This show's premise is fine:
Man wakes up to find that he's the eighth son of an impoverished noble. He has no prospects and must find his own way in the world. A genre I am not tired of yet and watched each episode when it came out on Crunchyroll.
Yet choppy animation/terrible pacing, and it's an isekai for no discernible reason other than wow I miss Japanese food and need to introduce everyone around me.
Why am I even writing about the anime?
Born so late, he’s not promised to actually inherit anything, and the lead character has to go make their fortune on their own. The series isn’t terribly plot focused, and seems to focus more on the story of the lead character and his attempt to make a way in the world.
The main character seems to get everything handed to him on a silver platter. He’s had only a few problems in his life: first, he’s the eighth son and his family cares more about making sure their first son is happy than looking after him. Second, he spends so much time alone training that he loses all skills as far as socializing. He spends an entire episode trying to make friends with some of his classmates, and it’s easily the best one so far.
DON'T EXPECT IT TO BREAK THE MOLD but if your looking to kill time this could the anime for you
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease “Cagaster” turns people into giant murderous insects, this manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive. It kinda scratched that anime blue gender itch
Despite his appearance, Kaiman is a very cheerful character. He is like the mascot of the anime, even in the most desperate situations, he manages to entertain both himself and the viewers. But at the same time, when events come to the most serious point, he gets serious too and shows his fighting skills. On the other hand, Kaiman's best friend Nikaido is a more serious character than him. She is even more skilled fighter than Kaiman and has a very complicated backstory, but since this is a non-spoiler review I won't talk about it. But trust me, her backstory is really interesting.
Apart from Kaiman and Nikado, our other main characters are En Family, consisting of five people: En, Shin, Noi, Fujita and Ebisu. We meet with Fujita in the first scene of the anime when he and his partner fighting against our main duo. During this fight his partner dies, but before he dies, he opens a door to magic users' world and saves Fujita. After his partner's death, Fujita asks to En for help in revenge from Kaiman and Nikaido. In the following parts he meets Ebisu, who by chance falls into Kaiman's hands in Hole. After a short fight he saves Ebisu from Kaiman. Just like Kaiman, Ebisu is a character that we can count as the mascot of the Dorohedoro. In her fight with Kaiman, she loses all the skin on her face and (although her face is healed) she is slightly become a lunatic. Then we have fun while watching the funny things she does in this lunatic state.
Shin and Noi are partners working under En's order. This duo are the my favorite characters of Dorohedoro. Because they have a great harmony and their every scene has a perfect blend of comedy and action. Also their background stories are pretty well-written. Shin's background story reveals the bad aspects of Hole, showing how rotten both sides of Dorohedoro's world. Noi's background story shows although the things that she does are malicious, how kind hearted and unselfish the character is. In short, in Dorohedoro's world there are no characters who are absolute good or absolute evil, all the characters are in shades of gray, like the atmosphere that anime has.
Give this adaption a try as it's sure to pass time & fingers crossed for season two to come quickly!
I made it through Infinite Dendogram. Yes the main character is badly written, but a few others things make up for it. I didn't care what happened to Ray Starling, but I found all the other characters compelling, from Marie the alleged journalist to Hugo and Franklin to even Nemesis..
Another textbook example of a promised Isekai plot that was never utilized nor planned well, that sums up most LNs and the novelists in this day and age trying to break the SAO mold that sadly cannot be shaken. Looks like an anime to fill a status Que.... Watch it or browse it I only recommend if nothing else catches your interest. At times I wanted to fast forward but watching it with my partner and discussing what the production could of done added some fan fiction.
Starting out this journey like newbies, MC Ray Starling is the kind of newbie I would expect from being a total beginner, but the problem is that as he progresses he went from a rookie to a full-on if I speak it into existance... it will happen. Even as Embryo Nemesis (AI program) tracks his progress and becomes his sword (and shield if putting it literally). And everyone, I mean EVERYONE in this game, friends and foes alike, are just copy-paste cut-outs from similar shows we've seen time and time again, and communications with Ray are as simple as molasses (but of course, confusing and questioning to the newbie). I did like the pimp character with the succubus. Their story and skills were more interesting lol
The world is ruled by spirits, goblins, and all manner of strange creatures. Human beings are persecuted, to the very point of extinction. One day, a golem and a lone human girl meet. This is a record of the pair, one a member of a ruined race, the other a watchman of the forest. It tells of their travels together and of the bond between father and daughter, but the golem can only live for another year or so, he must find other humans in order to get her with her own race before he dies. Simple and relaxing feelsy show.
BOFURI as it is called due to it’s absurdly long title is a rather delightful show to watch. Yes, the fact that it’s another virtual reality Isekai may be a bit eye rolling, but it does help that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has a very light tone to the point that it can be considered slice-of-life, since it very much is. It basically looks into the life of a teenage girl as she has fun with her friends in the virtual space. The only thing making her stand-out from the crowd is that she naively Min-maxed a defense build that in turn led to her getting favorable results. Essentially she found a way to break the game and make herself drastically overpowered in a short amount of time. It amounts to very little aside from making boss fights and pvp tournaments very easy for her because in the end, it’s just a game..
This anime had me looking forward to each episode to see the madness Maple comes up with. I only suggest this anime as I fell in love with Syrup the Turtle & the enjoyable OP Maple becomes even though the admins try to nerf her skills.
Ascendance of a Bookworm is simply structured differently than most modern isekai. Myne is not a Chosen One. She has no great quest to achieve, no incredible destiny handed to her upon her rebirth. She's poor and lower-class in a world where social class is everything, so she can't buy her way out of trouble. She has no special powers beyond whatever knowledge she accumulated as Urano. If anything, her small size, lack of strength and tendency towards chronic fevers leaves her at a major disadvantage. All she has is her brains and determination, but that is enough to lift Myne out of her lowest moments and become the heroine of her own life.
There's something of a casual, lived-in pace to her story. Myne's quest for books is a long one with many steps, starting with her trying to figure out how to make various forms of paper. In the meantime, she learns about the world: her new family, the city around her, and the seasonal rhythms of peasant life. There's a great deal of emphasis on crafting, be it Myne's making simple comforts for herself or helping her family with things like candlemaking or making basic shampoo.
I found this anime after witnessing a short clip on crunchyroll where Myne (Spoiler) mana is used to get her & her parents out of a situation. After watching the first 3 episode it quickly became an anime I binged with my partner. I am looking forward to season 2 and ask for you to give it a try.
Vinland Saga Review: Thorfinn and Friends...? (Minor Spoilers)
By: Gari Chutney
Admist the plethora of isekai and harem anime that came out in Summer 2019, fans were blessed with a viking tale called Vinland Saga. As an avid manga reader, this title was always in my plan to read, among other fantasy type stories such as Berserk, Claymore, Vagabond, Blade of the Immortal, etc. You get the point. Seeing that it was finally get an anime adaptation brought me joy as I felt I was drowning myself in the isekai pool... *side eye to Wise Man's Grandchild*
Anyways, Vinland Saga is a pretty chill watch if you like vikings and Norse mythology. Furthermore, if you are someone who appreciates adventure type shows where the most important thing is watching the main protagonist grow and develop before your eyes in order to achieve their personal goal, this may be your show. Starting as a young child, Thorfinn has only known of a simple life. His father Thors, appears to be the paragon of love and compassion, probably something that would rub people from his former life the wrong way. Through a cowardly maneuver, Thors' past catches up to him and his son Thorfinn witnesses the very thing his father wanted to protect him from. Filled with vengeance, Thorfinn is forced to abandon his childlike innocence and grow up the hard way.
Though this season only covers one major arc in the manga, the anime serves as a great introduction and leaves the audience ready to head to the nearest B&N to purchase the first volume. My few critiques for the anime is that the pacing can be a bit slow at times and rushed at others. Also, regarding character death, I wasn't quite attached to any of the recurring characters that die. There's only a handful of characters that the anime tries to get the audience to invest in, so if they were to die, sadness would be evoked. However, what occurs in the anime is that characters who have relative importance but not enough to make me care, die and to me the scenes following such deaths are drawn out too long. Perhaps those deaths serve to shock the audience instead. I didn't suspect most of them and perhaps because of that, surprise was supposed to be the intended emotion rather than sadness. Either way, both critiques are rather shallow because once you finish the show, there is some pay off.
The Tale of Hyakkimaru and Dororo - A Tezuka Production
by: Gari Chutney
Osamu Tezuka, the Godfather of Anime, has certainly blessed us with the gift known as 'Dororo'. As part of the Winter 2019 simulcast, Tezuka Productions (partnered with Mappa Studio) released the series celebrating its 50th year since the first 1969 anime adaptation. Using current animating techniques coupled with a revamping of plot and storytelling, Dororo is a series that will impress most while possibly boring some.
First of all, who is Dororo? Dororo is an orphan child who hustles to get by. Fairly precocious and ambitious, Dororo often gets into the wrong kind of trouble. Eventually, Dororo encounters Hyakkimaru, a person without personality.
...And skin, and eyes, and limbs.
I wonder why the anime is called Dororo when Hyakkimaru's story is so intriguing. Hyakki is the first son of Daigo, samurai and lord of his land. Around the time of Hyakki's birth, the economy of Daigo's land and surrounding territories are suffering. Famine and war ensues, and people die when they are killed. Fed up with his citizens dying and crops failing, Daigo abandons his Buddhist beliefs and makes a pact with several demons to revitalize his land. In exchange for protecting his land, he sacrifices the livelihood of his newborn son. Hyakkimaru, literally a hollow being, is ripped from his mother's arms and tossed away.
What makes Dororo a fascinating anime has to be the various people that Dororo and Hyakkimaru encounter. Some stories stand as moral lessons while other stories will just leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Despite the polarity, with each fateful meeting, Hyakkimaru becomes closer to his goal, and quite honestly, it's worth the journey.
According to other fans, Dororo takes a hit when it comes to animation and story progression. Around halfway through, the quality drops and for some that is a deal breaker. In addition, compared to other anime that was currently airing during the Winter 2019 semester (Quintessential, Kaguya-sama, Shield Hero, etc.) the story line may appear to stagnate after awhile. To be honest, Winter 2019 had a lot of decent releases which would make committing to an episodic show like Dororo that much harder. All in all, watching Dororo is a great way to pass time and enjoy Tezuka's work. Would recommend if you enjoy action.