Best and Worst of Anime 2022: At the Half

Anime in 2022 is halfway over, and it has been a decent year so far. Nothing amazingly special, but still solid. 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 2022 rolls around, but here is where I stand! Let’s get into it after the cut.

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Date A Live IV: Resumption of Dating Algorithms

People on this blog need no introduction to this series. I’ve discussed all of the previous three seasons and The Summer of Love II was all about it! But that was then and this is now, and now we have a brand new season! Does it hold up? Is it an upgrade from the decent but ‘okay’ third outing? Well after the cut let’s take a look at Date A Live IV and find out!

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The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 7: They Kinda Learn?

Our look at the manga version of The Quintessential Quintuplets continues! Another quick point-form look here as we dive into the next volume. Not a comment on the quality of the story, in fact this volume is a return to form for the series, but just the better way to do this. Let’s get into the 7th volume after the image!

  1. Something I will talk about as we get to the end of the series, I do think Quintuplets would have been blessed by doing more ‘alternative endings’ involving the other sisters. It gives the fans what they want, but also fits with the idea that these are five identical sister. In this volume we see each of the girls having their own chapter about how they approach the final exam of the year. It’s a great way to see their difference perspective and ideas.
  2. Especially considering who ends up getting picked, it would have been nice to see each of the sisters having their own ending.
  3. Furthermore I like how each of the Nakano sisters are discovering their passions and what they want to do in this chapter. While Ichika has been well established about being an actress, we don’t know much about the other sisters. Seeing Miku and Itsuki talk about their dreams and jobs helps gives them good character development. I especially like Itsuki’s talk with her mother’s friend who lets her know that she needs to be a teacher for herself is a good moment.
  4. I don’t really care much for their father either. I mean, I get the story needs to have a bad guy, but I do think that this is the same thing as Food Wars and Bakuman. the story doesn’t need a villain. Let the plot itself be the hurdle to overcome. Having the father be mysterious and not supportive does make sense, but I really don’t think the story needs to to succeed.
  5. I love how Ichika remains the big sister and is trying to keep her feelings for Fuutaro hidden, while Miku is just totally upfront about wanting to confess. Poor Miku, you had no fucking change.
  6. Nino confessing at the end is a cool way to finish off the volume, especially since she sort of replaced Itsuki as being the tsundere in recent chapters.
  7. Overall I find that the 7th volume of Quintuplets to be a return to form after the sort of dull and re-treading ideas of the last handful of entries. The girls are discovering their dreams and Fuutaro is there to help shepherd them along. I’m sure things will change soon, but I am glad we are back on well-treaded ground here.


The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 6: Quitting….this Haircut!

Our look at the manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets continue! When we last left off, Nino and Itsuki got into a fight and moved out. Meanwhile Yotsuba is doing her Yotsuba things? Will Fuutaro be able to hold things together? Well after the image, let’s take a quick point-form look at the latest manga volume and find out!

  1. Most of this volume concerns itself with the fight between Itsuki and Nino, the reasons and the subsequent reconciliation. But there is also a bit of time given towards Yotsuba. In the end it is mostly building on stuff we’ve see before, but it goes towards the general theme of the series.
  2. That theme as I have said time and again is the idea that Fuutaro’s arrival into their world is radically changing the girls life. We see this with Nino and Itsuki’s fight because Nino can’t stand the idea of living in a world that wasn’t like their childhood. While the others are warming up to Fuutaro, Nino remains the last hold out, and we see that get put to bed in this volume.
  3. And that remains probably the best part of Quintuplets so far, not the usual harem stuff. I mean, the girls remain cute, but the real meat is seeing these sisters and their unbreakable bond be tested by the arrival of a man. They’ve all had different reactions, but Nino remains the lone ‘bratty one’ among the bunch. She just wants things to stay the same, and she will do what she can to stop it.
  4. Which sort of comes to a head here, and ends with the typical “come of age” haircut that often happens in shows. I have no doubt we will see more of Nino’s feelings as time goes on, but I was glad that this was ‘put to bed’ for the being.
  5. For Yotsuba, she is once again the girl who ‘cares too much’ and wants to do everything for everyone. I liked how both Fuutaro and her sisters helped her get the courage to quit the track team, and it was quite funny how that all ended up.
  6. Finally, I liked how Fuutaro quitting being the girls tutor leads to them deciding to move out into their own apartment, away from their father’s money. I wonder how long that will last, but it’s good to see the Quints getting more independent from their supposedly rich and arrogant father. It’s good drama that goes beyond the ‘Who will end up with who?” plot line.
  7. Overall it is a solid entry into a solid series, letting the characters breathe and establishing more plots and themes than just the romance. Not much else to say except that, but I will not doubt have more to say when we get to the next volume!