Ani-Monday: Something Old(-ish), Something New
What is happening, everybody?
Coming back at ya with another edition of Ani-Monday. Where I go over the anime that I’ve watched this past week. Then giving you some recommendations for series to check out.
No video this week, but I still watched some cool anime that I want to talk about. Some of which are ongoing series, and others are from past seasons. Without further ado, let’s get into it. First, some Fall season stuff.
Jujutsu Kaisen, Ep. 3
This series is quickly becoming my favorite of the season and already has my full recommendation as a must-watch.
Episode 3 introduced us to Nobara Kugisaki. The third first-year student at Jujutsu Tech along with Yuji Itadori and Megumi Fushiguro. During an impromptu trip to Tokyo Yuji and Nobara excited. Until they learn they’re only there to exorcise some curses at an abandoned building. Nobara shows off her special ability. Using cursed nails and a hammer to send surges of cursed energy into an enemy. Meanwhile, Yuji proves once again that he has some superhuman athletic ability. Bursting through a concrete wall without the use of cursed energy at all.
I don’t want to give too much away from this episode. Because this is a series that you REALLY need to see for yourself. The first couple episode start off slow and might not grab the viewer right away. But give it the “three-episode test”, and I think it’ll show you enough to want to hang around.
And take it from me, a reader of the manga. This series is about to blow a lot of people’s minds. Stay tuned.
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Ep. 3
This sequel to InuYasha just continues to hit me with some of that good nostalgia, and so far, it has not worn out. However, I don’t know how much longer that can continue before some plot development needs to happen and some of the questions need answered.
Episode 3 featured the three girls (Towa, Setsuna and Moroha) fighting off a centipede demon at the Higurashi shrine. The demon is eventually defeated, but it is later revealed that Setsuna had had her memories eaten by something called the Dream Butterfly. As such, she has no recollection of Towa or the fact that they are twin sisters.
Aesthetically, this series is doing what it can to appeal to the longtime InuYasha fans. The character designs, the musical score, a few reoccurring characters – all of which add to the nostalgia hit. As for the story, there are far more questions than answers at this point, and the series needs to start touching on some of those soon. Where is InuYasha and Kagome? Why did Sesshoumaru leave his daughters out in the forest to the point where one of them sought help from Kaede? Why don’t the girls seem to care that their parents are seemingly out of the picture?
I want to love this series because of my adoration of the original, and I think it’s far too early to mark this series as a pointless sequel with no direction. But I just hope we get an idea of what direction it will have within the next few episodes.
Now for some series from other seasons that I started this past week…
Before I talk about this, I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of the manga this series is based on. After reading past where the anime left off, I decided to finally start watching the anime to see if it can live up to the manga’s greatest. So far, so good.
The story mainly focuses on Thorfinn, the son of a legendary Jomsvikings fighter Thors. After Thors is killed by the eccentric Askeladd and his troupe, Thorfinn is taken in by Askeladd and raised to be a fearsome fighter. Thorfinn grows up and follows Askeladd’s orders for the sole purpose of avenging his father by dueling and killing Askeladd.
That is a bare-bones description of Vinland Saga’s plot, but truth is the story goes far deeper than I can describe in just a few short paragraphs. Bottom line: I’m going to watch more of Vinland Saga, and you should, too. (Or read the manga. Either way, you can’t go wrong.)
This is a series that I’d heard good things about for a few months now and couldn’t really find the time to sit down and watch. This past week, I finally checked out the first episode to see if the hype behind this was justified.
When Kazuya Kinoshita is abruptly dumped by his first-ever girlfriend after a month, he falls into a state of depression (and *ahem* horniness). To cope with the pain, he decides to download an app called Diamond, a service offering a selection of girls who will go on dates with him for a price. Kazuya “rents” Chizuru Mizuhara, and they go out on a pair of dates.
Finding the whole thing shallow and emotionally hollow, Kazuya is about to completely break things off with Chizuru when his grandmother suddenly collapses, and he is called to the hospital. Kazuya takes Chizuru with him to the hospital, where Kazuya’s family is ecstatic upon seeing that he actually has a girlfriend.
Not wanting to disappoint his folks, Kazuya continues renting Chizuru to keep up appearances. The two soon learn that not only do they attend the same school, they are also next-door neighbors at their apartment complex.
I haven’t gotten far into this series yet, but I can already see why it has gotten the high marks that it has. The first episode gave me some genuine laughs, something that not all “comedy” anime are able to do. Needless to say, I will be continuing this series and covering it in future articles.
That’s it for this week’s Ani-Monday! Any thoughts on these shows? Got any other anime recommendations? Leave those in the comments below and check back every Monday for new anime reviews and takes!