Boruto: Episodes 70-92, Ohnoki Arc Retrospective

I’ve been catching up on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations lately, most recently with the Ohnoki arc from 2018. Sounds like forever ago, doesn’t it? I’m pretty shocked myself to have fallen so far behind a show that is already well within range of 300 episodes, particularly during such a fantastic part of the anime from all that I’ve seen so far. This particular section resonates even more so because of my recent reading of Kazuo Ishiguro’s short novel, Klara and the Sun. Both feature artificial life modeled after the human species, and in both they question the definition of a human soul in manners that would argue for them already possessing souls of their own. Mitsuki, along with members of Hidden Stone Village, stands at the center of this arc’s storyline. His quest to find himself is also our quest to discover our very own heart stone.

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[Review] Love After World Domination

I’ve gotta give credit where it’s due–I would have missed Love After World Domination if not for a friend’s recommendation. The super sentai setup and bright colors gave me expectations of unfunny gag humor and cheesy references. Both gags and references are assuredly present, but the cheese is delightfully delicious and the humor usually spot on.

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[Review] BIRDIE WING -Golf Girls’ Story-

If you had asked me last year what I’d think about watching a golf anime, I probably would have laughed before launching into a whole list of reasons why I probably wouldn’t watch it, starting with pure boredom for the sport to outright dislike for its large use of land. Now we’re hitting summer and BIRDIE WING is probably one of my more anticipated sequels for the coming year. There are few other new shows this past season to get me this excited for a continuation.

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[Review] SPY x FAMILY

I’m writing this at a bit of an appropriate time–right at the tail end of a family visit that has taken over our lives for the past week. I had all these plans to finish the spring shows on a timely schedule and write all my reviews before the summer shows hit, but here we are now with several new episodes already out and I’m still stuck finishing up steps 1 & 2. Thanks, Mom! I’ve found some down time in between the sightseeing and eating, so what better place to start than with another family, SPY x FAMILY.

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[Review] I’m Quitting Heroing

I’m going to keep this review on the shorter side since I already spoke recently about my appreciation for this show amidst a slew of recent similar series; however, I did want to give an update with my final thoughts. While my positive reactions from before still stand true, the overall impression is forgettable. I’m Quitting Heroing did well enough to entertain me this past spring, but I don’t see myself remembering details into future seasons largely due to its unremarkable graphics and flat characterizations.

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[Review] Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness

Leaving your hometown and exploring a new world, be that in the city or country, a neighboring state or a whole different nation with its own language, can be life changing. Beliefs are challenged and even changed for something wholly different, and we can end up feeling like completely different people. I strongly relate with this given my flight from home almost a decade ago, and encourage others to do the same whether or not they feel they need it because of the personal confrontation that ensues from such a drastic shift in perspective.

What does that have to do with Deaimon? Admittedly not much for the vast majority of the setting, since we spend most of our time in the same Kyoto hometown; however, the implications are there with our main character and those who surround him. As much as this anime fits into the healing nook of series, it also questions the necessity of independence and the possible consequences that follow.

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[Review] Heroines Run the Show

When something comes along you didn’t even realize you needed, much less wanted, the ensuing satisfaction and affections are that much more memorable. Heroines Run the Show appeared at a glance to be a standard high school romance, a Cinderella story of a country girl falling into the dream of city life and idols. This is mostly not what this show is about, and once again the title explicitly states the true focus of this story: our heroine. Hiyori runs this show, and don’t you forget it!

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[Review] The Executioner and Her Way of Life

…isn’t reality beyond one’s control, just like a monster?” -Pandæmonium, “Pandæmonium”

Round 2 of unexpected isekai: let’s go!

The Executioner and Her Way of Life sauntered onto our screens wearing a cloak of familiarity. We had our hero post-summoning, quick integration into the fantastical setting, and a burgeoning friendship with a pretty girl. I knew where this was going.

Then I was proven very, very wrong.

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[Review] Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games Is Tough for Mobs – Comeuppance for All

pffffffft and you thought this was an otome?

I feel like a bit of broken record these days, as these past few seasons have proven expectations wrong repeatedly on the creativity that isekai anime still provides and will likely continue to do for the foreseeable future. Once again, we have another series this season (and not even the only one) that brings a new flavor to the table. Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games Is Tough for Mobs gives us a reluctant protagonist thrust into an NPC’s role rather than that of the hero or villain. His navigation of this world hinges on his knowledge of the game and manipulation of its characters and events. What starts out as a gamble to survive transforms into an unexpected coming-of-class story.

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