Don’t get angry with us, but neither of us finished the most recent Love Live! season yet, so bear with us, we’ll get there eventually. And since Konohana Kitan was a last-minute addition, it’s not included on the list, but it’ll probably get a review in the near future.
Anyway, enjoy our First Impressions of the fall anime season that just came to an end~
Out of the handful of shows that I picked up this season, this one turned out to be the most pleasant surprise. Whenever I see the “slice of life” tag attached to an anime, my expectations are already tempered, as I more or less have an idea of what to expect. Girls’ Last Tour has all the traits that I’ve come to enjoy from the genre, but it throws viewers a curveball in the form of a post-apocalyptic setting.
I gladly welcome any setting in this genre that isn’t a classroom, yet despite the dreary atmosphere, this never really felt too depressing. That can mostly be attributed to Yuu and Chi, whose chemistry together is perfect and I’d say that there’s just enough comedy and lighthearted moments to counterbalance the gloominess. Somehow, this turned out to be a really charming affair, and out of all of the shows I watched this year, this was probably the most easygoing and watchable one for me.
There isn’t that much to the story, though, it is intriguing how the world turned into this barren wasteland that’s devoid of life. War is hell, and by the end, the minor philosophical undertones add a little depth to the story, making this far from your average “cute girls doing cute things” anime. You’re probably wondering if there are any hints of yuri in this one, and sadly, the answer is not really. However, in my opinion, it’s still one of the better anime of the season, and out of all the shows that we’ve given scores of 8 to this season, this is probably my favorite~
Before Gremlin D.Va played video games, chugged soda, and ate junk food with impunity, there was Umaru. The first season of Umaru-chan was just mindless fun, and with this second season, it’s every bit as entertaining as I remember. However, I’m still a little surprised that Umaru’s antics haven’t grown old for me yet. The formula is simple, but I guess it helps having such a good supporting cast.
Umaru may be a great (yet annoying) character, and Sylphin is pretty awesome in her own right, but for me, it’s all about Kirie. She’s just so damn cute and awkward that I can’t help but love her. The little moment she shared with Umaru on the ferris wheel was adorable, and overall, it seemed like the other characters may have had a little more of the spotlight this season, which is probably the best thing I could have asked for.
Out of all the shows I picked up this season, this is the only one with any yuri subtext. Well, it wasn’t all that much, yet the first season still wound up getting it’s own review on here, so perhaps this second season will eventually follow suit. All in all, I think Himouto! Umaru-chan R was at least as good as the first season, and maybe even slightly better~
Inuyashiki is from the author of Gantz, so you’d think that it would follow suit and be uber violent, and it most definitely followed suit. I didn’t keep count, since this anime has a ridiculously high number of deaths, but it really seemed to embrace the violence. This was classic hero versus villain, as two normal people are killed in the crash of some sort of alien spacecraft, and they’re repurposed as killing machines. However, while one (an older man) uses this new lease on life to try and save those in distress, another (a younger guy) uses his new mechanical body to act on his innermost thoughts and become a serial killer, taking on a “the world is against me” mentality in the process.
The loss of one’s humanity—and how differently these two characters deal with it—is an underlying theme here, and it’s pretty interesting and unexpected. I think I was just expecting a more mindless action-oriented anime that wasn’t much more than these two guys just constantly fighting, yet this turned out to be a little more than that.
At some point, I think this show got carried away with trying to prove how evil Hiro was, and it just started to seem like overkill, especially in light of the long-awaited showdown between the two being underwhelming (as was the use of some questionable CG in those scenes). The asteroid bit at the end was completely rushed, but the show could’ve been far worse, so I’ll just be glad that this turned out to be a pretty entertaining action anime, warts and all.
Whereas an anime like Inuyashiki takes itself very seriously, Kekkai Sensen has always been a series that strikes a great balance between over-the-top action and comedy. I think it helps that the story is a little lighter in tone than its predecessor (as well as being episodic in nature), with new threats emerging every episode that put Hellsalem’s Lot in even more peril. These threats usually don’t seem to be dangerous enough to warrant the full-extent of Libra’s capabilities, but a few characters get involved and that ultimately results in less lopsided (and more interesting) battles.
Speaking of characters, there are so many good ones here that you can’t help but feel that there are some that are being neglected. However, with this being the second season, it’s another opportunity to highlight ones that might have been underutilized in season one, so I guess you can say that one hand gives and the other takes away. This remains a fascinating world that’s full of personality, and in addition to the great characters, snazzy soundtrack, and crazy superhero antics, I think I liked this season slightly more than the first.
At least we didn’t have to wait an additional three months for the final episode to air this time, so that’s a major improvement. I think there are still a lot of interesting stories to tell in Hellsalem’s Lot, so I’d like to see a third season get made, if for no other reason than to see characters like Chain and Zapp once more~
Shows dropped: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World – The Animated Series
The ending of GLT was pretty gay though, wasn’t it?
I liked GLT on balance too. Some of its philosophy-pushing was a little preachy and some episodes worked better than others, but when it worked- it reaaally worked, especially in the flight episode.
What you picked up this season surprised me. No Houseki no Kuni? I’ve seen so much yuri(ish) fanart from that show, and it was the highlight of the season.
I also know you’re still catching up with Konohana Kitan and neither you nor Rock are the biggest fans of Love Live, so I’ll let you off the hook there. But you do owe it to yourself, as a yuri fan, to check out Houseki no Kuni! The first season even seems to revolve around the “romance” of two of the gems… admittedly they’re technically agender, but their feminine nature has created a lot of yuri vibes.
I also picked up Inuyashiki… and then dropped it. Far too much violence for me to handle. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though if you enjoyed it much more I might have tried to persevere through…
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Meh. While it was cute, too little, too late for me. 😛
I like to think that Ishii somehow made it to the highest level, where there’s a burgeoning civilization currently rebuilding all that was lost in the war. Maybe Kanazawa is there as well, but who cares about him? 😀
Say no more~ *adds that show to the to-do list*
Must’ve been the home invasion scene (and in particular, the part with the kid in the bathtub) that did the deed. That was a bit much, so if that was it, I can understand you dropping it.
I don’t really mind the ol’ ultraviolence, but at least this show had a little more to it than that. From the sound of things, I’m not sure it would’ve been worth it to keep going for you, though. 😛
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It was exactly the home invasion scene. It was just waaaaay too much. I’ve also seen scenes from later in the anime and it seems like it still has some moments of terror that I can’t handle.
What was your excuse with Konohana Kitan? Same as Lena’s in that you got behind?
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It is pretty brutal. Good thing most action anime isn’t like that.
I started watching it, but since I had already started watching a handful of other shows (and since she started watching it too), I figured she’d eventually write about it, so it’d be okay for me to drop it. 😀
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this year’s fall season was really fun especially with love live sunshine season 2, kekkai sensen & beyond, konohana kitan and so much more, i honestly think this was one of the better fall anime seasons we’ve had. also love live sunshine and konohana kitan with their crazy cute yuri subtext and many cute moments between the characters made me smile a lot
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Very very true, what I watched so far of Konohana Kitan was simply so cute and of course there’s Love Live Sunshine. Stil have to finish it, but oh god the Mari x Kanan is strong again and I love it~
I actually got the most yuri enjoyment out of Girls’ Last Tour, Chi x Yuu is my OTP of the season, and I think that they are the cutest buns who are absolutely made for eachother on an unlimited amount of levels it’s just so nice and aaaaaaaaaaaa
I liked Inuyashiki, I feel it did a good job of tackling the themes that it wanted to, and really achieved the gritty, realistic vibe it was going for; the people in the show tend to act how you would expect people to act.
I loved the new season of Kekkai Sensen and I want another one soon pls just give to me
I was originally going to watch the new Himouto season, but ended up putting it off…
All of the anime I was following until this season ended were: Hoozuki no Reitetsu s2, Kekkai Sensen s2, Urahara, Shokugeki no Souma s3, Shoukoku no Altair, Guru Guru, Inuyashiki, Konohana Kitan, Girls’ Last Tour, Mahoutsukai no Yome, Net-juu no Susume, and Kino no Tabi, overall, there wasn’t much disappointment to be had for me, I liked all of the anime I watched, and a few were really surprisingly good.
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