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    Widgets Magazine
    Summer is here, and that means it's time for another season of anime.

    The link to the Spring 2021 Edition
    Summer 2021 Anime Chart
    Summer 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
    Summer 2021 Simulcast Interest List

    Time for my quarterly simulcast interest list, and nothing has changed from last time.

    IN
    [MHA-5] My Hero Academia Season 5 (continuing)
    [TYE] To Your Eternity (continuing)
    [TRN] Tokyo Revengers (continuing)
    [TSL-2] That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 (continuing)
    [HIG-G2] Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu
    [IMH-H] The Honor Student at Magic High School
    [PMM-MR2] Magia Record Season 2
    [KMD-2] Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S
    [OGF-2] My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X

    PROBABLE
    [AQT] Aquatope on White Sand
    [VTS] The Case Study of Vanitas
    [FPP] Fena: Pirate Princess
    [REM] Re-Main
    [ROL] Remake Our Life!
    [OTS] I, Tsushima (short)

    QUESTIONABLE
    [DCT] D_Cide Traumerei
    [DEM] The Detective is Already Dead
    [DSC] Drugstore in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist
    [DDM] The Duke of Death and His Maid
    [MQB] The Dungeon of Black Company
    [GRO-A] Getter Robo Arc
    [JHY] The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!
    [IDT] The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace
    [UOS] Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
    [HRH] How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
    [PBR] Peach Boy Riverside
    [SNX] Scarlet Nexus
    [SGK] Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles
    [SON] Sonny Boy
    [OBM] Obey Me! (short)

    DOUBTFUL
    [B5S] Battle Game in 5 Seconds
    [KK2] Girlfriend, Girlfriend
    [KAS] Kageki Shojo!!
    [LLV-SS] Love Live! Superstar!!
    [MRY] Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory
    [NHD-41] Night Head 2041

    OUT
    I'm Standing on a Million Lives Season 2
    Idolish7 Third Beat
    Kick and Slide
    Tsukipro Season 2
    Fire in His Fingertips 2
    Yamishibai 9
    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
      Post-Simulcast Report: July 1-15

      Time for my first post-simulcast report of the season. I will get to my first impressions soon, but because of the staggering premiere dates that I won't be able to do one until next week, a full month into the season.

      Completed

      Weathering With You (Movie): A
      This movie is another Makoto Shinkai masterpiece, albeit not quite at the level of Your Name. Everything is constructed nicely with the story concept, the animation, the character development, and the plot. Just about the only thing that keeps it from being among the best of the best is that the screenplay was not quite up to par as it relies on convenient story writing in places and gets lazy, lessening the impact that Your Name brought to the table. Nevertheless, it's another must watch movie coming from the new Hayao Miyazaki.

      *Shadows House: B+

      Isekai Cheat Magician OVA: C-

      ^Magia Record (1-13): C+
      It was clear that this series was meant to be a mobile game rather than an anime, and the way the show was structured and played out is indication of that. The story just drags and spends too much time with characterization to the point that it compromises the plot and the story writing, and being a mobile game would allow for that to happen, but not so much as an anime. That said, the show brings the high production values the main Madoka Magica series does to the table, all while the show does a great job with characterization and has a great concept. It's just that the execution doesn't translate, and that's something that can be corrected with the second season.

      Record of Ragnarok (1-12): C-
      While this show has great storytelling, intense battles, and lots of depth, the show just dragged and moved way too slowly to the point where the show barely gets anywhere by the end. While the adaptation comes from strong source material, it was clear that adapting it into anime was going to be difficult. Most of the time is spent on the battles and it just dragged on with slow pacing with each battle taking four episodes when really three would have been enough, all while the show doesn't have a proper introduction and the MC just doesn't get enough exposure. In all, this is one of the shows where the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

      Ongoing

      [ARA-2] Aria the Natural (1-13)
      [CFV-3] Cardfight!! Vanguard: Link Joker (1-8)
      [CFV-OD] Cardfight!! Vanguard: OverDress (1-2)
      [LGH] Legend of the Galactic Heroes (25-27)
      [OPC] One Piece (629-641)
      [7DS-4] The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgment (1-12)
      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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      • #4
        Summer 2021: First Impressions

        This is unusually late for me to do this, but seeing that this season's premiere dates are so ridiculously scattered with stuff starting as early as June 18 (albeit as sneak peaks) and as late as July 31 (Magia Record season 2 and Jahy, which is allowed because they are 8 and 20 episodes, respectively, so that they can fit in their allotted timelines) that I didn't get to check out everything until now. So with that, I'll try my best to put down my impressions following two episodes since I have already dropped a few of these shows, while I have already maxed out my allotted extended trials (Peach Boy Riverside, Scarlet Nexus, Girlfriend Girlfriend, The Detective is Already Dead, and The Duke of Death, for which at least one will stay between the two Thursday shows and I intend to keep exactly one of those two Sunday shows meaning up to three of these shows could be dropped after 6 instead of the usual 4 episodes) seeing that I have to make decisions on those shows without having checked out Jahy. In any case, onto my impressions. Nothing has changed in that Red Zone shows are ones I know I'm watching for sure, Midfield means I'm on the fence on after getting a first look at the show, and Own 20 means it's unlikely I'll watch it unless things turn around.

        Red Zone
        My Hero Academia Season 5 (continuing)
        That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 (continuing)
        To Your Eternity (continuing)
        Tokyo Revengers (continuing)

        Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu - Things don't quite pick up where they last left off, but the show does a nice job of differentiating itself from the other series, and in more ways than just changing the viewpoint character. The storytelling is an improvement over Gou, and aside from that it pretty much is on even footing.
        Magia Record Season 2 - The first season went to show why this was meant to be a mobile game rather than a TV series, but the first episode is easily better than anything the first season put out bringing Madoka and Homura into the fold. That said, it remains to be seen where this show goes after everything that happened to end the first season.
        Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S - This season features more fanservice than the first, but it's all done in good taste and is consistent with the first season. It continues to be a great mixture of KyoAni's great handiwork, fun atmosphere, amusing characters, and nice jokes that makes this show so great.
        My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X - Pretty much, this is a somewhat less serious version of the first season now that the MC has made it past the game, and it's a show that's more focused on relationships and bonds rather than avoiding doom.
        Aquatope on White Sand - The show has been slow to develop and the story direction seems to fall into the trap that doomed Glasslip at times, but the animation is gorgeous and the story does a nice job in maintaining focus and not get away from the task at hand.
        The Case Study of Vanitas - Bones does what they are known for and the end result is another great show from one of the best in the business. The show does a great job in blending story with lightheartedness that meshes with the show, all while creating an air of mystery and intrigue that has been well-executed so far.
        The Honor Student at Magic High School - This spinoff to The Irregular at Magic High School that focuses on things from Miyuki's perspective has been a pleasure to watch even if its production values aren't as great. The show places an emphasis on the girls and does a great job with being far more easy to get into than Irregular that's too story-driven to the point where it gets hard to follow and ends up becoming something that many just don't care about. This show sacrifices story telling as it's definitely inferior to Irregular, but does so in order to make it flow much better. That said, I'm in it since the supporting cast was the biggest highlight of Irregular for me.
        How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom - It's another isekai, but one that's more reminiscent of Spice and Wolf (which is not an isekai, BTW) than your typical generic one like Seirei Gensouki. The MC is someone whose vast knowledge and experience is something that leads itself well for a show like this. And then there is the supporting cast that has made quite an impression.
        Re-Main - It's a comeback sports story like the other MAPPA sports shows, and it has a very creative concept with the MC being someone who has to rediscover his talent for water polo following an unfortunate accident. It has followed a typical sports show aside from that, but the characters are being developed quite nicely so far.
        Remake Our Life! - This was one of my most anticipated shows of the season, and it definitely doesn't disappoint after a strong first episode, followed up by some great character development and it does exactly what a show like this is supposed to do: making the most of a second chance. Just about the only thing I don't like is the needless drama that pops up from time to time that kind of spoils the mood.
        Sonny Boy - This is one weird show, but with Shingo Natsume doing what he does best, it's a show that is weird in a great way. Stuff doesn't make sense, but that's part of the show's charm as opposed to something brought on by incompetent writing.

        Midfield
        The Detective is Already Dead - The source material is supposed to be strong for this show, and it starts off with a great first episode. But from the second episode onward the show starts to really slip with convenient story writing and too much nonsensical stuff that are generally unfitting for a detective show.
        Drugstore in Another World - This is supposed to be an isekai, but from the first few episodes nobody would know it. The show is made by one of the worst animation studios out there, and the animation quality is an indication of that. But above all, the show just gets repetitive really quickly. Despite that, the show has great characters and an inviting atmosphere even if the show's construction isn't up to snuff.
        The Duke of Death and His Maid - As this is animated by the same staff behind Hi Score Girl, the show is in CG, and that's off-putting for a show like this as it just doesn't look right. That said, the show is amusing while the characters are full of intrigue. But the show doesn't seem like it's going anywhere at the moment.
        Getter Robo Arc - This show pretty much runs on nostalgia as it's something that only fans of the Getter Robo series might appreciate. The show has a little bit of everything, but not really excelling at anything as the animation quality, albeit appropriate given the era this show is from, and production values are rather low, all while the show is action-heavy at the moment and not exactly doing much in the storytelling department. Even so, the battles are great, while the music and soundtrack is quite appropriate to make it worthwhile.
        The Great Jahy Won't Be Defeated! - This show is pretty funny as Jahy's antics are amusing, as well as the setup of a demon lord who lost just about everything but her life, but is still highly motivated. So far, the show is entertaining even if it looks like it's going to be repetitive.
        Peach Boy Riverside - This show is all about the characters are this has arguably the best cast of all new shows this season. They are characters with so many sides to them that make them amusing. That said, the show's production values are pretty low with the studio in charge of making it, all while the show is airing out of order that makes it disorienting for viewers. Even so, the show builds intrigue, and of course there are the characters.
        Scarlet Nexus - This show is made to market a video game, and this show has better production values than typical shows of this kind. The animation is nice, while the characters are an intriguing bunch. That said, the show is dragging its feet with its horrid pacing as a few episodes in, it's only barely scratching the surface of things. But it's a show where I'm hoping for a huge payoff once the setup phase is finished.
        Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy - It's another isekai where this time the MC is stripped of his hero status and must work his way back up, but with the abilities to do so, and this show revolves around the comedy as there are quite a lot of laughs to be had in this show. That said, the show doesn't have the best production values, all while the storytelling can be frustrating at times, but it looks like it will be something I will find to be worthwhile to watch.

        Own 20
        Battle Game in 5 Seconds - The show has some solid action and decent drama, but poor production values and a cliched plot that rips off Darwin's Game pretty much makes this a show I'm not too enthused about.
        D_Cide Traumerei - Just about everything screams mobile game advertisement in this game. Generic plot, bland characters, mediocre CG action, and awful story writing makes this a show that is easy for me to D_Cide to drop.
        The Dungeon of Black Company - The show can be good at times, but really awful at others. Not to mention, the poor animation quality and the irritating characters doesn't do any favors for this show.
        Girlfriend, Girlfriend - Pretty hilarious stuff this show is, but at the same time it gets repetitive and very cliched, all while the characters can get pretty annoying.
        Kageki Shojo!! - While this show has some solid story writing and stuff, at the same time this show just feels dull and bland, all while the characters can be a handful.
        The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace - This show is all about style as there's plenty of it, but the substance is just lacking. The animation is tough one eyes, all while I'm just not feeling this show with all the crazy things that are involved.
        Life Lessons With Uramichi Onii-san - This show can be funny at times and irritating at others. While the comedy is pretty good, it's a show that just gets repetitive and thus, leads to something really stale.
        Love Live!! Superstar! - This show features a different kind of MC as the genki lead that these shows tend to have get really old. Not so much with this show. That said, having not seen any other Love Live!! series that I don't have much interest in it.
        Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory - It's your standard ecchifest that is thankfully uncensored for HIDIVE. It does what an ecchi show is supposed to do, and not much more that can convince me to stick with it.
        Night Head 2041 - This show has some pretty nice action, and the CG is of good quality. That said, the story is totally lacking as it is just so hard to follow as things just are not connecting.
        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
          Simulcast Rankings: July 2021

          This is two weeks late, but I'm now putting my simulcast rankings after the first month. While I have started Fena, it won't appear on this list here, while my ranking of Jahy and Magia Record are based off only one episode due to the ridiculously scattered premiere dates for this season. I have finalized my watchlist, but this reflects where I stood back on July 31 where black is in, red is out, and blue I'm undecided about.

          Home Run
          To Your Eternity
          Tokyo Revengers
          That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2

          Base Hit
          The Case Study of Vanitas
          Remake Our Life!
          Aquatope on White Sand
          Sonny Boy
          Magia Record Season 2
          Re-Main
          My Hero Academia Season 5
          Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu
          My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X

          Walk
          Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy
          Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles
          How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
          The Great Jahy Won't Be Defeated!
          The Honor Student at Magic High School
          Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
          The Duke of Death and His Maid
          The Detective is Already Dead

          I, Tsushima
          Peach Boy Riverside
          The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace
          Scarlet Nexus


          Flyout
          Kageki Shojo!!
          Battle Game in 5 Seconds
          Getter Robo Arc
          Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory
          Girlfriend, Girlfriend
          Drugstore in Another World
          The Dungeon of Black Company

          Strikeout
          Obey Me!
          Night Head 2041
          D_Cide Traumerei


          This season is shaping up to be a weak one with a few heavy hitters, but on the flipside the duds this season aren't hot garbage and at least have some watchability to them even if they aren't all that great. While the second tier of shows is sizable, only Vanitas and Remake Our Life! are the only shows I clearly consider to be in that tier while the rest are borderline between that and the next tier down.
          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: July 16-31

            Time for the second of six post-simulcast reports. Pretty short since I was busy watching the Olympics and busy with work.

            Completed

            Given Movie (movie): B+
            After a strong TV series that does an excellent job in being mostly about reconciliation and getting over the hump rather than about establishing yaoi relationships, this movie follows things up very nicely, mostly focusing on the other two members of the band. And of course, the music is top notch, while the show maintains its focus never getting away from what it sets out to do.

            Beastars Season 2 (1-12): B+
            After a strong first season, this one was a bit of a letdown as it mostly focuses on one of the supporting characters and his relationship working for the enemy. While it leads to some excellent drama, the story writing is a notch down from the first season, especially with the lack of Haru in it. That said, it was great to watch the drama unfold, and while the use of CG is a sticking point, this studio produces high quality CG.

            ^The Gymnastics Samurai (1-11): B-
            This show is all about substance over style as it has a very good story and well-developed characters that goes to show that MAPPA can be all over the spectrum when it comes to how they approach shows While the show has a great plot and solid story writing, this show is dogged by production values as the animation just looks cheap and not really reflective of the studio's usual standards, all while the show tends to get sidetracked too much and not always for the better. In all, it's another solid product from MAPPA and while it would have been quite a lot to ask it to match Yuri on Ice!!, it does a nice job in being something that does what a sports anime is supposed do.

            Ongoing

            [CFV-3] Cardfight!! Vanguard: Link Joker (9-16)
            ^[CFV-OD] Cardfight!! Vanguard: OverDress (3-4)
            [GTZ] Gantz (1-4)
            ^[HBD] Hanebado! (1-4)
            ^[FRE-3] Free! Dive to the Future (1-8)
            [LGH] Legend of the Galactic Heroes (28-30)
            [OPC] One Piece (641-650)
            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
              Not inspired to say too much about this season, but here's my current lineup.

              01. Fumetsu no Anata e | To Your Eternity (A)
              02. One Piece (A)
              03. Tokyo Revengers (A-)
              04. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S | Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S (B+)
              05. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season Part 2 | That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 (B+)
              06. Kingdom 3rd Season (B+)
              07. Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 2nd Season | Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun 2nd Season (B)
              08. Love Live! Superstar!! (B)
              09. Vanitas no Karte | The Case Study of Vanitas (B)
              10. Bokutachi no Remake | Remake our Life! (B)
              11. Boku no Hero Academia 5th Season | My Hero Academia Season 5 (B-)
              12. Sonny Boy (B-)
              13. Uramichi Oniisan | Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan (B-)
              14. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta... X | My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X (B-)
              15. Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi | The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace (B-)
              16. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu | Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- (B-)
              17. Shiroi Suna no Aquatope | The Aquatope on White Sand (B-)
              18. Kaizoku Oujo | Fena: Pirate Princess (B-)

              Dropped

              19. Seirei Gensouki | Spirit Chronicles (C+) 4 episodes
              20. Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. | The Detective Is Already Dead (C) 4 episodes


              Services

              Crunchyroll (13) Fumetsu no Anata e, One Piece, Tokyo Revengers, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season Part 2, Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 2nd Season, Bokutachi no Remake, Boku no Hero Academia 5th Season, Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta... X, Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi, Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope, Kaizoku Oujo
              Funimation (5) Kingdom 3rd Season, Love Live! Superstar!!, Vanitas no Karte, Sonny Boy, Uramichi Oniisan

              Weekly Schedule

              Sunday (2) Kingdom 3rd Season, Kaizoku Oujo
              Monday (3) Fumetsu no Anata e, Love Live! Superstar!!, Uramichi Oniisan
              Tuesday (1) Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season Part 2
              Wednesday (2) Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S, Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
              Thursday (3) Sonny Boy, Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
              Friday (2) Vanitas no Karte, Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta... X
              Saturday (5) One Piece, Tokyo Revengers, Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 2nd Season, Bokutachi no Remake, Boku no Hero Academia 5th Season

              Pretty balanced schedule. Always a little more on Saturday, of course, but that's to be expected, and at least it's on a weekend. It'll be interesting to see what develops with Funimation owning Crunchyroll and VRV. As long as it's not them folding everything into their own awful player, I'm not too worried, but who knows what could happen?
              My Top Anime | Manga
              My Collection 1 | 2 | 3
              My FP Reviews | Twitter
              FPR Episodes | Apple

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              • #8
                Summer 2021: Finalized Watchlist

                It's now time I reveal my final watchlist that took awhile due to several shows starting so late this season. They are once again placed in order with continuing shows first, followed by shows that locked down their spots quickly, and then the last shows in (with the exception of shorts that are always listed last). The dropped list had shows that were the last ones out listed first, and shows that didn't stand much of a chance at the bottom.

                Watching
                • My Hero Academia Season 5
                • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
                • To Your Eternity
                • Tokyo Revengers
                • Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu
                • The Honor at Magic High School
                • Magia Record Season 2
                • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S
                • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X
                • The Case Study of Vanitas
                • Remake Our Life!
                • Re-Main
                • Sonny Boy
                • Aquatope on White Sand
                • Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy
                • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
                • Getter Robo Arc
                • Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles
                • Peach Boy Riverside
                • The Duke of Death and His Maid
                • The Great Jahy Won't Be Defeated
                • Fena: Pirate Princess
                • Obey Me! (short)
                • I, Tsushima (short)
                Dropped
                • The Detective is Already Dead
                • Scarlet Nexus
                • The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace
                • Girlfriend, Girlfriend
                • Life Lessons With Uramichi Oniisan
                • Drugstore in Another World
                • Dungeon of Black Company
                • Love Live! Superstar!!
                • Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory
                • Battle Game in 5 Seconds
                • D_Cide Traumerei
                • Night Head 2041
                • Kageki Shojo!!

                So to quickly summarize how I got to this list, the first nine shows were automatically in due to them being sequels or spinoffs, and it didn't take long for Vanitas and Remake Our Life to make it in. The rest of the list took a few episodes before convincing me, though some with fewer episodes than others. Re-Main, Sonny Boy, and Aquatope were never in doubt, while Tsukimichi, Realist Hero, Getter Robo, and Seirei Gensouki were in good standing, but I needed to be absolutely sure by having those shows run through their usual trial periods.

                As for the rest, Fena was the last show in only because it was the last to premiere and after a strong premiere, there was no doubt about it. Then it came down to needing to choose one Thursday show to drop, and Idaten Deities was easily the show I was least interested in, but I also end up ditching Scarlet Nexus as well as I plan on playing the game and from what I heard, it's a much more fulfilling experience. Thus, Peach Boy Riverside made the cut as while the show's story and direction are a joke when watched in the broadcast order (I have a feeling I won't be saying that when watched in its true order), the characters are just a great bunch. And for the final spot, it was between the two Sunday shows Duke of Death and The Detective is Already Dead, and while it looked like Detective would easily run away with this, the show just got progressively worse, whereas the Duke of Death was at least fun and consistent. Finally, there's Jahy where I left a spot that will not be filled with another show should I decide to drop it, and in the end I decided to go for it.

                So with that, here's a breakdown of the shows by day of week:

                Sunday (2): Getter Robo Arc, The Duke of Death and His Maid
                Monday (2): To Your Eternity, Seirei Gensouki
                Tuesday (1): That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
                Wednesday (2): Tsukimichi, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
                Thursday (4): Peach Boy Riverside, Higurashi Sotsu, Aquatope, Sonny Boy
                Friday (2): Vanitas, My Next Life as a Villainess
                Saturday (9): My Hero Academia, Remake Our Life, Honor Student, Magia Record, Realist Hero, Re-Main, Great Jahy, Tokyo Revengers. Fena

                And just like with the spring season, Saturdays are loaded as that day alone has more shows than the number of shows on Sunday through Wednesday combined. While Saturdays are always going to be the favored day, this season it's even more so with a lot of reruns being broadcast on other days in several of these timeslots.



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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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                  Post-Simulcast Report: August 1-15

                  Moving right along with my post-simulcast reports, it's onto the next semi-monthly report of this season now in the second half. Just like with the previous report, I watched a lot of sports anime with the Olympics going on and now it's back to working through my pile of new BDs.

                  Ongoing

                  ^Free! Dive to the Future (9-12): B+
                  After an epic second season that did an outstanding job with character development left a lasting impact that's rarely seen in anime, this season, not so much. The animation continues to be amazing as typical of KyoAni, the characters are full of depth, and the new characters brought into this show make a very meaningful impact, all while the story continues to be well-constructed. It's just that this season doesn't leave that lasting impact the second season does, although it does more so than the first season.

                  ^Hanebado! (5-12): C+
                  This show had a great beginning, but midway through it just becomes so cringeworthy to watch. The characters are just an awful bunch for the most part, none more so than the lead who transforms into some bully with no sense of decency. It doesn't help that the bad apples of the supporting cast are emphasized more than the good ones that made for a show that blew its potential. That said, the show does a great job with the badminton action and the show manages to have a good ending despite all the missteps it took in the middle.

                  ^Harukana Receive (1-12): C+
                  Pretty much, this is a low-key sports show as it's one that is more about maintaining a positive outlook on life rather than dealing with adversity and challenges that are generally the backbone of a typical sports show. While the show could have easily been all about the fanservice, it does a nice job of avoiding that temptation and sticking to what it sets out to do. The end result is a solid show that develops the main characters nicely, and an atmosphere that is inviting. That said, this show is held back by cheap animation and a supporting cast that is woefully underdeveloped for the most part, all while the story just doesn't flow at times. In all, it's sufficient, but certainly could have done more.

                  Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (movie): A
                  To finish off the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, the end result is a proper ending that was 25 years in the making. After an underwhelming third movie, this one does a great job in being strategic and of course, the mecha action is always what makes this show go. But the drama, characterizations, the story writing, and best of all the climax, those were all well-executed to make for a great way to finally finish off this movie series that does an excellent job with telling a fresh story where the ends justify the means unlike what End of Evangelion, and especially the TV series that ended with a long and pointless interrogation sequence.

                  Continuing

                  [CFV-3] Cardfight Vanguard: Link Joker (17-21)
                  *[CFV-OD] Cardfight Vanguad OverDreaa (5-6)
                  [GTZ] Gantz (5-10)
                  [LGH] Legend of the Galactic Heroes (31-32)
                  [OPC] One Piece (651-655)
                  [SHK-N] Shaman King 2021 (1-13)
                  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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