I absolutely love Tsuki ga Kirei. I might as well wear that bias on my sleeve as I dive into talking about it. It seems astonishingly rare that I get dragged into a romance series. I have tried many shojo series in the past and always find myself bored and uninterested. They are, in my mind, laced with non-realizable expectations of how a relationship should function. Hell, most anime/manga I end up partaking in have romance as a something extremely back loaded. It’s as if a relationship can’t grow, flourish, and realize itself until the ending of the respective series. This is obviously not a rule, but it seems to be a trend that is very prevalent in anime. Continue reading “Moon looks great from here…”
Optimism is in pretty short supply now-a-days, and I know I’m certainly not helping the situation. Anime is really one of the few things that knows how to reinvigorate that side of myself, and only a handful of series have done a good job at abating my pessimism for some time. Series such as Chihayafuru and Uchuu Kyoudai have done wonders for getting me energized about something I am working towards in my life. It’s really something to realize that both shounen and josei work can both scratch the same itch and invoke the same feelings of wonderment and excitement. I can’t wait to run headlong into another series that gets me more excited for the mundane working life I am currently trying to navigate.
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (We’ll call it Akashic Records) was a show recommended to me by a colleague at work. I don’t know why he would suggest a show that has a bunch of girls with midriffs, but okay. The more important thing is, I really felt like this show had a chance to break away from its battle-harem roots. That’s not to say that I was terribly disappointed by the entirety of it. No, this is more complicated.
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar is a pretty unique show in that it is one of the Isekai series that I really liked. The only other exception that comes to mind is Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, and it’s still hard for me to equate it to it’s peers given it’s comedic nature and general subversion of the tropes. No, today I need to put a magnifying glass to some of the great things about Grimgar and lament on the second season that will (likely) never come. I have never really bothered with the Isekai genre ever since dealing with SAO. I tried others, however I had never gotten very far into Log Horizon, nor have I even bothered trying Re;Zero. For some reason opted to give Grimgar the time of day and was thankful I did.
After completing the first season of Hibike! Euphonium I realized that a pretty large reason why I was as enthralled by it as I was could be attributed to my own history of high school (and middle school) band. It’s pretty apparent that my experience was vastly different than the one Kumiko went through. For one, we didn’t take competitions for the wind ensemble too seriously, nor did many people in our state. Where I went to high school, it was really all about marching band. Since Euphonium only really touched on marching (in parade of all places) I really could only relate heavily to the music side of practice. I could keep up with marching. I wouldn’t say I was always perfect, and I can recall a time or two that I got called out by my peers, but I got to where I needed to be by the time it mattered. Music was another beast entirely.
I don’t plan on ever doing reviews. They are rarely useful, and I especially don’t believe I will be useful dispensing them. I’d still like to discuss shows that weren’t quite up to snuff. After my Kimi no Na wa hangover I needed something to cleanse my mindset, so I picked up a throwaway RomCom adaption. Usually this sort of palette cleanser will bring me back down to being cynical about Anime again, and I can only report back mixed results in this pursuit. That’s not to say that this show was good. I can’t claim that, but I will say it surprised me at multiple points.
Walking out of the recent theatrical release of Kimi no Na Wa. I had an encroaching feeling of melancholy that I couldn’t really shake off. It is a feeling I have had to come to terms with before, and one that I often had to let dissipate over the course of days or weeks. It’s the same feeling I had after finishing works such as Nagi no Asukara and Mushishi Zoku Shou. Perhaps it’s the feeling of saying “Goodbye” to something, or maybe it’s some cocktail developed to make you feel like shit.