This might be the first time ever for me to outline 3 (and a half) animes I've seen in a single post. And not even a rewatch among them, either. Yes, I've been somewhat busy with anime over the last couple of days
. Strap yourselves in.
On Friday, I finished And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online
. The show had flown under my radar when it came out, but recently, a fellow Animedubs Reddit user described it in a way which reminded me of Gamers!
. Naturally, that piqued my interest. And sure enough, I had a blast. It was actually a bit more akin to Recovery of an MMO Junkie
, which I also loved.
The whole package felt really warm and charming. Ako's devotion bordered on overbearing at times, but in the end, I thought it was mostly very sweet. Akane was another snarky tsundere voiced in a deadpan tone by Jad Saxton (in the dub, of course), which I can never get enough of.
Some fun gaming-related jokes in there, too. I loved the bit about the random loot box purchases
. I was a bit surprised that episode 8 almost felt like a season ending point, but for the final stretch they added another neat little arc. Definitely a show I'll strongly consider for a physical purchase one we get a home video release.
After that, I checked out the recent RErideD
. I kind of hated myself for it, but with the premise of a time travel thriller, I couldn't help comparing it to Steins;Gate
- a bar it had no chance of reaching, unfortunately. During its early episodes, RErideD
felt sub-par to me on just about every level. I even noticed a few instances of sloppy/incoherent shot composition - something I don't usually ever pay attention too. Many shots with minimal movement. A direction which frequently felt like a haphazard collection of scenes strung together, lacking cohesion. Rather stiff and boring pieces of dialog (again, in the dub). Characters making blatantly irrational decisions. Uninspiring OP and ED songs. It just didn't seem to be working out for me at all.
But with time, the anime grew on me little by little. I can see 2 main reasons why:
- The time travel concept - how it works and what it can do - was unique and refreshing. Especially with several revelations from the final episode which tie into this, it ultimately made for a compelling mystery/thriller story, and the part about Mage's sacrifice (weirdly, it's pronounced "Madge" in the dub), as well as the epilog, also touched my feels.
- By far the best aspect of RErideD
, in my mind, is the backstory of Angelica/Dana. The flashback half-episode focusing on their interactions almost gave me goosebumps and had me glued to my screen. Extremely unsettling, and bringing up intriguing philosophical/moral questions. It helped turn Dana into a surprisingly deep character. I was feeling for her by the end of the show.
Ultimately, I think it was worth a watch, but nothing I'd call even remotely great.
Yesterday, I continued with an anime movie: Hal
. I'd never heard of it before, but it was featured in a trailer on my Your Name
blu-ray which I recently found. The trailer pitched it as a romance/drama featuring a robot-turned-boy and a young girl, which was more than enough of a hook to reel me in. And indeed, it turned out mostly as I'd expected. I can't say I was genuinely amazed - the short 1-hour runtime might have had something to do with that. But it was a highly pleasant watch, especially given a major twist later on that I hadn't seen coming. I shed a couple of tears, for sure.
Lastly, I also started watching everyone's new favorite Yuri anime, Bloom Into You
. Actually, I'm already at episode 10. But all I'm going to say for now is gao, this show is good!
I'll leave my more detailed thoughts for (probably) tomorrow, when I'll have finished the series.