I have not done this is so long, it’s been awhile.
I have been slacking off so much, and I haven’t been bringing the best content. (Other than tags for the book side of my blog.)
Haha, I’ve actually been playing/watching many games and shows that’d be perfect to make other posts about. And ones that would be a lot of fun to make, but I’ve also just shoved them aside cause of laziness.
But enough of that, it’s probably time I should explain this post a bit more.
So with the lack of actually posting my First Impressions on the latest anime shows/movies I’ve seen, I’m just going to have a sort of wrap-up post with mini reviews for the anime shows I’ve recently seen. Sound fun? I hope so. Now let’s do this!
We’re just going to start with the one that’s on my mind right now.
My thoughts on…
Um… Yeah. Season 2 happened, a lot of people don’t necessarily like this season. It’s not canon or anything, because it’s not really related to the manga or the other seasons. And in Circus, the whole cast just forgets that Alois or Claude ever happened, but it’s still there, with the introduction of Ronald Knox. (But he’s reintroduced later on so it doesn’t matter that he appeared earlier.)
There was essentially a couple of things that were off, mainly with build up to the end, and a lot of filler that was not necessary. (There’s so many OVAs, they’re kinda strange.) Also, lots other disagreeable moments with things like unneeded fanservice that could have just been left out.
But this was still pretty entertaining, in a sense that it was amusing to me. However, I just want to say that, it’s… uh… I can’t find the words I’m so sorry. XD
Yeah, I didn’t find this season good…
Book of Circus:
Oh was this such a good up-lifter after the first and second season! I found Circus to be my my favorite out of all the seasons, with it’s gorgeous opening animation style and with the overall story behind it. They let loose on some good comedy as well, which was highly appreciated after all of the dark moments of this season in general.
No matter what, I still found myself liking all of the characters, regardless of their motives (except for the true antagonists, they were pretty intense) and enjoyed all of their tragic pasts.
This season made me think a lot, whether who’s side I was on. I felt a bit conflicted at thinking about what Doll, Joker, Snake, Beast, Dagger and the others deserved versus what actually happened to them. But I also rooted for Ciel too. So it was a little tug-of-war on my mind, but ultimately I still sided with Ciel. Though I still feel concerned for the others who didn’t necessarily get the best out of that ending. (I’m trying not to spoil.)
Book of Murder:
(I know this is part of season 3 but I’m treating it separately.) Yay for Sherlock! For me, the quality of this season ranked a little above season 1, but not enough for me to enjoy more than Circus.
It was still really good. For me being the Sherlockian that I am, I found all the little personality traits of Sherlock in everyone. And had fun trying to solve the murder case. (I actually half-solved it. I got the people involved right, but not how they did it.)
Characterization never really lacked at all, and I agree that it was pretty clever in the end, but I felt a little bit of dragging in the middle. It was still fun to watch, and I enjoyed it all the same.
Book of the Atlantic:
Wow, I didn’t think I was going to be so impressed with this one.
There was a lot of character background going on. You go back to the time Ciel was captured, but also how he and Sebastian started out together in the mansion alone, which was pretty neat. (See? Ciel was amazed by Sebastian’s abilities then, he’s just so used to it now that he has a poker face.) But also Elizabeth Midford (I especially loved her development) and the Undertaker as well.
There was a pause from the original plot in order to showcase some of these backstories, and it did put a small damper on it, but I highly appreciated that fans finally got the character development that they were waiting for. (I already knew about Lizzy, but I wanted to see it happen. 😊)
The CGI was lacking a bit. Mainly because of how some of the undead in CGI looked a bit off compared to the characters still in 2D animation. I don’t have any complaints about using it for the purpose of background, because it’s quite understandable to do it (it’s been done on multiple cases for different shows), but I would’ve preferred that the undead were in 2D to keep everything consistent.
But overall, I actually enjoyed Atlantic a lot.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun
My thoughts on…
(Only season so far) I really enjoyed this show, mainly for all the characters. They were all so likable. If they were made to be annoying, they were entertaining, and if they were made to be stoic, they were sweet and funny. Not only that, but the relationships between all the characters are priceless. XD
A lot of the jokes were physical comedy (for all the “fighting” they did) but there were plenty of other styles of comedy out there.
This is a show that’s just something to watch if you’re looking for a good laugh. None of them ever get in a romantic relationship, but how they react to each other is hilarious. There’s no particular plot or anything like that, it’s just a show that it’s primary goal is to make the viewers have fun.
Servant x Service
My thoughts on…
(Only season) This was surprisingly adorable. You have the main character working at a place she only decided to work in because of revenge. (And an innocent kind at that.)
All the characters were pretty funny. The story itself (there wasn’t much of one being a slice-of-life anime) had a lot of comedic moments, and times where the atmosphere turned into that kind of awkward hilarious.
This was such a light and fun show to pick up, I really enjoyed it. The only thing I have to say is that it’s pretty predicable. But it still interested me to say the least. 🙂
Say “I Love You”
My thoughts on…
(Only season) I actually really enjoyed this one. I just decided to watch this as a sort of spur-of-the-moment kind of thing, but I’m happy that I chose to watch it all the same.
It’s been a little while since I’ve seen it so can’t spare too many details as to why I enjoyed it to you all, but one thing I do remember is all of the characters.
Many of them, no matter how they treated the main character, were all still very likable. And if they haven’t been the most agreeable person to start with, they eventually found ways to redeem themselves. The only issue I had with this is that those types of characters had what I’d call a “speedy recovery”. I’m glad that they appeared more supportive in the end, but it seems as though they were the whole time, forgetting that they were ever against the main character to begin with.
Still, it’s a very sweet shoujo that I’d be glad if many of you would pick up.
Ao Haru Ride
My thoughts on…
(Only season) This is one I decided to watch after just seeing some hype about it. I wasn’t that invested in this one however. It’s hard to really put my finger on, but I just felt like there was something lacking about this show.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, and their friendships with one another. (Especially with Yuuri and Futaba. Despite themselves, they’re still strong friends.) (Also Yuuri ended up being one of my favorites, which is the total opposite of what everyone else says, but I couldn’t dislike her.)
This was also one of those shoujo anime shows where the couple is pretty much only canon in the manga. I have actually heard better reviews about the manga compared to the anime, and I can see why (I had to spoil it to understand, but it makes sense now) so I hope to read it and compare it to the show sometime.
Still, I did enjoy this anime, but if I had to rank it with other shows I’ve watched lately, it’ll be behind Say “I love you”.
My thoughts on…
(Only season) I really enjoyed this one a lot! The overall art style with the intro and throughout the season resembled that of the manga (which I still need to read, mind you).
At first, I wasn’t totally invested in Taiga’s character, but as the show progressed, she ended up growing on me. All the other character’s were likable as well. (I really liked Minori in the beginning, but a little less at one point when she and Ryuji were disagreeing about something I won’t tell you because of spoilers. But once everything was out of the water, and I understood where she was coming from, I found myself liking her character more than before.)
The interactions with Taiga and Ryuji at first were pretty hilarious to say the least. Again there was that physical comedy outlet told there (more “fighting”) but it was entertaining if I had to admit. (But it still racks my brain how Ryuji was able to tolerate Taiga’s antics. He’s just too nice I guess. But that’s not a bad character trait.)
The ending was something I didn’t feel too content with, but I don’t have any good reasons as why I felt that way. Still, it was a good show, and I really had fun watching it.
My thoughts on…
(Only season) I’m so glad I stuck with this one. I’ve been thinking of dropping it a few times, and the mixed reviews didn’t really help with that decision.
This was by the same people who made Toradora so I expected it to be just as good. It was dragging a bit around the middle of the beginning, and I was semi-confused about Ghost Banri at first too. (His character made a lot more the more I thought about him though. But his appearance was bizarre to say the least.)
(The main reason I watched this one, was because of all the memes I found from it. XD I couldn’t help myself.)
There was some controversy about whether the ending was bad. I didn’t really think it was the worst ending it could have had (again it’s pretty bizarre), but the main points that people discussed was the loose ends.
Personally, I couldn’t think of any. I feel a lot was already explained, in either just by pictures/assumptions alone rather than dialogue. So I couldn’t really find anything that wasn’t tied up. But if you have a different outlook on the ending, I’d be glad to hear it.
Overall, you have to watch all of it to really get into it. It’s hard at first, it was for me at least, but it’s worth it in the end.
My thoughts on…
(Only season) I didn’t really expect to like it as much as I did. It’s an older anime, but not the oldest I’ve seen. (That title goes to Rurouni Kenshin.) But that’s not the reason why I thought I wouldn’t like it. (In fact I love older anime!) I thought it was just another shoujo, that had common tropes, jokes, and stories like every other. But I actually really impressed with how everything progressed.
To be frank, I did not enjoy that first episode. It felt a little forced with jokes. (There was too much emphasis on certain things, and it seemed like it was the main focus compared to the story at hand.) And the pacing wasn’t the best. It was very fast, and I was losing some of the minor points of what was going on. (I like to break things down a lot, if they’re important or not, I still like paying attention to detail, and it was hard to in the beginning of the show.) The first episode in general was really rushed, and I didn’t know if I was going to continue all the episodes if it kept up like this.
Luckily, it evened out the pacing, and the story improved by separating into arcs. (I looked up a few to compare to the manga, and they were pretty much the same, so my impression right now is that it’s accurate to the source material. But I can’t be exactly sure because I have yet to read it all the way through.)
It also surprised me a lot as well. I expected it to follow every other shoujo, (same jokes, story, etc.) but I was proved wrong as well. I had everything predicted in terms of plot, but was happy that not everything followed what I thought would happen. It wasn’t as predictable as I made it out to be, and for that, I had a lot of fun watching this show all the way through.
My favorite on this list is…
Black Butler: Book of Circus
Just like I’d watch anything with superheroes in it (like MHA), I’ll watch/read anything that has to do with circuses. But that’s not the reason as to why this is my favorite. If I had to break it down, it would be for the story, characters, and suspense factor. I did mention it was probably the most well received season of Black Butler not by myself, but other people as well. It had a certain dark charm to it, a little unlike the other seasons, that I was able to enjoy.
That’s it for now. If you want more anime related posts, please hit that Like button so that I may be able to make more for you! Thanks for reading. This was incredibly long. 😅