It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the 2019 spring anime season that just came to an end~
Since Carole & Tuesday is heading into its second cour, it’s not on the list this time, so we’ll have to wait until the summer Final Thoughts post to wax poetically about it. With that out of the way, let’s do this.
Our review should be coming in the near future, so I don’t want to say too much about this one, other than it was quite a pleasant surprise. Despite her crippling social anxiety and lack of social skills, Bocchi was absolutely adorable, and you couldn’t help but root for her and her quest to befriend the entire class. I think it would’ve been a little too convenient if she actually did that, so I’m glad that she was happy with the handful of friends that she did make, and those friends were pretty good characters, too.
The comedy mostly focused on the eccentricities of these girls, but they had the charisma to pull it off and help make this a pretty funny show. As you might be able to tell from my avatar (Tomoko~), I have a special place in my heart for characters like Bocchi, so even though she’d never believe it, she was really charismatic and it was surprisingly enjoyable to watch her inch closer to the person that she wants to be. There wasn’t a lot of yuri subtext, though, that’s okay, because even without it, this was an enjoyable experience, and I hope we somehow get a second season~
Once upon a time, One Punch Man was seemingly the hottest ticket in anime town. The action was insane, the animation was insane, and the characters were pretty great, especially that follically challenged fellow, Saitama. Fast-forward to the present, and One Punch Man Season 2 just isn’t the same anymore. Going in, we knew the second season wouldn’t offer the same stellar animation, but I’m still disappointed by just how average the animation was. So much of this series’ identity had to do with how great it looked, and that void is not the only one that was left unfilled.
Across the board, season two just feels off. The comedy is disappointing, I thought the story was borderline boring, and Saitama often seems like he’s nothing more than a supporting character in the very show he put on the map. Considering how much I was looking forward to this, I’m super bummed that this once great series has been reduced to merely being okay. At least Garou was a somewhat interesting anti-hero, it’s just a shame that he and (especially) Saitama are stuck doing some rather uninteresting things for a majority of the season. Sad to say, but if we end up getting a third season of One Punch Man, I’m not sure I’ll be raring to watch like I was with season two, and I’m probably not alone in thinking that.
What a way to redeem yourself! To a lot of people, the first half of the third season of Shingeki no Kyojin was a disappointment, but the second half totally ended up making up for that. Long-standing secrets were finally revealed, we got plenty of epic Titan battles, and some characters that have been with us since the very beginning didn’t live to see the end of the season. I think it’s totally reasonable to say that the second half of season three of SnK might be the best that this series has ever been, and that’s saying something.
Ditching the in-fighting that was so ever-present in part one of the third season, part two brought SnK back to its roots, and it was as great as it’s ever been. The fight between Levi and the Beast Titan? Epic. The scouts taking on Reiner and Bertholdt again? Epic. Finally finding out what was in the basement? Ehh, I wouldn’t call that epic, but it does forever change the series. The franchise is definitely turning a corner, and after all of the fights and all of the deaths, it’s really exciting to watch it unfold (even though I don’t love where the story’s going and where it’s currently at in the manga).
Technically, we got more Yumikuri, even if it was only a love letter. And I love that it wasn’t presented as just a letter, but a love letter. I’m up to speed on the manga, so this isn’t surprising to me that we didn’t get more than that, yet Ymir and
Krista Historia are the sole reason this anime was even mentioned on this blog in the first place, and shippers who were hoping to see a continuation from season two will be sorely disappointed. However, I think that’s one of the only major complaints you can level at this latest season. It had the action, it had the drama, and it further proved the point that this is one of the best action anime franchises out there~
Shows dropped: Shoumetsu Toshi