving into today is one such series and one that many western anime fans don’t seem to know about, or it has fallen between the cracks. After the cut let’s talk about the 2018 remake adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka’s Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These.

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We are gonna fight a Space War, and look hot doing it.

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