Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 109 – Summer 2022 Anime Season Review

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:29 Black Summoner
  • 02:01 The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2
  • 02:43 Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World
  • 04:18 Vermeil in Gold
  • 05:39 A Couple of Cuckoos
  • 08:05 Extreme Hearts
  • 09:03 Love All Play
  • 09:53 Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2
  • 12:21 Parallel World Pharmacy
  • 13:30 Rent a Girlfriend S2
  • 15:02 Shine on! Bakumatsu Bad Boys
  • 16:14 Teppen!!!!!!! Laughing Till You Cry
  • 17:55 When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
  • 18:23 The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting
  • 19:23 Yurei Deco
  • 23:17 Aoashi
  • 24:05 Classroom of the Elite Season 2
  • 25:56 Engage Kiss
  • 26:44 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV
  • 28:00 Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun
  • 30:53 My Stepmom’s Daughter is My Ex
  • 32:05 Overlord IV
  • 34:26 SHADOWS HOUSE 2nd Season
  • 35:52 Summer Time Rendering
  • 38:04 Call of the Night
  • 39:10 Lycoris Recoil
  • 41:05 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • 42:04 CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS
  • 43:05 Fuuto PI
  • 44:26 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury – PROLOGUE
  • 44:51 Uncle From Another World
  • 46:07 Utawarerumono Mask of Truth
  • 46:20 Outro

Transcript:

Marina
Welcome to Kaiseki Anime, where we air new episodes every other week. “Kaiseki” covers currently airing anime, older series seen recently, and other relevant topics for the season. I’m your host, Marina, of the blog, “Anime B&B,” and with me is my co-host Draggle, of the cleverly titled “Draggle’s Anime Blog.”

Draggle
This week, we review the summer 2022 anime season.

So, it was quite a season, I guess.

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[Review] Parallel World Pharmacy – A Drawn-out What If

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote about Parallel World Pharmacy‘s use of cosmetics and skincare, so I’ll refrain from speaking too long on the series now other than to quickly go over what did and didn’t work for me over the course of the season. As an isekai and slice-of-life, PWP did well to draw me into its world and our protagonist’s place in it. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Falma use his experience from his former life as a pharmacologist to aid in his current one as a pharmaceutist now that medicine and magic co-exist. The show’s attempt to ramp up the drama in the latter part of the season reminded viewers, perhaps uncomfortably, about our own recent pandemic. While I appreciated the higher stakes, Falma’s near perfect handling of this emergency in addition too all the previous ones dampened any real concern, resulting in an ultimately forgettable series.

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[Review] SHADOWS HOUSE 2nd Season – New Faces, Same Emilico

The second season of SHADOWS HOUSE couldn’t have come sooner, and it wasn’t too long into it that I was reminded of all that I loved in the first season. Character interactions like those between Emilico and Kate, a dark Victorian-esque setting blanketing the scenery with shadows and lace, and a mystery that carries on still unsolved–these all balanced together to create a story that continues to enthrall. If, however, you hoped for resolution to our children’s fears, then you’ll be disappointed to know that this sequel does not wrap up the mysteries, but rather sets the stage for even more curiosities as they step closer to adulthood.

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[Review] Lycoris Recoil is the Joy that Keeps on Giving (and never changing)

As busy as the summer anime season was this year, there was a whole lot of mediocrity on that list. Only a handful of shows rose above the masses, with Lycoris Recoil taking one of the highest spots with charm and gusto. So much of the story might have faltered in other, lesser experienced hands, but each week the series defied the weaker elements of its framework with strong characters and writing. I’d be pressed to consider this show the best of the season, if not for the less-than-satisfying ending which lacks a much needed change for true resolution.

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[Review] Aoashi – Fighting to the Limits

The time has finally arrived, my long-awaited sports anime that ticks off all the boxes and then some, leaving me wanting for more. The set-up, our characters, their journey, and the final game all contribute to what I love most in this type of show. I don’t know if a sequel is in the works, but if it happens, I will be there cheering wildly from the stands.

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[Review] The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting

The reality of the word “yakuza” now is one romanticized beyond all recognition. Almost every story I see lately focuses on a singular character or entire family ripe for redemption through love. The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting makes it easy to forget that our comical characters are anything but a normal family. While I would normally sit back mindlessly and just enjoy the heartwarming episodes, the occasional small reminder of their true way of life makes the ride a bit of a bumpy one by the end.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 108 – The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2, featuring guest Hyoton

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:03 The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2
  • 28:33 Outro

Transcript:

Marina 0:00
Welcome to Kaiseki Anime, where we air new episodes every other week. “Kaiseki” covers currently airing anime, older series seen recently, and other relevant topics for the season. I’m your host, Marina, of the blog, “Anime B&B,” and with me is my co-host Draggle, of the cleverly titled “Draggle’s Anime Blog.”

Draggle 0:24
This week, we discuss The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2 with our special guest Hyoton.

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[Review] YUREI DECO: A Love-y Attempt at Substance

The anime-original YUREI DECO recently wrapped up after 12 episodes and for all intents and purposes is a complete package with little need for a sequel or spin-off. Part of this is due to the material from which it took inspiration as well as the manner in which the writing paced itself through to the end. Colorful and idealistic from the beginning, the larger themes of freedom, value, and family are inspiring but too ambitious for such a small box. While I was fond of YUREI DECO’s characters, I ultimately found myself frustrated with the rushed ending that did little to address the story’s many issues.

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[Review] Phantom of the Idol

The first of the summer shows to wrap up the season is 10-episode long Phantom of the Idol. This light hearted series follows Yuuya Niyodo, one half of two-man idol group ZINGS. There’s just a couple of twists: Niyodo doesn’t actually want to be an idol, and makes that abundantly clear every time he opens his mouth. He’s also haunted by the spirit of a former idol named Asahi Mogami, renown for her open hearted approach to life. Together, they strike a deal to give them each what they want, a goal that follows through to the end of the story with consistent, yet forgettable, charm.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 107 – Classroom of the Elite Season 2

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:02 Classroom of the Elite Season 2
  • 24:15 Outro

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Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Classroom of the Elite Season 2 OP: “Dance in the Game” by ZAQ
  • “Seasons” by roljui