I never did review the final three episodes of this anime though I did finish watching it. Honestly, I just didn't have enough to say about those episodes individually. Here's a supernatural police drama that manages to yawn its way through 12 episodes despite the promise of vampires, dragons and large scale terrorism.
While there are some truly great moments in Stars Align, the series lacks balance and the pacing doesn't really allow any of its concepts to get the full attention they deserve. Also, ending prematurely, without a follow up season this one seems destined to be forgotten. However, I'll give it points for effort at least.
Cautious Hero gives us the usual isekai deal with an overlay of heavy comedy. The main gimmick is that the hero, despite being incredibly powerful, is incredibly cautious (almost paranoid about danger). There's certainly some amusement here but can this one hold its own in the already over-crowded comedic isekai market?
Okay, I had a number of issues with this series when it started and while I still don't like the protagonist a lot of things are working well in this anime. Be sure to read the full review and share your thoughts on the anime in the comments.
Hataage! Kemono Michi is another isekai story about a Japanese person being summoned as a hero into a fantasy world. The gimmick this time is that he's a pro-wrestler who loves animals and upon being summoned he drops the Princess on her head and runs away from the castle. Despite being a summoned hero, Genzo's grand plan includes capturing demon beasts and using them to open a pet shop. It is a silly show that doesn't take itself seriously and by and large was fun enough even if it is lacking in areas.
This pair of episodes of Special 7 deals with Belle's kidnapping and then launches us into full on backstory mode as the group are tasked with transporting a terrorist turned witness who just happens to be responsible for the mess at the airport that seems to link all our character's tragic backstories. Of course we're left on a cliffhanger so I guess I'll find out what happens next when I finally get to the next episode.
Well that's a cliff-hanger finish for you. Admittedly, the match is done and we can see the growth of some characters. Still, there's a lot left open by this final episode of Stars Align. While there's rumour that the director wants the series to return, without confirmation we'll probably have to accept that this is it for now.
Ultimate moves and goddesses breaking the rules, this would be an almost epic hero versus demon lord showdown except that with the comedic build up to this point it just doesn't quite feel earned. Not to mention, even mid-crisis the story can't resist throwing in some slap stick. Still, Cautious Hero gives us a pretty solid ending with episode 12.
You voted and here we are. It is time for the announcement of what the reader's picked as the anime of the season.
It's another story of a Japanese teen getting isekai'd to a fantasy world only, at the request of the teen she's going to be perfectly average in every-way... Just a shame she forgot to ask god to be an average human. This one is a charming romp but doesn't have a lot of substance to it. However, if cute girls doing adventurous things in a fantasy land is in any way appealing, this will be worth the look. Read the full review and I'd love to know what you thought of 'Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life'.