Just one winter show lingering on...

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3-gatsu no Lion 15-22! the end of season one. Yes! for another season this fall. Shimada and Gotou face off while Rei deals with some school attendance issues. And after Shimada wins, Rei joins his workshop. Shimada faces and loses against the current Meijin, Souya. Another season passes for Rei. Gotta love/hate relationship with the sports/game anime. Love that they lure you in with engaging characters only to have them lose. ~9/10 rating~ for a beautifully animated anime series that wasn't too much about shogi, but more about a young boy who seems to get stuck in a dark place in his head every once in a while. The supporting characters are well-developed the show does a superb job in showcasing their struggles and triumphs. I like that I can now identify the manga scenes in this 2014 Bump of Chicken Fighter music video.

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ACCA 3-12! the end. The king and prince are introduced in episode 3. There's a coup d'etat in episode 4, but not the one Jean is looking for. And he finds out that his friend was ordered to watch him and is okay with it; insert subtle BL. The pacing of this show is pretty slow, but it's intriguing and the show makes me hungry for sweets and breads. We learn about Nino and Jean's past in episode 8, but you could see the plot twist due to the color of Jean's hair. ~8/10 rating~ for a stylish, laid-back anime. I wish the production had been better, but it was one of the more unique shows to watch this season. From everyone's summary of this show before it aired, I was expecting it to focus on Jean's cigarettes. :/

Youjo Senki 4-7! The show concludes Tanya's back story as she gets her own battalion and trains them. And then catches up to episode 1's timeline. It gets a little tedious with all of strategy talk. While Tanya is an intriguing character, the show represents the war and the supporting characters rather poorly. Who is fighting who for what in particular is still unclear and at this point all the other characters are rather bland. Dropped.


ACCA 1-2! builds an interesting world where a monarch rules 13 independent districts. Jean works for ACCA as a sort of government auditor who inspects the various districts. Madhouse still produces top-notch, visually interesting animation and this fits that bill. The episodes are a little sleepy. A day in the life of Jean in an unreal world should be more interesting that it appears. Episode 2 introduces us to his best friend who is spying on him since his bosses think Jean is planning a coup d'etat. Each district seems to have its specialized food and oddities which makes this intriguing despite the slow pacing.



Youjo Senki 1-3! The first episode shows us a seemingly psychotic little girl, Tanya, who is the most powerful mage in the army...like seriously, if she can blow up the enemy like that, why are there so many non-magical ground troops? Anyway, it's a crazy anime, but the first episode spent a little too much time on the army leaders just standing around talking 'army stuff'. In episode 2, we see Tanya in her former life as a ruthless Japanese businessman who lays off an employee. The employee pushes him onto an oncoming train. At his moment of death, he converses with 'God' and God decides to see if he will learn faith...or something like that. He is reincarnated into a magical little girl in an alternate Europe-like world in the midst of war. She still retains his former life's memories and moves up the ranks quickly.



3-gatsu no Lion 12-14! I usually enjoy Yuki's anime pop songs, but her new song has a little too much autotune and cuts off oddly. We pick up after Rei has recovered from his flu. He starts a new competition and we get to see some new players. I continue to love the detail in the animation; they really try to make Chica Umino drawings come to life.



Tales of Zestiria the X 13-15! picks up where it left off with Sorey traveling with Rose. The episode focuses on her general likability amongst the people of hometown, and her darker side as an assassin. We learn a little about Dezel the wind seraph who is loyal to Rose. So far, the 2nd season is rather lackluster.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Saga 1! In the first episode of this season, Yukio heads off to pursue an exorcist-turned-demon who steals the Left Eye of the Impure King while Rin plus classmates go after the Right Eye in Kyoto. Hm, this is only mildly interesting despite the nicely animated episode. Other than Rin's cat, all the characters are stuck in a rather teenage-y drama. Dropped. Will not stick it out this season.

Spirit Pact 1! I would think that a Chinese-Japanese collaboration would be a tad more interesting, but this is pretty mediocre. A young pseudo-fortune teller gets hit and killed by a truck. He wakes up as a spirit, and a exorcist tries to recruit him because of his innate spiritual powers. I think this is trying to be a comedic version of Mirage of Blaze, but most of the jokes fail. The production was quite bad. Dropped.



Doukyuusei jmovie! was something I forgot to write about last year. It apparently was the first full-length BL anime movie shown in theaters....or that's what the internet says. Anyway, it's a standard boy-meets-boy/first love/opposites-attract story. The only conflict being that both boys have differing plans after they graduate. It's pretty charming and the highlight is that the anime captures the mangaka, Nakamura Asumiko's unique drawing style. ~8/10~ for a cute and sweet time-waster.

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