The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 5: Hospital Visit

Our look at the manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets continue! The school trip is over, and Fuutaro is now in the hospital? How will be react? How will the Quints behave? There will probably be a lot of pouting, but we’ll find that out when we check out volume 5 after the cut!

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(Initial) Final Thoughts on Fruits Basket: Sadness, Bad Parents.

The series is done. After three or so years, this legendary series has come to a close. Something that fans have been wanting for a long time, and that people like myself have heard about, but went along for the ride for the first time. A series full of ups and downs, great animation, wonderful music, and sometimes that monkey zodiac. It’s time now though, to give you my final thoughts, at least at this stage. So after the cut let’s jump into it. This is Fruits Basket.

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Kureno best boy, Saki best girl.
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(Very) Quick thoughts on Fruits Basket: The Final: Anthology Adventures

Well, here we are. It’s been a long ride, but we are now at the final season of this series. I’ve got a post on my initial views of the entire story coming up later this week. I want to save most of my words for that, but I wanted to get out some quick thoughts on the third and final season before that. So let’s take a quick look into Fruits Basket; The Final.

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  • The Final works when it does what Fruits Basket has always been good at: focusing on the secondary characters. In many ways this third season becomes the anthology series it probably always should have been.
  • Because honestly? I can’t give a fuck about Tohru and Kyo or their relationship. I like the central theme of Fruits Basket being about ‘moving on’ and ‘change’, but there is very little that I could grab onto with these characters. It’s probably because for vast swaths of story, Kyo is just absent, and Tohru seems to be only there for the other characters to have a sounding board.
  • Hell, I was more invested in Kureno and Arisa’s relationship than pretty much anything else. That felt like it had real sparks and chemistry.
  • Still, Tohru’s confrontation with Akito is well done, and her kindness and compassion, the ‘no-strings attached’ love she shows her is pretty much in line with her character.
  • Seeing Yuki step up to the plate and be a guiding force for Machi is a good way to end his character. I’ve been on record saying that Yuki takes up too much of the story, but now that his journey more or less finished by the time The Final begins, it’s nice to see how much he’s changed.
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ is pretty much THE quote you can use to sum up the entire main plot of Fruits Basket. Not everything can last forever, staying locked into one state of being is not healthy, and as much as it might hurt, moving on into the unknown is the right thing to do. There will be good days and bad, but at least you are alive.
  • And yeah, those final moments of the series are damn good. Say what you will about the entire series (which I will), Fruits Basket absolutely sticks its landing where it needs to.

The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent: Faraway Fairy Tale

Out of what has been a very solid and enjoyable spring 2021 anime season. There has been one show that I’m shocked I’ve enjoyed so much. Especially since that show is really nothing special. A mid-tier show to end all mid-tier shows. Yet it was always something I was excited to watch each week. Let’s not waste anytime, and after the cut, take a dive into The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent.

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Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Heart Throb: The Day After

I loved the first season of Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! It was the perfect example of a show that was ‘about something’ without either beating you overhead with the message, or forgetting to have comedy, emotion and a lot of heart. Yet when I started watching this series, I had heard that reception to it’s second outing was more mixed. Still, I wanted to check it out and see for myself, so after the cut let’s take a dive into Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Heart Throb!

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Season 1: Like a Laser

I had heard about this series for a while, yet had no inclination to watch it. However I was bored one day and after browsing through Netflix, I decided to load it up and see what was going on. I am glad I did, because man did I binge the fuck out of those twelve episodes. After the cut let’s take a dive into the first season of Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!

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The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 4: So you want to build a Snowman?

Our look at the manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets continue! It’s school trip time, and the confrontations between the girls started to become more pronounced, as well as the constant teasing of who ends up with Fuutaro? Let’s get into the fourth volume of the series right after the cut!

Spoilers for the final outcome of the series. Read with discretion.

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Fate/Stay Night’s Shirou Emiya and Sakura Matou: Love bound by Duty and Protection

Last year around Valentine’s Day I did a character dive on a number of anime relationships that I really liked. One of them, and the most popular was the relationship between Shirou Emiya and Rin Tohsaka from Unlimited Blade Works. It was a great post and I loved talking about what still remains one of my favorite couples in all of anime.

But that is just one of three main relationships in the main Fate story. What about the other two? Well another year has passed, so it is time to dig back into this world! After the cut let’s take a character dive into the relationship of Heaven’s Feel’s Shirou Emiya and Sakura Matou!

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Love forged by what is right and what is needed.
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The Irregular at Magic High School Episodes 1-7: The Enrollment Arc

You know what I love? When a show decides to make it episode titles just the parts of the arc. I was planning on reviewing this series either in one fel swoop, or at least in two pieces. However because the show decides to make it very clear about what arc is which, I said ‘fuck it, we’re doing it piecemeal!” Either way, this is an anime series that I didn’t really plan on touching on the blog, but here we are. After the cut let’s take a dive into the first arc of The Irregular at Magic High School: The Enrollment Arc!

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School Days, Higurashi and Yosuga no Sora: Anime’s Blood and Sex Trilogy

With only a few exceptions, I will talk about anything anime related here at Shallow Dives in Anime. This means that I’ve covered a wide range of different shows, from the comedic, to the action packed, to the straight up lewd. I quite enjoy this approach, mostly because I believe you can find a good story in any genre if the effort is put in. Throughout the two years I’ve done this blog however, there have been three shows that really stood out to me. Anime that talks about interesting ideas, or have compelling stories, or take risks in what they show. Some are better than others, not all of them are considered ‘good’ by the fandom, but they are still worth talking about. I’ve spoken about them all before, but after the cut let’s discuss School Days, Higurashi and Yosuga no Sora, or as I call it. Anime’s Blood and Sex Trilogy.

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