Kaguya-Sama: Love is War: The Complete 180

The “three episode rule” is a standard for Anime fans it seems nowadays. Most people agree that three episodes of a new series are enough to judge whether or not it is good or worth watching. While I believe in that idea somewhat, I also feel that sometimes a show needs more time to establish itself and that dismissing a show too early can rob you of a great experience, and frankly there has been no better example then what we are discussing today. After the cut is my thoughts on the other best anime of the season: Kaguya-Sama: Love is War.

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I never expected to go through the wringer with this show.

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My Girlfriend is Shobitch: The Reverse Ecchi?

Buckle up, I’m going to talk briefly about the portrayal of women in media. Opinions right up ahead.

Anime and Manga have many, many good qualities and despite being part of the fandom for over two decades now I still find myself surprised and shocked by the twists and turns it can give me. While there are more than a fair share of tropes, cliches and similar stories (hello Isekais) I’ve always found that anime more often than not can surprise me with some of its stories, character beats and so on.

One of these is anime’s portrayal and presentation of women and female characters in its media. To make a long story short, I’ve found that female characters in anime and manga are given far more freedom in comparison with their western counterparts. Female anime characters can be funny, cruel, kind, slutty, pure, smart, dumb, warriors, fighters, healers, independent, dependent, competitive, ambitious cliche, original, you name it and anime has probably done it. Most importantly though, they do it with no fanfare, no grand statements, no cynical pandering. They are just allowed to be characters, themselves. Women in anime frankly have nothing to prove

In comparison to the era western entertainment is in now, where everything (fair or not) seems like it has to fight for the cause of representation, it can often feel that characters, females, in particular, are there more to tick boxes and pander to audiences and a twitter feed instead of allowing themselves to be just characters in a story. That is not to dismiss the cause of representation, nor to throw shade on people and creators who take it seriously,  but it has been something I noticed throughout the last few years.

I say all of this because it is a feeling I picked up a lot when I was watching the show we are shallow diving into today. After the cut let’s take a dive into the anime series: My Girlfriend is Shobitch.

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Didn’t expect that long-winded speech for a show like this, did you?

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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: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Melancholic Magnificence

There is going to be a lot said on this anime series in the next few weeks. Youtubers, Bloggers, and Reddit will have much to say on the quality, characters and story of this show. I myself have much I want to say on what I believe the long-term legacy of a show like this will, or won’t have on the anime fandom. Right now however are my quick thoughts on what is the hit anime of the season, and my tie for Anime of the year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.

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A reminder to never judge a show by its poster.

So the big question. Did Bunny Girl Senpai manage to stick the landing?

Yes and no.

The final episode was good, great in many cases. Mostly because the characters we’ve followed all season are well developed and extremely endearing. The resolution of Kaede’s story is bittersweet and most of all realistic, holding true to the overall main thesis of Bunny Girl Senpai. It’s anime that has discussed realistic problems that real, realistic teenagers go through. While it was done with elements of science and science fiction, with some landing better than others. Senpai’s ability to be an anime about High School, but not an anime about an ANIME high school was its greatest strength. That carried through all the way from start to finish.

However, I can’t deny, minutes after watching it, that the final episode felt like they jammed two different story arcs together. Kaede’ story is wrapped up in the first half, and then the last is dedicated to Mai and Sakuta working out a minor relationship issue. All of it is good, touching and works well, as expected from this show. Yet it feels very much like they weren’t able to cobble together enough money (or plot) for an additional episode and just dumped it all into one. If they had been able to space out these two stories, then this would have ended perfectly. There is also the issue of Shoko and the foreshadowing of her role in the story, though thankfully there is a film coming that will carry things on.   Overall it’s a bit of a bummer considering how well this final arc was shaping up to be.

Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is a truly wonderful and beautiful piece of work. I’ll be getting into whether or not it will have a long lasting legacy in a week or two (once my thoughts are finally solidified), but it shares the top spot for my anime of the year easily. Many fellow anime fans have fallen in and out of love with this show over the 13 weeks, but it has been a wonderfully calm, almost melancholic 13 weeks. This is a very, VERY well done piece of anime, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, changed that at once.

 

Date A Live Season Two: Covert Kissing Operations

I love it when an anime I enjoy gets a second season. Such things are so rare when it comes to this genre, that any chance to step back into the world is more than welcome. With anime moving almost completely (with the exception of a few series) a season to season watching formula, I’ve always loved knowing that new installments of the shows I love are coming back. So let’s not waste any time, and after the cut let’s take a dive into Date A Live, Season 2.

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Mo Girls, Mo Dating, Mo Kissing

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Date A Live Season One: Ironclad Tactical Dating Action.

Well, it’s been an interesting four days so far. I got nominated for a blog award, spilled my guts out about my feelings towards Shinmai Maou no Testament (ugh), and started a conversation with some of my fellow bloggers. That’s some heavyish stuff, so let’s talk about something more light, more fun. How about an anime series where a guy has to date girls in order to protect the world?

After the cut let’s take a dive into the 2013 anime series Date A Live.

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Kiss Girls, Save the World

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