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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

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

My major fault with Violet Evergarden is the fact the show never hints as to what Violet actually is. Due to this omission I had a hard time trying to care for her as a character on a deeper level because my frame of reference was confused. My bullshit meter was through the roof too many times in regard to the backstory with Violet with her more physical accomplishments in battle. Not eating for prolonged periods of time and super human athletics in battle were some odd things the show kept pushing for a dainty 10-year-old girl. The writing casually shoves these scenes on the screen and wants me to take them for face value. If I do she’s not human, if I don’t she is. I’m trying to be reasonable, but the moment you put in pseudo sci-fi into the narrative you can’t just pretend it didn’t happen. Yes I am more than capable of letting some things go like her magical mechanical arms. The complaint is a bit petty, but my suspension of disbelief can only hold for so long in an anime that is trying extremely hard to want me to take its heavy themes seriously.

I like the overall emotional journey Violet goes through in trying to reach her end goal, but oh my some of these mini stories are terrible and rather pointless. I judged the episodes on how much they could make me cry despite knowing that some set ups were so clickbaity and cheap.

Rating: 7/10

Megalo Box

Megalo Box

A mature boxing story. I wanted the gear aspect pushed even more, but the twist a couple of episodes in was actually unexpected. However Joe’s cheeky decision hurts the overall true potential of the anime on the other direction it could have gone. So Megalo Box gets predictable to the end. The plot armor is also thick here as there should have been some straight up losses.

Also deciding to go with that straight out of the 1980s resolution look wasn’t something I ever agreed with.

There’s just better boxing anime out there already before seeing this one.

Rating: 7/10

SAO Alternative Gun Gale Online

SAO Alternative Gun Gale Online

If you were like me and thought the pink loli front and center was going to make for a terrible Sword Art Online story, just give it a little time. Once Karen’s back story was explained as to why she is portrayed the way she is in the game it was a smooth sailing of stupid fun to the end. Overall, incredibly dumb, but really funny. If only Fuka was introduced a tad earlier and things would have been even better.

Rating: 8/10

Record of Grancrest War

Record of Grancrest War

Week by week I gradually started to turn around on this anime. Sure the pacing is set to light speed with the story not giving you or itself any time to breathe as it pushes through storyline after storyline, but that’s really what I liked about it for better or for worse. I don’t know how this show managed to secure 24 episodes, but it knows that’s still not enough to cram the massive amount of story from the source material. Due to this the story never delves into fluff, something is always happening of importance. Halfway through things were settling into place and I began to like Theo’s grand adventure more and more. There are a ton of half-baked characters, but I can’t deny I enjoyed it on a weekly basis.

Rating: 7/10

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