Not too long ago I published a post on Anime I’m gonna watch this season… and alas, here’s a quick run-down of some thoughts I had so far and some shows I’ve been watching, some I’ve been really enjoying, some cringe-shows I’m watching,… and this one show that turned out worse than I expected it to turn out. Enjoy!
For starters, the Beastars manga has ended a while ago and I was really sad about that. Then the second season of the anime aired and… I still haven’t watched the second episode. Honestly, I’d like to binge it when the 12th episode comes out rather than watching an episode every week. The show is great and I’m sure it’s gonna surpass the standard that the first season set (these expectations aren’t gonna be failed… nope, no way that could happen) since the upcoming arcs are lovely! But since I already know what’s gonna happen in this arc, I don’t have to watch the newest episode every week. I can wait. This is fine.
Log Horizon’s third season was confusing at first but eventually, when I realised where they’re going with the show, I picked up on it rather well and have been enjoying it. I’m at episode seven right now as I’d like to complete this in one go due to cliffhangers and that kind of stuff. It’s not a masterwork but I like some of the characters and the world… so it’s definitely watchable and entertaining. Log Horizon is, in my opinion, an above-average show that can be entertaining because of the economic/political direction that the Isekai genre got taken into… but it’s not perfect, so there’s that. I don’t have to watch that every week, so I’ll wait for the last episode and then continue to watch it.
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season… This is a show that I’ve been watching every week, though… it’s been fun to talk with other people about the show and while it had its weak moments, it definitely is really entertaining and I love a lot of the directions that it got taken into. It’s been fun and somewhat depressing at times, which is a good thing, in this case. Do I rate Shingeki no Kyojin highly? Oh, hell no, it’s problematic in some ways and kind of predictable in the first few seasons, boring in the second season, but really well-made from then onwards, so… overall, it’s an alright show that I’ve been enjoying a lot more this season compared to before.
As far as Dr Stone and The Promised Neverland go… I haven’t started to watch those shows yet. It’s sequels for both of them and I liked Dr Stone’s manga and the first season a lot… but I feel like both of these shows are overrated and hence, I’m gonna wait and watch them eventually in the future. I don’t have to watch them right now.
Horimiya has been amazing, though. The concept of honne and tatamae has less of a meaning as the show goes on… and the adaptation of the manga has made some changes as far as the order of chapters goes and as for what gets skipped and what makes it into the show… but I don’t mind that at all. The Kyoto Arc is forgettable and doesn’t drive the story forward while the Sengoku-Remi-side-story actually happens a lot later in the manga, I don’t mind it being pulled out like that and being presented to the viewers ahead of time since it fleshes out those characters and gives us more reasons to like Sengoku and Remi. The show itself is amazing and I’ve been loving it so much that I’ve actually started to read the manga again. I’m actually up-to-date with the manga right now and am just waiting for new episodes to come out as I like seeing it all fleshed out in the anime with some great animations, interesting music and colour choices and some very well-made voice acting. Great show! One of my favourites of this season.
The other two favourites of this season are Re:Zero Season 2 Part 2 which is doing an amazing job at going through the source material while skipping openings and recaps and all of that. In essence, you’ve got the plot that is being advanced rather quickly without skipping anything, which is great and makes my heart skip beats. It’s lovely how they take time for some of the dialogue while completely skipping the opening nearly every episode. The episodes are 30 minutes long instead of the standard 24 minutes that most shows have. There usually are no endings in the episodes either, meaning that you get a lot of content for your time, which is great. At the same time, Slime Datta’s second season is also doing a great job at moving forward. There are some changes here and there from the adaptation if I remember correctly, but it’s nothing major and I’ve been enjoying it a lot – after all, the anime and the manga are both adaptations of the light novel, so they may stray a bit but it’s the same source material. Either way, Slime Datta doesn’t skip openings or anything but it still delivers the story quite well and is now getting to a great arc that I’m really looking forward to seeing in animation!
And well, I am watching another few shows with these two following ones being also really amazing. I mean, “Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?” aka “So I’m a Spider, so what?” as well as “Jobless Reincarnation” have been great adaptations of the source material. Both of these are so-called Isekai (I may post something on the genre of Isekai as well eventually) and are based on light novels, so they take different approaches to the manga, which is fine. I honestly knew that the Spider-Isekai is going to turn out fine. My only concern was that the spiders + CGI are gonna trigger my arachnophobia but I haven’t had any issues with that so far, so that’s nice. The manga is quite slow and manages to convey that struggle of survival really well, making it a unique experience, I’d say. The anime derives from that by still showing the struggle but making it last less long since the protagonist is sharing the screentime with other people, actually. The protagonist’s classroom gets isekai’d into another world (no trucks involved this time!) and they all end up in different places all over the world and even are being reborn as different races of different standings. The protagonist became a spider and has a hard time while some of her classmates became royals in different kingdoms… and they’re human. So they have their own struggles to deal with but it portrays a nice contrast between First World Problems and… actual survival of the fittest. Amazing!
Meanwhile, Jobless Reincarnation is something that I… found out mid-way through the season and I immediately binged through the first five episodes before binging through the manga at an alarming rate. The main character lives as a shut-in and NEET off their parents’ livelihood due to him being bullied beyond belief… Eventually, his parents die and he doesn’t even come to their funeral and gets violently kicked out of the house by his remaining family members. Then he decides to jump in front of a truck to save a young highschooler’s life in trade for his own. But that’s not where it ends as the protagonist of the show gets reincarnated as Rudeus Greyrat in another world. (Yup, Isekai-Truck is at it again.)
Jobless Reincarnation is one of those shows that created the tropes that the whole genre is utilizing… but it does it differently. We’re supposed to hate Rudeus because he’s a 30-something-year-old good-for-nothing that gets reincarnated as a child with a 30-year-old mindset and is just being a pervert and a creep in this new world… and his gaze alone is making females in this world feel uncomfortable and anxious. Rudeus is scum. But as time goes on and as Rudeus learns magic and actually makes an effort this time around, he grows. He learns and becomes a better human, despite him messing up at times. The show actually is still quite serious and while it has its problematic moments, it also takes itself seriously at times. There is no fanservice during serious moments and there are a lot of moments and topics that may be problematic but the show actually does make an effort to portray these problematic things in this medieval world as… problematic things. It’s hard to get in-depth with this without spoiling things but I essentially really like this show because its production value is AMAZING while the material itself is great. It’s an amazing world with nice characters that actually are a bit sad. You’re not supposed to like Rudeus but you like to see him grow and become a decent human, which is nice.
But from a show with some problematic moments that deals well with them… to a show that probably never should have been created… Redo of Healer is the worst show I’ve ever seen. It’s not only bad on a quality-level but it’s also so problematic that I can’t believe that it got produced. Redo of Healer aka “Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi” is about the male hero of healing that gets assaulted, bullied, violated and abused… but he gets the chance to redo everything and take his revenge… so now he does a lot of seriously fucked up things to women and men alike to get his revenge on them… because they treated him badly before he reverted everything and now he has to treat them worse. A lot worse. I stopped watching this show eventually and while I hate it… I’m glad that it’s not as bad as the manga that is… I don’t know. Bad. In an ethical way. Redo of Healer is the show to watch for everyone who hates women, disrespects women, doesn’t think of women as humans but actually believes that they’re only there to have sex with men and populate… and it’s basically an incel’s wet dream… times ten… and on drugs. There is probably a fanbase for this show and I feel like a lot of them need to see a therapist if they actually like this show. Oh… and I dropped this one after the first really bad incident btw… fucked up stuff.
At last… “Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari” is stupidly silly and it’s amazing in the dumbest way possible. Ore dake Haireru Kakushi Dungeon is my cringe-watch to go now… I watch it to make fun of it, essentially. And well,… I’m up-to-date with Boruto’s anime now and am now reading the manga although I’m nearly there at the currently newest chapter… so… I may continue One Piece and/or Case Closed/Detective Conan next.
What are you guys watching? Any recommendations? Let me know!