Believe it or not, the very first anime I had watched (excluding shows watched as a child like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh) was in fact the infamously cutesy show Lucky Star. Whether or not you see this as a positive way to venture into the medium, it’s needless to say that I was definitely thrown into the deep end. Being aged around 14 at the time, there was nothing I had seen before that was even remotely similar in any aspect. From the adorably ‘smushy’ character designs to the complete awareness at its own lack of substance, Lucky Star certainly was an interesting doorway into my anime journey.
So if you’re an avid follower of my Weekly Roundup series you’ll be very aware that even after three viewings, Episode Five of Welcome to the Ballroom seemed to be completely flawless. There is so much to this single episode that not dedicating an entire piece on it would be an insult. Not only did the visual direction floor me as a Film Studies student, but the amount of story telling this episode accomplished in twenty four minutes is astounding. Without further ado, here are my complete and unrestricted view on what I consider to be the strongest anime episode I’ve seen in a very long time.
This will mark my third article on this site that mentions Teekyu but I don’t care. Its 100th episode aired this week and I’m seizing the opportunity to talk about one of my favourite mindless comedy shows. Don’t misunderstand though, mindless is a positive compliment here; this show functions as the perfect palette cleanser and continues to be one of my favourite shows. Although you’ll need the ability to read subtitles at rapid speed and be prepared to marathon a whole lot of episodes, Teekyu is one of those shows that I always recommend to everyone.
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.
Although I’m still catching up on the season just gone, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with this new season of anime. In these weekly roundups, I’ll be going through each show I’m watching and talk about the episode that aired this week. Opening week is always the most important, creating a lasting impression is key to sustaining a hefty audience. Let’s see how this season has fared so far.
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.