Fruits Basket 2nd Season: First Cour: Torn in Two

I have never been overtly critical in my shallow dives. While I will always call it like I see it with the shows I watch, I have always avoided being overly critical. I do think being critical is important, but too often it can overwhelm a series. Nitpicking plot points, reaching out on strange concepts, it is something I have no interest in. Shallow Dives will be critical of anime when it has to be, like in the cases of Mirai Nikki or Rascal does not Dream of a Dreaming Girl, but I won’t go out and dump on a series for reasons that it doesn’t deserve, like with Sword Art Online.

I say all this, because the series we are discussing today has challenged that mindset in some regards, a true balancing act. After cut let’s talk about the first half of the second season of Fruits Basket.

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Divided Sadness

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Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: Yosuga no Sora

Hey guys.

It’s collaboration post time! While my good friends at Ecchi Hunter are busy with their own posts, I knew that I couldn’t let my look at the anime Yosuga no Sora: In solitude where we are least alone, end without a chance to sit down and talk it out with a fellow anime blogger. Infinite Zenith had recently watched the series as well, and was more than happy to sit down and hash out some thoughts! It was a damn great conversation and I admire Zen’s ability to dig into themes and settings (where I mostly go ‘yeah, that looks nice’). Of course I bring my own takes on the series that I hope were just as interesting!

I hope you all enjoy our conversation as much as we did having it!

Check out our post here!

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School Day’s Sekai Saionji: Buyer’s Remorse

I honestly thought I was done with my look at School Days after my last post, but I figured that I couldn’t call it a wrap on this series if I didn’t talk about the other main character. We don’t leave a job half done here on Shallow Dives in Anime, and I’m not about to start now, and there is plenty left to say. Join me after the cut as I character dive into the second main heroine of the series: Sekai Saionji

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Careful what you wish for

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School Days: Talk to Me, Just Talk to Me.

I have always viewed Harem anime as absurdist comedies.

I’ve said this many times on this blog and I believe it is true. From the highs of High School DxD, to the lows of Master of Ragnarok, I do believe that all harems work because they embrace the idea of being absurdist comedies. They allow themselves and the viewer to suspend disbelief, which you have to do, because if you look at a harem anime, the idea of one guy with multiple girls all in love with him, the premise would never work if real world logic was applied. If a harem anime happened with real-life, one of three things would happen.

  1. The guy becomes a massive egotistical asshole and treats the girls like absolute garbage
  2. The girls tear each other apart over trying to get the guy.
  3. The girls get sick of the guy and ditch him, or just start fucking each other.

There have been almost no harem anime that have actually attempted, in some form or another, to play things straight, because the absurdity of the concept is what brings people to watch (and the fanservice). Yet there is one anime that attempts to do so, and that is what we are talking about today. Join me after the cut as I dive into the anime series School Days.

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Real Anime Life, Real World Outcome

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Sora Arc

Our look at the anime series: Yosuga no Sora: In solitude where we are least alone, continues! And we have finally, finally got to the the infamous arc, but before we even start, I want to get this out of the way right now.

The portrayal of close sibling to sibling relationships is something that is part of the anime make-up. It is not part of every single series, but it is something that crops up more often then that. It’s there, it happens, and I’m not going to waste my time hand-wringing over that. This look at Yosuga no Sora was not to point and laugh at the series and its reputation, but to actually take a honest and serious look into the story. To judge the series fairly on what it is. It’s uncomfortable and unsettling, but that what art is sometimes. So join me after the cut as we dive into the final arc of the series: The Sora Arc!

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Sora Kasugano: The girl who doesn’t want to be left alone.

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Nao Arc

Our look at the anime seriesĀ Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone continues! We have covered the first two arcs and we are now moving on to the second half. Like with before, these two arcs have points were the plot diverges into each character. Today we are looking at the first of these, so join me after the cut as we dive into The Nao Arc!

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Nao Yorihime: The girl torn between guilt and desire

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Akira Arc

Our look at the anime series Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone continues! Last week we discussed the first two episodes and the Kazuha arc, which I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This week we move on to the next two episodes which cover the other part of this story. Join me after the cut as we dive into next part of the series: The Akira Arc!

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Akira Amatsume: The girl who doesn’t want to rock the boat.

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Kazuha Arc

It’s February! That means it is the month of love! While it isn’t our Summer of Love quite yet, I wanted to celebrate this month with a series I’ve been meaning to look at for quite a while: Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone.

Now wait! I know what your thinking! “Dewbond is reviewing that weird twincest series? Look dude, we were on board with the hentai shit, but this? THIS?”

We’ve all seen the jokes and memes about this show, I won’t deny them. But Shallow Dives in Anime isn’t a blog that shies away from anime, any anime. I’ll review whatever I feel like I want to talk about, and frankly I am really interested in giving this show a fair and honest review. I want to look at series for what it is, not what the internet has made it to be. So this month, I’ll be reviewing Yosuga no Sora, all twelve episodes, one arc at a time with my final thoughts on the series as a whole afterwards. Lets not waste any more time, join me after the cut as I dive into the first arc of the series: The Kazuha Arc.

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Kazuha Migiwa: The rich girl bound by duty.

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