We're more than halfway into the Winter season of anime and to be honest, I'm a little let down but also really impressed. The last Fall season of anime was awesome. Almost every show that I was watching was a delight and ranked pretty high for me. Unfortunately, this season didn't really have a lot that appealed to me or just didn't keep my interest.
What did I drop?
I never really drop any series. What I do is stop watching a show and not come back to it for a long time and probably take forever to get to the end.
This season I started out watching thirteen series and I ended up abandoning eight of them. Most of them, like Pastel Memories, The Price of Smiles, and Girly Air Force just didn't interest me enough to keep me around.
The Rising of the Shield Hero is one of the most popular anime of this season, but I wasn't too into it. I didn't like the main character and Raphtalia's cuteness was only going to keep me around for so long. I will admit that episode four tugged at my heart, but it still wasn't enough for me. While I'm happy for those who are loving it, The Rising of the Shield Hero just isn't for me.
Boogie Pop and Others is a different situation. Because this series has a nonlinear story and it can get very confusing very fast, I've decided to put it off to the side and binge large chunks of it when the season is over. I thought the first arc was not bad and I hear that the rest of the series has moments that are worth some excitement.
What am I still watching?
The shows that I am keeping up with continue to impress me every week. Almost all of them continue to get better with every episode and I really can't imagine any of them disappointing me before the end of the season.
Mob Psycho 100 II
I LOVE MOB PSYCHO 100!! It seems like every episode is either a visual spectacle that you can't ignore or a feels trip that will bring you to tears before you even notice. And then some episodes are a little of both. So far each episode has kind of been a self contained story where Mob starts to grow more stronger as a person, but the latest episode has now kicked off a plot that is sure to be awesome!
I recently wrote a post about my love of moe anime and Wataten! is a great example of why I love this kind of anime. It turns out that the main girl isn't a pedo college student trying to lure away little girls with sweets, but is actually a socially awkward (almost) NEET who can only gets along with her little sister's elementary school friends. I just think that Wataten! is hilarious and adorable. It's just the kind of moe trash that I love.
The Promised Neverland
Even though I've already read the manga, The Promised Neverland is still an exciting watch that gets my heart beating. Even though I know what horror awaits, I am still shocked when those moments finally arrive. My only problem with this anime so far is seeing how manga-readers spoil the story for anime-watchers. I think that kinda ruins the fun of the show and I really hate the elitism that I'm seeing from some manga-readers.
This anime is dumb and I love it. As a fan of many virtual YouTubers, this anime is pretty much like their videos. Just a bunch of random nonsense and banter between CG anime girls. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like a lot of people are watching this anime and that's a shame. If anything, Virtual-san Looking is a good introduction to virtual YouTubers. I've already fallen in love with and subscribed to HimeHina.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Over-the-top humor, ridiculous characters, a banger of an opening, and Chika Fujiwara...Kaguya-sama: Love is War has everything that I could ever want from a romantic comedy. Every episode has succeeded in making me laugh. The quiet and sad Yu Ishigami has been a great addition since he appeared a couple weeks ago. And honestly, Chika is best girl, I don't care what the manga-readers say.
Those are just some of my thoughts now that we're getting closer to the end of the Winter season. Let me know what you're watching and also let me know if I should pick back up a series that I left behind.
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