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Harukana Receive

Harukana Receive

I was watching for research purposes of course. Honestly though, it’s only okay compared to the bigger sports shows. It’s as summer anime as you’re going to get.

Rating: 6/10

UQ Holder!

UQ Holder!

I stayed because the first episode was really really good and the characters were entertaining enough.

Rating: 6/10

Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara

The world building and the lore is so rich. However, the drama is a bit much at times though still well-earned. I think it should have been a tad shorter, but the unexpected story beats keep things fresh and interesting, especially the midway point. Oh and the show is beautiful on so many levels.

Rating: 8/10

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

There’s no magic here. A lifeless movie with a Ghibli art style. Mary’s English VA is mismatched. The music felt lacking and absent. The story is too slow to start and the general plot line too safe and predictable. The characters are plain and forgettable. Better luck next time for this new studio.

Rating: 5/10

Fate/Extra: Last Encore

Fate/Extra: Last Encore

This version of Saber is so upbeat and cheerful there is no way I could not like it. The story is whatever because it’s unfinished anyway, but the way Saber encourages and interacts with Hakuno is so enjoyable compared to the dreary and somber moods of the other Fate series.

Rating: 8/10

Darling in the FranXX

Darling in the FranXX

The last couple of episodes play out the long con that is Darling in the FranXX. While not expecting the most intellectual of writing from an anime with the most ridiculous mecha control scheme, what the show was doing for two-thirds of its run came off sincere enough for me to be invested in these characters. It’s these last episodes that explain the real big picture of what’s going on that pushes the story into overdrive towards the worst and dumbest way possible. You’re left watching Zero Two and Hiro doing nonsense while the real story with the rest of the more interesting cast has been left and long forgotten. Kill la Kill did something similar with its big reveal and I hated it there and I also hate it here.

Rating: 7/10

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