The era of the Shonen “Big 3” was a golden age for the genre and the anime world in general. Three massively popular series that were running side by side for well over a decade. They were the shows that influenced an entire generation of anime fans. Anyone who grew up in the fan-sub era knows those three shows, and their legacy is marrow deep.
Yet out of those three, there was a clear hierarchy when it came to their strengths and weaknesses. For Bleach, it was always and forever the bronze medal, the distance third to the titanic OnePiece and the beloved Naruto. Yet it was also the one most damaged by the era it was made and whose cancellation left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths. However a second chance has come with a new anime adaptation of the final arc. Will it serve as a rebirth for this beloved series, or would things have better been left in the past? After the cut let’s take a dive into the first cour of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War and find out.
Right, well it’s time to talk about this show. One I’ve no doubt people are sick of hearing already but hey it came out and it deserves a fair shake like everything else. Now normally I have a little build up here, but I kinda want to save it for later, so instead let us just get right into it. After the cut let’s take a dive into the anime series: Chainsaw Man.
Once again we have finished another year in anime. Plenty of amazing shows, plenty of shows that were good, and other shows that weren’t. I’ve hummed and hawed over my list, and finally come to my decision regarding what I think is the best and worst of the year. Have things changes since my last halftime look? Well sit down, relax and let’s find out right after the cut!
When we last left off with this anime, I was all but assured that it would walk away with the coveted ‘Anime of the Year’ award. That was especially true when it was announced that Crunchyroll wouldn’t be counting (for some stupid reason) the last season of the year. Yet has that same feeling remained after it’s second half? Or has the anime been unable to keep up? One look at the title of this post should tell you, but if you are more curious, join me after the cut as I dive into the second cour of SpyxFamily.
In my entire time in the anime world, there have been several shows I have loved, but there have only ever been TWO that I’ve adored. Shows that mean so much to be, ones that I enjoy on such a deep level that they have a permanent fixture in my heart. Those two: High School DXD and YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World are ones I’ve talked about at length on this blog and for good reason. They are both great stories with strong worlds, fun characters and a narrative that just pulls me in.
And I was pretty content with just having those two. There are plenty of other shows I’ve deeply enjoyed, even loved, but having two special ones like that was more than I needed. Until this show came out and once again I found myself finding that special kind of love. But why is that? Well, after the cut let’s take a dive into The Eminence in Shadow and find out.
Now I know there is one more episode in the ‘cour’ left, but since that comes out on Christmas and I want to get a start on these seasonal reviews, you’ll forgive me if I make an exception for this show. There is still plenty to say about it and I have no doubt that a single episode won’t change my views on this anime. This is one that has made a surprising amount of waves this season, which is saying something considering what else is on the docket. Still it has done so and after the cut let’s take a dive into the first cour Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury!
Fall 2022 is reaching its climax and it has been an overall strong season overall! Plenty of good shows, some surprises and a few that weren’t as good as you would expect. As always I have my thoughts as we reach the last quarter and it’s time to get into them! So after the cut, let’s see where I stand after eight episodes!
I wasn’t thinking I would find a show that could take the place of The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent so soon after it’s debut. Yet it only took a few seasons and here we are! Let’s not waste anymore time and after the cut, take a dive right into Parallel World Pharmacy!
If you’ve read my blog, then you know that my time with Overlord has been a love-hate sort of relationship. I tried it, didn’t like it, tried it again, was a bit better, then finally gave it another shot and came around to enjoying it. Part of that was me accepting the series for what it is, not what I thought and wanted it to be. With that said, how does the fourth installment hold up? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Overlord IV and find out!
You know what I miss? Having more B and C grade shows to watch. Not shows that are mediocre or just sloppy, but shows that are good because they are comfortable being what they are. Show that aren’t trying to be the best, or redefine the discourse, Just anime that are happy showing up, telling their story and then bowing out. Even if those shows are middling to ‘eh’, it is important to have those around. Now does the show we are looking at today do this? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Engage Kiss and find out.