Welcome to my first ever bimonthly anime wrap-up! My watchlist has been multiplying like tribbles, so my goal is to take a more proactive approach towards watching anime in 2019. Doing wrap-ups should be a good motivator for me, at least that is what I have been telling myself. I hope it shall work to my benefit!
Unlike my reading wrap-ups, the anime ones will take place every two months. This should give me sufficient time to watch a decent amount of titles, as well as give me some wiggle room for life shite to sprout up, such as school examinations, illnesses, or the joy that is Depression. My priorities this year have shifted towards more self-care practises and I want to employ that in small quantities with my blogging. Plus, I also believe it shall help prevent burnout from both blogging about anime and watching anime.
Anyhoo, the first couple wrap-ups will be a bit of trial-and-error as I try to figure out how to configure the posts that work best for me as the person writing them and for you as the chums who are reading them. If there is a specific spot of information that you’d like me to include, or if you have suggestions for me to test out, please let me know in the comments and I’ll give ‘em a trial.
Okay, enough with that nonsense. So, for each title, I’ll include the season and genre, along with a brief synopsis, link to MAL pages, and whether I plan on reviewing it (links to reviews if I already did review it; ratings if I opt out). They are listed in order of completion, starting with January.
Devils’ Line (Spring 2018)
Devils’ Line is the anime adaptation of the manga series by Ryo Hanada, and is a dark fantasy, crime thriller story that follows devils, or beings with vampiric traits, who exist alongside humans in Japan. The ones who are able to control their violent tendencies sometimes get gigs working for the police, where they assist in arresting other devils that break the law. Yūki Anzai is one such devil. One night while hunting down a serial killer, he saves a human woman that he then ends up formulating a bond with later on. There are twelve episodes total.
This was one of my most-anticipated serials last year as I’m a huge fan of the manga. But the anime was a colossal fucking disappointment. I watched the first half and shelved the series out of sheer frustration. In January, I figured I should at least finish it if I plan on doing a proper ranting for it. I do plan on reviewing the anime later in March, however, in the meantime you can visit my naïve first impressions of it.
Tada Never Falls in Love (Spring 2018)
Tada Never Falls in Love is an original romantic comedy anime that is about a young high schooler named Mitsuyoshi Tada, who is an aspiring photographer, and the camaraderie that he shares with his friends and family, and how these bonds ultimately help him to find a way to trust in life again. There are thirteen episodes total.
I absolutely loved this anime with all of my heart. I felt it was going to be a bit off-putting as I don’t typically enjoy straight romance anime, however, there was a twist to this story that kept it from being purely about love, which blew my mind. From the musical score, to the animation, to the characters, to the cats—I adored it all. This is another series I will be providing an in-depth, discussion type review for later in March, as there is one theme I really want to focus on. My first impressions can be found here.
Attack on Titan Season 3 (Summer 2018)
Attack on Titan Season 3 is a shōnen, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic series that I finally caught up on. I got tired of waiting on a week-by-week basis, and all of the chaotic hype surrounding it was making me apprehensive with continuing it, which was also largely credited to the disappointment that was Season 2. However, I buckled down and binged it over a weekend in the last week of January. Holy shite, what a vast improvement over the previous season. There are twelve episodes in Season 3.
The visuals were the biggest improvement. There were moments where things were rough and unpolished, and I’m grateful that Wit Studios is taking a break so that they won’t allow their constraints to affect the animation quality further, but overall the action and the sharpness of everything was remarkable. The story slowed down for legitimate plot progression and development, and we even obtained more insight on some characters’ background and political motives. There was very little I didn’t like about Season 3. Also, that finale was such a tease! My body is ready for Season 4. I will not be doing a review for Season 3, unless y’all want it. 7.5/10.
Persona 5: The Animation Special #1: Dark Sun (December 2018)
Persona 5: The Animation Special #1: Dark Sun is an action, fantasy special episode that is the first of the two-part finale for the twenty-six-episode serial that was an adaption for the JRPG of the same name. I know a lot of people didn’t care for the way the original anime ended and felt the need for the specials is unnecessary. But I’m a huge fan of the franchise, so I welcome it with wide-open arms.
I adored the special and felt that the animation remained in tip-top quality and had excellent pacing. I appreciated the feature-length time on it as well. My only word of caution is that if you binge-watch the anime prior to watching the specials, the progression of events in the special may feel slightly rushed in comparison as things do move more quickly. However, if you wait a bit in-between, like I was forced to do (was waiting for the special’s release), then it’s not so bad. I won’t be doing a review for the specials. You can read my full in-depth review for the anime, though. 7/10 (for Special #1)
100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams (Summer 2018)
100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams is an adaptation of a visual novel, fantasy, adventure game. A young girl suddenly appears in a strange land and encounters a furry, cute animal thing that tells her she’s a princess who has the power to save all the kingdoms. Princes have had their magic sealed away in rings by evil entities called dream eaters, and she is the only one who has the mysterious ability to release those powers. There are twelve episodes for this series.
Good god, this was fucking terrible and I cannot believe I actually finished it. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed the first two or three episodes before I fell drastically behind with all of my anime watching. When I picked it back up in February, I wasn’t expecting it to be a masterpiece, by far, yet I did hope that it would be decently pleasurable. The show is a mess of “I’m supposed to be doing this thing over here, but instead I’m going to get ridiculously side-tracked and go do this dumb thing instead.” Toss in an outlandish number of characters who only have approximately ten seconds of screen-time, a power that is used only three times and then forgotten about, and a forced, pointless bromance—you’ve got a giant pile of “Next, please.” I wasn’t planning on reviewing this at all because I didn’t like it and don’t want to waste over a thousand words for the sake of bitching. With that said, if you do want to see me rant in more detail, let me know in the comments. 4/10 (even that is being generous).
I have not created a watchlist for March and April, but I do have a Death Star mug with a bunch of anime titles on folded pieces of paper, so I will randomly grab some stuff out of there and tackle my watchlist that way. Since many people are participating in Mecha March, or March Mecha Madness (something along those lines), my mood for mecha anime has come alive. I will probably cheat and focus on Mecha in March, but no guarantees. Ah, the woes of being a moody anime watcher.
Have you seen any of the serials mentioned? What did you think of them? Please, come chat with me in the comments. It’d be a pleasure to hear from you.