10 Best Waifu’s of Summer 2019 Anime

My 10 Best Waifu’s of the Summer 2019 Anime season


Too many waifu’s, too little time! With a new season (almost) completed it’s time for me to countdown my 10 Best Waifu’s of Summer 2019 Anime!

~Number 10~
Hibiki Sakura from ‘How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?’

Tasty waifu.

This show has such high quality waifu potential that honestly any of the girls were deserving of a spot (from an aesthetic point of view I think Akemi is a favourite) but I chose our main main girl Hibiki over the others for a couple of reasons. One she’s got a unique look, she might look like a ‘gal’ but she’s a movie buff and lover of all types of food, she’s got an energetic personality and is very relatable in her weight-loss struggle. Also her voice actress is first timer Egyptian-Japanese which adds a wonderful noticeable difference to the character’s personality.

~Number 9~
Sayu Tsukisaka from ‘Re:Stage! Dream Days’

She’s got all the right moves!

I’m a sucker for an angry fang-girl, or just a fang-girl in general–okay let’s be honest any and every anime girl–but let’s not understate the appeal of it in certain circumstances. Not only is Sayu super cute but she’s got a fiery temper and is loyal to her best friend.

~Number 8~
Asuka Suzumori from ‘Are You Lost?’

Why are her hands in the way, dammit!

Some of this season’s sexiest visuals have come courtesy of this show and it’s probably no coincidence that Asuka has probably supplied the most of them and has ended up on this list. Sexy shenanigans aside Asuka is a genki, upbeat sports girl with a bit of a stupid streak but that just makes her all the more endearing!

~Number 7~
Tilarna Exedilica from ‘Cop Craft’

She deserves happiness! Such a good girl.

Tilarna is inescapably interesting, not only as a character in this show but as a waifu in general she’s a strong independent warrior from another world thrust into a world where she’s not only an outsider but often vilified just because of her race. She’s also cute, feisty and just a little bit sexy.

~Number 6~
Yuika Koga from ‘Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie?’

And very much not a good girl.

I’m not a masochist, I don’t have any of those particular tendencies and really don’t see the appeal of being stepped on, but damn if Yuika ain’t the cutest little thing, she almost makes me want to be her slave for life… almost.

~Number 5~
Haruhime from ‘Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon II?’

Protecc Haruhime!

The whole ‘prostitute with a heart of gold’ may be a trope in Western media, but in anime it’s kind of unheard of (at least as far as I know). So seeing a character as tragic as Haruhimi having to endure the circumstances of her unfair existence is indeed evoking of sympathy. But Haruhime is more than just a victim, she’s a well rounded character with immaculate character design and an all round beautiful person.

~Number 4~
Tamaki Kotatsu from ‘Fire Force’

Hot stuff.

Forgetting for a second all the endlessly stupid complaints about her character ‘trait’, Tamaki is an absolute goddess; she’s sexy, she’s fun and she’s a badass fighter with a neko-girl aesthetic, what’s not to love?! The only reason she isn’t higher on the list is because we’ve only seen a little bit about her but she’s definitely destined for the pantheon of waifu’s.

~Number 3~
Hitoha Hongo from ‘O Maidens In Your Savage Season’

The one girl I couldn’t find a decent gif for.

Oh, Hongo… you frustrated, tortured little genius when will you understand your overwhelming worth as a person. It’s weird talking about Hongo as a waifu because she’s so real and fully rounded as a character and has such depth and believability that she’s kinda beyond being a “waifu” and just a girl I’d like to date. Is that weird? Probably, but I don’t care.

~Number 2~
Yuuko Yoshida from ‘The Demon Girl Next Door’

The best transformation.

If there were a venn diagram with ‘sexy’, ‘funny’ and ‘cute’ square in the middle of it would be Yuuko, the adorkable demon girl with a heart of gold and a god-tier chest in front of it. From her overall design, her voice acting, her personality and her comedic timing, Yuuko is just an absolute treasure and I love every minute of her being on-screen.

~Honourable Mention~
Sempai from ‘Magical Sempai’

Ta da!

I felt kind of obliged to include the titular (pun absolutely intended) Sempai from ‘Magical Sempai’ because she is a busty, dumb fun girl who’s just a heck of a lot of fun to be around. She’s not worthy of my Top 10 because the lack of characterisation (I mean she doesn’t even have a name she’s just referred to as ‘sempai’ throughout the whole series) means forming a connection to her is especially hard but it’s hard to deny her appeal!

~Number 1~
Yue from ‘Arifureta’


I could write an entire post about how much I love Yue, few anime characters have made an impression on me as quickly as she did and continue to do so with every passing moment from their first appearance. Not only is she impossibly cute but being that she’s a 500 year old vampire loli means she’s also got an innocence to her overall seductiveness. As far as personality goes, she’s precocious, intelligent, loyal and level-headed–what more could you ask for?!


And that’s this seasons’ list! I’d love to know which waifu’s made your favourite list this time so let me know in the comments below and as always thanks for reading!

Previous Best Seasonal Waifu Lists:

10 Best Waifu’s of Winter 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s of Spring 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s of Summer 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s of Fall 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s of Winter 2019 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s of Spring 2019 Anime

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The Real Losers – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

The Real Losers – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 12


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Hey look Irina, we did it, we finally did it, we’ve finished Cinderella Nine! I wasn’t sure we’d ever get here. I think we deserve a drink! Maybe several.

So this episode continues immediately after the previous and almost the entire episode is devoted to the same game of baseball… which on the one hand I thought was a nice change of pace–I mean this is a baseball anime after all it’s about time we spend some time with our girls playing the game. But, much like everything this show does, it’s not particularly interesting and for the last half of the game is basically just several minutes of still frames with various pans and zooms to ‘simulate’ a sense of animation and movement. It was basically impossible to follow what was happening after the first inning or so (I hope that’s a word) so you couldn’t even get that vicarious thrill of cheering along with your team. Most of the time I honestly couldn’t have told you who was winning or losing. Even ‘Harukana Receive’ was better at focusing on the match and in that show, it was basically just an excuse for front or back cleavage. Not that that’s a bad thing but they could afford to have people lose track of the match ‘cause there was something else going on, here, without that aspect, there’s really nothing left.

Don’t tell me to relax!

I liked the bit with best girl Akane having her mother see her catch a ball, it was sweet, probably the highlight of the episode. No comment…

She caught it!

I found that scene with the opponents having a flashback and character development moment in the middle of the game (during a time-out) to be utterly pointless–especially given it was the final episode. What did you think of it? Exactly the same. I was screaming at my tv that it’s ridiculous to try and force audience attachment at this point and I don’t even remember the main team, forget these girls. You need to do that midway through the season and build up the rivalry. Pfft amateurs.

Spoiler alert, it does.

And so after spending over 20 minutes on this single game it ends off-screen, with us finding the result via a newspaper article on a bulletin board… which kind of felt like a cheap slap in the face. The offscreen conclusion thing is a pretty common sports anime trope and I didn’t mind it. Maybe ‘cause I’m used to it, maybe cause  just wanted the still shots to be over…

I’ll take your word for it.

So yeah, they won that game but lost in the second round. But that’s not what’s important, their achievement has inspired their kohai’s and classmates to become interested in baseball too! Which I mean is nice and all but kinda seemed like it was sequel-baiting more than anything, which let’s face it, is never gonna happen… It did seem like sequel bathing and yeah never gonna happen. The really sad part is all the potential new characters seemed more interesting.

This girl has a pet squirrel and we’re only now meeting her in the final episode?!

This said, I really feel bad for the other team that lost. They were so much better in the practice and they have also been working equally as hard since but they weren’t good enough to beat the worst team around. Those girls must be so bummed out. I bet heir school cancelled the girls’ baseball team again. If not, I mean this was the first time they agreed to pay for fun and it was a resounding failure so I’m guessing if the team still exists, no more fun Ever! That catcher is in so much trouble!

Because they were so inconsistent at showing us team development, the first victory felt unearned and the loss was inconsequential.


Anything else you wanted to add/mention before we wrap this up, Irina? Please don’t base your opinion of the Sports! genre on this anime?

For me, Cinderella Nine was an example of absolute mediocrity with some vague glimmers of interesting moments and characters interspersed throughout. I don’t think the show was beyond fixing but it seemed like that the budget wasn’t large enough to make it visually compelling enough and the writing and acting wasn’t good enough to elevate what was on the page. Also it was devoid of any kind of anime-inspired gimmick (stylised art, fan-service, etc.) that could have at least made it entertaining. What are your final thoughts on the series? I saw your ratings of the week post and it seems like you enjoyed the last episode at least, considerably more than I did. I thought the series was generally below average and just seemed low effort. I’m uncertain if anyone wanted this to be anything more than a time filler.

I’m sure these still frames with baseball ‘stuff’ on it is interesting to baseball fans…

That’s all I can say really. We made it. It wasn’t as painful as I make it sound but I could have skipped his series and not lost much! Thank you for sticking with it Matt! I certainly wouldn’t have made it alone. Likewise Irina! And thank you all for reading these reviews, hopefully they offered some enjoyment!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review
Striking Out – Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
The Cost Of Success – Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Swing And A Miss – Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review

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Spring 2019 Anime In Review

A look back at all the Spring 2019 Anime I Watched With Scores And Mini-Reviews For Each Show


So the Spring 2019 Anime season has come and gone and in its wake a bunch of shows and many more opinions on them! Overall it wasn’t the strongest or most memorable season in recent memory, but the highs certainly were high! I watched 16 shows in Spring and I’ll be ranking them from best to worst with a score and a little review for each too!

BOKUBEN: We Never Learn

There’s so many good faces in this show it was hard to chose just one!

Oh boy, do I have so much to talk about regarding this show but then again most of it will be me complaining about “people” who compare this show to last seasons’ ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ despite the fact that ‘We Never Learn’ came first (as a manga) and is infinitely superior! Okay I’ll stop with the mini-rant and just say that seldom do I see a harem anime with such a commitment to fully developing its female characters and making the audience not only want each of the girls to end up with the male lead but also give them personal and unique journeys that make all these characters feel real. I really love this show and I’m so glad it’s getting a second season in October of this year!

Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu

Don’t be shy, Bocchi, you have people who like you!

Shows like this are especially hard to review because the journey of the anime is less about a definite ‘beginning’, ‘middle’ and ‘endpoint’ narratively speaking but rather just watching characters find one another, grow closer and develop as people in their own right. Likewise the amount you’re going to get out of a series like this is directly proportional to how much you can be brought into their world and sympathise/empathise with the characters in it. Bocchi and her cohorts remained like friends I never knew I needed right up until the end and I’ll forever appreciate them for letting me be privy to their journey, this show was wonderful.

Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?


A show as shamelessly ecchi as this one deserves kudos for fully committing to its ridiculous premise alone. But what was more surprising than the myriad ways it managed to push together a female teacher and a male student in compromising situations was the honest to goodness heart, character development and how well it tied it all together. Sometimes a show can be sexy and sweet.

Wise Man’s Grandchild

She’s too precious.

I went into great detail (and defense) about this series in my episode 1 & 2 review but my thoughts on the series as a whole remain more or less the same. ‘Wise Man’s Grandchild’ is an isekai that knows it’s an isekai, embraces the tropes of its genre but is still wise (heh) enough to do things differently when it needs to. Its sense of humour remains its greatest strength though and made every single episode an absolute joy to watch.

YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World
(86/100) [ongoing series Episodes 1 to 13 watched]

Okay, so sometimes our protagonist can be a gentlemen…

Here’s a series that gets more interesting, more complex and more narratively satisfying the longer it goes on and the fact we’re only halfway through its planned 26 (plus 1 OVA) episode at the time of writing this makes things all the more exciting. This show feels fresh despite being based on a Visual Novel from the 90’s and whats more its just entertaining as heck. Yes it’s got some issues (mostly to do with its sometimes sexist protagonist) but the good far outweighs the bad in this particular anime!

Ao-chan Can’t Study!

She loves it.

I haven’t watched that many strictly romantic comedy anime (harem’s usually don’t count as such) likewise even less with a female lead but not only was the titular Ao-chan an adorable neurotic and refreshingly frank character but the show itself was as funny as it was endearing.

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki

She’s a high energy individual that Yatogame-chan…

When’s a 2 minute anime better than half the anime you watch in a particular season? When it’s ‘Yagogame-chan Kanatsu Nikki’! Food anime are often a favourite of mine, and what’s better than a food anime? A food anime filled with comedy and niche references to very specific parts of Japanese culture (in this case the Nagoya region of Japan). As you’d (hopefully) expect for an anime this short not a second is wasted and the result is a fun and frenetic, but still surprisingly laid back anime that I’m very glad is getting a 2nd season next year!

Isekai Quartet

I can literally hear the theme song in my head just by looking at this gif.

Bringing together characters from four different popular isekai anime and smashing them together could have been a recipe for disaster–or at least a recipe for a messy anime but the team responsible for this crossover handled it (almost) perfectly and gave us fun and entertaining experience. Even if you’re only familiar with half the shows being referenced it’s still a worthwhile experience if you’re into seeing crazy characters interact with each other with often hilarious results!


I watched it for the plot, I swear!

The otaku references in ‘AMAZING STRANGER’ were an endless source of comedic delight as were the marital shenanigans between our protagonist and 1/6 scale bishojou figure but it was the commitment to its world building, the connections between the characters and the surprising amount of drama that ended up making this anime such a rewarding (if still inherently silly) experience.

The Helpful Fox Senko-san

She is pretty damn adorable (and don’t forget 800 years old, so it’s legal!)

Despite seemingly being an anime that’s exactly in my wheelhouse (a.k.a. it’s about a cute loli fox girl in a Slice of Life setting) there were certain things about this anime that I wasn’t exactly a fan of and hence prevented me falling in love with the show like so many others did. Having an adult male protagonist felt like it was pandering to a different demographic entirely (I wrote a whole rant-y post about it which I never ended up posting) but external factors should seldom detract from a show’s enjoyment factor. Also the fact the show felt the need to mention that the loli fox girl is actually 800 years old in every episode (sometimes multiple times) felt like the writer was embarrassed by his very own premise–which sucked a lot of the joy out of the show. Regardless of my issues it was still a wholesome, comfortable and well-made anime.

Fruits Basket 1st Season
(81/100) [ongoing series 13 Episodes watched so far]


As someone who’s never seen the ‘original’  Fruits Basket, read the manga nor is particularly a fan of this genre of anime (whatever genre that is) I’m still yet to see the monumental appeal of this series–however its characters, its overall emotional impact and the promise of something bigger and more serious behind the scenes means I’m more than happy to keep watching the show and see where it goes.

Nobunaga teacher’s young bride

The face of all the ‘normies’ who stumbled upon this show.

There’s a lot of promise in this anime’s premise but unfortunately not a lot of care in its overall execution. It’s clumsy, occasionally ugly and extremely problematic. But it’s also fun, amusing and occasionally inspired. Also kudos for being one of the only ecchi harem anime I’ve ever seen to have a “trap” character get further sexually with the main (male) character than any of the girls did! I’ll remember that about this series if nothing else…

Joshi Kausei

Literally the best moment in the whole series and it happens two minutes into Episode 1.

An interesting premise and some wholly likeable characters are the highlight of this short anime that never does anything particular inventive with its ‘no dialogue’ premise but is still a pleasant and entertaining diversion.

Cinderella Nine

Do they have ‘yellow cards’ in baseball?

As of the writing of this I’m only 11 out of 12 episodes (due to a broadcast delay) but ‘Cinderella Nine’ is an example of a sports anime without the budget to wholly execute its sport in any satisfying way, with characters who amount to little more than single sentence cliches and nothing in the way of a gimmick to spice up the proceedings.

Han-Gyakuisei Million Arthur 2nd Season [on hold at Episode 3]

So, this show is great, probably with a score around the mid 80’s, but I had to stop it at Episode 3 because Funimation being the incompetent twats that they are decided to cut out the post-credit gag scenes which were a source of so much joy in the 1st season. Maybe it seems weird to put a show on hold because of such a (seemingly) minor reason but its a matter of principal, you know?! I’ll probably get back to watching this just… not on Funimation…

AFTERLOST [on hold at Episode 7]

*sigh* This show… is so frustrating, there’s so much good about it and almost in equal measure so much bad about it. I haven’t considered this ~officially~ dropped but at the same time I don’t know if I want to ever go back to it so consider this in the limbo between on hold and dropped–whatever that might be called… okay let’s call it ‘Lost’!


And that’s the Anime of Spring 2019 that I watched reviewed! What are your thoughts? What are your thoughts on my thoughts? Drop a comment below if you have something to say! Thanks for reading!

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Swing And A Miss – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 10 Review

Swing And A Miss – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 10


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Oh hey look, this show is still going… I don’t know about you Irina but there’s something somewhat depressing about the fact that this show was delayed by 2 weeks and therefore we’ll be still watching this show when everyone else will be watching all of next season’s new shows! Not to say that this episode (or any of them) are depressing just very ordinary… We’re special that way. If it makes you feel any better, I’m pretty sure we were the only ones watching his show anyway, so nothing will change.

Pay no attention to the derp faces on the foreground characters!

Probably… anyway, we get an episode almost entirely devoted to a full game of baseball! Fancy that, baseball in a baseball anime… and it’s kinda good? Maybe? I don’t know, I’ve never watched a game of baseball in my life but I could at least understand what was going on for the most part! The only other baseball I’ve watched was Ace of Diamond. They also used balls and stick thingies so everything tracks so far! I believe this was, in fact, supposed to be baseball. YAY Matt, we did it, we talked sport…

That’s a baseball thing, yeah?!

That said, it’s a shame this show didn’t have a bigger budget (I’m assuming its budgetary that the show looks as mediocre as it does–I could be wrong) because the “action” is pretty limited–it hardly makes for the most exciting experience. There was even a moment where Tsubasa scores a home-run and it was so poorly animated you don’t even see the bat connect with the ball–I don’t know if you caught that, it was a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ kinda thing. I did not catch that. Good eye Matt! I mean it was a cute game generally speaking. I think if we had seen this episode at the beginning of the series before we got so over it, we would have genuinely enjoyed it… maybe.

I even bothered to make a gif of the “home run” hit. They bother to animate her feet taking a stance but not the ball hitting the bat? Lame…

Oh I guess I should probably talk about the plot of the episode, our girls are challenged to a baseball match by the “ace” of one of the top high-school baseball teams in Japan! So they accept only to find out they’ll be versing the school’s third-tier players–not the cream of the crop they were assuming! Also the aforementioned “ace” [I can’t remember her name, I’ll add it in later–maybe] is kind of an interesting character? She’s got a big ego and treats her players harshly and it’s almost something to break the boredom. What’d you think of her and her “evil” lollipop sucking ways? She seems kinda like a fanservice archetype? For a long time, I thought it was the girl from the previous episodes with the long blonde hair that had just put it up and I was wondering why she was so mean all the sudden. I may have had a drink before the show…

I like this bitch. Too bad we’ll probably never see her again!

Oh oh the super fragile girl had a moment in the spotlight. You like her no? I like her yeah but her “moment” was kind of ordinary and easily resolved–par for the course really!


Anyway our girls win and it’s all happy and I just hope the production has saved some money for the final two episodes so that even if it’s not a ‘great’ episode there’s hopefully something worth looking at… Like I said, I think we are just completely jaded by this show. The episode itself was actually not bad at all but I won’t lie, I’m looking forward to putting this series behind me. Ping Pong Girls remains my favourite moe sports mashup to date. Agreed, Cinderella Nine needs more sweat! Wait, that’s what you meant right?!

Bring on nationals! I’m sure it won’t be disappointing at all!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review
Striking Out – Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
The Cost Of Success – Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review

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Summer 2019 Anime Watch List

A quick(ish) overview of the Summer 2019 Anime shows that I’m watching


A new season of anime rapidly approaches and unlike the current season (which I wasn’t particularly enthused about but turned out pretty okay) I’m very hyped about most of the new (and some returning) shows that the Summer 2019 Anime Season promises! So let’s get down to business with my watch list!

Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon II (Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka II)

What they say: Second season of Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka.”

What I say: The first season was seriously great but left the overarching story unresolved so I’m glad we’re finally getting a continuation of said story. Plus getting to see more of Hestia makes me a very happy individual!

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou)

What they say: “Seventeen-year-old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku’s wet dream quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?”

What I say: I’m not sold on some aspects of the premise but it’s an isekai (which I love, don’t @ me) and plus the idea of an entire class being ‘isekai’d’ has a lot of promise which will hopefully get explored.

Isekai Cheat Magician

What they say: “Nishimura Taichi and his friend Rin are transported into a fantasy world. While in their previous world, Taichi is a normal person who just has higher than average reflexes, both he and Rin gain high levels of physical and magical ability, and begin their new life as magicians.”

What I say: Another Isekai with some cute girls. Sometimes that’s all you need–or all I need…


Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai)

What they say: “Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment’s notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints” (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?”

What I say: Perhaps not a series I would otherwise be interested in but I don’t know, something about magical fire-fighters seems appealing to me–plus it’s been a while since I’ve watched a good action shonen that’s not about “heroes” fighting “villains” so this might be good?

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu ka?)

What they say: “Masato thought he was part of a random survey, but when he gets involved in a secret government scheme, he winds up trapped in the game world. Even more surprising—his mother’s there, too!”

What I say: Aside from having an amusing (and very long) title the art/character designs from the source material light novel is done from Pochi Iida, who I love and so there’s at least a part of me hoping the anime adapation is as good-looking (and sexy) as their works!

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2

What they say: “Second season of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san.”

What I say: I was somewhat surprised when this show received a second season announcement–not that isn’t deserving of a continuation–it’s absolutely adorable and occasionally laugh out loud funny. But I wondered how much value there is in watching ‘more of the same’ of a series that stuck pretty close to a formula for much of its first season? But like that’s stopped me from enjoying a second season of a Slice of Life show before… I’ll eat this up and ask for seconds (or thirds in this case)!

Will You Please Like Hentai If It’s Cute? (Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?)

What they say: “Once upon a time, Cinderella left her panties in a boy’s locker…wait, what?! Keiki Kiryu receives a mysterious love letter, that has no name, but includes a pair of white undies. Curious to find this panty-leaving-Cinderella, his investigation leads him to discover that every candidate is…a total pervert! Surrounded by perversion he still has one important question to answer: who’s the perfect fit?”

What I say: I mean the title of the anime and the synopsis seem little to do with each other, but I see the words “hentai” and “panties” and “perversion” and well, I’m there! Also female perverts are the best. #justsayin’

Maou-sama, Retry!

What they say: “Akira Ouno is a regular guy who works at a company that manages an online game. He often plays the game as his character “Maou” (Dark Lord). But one day, when he logs on, he is whisked into the game’s fantasy world as his character. There, he meets a one-legged girl, and begins his adventures alongside her. But as he is a powerful “Dark Lord,” various nations and holy maidens journey to defeat him, and he stirs up trouble everywhere he goes.”

What I say: One of the girls on the poster looks like a blonde version of Rem from ”Re:Zero’–that’s literally the only reason this show caught my attention.

If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai.)

What they say: “Dale is a cool, composed, and highly skilled adventurer who’s made quite a name for himself despite his youth. One day on a job deep in the forest, he comes across a little devil girl who’s almost wasted away. Unable to just leave her there to die, Dale takes her home and becomes her adoptive father.”

What I say: Sometimes a premise is just too adorable to pass-up…

Magical Sempai (Tejina-senpai)

What they say: “”I encountered her… a cute, but ‘weird’ sempai!” Magic-loving but stage-fright-addled, this sempai comes with a failure rate of 100%—but you can’t take your eyes off her! The off-color, magical gag manga that’s caused an uproar all over Japan is finally here! Here’s to non-athletic hobbies!”

What I say: It may be a shorter anime, but it’s an ecchi so its automatically on the list! Also here’s hoping for some ‘Arrested Development’ style crossover memes since this a series about magicians!

How Many Kilograms Are The Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?)

What they say: “”Hibiki … Are you fat again?”

A friend’s cruel words which cut like a knife into the heart of Hibiki Sakura, a high school girl who loves to eat. Hibiki decided to go on a diet to be absolutely thin by summer vacation, but she cannot keep exercising right alone. That’s when Hibiki found herself before a training gym! Upon joining the gym, Hibiki meets her beautiful and charismatic student council president Akemi Souryuuin and steps into the intense yet enjoyable world of weight-training.”

What I say: Ordinarily something to do with weight training and gym’s world make my eyes glaze over in absolute boredom, but the potential for tanned genki tomboys is sky high with this series and if you’ve been following my ‘Waifu’ lists over the previous seasons you’ll know that’s my “thing” recently. Gimme!

Are You Lost? (Sounan Desu ka?)

What they say: “Because of a plane crash…starting today, we’re spending the springtime of our lives on a desert island!! There’s nothing here, so we have to make everything!! And eat everything!! (Ugh!) Check out our high school girl survival story of courage and knowledge. We’re actually doing pretty well! [Volume One Includes:] How to eat cicadas, how to build traps, a simple allergy test, how to eat hermit crabs, etc.”

What I say: Sadly yet another ecchi relegated to “short” anime format, but beyond the obvious appeal of anime that’s literally entirely a beach episode, there’s something undeniably interesting about desert island/survival stories.

Cop Craft

What they say: “15 years ago, an unknown hyperspace gate opened over the Pacific. Beyond this gate lies Reto Semaani, a strange alternate world where fairies and demons live.

San Teresa City — a city where over two million immigrants live from both worlds. As a result, there are the haves and the have-nots. Here is the world’s newest “city of dreams.” But in the shadow of the chaos, crime is rampant: drugs, prostitution, and weapon trafficking. The detectives who stand up to these heinous crimes are in the San Teresa City Police. When the detective Kei Matoba and the alternate-world knight Tirana — two individuals who differ in gender, personality, and even world of origin — meet, an incident erupts. Two worlds. Two justices. From this, the curtain rises on a buddy police action story!”

What I say: I’ve known about this series for a little while and been hyped about it since I’ve seen the poster–I’m already dubbing it “Cops and Loli’s” even though I’m well aware it’ll be more than just the surface level. Here’s hoping it lives up to its potential!

Maidens Of The Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.)

What they say: “The girls in a high school literature club do a little icebreaker to get to know each other: answering the question, “What’s one thing you want to do before you die?” One of the girls blurts out, “Sex.” Little do they know, the whirlwind unleashed by that word pushes each of these girls, with different backgrounds and personalities, onto their own clumsy, funny, painful, and emotional paths toward adulthood.”

What I say: The premise is at least passingly reminiscent to one of the best comedies of last year ‘Asobi Asobase’ except with a bit more of an adult/serious edge, I know next to nothing about this series beyond the sypnosis and the poster but I’m excited for this one!

Wasteful Days Of High School Girls (Joshikousei no Mudazukai)

What they say: “One day out of boredom, Tanaka decided to give her classmates nicknames based on their quirks. Her friend Sakuchi became “Ota” for her nerdy interests, and her other friend Saginomiya became “Robo” because of her expressionless personality. In retaliation, her friends decided to name Tanaka “Baka.” These are the ridiculous days of three high school friends claiming (or not) the height of their youth.”

What I say: High school girl comedy series, that’s all I need out of anime these days…


What they say: “Ritsuka played guitar but has lost interest in the instrument. One day, he meets Mafuyu, who is holding a broken guitar. Ritsuka unwillingly starts teaching Mafuyu the guitar, but when he hears Mafuyu’s voice, things suddenly begin to change for Ritsuka.”

What I say: I make the irlwaifu watch a lot of ecchi shows so the least I can do is watch a BL once and a while–and at least this one seems kinda interesting (maybe? hopefully!)

Machikado Mazoku

What they say: “Awakening her dormant abilities as a devil one day, Yuuko Yoshida aka Shadow Mistress Yuuko, is entrusted with the mission to defeat the Light clan’s shrine maiden, a magical girl, by her ancestor Lilith. Yuuko meets magical girl Momo Chiyoda through her classmate Anri Sada, and challenges her to a duel, but loses quickly due to her lack of strength.

Since then, Yuuko has struggled with her role as a devil and her duel with Momo, and borrowed help from her regularly. However, by a strange coincidence, Yuuko also weakens Momo by taking away her power to cooperate in protecting the peace of Tama city.”

What I say: That’s a lot of plot synopsis for a show not many people know even exists or all that much about it. All I know is the girls are cute as heck and I want me some magical girls! Check and check.


And that’s my watch list for Summer 2019–though in addition to these titles I’ll be watching the second cours of two continuing shows, those being ‘YU-NO’ and ‘Fruits Basket’. All in all I’m excited to see these shows and hope they live up to their promise! Let me know what shows you’re interested in in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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The Cost of Success – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 8 Review

The Cost of Success – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 8


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Wow! So we had two weeks off because irl sports were showing on Japanese TV in Cinderella Nine’s timeslot, did you miss the show? Because I sure as heck forgot it even existed… I only remembered it because it’s on top of my Crunchyroll queue but I honestly could not keep track of how many episodes were skipped. 1? 14? No clue….

And I think the actors forgot about this show as well. Is it me or was the voice acting not great this episode? Individual voices were cute and all but it sounded a bit like they were phoning it in… 

I won’t say I was dreading watching it, because it’s “fine”, it just doesn’t leave much of an impact as we’ve reiterated week-after-week–and this episode–expectedly was more of the same. It was pleasant enough while watching it but it didn’t really leave much of an impression. It’s the Akari of anime shows. Except Akari rocks and this show is, as you put it, “fine”. That seems like such a huge insult here.

Spoiler alert, they decide yes.

And for what it’s worth a lot happens in this episode, and yet quite a lot of it felt like it was just spinning its wheels–eating up air time to pad out to the 12 episodes while having as least amount of actual sports as possible. To be fair Matt, a lot of the shows we’ve watched together had that problem. They just had much better character models to distract us from it. But we’ve seen our share of fairly thin plots that got dragged out. I think the problem here is that nothing is particularly good.

There’s no stand out character, no beautiful art, not even someone to hate. Even the soundtrack is just kinda there. Without at least one element to rally around, the entire thing just seems particularly aimless.

Baseball is serious!

The girls face their biggest opponent yet–bureaucracy and budgeting! They need more money to be able to partake in a tournament (for gear and stuff), but they need to be certified as a club to get money. But standing in their way is a woman (I don’t actually know who this woman is, is she like a vice principal or head teacher? Do they actually say in the episode). But the girls rally behind their club advisor (whose name I’ve also forgotten) and they collect some signatures from their classmates and all is well by the end of the episode! I think vice principal….don’t quote me. You know, and this is probably just because I’m an enormous nerd, but I kind of liked this. Seeing a bit o the behind the scenes of school clubs and their administration. I don’t know… You usually only get a very superficial mention of budgets or what it means to be an official club and seeing how it comes together, paperwork and all, it made it seem more realistic. I know it’s weird. I like the teacher character but keep forgetting she exists (there’s a pattern here) so I was glad we got to see her more.

Also, both of them were blushing when the budget proposal came together, like some deep yuri romantic scene and I thought that was hilarious.

I think Irina sees Yuri where I don’t, either that I was just bored by this part.

It’s worth mentioning we meet a bunch new female classmates who all look a hundred times more interesting than our core cast of characters–I’m guessing these are characters from the mobile game, hence why they have crazy hairstyles and accessories. They only appear for a few seconds each so it’s clear this is just fan-service (the “non-sexy kind) for players of the mobile game. I loved pompadour girl. I want her to get her own show!

Best girl of the whole show only has 1 line of dialogue.

Speaking of “non-sexy” there’s a weird moment where Ayaka (the girl who goes ‘nya’ a lot) sprays the other girls and their teacher with a hose while their tending to the sunflowers and everyone gets all wet and they laugh and I’m like is this suppose to be fan-service or is this just showing them having light-hearted fun? Either way it was pretty awkward, but that could be down to the animation being mediocre again too… I literally wrote down wet t-shirt fail in my notes. If you haven’t seen this episode, whatever you’re imagining, it was less sexy than that. I don’t even think it was meant as sexualized – just goofy and cute. But the voice acting was weird. As for the art quality, I think it was fine in this scene. There were some moments in the teacher’s lounge tough, that were just a complete mess.


The only part of the episode that stood out was when Ayaka (who’s also a budding reporter along with being part cat) regails the girls (but mostly the audience) with the history of women’s baseball in Japan. I did like that they weren’t afraid to mention how unfair it was and how hard it was for women’s baseball to be officially recognised and supported–even if the way this information was imparted to the audience was incredibly dry. Girls couldn’t have high school baseball teams before 1995, because the sport was considered “too extreme” for girls. 1995! I was alive then! And we are not talking professional here or anything. High School!?! Crazy… I know mysterious possibly vice principal lady said it was an expensive sport, that may have something to do with it, but still. And how expensive could it be? More than hockey? I doubt it! You need to create ice!

It was a long road, but they got there. (Assuming all this stuff was actually true)

I feel like I may have gotten off track here. Wha were we saying? Something about how basketball seems cost efficient? Even better, dodge ball. No hoop or net needed, they should play that instead.

And that’s more or less the episode, I can’t say I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the ‘big game’ they’re going to play (eventually) but maybe it’ll prove worth the wait and give us some exciting anime! I hope we get to see the seedy underbelly of high school sports. Parents paying for their untalented kids to get a spot on the team, vice principal lady funnelling off the bribes to fund a rival boys team in the school. A high school set racketeering crime drama. It’ll be grand!

Maximum derp.

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review
Striking Out – Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review

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10 Best Waifu’s of Spring 2019 Anime

My 10 Best Waifu’s of the Spring 2019 Anime season


The seasonal tradition of counting down the best waifu’s of the season continues! In previous seasons I’ve struggled to narrow down the sheer wealth of waifus down to just 10 but there was something ~lacking~ about this season that meant I had no problem finding 10 girls for the list. Somewhat a mixed blessing as it made for a rather straightforward decision process! Here we go counting down the 10 Best Waifu’s of Spring 2019 Anime!

~Number 10~
Akane Ukita from ‘Cinderella Nine’

I mean sure, this image is from the mobile game, but unlikely are you going to find a pic of her this cute from the anime! (Spoiler alert, the anime is cheap looking)

Interminably shy, insecure but still high-spirited nonetheless. Aside from being physically cute (where can I get a hoodie with cat ears?!) watching her slow but steady rise from inexperienced at baseball to… adequate(?) is a level of adorable-ness all of its own!

~Number 9~
Mio Shimazu from ‘YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World’

She looks rather plain considering my usual waifu choices but she’s got a certain charisma about her personality that’s irresistible.

Sometimes a waifu is more than just looks, you know? Okay, I don’t know what I’m talking about either but as far as ‘YU-NO’ goes there’s no shortage of attractive girls (and women) but for some reason I found myself drawn to substitute teacher Mio above all others and I’m not even sure why.

~Number 8~
Tohru Honda from ‘Fruits Basket (2019)’

*tadaima intensifies*

Speaking of “wholesome and kind-hearted”, few girls in anime embody everything that’s wonderful about the fairer sex than Tohru Honda. And while I still have issues with the show itself, its hard to fault this ‘Fruit Baskets’ protagonists embodiment of love and light.

~Number 7~
Ao Horie from ‘Ao-chan Can’t Study!’

She’s got stunning eyes, hey her eyes are up there! Where are you looking?!

She’s a complex girl who’s forever battling her own disgust for her fathers’ career (he’s an erotic novelist) while trying to reconcile her own burgeoning feelings of lust for the hot boy at school who is endlessly (but insufficiently) perusing her. Basically she’s DTF but too proud to admit it, and that makes her endlessly adorable. Also she’s got an amazing body and beautiful eyes.

~Number 6~

She’s a strong independent toy!

I wouldn’t mind “toying” with all the 1/6 scale girls in this show but for me it’s the fantasy-series derived tsundere Bellnoa who captures my attention. She’s stoic and proper, but cute and cheeky when she needs to be.

~Number 5~
Hikari Hazakura from ‘Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?’

Not see-through enough… guess we’ll have to wait for the uncensored version…

Before she’d even spoken a word–just seeing her in the OP–I knew Hikari would be my best girl (woman?) from ‘Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?’, she’s tanned, she’s genki… yep that’s pretty much my checklist checked off for the perfect anime girl. Also, ~nice oppai~!

~Number 4~
Nako Sunao from ‘Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu’

And that tiny mole below her eye too, *chefs kiss*.

As a character, none are better in ‘Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu’ than the title character of Bocchi herself. But when it comes to the serious business of picking a waifu its her first (and best?) friend Nako who wins my heart. She’s a misunderstood “tough-girl” with a heart of gold and a wry sense of humour–what’s not to love?!

~Number 3~
Senko from ‘The Helpful Fox Senko-san’


The thing about Senko-san is she’s #theperfectwoman by design, which kind of feels like cheating. I mean Senko herself literally describes herself as the protagonists “wife” and “mother”–which aside from the obvious awkward Oedipus connotations–is basically what every man (apparently) looks for in a partner. Oh and she’s an 800 year-old loli fox girl, so you double perfect.

~Number 2~
Sicily von Claude from ‘Wise Man’s Grandchild’

She makes a great first impression.

The comparisons to Aqua from ‘Konosuba’ are inevitable but they should stop at the superficial because Sicily is a wholesome, pure princess without compare. She’s kindness and joy and sincerity and beauty in a single well endowed package! And if that’s not the makings o f a top tier waifu then I don’t know what is!

~Honourable Mention~
All the top waifu’s from ‘Isekai Quartet’

Look at all these adorable, silly, crazy, stupid girls (in that order).

So ‘Iskeai Quartet’ brings together 4 separate anime series’ each with at least a couple (if not a lot) of cute girls and smushes them together for comedic shenanigans. And likewise amongst the “smush” is a whole lot of top tier waifus sharing screen time together! Rem from ‘Re:Zero’, Shalltear from ‘Overlord’ and Darkness and Aqua from ‘Konosuba’, All worthy of a spot, but let’s face it, this is a short-form comedy spin-off so we’ll save individual mentions for their inevitable sequel seasons!

~Number 1~
Takemoto Uruka from ‘We Never Learn!’

She’s perfect.

Y’all know how I like those tanned, genki girls right? I’ve made no secret of the fact that those two factors add up to winning best girl potential. So let me not undersell the fact that Takemoto from ‘We Never Learn!’ is potentially the pinnacle of tanned, genki girls. She exists within the framework of her tropes but showcases such nuanced characterisation and growth throughout the show that she’s without compare. Also, those tanlines… I’m gonna need a minute to recuperate.


And that’s this seasons’ list! I’d love to know which waifu’s made your favourite list this time so let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!

Previous Best Seasonal Waifu Lists:

10 Best Waifu’s Of Winter 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s Of Spring 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s Of Summer 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s of Fall 2018 Anime
10 Best Waifu’s of Winter 2019 Anime

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Striking Out – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 6 Review

Striking Out – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 6


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Back at it again with the baseball girls, only more of an emphasis on “drama” and “relationships” and “character building” than actual sports in this episode.  I like how you added in “this episode”.

Basically, the girls have exams coming up which means studying is going to have to take priority over training. This is Tsubasa’s edict–something that Tomoe isn’t particularly happy with because she knows she can do both and as somewhat of the weakest link on the team needs to keep training so she can be better. I understand that Tsubasa has to focus on her studies since she’s likely to fail everything even without distractions but I wasn’t all that certain why it was applied across the board. Mind you skipping a few practices isn’t the end of the world either.

*dumb genki intensifies*

Tomoe finds a quiet place to train and bumps into Jinguji from the school they played their practice match against, Tomoe begs her to help her train and she obliges only for two of her teammates to see her and tattle on her to Tsubasa. The two have an argument and then stop talking to each other as a result. And I’ll admit, at first I kind of rolled my eyes at how abruptly and explosively Tsubasa reacted–almost like Tomoe was cheating on her or something. Well she was but Tsubasa was withholding the good stuff so…you know… a girl has needs.

Is it hot in here or is it just me?

But as the episode went on I kinda understood where the two of them were coming from–if nothing else this episode sold this ‘temporary’ bust up between the two girls and tied it to baseball surprisingly well. I’m sure you’ve seen something like this in other sports anime, Irina, how did you think they pulled it off? Um. Well I do understand both of their points of view o in that sense yes but their reactions were pure nonsense. Then again it could have been that time of the month or something. You remember Scorching Ping Pong Girls? That show had some early manufactured drama with the jealousy arc that was much more effective. I really liked that show. I should stop comparing these more sports anime to it.

I kinda wish someone slapped someone. The way Tsubasa was acting certainly made it felt like that was an option!

I kinda liked the character if Jinguji (I keep reading that as Jumanji–is that racist?) even though she came off as sort of snooty it kind of showed the difference between our girls and girls who are taking the baseball seriously–like career seriously. I also really like her. I hope they actually develop her but I feel like they won’t have time. Most of our team is still pretty 2 dimensional so we can’t be putting effort into secondary minor antagonists/support roles.

I’m going to bet we’re not going to get anywhere near nationals in the span of this season, just a hunch…

The other girls were mostly relegated to the sidelines (literally) and so this episode more was about two girls who were already best friends–reassessing their relationship in the shadow of a game that maybe doesn’t have a place for words like “best friend”. Though I’d argue that a lot of these girls aren’t taking it as serious as Tsubasa and Tomoe are so it seems kinda half-hearted. That said I did shed a tear when Tsubasa had her little breakdown and Tomoe went in for the big hug. Good emotion.


All-in-all, kind of a slow episode but it was pretty good. Anything else to add Irina? I had a tough time staying awake through it to be honest. The art was a little wonky now and then. I’ve been trying to find an “appropriate” or at least not “horribly insensitive and offensive” way to say that in some scenes the girls looked like they got spontaneous down syndrome because the proportions were completely off. I did not find a way. Matt you should probably censor this heavily. Is this what you had in mind? Probably not… lol

Don’t look too closely at their faces!

We are halfway through the season but I must say, it feels like not much has happened. I’m starting to agree with you when you say that the only reason to watch this show is because you have to for reason outside of your control. And if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, then I don’t know what is! Join us next week on Irina’s site for Episode 7!

Kudos to the person doing the subtitles for this episode, they even smudged the subtitles when Tsubasa’s tears dropped on the page!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review

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Spring 2019 Anime – Midseason Review

A Rundown of my thoughts on the Spring 2019 Anime at the Midseason point


Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. Firstly, apologies for the lack of content on the blog recently. The reason for the lack of content, well it’s mostly general annoyance with WordPress as a platform–as well as being banned from gaining revenue from Google AdSense because apparently my site is “adult”. The latter of which I felt particularly angered about as I’d just renewed my domain plan with WordPress when I found out about the ban and so now am $144 out of pocket and stuck with a site that can’t earn me any money back to pay for the hosting fees! Anyway, that’s not really what this post is about… despite the lack of blogging activity I am still watching anime and for those interested I thought I’d share my thoughts with the shows so far since we’re halfway through the season!

The Anime I’m Liking Way More Than I Thought I Would


‘Wise Man’s Grandchild’ on the surface looks like a rather ordinary isekai but where this show succeeds above other similar shows is its levity, it’s almost parody-level awareness of the genre’s tropes, while still retaining a compelling plot and charismatic characters both main and side.

The Anime That’s Taking Its Time And That’s Probably A Good Thing?

Shit gets real, it just takes a while.

It has a long title and a 26 episode stint and while we’re only at Episode 6 (as the time of writing this) ‘YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love At The Bound Of This World’ isn’t rushing its story. Good thing too since it’s based on an apparently complex and lengthy visual novel. While the show remains strong, interesting and at times even agonisingly dramatic and risk-taking–it also seems like the kind of show that would benefit from a binge-watch rather than the trickle of information each weekly instalment gives us.

The Anime That Is Pure Fanservice (And Not The Sexual Kind)

You better believe Darkness likes being called “that thing there”.

Bringing together characters from four different, already popular isekai anime could be a recipe for laziness but thankfully ‘Isekai Quartet’ is funny and savvy. And even though I’ve only watched two of the shows whose characters feature (Re:Zero and Konosuba) the show still is a whole lot of fun and occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious. But it’s strictly for fans of the shows its characters are from.

The Anime That Seems To Benefit From A Nostalgic Perspective


I never watched the original ‘Fruits Basket’ or read the manga so I had nothing to go-on going into this remake. And while it certainly has a lot going for it (emotional mother-daughter backstory to wring emotion from, interesting premise, large cast of colourful characters) it also has a lot that I dislike about it (problematic male characters, problematic gender roles, and other various issues that stem from both its genre and the source material’s age). Some people can overlook these issues and that’s fine, but I’ll always be kept at an arms length because of them–still it’s an enjoyable enough experience for me to keep watching till the end.

The Anime That’s Pure Fluff

Kawaii desu~!

Nothing wrong with a bit of comfy, fluff and this season’s “comfy fluff” comes in the form of ‘The Helpful Fox Senko-san’. Admittedly I’m not nearly as enamoured as a lot of people are (as evidenced by the crazy-high–for a show of this genre–MAL score) but it’s adorable and peaceful and sometimes that’s enough.

The Anime That’s Got Its Heart In Its Pants


Too often romantic-centric anime are either all horny or all emotion. Chalk that up to their intended audience perhaps but it’s refreshing to see a show like ‘Ao-chan Can’t Study!’ which balances these elements pretty deftly to deliver a show that’s both saucy and sweet.

The Anime That People Need To Stop Comparing To ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’!

I love these girls!

Like clockwork, nearly every anime season there’s a show that comes out and then the following season another show comes out with similar themes or concepts and everyone hurries to compare it to the show that came previously. Yes, ‘We Never Learn’ is a harem romantic comedy with a male student from a poor family tutoring a group of girls like last seasons’ ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’. But that’s where the similarities end, not only is ‘We Never Learn’ more charming and intimate but it’s also got a far more interesting female cast, oh and the manga came out 6 months before ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ so stop acting like ‘We Never Learn’ is somehow a rip-off/cash-in, okay?! /rant

The Anime That’s Fun–But Not Much Else…

“Thin volumes” ftw!

‘Amazing Stranger’ has a lot of potential in its premise–sort of an otaku-Toy Story except with more lewds. And while I do find myself enjoying every episode for its own merits, it’s also (unfortunately) kind of forgettable.

The Anime That Deserved Better

No comment.

It’s a weird sentence to say but this 7-minute time-travel lolicon harem should have been a lot better than its execution! ‘Nobunaga teacher’s young bride’ is the kind of controversy baiting show that I gobble up–only this time the only person it seems to be “triggering” is the irlwaifu… As for my opinions on the show, at 7 minutes per episode there’s not enough time to even have a show worth defending and what is here is kinda cheap looking and rushed.

The Anime That Should Slow The Fuck Down

If super dramatic moped chases are your thing than this show has you covered!

As if to contrast this seasons’ ‘YU-NO’, ‘AFTERLOST’ is unrelenting in its narrative pace and almost belligerent at its introducing of new characters and plots upon subplots only for said characters (and said subplots) to be hastily wrapped up or truncated or elaborated upon needlessly. It’s a messy show but it needn’t have been this way, given a few more episodes between the ones we have and there’d almost have been a show worth recommending. But as it stands its just a fast-paced mess.

The Anime That Needs To Be Uncensored ASAP!

She could glare at me all day…

I hate censorship–and while I understand its purpose in the anime industry–it’s pretty egregious when an ecchi comes out that not only decides to censor a toilet bowl, a fully clothed chest rub and a consensual kiss(?)! ‘Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?’ is funny, its shenanigans are imaginative and sexy and it’s characters are all (so far) charismatic and enjoyable to watch. But the censorship… my god, the censorship is just borderline infuriating! *impatiently awaits the blu-ray version*

The Anime That I’m Only Still Reviewing Weekly Because It’s Part Of A Collab

“I’m generic! Haha!”

Of all the shows I ended up reviewing week-to-week it had to be the most ‘vanilla’ of anime. ‘Cinderella Nine’ isn’t by any means a bad show, it’s a perfectly fine viewing experience during the 23ish minutes its on. But after it’s over its almost like the show doesn’t exist because I don’t even think about it once until I’m watching it again next week. It makes very little impact and I doubt it ever will…

The Anime That’s (As of Writing This) My Anime of The Season

Big mood.

Calling an anime ‘anime of the season’ before its done can be troublesome–it’s backfired for me in the past more than a few times–but for me, nothing this season is better than ‘Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu’. On all fronts it’s pretty much flawless and Bocchi herself is my new spirit animal–which probably says more about me than I care to admit…

And those are my brief but specific thoughts on the anime I’m watching this season. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below and thanks for reading!

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