Damn, it's hot! I have to go out in the sun every once in a while, but I spent a lot of time watching every anime I could.
We're now in the middle of a tournament arc- one that will decide the fate of many universes! I love Dragon Ball, and the Universe Survival arc is incredibly satisfying to me. I don't know how the wider Dragon Ball Z fandom feels about the tone of Super, but I appreciate that the series is more light and fun. I don't think you can have the tone of Dragon Ball Z these days; the 90s was all about EDGE and EXTREME moments! Dragon Ball Super is like a teenager who has grown up and now has a kid of her own. We can have the awesome fights, but let's not be so serious, okay?
I can't believe it, but I am nearly caught up with One Piece. I've taken time off of it, because an arc has been slow, or there's too much too watch. Since it looks like they may be catching up to the manga, One Piece seems to be slowing down. I think the current arc, where the Straw Hats fight a gigantic, ruthless pirate and her scores of children, is pretty good so far.
Rage of Bahamut is a delightful action adventure series that continues to deliver. While we don't follow the characters from the first series anymore, the new characters are delightful in their own way. There are certain characters who return from the original Rage of Bahamut, but this is all about Nina, a girl who is also part dragon. She gets tangled up in the mess that the humans, angels, and demons have started, yet again.
The Eccentric Family could've stopped with one season, and it would have been more than enough. The Eccentric Family is a wonderful light-hearted drama that just happens to be about magical tanuki and tengu living in modern human society. It's risky to continue the story, bring in new characters, and introduce new storylines. After watching the news season, I can say that I am overjoyed that I could have one more experience with this wonderful show. There are few anime that are as great as The Eccentric Family are.
Kakegurui, or Kakegurui- Compulsive Gambler, is about crazy gambling and the obsessed gamblers who love it. Thanks to Netflix' release scheme, people who are waiting for a legal stream will have to wait until 2018 to see it. Meanwhile, pirate streams are happily taking advantage. I want to see this crazy, over-the-top series right now, and I have to wait while Netflix dubs Kakegurui into like 10 different languages.
It's been awhile since ESH has done an unboxing video, which means King Baby Duck has to go through a huge backlog of Loot Anime boxes from Winter & Spring of 2017! Fortunately he gets a little assistance from JonStar
Fans of the original Akiba's Trip may do a double-take when they first boot up Akiba's Beat, the latest chapter in the cult-hit series. Gone are the plethora of zombified-like patrons and the naughty means of snapping them out of
Spring has sprung! I don't think the winter anime season was all that great, but we've got big name shows returning, and new shows to dig into. I'm satisfied with what we've gotten, and what's come back. Something of note this season is that Anime Strike, Amazon's exclusive anime channel, has snagged a few good exclusives, forcing yours truly to purchase a subscription. As a cord cutter, I'm still paying way less for my entertainment than cable subscribers. I just hope that I'm not forced to sign up for yet another anime site in the future.
There's no way to avoid the return of Attack on Titan, and I don't know why you would want to. Sure, AoT is more driven by its awe-inspiring moments and twists, but there are few who are uninterested in what happens to Eren and the Survey Corps. In the few episodes shown this season, I think my jaw has dropped further down than it did during Season 1. It's so good!
The one-two punch of One Punch Man and My Hero Academia stunned me. It was anime's commentary on superheroes, in two distinct styles. That was a lot of awesome to take in. One Punch will come when it comes, but My Hero Academia is back! The students have survived their first super villain attack, but they still have to prove they have what it takes to be superheroes. The first arc has them competing against each other in a super-powered sports festival.
I dearly love The Eccentric Family. The first season was a spectacular story of tanuki and tengu who coexist with humans in modern times. I don't think there is one character who I liked less than the others. Each character has a personality and role to play that feels necessary to the world. The new season introduces a new character, and he's a great addition. He is a tanuki, and tanuki are very powerful in this world. I cannot wait for the conflict- and the fun!
The new Berserk series is an incredible example of something deserving of a second chance. I can understand that people gave up on 2016's Berserk simply because they hate 3D CG, didn't like the poor level of animation, or both. The story is still great, and that's why I want to support the new Berserk for as long as possible.
Adulting is rough. Sometimes you might find yourself taking jobs that you don't fit with. That's part of Sakura Quest's premise. At first, Koharu Yoshino is in this predicament, where she's being rejected for all the jobs she wants to have. Then she, through error, gets hired to be the queen of a town who want to revitalize their tourism economy. I may watch more of this, but it's hard for me to finish a slice of life show if it doesn't have a strong emotional thrust.