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    Widgets Magazine
    It's a new season, and not only that but a new year as well. 2020 was quite a turbulent year, but it's a new year and hopefully things return to normal soon. In any case, here is what could possibly be the last Currently Watching thread with the Fandom Post due to be shut down really soon. But as long as the Fandom Post is still living, it's business as usual.

    The link to the Fall 2020 Edition
    Winter 2021 Anime Chart
    Winter 2021 Anime Lineup Thread

    Note
    - Change the title of your post to reflect the contents.
    - Do not use the Reply to Thread button; instead, click quote on the post you wish to reply to, or on this post if you're starting a new subthread.
    - Edit down the quoted section to the relevant bits, nobody needs to read someone's epic list of watched stuff twice.
    - Be nice to one another.
    - Please discuss only what you are watching this season in this thread. Stuff watched during other seasons should be discussed in their respective threads.

    Also, I'd like to add the following. The Currently Watching Thread is mainly meant for a general overview of how you're currently feeling about shows. It is not supposed to be a replacement for actual discussion threads. Try to keep heavier discussion (if possible) in the more specific discussion threads.

    In addition, try to be careful of spoilers here. It's one thing if it's properly tagged and such. However, I don't want people to have to worry about someone randomly posting "Wow, X died in episode 17 of Y". Just a randomly made up example, but you get the idea.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: The Ohio State University Buckeyes
    Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
    Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

  • #2
    Winter 2021 Simulcast Interest List

    Now that I know what's coming and what's not, time for my seasonal interest list, which is how I feel about shows coming into the season (while they have changed since the first episode, this is how I felt about the shows before watching the first episodes). No real need to explain what the tier names indicate, but I'll still give a quick rundown of it. In means I'm watching, Probable means unless it's unbearably bad I will watch it, Questionable means I'll check it out and impressions will largely determine where I go with it, Doubtful means I might not check it out (more often than not I do check it out), but it will have to knock my socks off to watch it, and Out means I'm not bothering with it. And then there's the usual three-letter abbreviations that go in my signature to indicate what I'm watching.

    IN
    [HIG-G] Higurashi: When They Cry Gou (continuing)
    [JJK] Jujutsu Kaisen (continuing)
    [REZ-2] Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 (continuing)
    [INU-Y] Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (continuing)
    [DCF] With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun (short, continuing)
    [AOT-4] Attack on Titan: Final Season
    [HSB-2] Cells at Work! Season 2
    [HSB-B] Cells at Work! Code Black
    [DRS-2] Dr. Stone: Stone Wars
    [YUC-2] Laid-Back Camp Season 2
    [LHZ-3] Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table
    [PNL-2] The Promised Neverland Season 2
    [5HY-2] The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2
    [TSL-2] That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
    [UMA-2] Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2

    PROBABLE
    [HMY] Horimiya
    [MTE] Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
    [SBR-ST] Show by Rock!! Stars!!
    [SK8] SK8 the Infinity
    [BSD-W] Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! (short)
    [STW-WWT] World Witches Take Off (short)

    QUESTIONABLE
    [243] 2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team
    [BAW] Back Arrow
    [TZK] Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki
    [RMN] Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist
    [HSA] Hortensia Saga
    [IDP] Idoly Pride
    [KJN] Kemono Jihen
    [OSP] Otherside Picnic
    [ROH] Redo of Healer
    [SLS] Skate-Leading Stars
    [SSW] So I'm a Spider, So What?
    [LDN] Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?
    [WEP] Wonder Egg Priority
    [AZL-BZ] Azur Lane: Slow Ahead (short)

    DOUBTFUL
    [XAR] Ex-Arm
    [GKI] Gekidol
    [TDB] Heaven's Design Team
    [HDE] The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
    [ICU] I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol
    [LBX] LBX Girls
    [SPT] Scar on the Praeter
    [WAV] Wave! Let's Go Surfing
    [WIX-D] WIXOSS Diva(A)Live
    [IDL] Idolls! (short)

    OUT
    Aikatsu Planet
    Armor Shop for Ladies and Gentlemen II
    Beastars Season 2 (Until released on Netflix)
    JimiHen
    Non Non Biyori Nonstop
    The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgment (Until released on Netflix)
    Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck
    True Cooking Master Boy Season 2
    World Trigger Season 2

    Seeing that this is a season so heavy on sequels and that I have a policy of allowing at least ten new shows that my watchlist this season will be set to 24 shows plus shorts that don't count towards the total.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: The Ohio State University Buckeyes
    Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
    Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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    • #3
      01. Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season (A+)
      02. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2 (A-)
      03. One Piece (A-)
      04. Jujutsu Kaisen (TV) (A-)
      05. Horimiya (A-)
      06. Yuru Camp△ Season 2 (A-)
      07. Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season (B+)
      08. Detective Conan (B+)
      09. Dr. Stone: Stone Wars (B+)
      10. Non Non Biyori Nonstop (B+)
      11. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu (B+)
      12. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season (B+)
      13. Wonder Egg Priority (B+)
      14. 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬ (B)
      15. SK∞ (B)
      16. Kemono Jihen (B-)
      17. Hataraku Saibou!! (B-)
      18. Hataraku Saibou Black (TV) (B-)
      19. Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai (B-)
      20. Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! (B-)
      21. Osomatsu-san 3rd Season (B-)

      Services:

      Crunchyroll (12): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2, One Piece, Jujutsu Kaisen (TV), Yuru Camp△ Season 2, Detective Conan, Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, Non Non Biyori Nonstop, Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season, 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!, Osomatsu-san 3rd Season
      Funimation (11): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, One Piece, Horimiya, Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season, Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, Wonder Egg Priority, SK∞, Kemono Jihen, Hataraku Saibou!!, Hataraku Saibou Black, Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai


      Weekly Schedule:

      Sunday (4): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, Non Non Biyori Nonstop, Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, Kemono Jihen
      Monday (1): Osomatsu-san 3rd Season
      Tuesday (3): Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season, Wonder Egg Priority, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!
      Wednesday (2): Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2, Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai
      Thursday (6): Yuru Camp△ Season 2, Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season, Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬, Hataraku Saibou!!, Hataraku Saibou Black
      Friday (1): Jujutsu Kaisen (TV)
      Saturday (4): One Piece, Horimiya, Detective Conan, SK∞

      What a bizarre change. Thursday and Friday completely switched their numbers, while Saturday spread half its numbers onto Sunday.
      My Top Anime | Manga
      My Collection 1 | 2 | 3
      My FP Reviews | Twitter
      FPR Episodes | Apple

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      • #4
        Winter 2021: First Impressions

        Time for my usual first impressions, and while I have an idea of what my slate is going to look like, there's still plenty of uncertainty to sort out. Like always, the first list is for shows I have decided to watch, and it would take the unthinkable for me to drop it, the second list I'm conflicted on and the coming episodes will pretty much dictate which way I go, and the third list I have either dropped or plan to do so soon barring an unexpected upturn in quality. Continuing shows as usual will only be listed with nothing more said.

        Red Zone
        Higurashi: When They Cry Gou (continuing)
        Jujutsu Kaisen (continuing)
        Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 (continuing)
        Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (continuing)
        With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun (short, continuing)
        Attack on Titan: Final Season
        - The feel of this show has greatly shifted now that the big truth is out, and it starts off with a lot of buildup and backstory, but ultimately it figures to lead to a tremendous payoff. The studio change is a bummer, but MAPPA is doing an excellent job in maintaining the art style.
        Cells at Work! Season 2 - The show continues to do what it does best, but it's cramming two things into one episode. While still enjoyable as ever, this season's approach starts to feel a bit repetitive.
        Cells at Work! Code Black - This version of Cells at Work! takes a much darker approach seeing that the person has been engaging in an unhealthy lifestyle, and it does an excellent job with the feel and of course, the scientific accuracy of the problems. The animation is rough, but fitting for the atmosphere.
        Dr. Stone: Stone Wars - Things pick up very nicely where the first season left off, and this time things are really focused seeing that there's a war coming.
        Laid-Back Camp Season 2 - This season continues to be every bit comfy and relaxing as the first season as it continues to be one of the best slice of life shows out there. The characters are amazing, and the camping adventures are all well-executed to adhere to the laid-back nature of this show.
        Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table - While the show is still suffering from the animation downgrade of switching studios, the show comes in with a focus, and so far it has stuck to it even though it has been mostly slow-going at this point. Even so, it doesn't do anything forceful, which is the most important thing at this juncture of the series.
        The Promised Neverland Season 2 - After a drama-filled first season, it begins with the drama scaled back, but of course that allows for things to flow naturally as things pick up very nicely after the way the first season ended.
        The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2 - This show has really shifted gears as character development is front and center this season as a great mystery has presented itself in the first season that's being addressed to start off this season.
        That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 - Things pick up nicely where they ended with more of the same before venturing into more serious stuff that's supposed to be coming.
        Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2 - This show has a new MC and a different studio animating this, and while it's not as good as the first season, it's far from beating a dead horse as the show does a nice job in making the new MC much different than the first season MC, but at the same time doing so in a way where there's plenty of room for development when it looked like it wasn't possible at the beginning.
        Horimiya - This is the rom-com that everybody was waiting for, and it has been every bit impressive as expected. The characters are well-established, the comedy comes naturally, and there's plenty of great development and relationship building going on.
        Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - This isekai show has done everything right so far to establish the MC as someone who died and reincarnated with his experience intact, but doing so with much more focus on the process than the end result. The style of storytelling has worked wonders for this show in a big way making the MC much more interesting than the run-of-the-mill isekai protagonist.
        SK8 the Infinity - This show has an all-star production team, and it has done wonders for this show. The animation is amazing as expected out of Bones, and while it could have easily been a sports actionfest, it thankfully is not as it does a great job in making the characters all interesting people.
        Wonder Egg Priority - This show feels like something Shaft would create, and while there's a lot of weirdness and supernatural things happening, it's all done to tell a story effectively as opposed to being just for show.
        Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! (short) - This show puts the silly side of the characters on full display, and it's really funny. And for being a short, the animation quality is pretty good. This is definitely a winner as far as shorts go.
        World Witches Take Off! (short) - Pretty much, this is more of the same as with the first Take Off! series, with the only difference being that cast of Brave Witches is part of it. The humor is once again hit-or-miss, and this show suffers from bad animation quality despite being meant to drive home the point that this is a gag show.

        Midfield
        Back Arrow - This show has potential with a great air of mystery and interesting characters. But at the same time, the story is slow to reveal its true colors all while being hindered with story writing that feels too convenient for its own good.
        Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki - After initially stumbling, things are starting to settle down as the show's source material is pretty strong. The titular character's rise through a game-like set of real life objectives is certainly an interesting approach to the story, and so far it has been a nice concept, but one with flaws.
        Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist - This show has some pretty amusing stuff, but at the same time it's stupid. Nevertheless, it's one of those shows that is bound to get repetitive and there's not much of a story to get interested in.
        Hortensia Saga - This fantasy show has some interesting setup, but so far the execution hasn't been there to differentiate it from a generic fantasy show. Even so, the characters are at least interesting people to make it worthwhile.
        Idoly Pride - This is an idol show that takes a much different approach to the standard genre as drives home the point that being an idol is not as easy or glamorous as it looks. While the storytelling has been slow to develop, the way it differentiates itself from a run-of-the-mill idol show makes this worth watching.
        Kemono Jihen - This is a solid supernatural show with an interesting cast and a setting that has potential. That said, the action has been rather underwhelming, all while the characters are shallow at this point.
        Show by Rock!! Stars!! - After a pretty good first two seasons, Mashumairesh was a huge dropoff as it lacked the kind of adversity that made the first two seasons entertaining. At least that part is back, all while the music continues to be good as always, but it still doesn't completely capture the feeling of the first two seasons.
        Skate-Leading Stars - This has evolved into a straight-up sports show where it does the job with the skating action and the character development. But the cast of characters is pretty uninspiring to say the least, all while it appears that this show is trying to mimic Yuri on Ice, and it has failed to do so.
        So I'm a Spider, So What? - This show has great source material, but it was going to be very difficult to adapt as things don't get good until well into the manga. It doesn't help that it's being done making use of CGI. But above all, this show is lacking focus as going back-and-forth between the spider and the rest of the reincarnated class just doesn't allow for things to develop. Even so, it's amusing to see what the spider girl can do.
        Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? - So far, this show has been entertaining with a combination of crazy comedy and an interesting story. But this show had its flaws with the cliched setting and inconsistent quality of the storytelling.
        Azur Lane: Slow Ahead (short) - This franchise seems to be better suited for a short like this than an action-based show that the TV series is, and so far it's entertaining and amusing. Not much of a story, but with the need to get as many girls showcased as possible in a short amount of time, it doesn't need to.
        Idolls! (short) - It's a good thing this show is a short since this kind of stuff just doesn't translate at all to a full-length series. The CG motion capture animation just looks terrible, but at the very least the concept of aspiring idols having to live a frugal lifestyle on the way to making it big is a solid one.

        Own 20
        2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team - While I wasn't expecting it to be like Haikyu, this show just doesn't have any interesting characters or plot lines. While the effort is there to craft a coming-of-age story, the execution just has been flat.
        Ex-Arm - Pretty obvious that this was going to be a spectacular failure after seeing the amateur quality job of the CG animation in the trailer, and indeed it is making Gibiate look like a masterpiece.
        Gekidol - Bad production values all-around pretty much makes this a low-tier idol show. The setting is interesting, but that's about the only thing going for this show.
        Heaven's Design Team - The show has some nice humor to it, but in the end it just gets repetitive all while the animation quality is pretty bad. This would have been better as a short.
        The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter - The show has some interesting characters and amusing antics, but in the end it's a highly cliched show that skimps on the story in favor of appeal.
        I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol - The quirky cast of characters and the setting make this stand out compared to other boy idol shows. But when all is said and done it's the typical boy idol show that is there only to market a mixed media project and not really trying to concoct a quality story out of it.
        LBX Girls - When there's a transformation sequence that lasts for three minutes, you know that this show's production was troubled. Just a dull and boring show made to market a bunch of figures, which it's not really succeeding at doing.
        Otherside Picnic - The show has intrigue with the other world mysteriousness and the yuri relationship between the leads, but so far it has been just nonsensical to the point where I stopped caring about this show.
        Redo of Healer - This show is the closest thing to being a hentai without actually being one, and if the rape scenes weren't enough of a deterrent (at least for me, but certainly not for other people and the audience this show was made for), the unlikable characters is. The concept is at least solid on paper, but it comes down to audience.
        Scar on the Praeter - Seeing that this is by the studio that did Hand Shakers that I didn't get a good feeling about this show coming in. And indeed, it's dull and boring, but at least not cringeworthy that was the main turnoff of Hand Shakers. Even so, it's a show with a dull and uninteresting plot.
        Wave! Let's Go Surfing - This show is just another typical sports show, but without the appealing characters or the production values that high-end sports shows typically get.
        WIXOSS Diva(A)Live - The original WIXOSS series made its mark by throwing that psychological and supernatural element to what would have otherwise been just another card game show, and that made the show really stand out in a great way. That isn't happening with this show as it's just another cliched card game show, all with the stereotypical genki MC that has been done a bazillion or so times already, and in most cases better than how this show does it.
        MyAnimeList | Avatar: The Ohio State University Buckeyes
        Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
        Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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        • #5
          Winter 2021 Simulcast Rankings: January 2021

          With January in the books, time for my usual simulcast ranking that happen at the end of each month, though I'm not planning to do one for the second month of the season as I have recently done away with due to the lack of movement. As always, the first month's simulcast rankings include all shows with an indication of what I am watching (in black), what I have dropped (in red), what what I haven't definitively decided on (in blue). This is based on only what I have watched based on the episodes airing in January, meaning that for continuing shows everything coming before it does not factor into these rankings, though it will factor into the final grade of the show.

          Touchdown
          Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World Season 2
          Attack on Titan: Final Season
          Horimiya
          Jujutsu Kaisen
          Laid-Back Camp Season 2
          Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
          Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

          Field Goal
          That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
          SK8 the Infinity
          The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2
          Cells at Work! Code Black
          Cells at Work! Season 2
          Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!
          Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table

          First Down
          Kemono Jihen
          Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
          Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?
          Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
          Higurashi: When They Cry Gou
          Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2
          Azur Lane: Slow Ahead!
          Idoly Pride
          With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun
          Back Arrow
          Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist
          So I'm a Spider, So What?

          Skate-Leading Stars

          Punt
          Hortensia Saga
          Show by Rock!! Stars!!

          The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
          Heaven's Design Team
          Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3
          2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team
          Redo of Healer
          Otherside Picnic

          I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol

          Fumble
          Wave!! Let's Go Surfing
          ABCiee Working Diary
          Idolls!
          WIXOSS Diva(A)Live
          Scar on the Praeter
          Gekidol
          LBX Girls
          Ex-Arm


          This is shaping up to be a strong season largely attributed to the fact that a lot of shows were pushed to this season because of the pandemic.
          MyAnimeList | Avatar: The Ohio State University Buckeyes
          Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
          Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Post-Simulcast Report: January 1-15

            I'm behind on my post-simulcast reports as I have been debating about what to do about them given that I'm thinking about moving this elsewhere with the uncertainty about how much longer The Fandom Post will last. Nevertheless, I have been totally lagging behind on my reports as the halfway point of the season has passed. As with the winter seasons in the past, this is the time where I do my bingefest where I watch shows that are one season and done as a way to get a quick start on the year. But with me running out shows that fit the profile that this is probably going to be the last ever bingefest that I do.

            First Episode of 2021: My Love Story! ep. 18

            Completed

            Re:_Hamatora (1-12): B
            After a season that has a solid story, but plagued with animation quality issues and a slow start, this season fixes a number of the problems the first one has, and the style change of the animation makes a big difference. That said, the story wasn't as impactful as the first season, but the show's production values are greatly improved.

            Citrus (1-12): C-
            While the show does a decent job in character building and relationships, it is plagued by unlikable characters, cringeworthy content, and the overplayed creepy vibes. While it's one thing to be a mature yuri show, this show is obsessed with the characters making so many bad choices and resorting to storytelling convenience that it makes this show so hard to watch. That said, this show does have nice visuals that fit the show's theme, so the production values are there. In all, the show's production does a solid job, but the plot and characterizations are too much to overcome.

            Demon Lord, Retry! (1-12): D+
            While this show has a solid foundation, the production values are just terrible all-around. The animation quality is as expected from a no-name studio, while the story just has so many plot holes and an egregious lack of focus. The show could have been worthwhile with the characters and quirks that are solidly done, but it dropped the ball with a lot of corner cutting and cheap production values.

            Akiba's Trip (1-13): C
            This is a stupid show that at least has a creative gimmick and has decent plot developments, all while doing a nice job at being silly. That said, this show is just repetitive and overplays fanservice, all while Gonzo's animation quality is far from ideal. But the show has solid characters, amusing antics, and creativity through self-awareness that made it worthwhile.

            Juni Taisen (1-12): C-
            This show had so much potential, but it was squandered with the need to do too much with so little. The drama and characterizations are all nicely done, but the show's biggest issues are the plot that skips around too much, all while overplaying the main villain's creepiness factor, as well as ignoring the most important character for most of this show. And not to mention, the ending was terrible seeing that the winner of the tournament was unexpected, all while the prize at the end of the show was simply cringeworthy to say the least.

            Ongoing

            [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (23-25)
            [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (296-298)
            [PKM-J] Pokemon Journeys (1-2)
            [RHI] RobiHachi (1-2)
            [SNS] Shimoneta (1-4)
            [SP7] Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit (1-2)
            MyAnimeList | Avatar: The Ohio State University Buckeyes
            Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
            Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Post-Simulcast Report: January 16-31

              Moving right along with the second post-simulcast report that's overdue.

              Shimoteta (5-12): B-
              This show does a nice job in being outside-the-box and admitting that they are trying to be as stupid as they can to maximize the comedic value of this fanservicey show. That said, this show is really hit or miss on the jokes, and while the jokes that hit are great, those moments aren't very commonplace in this show, especially in the second half. Nevertheless, this show gets props for its creativity, albeit lagging in many other areas.

              Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit (3-12, Special): C-
              This is a pretty generic cop drama show, but one with cheap-looking animation and bland characters to carry the way. The show's story was totally disorienting in the first half, but at least things were clicking a bit more in the second half to salvage what was otherwise a forgettable show. That said, this show has some decent things going for it as the storytelling gets better in the second half, while the drama was solidly constructed, plus dining at a Vietnamese restaurant is something that's rare in anime. But in all, there are much better cop dramas out there.

              RobiHachi (3-12): C
              This is pretty much Space Dandy without the episodic format, and while this show does a nice job with the comedy and the sci-fi elements, this show does a poor job with characterization, while storywriting is totally inconsistent. Some episodes are well-written, while others are just there and not really doing anything with this show. But above all, the characters are just totally stupid and mostly unlikable, all while some characters are largely ignored. That said, this show does a solid job with being funny and outside-the box.

              Maria Holic Alive (1-12): C+
              Pretty much, this season has all the great and not-so-great things about the first season in that the comedy and the Shaft-style storytelling carry this show, but there's not much of a story to speak of. Compared to the first season, however, the creepiness factor of the MC is greater, and not for the better. Nevertheless, for those who like the first season, this season will be just as satisfying.

              Dokkoida (1-12): C+
              It's hard to believe that Ufotable did this show as this was their second anime show ever. But nevertheless, it was the start of great things to come from Ufotable as while the show missed its mark in several areas, it does a nice job in taking a creative concept and putting it into fruition. The show takes awhile to get going as the shock value at the beginning was too much of a distraction, all while the show revels in a lot of stupid things. But over the course of the series, the show does a solid job with character development, all while the comedy is nicely done. The characters can get irritating, but they get less so as the show progresses. In all, while the show is full of flaws, it becomes a satisfying show once all the main characters are introduced.

              Nekopara (1-12): C+
              This is a slice of life show where the main gimmick is on full display with the cats in this world being girls. There's not much of a plot to speak of, all while the show tends to have dull moments and stupid things. Not to mention, the animation quality is lagging seeing that it is by a no-name studio. The show starts off strong, but tails off towards the end as it's mostly about catgirls being catgirls and not much else once the youngest member of the cast joins the family. In all, the characters and antics are pretty good, but just about everything else doesn't stand out about this show.

              Ongoing

              [18F] 18if (1-6)
              [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (26-28)
              [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (299-301)
              [PKM-J] Pokemon Journeys (3-4)
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              Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
              Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
                Winter 2021: First Impressions

                Time for my usual first impressions, and while I have an idea of what my slate is going to look like, there's still plenty of uncertainty to sort out. Like always, the first list is for shows I have decided to watch, and it would take the unthinkable for me to drop it, the second list I'm conflicted on and the coming episodes will pretty much dictate which way I go, and the third list I have either dropped or plan to do so soon barring an unexpected upturn in quality. Continuing shows as usual will only be listed with nothing more said.
                The 5th episode of the 5th series of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki has debuted on Crunchyroll today. Episode 6, the final episode of this series will arrive on May 28, 2021.

                This is the best episode so far. Although there's a good bit of fun here, as Kenshi's training continues for his eventual mission to Geminar, this was satisfying in more ways because of the focus being much greater this time on the original cast than in past episodes.

                This episode is the most "Must-Watch OVA" for any Tenchi fan since at least the 3rd series.


                My Avatar: The lovely Mikuru Asahina from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Why do I stick with her in a world of constantly changing avatars? Because:
                1) Her friendly, playful attitude in that picture, (despite being forced unwillingly into cosplay), reflects my own friendly, playful personality;
                2) Mikuru-chan is an excellent combo of smoking hot and super sweet cuteness; and
                3) It makes it easiier for me to find my own posts in threads.

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                • #9
                  Winter 2021: Finalized Watchlist

                  Alright, I had long settled on this and forgot to post it, and with one of the shows being only eight episodes and having finished up that it gave me the heads up to post my watchlist for the season. This season features more shows than usual because of the number of sequels and spinoffs this season. The pandemic pushed a lot of such shows into this season when they were originally scheduled for an earlier season. And with a whopping 15 continuing shows and sequels, plus two spinoff shows (Cells at Work! Code Black and Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!) that I decided to raise the watchlist load to 27 shows (two of them half-length shows) plus shorts. I have a rule where I have a minimum of ten new shows every season, and because of the larger-than-usual offering of sequels that it went into effect.

                  Watching
                  • Higurashi: When They Cry Gou (continuing)
                  • Jujutsu Kaisen (continuing)
                  • Re:Zero Season 2 (continuing)
                  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (continuing)
                  • Attack on Titan: Final Season
                  • Cells at Work! Season 2
                  • Cells at Work! Code Black
                  • Dr. Stone: Stone Wars
                  • Laid-Back Camp Season 2
                  • Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table
                  • The Promised Neverland Season 2
                  • The Quintessential Quintuplets 2
                  • Show by Rock! Stars!!
                  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
                  • Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2
                  • Horimiya
                  • SK8 the Infinity
                  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
                  • Wonder Egg Priority
                  • So I'm a Spider, So What?
                  • Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki-kun
                  • Kemono Jihen
                  • Idoly Pride
                  • Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Move to a Starter Town?
                  • Hortensia Saga
                  • With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun (short)
                  • Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! (short)
                  • World Witches: Take Off! (short)
                  • Azur Lane: Slow Ahead! (short)
                  • Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3 (short)
                  Dropped
                  • Back Arrow
                  • The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
                  • Skate-Leading Stars
                  • Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist
                  • Redo of Healer
                  • 2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team
                  • Heaven's Design Team
                  • Otherside Picnic
                  • I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol
                  • Wave! Let's Go Surfing
                  • WIXOSS Date(A)Live
                  • Scar on the Praeter
                  • Gekidol
                  • LBX Girls
                  • Ex-Arm
                  • ABCiee Working Diary (short)
                  • Idolls (short)

                  To keep things short, the sequels and spinoffs were all included (though I was thinking about offloading Show by Rock! until later due to Thursdays getting too crowded), while Horimiya, SK8, Mushoku Tensei, and Wonder Egg were locks right off the bat for four of the ten new shows. As for the other six, I just picked the ones that interested me the most. Back Arrow was the last show out largely because it didn't do anything special to warrant sticking with for two cours.

                  Sunday (5/4): Kemono Jihen, Yatogame-chan, Mushoku Tensei, Idoly Pride, Attack on Titan Final
                  Monday (3/2): Last Dungeon, Umamusume, Azur Lane
                  Tuesday (4/2): Wonder Egg Priority, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Bungo Stray Dogs Wan, World Witches Take Off
                  Wednesday (3): Log Horizon, Re:Zero, Hortensia Saga
                  Thursday (8): Show by Rock, Dr. Stone, Laid-Back Camp, Higurashi, Cells at Work, Cells at Work Code Black, Promised Neverland, Quintuplets
                  Friday (4/3): Tomozaki, So I'm a Spider, Jujutsu Kaisen, With a Dog and a Cat
                  Saturday (3): Yashahime, Horimiya, SK8 the Infinity

                  Except for Thursdays that are just loaded, especially with both Cells at Work series dropping on Funimation before its TV broadcast (usually it's only for the first episode, but in this case it's for the entire series), the week is pretty balanced. It helped that each day has at least one show including just the sequels and continuing shows that I had every intention of watching.
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                  Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
                  Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                  • #10
                    Post-Simulcast Report: February 1-15

                    Continuing on with my post-simulcast reports that I'm catching up on. I have three that are due now, and it's onto the first half of February.

                    18if (7-13): D+
                    While the show had an interesting concept, the execution was just terrible all-around. The story is so disjoint and fragmented, all while there are some episodes that are just hard to watch. In all, this show continues to show why Gonzo is a shell of its former self as the show was just lazily thrown together, and while there is a storyline in all this, it's barely noticeable until the end.

                    Angel Links (1-13): D
                    This spinoff of Outlaw Star that takes place in the same universe just has nothing that made Outlaw Star great. In all, this show's plot just reeks of being way too simplistic for its own good. The show starts off with some odd jobs and stuff and then midway through the big reveal happens, and it's something that ends up being way too convenient when all is said and done. The only things that are good about this show are the animation, which is great for its time, the action, and the supporting cast as they are what made this show at least watchable. But all the production and storywriting issues this show has really drag it down and make it a far inferior product to its main series.

                    Isekai Cheat Magician (1-12): D+
                    This show is just plagued with cliches galore and a plot that just doesn't do anything outside the box. The animation just looks cheap, all while the writing is just so off the mark. Just about the only reason to watch this show is for the elf girl as her character is nicely done. The only other things that save this show from being a complete washout are the action, the intrigue, the enemies, and decent ending. Aside from those things, it's just another isekai show that does everything that has been done time and again.

                    To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (1-12): C-
                    This show had some potential going in, but after a great start, things just quickly go downhill as the show's story is rushed and there's not much character development that should have happened in a show like this. The humans turned into beasts should have been given more development to make their deaths impactful, but for the most part it fails and that made what should have been a show full of feels just feel empty. This show still has some good things about it as the animation and action are great as typical of MAPPA shows, while the concept of a war with guys turned into beasts is a nice one on paper. But the storywriting was just underwhelming in a big way as it cuts too many corners to leave things largely half-baked.

                    Ongoing

                    [BTR] The Book of Bantorra (1-10)
                    [FRZ-2] Freezing Vibration (1-10)

                    [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (29-31)
                    [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (302-304)
                    [PCS] Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn (1-10)
                    [PKM-J] Pokemon Journeys (5-8)
                    [TWD] Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk (1-10)
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                    Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
                    Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
                    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                    • #11
                      Post-Simulcast Report: February 16-28

                      The season is over, but I'm way behind on my post-simulcast reports. Luckily, I have a lot of time to do so with shows ending and me having nothing better to do. So onto the next post-simulcast report covering the latter half of February.

                      Completed

                      Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn (11-12): C
                      The show has a nice setting and concept, as well as interesting characters and some nice humor to go along with it. That said, this show misses the mark as the jokes just get recycled to the point where some of them just aren't funny anymore, all while the show's overall plot is just weak and cliched. That said, it was worth it for all the quirky characters and the humor, at least in the beginning.

                      Freezing Vibration (11-12): C-
                      Pretty much, it's more of the same this season, and while the overall story is better in this season, it's offset by its greater focus on fanservice as in this season it was even more prominent. That said, while the story is better on an overall level, the middle part was just tough to watch with all the characters making irrational decisions and doing cringeworthy things. Nevertheless, it's still satisfying for those who are into these kinds of guilty pleasures, but not something recommended for a general viewer.

                      Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk (11-12): B-
                      This is a show that was overlooked, and for good reason seeing that it was meant to market a video game. That said this show ends up being better than expected as the characters are amusing, the adventure aspect is full of intrigue, and the show does a nice job of setting itself apart from the game rather than being a slave to it. It still suffers problems typically associated with shows based off video games as the plot feels like you are watching somebody else playing the game, while the animation quality is not exactly the best, but the show stays relevant, and then there's that twist at the end to set up the second season.

                      Tower of Druaga: Sword of Uruk (1-12): B-
                      This season pretty much carries all the strengths and weaknesses of the first season, with the exception of a more focused story, while on the flipside the characters change too drastically from the first season. That said, the new characters in this season add a nice touch to this season, all while the story is less fragmented than the first. But on the flipside, the returning characters are not as well-written and characterized.

                      The Book of Bantorra (11-27): B-
                      This show starts off pretty slowly as it can be tough to understand, but as the show progresses it gets better as it becomes more focused, all while building up towards a dramatic and unexpected climax. While the plot construction is great, the story telling could have been better seeing that things just happen too suddenly to make sense of things. Not to mention, the large cast in this show is so hard to keep track of things things easily get lost and then suddenly appear. Nevertheless, the show was worth it for the buildup, the action, and the drama.

                      *Cells at Work! Season 2: B

                      *High-Rise Invasion: B-


                      Ongoing

                      [AGR] Air Gear (1-16)

                      [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (32-35)
                      [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (305-306)
                      [RJA] Ronja the Robber's Daughter (1-6)
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                      Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
                      Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Post-Simulcast Report: March 1-15

                        Continuing right along, this one is much shorter with only three two-cour shows completed compared to the several one-cour shows that is typical during my winter bingefests where I seek shows that are one cour (or season) and done to jump-start my year in anime. There's one more coming, and it will be littered with simulcasts, though I will only list them and do my reviews for them at a later time.

                        Completed

                        Air Gear (17-25, 21.5): B-
                        This show is all about the skating action as it's crazy and fun. The characters are an interesting bunch as well, all while the action and drama with these matches are pretty intense and well-done. That said, the show suffers by having a weak MC, all while it has a rather bad balance between action and storytelling as a lot of times characters get pushed to the side when they should be expanded on. But in all, it's a fun show to watch for all the crazy things that go on.

                        Ronja the Robber's Daughter (7-26): B-
                        The show does a nice job being a kids show for the most part (though episode 13 will beg to differ) with a strong lead and a character-driven story that does a nice job in being more about the adventure. The show's story writing is kind of weak in the first half, but the writing greatly improves in the second half when the focus is on putting family hostilities aside. The show suffers from a weak first half, the decision to use CG animation, and the underutilization of the supporting cast. But in terms of making it a feel-good show, it accomplishes that.

                        Ultimate Otaku Teacher (1-24): C+
                        This show took awhile to settle in as the first 1/3 of the show was just a mess for the most part. But once the show settles into a groove, it actually becomes a decent enough show. While the character-of-the-week-like structure leads to a lot of storytelling issues and overused jokes, it lead to some solid character development as it helps the MC figure out what he really wants to do with his life, something that didn't look like it would achieve early on. The show's crazy nature also made it worthwhile. However, this show's reliance on recycled jokes and utilization of annoying characters make this a show that's not for everybody.

                        *Vlad Love: C

                        Ongoing

                        [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (36-37)
                        ^[GKY-2] Golden Kamuy Season 2 (13-18)
                        [KBK] Kuroko's Basketball (1-2)

                        [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (307-308)
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                        Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
                        Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #13
                          Winter 2021 Simulcast Rankings: March 2021

                          Before I get to my last post-simulcast report, I will do my end-of-season simulcast leader board for the winter, and there was quite a lot of movement. I watched a lot more stuff than I usually do in a season as there were so many sequels that my minimum ten new shows rule meant watching more than I have in the past. Plus, there were a few more additional shows that were binged, which doesn't count towards my limit. In any case, time to sort it all out and like last time, I include what I feel is the worst show of the season regardless of whether or not I watched it, and this time it wasn't even close.

                          Touchdown
                          Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World Season 2
                          Attack on Titan: Final Season
                          Jujutsu Kaisen
                          Laid-Back Camp Season 2

                          Horimiya
                          Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
                          Dr. Stone: Stone Wars
                          Cells at Work! Code Black (Promoted)

                          Field Goal
                          SK8 the Infinity
                          That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
                          Wonder Egg Priority
                          Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!
                          Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2 (Promoted)

                          The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2
                          Cells at Work! Season 2

                          Kemono Jihen (Promoted)

                          First Down
                          Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki
                          High-Rise Invasion
                          Idoly Pride
                          Higurashi: When They Cry Gou
                          So I'm a Spider, So What?
                          With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun
                          Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table
                          Azur Lane: Slow Ahead!
                          Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?
                          Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon


                          Punt
                          World Witches Take Off!
                          Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3
                          Show by Rock!! Stars!!
                          B: The Beginning Succession
                          The Promised Neverland Season 2 (Demoted)

                          Fumble
                          Hortensia Saga (Demoted)
                          Idolls!
                          Ex-Arm (for the worst show of the season, which I dropped)

                          Rising

                          Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2
                          Much like with the first season of Umamusume, the show got off to a slow start, but as the series progresses, the storytelling greatly improves and the show becomes much more focused and impactful. This season does the same with a different main character, and it started off in a deeper hole than the first season, but ends up being better when all is said and done. I couldn't recommend this series enough as once you get over the gimmicky nature of the show, this becomes a show with some major league character development.

                          Laid-Back Camp Season 2
                          The first season was awesome, but the second season managed to make a great thing even better. It helps that the supporting cast is much more involved, and that camping trips are not quick one episode and done like most of the first season was. But above all, it's the Izu camping trip at the end that puts everything that is great about this show all together to make for one of the best slice of life shows out there.

                          Cells at Work! Code Black
                          This show finishes off in grand fashion as it is full of twists, turns, heartbreaks, and bad breaks, and everything in-between. The final episodes of this show are so brilliantly done as it does an excellent job in differentiating itself from the main series that serves as a lesson as to why things are difficult for cells when somebody lives an unhealthy lifestyle.


                          Falling

                          The Promised Neverland Season 2
                          What in the wide world happened with this show? Simply put, it was just a terrible decision to make an anime-original ending that rushes through the rest of the manga as it led to some inexplicably bad story writing. At least they should have aimed for three seasons (four would have been ideal, but they probably weren't going to get more than three). So much was skipped that it led to a climax that just had no impact that resembles what was originally intended. At least the animation team kept up the production values, and it's no wonder why they refused to be credited in the final episodes as they poured their hearts and souls into something that was sabotaged from the start.

                          Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table
                          I had a feeling that this wouldn't end well with the troubled production process this season had. The end result is something that felt half-hearted and bland. It still is a decent enough show to watch, but the things could have been done a lot better to make it more engaging that made the first season so amazing.

                          Hortensia Saga
                          This show had potential to be a very good show, but poor pacing doomed this show more than anything. The first half was too slowly paced, which would have been all well and good had the show ended with what happened in episode 8, and at least there would be some closure in case it didn't get another season. But instead it rushes through everything else, and even giving an episode to somebody who wasn't deserving of one for coming out of nowhere and being such a whiny scumbag that this show didn't need goes to show that the show was made to advertise a mobile game rather than telling a good story that it could have done had the cards been played right
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                          Watching: Tylor, Astra Lost in Space, School-Live!, Vanguard
                          Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                          • #14
                            First Impressions

                            Haven't actually written about each of the shows I watched in one of these posts for a while, but there were some especially inspiring ones this season, I've gotten a lot of friends back into watching anime, and it seems like the chances of some of them reading these are a little higher now, so I might as well say a few words. A lot of this will be redundant with the episode of Fandom Post Radio we released today, but it's nice to have this kind of stuff in text as well.

                            As always, the first number and icon is the number of positions and direction the series moved in the ranking. The second is the number and direction of possible grades it moved.

                            00► 00► 01. Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season | Attack on Titan Final Season (A+) I've spent the past four months gushing about this season in the form of thousands of written words each week and countless more in discussions in between, to say nothing of how much it was on my mind in that time. I'll direct you to my reviews that can be found from the link in my signature for the real detail, but I'll at least say that this season (which is really only the first half of the final season, as expected) has become my #4 anime of all time, right under its predecessor, Season 3 Part 2. Each manages to deliver at least one episode that epitomizes perfection beyond the scope of nearly any other piece of entertainment put on a screen, and each manages to surround that with many others that approach that level in a way that few TV series of any medium can compare to. This could've been expected to some degree as the immediate continuation of the previous masterpiece, but this one both covers very different material than we've seen in the series prior and changes the studio and main staff just when the established team had delivered their collective magnum opus. Despite the risks associated with this decision, MAPPA, Jun Shishido, and Hiroshi Seko either exceed or do justice to the standard set by Wit Studio, Tetsurou Araki, and... well, technically it was Yasuko Kobayashi on series composition previously, but Seko was already writing most of the episodes, including the best ones -- now he has just taken over 100% of the writing responsibilities, not only series composition but writing every single episode this season. I can hardly wait for The Final Season Part 2, but if a break this long is what it takes to send the series off with a final installment of the caliber necessary to follow these masterworks, I wouldn't have it any other way.
                            02▲ 01▲ 02. Jujutsu Kaisen (TV) (A) Speaking of MAPPA and Hiroshi Seko, they were simultaneously polishing what may have been a fairly standard Jump series into a series that would easily be the best anime of its seasons and years if its own studio and writer weren't perfecting one of the absolute greats of all time alongside it. With a less action-heavy season of Attack on Titan, the sakuga resources were clearly allocated to making Jujutsu Kaisen the most spectacular showcase of dynamism and kineticism around, from beginning to end. If Attack on Titan has more action akin to its earlier seasons next time, I'd love to see this kind of care put into those sequences, but this was definitely the right distribution to implement. Because of its relatively straightforward setup, Jujutsu Kaisen could've made less of an initial impact if it wasn't so unbelievably resplendent. Once you find yourself invested, though, it proves to be far from superficial, developing each character in its colorful cast into a lovably idiosyncratic individual and finding creative new uses for established tropes along the way.
                            00► 00► 03. One Piece (A-)
                            02▼ 00► 04. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2 | Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World 2 (A-) Even if we've become accustomed -- perhaps even desensitized -- to Re:Zero's relentlessly harrowing intensity, credit still has to be given for its dedication to using a full 30 minutes each week, 5+ minutes more than any other show and rarely using any of it for its OP or ED, to take us on a perpetual emotional roller coaster. Although this section provides the much-needed resolution to the arc that began in the previous one, it shifts away from constant Subaru suffering to more deeply explore other prominent protagonists, antagonists, and those of questionable alignment. Through this, its world becomes much richer and the potential for the future feels greater.
                            01▲ 00► 05. Yuru Camp△ Season 2 | Laid-Back Camp (A-) On paper, Yuru Camp is a very simple iyashikei slice of life series about cute girls doing one mundane activity. I can't even claim that anything about that description is inaccurate in any context. And yet, through incredibly charming character writing and an inexplicitly nostalgic atmosphere enhanced substantially by its score, I find myself overcome with emotions for a series in which nothing sad or unpleasant ever happens. Were it 10+ years ago and such reductive notions were still in vogue, I imagine the term "moe" would be thrown around and that might be the end of it. But of all the series that have seemingly perfected this formula, Yuru Camp rises above the rest without any cheap archetypes or pandering. It's idealized, sure, but still refreshing and not quite like any ostensibly very similar contemporaries.
                            05▲ 01▲ 06. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu | Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (A-) Being 8 volumes into the novels, this is a series I was already highly invested in. Going into an adaptation with that mindset, it's always easy to be disappointed, but this brand-new studio spun off of White Fox was created with the express purpose of giving Mushoku Tensei the optimal treatment, years in the making to that end. How this was justified from a production aspect I have no idea, but the results are clear with the care taken to make each scene look perfect. Like its isekai cousin from White Fox proper, Re:Zero, this gets a bit more out of its runtime by never giving the OP a dedicated sequence, instead simply playing the song over actual episode content. This story has great places to go, and will continue on its path shortly, but we already get a sense of the depth of its world-building and attention to detail without being dry or verbose. The series is off to the great start I wanted for it, and I'm looking forward to more.
                            02▼ 01▼ 07. Horimiya (B+) Just like Mushoku Tensei, I had read all of the source material published in English by the time the anime came, and again I found myself in the shockingly fortunate position of seeing a series I held dear come to life with an adaptation that added so much to it. Like Yuru Camp, there's nothing inherently special about Horimiya, but the potential found in its uncommonly excellent character dynamics set the stage for a lavish adaptation that not only elevates the series with beautiful animation but also enriches its tone with deft direction and a poignant score. It's incredible how good a simple high school romantic comedy can be when enough talent with enough passion is given the resources to make it as good as possible.
                            05▲ 00► 08. Wonder Egg Priority (B+) The other big CloverWorks achievement this season is an original by a main staff largely new to anime production. The word "original" feels more accurate for this series than many; while it's easy to draw comparisons to Madoka, it's far from the shallow clones that followed in its shadow for a decade after. Instead, this digs into the core of what made Madoka original and effective and tells its own story of mental health struggles manifesting as abstract fantastical battles. In the process, it explores new topics that push the envelope on what TV anime is typically comfortable with, and on top of the creative surrealist imagery, the animation is among the best of anything this season. I'll admit it didn't hit me as hard as a lot of people, nor was I particularly blown away by its brilliance, but I can certainly appreciate what it's doing and I'm glad to see how popular and acclaimed it's been since premiering. The series proper also ends without its actual conclusion which will be coming in a few months, making it awkward to try to judge it with a key component missing. Hopefully that will be the piece that really makes me see the light that so many others have, but for now, I at least respect it a great deal.
                            01▲ 00► 09. Non Non Biyori Nonstop (B+) Another simple iyashikei slice of life series about cute girls engaging in exceedingly mundane activities, Non Non Biyori doesn't quite reach the heights of Yuru Camp but still pushes past the expectations for such a dull-sounding premise. Non Non Biyori has always made its mark as a serene showcase of gorgeous scenery and highly amusing characters, but while the sense that nothing would ever change was always one of its best traits, this season excels for the opposite reason. Because things have been so constant, each minor change feels monumental, and when the season ends with new beginnings, it feels more conclusive than anyone would expect. If it weren't for Yuru Camp, this would probably be the best of its kind around.
                            02▼ 00► 10. Detective Conan (B+) Dropped after Episode 1000. Yes, this an unusual drop for me. Normally I'd only drop something because it fell far enough below my standard of quality. Detective Conan is the same as always, and it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination. But after a thousand episodes, a series needs to have accomplished more to be worth spending potentially another thousand or two episodes on. One Piece is like that. I've read over 1000 chapters, and it has built upon each one of them to create a continually compelling and innovation adventure. Detective Conan is good, but it does the same thing every episode, and they rarely matter outside of an arc of 2-3 episodes at most. That's fine up to a point, but when it's been hundreds of episodes since anything of real consequence has happened, that point has definitely been passed and the series has long since overstayed its welcome. Maybe one day it'll actually end and there will be a list of some fraction of the series that can be watched without the 99% or more of fluff in between, but until then, I'll be taking my leave from Detective Conan.
                            01▲ 00► 11. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season | That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 (B+) Slime endeared itself to its audience with a very light, fun beginning. This was always going to have a shelf life, though, and eventually it was either going to have to quit while it was still the same kind of series or become a different kind of series. It obviously chose the latter path, and it has had mixed results trying to reinvent its identity ever since. As it attempted to explore more dramatic material, the fact that it essentially made Rimuru omnipotent comes back to bite it by eliminating any potential for tension. As this season goes on, it eventually finds a successful balance to create a scenario where things don't all work out... even if they ultimately still do. That period of uncertainty has some of the most powerful moments in the series, although some of morally questionable activity smoothed over by overly villainous antagonists feels like some missed opportunity. Things escalate very quickly and there's some definite tonal whiplash, but it manages to recapture a lot of its charm while introducing a fresh sense of conflict.
                            03▲ 01▲ 12. SK∞ | SK8 the Infinity (B+) Another original series, this one is decidedly less ambitious but still creative enough to forge its own path in some ways. It becomes so absurdly campy that it undermines its own attempts at sincerity, but as long as you can turn your mind firmly off, the series is probably more purely fun than anything else on this list. It's too bad the protagonist's character arc happens to be at such jarring odds with the tone of the material interspersed with it, because it has an immense amount of value on its own. If you can separate the two conflicting sides of the series, there's a powerful antithesis to conventional shounen tropes (especially sports shounen) to explore, but chances are that'll be overwhelmed by how phenomenally dumb the series is dedicated to being the rest of the time.
                            04▼ 00► 13. Dr. Stone: Stone Wars (B+) I feel a little bad for Dr. Stone. It's such a flawless adaptation, but it just happens to exist in this golden age where so many other Jump series are getting adaptations that go so far beyond simply presenting the material perfectly and instead create spectacles of art with the manga as a base. With Dr. Stone, everything is just as good as I expect it to be, and we're so spoiled that that seems somehow underwhelming. Thankfully, this series is always moving forward, always striking just the right balance of being paradoxically very smart and very dumb, and this season hits a major turning point in the established story, setting up another season for even loftier goals. It's ironic that the adaptation is so much more straightforward than these other Jump series, because its plot is the least conventional, and I greatly appreciate having no idea of where the story might be going.
                            00► 01▲ 14. 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬ | The Quintessential Quintuplets 2 (B+) This series is such an unapologetically pure harem show that it's always been a guilty pleasure that has no right being as good as it is. Yet here I am, giving the second season a far higher grade than I ever expected to give something of its ilk. These kinds of series can keep going around in circles for a lot longer than one cour, but this season earns its reputation by filling its run with real progress and development. It reaches points that would be the end of similar stories multiple times, and it still has another season to go. Through these comparatively bold subversions, it creates genuine suspense and character investment, and ensures that the eventual outcome will feel meaningful however things end up. It's still pandering trash, of course, but goddamn it's good pandering trash.
                            05▲ 01▲ 15. Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! (B) I tend not to like these short chibi gag spinoff series, but this one is actually quite good. It's probably successful because it doesn't try to lean on some gimmick that doesn't gel with the series proper whatsoever. It helps that Bungou Stray Dogs already has a good amount of comedy, but this also depicts scenarios that the characters could conceivably find themselves in, just in a sillier tone and often without much plot to consider. It does a good job at using the comedic style of the series as a base and just building off of that. By its natural it's always guaranteed to be throwaway fluff, so just the fact that it's watchable at all is a pretty significant achievement.
                            02▲ 00► 16. Hataraku Saibou Black (TV) | Cells at Work! CODE BLACK! (B-) Although it's a lot uglier than the already mediocre aesthetic of the original series and is a bit of a bummer to watch, this new look at the concepts established by the franchise give it that sense of freshness that the original first had, and the harrowing nature of the content makes it a lot more gripping than the second season that aired alongside it.
                            01▼ 00► 17. Kemono Jihen (B-) This is more or less the most basic shounen series you can get. There's nothing especially good about it, nothing especially bad, and nothing especially different. Because I like the formula and it's a competent enough production, I enjoyed myself well enough, but I could just as easily take it or leave it.
                            01▼ 01▼ 18. Hataraku Saibou!! | Cells at Work! 2nd Season (C+) The novelty of this series has really worn out, and airing this season alongside Black really made it feel devoid of tension for the most part. One thing that could've made it worthwhile would be production values anywhere the rest of David Production's work since the first season, but it's still pretty weak in that regard. Maybe with a full cour, it could've accomplished a bit more, but with only eight episodes, it felt like a bit of a waste.
                            02▲ 01▼ 19. Osomatsu-san 3rd Season (C+) Dropped after Episode 16. The first season of Osomatsu-san was at the top of its game for a lot of its run. The second season was a sharp decline from that high, seeming like they were really out of good ideas and just milking it because of its initial success. The third season took that a step further, to the point that, by its second cour, the sixth of the series overall, it felt so painfully uninspired with each vignette that I wondered why anyone was bothering. Should've quit while you were ahead, Osomatsu.
                            01▼ 02▼ 20. Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai | Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table (C) Dropped after Episode 3. I liked Log Horizon well enough back in the day, but as soon as I came into this long-awaited continuation, I felt myself incapable of caring about a single thing happening. It also doesn't look any better, probably worse than it ever has since it started in 2013, and it was always far below the standard.
                            14▼ 06▼ 21. Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season | The Promised Neverland Season 2 (D+) I'll definitely direct you to Fandom Post Radio Episode 93 for our thoughts on this season, but I'll mention that this is almost certainly the biggest drop in both position and grade within a single season by far. Consider that I had given the first season an A or A- and still rank it in my top 35 anime of all time and this becomes an unprecedented, baffling disappointment even worse than Berserk if only because there's absolutely no reason anything should've gone wrong. I can't fathom how this happened, just that I could hardly be more upset about how it did, and I stuck with it to the end just to see how bad it could get. Worse than anyone could've ever imagined.

                            Services:

                            Crunchyroll (10): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, Jujutsu Kaisen (TV), One Piece, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2, Yuru Camp△ Season 2, Non Non Biyori Nonstop, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season, Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!
                            Funimation (10): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, One Piece, Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, Horimiya, Wonder Egg Priority, SK∞, Hataraku Saibou Black (TV), Kemono Jihen, Hataraku Saibou!!, Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season


                            Weekly Schedule:

                            Sunday (4): Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, Non Non Biyori Nonstop, Kemono Jihen
                            Monday (0):
                            Tuesday (3): Wonder Egg Priority, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!
                            Wednesday (1): Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2
                            Thursday (6): Yuru Camp△ Season 2, Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬, Hataraku Saibou Black (TV), Hataraku Saibou!!, Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
                            Friday (1): Jujutsu Kaisen (TV)
                            Saturday (3): One Piece, Horimiya, SK∞
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                              Post-Simulcast Report: March 16-31

                              And now, my final post-simulcast report for the season. As a reminder since this includes a lot of shows that I finished watching simulcasts for that I will just list them and in a separate post that I hope to write up later, put my final thoughts for those shows.

                              * indicates Winter 2021 season simulcasts
                              ^ indicates a rewatched show

                              Completed

                              *Higurashi: When They Cry Gou: C+

                              *Cells at Work! Code Black: A-

                              *Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: C+

                              *B: The Beginning Succession: C-

                              *Idolls!: D-


                              *Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?: C+

                              *Re:Zero Season 2: A+

                              *Hortensia Saga: D+

                              *Show by Rock!! Stars!!: C

                              *Dr. Stone: Stone Wars: A-

                              *The Promised Neverland Season 2: C-

                              *The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2: B

                              *Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki-kun: B-

                              *Jujutsu Kaisen: A+

                              *With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun: C+


                              ^Burn the Witch (movie): B-
                              This show has some solid storytelling, nice supernatural stuff, and interesting characters, all to form a satisfying enough experience for someone who watched all of Bleach. While there is great potential for this to turn into a TV series, unfortunately there isn't any source material for it to happen. On the flipside, the show's story introduces a lot of characters that are mostly brushed off, the plot is largely predictable, and some of the characters are really annoying. In all, it's a satisfying show, but one that just feels too hollow and unfulfilling like those monsters in Tight Kubo's work that he's known for.

                              *Kemono Jihen: B

                              *Idoly Pride: C+

                              *Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3: C


                              Kuroko's Basketball (1-25, Tip Off): A-
                              This is a well-done sports anime show that's all about establishing the underdog, and instead of making the MC the team's superstar, it breaks away from the typical structure of a sports anime by making him a critical supporting teammate instead. That leads to a story that clicks on so many levels and allows for some major development to happen since the deuteragonist is the superstar instead of the protagonist. That said, this show does have some flaws as it went too overblown with the Generation of Miracles alums playing a style that's not realistic in real life, while games tend to drag on and Seiren's ascendance happens a bit too quickly. Nevertheless, the show is another well-done sports show.

                              *Umamusume: Pretty Derby: B

                              ^Golden Kamuy Season 2 (19-24, Golden Douga Gekijou ep. 13-23): B+
                              This season continues to build upon the foundation laid by the first season that took awhile to get going. This season brings on great character development, amazing adventure, intense action, and a lot of well-utilized ridiculousness that makes this show stand out. Just about the only major problem this show has is the amount of sidetracking this show does as that feels like a hinderance to the main overall plot of this show, though it never feels out of place. In all, it's a show that's highly entertaining and full of interesting characters that make things click.

                              *Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!: B+

                              *Azur Lane: Slow Ahead!: C+

                              *Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table: C+


                              Hetalia: The World Twinkle (1-15): B
                              This is one of the weaker seasons of Hetalia, but it's still great for those who are fans of this show. The humor is still good, though not as great as it was in previous seasons. Nevertheless, it still remains quite a pleasure to watch for all the quirky characters and jokes in relation to world history.

                              ^Food Wars! The Third Plate (1-24): A+
                              This season is when this show reaches its peak as the show continues to do everything that makes this show great with cooking action, character development, and great storytelling. But above all, the adversity going on this season with the introduction of a new character is what makes a tremendous impact in this season. There's that and it continues to deliver on everything else that defines this series.

                              Ongoing
                              [FCB-A] Future Card Buddyfight Ace (38-40)
                              [NAR-S] Naruto Shippuden (309-311)
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