I watched Erased. The first 10 episodes were fairly strong, but the last 2 episodes felt a lot weaker. That's not too big a surprise. Series often seem to fail to land an ending, and I assume there was some cuts from adapting it from the manga to shove it right into those 12 episodes.
Watched the entirety of Lycoris Recoil. Pretty good, was not expecting cute blond John Wick-style chick, but still enjoyed the hell out of it. Some great fight scenes, and the relationships between characters (especially the two leads, Chisato and Takina) were very nice to see.
Am now caught up on the Chainsaw Man anime, and holy hell is this shit gory. Fucking-A, felt like I was watching an old-school horror flick. Loved it.
Watching some of this season's anime now that I've got several episodes built up in the queue for each. I watched the first 5 episodes of Chainsaw Man. While it's fun, it seems somewhat...underwhelming, from all the hype that was built up around it. I'm assuming it does a slow build up, and then a really fast sprint later on.
That said, I honestly was expecting Makima to be the protagonist of the story, even if she wasn't the eponymous 'Chainsaw Man'. Mostly because 90% of the art and 'art' I've seen features her. Probably just the skew to art being done of female characters over male characters. But wow, that Makima. She's really good at manipulating Denji to get what she wants.
Having read the manga, and having seen how they're going with the anime...I'm wondering just how accurately they're going to with the adaptation. Because there's some stuff in the manga that's...really f***ing dark, not gonna lie.
Episode 20 of SPY x FAMILY. Anya dresses in a stereotypical Sherlock Holmes outfit, with brown suit, deer-stalker hat, and magnifying glass. So cute~
Episode 6 of Chainsaw Man. And the first four episodes available of Arknights: PRELUDE TO DAWN. I haven't played the Arknights game yet, so I'm not sure if the doctor is this high-pitched in the game or not, because he has a surprisingly very soft voice. Or maybe the doctor is secretly a female, Idunno. I guess next I'll go through Women are from Venus, but Women with Giant Space Mecha are from Mercury
Also caught up on Chainsaw Man. It's a good thing I had the 5 episode backlog, because goddamn. It started hitting hard again right with episode 8. Kobeni finally saved herself from being the butt of so many jokes.
I'm legit excited for a season 2, but also burned enough from some shows like OPM to expect to get season 2 around 2030.
After letting a half-season of Gundam: Witch from Mercury air, I binged the show over the last few days.
Episode-by-episode snarky commentary, with lots of spoilers
Prologue - What a banger. Eri is cutest deadly toddler. I make fun of the British for losing to a 17-year-old, but these guys lost to a 4-year-old. Though, Eri got off easy. A real Gundam show would've killed both her father and her mother at the same time.
Episode 1 was fun. It's kind of a funny contrast to see Suletta being such a stuttering, nervous trainwreck of a wallflower, when you know she's gonna kick butt once she hops in a mobile suit. Suletta technically indirectly saves Miorine's dad from getting killed, so I wonder if anybody else will ever realise that later on.
S: "B-b-but I'm a woman!"
M: "I guess Mercury is rather conservative" ROFL
Also...if Suletta was actually a hardcore flirt playgirl who could pick up girls and boys alike, then maybe she'd be the Witch from Venus
Episode 2. I love just how insanely cutesy the OP is, both vocals and scenery. It's like they were deliberately trying to lure people in before revealing that this is, in fact, a Gundam series. Then the ending is just too chalkful of faux-symbolism for me to follow. I get the feeling people stunning Suletta and her letting out a cute flustered cry of surprise at the end of each episode is going to be a running gag.
Episode 3. The ending is perfect. If you can't marry the girl, then marry the girl's wife and you'll be spouses-in-law
Episode 4. Miorine is a giant slob lol. They show her room, and it's just FULL of takeout containers and the like. Episode 2 shows they have disposable trays, but given it's apparently a space station or something, I still find it funny Miorine has that much trash. The way Suletta rejects Guel's proposal by running away into her not-Gundam and flying off is hilarious. Also, not all Gundam protagonists are fragile human beings. Some, like Kira Yamato, are kind of just there. But others really are lonely and semi-broken. It hits a little different with a female protagonist, obviously
Episode 5. It's amazing how much Guel Jeturk sounds like 'Duel Jerk', which he is. I find it kind of adorable that they get some girl talk scenes in the dorms, enticing more people in before reminding them this is, in fact, a Gundam show. Even if the girl talk fails the Bechdel test.
Are they dropping in the Newtypes expy now? Asking your date to bring her mobile suit on your first date is fucking hilarious, and Suletta is such a lovable ditz when she misinterprets stuff. But hey, at least she gets to cross out 'going on a date' on her school list! I'm expecting the school will of course be completely logically consistent and invalidate the result of that duel because Elan was using a Gundam.
Episode 6. I like how it feels like literally everybody is Suletta's handler, because she has nil experience interacting with kids her own age. Guel literally sleeping in a tent. That Happy Birthday singing is a really haunting echo of the prologue. But finally reminding us this is Gundam by killing off fake-Elan. Oh God, if somebody dies every time Suletta sings happy birthday, that's going to be so twisted XD.
Episode 7. I've been kind of wanting to see Suletta blush hard since the first episode, to match her red hair...now that she was in a red dress in this episode, I wanted it even more to match both her hair and her dress and Miorine's tomatos. A shame she didn't. I notice mommy Mercury talks about her 'daughters' to Miorine, so guess she thinks of Aerial as a family member too. I have the feeling that Prospera is being set up as the endgame big bad
Episode 8: "We now interrupt your weekly space lesbians mecha school anime to give you an episode explaining a capitalist system regulatory framework"
Miorine: I'm going to prune this green tomato as a visual metaphor
green tomato ripens and turns red a few days later
Suletta: Suletta forgetta. Best line.
Miorine: Wait a minute, did I just have a relatively pleasant conversation with my father where I wasn't at his throat for once, because he was acting in good faith as my business mentor instead of as my dad who doesn't tell me any important information?
Shaddiq: You thought Prospera was the villainous Char analogue, but it was really I, Shaddiq!
Elan: Hi there, I'm Elan V1.2. I'm now a creepy overbearing womanizer.
Suletta: Huminahuminahuminahumina—ohwait, must stay chaste for waifu. Nika being a mole isn't surprising, considering they've had at least one blatant shot of her with Shaddiq previously.
Somehow, I expect Bob from Maintenance and Suletta are going to be teaming up together in the near future.
Suletta's character arc...it occurs to me that so far, her development hasn't been precisely on her own initiative. She's been getting pushed and pulled around in all directions by multiple different factions, including her own mother. She trusts way too easy and doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Suletta's social skills have significantly progressed in the 10 episodes so far (she still stutters and gets flustered and runs off awkwardly, but it takes a lot more to set her off), but there's still a basic inability to really communicate her deeper feelings and troubles. For once, it looks like she's ready to start making her own decisions, but guaranteed at least one of them will be a poor decision because of above flaw.
Suletta: I'm going to try and speedrun my breakdown in one episode, OK?
Miorine: Baka, baka, baka, baka! Everyone's gambits are finally slamming into each other.
Finally getting some straight-up free-style everything vs everything else space dogfights
Finally, a real Gundam.
People who were lured in by the happy-go-lucky lesbians in space boarding school premise: AAAAAAAAAAA—
Gundam fans: First time?
As soon as Guel got into the mobile suit while his father was shown earlier also hopping in a suit, I knew what was going to happen They really did a good job of animating Suletta's nervous breakdown when she's almost killed. The way her eyes dart back and forth is crazy haunting. Things are circling back to Prospera at least being an end-game villain, given how she manipulates Suletta during this whole conversation.
For how it's stated higher Permet scores will fuck up pilots (outside of Suletta), and they even show it having adverse effects, I kind of wish at least one Gundam pilot had lost a fight because his or her body couldn't keep up, and s/he broke down first. Instead, it's always the suit getting damaged or timing out on the operation, unless I forgot a battle.
Crazy just how many things come back full-circle to the prologue in similar actions with a crack operation storming a base to try and assassinate someone.
I was waiting to see whatever the tomato meme was about, and my sense of humour is twisted enough I laughed at it when it finally occurred.
It also seems surprisingly...anti-climactic, in a sense? For the presumed midpoint of the series. There will obviously be changes to the paradigm, but it doesn't seem anywhere near as disruptive and chaotic as previous Gundam midpoints have been, with entire factions being wiped out, other factions changing alliances, and occasionally even a main Gundam pilot dying
I watched Bocchi the Rock, and hecking enjoyed it. Slice-of-life about cute anime girls doing things is always a pick-me-up (which is probably why D.I.Y. is next on my list...). Lots of great animation gags, including the multiple animation shifts, and the over-the-top sequences every time Bocchi has a faux death.
I finally caught a handful of episodes of the Urusei Yatsura remake, and it's very...blah? It puts me in mind of the early Sailor Moon Crystal season and the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen remake--it makes a valiant effort at trying to be a more "faithful" adaptation to the source material, except it loses a lot of the charm that made the anime so memorable on its own. I will say that it looks great, art-wise, since it seems to have grasped what makes Rumiko Takahashi characters so unique-looking. As opposed to the floundering Yashahime kept going thorugh.
Watched all the eps of Handyman Saitou in Another World available. Not much to say, other than I found it enjoyable enough. No real over-arcing plot, very episodic in nature, kind of like a newspaper comic strip. Some very funny moments, decent enough action.
Also, High Card. Playing cards that grant magical powers? Sounds kind of silly, but this is anime we're talking about. Worth giving a glance, if you have nothing else to watch.
Watched the first two episodes released of explosion loli anime, aka the Konosuba spinoff, An Explosion on this Wonderful World! I can't speak for it being high-quality, but the animation is on-spot, and more importantly, it's fun. Cute girls, literally everyone except for Yunyun being chunibyous, explosions, magical girls, magical girl school, lots of gags and jokes.
I also watched the first two episode of KamiKatsu, and...uh, what a goddamn ride it is for how outlandish literally every single scene is. I can't really say it's good, but I may keep it on the watch list as a guilty pleasure. One thing I will say is, it has a lot of amusing moments of animation shift to a 'pixel art animation' style. It's got nothing on Bocchi, but it's still fairly cute.
I sat down and finally watched Bocchi- and while it was great, it was also WAY too close to home, being someone with clinical depression and G.A.D. Granted, that also means that it felt good to see someone succeed in ways I never was able to. I actually finished it, as opposed to something like Watemote which I couldn't stomach anymore.
Currently watching The Girl Downstairs- I went and read some of the webtoon and am so confused why they changed so much of it for the anime. Like, they changed all the names, some of the plot- which makes me wonder if they're going to do something completely different from the webtoon's ending?? It does, however, have a fucking CATCHY AS HELL OP. Link provided, so you get the ear worm too.
I'm also watching Galaxy Next Door after reading the manga, and it's about as fluffy as you'd expect- though I'm a little surprised at how low-budget it seems to be. Which isn't necessarily bad- it has more of the charm of a Ghibli film than big budget spectacles, although I don't know that it being a slice of life without much real drama or fuck-with will mean it will last very long. I haven't seen a translation update for the manga in a few months- which to be fair, a lot of manga and the like haven't had.
Yuri is my Job! and Sacrificial Princess are airing now, but having read the manga (to completion for Sacrificial Princess) means I don't have much interest in watching them, since I know the plot for both. Although, if you're a fan of Yuri like I am, Yuri is my Job! is worth watching for both the carnival of cringe and the showcasing of just how fucking awkward and painful it can be to live a lie- alongside what sweet and lovely girl-girl love moments there are (which are admittedly few and far between. It purports itself as a comedy, but there's very little funny about most of the gags considering what complete travesties the girls are in general.)
Sacrificial Princess was very enjoyable to read, so if you want a somewhat cliche romance / semi-political drama, definitely watch it if you like anime better than reading manga. The manga, however, is complete and the anime has just started.
I'm watching I Got a Cheat Skill in the Other World And It Made Me Unrivaled in the Real World as well. While it's mostly a cliche and standard Isekai harem romp, the MC reminds me a lot of Issei from HS DXD, except without any of the perversion and with the psychological issues ramped up to 15 (out of 10.) For you Issei-hating harem-lovers, you might get a kick out of it. The CGI work on it is really good, though mostly it's just very cliche- which I say as if it's a negative thing, but it isn't pretending to be deep or inventive, it's just good fun and- if you squint- has some rather poignant Body Image Issues tones, since the MC goes from a "fat ugly" guy to a 12/10 model . . . without gaining even a speck of self esteem on the way.
Gundam's Witch From Mercury season 2 is almost halfway done, although due to personal hangups, I stopped watching at the end of S1. I started watching it for the yuri main pairing, but any Gundam fans will absolutely enjoy it if you haven't already been watching it- which I figure most have. It kind of felt like Gundam mixed with a bit of Code Geass, funnily.
With all that said, as you can kind of tell, I've been on a big Yuri kick lately- especially with a few of the long-running series I really enjoyed ending, such as The Sheep Princess in Wolf's Clothing and Togudata's(?) works (Tadakoro-san).
I finally finished watching D.I.Y., which is a thriller horror anime, where ever episode you wait in trepidation to see if this is the episode where the main character finally maims herself with the amount of DIY accidents she gets herself into. As I've said before, I like watching shows about cute girls doing cute things, and this is spot-on. The D.I.Y. club is a focal point for the show, but it's not THE absolute centre point, as a lot of the episodes are definitely about the journey of the girls' interactions with one another, plus some good character development. Absolutely no lewdness whatsoever for those who don't want that sort of thing, plus some very nice soft colour visual that gets away from the samey-ness of a lot of modern anime.