It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts on the spring anime season that just came to an end~
Oh, what a guilty pleasure this was… I was constantly torn between seriously not liking it for it’s over the top ecchiness and the ridiculous and kind of out of place singing scenes that happened almost each and every episode, and simply enjoying it for the fun it provided and also the yuri that more or less also stayed a constant element of the show for its whole run. I guess I can’t say I’m fully satisfied with its yuri content, even though we did get quite a lot, though that shall be part of my full review that we’ll post after the current tournament has ended. For now, let’s just say I expected some more in the yuri department, even though we definitely did get quite a lot~
You can read our full review right here, but even though a lot of people might roll their eyes at the thought of a shounen anime scoring this highly, Shingeki no Kyojin isn’t your typical shounen anime. Set in an unapologetically cruel world full of mystery and intrigue, the second season took what made the first season so memorable and largely did away with pretty much all of the unnecessary stuff that we saw in season one.
After having relatively minor roles in the first season, Ymir and Krista stole the spotlight—and for a moment in time—they were the center of the entire Shingeki no Kyojin universe. Feels good, man.
This type of anime might not be for everyone (especially yuri fans), but anyone who’s into action, drama, and mystery can do a lot worse than to buy into what this series is selling~
From the esteemed director of Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (I’m not making this up) comes another season of Yami Shibai? Actually, even though the name may not be the same, this is still pretty much another season of a series that should’ve ended about four seasons ago. With next to no actual animation, Sekai no Yami Zukan gets by on the merits of its award-winning writing, which features stories based on the likes of a monster snowman, a man-eating car, and an Amazonian tribe that never gets ill, thanks to them shrinking their victims and forcing them to battle the pathogens inside their bodies. Okay, enough with the sarcasm. This was bad… really bad.
I’m still not sure why I subject myself to this odd brand of torture, but if you’re in the mood for some comedy, this series isn’t such a bad choice, and it’s only four minutes per episode. By the way, Sekai no Yami Zukan featured what may be the single most hilarious episode of “anime” I’ve ever seen, and you can witness the glory in the slideshow above. Starring a killer clown that kidnaps you if you stay inside on a cloudy day (PSA: Go outside and get some sunlight, kids!), this episode was ridiculous, even by Yami Shibai‘s already high standards. And yes, those are the actual unretouched screenshots from the episode! At the very least, a few episodes had some nice art (even if it wasn’t animated), and since the costs involved must be so low, I might as well prepare for the inevitable second season that’s sure to come. Until then, excuse me as I watch Zombie Ass.
P.S. — I’m so sorry if those reading this are deathly afraid of clowns. 😛
A few years ago, during a dark period in my anime-watching life known as “The I’ll Watch It As Long As It’s Short, Age”, I stumbled upon World Fool News (TV), and lo and behold, another season has somehow happened. Mostly focusing on the behind-the-scenes hijinks of a dysfunctional television station, this is another one of those strange little shorts that could only happen in Japan.
From what I remember, not much has changed in this second season. It’s not particularly funny, and it’s certainly not much to look at, but it sort of has the appeal of public-access television. The oddball news stories, the staff that isn’t very good at their jobs, and the low-budget production of WFN are things that are oddly mesmerizing. If this was longer than ten minutes, I wouldn’t want to pick up this series again, but with an actual running time that’s even shorten than that, this isn’t the worst short-form anime ever made or anything. It’s just not very good, yet these quirky little shorts help me appreciate some of the other anime that gets made, so I guess they’re needed.
Other than these four, we unfortunately can’t cover any more for this anime season, since Re:Creators, Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul, and Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season are still running. Though, expect our final thoughts of those three in our Final Thoughts post at the end of the summer anime season~