Blending moments of utter tranquility with unforgiving emotional heights, Big Fish & Begonia had me floored in its opening act and kept me hooked until the very end. Unlike most of the content reviewed on this blog, I stumbled upon this film by chance and found myself in shock that it flew under my radar.
You guys asked for it, so here it is. Alice & Zoroku is a show that I watched as it aired but dropped around episode 3 or 4 due to a lack of interest and that exams were taking full control of my schedule. First of all, thank you to everyone who told me to give this another shot because this show had a lot more going for it than I gave credit for. Not only mixing up the general supernatural escaped test subject premise that’s been done to death but working so well to present its own themes entirely. Albeit a bit late, here are my full thoughts on Alice & Zoroku.
At first, this show seemed to be a spin-off show of GochiUsa, a show following a group of girls working in a coffee shop – and admittedly is the reason it was in my Queue. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was its own show entirely and focused on a theatre setting. Although I may be biased as “cute girls in theatre” is possibly my favourite combination of words, this show definitely doesn’t get a free pass as a result.
How do you encompass youth in one word? There are a wide variety of answers that are all correct in their own right, but the one that sums it up for me is Growth. Youth is a time of development, finding yourself and still trying to fit in. Seemingly endless days with friends and making every attempt at creating memories with them, youth is a wonderful thing and is one of the most effective themes presented in anime. Demi-chan wa Kataritai perfectly encompasses this concept through its innovative characters, spectacular narrative pacing and beautiful visuals. It really has been a long time since a show this effortlessly enjoyable and engaging has come along.
Every season, there are shows that are heavily publicised, generate excessive amounts of hype and garner a large following before even airing. Urara Meirochou was not one of those shows. In all honesty, the only reason I even found this show was by scrolling through a list of the Winter 2017 series. I’ve gotta say that for a show which had no expectations and no real background knowledge, it was more fun than expected. Is it one of the best shows of the season? Well, that depends on a variety of factors.
Amongst the strong lineup of easygoing comedy shows, Gabriel Dropout proved to be an enjoyable show that broke from its initially lukewarm premiere. Playing on tropes and ideas that have been covered before does hinder this show’s creativity and sense of worth but is not an entirely diminishing factor in its release. It’s effective presentation of gag comedy and unpredictable writing gave viewers a series that never seemed to disappoint.
One of the most satisfying feelings as a reviewer is to see one of your favourite shows receive a sequel and for it to be so much stronger than its predecessor. Sparked with a fresh look into its animation while keeping the lovably useless characters we became attached to last year, Konosuba Season 2 is incredible. Not only has the narrative become more dynamic and actually progressed from season one, but the scenarios have only gotten more ridiculous – which works wonders for this show’s unique style of comedy.