The Spring breeze has brought us so very… ‘different’ shows, this viewing season. And now it’s time to talk about ’em.
Skipping the achievements, this time, since this particular segment was a bit delayed. So, on to the reviews!
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Episode 1 – 2)
Nezuko is precious and I want to protect he- did she just… punt a demon’s head off? (Full Review Here)
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (Episode 1)
In retrospect, it might’ve been naive of me to expect one of the female leads in a show about girls needing intellectual help to be a conniving schemer… (Full Review Here)
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (Episode 14)
Still feel absolutely no sympathy for the king, regardless of whether or not he was in on this little plot. And the more I watch this, the more I just want to be done with all the royalty bunk and get back to the waves. But we’re getting a little more background out of Raphtalia and more character out of Melty, so it was an all-around functional episode. Though I’m starting to think “fun” is just a far cry from something I should be expecting from this series, at this point. Functional, but no. Not really fun. Pity. Still a Super Effective episode, overall, given the character work being done.
Black Clover (Episode 78)
The Black Hurricane is an… interesting idea that’s unfortunately hampered by pretty boring visual execution. Harmless
Fruits Basket (2019) (Episode 1 – 2)
Never watched the original, but Fruits Basket Ultimate is looking like it’ll be a good time with some nice comedy, lots of warm fuzzies, and evidently some drama. Super Effective
One-Punch Man II (Episode 1)
I mean… the art style and animation is, indeed, rather poor (especially in comparison). Part of the reason the higher quality artwork is such a big point of the original is that it added to the humor. Things would be drawn all serious and super detailed… then the punchline came. But whatever. Elsewise the episode was just… kinda meh. A bit boring, really. Harmless
Kenja no Mago (Episode 1)
…Why did this have to be an Isekai, exactly? Because… it seems like this, so far, would’ve worked fine without it. But I did like what we got, well enough. The action is well executed and the characters are charming and fun. Junk Food
Carole & Tuesday (Episode 1)
I was not expecting them to sing that song in English. Either way, though, this was a really solid start to what I hope will be one of the most beautiful shows of the Spring, both visually and otherwise. Super Effective
Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu (Episode 1 – 2)
I have some… deep misgivings about certain aspects of this anime’s inciting incident. The whole “make friends with everyone in your class” just seem grossly dismissive of the sheer concepts of meanness or indifference. Not everyone wants to be your friend. Some will even be rather mean about it. Here’s hoping they’ll actually be addressing that because otherwise that’s gonna make me take this far less seriously. That being said, it is an adorable and funny little show. Relatable to a point as well, if a bit exaggerated. My own adjustment to the same problem just went the opposite direction, so I’m significantly biased. Super Effective
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (Episode 1)
One has to wonder if there’d have been any real uproar about this if they hadn’t mentioned, in-series, that Senko looks like a kid. That being said, I like it. It’s funny, but not outrageous a la Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. And it’s cute. But one thing it manages exceptionally well is being relaxing. It’s a nice show to just wind down to. And that’s the point, really. A show to help you just forget about all the tough, unpleasant things in life. It’s reinforced by the PoV segment at the end where Senko is talking directly to you, the audience. Though that part isn’t really my cup of tea, the rest of it is nice and soothing. Easy Viewing
I don’t really get it. It feels like we started in the middle, here. Alliegences are a bit confusing, but I guess it’s intriguing… and it’s kinda shot like a movie. It has this really neat cinematic feel to it that makes it pretty visually engaging, if nothing else. Though I will happily admit that having not one, but two (possibly three) fakeout deaths in just the first two episodes is a bit grating. Especially considering those characters’ actual deaths weren’t exactly earned for the narrative, let alone fake ones. Minor gripe, but still pretty annoying to deal with. Junk Food
Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO (Episode 1 – 2)
Oh. A time travel show with parallel universe stuff in the mix. Well, only about a thousand ways this can go wrong. Hm? Based on a Visual Novel, you say? Oh, my apologies. A million ways. Both episodes were essentially Harmless.
Kotoura-san (Episode 1 – 2)
I’ll just… refer to this tweet, by yours truly.
Holy hell, Kotoura-san gets dark when it wants to be. I mean… for something that looks so cute… yeesh.
— Voyager (@Voyager_GT) April 14, 2019
Aaand that’s a wrap on weeks one and two of the Spring 2019 Anime Season! What are you guys keeping an eye on, so far? Any shows we’re not covering that you’re really enjoying? Are you less enthusiastic about any of these? What about the show’s on EvilBob’s List? Let me know, down below. As always, thanks for reading, everybody! Keep up the Awesome!