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Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Tonegawa-san: Middle Management Blues is some underrated office comedy about a guy whose work project is a death game to ruin the lives of debtors, but is really mostly about office goofs.

Early in the series, Tonegawa finds it hard to remember his employees name because work attire is 'men in black' and many of them have similar names and builds. Eventually he gets it figured out but after his men fuck up, they decide to show their contrition by shaving their heads. This does not help.


Also, top notch narrator.

 
I've been watching Nadesico for the first time. This show just really wants to be Evangelion, but never quite gets it. It is the most 90s anime thing I've seen in a long-ass time, for good and bad.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
It's been a long time but that wasn't my read at all. And a lot of things certainly wanted to be (ugh, Fafner, tryin' so hard). It is definitely a deconstruction of genre but even though there is some big drama and some shocks from time to time (particularly when the 70s mecha otaku dies early on or when his assassin goes nuts and kills himself) towards the end, it's largely a lighter touch. I do agree that it's extremely 90s and the first anime that comes to mind for comparison for me is Full Metal Panic (particularly the fact that in both the mech stuff is the stuff I respond too least).

Great theme song.
 
Ok, maybe I should have elaborated a little. It's not like Xenogears or RahXephon that are carbon copies of Eva and covering the same basic plots and heavily focus on interweaving religion and big fighting robots. But it is spiritually very closely aligned. It has the same sense of humor, the editing and storyboarding is stylistically extremely close to Eva/Hideaki Anno's entire directorial style. The rapid emotional swings between humor and gravely serious bits are very similar. As is the focus on otaku-culture, how women are portrayed, obsession with 70s TV, etc. It feels a lot like the show Evangelion was in its first half before shit starts to hit the fan and it becomes a downward spiral into depression-ville. It feels like Eva in spirit more than most shows I've ever seen that were obviously influenced by it. That is what I meant.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Some other shows ended.

Fanfare of Adolescence got less interesting as it went on with its hideous CGI horses and uninteresting characters. One of it's weirder crimes is putting in a clear Boys Love angle in the first episode which is completely dropped for most of the series. Then in the last episode the audience is teased with it and it's sort of there in metaphor but it's some fucking weak sauce. Look, I'm not a big BL fan but I can think of two shows that turned out to be dull disappointments where the hope of a romantic angle promised to make it more interesting and it never delivered. I knew Fanfare wasn't going to pull the trigger but the nerve of them to pretend in a completely not tongue-in-cheek manner is the final insult. That said, in my head cannon, his "passing of the horse talking powers" (don't ask) means they fucked.

Deaimon ends on an inconclusive note but it's OK, it was thoroughly pleasant throughout. I won't go out of the way to plug this baking slice of life comedy but it has been a consistent source of pleasure this season, even if it never stood out strongly beyond being amiable. It did what it did well.

Heroines Run the Show was a disappointment and I hate the message that there is apparently NOTHING AT ALL WRONG with idol culture right now and it's OK for fans to expect to have their idols be completely chaste dedicated only to THEM and they must remain eternally faithful. It put a bad taste in an otherwise cute show. I wish the show was better because I like the lead, a bumpkin with chunky brows and a never-say-die attitude.

Love After World Domination hasn't been the strongest comedy of the season but it does have VERY stiff competition. It's not perfect... but it's pluses far outweigh its minuses and while on occasion it has a weaker section, it is largely funny and the co-leads are a winning couple, two thick-headed sweethearts navigating first love in a supportive and loving manner. The funny thing is it's a little horny from time to time but also mostly very wholesome... BUT then the penultimate episode goes full tilt "the creator really wants to get his kink off his chest" and the last episode tries to give us a bigger story but it's one of my least favourite, with the smaller stuff working better. Still, I hope we get a little more down the line.

The Executioner and Her Way of Life is a weird little journey. It starts off as an isekai show with a twist but the twist isn't revolutionary. All the same, it was interesting to keep going and I was all in at the halfway point. But one of the things I liked is that mostly it didn't feel the need to do edgy stuff and then in the last episode is a lot of visuals of an evil child mutilating herself and in all honesty, even that aside, I was a little less interested, though it has some interesting promise for later stories.

Ya Boy Kongming! ended it's 100,000 likes arc pretty well. I felt the build up was a little long for me but maybe that's because Kongming himself doesn't really scheme for a while. But the payoff is pretty good, and I like while we get a great, clever scheme, it all comes down to faith in the person you are supporting. I do hope we get more of this down the line, this show is a pleasure.

Spy x Family had an ending that really wasn't. Obviously, we weren't heading to a big end but even that, the series had no coda or big promise or last episode element to feel like a wrap up. Instead, it stayed the course and with the course being so good and it's popularity all but with a second season in the fall, that's fine. I will say that the two segments that make the episode due are well balanced. Both have spy and family but the first is more spy and the second is more family and it's all sweet.

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War will get a "new anime" though they haven't been clear if that means a new season or a movie or something else. As I understand it, the manga itself has a tonal shift from here on out. If they were to end it here, I actually would have been satisfied. The big question was if the show was going to chicken out on the promise of a confession or it finally will and we have our answer and it is mostly satisfying. There's an element of "the more things change" and the characters realize they haven't entirely gotten what they wanted but it's more than mere progress. But more than that, the show is still sweet and funny and it lets them be cool and complete hot messes all at once and I found it satisfying. I'm glad we are getting more in some format but this season might be, if not it's overall strongest, certainly it's most assuredly and ambitiously directed.

Meanwhile, I looked ahead for the next season and this summer.... it looks rough, to be honest. A few things I'm excited for but still. Even the Science Saru show preview left me a little cold (mostly because it's social media-inspired show feels a little on the nose but I'm sure it will look good and I'm definitely open to it surprising me). There is a new Shadows House season and a Dr. Stone special but most of the other sequels I don't care and this season has a surprising number of shows that feel like throwbacks to the late 90s/early 2000s horny and/or harem romantic comedy era. Heck, some of them seem to be bleeding into the isekai (yeah, some already had harem stuff but there is an element that feels distinctly old school about it now) creating a perfect storm of "not for me, thanks."
 

q 3

here to eat fish and erase the universe
(they/them)
Birdie Wing is to anime as biblically-accurate angels are to babies with wings. The sheer audacity. I don't know if I can wait six months for more, but Birdie Wing doesn't give a shit about what I need or want. It just is.
 
Meanwhile, I looked ahead for the next season and this summer.... it looks rough, to be honest. A few things I'm excited for but still. Even the Science Saru show preview left me a little cold
Summer has always been the most doldrums season for broadcasting anime. IMO if there are even 3 shows that are worth keeping up on that's a huge W.

Anichart tells me the Tatami Galaxy sequel film is getting edited into a 6 episode series that'll air on Disney+ before it hits theaters at the end of September, so I'll be watching that at the very least. That by itself is big dubs energy for me for this season.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Summer has always been the most doldrums season for broadcasting anime. IMO if there are even 3 shows that are worth keeping up on that's a huge W.

Anichart tells me the Tatami Galaxy sequel film is getting edited into a 6 episode series that'll air on Disney+ before it hits theaters at the end of September, so I'll be watching that at the very least. That by itself is big dubs energy for me for this season.
I didn't even mean that one. I won't be watching that simply because I haven't seen Tatami Galaxy yet. Yurei Deco, their other show, looms beautiful but "society where people are obessessed with likes" feels like it could get really heavy-handed. Still, I've liked all their stuff I've seen so far.

Birdie Wing is to anime as biblically-accurate angels are to babies with wings. The sheer audacity. I don't know if I can wait six months for more, but Birdie Wing doesn't give a shit about what I need or want. It just is.
It's a show that is so damn wild that when it turns out someone has a cyborg arm, you are like "yeah, ok"
 

Hilene

Loves "Friendly Girls"
(She/Her)
It's a show that is so damn wild that when it turns out someone has a cyborg arm, you are like "yeah, ok"
WHY DOES IT HAVE BONES IN IT????

Also, this week's episode was turbo gay. Eve spends basically the whole episode making moves on Aoi in order to motivate her to play better. This is where the show decided to place a mid-season break?????

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Purple

(She/Her)
I am not filled with tremendous confidence that the reveal trailer is jumping right in with that plot thread, not showing anything involving the rest of the cast, or being aggressively guitar-heavy. Are they straight up doing a sequel series some arbitrary distance furher down the timeline here?
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
One of my favorite things in fiction are stories that focus on the ancillary characters near but not directly participating in, grandiose world shaking events.

It’s why I love Jimmy Olsen, it’s why I love Astro City, and, by god, the emphasis put on the insurance agents tasked with following around Vash the Stampede are why Trigun is my #2 favorite anime
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
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I fucking LOVE Trigun. I own the entire manga, and have read it start to end multiple times. It's a very important piece of media for me.

When I heard they were Doing a new show I was legit excited. The concept of seeing all the stuff that wasn't in the first one because the comic wasn't done, in motion for the first time?

And then this shit dropped and I felt like a fucking fool for ever getting my hopes up.
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
I someone who has only watched the first two episodes of the first Trigun anime so far (baby leaves less time for marathoning anime), this new trailer seems to have, uh, a wildly different tone
 

Peklo

Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
It looks extremely authentic to me, as far as capturing Trigun's essence of very pretty men being eternally sad while caught up in each other's personal drama.
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
So far the anime has Meryl and Milly as the main characters and Vash as their comedic foil sidekick. If they shift away from that dynamic I'm going to become much less interested frankly
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
It looks extremely authentic to me
Okay as someone who's read the whole thing multiple times, this COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

I mean the fucking Character Design alone. Vash's whole THING is that his body, despite being actually magic is COMPLETELY FUCKING RUINED by his weird dedication to total pacifism. As such underneath his iconic coat he's skin and bones, with huge chunks of his body literally bolted back together because he's been fucking shot so many times it's a wonder he's still standing.

Meanwhile this Vash has traditional heroic build and dodges bullets like they're nothing, which is DUMB because as stated, PROPER Vash gets SHOT ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

And why's his fucking robot arm so goddamn obvious?! THE WHOLE POINT OF THE ROBOT ARM IS THAT HE HAS TO HIDE IT! Because it's a weapon of desperate last resort that's ONLY useful as a surprise attack!

But no let's just fucking make it a giant obvious pointy metalic thing on full display over his new garbage DRIP hoodie.

I genuinely have no idea how they managed to fuck it all up THIS FUCKING BADLY. I mean hell the entire reason I was excited when they said "HEY YOU'RE GETTING MORE TRIGUN" was because I was pumped that we'd finally see Wolfwood's story PROPERLY play out in animation! AND WOLFWOOD ISN'T EVEN IN THE FUCKING TRAILER. And that's not even mentioning Meryl and Milly, the heart and soul of the story respectively. How the fuck you gonna do Trigun without them?

I've seen people tell me "Oh it's a prequel that's why his body is less ruined and that's why his arm is so obvious and blah blah blah" FUCK THAT NOSIE. Prequels FUCKING SUCK. Disney can't even make a good one with their goddamn infinite money for goddamn star wars! Why the fuck would anyone want a prequel for trigun, which ALREADY HAD IT'S BACKSTORY FULLY EXPLAINED IN DETAIL IN BOTH THE AVAILABLE VERSIONS? Is this gonna be a fucking "oh here's some other bullshit vash never mentioned because it wasn't important and it takes place long before all the other characters you actually like were born?" WHY THE FUCK WOULD I WANNA SEE THAT?

This sucks fam. This sucks and I fucking hate it, and I severely doubt it will somehow magically stop sucking by the time it's released.
 
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LOUDSKULL
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Also gog DAM the fucking 3d Cell shaded PS3 Cutscene Style sucks. So fucking weird and choppy and plastic. I hated it in RWBY, I hated it in marvel's What If. I FUCKING hated the poorly diguised version of it in Dorohedorodorowhathefuckerver AND I FUCKING HATE IT HERE.
 

Peklo

Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
It looks tonally entirely in keeping with what Nightow is interested in as far as his storytelling, and that's really all I care about in judging whether it's aligned with any prior precedent. Nothing I have said points to a value judgement on my part one way or another, just that I don't think it's unrecognizable at all.
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
It looks tonally entirely in keeping with what Nightow is interested in as far as his storytelling, and that's really all I care about in judging whether it's aligned with any prior precedent. Nothing I have said points to a value judgement on my part one way or another, just that I don't think it's unrecognizable at all.
As someone deeply invested in Nightow's storytelling, you're wrong. Everything I'm looking at here feels like a lobotomized version of something I love.
Looks cool so far. The previous iterations all still exist.
The existence of the Previous iterations are WHY this has me so fucking pissed!

If you're gonna tell me "Hey we're making Trigun" I'm allowed to call out when the thing delivered doesn't look, sound act or meaningfuly resemble Trigun in any way.
 
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