Inquiring Minds Want to Know #28

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Okay, I know I’ve answered this before somewhere on my blog but I cannot for the life of me find where and with new followers I may as take it on again.

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Hello Karandi! As a kind-of-new anime blogger (one month), I’d love to know how you started off as an anime blogger.  I admire your writing style and your blog in general. Learning more about the origins of your blog would be pleasant (if it isn’t too much to ask). Thank you! ( ᐛ )


You know there are moments when you read something and it makes you feel really good but at the same time your whole face feels like it is on fire and you want to hide under a table? Maybe it is just me. However, this question made me feel really good about my blog while at the same time made me genuinely break out in a blush.


But you know, I should probably answer the actual question. As I said in the introduction, I know I’ve talked about why I started a blog and how I started previously but blogs and their communities are constantly changing and while there are a few readers who I know have been with me since nearly the beginning, there’s a lot of new readers who have come along, so revisiting this is probably a good idea from time to time.


The real hint is in the name ‘100 Word Anime’. At the time when I started the blog, I hadn’t been writing fiction for a long time because work was busy and I was getting frustrated with starting a project and then not being able to work on it and losing momentum and so I just kind of stopped. I’ve always written fiction for fun and going for a length of time without writing was making me even more frustrated. I was also trying to find people to discuss anime with and using the Curnchyroll forums, Reddit and other discussion boards and the like but found that wasn’t so much a conversation as a shout factory with everyone just trying to score points rather than converse.


Someone close to me suggested I start a blog to write about what I was watching and that maybe that would be a good way to meet people to talk about anime (they were so right but I don’t think they realised it at the time). The title came about because I was just going to write 100 words about what I just watched and that was my only real intention when I started the blog. You know, because I couldn’t use the excuse I was too tired. 100 words was an achievable target and it got me writing again.

Turns out writing is contagious and the ani-blogging community is so incredibly supportive. I seldom managed to only write 100 words and I soon branched into features and top 5 lists and so on as well as episode reviews. 3 and a half years later and I’m still finding it to be a joy to write about anime and certainly I’ve found a community to talk to about the shows I’m watching. I think what keeps it all going is just how much fun it is interacting with this community and I never seem to run out of stuff to write about.

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Obviously, my intentions for the blog grew over time and now I’d really love to make this my main focus. I’m not at a point where I can do that yet, but one day I’d love to say that I’m a blogger and not add that it is as a hobby. But for now I’ll thank the readers I have for taking the time to stop by and if I can open up a discussion or give others a place to talk about anime then I think the main goal of the blog is still being met.


Now I’m going to ask my readers to share their origin story if they write a blog. Of course if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #27

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Last year I touched on my reasons for rewatching anime in a feature post that I had a lot of fun writing. However the question this week is a slightly different take on the situation. It isn’t about rewatching something you enjoyed but rather taking the time to watch something you didn’t like the first time. For some people that might seem a little crazy, but there’s definitely cases for it.

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I originally really didn’t like Stein’s Gate. Eventually after a rewatch I ended up enjoying it very much. Has this ever happened to you? Where you watched a show for a second time, and ended up liking it even though you didn’t like it the first time?

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Those who have followed my blog since 2016 may remember my initial thoughts on Ouran High School Host Club as expressed in my review of the series. While I ended up writing quite the positive review of the series I did explain my impression on the first attempt at watching it:

I didn’t finish it the first time through. I got, maybe 10 episodes in and just couldn’t take any more vapidness so walked away.

Karandi – 2016

Yeah, Ouran was one of those anime, like Haikyuu, that people kept insisting I should watch. However, I was worn down on Ouran much faster than Haikyuu for the simple fact that the person recommending it incessantly knew me well enough to dangle a decent female harem lead as bait and for the sheer novelty of a non-blank slate harem protagonist I decided to give it a twirl. And yeah, it really didn’t go well.


I think for a lot of Ouran High School Host Club I continue to have mixed feelings toward it. And maybe that is what draws me back to it again and again. There are elements, such as Haruhi’s character and the twins, that have clicked with me, and even Tamaki is less annoying once you get a better understanding of his character. There are other elements, like the repeated banana peel joke, that still fall flat and I wince as those scenes and setups approach just waiting for the poor punchline.


However, the one element I have the most mixed feelings about is the opening. Whether in English or Japanese I’ll go from singing along to its infectious boppiness one day to cringing the next time I hear it and reaching for the remote or the mouse to skip it fast. One day I’ll find it charming and another grating. Still, given how many times I’ve now watched the anime, I’m pretty sure this one counts as an anime I’ve fallen hard for.

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As for other titles I’ve had a similar reaction to, most of them are comedies. Things like Acchi Kocchi where when I first started watching it I was more bemused than amused and just kind of transfixed and staring at the events unfolding. By the end of the series I was enjoying it and when I went back I found that the first episodes were among the strongest in the series and now that I’d gotten used to the tone and characters they were so much more enjoyable.

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Kyou Kara Maou was another one where the first time I started watching it I bailed a few episodes in because I just found the characters to be too over the top and the jokes weren’t landing. While I won’t argue that Kyou Kara Maou is a particularly amazing anime, and visually it has dated badly, but I for whatever reason went back and watched it and I ended up very fond of the cast and enjoyed the story. The fact that I can now access it through AnimeLab in Australia is just brilliant and I’ve been doing a slow rewatch throughout the year and it is still kind of fun though I think this one will wear out with repeated rewatches because there just isn’t quite enough substance.

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As always, I want to know what my readers think. Which anime did you not like the first time but came back for a second dose and discovered something you could love? Of course if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #26

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I guess for those who have followed my blog awhile it has become pretty clear that I have a few pet-favourite anime that I bring up fairly regularly. Natsume Yuujinchou, March Comes in Like a Lion, Darker Than Black, Soul Eater, and then there’s DanMachi. I’m not sure I’m going to really convey what I want to say in this post but I’m really going to try to answer this question.

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Why do you like DanMachi so much?

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This one is really hard to put into words. It is like trying to explain why you love chocolate ice-cream and inevitably you end up falling back on adjectives like sweet and creamy and melt-in-your-mouth; all of which could be equally attributed to vanilla ice-cream instead. Yet it really must be chocolate ice-cream. Preferably chocolate ice-cream with brownie pieces mixed in and chocolate fudge on top. Maybe topped with milo.


When it comes to DanMachi there’s no single reason why I enjoy it as much as I do. Certainly there are some great individual moments and scenes within the first season that really captured me in the moment but individually they aren’t enough to really make it an anime that I talk about as often as I do. Visually it looks fine but it isn’t out of this world. The characters are fun but again, there’s better. The mix of action and comedy and the general fantasy setting isn’t exactly novel either. So why is it that I like DanMachi to the point where I binge watch it with regularity, have thoroughly enjoyed reading the light novels, and am super excited to be watching season 2?

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There’s a few things I think that have always made DanMachi stand out to me and while I’ll accept there’s other anime that do similar or possibly even better, it is probably the combination of these elements that really sell the show to me.

Firstly, the comedy aspects are not the tongue in cheek, self-aware and smug kind of comedy elements. Sure there’s fan-service a plenty in season one, and the obvious moments of ‘humour’ as Hestia and Bell run away from the other goddesses, but there’s some genuinely amusing moments that are played straight and lighten the atmosphere as intended without feeling like you are getting a direct nudge and wink from the writer who wants you to applaud him for being really clever.


I particularly enjoy the opening after Bell is rescued by Ais and he runs through the town covered in blood without a single concern for nearly dying because he wants his adviser to tell him about the girl who rescued him. Likewise Bell’s timing when asking for armour made by Welf Crozzo just as Welf was arguing with the shop keeper about hiding his work was a pleasantly delivered scene that made me smile. The exaggerated reactions of Bell to Hestia’s overtures also tend to fall on the wryly amusing side rather than the obnoxious (most of the time). Even Ais’ training session, where she tries to figure out how to explain things to Bell has a few moments that bring genuine smiles.

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And this kind of ties in with the second reason I really love DanMachi. The cast of characters work together in a way that makes them better than they are individually. Bell by himself is probably a pretty dull protagonist. He fits the nice guy trope so well and the shounen ‘I want to be the strongest’ simultaneously. Throw in the harem leads general obliviousness and lack of romantic experience and you have a character who by any definition should be at best forgettable. Yet Bell proves himself reasonably interesting by himself and when paired with Hestia or Lily or Ais or Welf or any of the other cast members the scenes manage to come to life.


This cast has a real chemistry and while most characters end up defined by their relationship to Bell, that actually works in the show’s favour as we have a large cast but it never feels overly cluttered or difficult to follow who is who or what is going on.

That the human characters are all pretty ordinary and yet fun enough also works in DanMachi’s favour as this anime brings us a whole plethora of divine characters who seem to excel in being ridiculously eccentric. This nice contrast between mortal and immortal characters actually helps make the whole world building feel a little more real.


The final reason that I think DanMachi really captured me is that when we get to the life-threatening action, the action is very good. If we were to compare this to some of the more generic isekai battle sequences, they just cannot stand up. And I know DanMachi isn’t actually isekai, however all of its trappings kind of make it feel like it should be. Whether it is watching Bell discover his firebolt magic and going on a rampage in the dungeon, seeing Lily betray him and leave him behind only for Bell to track her down and dramatically rescue her, Bell facing off with the Minotaur or the final battle against the floor boss, DanMachi knows how to bring its top form to scenes where it really matters.

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Again, it isn’t as though other anime don’t have similar characteristics, but somehow the combination of elements in season one DanMachi just really worked for me and I’m very glad I watched it. The title initially put me off as I thought ‘Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in A Dungeon’ was the stupidest title I’d ever heard (though these days I’ve heard plenty worse) but I’m so very glad I got over that and gave it a try.

Over to you: Do you like DanMachi and if yes what is it that you love about it? Of course if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #24

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I have to thank Arthifis for this question and for making me realise the survey was displaying the wrong question – fixed now. Still this question definitely got me thinking and I would love to hear the responses from all the ani-bloggers out there.

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I would love to ask how are you able to push forward with Anime blogging for so many years without ever thinking in giving up? Or maybe it has crossed your mind from time to time. In that case, the question is how you are able to fight those thoughts xp


Honestly, I still feel like such a newbie when it come to blogging sometimes. I know I’ve been doing it since 2016, but it seems like every time I turn around there’s something new to learn or try or I realise that something I’ve been doing can be done in a much easier way. So basically it doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing something for a long time.

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Though, I had written a blog before on a different topic many years ago. I think the difference is that back then I didn’t really find a community like I have when writing about anime. I had some readers but they kind of came and went and there was no real sense that I was getting to know any of them or making any kind of connection. And the content kind of became repetitive and I didn’t really feel the need to write for it. Ultimately I found it far too easy to walk away from that blog.

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So why is 100 Word Anime different for me?

The content is something I am absolutely in love with. There’s always some anime somewhere for me to watch that I will want to talk about. If there’s ever a season that is so poor that I find nothing to watch (seems unlikely) there’s a million titles on my watch list that I could get back to and do some retro reviews of. I never feel like I’m reaching for ideas but more like I’m trying to stay on top of all the possible posts I could write.


Secondly, the interaction. Starting this blog has given me so many connections to other anime fans and I absolutely love that. When I finish watching an episode of anime now it isn’t just on to the next thing. Instead I can post a thought on Twitter and see what other people are saying, I can draft my thoughts for a review, and I can scroll through my reader to see who else is covering the episode and what they thought of it. It makes anime even more fun.

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Finally, I really do want to see how far I can go with this. I want to know just what I can make of the blog in the future. I have so many ideas and things I’d like to try when I have the time that it feels like I’ll never get to a point where I don’t have anything I want to say or do. At least half the things I decided at the start of the year that I wanted to try this year haven’t really happened so there’s always something more to try to do or reach for.


Ultimately, I think every blogger is going to have to answer this one for themselves and think about what they enjoy about blogging. For me it is the fact that it makes my hobby that I already love more fun, that I’ve made great friends and have a community to share that love with, and that I keep setting goals for the future so I feel like I’m heading somewhere.


So, if you are an ani-blogger, how do you keep moving forward without giving up? Of course if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #24

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Once again I’ve been given a question that on the surface seems fairly easy to answer but there are some complexities involved. While I’ll give my best answer this one is definitely a question for the community so be sure to have a go at answering it in the comments because I’m certain it is going to get a conversation going.

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What do you think about self-promotion?


If I’m perfectly honest, I hate putting myself out there. In any real capacity. I can’t write cover letters, my resume is scant on details, and in interviews I generally play down any and all achievements. This isn’t out of a sense of false modesty or a desire to hide. It is more that I feel that what I do in my day to day job is nothing more than what should be expected and I don’t feel that I need a pat on the head for that effort. Likewise I can’t declare myself the best candidate for something when I don’t know who else has applied and in most cases any one of the candidates would actually perform as well as any other so should I really talk myself up all that much?


After starting a blog, and deciding that eventually I’d like this to be more than just a hobby, I kind of needed to revise this. You can’t just create content and hope that maybe someone will stumble upon it (even if you still happen to use Stumble Upon – which is apparently now called Mix for some reason). And so self-promotion becomes a necessary step in a way.


Admittedly, my blog experienced plenty of natural growth just by being active in the community. Not actually self-promotion, but engaging with other bloggers and commenting on their work and ideas just led people back to my content. But there is a limit to this kind of growth.

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So the answer would be that while I’m not going to scream “I’m the best!” from a rooftop anytime soon (or ever), I’ve come to the conclusion that a certain amount of self-promotion is necessary. My main focus over the past 12 months has been on using Twitter more effectively and by and large I have seen more traffic being directed from my Twitter feed to my blog, though it is still nowhere near as effective as the wordpress reader or search engines in terms of getting traffic to the blog. That said, I’m not very good at writing tweets, or using hashtags, or any of the other bits of advice people give about writing good tweets. It’s a work in progress.

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One thing I am going to keep in mind no matter where this blog goes, is that the content and anime come first. It isn’t about promoting myself and it isn’t about promotion for promotions sake. It is about reaching out to anime fans and building a community that enjoy interacting with me. I might make a few mistakes along the way, but hopefully I won’t tread on too many toes.

Well, how do you feel about self-promotion? Of course if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #23

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A deceptive question this week. It looked so easy and harmless and then I started thinking about it and my mind went round and round in circles like a mouse on one of those little wheel things. Eventually I sorted out an answer, kind of. So here we go and remember to share your answer in the comments.

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What are your top three genres in anime and manga?

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When I first read this question I thought I finally got an easy one. One where I knew the answer straight away without hesitation. Of course it would be fantasy, horror and sci-fi. That’s what I’ve always loved in films and television and then into anime. However, then I started thinking about anime I have really, really loved like March Comes in Like a Lion or even Natsume Yuujinchou which is kind of fantasy but is more of a character drama than anything else, and what about Snow White With The Red Hair which is definitely a romance.


So I was a little bit torn and confused while I mulled this over. The conclusion I came to however was that the three genres that are the staple of my book and DVD collections, are genres that I am likely to low key enjoy even when they aren’t particularly well done. Okay, I’d prefer it if they were decent, but even average or cheesy works for entertainment and so a lot of my mid-range likes and comfort shows fall into these categories.

That includes anime like Shiki, Higurashi, and High School of the Dead for horror. Supernatural titles like Natsume, The Morose Mononokean, Black Butler as well as isekai anime (there really are very few pure fantasy anime out there so I kind of appreciate it when we get a high fantasy anime that isn’t isekai) make up a huge chunk of my loved and mid-range anime. Then there’s the sci-fi’s with Steins;Gate, Psycho Pass, and even Evangelion (kind of).


I know for a fact that if an anime carries any one of these labels at the start of an anime season I’ll at least try an episode and it won’t need to be all that brilliant for me to watch it. As long as I don’t actively hate it, I’ll pick it up each week. Odd though, how few anime that I would actually declare to be really well told and well made stories fall into these categories considering how many of them I watch and enjoy.

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Manga is a bit of a different story, mostly because I haven’t read a lot and more because I know that I don’t like action scenes in manga. Natsume’s Book of Friends works for me because there’s very little action and a lot of quiet and contemplative moments in the story that allow you to enjoy the art as well as the characters. Rather than just a splashy line fest over pages that becomes a convoluted mess (you can tell I have never read very far into any action manga ever).


The only other manga I’ve read at length to date (though I’ve started a few now) is Vampire Knight because a friend of mine was obsessed with it and bought the lot and lent them to me. I quite enjoyed the school/romance parts of it and even the fights weren’t that messy to read so I had fun with it.

Though, I do read some BL manga online so I guess the three genres of manga I’ve got any familiarity with are supernatural, BL and romance.

So what are your top 3 genres? Of course if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey below.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #22

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The question today really stressed me out. It was like trying to choose who your favourite child was (assuming I actually had children). On that note though, now I want to know everyone else’s answer to this question.

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Who is an anime character that you feel needs a hug the most?


There are just so many anime characters badly in need of a hug that this question was pure torture as I tried to narrow down my list. I mean even a character like Tsukamoto from Days is a character I felt was in dire need of a hug, I’m just not sure who I would like to see give him that hug.


However, getting a little more serious, I’d love to give Yuri from Yuri on ice a hug. Actually, both Yuri’s in Yuri on Ice are in need of a hug at one point in the anime or another. And then Victor. When Yuri made Victor cry I wanted to give him a hug so badly and I’m not really the kind of person who is big on hugging others. But right then, if I could have, I would have given Victor the biggest hug until he was done crying.

Then of course we have Shinji from Evangelion who may have had a very different experience if he’d had anyone give him a hug or actual human warmth. Or someone like Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul who really needed someone there for him as he transformed into what he believed to be a monster.

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However, despite all these excellent candidates for anime characters that I kind of feel need a hug, my number one pick would have to be Rei Kiriyama from March Comes in Like a Lion.


Fortunately, the lack of people in Rei’s life who were there to give him a hug when needed didn’t stop him from recognising when Hina needed someone. Rei was there for her in the best way possible and that just made me want to give him a hug even more. Can we please get a third season now because I need to know that Rei is going to alright?

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So which character do you feel needs a hug the most. Of course if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey below.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #21

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This one is one of the easiest questions I’ve had thrown my way as I knew my answer instantly. That said, I’d love to know what my readers would choose so be sure to leave your answer in the comments below. Remember, I’d love to answer a question from you so fill in the survey below or DM on twitter.

Do you have a favourite character catch phrase?

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I absolutely have a favourite character catch phrase. A close runner up comes from Black Butler with Sebastian’s “Yes, my lord”. Although, a lot of that is probably to do with it being Sebastian and the way he says that line. Still, I’m right with the other servants when they get all excited over being able to use the same line. And this one has the benefit of being practical for use in a lot of locations provided the people around you don’t get confused as to why they are suddenly being referred to as a lord.


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However, my favourite character catch phrase comes from when I was much younger and a certain twin-tailed heroine who was just a little bit of a klutz. Why yes, it is Sailor Moon.

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And of course the catch phrase: “In the name of the moon, I shall punish you.” Wow I have used that line so many times out of context it has almost ceased to have meaning.

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But as I said, I would love to know what your favourite character catch phrases are so leave a comment and as always, if you want to ask me a question please DM me on Twitter or complete the survey below.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know #20

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Someone is wanting to put me on the spot and jump the gun (and throw in at least one more cliche here). This week they are asking me to make a decision I was putting off for at least another week, but I’ll give it a go. Remember, I’d love to answer a question from you so fill in the survey below or DM on twitter.

What was your favourite anime this Spring?

Sorry Kyo.

At the start of the season I would have said Fruits Basket without hesitation. So much nostalgia there for an anime that had come back in such a beautiful form and one that seems to be incredibly consistent in its tone and quality. I have almost no complaints about this rebooted series as it is everything I would have asked for in a reboot and I eagerly await more of it.


But… it didn’t end up my favourite of the season.

I would still strongly recommend watching it to anyone who asked even though we’ve still got a ways to go with it, but while I love the low key emotional viewing experience each week, Fruits Basket has ever been one of those anime that I love in the moment but don’t really remember a lot about after. I remember how it felt and I remember I enjoyed it, and if this new series is anything like the original, I’ll happily go and binge watch it on a rainy weekend, but it doesn’t have quite the impact of some of the other anime this season.

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Which brings me to the question of what ended up being my favourite anime? I really enjoyed Midnight Occult Civil Servants and Kenja no Mago but neither is actually all that good. They both just hit the tone and niche that I really enjoy and they were like comfort food this season. No matter how busy I got I loved coming back to these two as they demanded little from me but were always enjoyable (assuming you like that kind of thing).


However, low key entertainment and comfort food aside, there is one anime that consistently bowled me over emotionally, had fairly solid visuals, and basically just managed to be the stand out of the season. And no, it isn’t Demon Slayer, though until the introduction of Zenitsu, Demon Slayer was running a close second on anime I was really enjoying this season.

I don’t think I’m ever going to not enjoy this screen-cap.

No, it was surprisingly Attack on Titan Season Three Part Two. Where Part One managed to get me to reinvest my interest in the plot, part two has delivered superbly with character moments, clashes and conflicts that have been a long time coming, and an endless, mind-blowing amount of exposition and back story that has made me want to go back to the very beginning and watch again because it feels like everything I thought I knew about the story just got turned on its head in the very best way possible.


Admittedly, Attack on Titan has had a lot more episodes to build up to this kind of moment and there’s certainly been some down time in the series, however, that doesn’t take away from how good watching this season has been and it has certainly been the one anime I would not miss no matter how busy I was over the last few weeks.

Yep, mind blown.

While the reader poll for best of the season is closing very, very soon, the winner will be announced in a week, so in the meantime how about you let me know what your favourite anime this season was in the comments below?

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