Quick Thoughts on ReZero Season 1 Relaunch and Season 2 News!: I am Intrigued.

I’ve made it no secret on this blog that I love Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World. I think it is the closest Isekai has gotten to it’s ‘great work’ and it remains not just the best anime of it’s year, but one of the best of the last decade. Natsuki Suburu’s character arc is one of the best in the entire anime artform, and the character of Rem has become one of those rare characters that will define an entire waifu generation.

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The suffering of Subaru continues

We’ve already known about the second season, and now we’ve gotten a confirmation that it will be airing in spring 2020, with 2 cours no less. This is excellent news, as the sooner we can get back to this world the better. What was surprising though is the news that season one is going to be re-aired and re-edited in the lead up to the premier of season 2. Yet not only is the first season going to be re-edited, it is going to have new footage!

Now I am not expecting much from this new footage, which will probably just stretch out a few scenes and add bit more meat to some areas. What is important though, is that this inserting of new footage will hopefully mean they piece of the ending they cut (because they probably never thought the series would get a second season) will be put back in. I won’t talk about it in detail here, but what they cut from the final scenes of ReZero is MONUMENTALLY important because of what happens next. So if anything, I do hope that we get a clear transition from the happy ending of the first season, to the continued suffering of the next.

I love ReZero to death, and I can’t wait to go back into this world, yet I won’t lie to you. I’m keeping my hopes for this season SUBTERRANEAN. I don’t want to go in with any wishes, desires or expectations, and in fact I’m going to be going in with the lowest of low bars. If the season is even as half as good as the best parts of the first, then we are in for a very good time.

 

Quick Thoughts on: Nobunaga-sensei no Osananuzma: The Other TILF Show.

It has not been a good year for Ecchi in 2019. The shows have been sparse and those we do have have been decent at best, horrible at worst, or in the case of Why the Hell are you Here Teacher?: censored to hell and back.

That’s a shame really, because 2018 was all around a banner year for the sub genre, with How not to Summon a Demon Lord becoming a runaway hit, and High School DxD Hero proving to everyone why it’s still the king. While 2019 is not over yet, and there are some interesting shows coming up (Please don’t suck Isekai MILF!). It has just been a really weak year.

The show we are looking at today is one of those weaker shows, so join me as I take a look at Nobunaga-sensi no Osananzuma, or, Nobunaga teacher’s young bride.

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Teacher Fucker Anime 1 of 2.

Nobunaga Sensei is a very strange show. With each episode around 6 to 7 minutes, it always feels like a show that is just getting started before it suddenly ends, which is a shame because the premise is actually quite interesting.

Our lead, a decedent of the great Oda Nobunaga is a teacher at a local high school and everything is peaceful until, when his hand touches an ancient object, he finds himself in the presence of a young girl named Saito Kicho who claims that she is his bride to be. What follows next are short mini episodes of ecchi antics where more and more girls connected to Nobunaga’s life are introduced to cause comedic chaos.

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This is anime, no it’s not.

Now it’s hard to talk about a show like this simply because it’s so short. This is a show that at the very least should have been 12 to 15 mins, or a full 24. There is enough comedy among the girls, enough chemistry among the characters that the series could have gone on for a bit longer, but I guess they didn’t bother.Which is a shame, because unlike the other show, this one was actually uncensored and brings a respectable amount of “the goods”. Again this has been a horrible year for ecchi, so beggars can’t be choosers and thankfully there is quite a bit done in the short run time.

And that’s about all I have to say about  Nobunaga-sensi no Osananzuma. I was never not entertained by the show, and I chuckled a more than a few times at some of the comedy. It’s nothing special at all, but hey…at least it’s fully uncensored.

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Yes, multiple times.

Quick Thoughts on: Do You Love your Mom and Her Two Hit Multi-Target Attacks Trailer: Gimme.

 

Gimme.

Gimme gimme, gimme gimme.

Seriously, I want this broken down and injected into my veins. I do not do hype, I hate it, but THIS is going to be amazing if it even lives up to a third of what I think it will be. Ecchi has been in such short supply this year, ranging for decent to horribly censored. This is the great last real hope we have for 2019. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be groundbreaking. Just be good enough.

Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme.

Quick Thoughts on Quintessential Quintuplets getting a Second Season: Right on.

To quote Palpatine from The Phantom Menace: “A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.”

This show just ended a few weeks ago, and already a second season has been green lit. This show, a HAREM anime. That fact alone is quite shocking, because as I’ve said beforehand, the Harem genre is one where anime fans are either ‘in or out’ when it comes to their interest. So to see this show come out of literal nowhere to reach the heights of popularity and get a second season THIS fast, where so often many harem shows are just one and done is frankly a delight. Apparently it has skyrocketed the sales of the manga and this show is right at the TOP of Japan’s popularity charts.

Now I gave this show a shot last season, but dropped it because it didn’t end up being what i hoped it would be: an ecchi comedy. However I’ve dabbled around the series since then, and I think I need to give the show a second look. I’ve have, and always will be a staunch defender of the harem/ecchi genre, and I think I may have not given this show a fair shake just because it wasn’t the sexy romp I wanted it to be. And if we are being honest here, giving a harem anime support like this can only be good for the genre as a whole. This is the first real “home run” it has had since probably High School DxD.

So yeah, great to see that The Quintessential Quintuplets scored one for the boys, and you can expect a re-dive into this series within the next week or two. So let’s bookend this post with a paraphrased Yoda Quote.

Begun…the Waifu Wars have…

Quick Thoughts on: That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Cour: Peak Slime

I think it is massively important to realize when your mind changes on something and don’t hold to pride and believe you are still right. I have always maintained that both on this blog and in real life. Admitting you are wrong is not a weakness, it is a strength.

That being said, I need a knife and fork, cause I’m gonna eat some crow on the second half That Time I got Reincarnated as Slime.

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This hurts me.

Slime’s 2nd cour is not “bad” in the same realm as other bad animes. In fact, all of Slime is never falls below average at best. It’s frankly too well made and has enough effort put into it that it can’t ever become truly bad. However, I have to admit that this show clearly peaked with the ending of the Shizu arc in the first half, and is never able to get back on solid footing again.

That is a shame because those first twelve or so episodes of Slime are actually some of the best Isekai I have seen. Its slow pace allows the viewers to get accustomed to the world and seeing Rimuru adjust to his new life and ability over the course of several episodes and not just one makes for good storytelling. The Shizu arc, in general, is some of the best Isekai stories I’ve seen since ReZero and the conclusion quite frankly should have been in the running for the award of “most touching moment” last year. All of that is great, and my thoughts I made back when I gave my thoughts on the 1st cour still remain true.

It’s just after that, the show is never able to get back on that footing, and Slime falls into the trap that several other Isekais face: watching as our main lead “mary sues” his way to victory each week. Quite frankly everything falls into place too easily for Rimiru and never once does it feel he has to suffer or face any challenge. Now that is alright if the show is upfront and admit it (the one reason that Isekai Smartphone is becoming more and more respected by me), but Slime never does that, and we are just left to accept that Rimiru is just this good. Is it a deal breaker? No, but once that initial shine of Slime runs out, the goodwill it earned in the first half falls always quite fast.

I doubt this will be the end of Slime and I know that things are going to get better in the future if a second season comes (this story is actually completely finished, so that’s a bonus in its favor). Yet I have to call a spade and spade here; That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime just couldn’t keep the good times going and it suffers for it. I still enjoyed the series, but it became harder to get invested as the weeks dragged on.

Great fucking music though.

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.

Quick Thoughts on Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Tokyo Youma-Hen: Numerous Nude Ninjas.

I love Fanservice. I absolutely adore it.

The boobs, the butts, the midriffs, the thighs, the jiggles, the bullshit tropes, the comedy. Fanservice and Anime go together like PB and J, they are joined at the hip. Frankly, I do not believe the anime industry would be what it is today (good and bad), or successful as it has been if it didn’t have fanservice as one of the cornerstones.

Now that is not to say that Fanservice can’t be disruptive, or intrude on a story where it doesn’t belong. Anime is, can be and will always be successful it if doesn’t engage in fanservice. One of Fairy Tail’s problems is that it shoves in fanservice where it isn’t needed. Sometimes though, some extra fanservice can do a series some good, especially when the overall plot of the anime is rather dull. With that being said, let take a dive into Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Tokyo Youma-Hen.

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Great Poster, Long Ass Title

I have not watched or knew any part of the Senran Kagura franchise before this, and since this is a sequel to the first series, I came into this without much knowledge. However, from what I have seen and looked into, Senran Kagura is a rather clear-cut series.

It is at its best when the fanservice is cranked up to eleven when the girls’ clothes are about as durable as tissue paper. The idea of all these female ninjas fighting demons, being able to do amazing feats, but unable to keep their clothes on is the type of absurdity that makes the ecchi genre work. However it is at it’s worst when the series has next to no fanservice and is forced to depend on the overall plot and characters, which is..less than satisfactory. That is not to say that it is a bad story, just that it is a basic story. Everything I saw in Senran Kagura I’ve seen a dozen times in a dozen other anime and manga. There just wasn’t anything that stood out that surprised me, and when that’s all Kagura has, and several episodes are notably light on the TnA, then the show is just really forgettable.

Overall Senran Kagura was a solid addition to this year’s menu of Ecchi animes. While nowhere near as well done as Demon Lord or High School DxD, it had some great moments when it fully embraced the absurdity of being a show about smoking hot ninja babes. I just wish it had a bit more to say when it decides to not be about busty beautiful babes bouncing bashfully.

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Where was this on the 12 days of Ecchimas huh?

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 The Master of Ragnarok & Blessing of Einherjar: No Effort

I stand here today with a request.

I call upon the Anime community to stand together, to join hands and with one loud unanimous voice, apologize to In Another World with my Smartphone.

Because while that show has many bad qualities, and commits the unforgivable sin of having a dull female cast in a Harem show. When compared to this season’s other Isekai harem show, it looks like a goddamn MASTERPIECE.

Let’s not beat around the bush, time to talk about The Master of Ragnarok & Blessing of Einherjar.

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With Apologies to In Another World with My Smartphone

Imagine a show like Smartphone, but strip it away of the aspects that made some parts of it good (the upfront and honesty in it’s beginning, and the sit-down conversation with the harem in the ending), but keep everything that made it bad (the forgettable cast) and you have a show like Master of Ragnarok, a show that just doesn’t care.

That’s pretty much how it can be summed up. It doesn’t care enough to explain how its main character got there or even show us, it doesn’t care to explain how his smartphone works, it doesn’t care to explain any of the girls’ feelings to him, it doesn’t care to even have a respectable level of fanservice that may have made the other failings bearable. It just doesn’t care, at all, not one bit. Smartphone may have been boilerplate, may have been trying to cash in the SAO craze, may have an uninspiring and mary-sue main lead, but it at least respected its audience enough to actually explain itself and tell a coherent story that you could forgive all of that. But THIS? This has none of that, and it shows.

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A Kirito Clone with the most commonly used Hentai name ever. Don’t ask me how I know that.

I said in my post about How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord, that his season showed us the two sides of the Harem/Ecchi Genre, and I stand by that. Demon Lord was fun, well written, well paced, had great characters, sexy fanservice, and just felt like a show where everyone making it was putting in their best effort. Master of Ragnarok feels like it was made in a boardroom by suits who looked at all the popular trends in the genre, smashed them together, and said: “make it.” This show is (almost) everything wrong with the Harem/Ecchi Genre, and the type of trash that people would point at to dismiss wonderful shows like MajikoiHigh School DxD, Date A Liveand Shimoneta. Hell even lower tier shows like Shomin Sample, and even (EVEN) Shinmai Maou No Testament have something to offer compared to this.

I hate writing a post like this. I am a positive person who would rather celebrate the good in every anime than contribute to the cottage industry of tearing down things people love that has so poisoned fandom over the years, but my hand has been forced. This is by far the worst show of the Summer Season, and probably the worst anime of the year because even if Darling in the Franxx pissed you off, it at least had the courage to try and be SOMETHING.

This? This can’t even muster the effort to be anything.

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Well, almost anything-No, not even that can save this show! FUCKKKKKK!