It’s Autumn! It’s getting colder, windier and (at least over here) rainier: The perfect conditions to hole up inside and escape reality using Japanese cartoons! Hell yeah! Let’s procrastinate together by waiting for the next episode of our favourite shows to air… Jokes aside, it’s a new season and I haven’t really talked about Summer all that much but at this point, I guess it’s a bit too late. I mean, I wrote about the shows I planned on watching in Summer and ended up adding a whole lot of other shows to that list afterwards. It was a great season! It wasn’t as spicy as Spring. There certainly was no Odd Taxi in there… But Sonny Boy was amazing and Uramichi Oniisan was amazing. In fact, the latter was so good that I’ll keep the screenshot from there as a header image because it’s just been that good. Long story short, today I write about anime that are airing this season that I’ll be watching. As far as the format of this post goes: I’ll start with the Japanese name but will probably stick to English names in some cases. Since Japanese names get translated differently from site to site, I figured that the Japanese title of a show might be better for the header while referring to it in the English title might be better for my little text and stuff. I’ll essentially get into why I’m looking forward to these shows and give a quick spoiler-free synopsis of the premise.
Saihate no Paladin
I love Isekai stuff. I mean, it’s really good when it’s good and it’s the best trash when it’s bad. Anyways, The Faraway Paladin is actually something that I’m super excited about because… I read the manga and I loved it. It’s the story of some guy that dies all alone and gets reincarnated in a different world where he, as a human child, is being raised by Undead beings. I love that shit. I love the worldbuilding and the magic system in it. Frankly, there are only 3/12 episodes out at the moment but I find it incredibly well adapted so far and can highly recommend checking this one out. As far as I know, the manga is also an adaptation of the light novel, so there may actually be differences at one point since the anime may adapt different parts of the light novel than the manga. So uh, there’s that!
Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi
My Senpai is Annoying is a RomCom show about a bunch of salary-workers in some company and their daily lives at the workplace. The main character is Igarashi who’s a hard-working young woman and who’s constantly getting annoyed by her Senpai (ealier colleague/co-worker with more experience), Takeda. Still, despite being annoyed by him, they get closer to each other and well, it’s just a rather wholesome yet funny show about adults eating food, working hard, and going for a drink. I’m really enjoying it so far and am really looking forward to the 4th episode (out of 12) that should come out soon (please?). ALSO: THE OPENING SLAPS! LIKE HELLA HARD!
Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 2nd Season
I loved Jobless Reincarnation’s manga and first season and still do believe that it has some of the most stunning animation I’ve seen in recent years. I talked about that a bit over here but in essence, the show follows a shut-in that died and gets reincarnated (…Again, I love Isekai!) into another world where he know wants to actually live his life. Similarly to The Faraway Paladin the show is a lot about the difference between “living” and “being alive” and it essentially follows the main character, Rudeus, along his journey of mastering languages, magic and his journey in this Fantasy World. The lore is amazing, btw, and I just love how the world works in Jobless Reincarnation. People may say that “it’s just another isekai with the same old tropes” but the issue here is that Jobless Reincarnation is one of the first Isekai Light Novels that ever existed. Most of the Isekai tropes are FROM Jobless Reincarnation. Anyway, the second season directly continues the first season’s plot in which Rudeus is searching for his family. I’m really hyped about this arc and I can’t wait for the next episode because of what’s gonna happen. :)
Ranking of Kings is a show that follows the young Prince Bojji, a deaf, stupid, and weak prince who dreams of becoming the best king there ever was! The show documents his growth as a character, particularly after his fateful encounter with his first friend and the last survivor of the shadow clan, Kage. It’s an interesting premise since Kage is the only one that can truly understand Bojji even though Bojji can’t speak. He can use sign language but generally, people make fun of him and there are a lot of intricacies behind the scenes that are incredibly well adapted into this show. Despite following a young protagonist, it clearly is a Seinen show that utilizes a Comedy-Adventure-Fantasy setting to portray some deeper political thematics really well. I’m liking it a ton so far because of the effect that Bojji’s deeds have on people’s opinions of him.
Kyuuketsuki Sugu Shinu
The Vampire Dies in No Time aka KyuuShi is a show that follows a vampire hunter and a vampire living together. The vampirer hunter, Ronaldo, hopes that the vampire, Dracul, who’s crashing at his flat due to special circumstances just… dies… sometime? Hence the title. It’s a bit complicated since Dracul really seems to be immortal and the dynamic between the characters is quite fun. More than that though, I find the side characters amazing. This show is perfect for me to turn my brain off to – I don’t have to overthink anything and it’s really lighthearted and hence enjoyable. A nice change of pace, I’d say.
Isekai Shokudou 2
Hey, uh, have I… by any chance… mentioned that I like Isekai? No? Well, strap on for the second season of Restaurant to Another World! I loved the first season and the second season does what the first season did but a little bit better even, which is great. The show focuses around a restaurant called Nekoya whose door appears in a Fantasy World on every seventh day of the week. The premise is basically that the restaurant owner serves food from our world in that fantasy world and people come around to enjoy it. There are warriors and mages, elves and humans, lizardmen, demons, kids, dwarves, and just a plethora of different races that enjoy food together, laugh and… Yeah, it’s really just that. I can highly recommend the first season and if you’ve seen that already, check out this season because… It’s just really good. A little bit of Slice of Life with a whole lot of Fantasy worldbuilding and, I guess, food? Very nice!
Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life suru Koto ni Shimashita
I love shows with long titles. I don’t know, from DanMachi to Bofuri to Slime Tensei to this one here, there’s a lot of interesting premises that can’t be explained in just a few words. This one’s called “Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside” and the title really summarises the plot quite well. In this world, people have blessings and the main character has the so-called “Guide” blessing whose whole purpose is to guide the hero. Someday, he gets banished, so he ends up moving to a Frontier town and living a slow life over there, gathering herbs and selling them off. I’m up-to-date with the manga, actually, and it’s really cute although the plot thickens later on. It’s a good amount of relatively fast-progressing romance, a lot of Slice of Life and some Action/Drama, and I found the manga quite enjoyable. Either way, if you plan on watching this… Just shorten it to “Slow Life at the Frontier” or something because the other options are too much of a mouth full.
Those are really the best shows from this season, from what I’ve seen. Some other ones looked interesting but I won’t talk about them since this post is already long enough, right? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully, you found something cool to watch here.