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Yona of the Dawn

Type: I don’t want to write about this…

Synopsis: Because writing about it means it has to end. And I don’t want it to end! Yona of the Dawn is really good, but it only got 2 seasons! It’s a crime against nature I say! This anime is about a young princess whose father is killed in a coup d’etat by her crush/cousin. On the run, the princess seeks the help of four legendary dragon warriors to take back her home.

Pros: Damn man. I was not expecting this to be this good. The quality of this anime surprise me. When I saw the OP, I thought it was going to be some sort of reverse harem show. But in actuality, its a social-political action drama with good comedy bits and romantic subplots. Where the show shines is in it’s titular character, Yona. At the start of the series, Yona is your stereotypical princess. She is sheltered, naive, a little spoiled, and her biggest worry is whether or not she look nice for her cousin Su-Won. Then Yona witnesses Su-Won kill her father, forcing her to run for her life alongside her bodyguard/childhood friend Huk. Traveling with Huk causes Yona to realize that her kingdom was suffering under her father’s rule, making confront her own responsibilities to her people. Yona’s character growth from a dependent girl to capable young woman was the best element of the story. And the show handles that pacing very well. The anime opens with a confident Yona leading her friends into battle. We as the audience get a taste of who Yona will be, and get to see her become that person. Through a gradual process, we see Yona decide for herself to be more assertive, to train herself, and to expand her viewpoint. The story is basically Yona deciding to embrace her own agency. So many other anime would have just let Yona be protected by Huk, or her other guardians. But the show makes it a point to have Yona argue against that. She loves her friends, but she is determined to stand on her own two feat. Yona wins over her friends not only through her kindness and empathy, but also through her determination and bravery. She doesn’t just earn their loyalty, she earns their respect. Yona is a great character, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be devouring the manga now.

Cons: There are two main weaknesses for this anime. First, I don’t think the mystical aspect of the plot was needed. In the story, Yona is suggested to be the reincarnation of the “Crimson King,” the mythical ruler that founded the kingdom and was guarded by four dragon warriors. When Yona escapes capture, it suggested that she find these four dragon warriors to avenge herself. Most of the show is Yona looking for the four dragon warriors (well, three of them. The yellow dragon shows up in the very last episode). While I understand that this was the narrative tool used to form Yona’s harem, I think it complicates things a little. But that’s just me. On the plus side you have a boy for all tastes: protective, devoted, shy, flirty, or pretty. No, the real problem is that this show only covers the beginning arcs of the manga. So all 24 episodes are about getting the crew together, so they never get to fight as a unit like in the intro. The crew is also very Yona-centric, so you never get to hear their opinions about the kingdom itself (outside of Yoon). This is a shame because what the show does really well is depicting the rationale behind the King’s assassination. Yona’s father was a pacifist, and a good enough man to earn Huk’s respect, but by all accounts he was an inept ruler. His passivity caused his people to suffer and earned him little in terms of mourners. Seeing Yona battle with the fact that her father was a good man but a bad king was very interesting, and I wish the other characters could have commented on that as well. Basically, the worst part about this show is that there isn’t more of it…and that all the male characters fall into troupes after their introduction, the OP is weak and strangely ignores Yoon, we spent 3 episodes on Su-Won instead of on the yellow dragon, and OH MY GOD YONA, Huk has been trying to kiss you for 15 episodes now!

Watch it?: Yona is who I want to be when I grow up (4/5)

MVP: Yona

My queen!

Best Episode: Ep.1-6 The Princess Yona Arc (From Sansa Stark season 1 to Sansa Stark season 8).

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Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious

Type: I gotta be careful about this…

Synopsis: Careful. Careful. Careful. Cause this is a show with a funny premise…but it also has obvious animation issues…yet it’s relatively unique…but still falls into cliche troupes. People probably like it cause it’s new…but people also like Chipotle, which is garbage smeared with sh#t. Hmm, I guess I should start at the beginning. That’s probably a safe bet.

Pros: Cautious Hero is an anime based on a light novel about an overly cautious hero summoned to save a fantasy world. It’s a comedy isekai where the gimmick is that the hero is too careful, much to the consternation of the goddess who summoned him. I actually really liked some of the world building in this show. In this universe, gods and goddesses all live in the same realm and are charged with saving worlds through the help of chosen heroes. So basically, the show has a institutionalized isekai system. Worlds are ranked based on difficulty, and then assigned to specific gods and goddesses based on merit. In this story, Rista, who’s honestly the funniest character and carries most of the show, is assigned her first S-Ranked World. She decides to summon Seiya, a human with high Level 1 stats, who would be perfect if he wasn’t “impossibly cautious” and rather rude. Although other characters join in, the best scenes are between Rista and Seiya. Rista’s lusty/exacerbated reactions to Seiya’s over preparedness and paranoid logic are hilarious. You can tell that the directors and animators thought so too, because it seems that most of the time and money went into Rista. While every other character is stuck in a mid-budget anime, Rista seems to have been given a Konosuba/looney tunes amount of movement. Seriously, without these over the top cuts, the show would be incredibly average.

Cons: I called this show average, by which I mean that this show is average. Most episodes break down like so: Seiya and Rista banter, someone is in trouble, Seiya refuses to help, Rista chides him for his apathy, it turns out Seiya was going to help all along, Seiya has trouble with a fight, it turns out Seiya has a secret way to defeat the enemy the entire time so there was not actual danger, Rista comments on how hot Seiya is, and credits. Sticking with the story, I really didn’t like Seiya’s constant popping in and out of the Divine Realm. Seiya getting help from one god is fine, because Rista is inexperienced. Seiya getting trained by the strongest gods in the pantheon felt like cheating. Most of these gods would either fall in love with Seiya or lose to him in battle, or both, which diminished their roles in my eyes. Plus, anytime Seiya was really having trouble, he would just have Rista open a portal to the Divine Real, where time runs slower. It also took time away from Gaeabranda, ya know, the world Seiya was suppose to save. That being said, the first two and last two episode are actually pretty solid. Apart from an OK, not great story, the animation was very inconsistent. Apart from Riasta, the show cut corners left and right. I mean, did you see that outro!? As I stated earlier, this show has an interesting premise, a strong beginning and end, but a lackluster middle.

Watch it?: Give it the 3 episode test (3/5)

MVP: Ristarte, the Goddess of Healing

She saves this anime!

Best Episode: Ep. 1-2 “This Hero Is Too Cautious” (a very funny intro)

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Season 2) [Anime of the Year]

Type: Hey Hey!

Synopsis: Love still never changes does it? Fundamentally, this show is still about two high school kids who are too shy to tell each other about their feelings. That’s the joke. Only this season also has a student body election and tragic back story in it.

Pros: The fact that this was able to come out in 2020 in the middle of the world ending was pretty nice. Gave us all a few weeks of solace. Apart from that, the show is still fantastically directed and animated. Comedy with high quality action will always be my favorite genre. The show sticks with the segment format, so it feel like you’re getting a lot of story in only 12 episodes. The show has two main story arcs: The student body election and Ishigami’s backstory. Both are well done, and blend well with the comedic bits. By this point, the characters are all well defined, so little moments of character growth just add to the whole. We get to meet Shirogane’s sister and father. Kaguya learns to deal with her reactions. Ishigami’s back story is showcase. Hayasaka broke the internet for a while. And we’re introduced to a new character, Miko. In this season, we get to see the “world” of the anime expand a little, which highlights the strong character work from the source material and adaptation. No character feels unimportant or one-dimensional, which Love is War’s biggest strength (P.s. The manga’s also pretty good. I read it between seasons. Go read it!).

Cons: My biggest beef with the show was probably it’s episode order. Which in hindsight even I’m reconsidering because those first two episodes are hilarious. But I just found it weird that the third episode suddenly reveals that the Student Council’s term in office is ending. Although it’s used to set up the next story arc, it feels like something that should have happened at the end of season 1. The student council is ending, Kaguya “confesses” that she wants Shirogane to still be president, and we get a sweet moment before season 2. But hey, that’s more of a minor complaint that show ruiner. This show is great. The characters were great. Hayasaka was cute as a button in her attempts to “seduce” Shirogane. Kei’s rebellious phase was hilarious and Papa Shirogane is just about who I expected him to be. Miko is a welcome edition, as her shy demeanor mixes well with her Frank Grimes-like reaction to the council’s antics. And of course, Ishigami’s backstory was both tragic and uplifting, and made this old weeb tear up. I haven’t Chika because Chika is still Chika, and Chika is the best. I almost want to say that the thing that suffers the most if the main romance between Shirogane and Kaguya, but then I remember the moon scene, the manga scene, the check-up scene, etc, etc. Trust me, those two kids get more of their fair share of romantic mishaps. This anime is another strong season from a strong story.

Watch it?: I would be surprised if you haven’t already (5/5)

MVP: The Student Council

Which is cheating because it’s the whole cast, but they really come off as friends.

Best Episode: “I Want to Make Miko Iino Smile” or “Yu Ishigami Closes His Eyes, Part 3″ in Ep.11 (But personally I like Ep. 4’s Ai Hayasaka Wants Him to Fall for Her” and Ep. 3’s “Miyuki Shirogane Wants to Gaze at the Moon”)

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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Type: Bakarina

Synopsis: A girls gets reincarnated as the villain of a dating game. This brings up a lot of philosophical questions about destiny and free will. If you already know the outcome, can you change it? Are you even allowed to? Sartre thought so, and one could argue that Catarina’s anxiety and over-planning are a result of that line of thinking. On the other hand, one could also argue that Katarina’s exemplifies a more deterministic view point, wherein the consequences she experiences are all a result of her previous actions. OR, this is just a cute anime about a nice girl accidentally forming a giant harem.

Pros: The title says it all. The protagonist is a nerd that gets reincarnated in the otome game “Fortune Lover.” The gimmick is that she’s reincarnated as the villain, Catarina Claes. Worse, in most of the game’s endings the villain dies at the end. The protagonist would rather that didn’t happen, so she starts planning countermeasures to ensure that she is at least “exiled” instead. It was this aspect of the show that was the most appealing. Catarina, in her own sweet/dense way, creating back up plans on back up plans to make sure she survives are great to watch. For example, Catarina learns to farm in case she is sent away. She starts carrying toy snakes because one of the characters that kills her in the game is afraid of snakes.  She also desperately tries to break off her engagement with the Prince because a love triangle with the game’s real protagonist is what gets her character stabbed. Catarina’s comedic worry over her game character’s fate were the funniest moments of the show. Speaking of which, another funny aspect of the show is the way Catarina forms a harem around herself. Because the real way that Catarina survives the game is by becoming friends with every character. Catarina doesn’t do this for a reason, she just does it because she’s nice. She’s literally the popular girl that doesn’t know she’s popular. A running joke is that Catarina realizes after the fact that she’s changing certain game story events. I know this is cliche, but Catarina genuinely has the power of friendship on her side and that’s what makes the show fun to watch.

Cons: I spoke a lot about Catarina because she’s the best character. In fact, she might be the only character worth while. A problem with this show is that the other characters aren’t as interesting. This is kinda a byproduct of the show’s premise. Each of the characters have to be defined by their relationship with Catarina. This is great at the start when Catarina is winning them over and inadvertently getting the “good ending” in all their routes. But this also becomes boring because all this happens within the first 3 episodes. The show starts off with Catarina as a child, where she meets all the supporting characters as lonely kids. By episode 4 however, the cast is grown up and has been developing their friendships for 7 years. Essentially, all of Catarina’s potential conflicts have been dealt with. In addition, by episode 6 Catarina has also won over the game’s original protagonist, the character that Catarina was suppose to be antagonizing. Basically, the first half of the show is the most interesting because it deals with the main premise of the show, namely someone dealing with becoming the villain in a story. The last half loses a lot of steam because the central conflict is no longer a problem, and the supporting cast just spend the remainder fawning over the protagonist. Catarina’s spunky and congenial nature carry the entire story.

Watch it?: Watch the first 6 episodes, then decide on the rest (3/5)

MVP: Catarina Claes

Let’s admit it, we all love her.

Best Episode: Ep. 01 “I Recalled the Memories of My Past Life…” (Did you know this show inspired a few copy cats? I like this subgenre and hope it grows)

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Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out!

Type: A Twitter War

Synopsis: Apparently, when this was airing in the West, some people on Twitter got upset over Uzaki’s design. An artist redrew her, causing a mild controversy between anime fans and fans of the redesign. Looking into it, it was your typical pop culture spat. One side was criticizing a character’s exaggerated sexuality, while others defended the design as typical for the genre. As for me, I would say that we should all be happy that Uzaki is 19. Trust me, that’s super rare in anime, which I suppose is problematic in itself.

Pros: This anime is about a college underclassman hanging out with with her upperclassman. The joke is that the male protagonist, Sakurai, is a loner who gets “pestered” by the energetic Uzaki. This story is part of the “teasing” sub genre of manga/anime that’s developed recently. These are stories where a girls teases a guy that she secretly has a crush on. Uzaki-Chan is unique in that the power dynamic is more even. Uzaki teases Sakurai over his loner lifestyle, but Sakurai admonishes Uzaki over her lazy habits. This show is mostly a rom-com with ecchi jokes sprinkled in. Uzaki has big breasts, and is put into accidentally sexy situations a few times in the anime (that bush joke, wow). It’s not the central gimmick, but it’s there. The real central gimmick is Uzaki and Sakurai’s interactions, which sometimes come off as real pair of old friends on the verge of a relationship. A lot of silly arguing and sweet moments. The fact the they’re both in college also helps a lot. We get to see them go out drinking, have part-time jobs, and sometimes (gasp) hand out at Sakurai’s apartment. The couple is the real source of the anime’s enjoyment.

Cons: OH MY GOD, I get it, Uzaki has gigantic yabbos! Ok, now that I got that out of my system, I have to say that I don’t really mind Uzaki’s design. I’ve seem several body types in my time, and short woman with a large bust is one of them. I think that the anime staff was fully aware of the joke, which becomes obvious in the scene where Sakurai is resting on Uzaki’s lap, and neither of them can see the other due to Uzaki’s breasts blocking their view. Her design is much more indicative of the manga/anime industry’s attitudes towards female character design than the message being expressed in this particular story. And what is the message this story is saying? That you should be nicer to your friends. And maybe you should ask that cute girl out, you know, the one that’s always hanging around you. That aside, this anime is OK. Just OK. The animation is a little on the stiff side. The supporting case is fine, but they just exist to voyeuristically examine Uzaki and Sakura’s blossoming relationship. Most stories are slice of life interaction, with one trip to the city of Totorri that felt more life an infomercial. I was also a little insulted that the second to last episode has a cliffhanger that turned out to be a troll in the next episode.

Watch it: The whole show honestly drags a little (3/5)

MVP: Uzaki

For inspiring a discussion among individuals with different viewpoints.

Best Episode: Ep. 8 “I Want to Watch the Fireworks Together!” (They knew…)

 

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Isekai Quartet (Season 2)

Type: Now featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry series!

Synopsis: I mean, now featuring Naofumi from the Rising of the Shield Hero series. Sort of. He stars in the first episode, but then becomes a background character for the rest of the season. This is still the Ains, Subaru, Kazuma, and Tanya show after all. Though, it was funny that a lot of the characters point out that cynical and cranky Naofumi is actually the most heroic and successful protagonist when compared to all the others.

Pros: This is a lot more of the same from the first season. Characters from different Isekai stories are forced to go to high school together. The casts of Konosuba, Overlord, Rezero, and Tanya the Evil are all still the main focus, but main characters of Shield Hero join the supporting cast. Now that introductions have been finished, the story focuses more on typical comedy plots. I’m talking about Test Day, Valentine’s Day, a School Festival, and finally a School Play. The jokes are still funny, so I say watch this season for a laugh and a chuckle.

Cons: I would say that more of the same is a bad thing, but the episodes are so short that they don’t overstay their welcome. My main gripe would be that despite being the new hook for the season, the cast of Shield Hero don’t really do a lot. They’re the main focus of the first episode, but they don’t participate in the main plots of the other episodes like the rest of the cast does. They may be part of a throwaway gag, but they aren’t main players. And although this is very whiny and entitled, I would have liked more characters from different franchises to show up. I know that the Kadokawa Corporation basically has a monopoly on Isekai stories, so why not add Sword Art and No Game No Life already?

Watch it?: Still a fun time (4/5)

MVP: Ainz

I think the writers just really like having Ainz around

Best Episode: Ep. 1 “Join the Fight! Transfer Student” (You kinda forget the Naofumi is actually a better person than the perv, evil skeleton, loli hitler, and human pin cushion).

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Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense

Type: I was rooting against Maple Tree by the end.

Synopsis: This is a story about a girl named Maple, who starts playing a very unbalanced MMORPG called NewWorld Online. In the game, a rookie player can apparently max out their stats in a few short sessions and bumble their way into frankly broken abilities. This is how Maple, a newcomer to video games in general is able to become the game’s top player.

Pros: This anime’s gimmick the comedic way that Maple gains new abilities. From about episode 1 to episode 8, Maple becomes stronger and stronger by accident. She beats a boss, or does a quest, or opens a chest, and she gains one of a kinds abilities, summons, and armor. The first 1.5 episodes are probably the best parts of the show, as we see Maple use her tank build and luck to get surprise wins. This was also the best part of the show because the story mainly focused on Maple, but we’ll get to that. Seeing the world react to this rookie player getting amazing power ups was very funny. Had the show stuck to a more slice of life adventure starring Maple, it would have been more memorable.

Cons: The show feels very rushed. By episode 2 Maple’s friend Sally starts tagging along, and by Episode 6 Maple forms a guild with 6 other players. We spend 2 episodes with the guild, then a guild event takes up the rest of the season. We hardly get to spend any time with Maple herself before she has to share screen time with other characters. Particularly Sally. It seems that that writer of the show/light novel really liked Sally better. I almost want to say that she gets more attention than the main heroine. You may also notice that every episode has a short montage of adventuring. I think I would have liked the supporting characters more if I had seen them do some adventuring, instead of getting still images. Because as it stands I don’t really believe their comradery. That’s the objective-ish flaws. Subjectively? The show dips in quality as soon as Sally joins. I didn’t like her because she weirdly protective of Maple and aggressive to strangers. She straight up threatened to “kill” Kuromu when he runs into her and Maple. As stated earlier, Sally gets a lot of focus because its easier to write someone with her attitude and character build getting into fights. But if you wanted to make an anime about Sally, then make one about Sally. She already act as more of a guild leader anyway. Also, as more and more characters join the show, Maple seems to become an afterthought. The show becomes more generic as it goes on. Once Maple has someone showing her what to do, the story’s charm is lost. I actually started to root against Maple and her friend by the end of the show. The show tried to frame the story as a rag-tag guild making their mark, but it was really a story about a bunch of high level players with unfair skills fighting other high level guilds.

Watch it: Give it 3 episodes, then make up your mind (3/5)

MVP: The Flame Empress

She deserved that W!

Best Episode: Ep. 1 “Defense and First Battle” (No Sally. No Maple Tree. Just a girl and her first MMO)

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Interspecies Reviewers

Type: Of course Funimation dropped this!

Synopsis: What are you, high? This is literally a show about reviewing sex workers. I’m all for sex positivity and artistic freedom, but let’s be real here.

Pros: As stated above, this show is about a group of adventurers basically starting a review board about escorts. The gimmick is that the show takes place in a fantasy world where a lot of different magical races exist. So every episode has the cast visit about two brothels with different fantasy creatures, or “succu-girls.” The shop was quickly dropped by major anime stream sites in the United States because of it’s overt sexual content. The plot of every episode is the crew visiting a new brothel, having sex, and then describing the experience. The sex part is what got the show in trouble, since the scenes are very explicit. The show can be considered soft core porn since there is no actual penetration depicted, just a lot of humping and moaning. Outside of the controversy, is the show worth a watch? I would say yes. While the premise of the show could be considered juvenile, and offensive depending on your stance of prostitution, it does explore an interesting spectrum of sexuality in a comedic fashion. The show is actually pretty creative in integrating different kinks into a fantasy world. Aside from vanilla sex, the show depicts the some of the following: gender bending, sex with dolls, giant sex, fairy sex, public sex, slime play, the girlfriend experience, s&m, tentacle sex, rape play, excretion play (sort of),  and technically necrophilia. I really like that the cast is game for all of these, and that the show has at least one character that will always give each type of sexual experience a good score. I also liked that the show had characters like Stunk and Zel who are more lascivious, but also a character like Crimvael, whose more passive and shy. Don’t get me wrong, this show is pretty stupid, yet I can’t help but admired it’s sincerity. Overall, I think the show is enjoyable. It’s porn with a plot, and who doesn’t love that!

Cons: If you are against sex work, specifically prostitution, then you are not going to like this. If you dislike sex comedies from a male perspective, then you are not going to like this. If you don’t find fan service all that funny, then you are definitely not going to like this. Objectively, this show’s main issue is that it’s repetitive. Like I said, the show is just brother-sex-review-repeat. Subjectively, I only had 3 real issues. First, in ep.03, the cast goes to a gender bending brother to experience having sex as a woman. Each of the cast chose a female worker, but when they thought Crimvael was going to chose a male worker, they got a little judgemental. Which was weird because each of the characters got penetrated while in the brothel. Out of all the things depicted in this show, I didn’t think it was cool for the writers to suggest that Crimvael having sex with a man was weird. Second, ep.06 has the cast visit a “golem” brothel where they get to build their partner. The cast all build a model of Meidri, the local bar maid and the show’s straight woman. While the cast does get their punishmen, its still made the characters a little too creepy. Third, I would have liked little more perspective from the succu-girls. Maybe an episode where they review customers would have been nice. Something to flesh them out a little. Again, this is porn with a plot, and not everyone loves that.

Watch it?: We’re like Crimvael. We know we shouldn’t, but do it anyway. (4/5)

MVP: Crimvael

The “corruption” of Crim is hilarious.

Best Episode:  Ep. 10 “Let Your Eyes Behold the Glory and Mystery of the Brothel with a Perfect Score! Take a Newlywed or a Horny Tutor or a Little Piggie as Your Lover! They’ll Squeeze, Squeeze, Squeeze It Outta Ya! Infinite Pleasure Over a Satisfying Three-Day Excursion! True Happiness Awaits!!!” (These titles are something else)

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Favorite Non-Anime Stuff in 2020

Ok, do I’m running out of ideas for what to put on Christmas day. I did an old review, I did what I learned from anime, and I probably did other stuff. To usher in the new decade, let’s try this. Here is a list of some of the non-anime stuff I tried out in 2020. Continue reading

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SSSS.Gridman

Type: Super Smokin’ Sexy Style

Synopsis: Ya know, the one with the chick with the thighs. I know, I know, that’s not fair to Rika. She’s a well developed character. Well, not “well developed” in that way. Hey! come one, you kn-know what I meant. Lets, ah, get back to the subject at hand. We were talking about thicc thighs right? Oh crap! I shouldn’t have said thicc! Oh crap, I shouldn’t have said thighs! Oh crap! I certainly shouldn’t be contributing to the oversexualization of women in the anime industry by making light of it…it’s too hot today.

Pros: SSSS. Gridman is an anime adaptation of the 1990’s tokusatsu show, Gridman the Hyper Agent.  As such, this anime utilizes a lot of elements from the old “Giant Hero” shows. You have a human doing poses in order to transform into a giant hero. Every episode ends with the hero fighting a kaiju wrecking the city. And your ultimate bad guy is some nebulous embodiment of evil. Also, sometimes you get to see the hero use awesome accessories that are usually sold separately. These elements are well executed, but the show really shines in it’s human interactions. The show has four main characters: Yuta (Gridman), Sho, Rikka, and Akane. Each have their own views and feelings towards Gridman and the Kaiju that appear. Sho’s overenthusiastic reaction belies a his feelings of inadequacy. You get the sense that without all this, he wouldn’t have a lot going on personally. On the flip side, Rikka’s apprehension to getting too involved with the “Gridman Alliance,” despite her many connections to it, showcases a desire for normalcy. I should also mention that Rikka probably has the best scenes with each character, especially with Sho and Akane. Akane, the antagonist, is probably the most interesting to watch, as the show slowly starts focusing more and more on her motivations and desires, all which reveal a deep seated loneliness. Meanwhile, Yuta is Yuta. A good, but not great protagonist. Things get super interesting early on, when our protagonists and antagonist learn about each other, as every conversation they have with each other turns into a very tense situation. Speaking of which, the show does a very good job with atmosphere, utilizing shadows whenever the humans are speaking, casting the world in an almost melancholy haze whenever Gridman isn’t around. Overall, you can just tell that a lot of effort and attention went into this show.

Cons: Right off the bat, the tokusatsu endings may turn you off. They are mostly authentic, which could seem a little silly and even childish to some viewers. Especially when Gridman’s action figure accessories join the fight. That being said, I don’t think that the Neon Genesis Junior High Students were all that necessary, and didn’t do much outside of add in some lore. I also wasn’t a fan of Anti, though I understand that his use as rival character fufilled a tokusatsu troupe. Finally, I don’t feel like Akane’s final story beat was earned. It was a little rushed, and I think her story line would have benefited from maybe one more episode (P.s. I think that Ep.04-05 are notably weak episodes, as one is just for jealousy and the other was just for fan service).

Watch it?: A very well made show about giant monsters (5/5)

MVP: Akane

There are a lot of theological questions to explore here.

Best Episode: Ep.09 “Dream” (What if a god was your friend, but also kinda depressed?)

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