With season one of Moriarty the Patriot being a surprising mix of solid narrative arcs and somewhat less thrilling ones, I entered season two hoping for more of the same and perhaps a building on the overall thrill. Unfortunately like many sequels in 2021, Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 ended up feeling somewhat lacking. Be sure to read the full review.
Days is pretty much the story of two characters playing soccer together. One is supremely talented and the other has never played before and isn't all that fit. That said, apparently all it takes is heart and effort because this is a feel good kind of story. Here are my Days Episode thoughts.
D Gray Man Hallow came along so many years after the D Gray Man series had just kind of stopped and I was thrilled. Would we finally get the conclusion this series deserved? Well, no, but there was still some fun to be had with the return of this anime.
After watching the first three episodes I was pretty keen to watch more of Kemono Jihen. While it didn't fully live up to expectations, this one ended up being a bit interesting. Read the full review.
Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun uses a fairly simple premise and deceptively bright character designs to mask a story that balances absurdity with the darker side of life and death in a blend that probably shouldn't work and yet ends up being pretty entertaining.
Stone Wars picks up with the Kingdom of Science preparing to go to war with Tsukasa and his chosen brutes, however Senku is sticking with his plan of saving everyone and wants a war without bloodshed. How will he go about this and, more importantly, will it be entertaining?
While nothing in this second season will change my opinion that season one of The Promised Neverland was an excellent, well crafted narrative that hit just the right emotional notes, there's no avoiding the fact that The Promised Neverland season 2 is pretty much everything season 1 wasn't and the end result is a less than satisfying mess. Be sure to read the full review and I'd love to know your thoughts on the series so leave me a comment. I will however warn there are spoilers for the final episode in this review which I would normally avoid but in this case I kind of feel I should spare people from having to watch this themselves so it is kind of needed.
We're back in Victorian London, a setting that anime has well and truly visited before, and once again taking on Sherlock's story though this time we're finding out about William James Moriarty. It is an interesting take on the character though I'm not entirely sure they've nailed the execution here.
At this point I'm just going through the list of anime available on AnimeLab or Crunchyroll, removing idol, sport or other anime that generally have low-appeal, and hitting play on whatever is left. Kemono Jihen didn't look all that exciting but it was a supernatural anime so I went in a little hopeful.
It's an interesting question given how popular shounen anime actually is and yet there are a number of anime fans who state a preference for not watching it. However, what makes a shounen watchable to someone who usually avoids the genre? And what are the best shounen for people who don't like shounen?