My Anime Viewing Journal #1

Today I would like to write about the anime series I’ve been watching over the past few months, some quick thoughts on them and whether or not I recommend them! This list will be a mix of classics as well as currently airing shows. So, without further ado, lets get started!

Back in September I picked up The Vision of Escaflowne on DVD from the Anime Limited stall at MCM Comic Con Scotland. This is a massively popular mecha/fantasy series that first aired in 1996, but I hadn’t seen it until recently. The pacing is slow at times but its a fun watch that does romance well and has a beautiful soundtrack. 7/10.

Another old anime I got round to watching is Full Metal Panic!, seasons 1-3. I bought the Blu-Ray releases and watched the English dub. I love it when anime gets political, and this series provides the perfect mix of epic fights, high school comedy, military madness and governmental woes. It sounds like a weird mix, and the story is nothing spectacular, but it made me laugh and it would make a solid introduction to anime. 8/10.

A more recent watch is Planet With; a 2018 scifi anime available for streaming on Crunchyroll. This is okay, has some unique ideas and is one of those shows that at first makes you question whether the protaganist is a hero or villain. Full of CG animation which is pretty hit or miss, and the art is very bright. Good enough to keep me interested, but not enough to have a lasting impact. 6/10.

For shows that aired in the Fall 2018 season, I watched Goblin Slayer (CW: disturbing scenes), Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Zombieland Saga and Skullface Bookseller Honda-san, and can recommend them all.

Currently, I’m watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Boogiepop and Others, The Promised Neverland, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Kaguya-sama: Love is War and Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka.

What have you been watching?

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