Fall 2017 Season Wrap: Yuki Yuna is a Hero – Washio Sumi Chapter

Yuki Yuna is a Hero originally aired back in the fall of 2014 for a single season, entering the stage that is the dark magical girl genre prepared by earlier anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica. If you have not seen the first Yuki Yuna series, then I suggest you stop reading now and go back and watch it before proceeding with Washio Sumi Chapter. That, or start with Washio Sumi, go back to Yuki Yuna, then proceed with the currently airing Hero Chapter for a chronological viewing. Here, I will share my thoughts on Washio Sumi’s backstory, which unfolded over half the current season with six episodes.

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[Review] Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Sometimes it feels like I’ve been watching anime for all my life, and forget that it wasn’t until college that I became a fan. I may have seen snippets of Pokemon, Digimon, and Sailor Moon on TV while growing up, but never a whole series. I missed out on a lot of great shows that came out in the 90s and earlier, including the original 1974-1975 Space Battleship Yamato, later brought to America in 1979 and adapted as Star Blazers.

Another reason for my late discovery of the series was that despite occasionally reading science fiction, I never attempted to seek out the genre in anime. I equated space settings with mecha, an area I thought held nothing of interest to me. Stellvia of the Universe was my first foray into a spaceship and, flawed as it was, the show still holds a dear place in my heart. Along with Cowboy Bebop, these shows opened up an entire frontier for me still unexplored and limitless. Space Battleship Yamato 2199, a 2012-2013 remake of the original series, carries on that adventurous spirit with respect and optimism, and has easily become one of my favorite Sci-Fi works.

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Amanchu! Episode 13: Joining Friendships of the Past and Present

“An unfamiliar path may fill you with anxiety, shock, or many other feelings, but there’s no need to rush. You need to take it easy. If you have fun on the way, you win” (Kohinata Kino, “The Story of the Promised Summer”).

A little over a year ago, we were gifted the anime experience of Kozue Amano’s Amanchu!, a story about growing up, scuba diving, and so much more. Amano’s gentleness appears in every smile, and her love for the ocean moves over and around us in almost every frame. Now we have episode thirteen, “The Story of the Promised Summer and New Memories,” bringing us back to Shizuoka along with two of Teko’s old friends. While this may be a story in a familiar place, experiencing it through Chizuru and Akane’s eyes allows us to see anew our main characters and the sea they love so much.

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Summer 2017 Season Wrap: New Game!!, Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, My Hero Academia S2, & Action Heroine Cheer Fruits

Here we are, at the end of my summer season reviews with a heart heavy at saying good bye, but also excited to see what’s in store for the ones we may see again someday. I cried and laughed a lot this season, including in some of the shows below, and I’m hoping if you do watch any of the ones I did that you also share your reactions, good and bad.

 

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Summer 2017 Season Wrap: Made in Abyss, Kakegurui, & Princess Principal

I’ll go ahead and apologize in advance for the length of this post, since I had a hard time reigning in my enthusiasm for the first entry, Made in Abyss. While all of these particular series surprised and delighted me throughout the summer, Abyss will probably be one of the first up for a re-watch. Princess Principal is another show begging my return due to its unique format. Let me know what you thought about any or all three of them!

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Summer 2017 Season Wrap: Sakura Quest, Dive!!, & Knight’s & Magic

I really don’t want to include Sakura Quest in this season wrap, because it means that the show is over and I’ll have to move on to new places. But here we are, with three more summer shows completed and my heart in a better place than it was before. Each one of these series inspired me differently—they inspired me to seek purpose in whatever I do and wherever I am, to dedicate myself fully to any given task, and to always improve no matter the achieved success.

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Summer 2017 Season Wrap: Love and Lies, Re:CREATORS, & Fastest Finger First

I didn’t realize it then, but the first part of this season wrap came out on the official first day of autumn, the best time of year. I’ll be right over here, patting myself on the back, for being on top of this season’s shows and reviewing them in a timely manner. We continue here with three more shows, one of which ended far too early.

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Summer 2017 Season Wrap: Tsuredure Children, Restaurant to Another World, & Aoyama-kun

As sad as I am to see many of this season’s series end, I’m overjoyed that the hot summer months are on their way out. Bye-bye, mosquitos! Farewell, sweat-drenched dog walks! Hello, blankets and sweaters. Come to me, hot chocolate!

This past summer anime season included a lot of comedy and sci-fi continuations. While there were a handful of exceptional shows that went beyond expectations, the vast majority of them hit at just about average or slightly above. I dropped a large number of anime that either lay far outside of my preferences or were completely unpalatable after one or two episodes. I did a lot of weeding, but it was for the best since I was also able to catch up on a fair number of older television series and films, like SDF Macross and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro.

My summer 2017 season wrap starts here with three wonderful series that I do think are worth your attention, if not in full, then perhaps at least enough to give a passing glance. First love, fantastical food, and super clean soccer: take your pick!

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Netflix’s Castlevania: A Welcome Addition to the Family

Love and revenge. Hunger and blood. Castlevania brews a stew of emotions in a way that leaves you both terrified and exhilarated. Thanks to positive reactions from my peers on Twitter and elsewhere, I picked up the show with very little background knowledge and watched all four episodes in one sitting. The urge to continue the next episode after finishing one was irresistible. Through a combination of atmosphere, story building, and characterization, Castlevania the television series—a Western-made product that pays respect to both the original games and Japanese animation—succeeds in reasserting the charm of 2D animation and its place in adult media.

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