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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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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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Type: We have to stop Junta from becoming the Mega-Playboy!

Synopsis: That way I can get a nice husband, cute pet, and sweet, sweet home!

Pros: The basic premise for this comedic anime is that the protagonist, Junta, is destined to become the “Mega-Playboy”, inadvertently causing the severe overpopulation of Earth. Ignoring the concept of multiverse theory, the future sends back a “DNA Operator” whose mission is to stop the Junta from becoming the Mega-Playboy. The farce begins when the DNA Operator, Karin, accidentally causes Junta to become the Mega-Playboy. What follows is a fairly tongue and cheek series of misunderstandings, with sexy results. The most interesting part of watching this show was experiencing an early 90’s ecchi love comedy. The main difference was in how the characters each treated each other over romantic events. For instance, Junta was more open with his feelings, telling Karin outright that he liked her over the others girls. Meanwhile, all Karin cared about was getting Junta to fall in love with his childhood friend in order to stymie the Mega-Playboy. If this was made today, Junta would be a shy and indecisive boy, and Karin would have fallen in love with him the moment he expressed any sort of interest in her. It was very interesting to see how narrative conventions changed over time (p.s. The opening was very nice to look at).

Cons: To my surprise, the show have interwoven plot threads throughout its run-time. The main plot involves Karin trying to get Junta and his childhood friend Ami together. A secondary plot involves the various girls that fall for Junta’s “Mega-playboy” form, such as Ami’s friend Kotomi and the popular girl Tomoko. A tertiary plot involves Tomoko’s cheating boyfriend, Ryuji, trying to figure out why Tomoko would go for a guy like Junta. Speaking of which, I thought the way they handled the “Mega-Playboy” was well done. The show never lets you forget that the Mega-Playboy is the problems trying to be solved. While he is used to resolve certain scenes, Karin still tries to get rid of him, and Ami straight up does not like him. There’s a particularly great scene where the Mega-Playboy brushes Ami off to be with another girl, showing us that while dynamic, he is not what Junta should be. What’s I’m trying to say is that the show was a lot better written than I thought it was going to be. That being said, the show suffers from a lot of old troupes. Karin becomes repetitive with her one gag of wanting a husband, pet, and house. Junta’s anti-girl vomiting was not funny, and neither was Tomoko’s anti-boy farting. I liked Ami’s mental block about getting together with Junta, but would have liked an episode with just the two of them interacting. Also, the Ryuji thing. In the show, Ryuji is Junta’s sort of rival, who hates him for having Tomoko’s attention. So when he is presented with powers of his own, shape-shifting, his solution is to try to sexually assault Ami and physically assault Tomoko while looking like Junta. That was gross and uncesssary. Worse yet, the show has the audacity to have Tomoko (and the audience) forgive him after he gets beaten up by Junta in the last episode. F@#$ you tv show. That’s not happening.

Watch it: Better than I thought it would be (3/5)

MVP: Karin

While a little inept, she’s actually a good character.

Best Episode: Ep.03 “On the night of the festival -Ami” (Find a girl that will punch the s#%% out of you for acting stupid. That’s marriage material.)

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Rave Master

Type: Ah yeah, Rave Master Time!

Synopsis: A bunch of years ago, a young boy is watching Toonami because his family is lucky enough to have cable that year. After watching Dragon Ball Z and Runouni Kenshin for a while, a new shounen appear. A show called, “Rave Master.” Welcome to the tale of a kinda cute, kinda poppy band of heroes traveling the word with a carrot nose dog! Three, two, one, time for Ravevalution!

Pros: Sorry, not sorry. But damn, is that American intro song both amazing and horrible at the same time. So Rave Master was a story by Hiro Mashima, the creator of the more popular Fairy Tail. Rave Master follows three heroes in one trying to save the word from the evil dark stones using a magic sword and the power of friendship. It’s all very cliche and it totally makes sense that an American company would license this during the shonen boom of the early 2000’s. The reason why I’m really excited to talk about Rave Master is because this is one of my shows. It came around the time I was entering puberty, so a story of a plucky good guy fighting against evil really spoke to me. And having a cute girl in a mini-skirt didn’t hurt either (Ellie was one of my earliest anime crushes). Now, the story makes no sense. Its a weird mishmash of fantasy/urban genres. The pacing is all over the place, some characters come and go for no reason, and arcs are stretched over multiple episodes to pad out the story. But it has a certain charm to it. Maybe you had to be there. The characters play well off each other, and Hiro Mashima has always been good at getting characters into funny situations. The heroic but naive Haru goes well with the bubbly Ellie. They’re eventually joined by the cool Musica, stoic Let, and rowdy Julia. Other characters come and go, but this is your core group. In fact, elements from this cast and other supporting characters would later be reincarnated into Fairy Tail, by the author’s own admission. He even reuses the Rave Sword in the alternate reality arc of Fair Tail! This was also the first manga I ever read from start to finish, so it’s kinds always stuck with me throughout the years.

Cons: So why do I like Rave Master so much? First, I really liked Haru as a main character. Unlike other shonen protagonists, he isn’t motivated by power or pride. He’s an altruistic hero. I’ve always gravitated to more heroic types than anti-heroes or cocky warriors. If you want to understand the difference, go read or watch the Rave Master/Fairy Tail crossover to compare both of Hiro’s main characters. Second, I like the aesthetic of the Rave Master world. The whole world is loosely based on a music motif, so most of the characters are dressed like they’re going to a concert. Be it heavy metal, smooth jazz, or classical. Hiro really could make some money as a t-shirt artist. Third, it was my first introduction to the sexier side of anime. In a weird way, it kinda contributed to my sexual awakening? I didn’t get any of the sex jokes on the Simpsons, nor did the models on Ads trigger anything. But for some reason I knew that Ellie in a bikini was something I could get behind. Forth, I never got to finish it. Rave Master was moved to very early morning hours because of low ratings. I never got to see the end, so it became something I had to finish. Fifth, I finished the series through the manga, and I have to say, the manga does have some good moments. They are few and far between, but they’re there. I still consider the “death” of Shiba and Seig as one of the best bittersweet ends for a character. So yeah, I know that the Rave Master story is not a great. The anime is even worse. But like that one goofy friend of yours, you can’t help but smiling when you think about it.

Watch it?: I mean no, but respect that some people did. (3/5)

MVP: Ruby

Was Ruby the next Rave Master!?

Best Episode: Fairy Tail x Rave OVA (one of my favorite things to do when reading Fairy Tail was catching the Rave Master references and cameos).

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Cells at Work

Type: Why would cells have blood?

Synopsis: Fun fact, according to Google, the average life span of a Blood Cell is 100-120 days, and the average life span of a White Blood Cell is 13-20 days. Assuming that Google isn’t lying to me (because why would anyone on the internet ever lie?), we are either witnessing a very tragic love story between two cells, or a body that is possibly close to dying every single day. Or this is all just a cute way to teaching people about the human immune system.

Pros: It was so hard not to make an Osmosis Jones reference! But if you MUST know, Osmosis Jones was a 2001 animated comedy starring Chis Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Laurence Fishburne, Brandy, and Bill Murray as the human body. The film depicts the rebellious white blood cell Ozzy teaming up with the by-the-book pill suppressant Drix as they fight against a deadly virus. I think Cells at Work: Black and Training Day were both inspired by it. Anyway, now that I satiated your thirst for early 2000’s Chris Rock vehicles, we can finally talk about Cells at Work. The anime depicts a rebellious white blood cells teaming up with a by-the-book red blood cell to–Ok, ok, the bit’s not even funny. Cells at Work is an anime that about a Red Blood cell with a bad sense of direction and an exuberant White Blood cell that she always runs into. The show mainly depicts how the human’s immune system deals with different threats (just look at the episode titles). The show falls under the “edutainment” sub-genre of anime, similar to How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? Only this one goes more more for the cute route than sexy route. If your interested in the immune system, or just want to brush up on your high school biology, then this is a great resource.

Cons: Kinda a monster of the week show. Most of the bacteria aren’t that interesting to look at. Except for the Cancer Cell episodes. Those were incredible. Since the show explored the body’s responses to different threats, it’s very episodic.

Watch it: For some reason, I am very interested in the Human immune system right now (4/5)

MVP: Red Blood Cell

All 30 trillion of them!

Best Episode: Ep.7 “Cancer Cells” (How the hell are you making me feel sorry for cancer!??)

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Nichijou- My Ordinary Life

Type: Just a show about high school girls doing high school stuff.

Synopsis: Yep, just a realistic down to earth show…that’s off the wall and swarming with magic robots.

Pros: At least we have the Speedo Man. On the surface, Nichijou seems like any other high school comedy with female protagonists. That was certainly my impression of it. In fact, it took me two to three tries to really get going. But once your start this roller coaster of an anime, you won’t want to get off! Nichijou may just be the most well made, or at least artistically diverse, comedy anime in the medium. The only one’s that I would come close to it’s comedic variety and directorial flexibility are Lucky Star and High School Rumble. What you see in Nichijou is a show that continues to evolve right up to it’s last episode. It becomes increasingly funnier, and the choice of action becomes increasingly more impressive the longer you watch. While some of it’s jokes may not always land, due to a difference in humor between East and West, the good content far outweighs the bland. It’s little wonder that Nichijou stands as one of the comedy greats in anime, alongside shows like Konosuba, Lucky Star, and Excel Saga.

Cons: Nichijou is great. Nichijou also takes a long time to become great. The reason it took me a while to get started on watching Nichijou is because it’s a little slow at the beginning. You are slowly introduced to the characters and their dynamic. In addition, the reason the show feels like it keeps evolving is because it feels like the directors and animators take a while to realize how far they can go with the animation. If you look up Nichijou clips, you should be able to find amazingly crafted animations that are used to infuse certain jokes with more impact. The ways the characters move or react to certain things is what makes Nichijou so impressive. It’s just takes a while for that to become obvious. For example, the show relies too much on speed lines early on without really doing with them. A good way to observe this change is to notice how expressive Yuko and Mio become over time. Other than that, the pacing of the show is not without flaws. The anime tends to repeat certain jokes, such as hikus and poems to end a scene. The segments at the Shinomone Labs aren’t that funny, and takes up too much time during the first half of the show. But because one of the main girls, Nano, is stuck there so are we.

Watch it?:  Give it 6 episodes to see if it’s for you, or just look up clips online (5/5)

MVP: Mio

I’d give it to Yuko, but Mio’s growing assertiveness is way more relatable

Best Episode: Ep. 25 “Nichijou Episode 25” (Honestly, all of ep.14-26 is strong, but I love the Mio scene in this episode).

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