I think this is the first time I’ve seen “Genre: Economics.”
My opinion on this one is that the first 5 or 6 episodes made me want to punch a 5 year old, but then it got better after that.Ascendance of a Bookworm
Genre: Stuck in Another World, Fantasy, Comedy, Diabeetus
Fanservice: None whatsoever.
Premise: Urano is a girl who loves books. Just as she is about to attain her lifelong dream of becoming a librarian, everybody's favorite Isekai device, Truck-kun, punches her ticket on a one-way journey to being reincarnated in a medieval fantasy world where books are scarce, expensive, and for a commoner like her, nigh-unobtainable. She resolves that if she can't find books to read, she'll make her own! Bankrolled by "inventing" items the modern world would take for granted like soup stock, pound cake, and low-effort homemade shampoo, she sets about trying to reinvent the process of making paper from wood, so that she can bind and write her own books. However, Maine, the little girl whose body she was reborn into, is extremely frail and is one of the unlucky kids born with a magical disease that almost guarantees she won't make it out of childhood alive...
It's a story with a lot of potential and some decent side characters. Urano/Maine herself is a little grating at times, but the real problem with this series is the absolutely glacial pacing. Where most seasonal weekly anime have 12 episodes, this one needed 14... and even then, only to get to the point where most first season anime would probably consider the halfway point. Still, the interesting twist on isekai gives it a slight bump up over most other middle of the road shows.
Verdict: 3.0 out of 5, but the pacing threatens to bump it down to 2.5... I hope season 2 improves on that.
I don't have the wherewithal to do a graphic at work, but mine are probably:Funimation is trending for Top 5 Characters of the year on Twitter, so here's mine.
Top 5 Waifus of 2019Great, but who's top 5 waifu/husbando? Or would your lists be the same?
I'm gonna echo this: this anime "gets" that sex can be incredibly weird and unsexy between people and that relationships can be awkward between very different people, often due to differences in life experience or an inability to communicate. And that's really the heart of this series: working through your feelings and learning to communicate with others. Legosi's an awkward guy and he's never had a relationship before; he doesn't know if what he feels is because of his hormones (or rather, his predator instincts) or if he has actual feelings for Haru. Haru's had a lot of (bad) relationships and goes into them with certain expectations, some of which are fueled by her own issues. But instead of playing this for comedy like a lot of other shows would, Beastars gives these characters time for deep, realistic introspection... and this all goes on during a story about racism and societal expectations. I'm honestly amazed they were able to pull this off; if this was made in America, the symbolize would have been a lot more heavy handed and the romance would have been an after thought.Beastars
I gotta say I went into this one expecting to get tired of it quickly and move on, but this is actually a singularly compelling story. It also helps that the characters are deeply fleshed out and the dialog and interactions feel very natural and do not rely heavily on the sort of tropes one would expect. The romance angle is halting and awkward, but not cringey. Rather, it's understandable when viewed through the lens of naive inexperience, and there's a lot of thought put into the development of both the plot and the characters. I have a very low tolerance for cringe and awkwardness, but it never bothered me here, and likewise I never felt the love triangle was tiresome or inane (and I think almost ALL love triangle stories are exactly that). So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that Beastars is really good. Surprisingly so. It's a mature story, and one that is simultaneously instinctively identifiable and yet complex.
My daughter is obsessed with the light novels now, and is continually filled with the need to read passages out loud and I hate everything.Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?!
Genre: Stuck In Another World, Fantasy, Comedy, Kiddy Grade, Diabeetus
Fanservice: Bath House and Beach episodes
Premise: A girl who was isolated due to her exceptional talents and abilities in life is Isekai'd by Truck-kun straight into a fantasy world of swords and magic. She asks the deity sending her there to make her average so she can have a normal, happy life. Unfortunately, the deity makes all her abilties the median, not the mean, and of all living things in the world, not just humans - which means she's exactly half as powerful as the most powerful creature in existence. What follows is a fish-out-of-water coming-of-age story of a girl trying to hide her overwhelmingly OP abilities so that she can have friends and a normal life. But circumstances keep arising that force her to rise to the challenge and godmode her way through to protect herself and those she cares about... which leaves her with some 'splainin' to do.
It's not amazing, but it's not awful. I needed something to watch on mondays, and it gave me that. It gets more interesting in the last episode with hints of raised stakes, and that might bring me back for season 2. Otherwise, it's a passable-but-also-pass-uppable series.
Verdict: 2.5/5. S'ok.
Vinland Saga started in 2005. Vikings didn't start airing until 2013. You're probably spot on about Hakon of Rogen's Saga though, as Haugaard had traveled extensively in Japan, as well as wrote books about Japan. It's likely Hakon of Rogen's Saga saw release there early enough to be formative for the creator, Makoto Yukimura. Japan has a fondness for "kid's perspective" titles from overseas, historically speaking, as is noted by their fondness for things like Pippi Longstocking, Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Swiss Family Robinson, and even Harry Potter. They tend to get over there if they sell well or win awards.Set with a fictionalized version of the invasion of England by the Jutes, it's clear the author of this series was enamored by the live action Vikings series, and I also saw many parallels with a classic work of children's literature called Hakon of Rogen's Saga by Erik Christian Haugaard.
When he started talking trash about "Do You Love Your Mother And Her Two Hit Multitarget Attacks" and "Arifureta" and (Ok, deservedly) "Isekai Cheat Magician" as dishonorable mentions, I started thinking, "Hey, he hasn't even mentioned 'High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World! Bullshit!'" and then I was pleasantly surprised that he put it at number 1.
I'm reasonably sure you at least checked out Pastel Memories. How could you forget 'Pastel Mammaries'? Especially with that ED?But boy oh boy am I glad I missed out on even knowing that the entries for 5 through 2 even existed
Oh yeah, that jogs my memories. I never got around to watching it, though. Life's too short to put up with bad animeI'm reasonably sure you at least checked out Pastel Memories. How could you forget 'Pastel Mammaries'? Especially with that ED?
I'm a bit disappointed Mother's Basement didn't go with that boob joke.