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Koi to Uso

Genre Tags: Drama, Romance, School

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: In a futuristic society, Japan has implemented a complex system referred to as “The Red Threads of Science” to encourage successful marriages and combat increasingly low birthrates. Based on a compatibility calculation, young people at the age of 16 are assigned marriage partners by the government, with severe repercussions awaiting those who disobey the arrangement. For Yukari Nejima, a teen that considers himself average in every way, this system might be his best shot at living a fulfilling life.

However, spurred by his infatuation for his classmate and long-time crush, Misaki Takasaki, Yukari defies the system and confesses his love. After some initial reluctance, Misaki reciprocates his feelings in a moment of passion. Unfortunately, before the two can further their relationship, Yukari receives his marriage notice. He is then thrown into a confusing web of love and lies when his less-than-thrilled assigned partner, Ririna Sanada, becomes fascinated with his illicit romance.

Plot Rating:  8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 7/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you liked Kuzu no Honkai, you’d probably like this too.

General Comments: Watching the first few episodes of this immediately will give you a sense of deja vu if you watched Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish) as the basic theme is similar, but Koi to Uso is by no means a copy cat. Koi to Uso has a very unique plot that I actually found interesting, but it’s complicated relationship dynamics is where the real comparison lies.Where Kuzu had a love triangle, this had more of a love square. I kind of liked it though, because it kind covered all sides of the love spectrum. There’s a guy who likes a guy, a girl who likes a guy and a girl and a girl and a guy who like each other, but the guy also likes another girl. It’s a complicated messy web just the same, but where they really start to diverge is the finale. Where Kuzu had a more bittersweet ending, Koi had more of a an open ending. This wasn’t surprising considering the circumstances and I may even say I liked it, except there is one problem that it also shares with Kuzu. The openly gay character always draws the short end of the stick.

Overall, I found Koi to Uso a good treat for my romantic cravings, but as a whole, I liked Kuzu no Honkai more and thought it was far superior. Koi isn’t a bad watch though, so if you like romantic dramas, definitely give it a go.

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Princess Principal

Genre Tags: Action, Mystery

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: The stage is set during the 19th century London, in its capital where a wall divides the east and west of the Kingdom of Albion. Five high school girls, who enrolled in the prestigious Queens May Fair School, are involved in spy activities that involve disguise, infiltration, car chase, and more. These girls take advantage of their special abilities and fly around the shadow world.

Plot Rating: 9/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 11/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like the idea of Steampunk Spy Girls being Bad@ss, yes!

General Comments: Honestly, PriPri is probably the most underrated anime this season. It probably got overshadowed by the other great things this season and while I can admit that it’s technically not above certain other shows this season, it was the most unique, original and enjoyable. However, this is an opinion that can be nothing less than subjective as it is for me and my absolute adoration for it comes down to three basic things. It’s got a Military/Spy theme, it’s got badass moe girls and it’s got yuri. Those who know me know shows with these three things are like catnip to me and adding in the steampunk ascetic and an interesting story, I’m in love. This is my number one of the season on a personal level, but I’m sure that there are other shows that are technically the best of the season (Made in Abyss). PriPri isn’t perfect technically speaking, but personally I can’t get enough and I’ll be singing it’s praises for quite a while. I pray it’ll have a second season soon. If you liked Izetta, you will love this too, as it’s similar. So I highly recommend it, but if you’re of the type who dislikes a female-centric plot with no male MC, stay away.

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Made in Abyss

Genre Tags: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 13

Synopsis: The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

Plot Rating: 9/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating:  9/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 9/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Absolutely! No questions asked.

General Comments: Every season, there’s that one anime that not many people pay attention to at first, but then it has an amazing premier and keeps getting better as it goes, to end with a stunning finale and becomes the dark-horse of the season. Yes, Made in Abyss is it. It blew any expectations I had far out the water and might be one of the best anime I’ve seen of it’s kind. It’s literally a masterpiece and I can’t find fault in anything it’s done, except perhaps the over sexualization of children in parts, but even that can be forgiven when the remaining content and the plot is that amazing. The feels were strong in this one and there may be moments not for the feint hearted, but it’s not so much so that it can’t be enjoyed. Although the season wrapped things up in a nice bow, I really hope we’ll see it continue on in a second season, as I’m not ready to ascend from the depths of the abyss just yet. Please watch this show, you won’t regret it.

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New Game!!

Genre Tags: Slice of Life, Comedy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: ​It has been a year since Aoba Suzukaze started working at the Eagle Jump game company. In that time, she and her eccentric coworkers in the character design department have worked hard to release the company’s newest game: Fairies Story 3. With their latest title now complete, a new project must begin—starting with a contest to decide the character designs for the upcoming game. Through hard work, dedication, and some guidance from the previous character designer, Kou Yagami, Aoba wins the contest and begins her new role as lead character designer.

However, her new job is not an easy one. In addition to having extra work and longer hours, Aoba questions whether she is the right fit for the job. New Game!! continues as Aoba overcomes her inexperience with the help of her friends and coworkers, willing to face any challenge to make Eagle Jump’s newest creation, a cutesy game called Peco.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 9/10

Progression Rating:  8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you loved the first season, you’ll really love this one, so yes!

General Comments: Our favorite game developers are back and boy were they missed. The Eagle Jump team returns with their unique personalities and hilarious hijinks, but with even more vigor. However, the comedy wasn’t the only thing they amped up, but the feels as well. Where the first season was more focused on comedy and getting to know the team, this season was focused on actual game making and the conflicts that come with it, therefore making it a more serious season. There was one moment in particular this season involving Aoba and a certain competition she was involved in that made my heart hurt as I could wholeheartedly relate to the struggle and her grief.

It wasn’t all serious however, and we also had several new characters to meet, though I will say perhaps at the cost of development for some of the veterans. There was more drama this season as well, but it was offset with the increase in romantic subplots. That’s not the focus of the show of course, but I can safely say that at least one of the favorite ships sailed and more are highly likely to in the future. Overall, the second season was even better than the first in several ways and I really hope we’ll get a third.

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Kakegurui

Genre Tags: Game, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, School, Shounen, Drama

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Unlike many schools, attending Hyakkaou Private Academy prepares students for their time in the real world. Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others. By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like. But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people. Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school. Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like psychological game anime with crazy characters, for sure!

General Comments: This was probably the craziest anime of the season, figuratively and literally. I think the main guy might be the only sane character who isn’t a total gambling psycho. However, the craziest thing of all, is that it’s the insane gambling ladies, namely the lead lady herself, Yumeko, who makes the show that amazing. They could have had a standard anime about the art of gambling, but the sheer insanity of the activity and how much of an obsession it can actually be makes it much more interesting. You can truly feel the obsession of the compulsive gamblers and you can’t look away because every game pulls you in. The real star of the show is truly Yumeko however and she is reason alone to watch. She’s a gambling mastermind and watching her epic take-downs are the most exhilarating and savage things you’ll see this season.

As good as the anime is, I highly suggest reading the manga, as it’s that much better.

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Re:Creators

Genre Tags: Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 22

Synopsis: Humans have designed countless worlds—each one born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be such a creator by writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported into a fierce fight scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes something is amiss: the anime’s headstrong heroine, Celestia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him.

Before long, other fictional characters appear in the world, carrying the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless brawler, and many others now crowd the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious one is a woman in full military regalia, dubbed “Gunpuku no Himegimi,” who knows far more than she should about the creators’ world. Despite this, no one knows her true name or the world she is from.

Meanwhile, Souta and Celestia work together with Meteora Österreich, a calm and composed librarian NPC, to uncover the meaning behind these unnatural events. With powerful forces at play, the once clear line between reality and imagination continues to blur, leading to a fateful meeting between creators and those they created.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: This is so meta for creators, I think it should be a requirement for them. For regular viewers however, it depends on if you’re ok with dialogue heavy shows and world building between the action.

General Comments: Re: Creators probably had the most interesting plot of all the anime this season. It featured a kind of creatorception, where created worlds and characters entered the world of their own creators. It’s fascinating, because what creator would ever imagine meeting their fictional creation? It makes you wonder, what would you do? Would they maintain their created personalities, or can they develop their own will and motivations? Can they live apart from the world you have crafted for them? All of these questions and concepts are explored in this series and it’s done in a very interesting, unique and almost perfect way. There are so many layers to the concept, it almost blows your mind, especially once the climax hits. It’s honestly an experience you must see for yourself. I especially encourage any type of creator, be it writer, artist, game developer and so on, to watch this anime, as it will really offer a unique perspective on your craft and the deeper significance it can hold. The pace is a bit slow moving and their is a lot of world building and storytelling, but it’s all worth it for the pay off in the finale.

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Gamers!

Genre Tags: Comedy, Romance, School

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: This is a story that revolves around certain students and one hobby. Amano Keita is our lonely protagonist who has a passion for gaming and is friends with Uehara Tasuku, who is secretly a fellow gamer and is someone who believes his life is perfect. We also have Karen Tendou, the club president of the video games club and Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly bickers with Keita. This is a story filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. Our chaotic romantic comedy now begins!

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like RomComs focused around the lives of gamers, yes!

General Comments: This anime was amazing in how funny it turned out to be. I watched it simply because it was going to feature gamers and seemed interesting, but it exceeded my initial expectations. It turned out to be the most hilarious show I’ve seen this season, with gold level comedic timing in the jokes and characters with very distinct personalities. Seeing those personalities interact is what makes it so funny. The constant references to games and the struggles of a gamer was so relatable to gamers and self-proclaimed nerds like myself, that it couldn’t help but be a hit among them. My only complaint is that the finale was a bit underwhelming and didn’t resolve certain plot points. I pray we’ll get a second season, because I’d love to see more of those gaming dorks and their awkward romantic adventures.

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Genre Tags: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Young love—it takes many unique and fascinating forms that flourish as children begin to mature into adults. From being unable to confess to not knowing what real love actually feels like, various obstacles can arise when learning about romantic attraction for the first time. But underneath all that, young love is something truly beautiful to behold, leading to brand new experiences for those young and in love

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you love romance and comedy, for sure!

General Comments: This was the definition of short and sweet anime. At just 12 minutes an episode and in a 4-koma format, we got a series of skits featuring the various couples and their awkward interactions. It was simple, but executed well such that you could never be bored and would be left wanting more. Some couples were more successful than others at their aspiring romantic exploits, but there were none who you could dislike. I’d love to have another season or more, because it’s got the formula that gives it an easy longevity.

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Isekai Shokudou

Genre Tags: Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: At the bottom floor of the building with a dog signboard, in the shopping district near the office street, there lies a cafeteria called “Youshoku no Nekoya,” that has an illustration of a cat on the door. It’s been open for fifty years and has satisfied various salarymen from nearby offices. Despite it being called a Western cuisine cafeteria, it also provides other varieties of menus. For the people of this certain world, it’s their one-and-only special cafeteria.

There is, however, one secret to “Nekoya.” The cafeteria is closed to the public every Saturday in order to make way for special guests. When a bell rings, customers from different places of birth and races appear who ask for mysterious and delicious dishes. They are actually the same dishes served to the salarymen, but these special guests find them to be more exotic than to what they are used to. As the cafeteria aims to serve masterpieces, it is usually referred as “Isekai Shokudou.”

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating:  8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you want a peaceful, easy going anime focusing on the love of food, yes.

General Comments: This was a surprisingly enjoyable show this season. It’s really simple, yet it never bored me. I loved meeting new and interesting characters each week and discovering the new dishes they’d come to love. It was a bit like the easy going counterpart of food wars, without the foodgasms and fierce competition. The characters were all great and the flow was well executed. The best advice I can give is, don’t watch when you’re hungry.

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Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

Genre Tags: Action, Samurai, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 13

Synopsis: The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga. As the fate of history lies in these hero’s hands, what meets the blade is yet to be uncovered…

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 10/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like slow-paced action and fantasy or watched Hanamuru, yes.

General Comments: So, this show was the action counterpart of Touken Ranbu: Hanamuru Days. It featured new characters mostly, with an addition appearance of one or two characters we saw in the previous series. This series was certainly more action than it’s predecessor, but it was slow-moving. I found it hard to remain attentive at times because things seemed to move so slowly, but towards the later half of the series, things picked up and got more interesting as well as more feelsy. Undeniable however, is that the animation was amazing as only Ufotable can be and the sword boys were a fujoshi’s paradise. The Bishounen characters and implicit BL between certain characters were still the biggest draw, at least for me. I’m not sure if I’d have enjoyed it quite as much without those aspects, but it was definitely an enjoyable series overall.

 

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