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.
If you’re anybody who is anybody within the anime community, you will have undoubtedly seen this handsome pair somewhere along the line. In all my years within this online community, never have I observed a single show completely sweep fans off their feet within one single season. The worst part is, I can’t even argue with how the staff at MAPPA have accomplished such a feat. Without any further ado, here are my thoughts on the show that needs no introduction: Yuri!!! on Ice
When a show that, admittedly, had a lot of flaws and was pushed to the sidelines gets a second season, there is always a feeling of caution towards it. What some would consider a waste of time for the last season, dedicating your time to another thirteen episodes can be quite the commitment. Well let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions you can make. Throwing aside the flat comedy and going ham with the action, drama and animation has re-sparked the light in Bungo Stray Dogs.
Mob Psycho 100, undeniably the fan favourite of the season and for a plethora of very good reasons. The mastermind behind the creation of the One Punch Man manga known as ONE receives another TV anime of his other manga of the same name. I’ve been waiting to write about this show since the first episode aired. Trademark sketchy lines and simple character designs are back on our screens once again in all of their over animated and breathtakingly stunning glory.
91 Days, a show that promised a new way to present an anime. A show that would throw away the traditional anime tropes and truly tell a story that was different to what we had seen before. The previews looked great, a true historical action drama! After the slight disappointment that was Joker Game, I was hoping this show would rekindle my love for period dramas. For the most part, it succeeded in that regard, I really did enjoy this show for a while but to say that it did everything right wouldn’t be fair in the slightest.
Charm is one of the most integral features in entertainment. Especially when presenting a character driven story where the focus of the plot relies on a feeling of connection with those characters. New Game!, encapsulates a feeling of wonder other shows of the season could only dream of and is done so through its colourful cast members, easygoing yet engaging narrative and clean animation. Video games are an art form which must be moulded into the final product through hard work and determination. When the staff working on a project care deeply for what they’re working on, the end result is one of passion and will always garner success.
As with every season of anime, there is always that one show that everyone’s talking about. For this year, Winter had Boku Machi (you can check out my review of that here), Spring gave us Re:Zero and Summer brought Mob Psycho 100. While those shows indefinitely deserve the spotlight and fans will flock to greatness, more often than not this results on this concept of hidden gems. Shows that garner a small yet dedicated fanbase that are sometimes pushed aside in the multitude of “Top 10” lists and “Season Spotlights”. As of writing this piece, we’re roughly halfway through the season so I’ll be giving my thoughts on some of the shows this season in no particular order.
Joker Game gives an insight into a pre World War II industrial Japan though the eyes of expertly trained D-Agency spies. Based on the novel written by Koji Yanagi, this action packed spy thriller will keep you hooked from the title sequence. Follow the intense missions Japan’s most cunning, quick-thinking and combat ready operatives.