The Fall season and the final run for 2019 is nearing it’s end. The decade is going to close on a decent note, as the last part of the year has delivered some solid anime so far, and I’ve been enjoying it far more than the rest of what 2019 has offered. We are eight episodes in and it’s time to once again give you my thoughts on what I’m watching. Check it out after the cut!
The Fall season is chugging along and it has been a rather surprising run so far. With several great shows that are picking up the slack for a rather off year, though after the all around banner one 2018 was, perhaps we are just being a bit too hard. Either way it’s been almost three episodes now for most shows and I’m here to let you know what my thoughts are! I’ve added a few more to the list as well so join me after the cut!
I’ve always believed it is good to always keep your expectations fluid, and be ready to adjust them when something ends up being different. I was almost about to drop Kaguya Sama: Love is War, but when I decided to re-adjust my expectations of the show, I did a complete 180 degree shift on it. Now it’s my front runner for anime of the year.
Now some time later, I find myself in the exact same situation with another anime. I came in with a set of expectations and after re-adjusting them, I’ve found a new love for the show that, at first, I didn’t have. After the cut let’s take a dive into the second half of the 2019 remake of Fruits Basket.
OK, we are getting this out of the way right now.
The Demon Lord light novel series ends up going in the direction where Latina starts aging up rather quickly, ends up marrying Dale and having a family with him. It’s there, it happens, it’s part of the story. But since the 12 episode season has next to NO foreshadowing or hinting of what is to come, I’m going to be judging the story based on the anime, not on its light novel series. You might think other wise, that’s your choice and I get if where the series goes turned you away from it. That’s not a wrong view to have. But lets also be honest here. This isn’t going to get a second season, so none of that is ever going to be adapted.
Right then, after the cut let’s talk about the absolute sleeper anime hit of the season: If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord.
Normally I tend to give shows the full ‘shallow dive” treatment on this blog, but since most of what I want to talk about with this series is the main character herself, I have decided to give the titular Magical Sempai the full character dive later this week. Regardless I want to also talk about the show itself, so here are my thoughts on Magical Sempai
I’ve mentioned in other reviews that sometimes anime can feel like a series of Sunday morning comic strips, and that analogy is no more perfect than with Magical Sempai. Instead of opting for a 24, or even 12 minute single story, Magical Sempai instead has its run-time devoted to a series of one or two minute skits, with multiple in a course of a single episode. I thought I would soon get bored of this format, but I was surprised that it worked quite well, and allowed the story to focus on what makes it work: Magical Sempai sucking and magic, and ecchi hijinks.
Much of this show’s success and frankly meme potential is placed on the titular lead herself, who is yet another stellar example of the freedom that anime and manga give their female characters. With no over-arching plot, or dramatic stakes, Magical Sempai is free to just be a story about a bunch of kids having fun with their little magic club, with plenty of well done ecchi hijinks to boot.
I wish I could say more, but that is going to be saved for later this week when I talk about our female lead. All I’ll say this is: Magical Sempai is a solid, fun and entertaining ecchi comedy and its shorter run time never means it outstays its welcome. I’ve said it has been an absolute shit year for ecchi and harems in 2019, but Magical Sempai along with Hensuki and Do you Love your Mom have really helped turn it around. Don’t miss this show if you love ecchi and harem, or just a cute anime girl doing memeable things.