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!

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Re-Dive: Hensuki: Are you Willing to Fall in Love with A Pervert as Long as She’s a Cutie?

I’ve dabbled in several harem series throughout my blogging world, and through those highs and lows I still never felt as refreshed as I did when I watched this show. Coming out in a year where ecchi and harem shows were at an all-time low. This was an anime that was like drinking water after a drought. A fun and cute little story with a great script and plenty of cute girls to enjoy. Yet it has been a few years and this is a story I wanted to get back too. Was it as good as I said it was? Or was the fact that this was the only thing on the menu give it  praise it didn’t deserve? Well we are going to find out, so join me after the cut as we Re-Dive into Hensuki: Are you Willing to Fall in Love with A Pervert as Long as She’s a Cutie? 

My original thoughts can be found right here!

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Love after World Domination: It’s Couple Time!

You know what’s great? When you watch a series and you can perfectly sum it up in a simple sentence. No long winded explanations, no hour long videos, no trying to break down what the show is. Just a simple concept that can be boiled down to a handful of words. With that said let’s take a dive into Love after World Domination after the cut and see if that feeling applies!

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Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Ultra Romantic: Breaking those Limits

How do you talk about a show that has already won your ‘anime of the year’ twice? What else can you really say aside from ‘it’s good, go watch it’. Sure I could go on and on about stuff that really doesn’t matter, or try to staple it to this our that idea or belief. But I’m a blogger, not an anime youtuber. I don’t care for hour-long video essays, and I don’t care for listening to my own voice. Still, is there something I can talk about? I think there is. So after the cut let’s take a dive into Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Ultra Romantic 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.


 My Dress-up Darling’s Marin Kitagawa: Beyond Skin Deep

Who doesn’t love the flavor of the month? It seems almost every season there comes along a character that just takes the fandom by storm. One that is everywhere and anywhere. Such is the job of the ‘best girl.’ A female character who will make the entire anime community fall in love with, and produce oodles of merchandise, memes, and of course, fan art. But is there any other reason why people might like these characters, or more specifically the most recent iteration? Well after the cut, let’s take a dive into My Dress-up Darling’s Marin Kitagawa and find out.

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Girlfriend, Girlfriend: Comedic Absurdity

A common idea you’ll see around this week is that this anime season was very lackluster. While there was nothing truly bad, there was no heavy-hitter or show that really took off. This is mostly due to delays because of the pandemic, and while it sucked, it also gave people, myself particularly, a chance to take a breather. It also let me take a look at the harem and ecchi genre, and two shows this season have reminded me why I love these shows so much. We’ll be talking about both of these this week, so after the cut lets take a dive into the first series: Girlfriend, Girlfriend.

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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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The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 2: Chick Chase

Our spoiler full look at the manga version of The Quintessential Quintuplets continues! Like I said last time, we are reading this series with the knowledge of which of the Quints ends up getting picked and seeing how that trickles down to all the volumes. Previously we were introduced to Fuutaro and the Nakano sisters, and his attempts to get the girls to start studying. Let’s get into what happens next after the cut.

(Spoilers for the ending of the series, please read with discretion) 

The Quintessential Quintuplets Vol. 2 - Comics by comiXology

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