Spring 2023 has marched on and we are once again in the final stretch! How has everything been going? What has stuck around? Well after the cut let’s take a dive and see how are things are going after eight episodes!
Tune of the Week(ish): My Love Story with Yamada-kun’s Gradation!
This is a cute little story that reminds me of My Dress-Up Darling, in a lot of ways. The music is always a catch one as well! The Tune of the Week is the opening theme to My Love Story with Yamada-Kun at Lv999: Gradation by KANA-BOON!
The Summer of Love V with Shakugan no Shana
For the last four years, I have undergone a summer project. I dive into a series, going into every aspect of its seasons, main characters and give my thoughts on the journey from start to finish. The first time I revisited one of my favorite series of all time: High School DxD, the second time, I took a look at the remarkably solid Date A Live. After that it was an examination of Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya. Then last year I gave an eye towards the legendary Cardcaptor Sakura
For the fifth year, I am once again looking into another series, one that I would not have even glanced at if I hadn’t had it suggested to by a friend. With that I am proud to reveal The Summer of Love V, will be looking at.
Shakugan no Shana
Unlike the last four years, Shana is not something I have ever watched. I have no pre-conceived notions or opinions on the series. For the first time, The Summer of Love will be going into a series completely blind with no way in knowing how it turns out. Will Shana be a hit, or will it be something I regret even putting down as an idea? Well with over 70 episodes, I’m sure we’ll going through highs and lows all around.
So starting through June and running until the end of August. Shallow Dives in Anime will be going through all three seasons, as well as the movie and (possibly) the OVAs. I’ll discuss each twelve episode batch, the central characters, and the music. It’s unknown territory and I look forward to cracking open this series and asking the simple question:
Is Shakugan no Shana good? And if so, why?
I hope you will all join me in this little adventure.
On my Radar for Spring 2023: Explosions, Demons, Smartphones, Punks and More!
Spring 2023 is nigh upon us and it’s time to see what I’ll be watching this year. Hopefully this time around things will actually be able to be finished and we don’t get a repeat of last season. There is a lot on the plate this spring, and this list will very well change, but these are my initial shows! Let’s get into it right after the cut!
Violet Evergarden: Going Postal
Another anime series I’ve long to get around to, and only now finally got to it. I’ve always been hesitant to dive into shows like this, the ones that feel like they are meant to be ‘about something’ and generate think pieces instead of just, entertain. However I always want to give everything a fair honest shake here at Shallow Dives in Anime and, more often than not I find myself taking something good away from it. With that said, let’s take a dive into Violet Evergarden after the cut.
Jobless Reincarnation Volume 9: The Silent Fitts’ Aphrodisiac is Omnipotent!
Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation continue! When we last left off, Rudy was on the path to healing with a new crew of friends and a blossoming relationship with the mysterious Fitts. Little did he know that Fitts was his long lost childhood friend Sylphy who has always loved him. How will things end up? Can they end up in a better place? Well let’s find out as we discuss volume 9 after the cut!
My Dress Up Darling’s Gojo Wakana and Marin Kitagawa: An Authentic Attraction, a Mutual Respect
Every year on Valentine’s Day I like to sit down and discuss an anime relationship that is interesting to me. Whether it was their chemistry, their passion or just what was presented in the text, a good anime couple is always worth thinking about. This year I knew that I would be talking about these two, and I’m eager to get into it. So after the cut, let’s take a dive into the relationship between My Dress Up Darling’s Gojo Wakana and Marin Kitagawa.
On my Radar for Winter 2023: Mostly Stuff from 2022, 2B’s Ass, Triangles, and some Demon Chads
The 2023 anime season has started and there are some big shows coming up in the future. Not in this season it looks like, but in the future at least? No this season seems to be a relatively minor affair, and honestly? Most of the shows I’ll be watching will be continuations of previous shows going into their second cour. Still there are some stuff I’m gonna be checking out and no doubt I’ll add shit to this in a few weeks, for now let’s get into it after the cut.Read More »
The Best and Worst of Anime 2022
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!Read More »
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury First Cour: Potential Lesbians in Space!
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!