This blog post is going to be different, because I’m not going to be really talking about SOTSU itself. While there is stuff to discuss, too much of it is just a re-hash of GOU done through the eyes of a different character. Interesting stuff at times, but nothing that I can really pull out myself. Instead I’m going to discuss the entire Higurashi sequel. Either way, let’s get into Higurashi -SOTSU- after the cut.Read More »
I said in my last post that this season has given us two shows that have reminded me of how much I love the ecchi and harem genres. We’ve discussed the first one, now it is time to talk about the second. A show that took me by surprise, but am glad that it did. After the cut, let’s take a dive into the Mother of Goddess Dormitory.Read More »
A common idea you’ll see around this week is that this anime season was very lackluster. While there was nothing truly bad, there was no heavy-hitter or show that really took off. This is mostly due to delays because of the pandemic, and while it sucked, it also gave people, myself particularly, a chance to take a breather. It also let me take a look at the harem and ecchi genre, and two shows this season have reminded me why I love these shows so much. We’ll be talking about both of these this week, so after the cut lets take a dive into the first series: Girlfriend, Girlfriend.Read More »
Summer 2021 has been the break I think we all needed. There is very little in the way of heavy-hitters, and honestly, that’s great. Having to focus on amazing shows each season can get a little exhausting, so having a season about nothing important can be a great palette cleanser. Or in this case, just binging on trash. With that, we are mostly three episodes deep now, so it’s time to give you my thoughts! As always, this list has changed a bit, (No Great Jahy until August!) but let’s get into it after the cut!Read More »
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 »
The series is done. After three or so years, this legendary series has come to a close. Something that fans have been wanting for a long time, and that people like myself have heard about, but went along for the ride for the first time. A series full of ups and downs, great animation, wonderful music, and sometimes that monkey zodiac. It’s time now though, to give you my final thoughts, at least at this stage. So after the cut let’s jump into it. This is Fruits Basket.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.
As much as everyone likes shows that blow your mind, that live up to self imposed ‘hype’ and become the next big thing. It is just as important that shows that are ‘just fine’ or ‘well polished, but done before’ exist. This is a drum I’ll keep beating, but not everything can be a genre defining hit. It puts undue pressure on shows and animators, and frankly it is just exhausting. A healthy balance between ‘greats’ and ‘goods’ is important, which brings me to the show we are talking about today. After the cut let’s take a dive into the anime series: Eighty-SixRead More »
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 »