March and April were low-key months for me with anime as I only finished three serials, two of which were from the Winter 2019 simulcast season. My brain has been pre-occupied with other projects and I’ve also been dealing with family and friend things that have sprouted up out of nowhere. While I’m a bit saddened to not have seen more serials, I’m just glad that I managed to make time for the few I did watch!
Out of the three I shall only be reviewing two (one of the reviews have already gone live). The third one was such a train wreck, that I don’t feel the need to spend a thousand words or more chatting about how much it drove me baddy; not when I can do it in a paragraph with this wrap-up! Although, if you would like a full ranty review, let me know in the comments and I’ll outline one.
Domestic Girlfriend (Winter 2019)
Domestic Girlfriend is a shōnen, romance, drama anime series that follows a high school dude named Natsuo that is in love with his teacher. One evening when he goes out for karaoke with his mates, some plot shenanigans occurs, and he ends up losing his virginity to a quiet, socially awkward girl named Rui. In the aftermath, as he wonders whether all of it was a mistake, his father comes home and announces that he’s getting married to a woman who has two daughters, the girl he romped with and her older sister, Hina, who also happens to be Natsuo’s crush. There are twelve total episodes.
In my first impressions, I chatted about how I felt the series was going to be a sort of examination on Natsuo’s character due to the fact that he grew up mostly without a mum (not a spoiler, it’s mentioned in the first episode), as well as a character examination on the romantic interactions involved between a one-sided romance and someone with whom a person has an established relationship (such as having a random night of sex). Yet, it ended up turning into a frustrating drama-fest of bad decisions and selfish asshole people with no consideration for others around them, which is never addressed in the show. A part of me wanted to drop it halfway thru, however, being akin to a marvellous wreck, I simply couldn’t look away. Suffice to say that I did not care for this series that much. However, it does have decent animation and a bitching awesome opening song that I looked forward to seeing and hearing every week. So, there’s that at least. 5 outta 10.
My Roommate is a Cat (Winter 2019)
My Roommate is a Cat is a shōjo, comedy, slice-of-life series about an anti-social author named Subaru who comes across a stray cat while visiting his parents’ grave one day. Seeing the feline gave him inspiration to write a new book, so he brought her home and realises that living with a cat is far more complicated than he ever anticipated. It has twelve episodes total.
I fucking loved this series. My first impressions was a mixture of delight at relating to Subaru’s anti-social and socially awkward persona and then gushing over the fricking adorable kitty-cat. Then I saw the entire thing and realised that even though it seems like a simple comedy on the surface, the anime is about much deeper themes. I discuss one of them in more detail in my spoiler-free review. My Roommate is a Cat is such a heartfelt yet amusing series about family and what it means to find comfort in things and people that you never realised could be a source of said comfort. I highly recommend this to people who enjoy stories about individuals learning to find beauty in life amid tragic events and also narratives that can help you feel inspired. 8.5 outta 10.
Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori (Spring 2018)
Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori is a seinen, slice-of-life anime about a group of four men that are close friends who run a traditional Japanese-style café together that belonged to one of the dude’s grandfather. They serve delicious food and beverages and provide an inviting atmosphere and sanctuary for people who wish to forget about their busy or chaotic lives for a short while and take in the beauty of the moment. The serial has twelve episodes.
I’m a sucker for food serials, whether anime or otherwise. I’m also a buffoon for feel-good stuff where food can be a way to help ease the mind or save someone from doom and gloom. That’s what the anime is about essentially. We learn about how everyone came to work together and how this restaurant saved them from otherwise bleak and meaningless lives. There is a plethora of minor characters who have their own issues to deal with, such as being too shy to ask out someone who is loved, finding a way to unwind after an overwhelming day at work, remembering sweet memories from youth, and more. It’s definitely not a perfect series. A few minor things can be off-putting to a some watchers, yet if you’re someone who (once again) likes anime that can leave you feeling fluffy and warm, and you find pleasure in anime food, you may like this for the laid-back series that it is. I will be doing a full review for it in the coming week. In the meantime, here’s my first impressions.
Those are all of the anime serials that I watched during the past two months. For May my anime goal is going to be three serials. I want to avoid burnout so I’m going to keep that number small. Ramadan also begins in a few days, so I’m not sure how that will influence my energy levels in terms of being able to binge watch things. This will my first time participating in Ramadan in many years, which I’m both excited for and petrified by.
Have you seen these serials? What did you think of them?
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