It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the 2020 summer anime season that just came to an end~
As you can tell by the number of anime on this season’s list, it was a REALLY disappointing season. Probably the most disappointing season we’ve ever covered, and the one full-length anime we watched wasn’t all that great either. At first glance, Lapis Re:LiGHTs seemed like an interesting mix of magic and idol anime, but at the end of the day, I thought that it failed to capture the magic (pun intended) of either of those genres. Because it was used so rarely, there were times that I almost forgot that these girls can actually use magic, and the musical performances were few and far between, so I feel like this anime could’ve been a lot more entertaining than it turned out to be.
Too often this felt like just another slice of life anime, and although I thought the main cast was decent, they weren’t enough to right the ship and get me to become invested in this show. There were other girls at the academy that I simply didn’t care about and didn’t enjoy watching, and if you’re hoping that yuri would come in and save the day, you’re going to be disappointed as well. The first episode made it seem like Tiara and Rosetta were going to have this really strong connection that would result in, at least, a lot of yuri subtext between them, but it didn’t quite work out like that. The situation kind of reminded me of Koisuru Asteroid, and after Tiara and Rose get acclimated at the academy and join the other Lapis girls, that connection mostly disappears. There were a couple of other bit characters that seemed kinda gay, but their roles were tiny and they made practically no impact on me.
Overall, I didn’t expect Lapis Re:LiGHTs to just be so bland and forgettable. It’s kind of what might happen if you were to take Love Live!, strip away 80% of the singing and dancing, allow the girls to use magic, then not give them any worthwhile reason to use that magic. At least the final episode was a bit better, but it was too little, too late. I’ll forget all about this show in a month, so good riddance, 2020 summer anime season, you won’t be missed. 😛
It was more than two years ago that Uma Musume: Pretty Derby premiered, so I think I should be forgiven for completely forgetting about many of the horse girls that made appearances in this short-form series. In the main series, this was a large cast of characters, but with only two-and-a-half minutes per episode (not counting the ED), appearances here are short and I only vaguely remembered some of the girls.
Still, these episodes were random yet pretty fun. Unlike the main series, racing doesn’t play a big part, so these are more or less just fun activities that make this more slice of life than anything. Because of that, knowing who these characters are probably isn’t a requirement, and even the main characters aren’t on-screen for very long. I enjoyed the overall chemistry between the girls and thought that the comedy was sufficient enough to keep this interesting, but as you can probably guess, there’s no yuri here. I’m not surprised, since there was hardly anything in the main series, yet it would’ve been nice to have.
But the thing I’ll take away most from this is how it’ll serve as a warmup to the second season of Uma Musume, which is confirmed to premiere in 2021. This little spin-off was cute, but there are more horse girls that need to race, so I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of that. Next year might not be so bad for yuri anime fans, which feels weird to say, considering how terrible the last two years have been for us. The redemption arc begins in the fall season, which is only days away~
Anime Dropped: Deca-Dence, Gibiate