You may have noticed a red panda gracing social media lately, sometimes with her generic, cute smile, and frequently mimicking a death metal scream. Retsuko is the latest Sanrio mascot who rose to popularity thanks to two animated series and her intense relatability among adult viewers. It wasn’t until I saw several fans on Twitter singing Aggretsuko praises that I went to see what the hype was all about. Trust me, this a show you need to watch.
Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple is a side story film to a television series of the same name with two seasons under its belt. Characters and events over the course of both series are drawn upon heavily for the movie, which takes place in a re-imagined Yokohama where a small percentage of the population wields supernatural powers. A more unique aspect of the world is the literary spin on its cast, all of whom share names with literary figures from writers to poets. While some of their gifts draw inspiration from their character roles as authors, detectives, and the like, others seem to enjoy no connection. Whether or not you are familiar with the character models of these names, the story and style of BSD encourages you to partake in their adventures of crime and mystery.
Alluring, intoxicating, hypnotic, and quite possibly fatal, Fujiko Mine is a woman who defies definition and explanation. This makes it doubly important to experience her “story” outside of the constraints of the main Lupin series, where her place and purpose are determined by those around her rather than by any tale of her own. The masterful storytelling is propped up by a precise, yet rough, art style, as well as by the jazz music that pulses through your veins from start to finish. Everything about The Woman Called Fujiko Mine exudes a cool style that perfectly presents us its namesake.
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.