This week we have something a little special for you: a double feature reviewing the winter season as well as previewing the new spring anime. This means double the duration. Don’t worry; we won’t make a habit of it!
00:42 Winter 2018 Review
14:36 Spring 2018 Preview
Come and hear what shows we’re liking and looking forward to with the new season. We’d also love to know the picks at the top of your list!
We’ve finally made it to the end of my Winter 2018 Season Wrap—many thanks to those of you who stuck with me until now. I hope I didn’t save the worst for last! And if you just now jumped in, make sure to go back and check out my short reviews of other winter shows. I look forward to our discussion in the comments!
The winter show reviews just keep on coming, and again with a group of anime I’m sad to see go. My praise for A Place Further than the Universe should come as no surprise to those of you who know me or saw the anime for yourself, but know that I also happily recommend the rest in their individual categories.
Now that I’m back stateside and everyone else has moved on to the spring season, it’s about time I start wrapping up the winter shows! I’ve got a lot to talk about this time around, so you can look forward to several more wraps to come after this one.
Only Yesterday is a 1991 film from Studio Ghibli written and directed by Isao Takahata, also known for Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko, and Princess Kaguya. Only Yesterday was only recently released in the U.S. in 2016. It’s for this reason that I finally got the chance to watch it for the first time. It didn’t take long for me to realize I should have watched it at least ten years prior while I was just starting into my 20s, even if some of the messages wouldn’t have resonated as strongly with me back then.
Tales of Zestiria is the 15th title in the main Tales timeline, and my sixth in the franchise. While the 2015 Japanese role-playing game follows many of the same tropes as others in the line, it differs in key areas of gameplay. The title also garnered a two-cours anime series, Tales of Zestiria the X, that loosely followed the same events (read my review here) as the original. Avoid the anime if you are at all interested in playing Tales of Zestiria, or even its prequel, Tales of Berseria. Enough of the same events are presented in Zestiria the X to spoil some of the more dramatic scenes in either game.
I can think of no better way to start off 2018 than with a movie review of Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a first from the newly formed Studio Ponoc. Brought together with former animators and staff from the renowned Studio Ghibli, Studio Ponoc ventures into a realm of fantasy straight from the British Isles. Mary and the Witch’s Flower takes inspiration from a 1971 novel by Mary Stewart called The Little Broomstick. In it, Mary Smith explores her new home and stumbles across a very special flower.