Here we go, the Summer Season has kicked off with a bang and bloggers are furiously typing up first impressions posts and sorting out their seasonal review schedule. Oddly enough, no one has yet to declare this the worst season ever so that might be the first time for nearly a year I haven’t heard that label applied to an anime season. Though, there are certainly people raising eye-brows at the number of isekai titles making the scene. Still, I enjoy isekai, I’ve found plenty of anime to enjoy so far, and I’m looking forward to what this season will bring us.
Posts from the Community
Crack Down Review has a gorgeous piece written about the second season of March Comes in Like a Lion. Okay, I’m incredibly biased given how much I loved the season but reading this review was fantastic. For those who still haven’t watched the anime (either the first or second season) despite my many, many posts praising it to pieces (as I said, incredibly biased), this post is definitely one to read as it might just convince you that March Comes in Like a Lion is worth a try and that as it goes into the second season it goes from great to truly amazing.
Irina on her blog asks Why Aren’t There More Short Anime? It is an interesting question and one she examines from the point of view of the industry and makes you really think about what goes into making any anime, short or otherwise. As always, a really interesting post and one that gets you thinking.
Jonah Hunt has a discussion about Shinji Ikari from Evangelion (we knew that its release on Netflix would open all these discussions again). I really enjoyed reading this post though because it doesn’t really try to take on everything but rather looks at one specific aspect of Shinji’s character and uses that to relate to their personal experiences and reasons why they liked watching Shinji’s character. Definitely one to check out.
And now all the first episode thoughts:
Hannah Brave gives their first impressions of Lord El-Melloi etc (there are a lot of way too long anime titles this season). Admittedly, I was kind of curious about this one until I read this review. Mostly because I haven’t watched all the Fate/Zero anime, actually only one of them and I wasn’t all that into it, and it kind of seems like there’s some required knowledge here. Even if that isn’t the case, the connection between this one and the other franchise is enough to make me at least put it on hold for now. However they have recommended this series so if you are curious about it this post might let you know whether or not it is worth giving a try.
Marth shares his first impressions of Granbelm. I will admit, this is not one I was really thinking much about but after reading this review I decided why not try. It isn’t a rave review by any means but it kind of captures the kind of great kind of not feel the episode itself has. Again, if you are still thinking about whether to try it or not, this review might tip you over the line one way or the other.
Lynn and Yomu discuss the first episode of Fire Force over on Lynn Sheridan’s blog. If you want to get two perspectives on one of the hottest first episodes this season this post is a great one to check out as it uses Lynn’s style breaking it down into what they enjoyed what they liked least and which character they like the most so far. Great fun to read and a good guide as to whether you might find the anime enjoyable.
However, another great take on Fire Force can be found on Crow’s World of Anime as it looks at three great moments from the first episode and how they drew Crow into the story. It is a fun post to read and certainly highlights the best points of this first episode.
Arthifis asks whether Dr Stone is any good in his first impressions post over on Anime Shelter. Now Arthifis was a bit more sensible than me and went in relatively blind and so his viewing experience was a bit different to mine. While I enjoyed the episode a lot of the wow factor was kind of killed by the promotional videos giving most of the key moments of the episode away. Definitely one to check out and also I’m just really glad to see Arthifis back.
Pick of the Week
Marshmallow Pastel takes a look at selective mutism and the representation of disability within Senryu Shoujo. I really enjoyed Senryuu Shoujo and this piece is a wonderful look at the reality behind Nanako’s silent presence within the story. There’s plenty of discussion about the anime and the manga and also a bit of a personal take on the situation. It is a really great post to read.
Posts For Patrons
- Given Episode 1 With Irina and Karandi
- Uchi no Musume Episode 1
- Dr Stone Episode 1
- Fire Force Episode 1
- Maou Sama, Retry! Episode 1
- Granbelm Episode 1
- Kanata no Astra Episodes 1 and 2
- Arifureta Episode 1
- Cop Craft Episode 1
- Isekai Cheat Magician Episode 1
- Afterlost Episode 12
- Kono Oto Tomare! Episode 13
- Fruits Basket Episode 14
- Demon Slayer Episode 14
- Top 5 Cute Anime Demon Girls
- Series Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants
- Up Close With Jean Otus
- Inquiring Minds Want to Know #21 – Favourite Character Catch Phrase
- Feature: Why Summer Is The Time To Watch Fantasy Anime
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