Thursday, 2 July 2020

Anime Spotlight Spring 2020

COVID-19 has caused quite a lot of chaos in everyone's lives, and even the anime industry wasn't safe from the pandemic. A significant amount of anime have been delayed and postponed which means that quite a bit of anime I started in Spring 2020 will only end in Summer 2020...possibly.
Luckily Spring 2020 still had some really good shows! Here is my top 5 and afterwards my thoughts on the rest that I watched till completion.

Kakushigoto

Synopsis :  Gotou Kakushi is an artist who draws a somewhat vulgar manga, and tries to hide it for the sake of his daughter, Hime.
Thoughts : I absolutely adored Kakushigoto, From the author of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Kumeta Kouji, it was filled really good gags, great characters, a bit of a strange harem and also some really serious topics and feels. Kakushigoto is well worth your time if for some strange reason you didn't watch it.

Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...

Synopsis : After hitting her head particularly hard one day, Duke Claes' daughter, Catarina, suddenly recalls all the memories of her past life: that of a teenage Japanese girl. Just before her untimely death, this girl recalls playing an otome game... that is exactly like the world she's living in now! She is now Catarina Claes, the antagonist of the otome game, who nastily hounded the protagonist until the end. Knowing all the possible outcomes of the game, she realizes that every single possible route ends with Catarina being murdered or exiled! In order to avoid these Catastrophic Bad Ends, she has to use her knowledge of the game and her own wiles, starting with breaking off this engagement with the prince... Will Catarina survive while making her way through this world, where bad flags trip at every turn? Find out in this reverse-harem rom-com, led by everybody's favorite villainess!
Thoughts : Hamefura is Isekai done right but also a really good reverse harem anime. There is nothing to hate about this anime and a second season has been announced too!

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan o Erande Iraremasen (2020)

Synopsis : With her baptism ceremony complete, Myne begins work in the temple as an apprentice shrine maiden. Awaiting within is what she always wanted: a room full of books! But her new life isn't quite the dream she was hoping for; she's surrounded by nobles who scorn her commoner origins, and even her own servants are causing her trouble. On top of that, she has to constantly battle the weakness of her own body. But with her love for books burning in her heart, she gives her all to her new apprentice duties.
Thoughts : I was a huge fan of the first season of Honzuki, and with the second season's focus a bit more on magic and the growth of the characters especially Myne and Luts it was quite a joy to watch.

Nami yo Kiite Kure

Synopsis : The stage is Sapporo, Hokkaido. One night, our heroine, Koda Minare, spills her heartbroken woes to a radio station worker she meets while out drinking one night. The next day, she hears a recording of her pitiful grumbling being played live over the air. Minare storms into the station in a rage, only to then be duped by the station director into doing an impromptu talk show explaining her harsh dialogue. With just one recording, the many eccentric facets of Minare's life begin to pull every which direction as she falls ever deeper into the world of radio.
Thoughts : Wave, Listen to me!'s protagonist, Koda Minare is best described as chaotic, but her voice is so gosh darn good, and it's such a joy listening to her talking. This anime has a ton of good scenes with a good mix of serious and funny mostly all due to Minare...

Arte

Synopsis : Firenze, early 16th century. The birthplace of the renaissance era, where art is thriving. In one small corner of this vast city, one sheltered girl's journey begins. She dreams of becoming an artist, an impossible career for a girl born into a noble family. In those days, art was an exclusively male profession, with woman facing strong discrimination. In spite of these challenges, Arte perseveres with hard work and a positive attitude!
Thoughts : Arte has that person trying their best, against all odds, for their dreams vibe that I love. My only gripe with Arte is IT'S TOO SHORT!!!

That's my top 5 anime from the Spring 2020 anime season that I have completed watching. The release of Brand New Animal I'm watching hasn't been completed yet otherwise it would have taken Arte's spot. But onto the rest of the completed anime I watched this past season.

Listeners : Listeners at times felt like a LSD fueled trip filled with early rock as well as late 80's/Early 90's alternative rock references and mecha. And not in a good way..

Dorohedoro : Speaking of trips, Dorohedoro was pretty darn crazy, but in a good way. If you want something completely different and will take you by surprise. This is for you

Plunderer : This is one of those anime I had high hopes for due to it being from the Soro no Otoshimono author, but sadly those hopes were dashed on the rocks of mediocrity. It did have some good scenes though.

Tamayomi : This anime would have been so much better if it didn't have atrocious animation. The opening is pretty fun and as far as a sports anime goes it's not bad at all...if only it didn't look like it was animated by blind people.

Yesterday wo Utatte : This is one of those anime that the closer I got the the end, the faster I wanted it to end. Initially the romance dynamic was okay but things got more than just a bit tedious in the latter half.

Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou! : One of those isekai anime that doesn't promise you the world, but does give you a fair bit of fun throughout.

Tower of God : The "Big" anime this past season and the first animated Webtoon, which hopefully opens the doors for better Webtoon's to get anime adaptations. Tower of God had really iffy animation at times and the Opening was awful to say the least. Yet the anime itself was still a decent watch and the mystery of the tower keeps one interested.

Gleipnir : This is one of those anime that initially I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much, and at the end I felt it ended too soon :( 

Princess Connect! Re Dive : One of the most useless Protagonists this season, but luckily the anime's focus is more on the cute girls than mr useless :D

Tsugumomo S2 : The second season of Tsugumomo initially started off as the same kind of lewd fun show the first season was, but nearing the end it got really rough. Seems like there is going to be a third season though.

That wraps up my Spring 2020 anime season, How was this pandemic fueled anime season for you?

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Anime Spotlight : Winter 2020 Anime Season The Best and the Rest

The Winter(or Summer for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere) 2020 Anime Season was filled with some good anime that would cater for anyone's preferences. There was obviously some really bad shows as well, but in this dire times I'd rather focus on the positives. It was pretty hard choosing my five best shows this season, especially with the leftovers that ended.

Runway de Waratte

Synopsis : Fujito Chiyuki has a dream: to become a Paris Collection model. The problem is, she's too short to be a model, and everyone around her tells her so! But no matter what they say, she won't give up. Her classmate, a poor student named Tsumura Ikuto, also has a dream: to become a fashion designer. One day Chiyuki tells him that it's "probably impossible" for him, causing him to consider giving it up ... ?! This is the story of two individuals wholeheartedly chasing after their dreams in spite of all the negativity that comes after them!
Thoughts : Initially I was like, eh an anime about fashion models and designers? But turns out I did myself a huge favor by giving it a shot as it was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, I kinda wish there was more though.

Dia no Ace: Act II

Synopsis : Second-year Sawamura Eijun finally makes his first appearance at the spring invitational! He wants to restore Seido's reputation as a first-rate team and make them national champions! The Seido baseball team's new run is about to begin!
Thoughts : Ace of Diamond is a popular long running baseball anime for good reason, animation is crisp, the cast is great, especially the new additions and they definitely know how to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Chihayafuru 3

Synopsis : They may have just won their most coveted karuta tournament, but members of the Mizusawa karuta team still have a long way to go. Each member chases their dreams, and with a win under their collective belt, those dreams are closer in reach than ever. Ayase Chihaya is determined to challenge Wakamiya Shinobu and win the title of Queen, and Mashima Taichi is ready to take on Wataya Arata now that he's made it into the most elite of karuta players — but an unexpected revelation will deal these karuta players a hand none of them saw coming.
Thoughts : The third season of Chihayafuru was EASILY the Best anime this of this season, and a very strong contender for Anime of the Year, Also the only anime this season with really strong feels.

Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasuna!

Synopsis : Asakusa Midori wants to create an anime, but she's too disheartened to make that first step by herself. But by pure chance, she meets Mizusaki Tsubame, an up-and-coming socialite secretly dreaming of becoming an animator. Together with Midori's money-loving best friend Kanamori Sayaka, the energetic trio slowly work towards making their "ultimate world" a reality!
Thoughts : Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasuna! was a very pleasant surprise, I'll admit the first episode was kinda iffy for me but quickly this turned into an anime I was looking forward too each week. I love how it sheds light on anime creation and didn't need to rely on cute girls to do it in a fun way either.

Somali to Mori no Kamisama

Synopsis : The world is ruled by spirits, goblins and all manner of strange creatures. Human beings are persecuted, to the very point of extinction. One day, a golem and a lone human girl meet. This is a record of the pair; one a member of a ruined race, the other a watchman of the forest. It tells of their travels together, and of the bond between father and daughter.
AniDB :
Thoughts : Somali is adorable, the show and the character, I love the out of the norm setting and world building in the anime, It kinda reminds me of Made in Abyss, but it's not a "rip-off" by any means.

That wraps up the 5 anime I enjoyed most this season, Now on to the rest of the anime I watched.
Boku no Hero Academy 4 : The fourth season of the Plus Ultra popular shounen anime had some really good arcs, and ended on a bittersweet note for me.

Haikyuu!! To The Top : The story of the volleyball team from Karusano continues, I generally enjoyed the season but 13 episodes was not nearly enough.

Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Director's Cut : If you haven't seen Re Zero yet this is a perfect chance to do it, as it does include some extra scenes not in the original TV airing. And they finally did the ending right in the last episode.

Isekai Quartet 2 : If you loved the first season the second season is a no brainer, loved the addition of new characters and the gags worked pretty well. Also a third season is announced.

Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi : When a reboot is done well, it really is a plus for everyone. This is a perfect chance for people new ot the franchise to get into it.

Ishuzoku Reviewers : Yes it's Ultra LEWD, so don't say I didn't warn ya ;) Was generally a fun show though. Nothing fantastic though.

Mugen no Juunin - Immortal : The Blade of the Immortal series had some really cool fights in it, but the story falls apart in more than a few places as the pacing wasn't very coherent.

Kabukicho Sherlock : This was on interesting take on Sherlock Holmes filled with Yakuza, Rakugo, cross dressing and some really disturbing murders.

Nanabun no Nijyuuni : A different take on Idol anime from the norm, just a shame things started getting a bit out of place in the end.

Kyokou Suiri : In/Spectre's first episode blew me away, was pretty sure this would be a contender for anime of the season for me, and yet. It fell just a bit short. But was still really good.

Koisuru Asteroid : Cute girls doing earth sciences, It's fun, has great characters and it's educational to boot!

Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga : Say what you want, this show was great for a few laughs :D

Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu : This anime about idols and their fans was great. Good laughs in most episodes and some slightly worrying times too. Also Maina is the cutest.

Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu : Bofuri was a lot of fun, it's not always when a show with an Overpowered MC can pull it off but, with the way they did it in this anime with Maple's weird ideas was pretty good.

Murenase! Seton Gakuen : A super fun anime about the strangest "pack" of animals you'll ever see. 

Heya Camp : If you loved Yuru Camp and have a few minutes free, this is well worth your time.

ID INVADED : One of the more intriguing detective/crime anime that's been out in a while. Kinda gave me vibes of The Cell and Paprika do a degree. 

Azur Lane : The last two episodes of this anime was delayed to improve the animation, I shudder to think how bad it would have been as it wasn't any good. Rather watch Kancolle if you want ship girls.

Fate Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia : The latest in the Fate Grand Order series had some good fight scenes, but other than that it wasn't really good.

Darwin's Game : A cool premise, good characters, lots of action and scheming, all of this around a weird mobile game that can make you rich, if you survive....

Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita : Who doesn't love a quirky romcom with socially awkward but good looking  STEM students?

Radiant S2 : The second season of Radiant was an improvement over the first, and we got to see Seth grow significantly as a character.

PSYCHO-PASS 3 - First Inspector : Technically this wasn't "part" of the season, but it was only three episodes and a continuation of Psycho-Pass 3, and a great end of the whole Fox saga.

As a bonus I'll also add my views on the following movies.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Kurenai Densetsu : This movie had a bit of a slow start but it quickly took everything I enjoyed about Konosuba and made it a bit better. It's a lot of fun and well worth your time.

Gekijouban Hibike! Euphonium - Chikai no Finale : Are you a fan of Hibike Euphonium? Then this film that is a sequel to the second season is for you, the Liz and the Blue Bird tie in was also very nice.

Violet Evergarden Gaiden - Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou : I adored this side story movie, and now I want the Violet Evergarden movie anymore. It really felt like a gift from KyoAni to Violet Evergarden fans.

That concludes my seasonal wrap up write up of the Winter 2020 anime Season. Did you enjoy the season? 

Friday, 31 January 2020

Anime Spotlight : The Best Anime of the 2010 to 2019 Decade

Despite there being a significant of bad Anime seasons in the last decade, there has really been an absurd amount of great Anime as well. Which always makes lists like these quite difficult. So I had to set a few rules for myself, this list will only contain series, and only one title per year. At the end of my list I'll also share what was the most popular anime based from other communities. Here we go~ btw the titles are links to Promo Videos on the anime ;)

2010 : Katanagatari


2011 : Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica


2012 : Space Brothers


2013 : Silver Spoon


2014 :  Ping Pong the Animation


2015 : One Punch Man


2016 : Boku dake ga Inai Machi


2017 : Made in Abyss 


2018 : Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho


2019 : Carole & Tuesday


Obviously not everyone is going to agree with my choices but hey, life would be boring if we all liked the same things :D. Now if you were curious what people in other communities liked stick around.



The people on AnimeBytes chose with a Poll
 01. Steins;Gate (2011) 
    02. Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica (2011) 
 03. MADE IN ABYSS (2017) 
    04. Fate Series 
 04. Hunter X Hunter (2011) 
 06. Ping Pong THE ANIMATION (2014) 
 07. Shinsekai yori (2012) 
 08. Monogatari Series
 08. The Tatami Galaxy (2010) 
 10. Attack on Titan (2013) 


The Top 10 rated anime on AniDB.net in the last decade are
01 . Mushishi Zoku Shou (2014) - Rating 9.60
02 . Gintama (2015) - Rating 9.59
03. Stein's;Gate (2011) - Rating 9.41
04. 3-gatsu no Lion (2017) - Rating 9.40
05. Gintama` (2011)  - Rating 9.37
06. Gintama` (2012) - Rating 9.34
07. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi Hen (2017) - Rating 9.29
08. Usagi Drop (2011) - Rating 9.19
09. Gintama: The Battle on Rakuyo (2017) - Rating 9.18
10. Made in Abyss (2017) - Rating 9.17
They really seem to like Gintama on there.
 

And lastly the Top 10 Rated anime from MyAnimeList from the last decade are.
01. Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood
02. Stein's;Gate
03. Hunter X Hunter
04. Attack on Titan Season 3
05. Gintama (2015)
06. March Comes in like a Lion Season 2
07. Gintama (2012)
08. Gintama (2013)
09. Gintama (2017)
10. Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou vs. Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou

Gintama sure comes up a lot on the sites where there is a rating system, but some curious overlap here and there. What are you thoughts on last decade's anime? Which was your Top 10?

Friday, 17 January 2020

Anime Spotlight : The BEST Anime from 2019

I probably say this every year. but holy poop is this list a hard one. There were so many good anime in 2019 it's a given that toes will be stepped on as someone's fave for the year won't be on here. But in no particular order, as always, Let's do this!

Carole & Tuesday

Synopsis : Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It's an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers.

There's a girl. Scraping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she's working part time while trying to become a musician. She's always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole.

There's a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday.

A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together, they feel like they just might have a chance. The two of them may only create a tiny wave. But that wave will eventually grow into something larger...
Thoughts : Carole & Tuesday was an easy pick for one of the top 5 Anime of the Year for me, it was nearly flawless, has fantastic music, lovable characters, a great story that will stay with people for years and a great message.

Kimetsu no Yaiba

Synopsis : Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjirou, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality...

Ever since the death of his father, Tanjirou has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they've found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjirou finds is family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought... Thus begins Tanjirou's request to fight demons and turn his sister human again.
Thoughts : Easily the most popular anime this year, and with good reason. UFOTABLE did a fantastic job on this action packed show. Let's face it, unless you live under a rock you've seen all the Nezuko memes as well as the all the cosplay at cons. If you crave some good shounen for once that doesn't get lost in filler episodes or suffer terrible production standards. This is for you.

Bungou Stray Dogs (2019)

Synopsis : The White Tiger and the Black Beast – Nakajima Atsushi and Akutagawa Ryuunosuke's fight against Francis F. brings an end to the great war against the Guild. Life goes on as normal in Yokoyama, thanks to the continued truce between the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia, who, together, saved the city from ruin. But there are still rumors of Guild stragglers and other crime organizations making their way in from abroad. Meanwhile, Dazai Osamu had premonitions of another impending disaster. Lurking in the darkness is the Fyodor D., leader of pirate organization Rats in the House of the Dead, his dreadful plans on the verge of execution.
Thoughts : The third season of the much loved Bungou Stray Dogs was as expected, Fantastic! If you haven't even seen the first season of this anime yet. Stop whatever you are doing and start watching it now!

Fruits Basket 1st Season

Synopsis : After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Honda Tooru takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Souma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tooru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Soumas have a secret of their own--when touched by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!
Thoughts : I adored the original Fruits Basket anime but this remake of Fruits Basket blew my expectations and heart away. Having an even bigger emotional impact than the original many anime fans, myself included, loved. Took a lot of work, I'm also happy to know that they plan to adapt the entire manga this time around so we can finally see it all animated :D

Psycho-Pass 3

Synopsis : Two inspectors are newly assigned to the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division Unit 1. Shindou Arata, Japanese and Kei Michael Ignatov, East European who has been naturalized in Japan have been friends beyond nationality since their childhood. In the unsolved case over export of the SIBYL Systems and the leakage of technology, Arata's father committed suicide after he killed Kei's brother. Since then, they turn out to be the bereaved family members of the offender and victim. Both Arata and Kei become inspectors to look for the truth behind the mysterious case. They deeply trust and care for each other as they team up and lead the rebellious enforces to follow the cases one after another.
Thoughts : The third season of Psycho Pass did a great job of adding even more mystery to the futuristic police anime, the new characters were in no way a bad addition and we got to see some REALLY surprising things that happened to some of the original cast. I do so hope for more...also that last scene still haunts me..

I'm sure for some of you there was quite a few surprises on this list, and I'm also sure a lot of you don't agree with my choices. What anime from 2019 was the best according to you?

Anime Spotlight : Fall 2019 Wrap-Up

The Fall 2019 anime season has ended a while ago, unfortunately it has been a rough past few weeks for me personally so I only got round to this write up now. As usual I'll talk about the anime that finished with the Fall 2019 season, unfortunately the amazing Babylon is still airing for a few weeks so I can't include that. and it seems like Rifle is Beautiful and Azure Lane are both ending at a later date due to postponement of their final episodes. Granted Azure Lane is pretty trash so no real loss there. On with the list! As usual I'll start off with my "Top 5" and then talk about the rest of the anime I followed.

High Score Girl II

Synopsis : 1991. The year of the Gulf War. The year Mount Unzen erupted. The year the Ten-Day War in Slovenia broke out. The year the world wavered.

Yaguchi Haruo, a 6th grader, is not only the least popular in his school, but also has the worst grades, a bad attitude towards others, and cannot be called attractive either. The only thing he lives for are video games, and this happens to be the only thing he is really good at. Until one day, he plays Street Fighter II against Oono Akira, a well-off female classmate, who proves to him that she is not only more popular, intelligent, attractive, and lucky than he is, but also... better than him at playing video games!

Haruo's small world wavers...
Thoughts : Finally we get the conclusion to one of the very few shows where nobody minds the CGI, cool gaming history, good laughs, two girls who are impossible to choose between and a stunning end. High Score Girl II was worth every episode.

Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara


Synopsis : Yukihira Souma, who has been honing his cooking skills at his family diner "Yukihira" all his life, enters a super elite culinary academy called "Totsuki Saryo Culinary Academy". He improves as a chef through interactions with other chefs in and out of the academy but everything changes when Nakiri Azami has taken over the chief in command position at the academy. With the Central Gourmet Organization ruling over the academy, the students are no longer allowed to cook freely. Souma and friends stood against the regime and as a result, they were labeled as rebels of the Academy!

Season of the Advancement Exams arrive. They managed to pass the exams despite some interference but Cenrral Gourmet Organization will stop at nothing! Finally, some of Souma's friends lose and are sentenced to be expelled! In order to breakthrough this situation, Souma and the remaining rebels challenge new Council members and Azami regime to RĂ©giment du Cuisine!

The 1st BOUT was won by the rebels with ease but this is only the beginning of the battle to decide their fates. 2nd BOUT is about to begin!

Will Souma and others be able to take the seats at the Council and save their friends!?
PV : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7VvIwMEiEU
AniDB: https://anidb.net/anime/14951
Thoughts : The fourth season of  Food Wars gave us food porn, in more ways than one, some really heartbreaking moments and some epic moments as well. They did a fantastic job of finishing off the Azami arc and I'm glad to see the final arc is going to be animated as well.

Psycho-Pass 3

Synopsis : Two inspectors are newly assigned to the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division Unit 1. Shindou Arata, Japanese and Kei Michael Ignatov, East European who has been naturalized in Japan have been friends beyond nationality since their childhood. In the unsolved case over export of the SIBYL Systems and the leakage of technology, Arata's father committed suicide after he killed Kei's brother. Since then, they turn out to be the bereaved family members of the offender and victim. Both Arata and Kei become inspectors to look for the truth behind the mysterious case. They deeply trust and care for each other as they team up and lead the rebellious enforces to follow the cases one after another.
Thoughts : The third season of Psycho Pass did a great job of adding even more mystery to the futuristic police anime, the new characters were in no way a bad addition and we got to see some REALLY surprising things that happened to some of the original cast. I do so hope for more...also that last scene still haunts me..

En`en no Shouboutai

Synopsis : Year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called "Infernals". While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a youth who gained the nickname Devil's Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which is comprised of other flame users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shira begins to uncover the truth behind a mysterious fire that caused the death of his family twelve years ago.
Thoughts : It's been a while since I've been really excited about a new Shounen battle anime, and Fire Force had the right spark for me. I'm pretty sure everyone that saw it can't wait for more to come out. My only question is, will we ever see some romance in this franchise ;)?

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan o Erande Iraremasen

Synopsis : Motosu Urano, a book-loving college student and soon-to-be librarian, ends up crushed to death beneath a pile of books during an earthquake. With her dying breath, she wishes to be reincarnated in a world where she can read books forever. Fate, however, would have other plans, as she awakens in the body of a young girl named Myne in a world of low literacy rate and where books are expensive, scarce, and only provided to nobility. Myne, retaining her memories from her previous life, decides to create and print her own books so that she can read them again.
Thoughts : I know what you are all thinking, an ISEKAI anime made this list? Well...yes, because Honzuki is that damn good. It's just a shame we have to wait some time to see more of it, because they made me bloody curious. Anyway if you haven't yet. Watch this wholesome anime that will tug at your heartstrings

That's my top 5 series for the past Fall season, and I'm pretty sure a lot of you have questions about your pics, like Vinland Saga. All those questions will be answered below.

Sword Art Online - Alicization - War of Underworld : What is basically the second part of the Alicization arc was actually an entertaining watch with some great action scenes but with an awkward ending spot. They really should have made the Alicization arc a long continues series, instead of chopping it in parts. 

DR. Stone : A pretty fun shounen anime filled with girls with eyes very far apart. Pacing was off here and there but I am looking forward to the next arc.

Vinland Saga : What was slated as "the anime to look out for" the past season, I love vikings so I mostly watched it for that. It was only the Prologue and generally got very high ratings, but I just couldn't find a liking to any of the characters and pacing felt sluggish for me.
Hataage! Kemono Michi : Isekai wrestling, it's no secret that I'm wishing for the isekai boom to be over, but this anime was a fun enough watch, as long as you go into it with low expectations.

Fairy Gone Part 2 : Fairy Gone is one of those anime, like Aldnoah Zero, where it shows a split-cour is a horrible idea. In Fairy Gone's case it would have brought a generally better experience to watching it, especially as the second half is significantly better than the first.

Strike the Blood III : Yes the super power filled harem battle anime is one of those guilty pleasures of mine, and it seems the 4th OVA series has been announced.

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai S2 : Frustrating anime original ending aside. Bokuben s2 was pretty fun, if only they didn't ruin it in the end. At least there is still the manga right?

Granblue Fantasy The Animation S2 : This is one of the better game to anime adaptations that have come out in a while, though it still feels disjointed at times.

Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo : Speaking of frustrating endings, with OreSuki we have to wait for an OVA to come out to see the real end. Cute girls and laughs aside, this anime really had a lot of 4d chess going on...

Kono Oto Tomare S2: I loved the first season of Kono Oto Tomare, and a adored the second season. It's a damn shame not more people watched this gem of a show.

ZX - Code Reunion : Set in the same world as ZX Ignition, ZX Code Reunion doesn't require you to have seen Ignition as it's a story on it's on, and none of the characters from the previous anime is involved. All in all it's a decent watch with cute girls, a fair bit of action and a predictable end.

Null Peta : What initially made me wonder "what a strange short anime" turned into something a lot darker nearing the last episodes. If you have some spare time, check it out ;)

Houkago Saikoro Club : Do you like boardgames? Then this anime is perfect for you.

Hoshiai no Sora : Even though Softenni is still the greatest soft tennis anime out there. Stars Align was really good, just be warned some really messed up things happen in this one.

Special 7 Special Crime Investigation Unit : Special 7 was an extremely fun "Cop anime" mixed with a fair bit of fantasy. Watch it for the Ninja ;P


No Guns Life : This futuristic anime filled with people with mechanical limb, and sometimes head, replacements was pretty rad. Had a fair bit of conspiracy thrown in for good measure, great visuals, good laughs and a satisfying story. Just the end felt a bit off to me.

Shin Chuuka Ichiban! : A remake of a classic anime, and still a fun watch, especially if you like cooking anime, filled with underground organisations  and a team battling the evil by cooking. I was kinda hoping it would be longer.

Shinchou Yuusha : This Isekai anime was pretty darn fun, and had quite a bit of unexpected feels nearing the end. Well worth the watch.

Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! : If someone told you Fall 2019 was full of Isekai anime, they wouldn't be lying. Weirdly a lot of them were pretty good. Especially Nouryoku. Cute girls doing adventuring? would be an apt description.

Choyoyu : This isekai was probably the furthest away from believable, especially with absurd shit like a high school student being a "Genius Doctor" yet there she is, still in school. Don't get me wrong the show wasn't a bad watch, just full of absurdities..

Val x Love : What would an anime season be without a raunchy harem anime? Val X Love's premise aside, and wimpy yet scary main character. It had some fun moments.

That wraps up the FALL 2019 anime season. For those still reading at this point, thank you. And as a extra One Punch Man 2 had two fun but Short OVA's that came out and the Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume o Minai movie is a must watch. What were your thoughts on the Fall 2019 season?