This week's round up of anime related blog posts. This week we've got some great posts from Irina, community posts about Black Clover, Senryuu Shoujo, horror anime, and others.
Isekai Cheat Magician tries for a poignant moment this episode and due to the lack of a solid emotional foundation it came off more comical than it probably intended. Still, Taichi vs the two headed dragon was at least a momentary distraction from the mediocrity of this series.
Both Irina and I continue to find reasons to be thrilled that we are watching Given this season. Not that it is hard to find reasons when you've got great writing and great characterisation.
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There's something about a show that is great that makes it even more precarious than just being average. Great leads to expectations which means when you get something that is still pretty good but not great, you suddenly feel cheated or disappointed. Episode 8 of Kanata no Astra kind of has that effect. That said, it is still one of the stand out anime of the season and it didn't actually become terrible. It just didn't quite live up to the expectations of the cliffhanger from episode 7.
Another round of lets talk to people and then go about using admin privileges to make whatever the demon-lord wants. The lack of real tension is palpable as is the lack of narrative direction. This one doesn't even really cut it as a slice of life because the characters just aren't engaging enough.
There are so many great anime out there so it is natural that newer viewers would ask those who have watched more for recommendations about what to watch. Yet for me this question is a mine-field as recommending the wrong anime might just scare away a potential friend in the fandom. How do you go about anime recommendations or do you just not over-think it?
It was about time Tilarna made a friend outside of Kei. What could go wrong with that? Oh, she made the friend while undercover at a brothel? And the girl she made friends with is selling information that is hindering the investigation? Yeah, this isn't going to end well.
The players of the hugely successful MMO Elder tales are still trapped in the virtual world. They now survive as immortal adventurers living out what some would call a dream come true by incarnating their online personas. But playing a game and living it are two very different things. Stakes that were once amusing have very real and grim consequences. And increasingly, it seems what constitutes the "real" world, isn't as clear as it uses to be. The all-powerful adventurers have had a huge impact on the world of Theldesia and its people. Now they have some pretty big responsibilities, and the pressure is building!
It is probably telling that I didn't finish reviewing this anime episodically letting the last few episodes finish before many weeks later I finally watched them. Needless to say I didn't feel I'd missed out by leaving it so long and writing this review just highlights to me how much wasted potential there really was in Fairy Gone.