It’s been a long journey with Soma Yukihira through the gauntlet that is Totsuki Academy: three seasons and countless meals served up to our pleasure. Through it all, Soma’s experience growing up in Yukihira’s kitchen gives him the inspiration to improve. His father, Joichiro Saiba, is a constant figure in those memories, a man looked up to by many, while simultaneously viewed as a hurdle on Soma’s path to becoming the best chef. We also see Saiba in Erina’s childhood as one of her rare moments of happiness. When adults in the culinary world, academic as well as professional, speak of Saiba, it’s with a tone of awe and, often, fear. What happens when such a man falters, when the person you look up to most in the world vanishes?
The spring reviews continue on a slow, but steady, roll, and this time with three surprising finds of the season that one of my overall favorites. If there’s one take away I must impart, it’s to please, please try Yotsuiro Biyori if you have not already. If you do try the other two, well, that’s just extra yummy icing!
We’ve made it alive to the end of the spring season just in time for the summer shows, so sit tight with us for an hour to hear our overall thoughts. I know what I said about trying to keep regular episodes short at around thirty minutes, but trust me when I say that’s pretty much impossible with full season reviews and previews. This season in particular had far too many gems to miss!
This time around, we have a few comedies of the silly fluff, historical drama, and romantic variety. This may sound all over the place, but they each succeeded in their own ways in relaying their personalities to me over the course of the season.
Can anyone even think of another spring season in recent memory as strong as this one? Spring 2018 will likely be a season to remember for years to come as providing a strong line-up of originals and continuations, and that’s even after a winter season almost as golden in content.
Today, we start with three endearing anime with a knack for combining comedy and drama. Buckle up—this is only the beginning of a long run of reviews!
This week, Draggle and I kick it off with two of the biggest battle anime of the season, My Hero Academia and Boruto: Next Generations. While MHA wraps up with its third season at the end of this spring season, Boruto continues on without break in the tradition of its predecessor. What is it about these giants that captures the hearts of so many, and keeps us coming back for more?
00:38 My Hero Academia and comparison of seasons
03:55 Lack of quirk-less characters
05:06 The League of Villains and the Hero Killer
07:14 Flow and animation
08:03 Bakugo and the League of Villains
10:25 Adult characters and speaking to an older audience
One of the least-discussed shows of this season is Yotsuiro Biyori, a show centering on a Japanese tea shop called Rokuhoudou and the people who pass through its doors. The owner and employees who tend the shop and the people they encounter share their stories from episode to episode in ways that will bring a smile to your face and quell the ailing heart. This, like so many others, is a story about stories. A big part of how Rokuhoudou is able to succeed is thanks to the hard work put in by its staff and the pride they take in their work. No effort is wasted, be it finding just the right ingredient and technique for a new dessert, or recommending the correct item for a customer who at times needs more than to fill their stomach.
With the spring season winding down, it’s time to return to DARLING in the FRANXX with guest iblessall of the anime blog Mage in a Barrel. This controversial show at the center of so many discussions has recently hit a climax, as well as finally revealed some of the history of its world. Join Draggle, Bless, and myself as we talk about love and sex, world building, robots, and more!
Spoilers up to episode 19.
00:58 Guest introduction
02:40 Darling in the Franxx synopsis and discussion (spoilers up to episode 19)
This week, it’s all about Hinamatsuri and Golden Kamuy, two spring anime with found families and the perfect balance of comedy and drama. Whatever Draggle says, miso is notpoop. We also toss in a bit of Tada Never Falls in Love, another favorite of ours, and argue the merits of shipping.
17:00 Golden Kamuy
26:22 Tada Never Falls in Love
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“Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
Hinamatsuri OP theme, “Distance” by Rie Murakawa
Golden Kamuy OP theme, “Winding Road” by MAN WITH A MISSION