November 30, 2020

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Ani-Monday: This is About to Get Good

What is happening, everybody?

Once again it’s that day of the week where I give you a quick little anime fix with the weekly Ani-Monday!

This week, I’ll cover more of the series I’m watching for the Fall season. As well as giving you a recommendation for a really great anime that you may not have watched before.

So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Jujutsu Kaisen, Episode 5

Episode 4 left us on a cliffhanger, with Sukuna seemingly taking full control of Yuji’s body. And about to raise some hell after coming face-to-face with Megumi. Sukuna makes the insane choice of ripping Yuji’s heart out of his chest. Meaning, Yuji would surely die if he tries to take back control of his body. What follows is a ridiculously crazy fight scene, which Sukuna sends Megumi flying across the city. Smashing into however many buildings happen to be in his path.

Toward the end of the fight, Megumi manages to get through to Yuji. Who regains control and thanks Megumi before collapsing and dying. But is he really dead?

Aside from that, we got introduced to a few new characters from the Jujutsu Tech school in Kyoto. (One of those is a talking panda, by the way.) They come to talk to Megumi and Nobara and invite them to be a part of the goodwill event between the two tech schools.

With this episode, the first arc of the story is nearly complete, and we’re about to head into the Goodwill Event arc. For the record, this is the arc from the manga that officially got me on board with this series. Meaning, I think it’s very, very good. If you are watching the anime and on the fence about whether to continue watching, I highly suggest that you do. Because we’re about to see some crazy good stuff.

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Episode 5

Towa, Setsuna and Moroha finally return to Feudal Japan, although the annihilation of Root Head makes any return to the Modern Era uncertain. Through Moroha’s escapades, it is learned that a demon called Jakotsumaru is trying to revive his father Tokotsu, a member of a band of demons known as the Four Pearls (No doubt related to the pearls that our heroes possess.)

Towa and Setsuna are hired to attack Jakotsumaru as well, and so the three girls meet up again to try and take down their foe. Jakotsumaru succeeds in reviving Tokotsu, an enormous bone-eating demon, which causes a bit of a hassle for the three. However, Moroha dons a mysterious rouge which gives her the powers of the Great Dog-Demon and, using a couple of her dad’s signature attacks, she destroys Jakotsumaru and deals major damage to Tokotsu. She then falls asleep – apparently a side effect of using the rouge – leaving Towa and Setsuna to finish off Tokotsu.

In this episode, we got a little closer to understanding these strange but powerful pearls and where they came from. We also got more callbacks to the original InuYasha series, with Myoga the flea making an appearance and Setsuna referencing a word of advice given to her by Miroku. Still a lot more questions than answers, but I feel like this series is on the right track. It’ll all depend on where we go from here and how quickly we can get there.

And now, my ANIME RECOMMENDATION OF THE WEEK!!

Steins;Gate

A ragtag group of young “mad scientists” experiment with the concept of time travel in their small apartment and attempt to make a time machine out of a microwave hooked to a cell phone. And it works? What?

That is the basic premise of the series, but it goes far, far deeper than that. Steins;Gate is, in no uncertain terms, the best science fiction anime I have ever seen. What starts off as just a bunch of nerds fiddling around with the fabrics of time and space quickly turns into a flat-out suspenseful, out-of-control roller coaster. With shocking twists and heart-wrenching moments that will have you screaming at your screen.

The pacing in the first few episodes is admittedly slow as world-building is set, and characters are established. Once you get through the first half, the second half contains some of the best storytelling you will ever see. There’s a reason why Hollywood was planning a live-action adaptation for the series before SOMETHING put the world on hold.

Bottomline, if you haven’t seen Steins;Gate, you are doing yourself an injustice. I don’t use this term lightly, but Steins;Gate is a bonafide masterpiece from start to finish, one that I guarantee will not disappoint.

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!

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