Sunday, July 28, 2019

Four Anime I'm Watching in Summer 2019!!

Demon Girls! High School Girls! And a Magical Teacher!!

We're already a few weeks into this Summer season of anime and I have not had enough time to write about my first impressions of the season. It feels a little late for me to be write about my thoughts on all the new shows when, at this point, it seems like everyone's kind of figured out what they like and don't like. So I'm going to do something a little different. I wanna just share the four shows from this season that have hooked me and that I'm probably going to be following regularly.

I'll also add that another reason why I'm not writing a full rundown of the Summer anime season is because I don't really care to write about a lot of the shows that are out right now. Even the popular ones like Dr. Stone and Fire Force. I don't think their bad, I'm just not really into them right now and there's a big chance that I'm going to fall behind really quick. So I'm just going to make the most of my time this anime season and focus on just a few shows that I really really like.

So...let's get this list started!

The Demon Girl Next Door

Yuuko is just a regular girl, maybe a bit stupid and weak, but she's not very special in any way, at least until one of her ancestor's turns her into a demon girl. As a demon girl, Yuuko has to find and "murderize" a magical girl in order to save her family from poverty...or something like that. The Demon Girl Next Door isn't a magical girl series that's dark and intense like Madoka Magica. It's more of a slice of life comedy about a demon girl that's terrible at being a supervillain. She's clumsy and is easily tricked by the magical girl who just so happens to her school, and instead of being hellbent on defeating the magical girl, Yuuko is more likely going to end up as the magical girl's friend. The Demon Girl Next Door is a cute series that makes me laugh, especially with how nonchalant all the characters are with the magical girl and demon girl shenanigans. 

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note

Fate/Zero is one of my favorite anime of all time, and one of my favorite characters from that series is Waver Velvet. During the Holy Grail War, Waver was a cowardly and weak boy out of his depth among the other mages and heroic spirits...and I'm glad to see he hasn't changed much as a grown man. Of course, he's not as cowardly anymore, and he acts stoic and firm, but there are moments that show he's still the same naive boy from Fate/Zero. It's good to be back with this character in Lord El-Melloi II Case Files, but putting nostaligia aside, this is still a really interesting monster of the week type of series with Waver, now known as Lord El-Melloi II, solving different magical mysteries and fighting against monsters and other mages. I'm also interested in learning more about Waver's apprentice, Gray. There seems to be some kind of mystery with her backstory or something.

Wasteful Days of High School Girls

Azumanga Daioh, Nichijou, Yuru Yuri, Asobi Asobase...I'm a fan of comedy series that are focused on the daily antics of a group of girls in school. I think that Wasteful Days of High School Girls is a hilarious anime and I literally burst out laughing from almost every gag. This series isn't really about anything. Each episode is just a bunch of brief skits that are usually sparked by the character known as "Baka" causing trouble for her classmates and friends. How do I even describe the humor of Wasteful Days of High School Girls? The jokes can either be about the girls sitting around talking about the importance of hair, or about how a girl known as "Loli" has trouble shopping for groceries for her grandmother.  If you liked Daily Lives of High School Boys, you'll probably love this series...but you'd probably figure that out just from looking at the titles of the two anime.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season

If I had time for only one anime this season, it would be for O Maidens in Your Savage Season. I am already considering this series for Anime of the Year, and I think that there's a good chance that it will end up being one of my favorites. A group of girls in a high school literature club are never the same when the topic of sex is brought up during one of their meetings. It's almost all they can think about as they embark on a journey to understand sexuality and relationships. This series is funny, it's sad, it's dramatic, and it's so good. I'm so invested in the lives of these girls as they stumble through life and sometimes make dumb and naive decisions trying to understand sex and romance. 

So those are all the anime that I'm really invested in this summer season. If I find more free time, I'll probably try to catch up with shows like Dr. Stone, Fire Force, and maybe even Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attack, but for now, these four anime have my attention. 

Go ahead and let me know what anime you're watching and loving this season, or try to convince me to pick up another show. I can be persuaded into squeezing another anime into my schedule if I hear that it's really really good.

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