My quarantine is essentially over now that classes have resumed and I have returned to work. Sure, plenty of stores are still closed and I cannot go out and make friends like I was hoping to in a brand new city I own my first home in. For the most part, however, my time is back to being occupied and, as a result, I wonder if I will ever be as productive as I was the last two months. Between fitness, writing, self-help, and just consuming media, I like to think I came out of the pandemic a better person than I was heading into it.
With that said, of the media I consumed, there were quite a few anime I watched. Starting off, I sought out anime that, at one point, made me too uncomfortable to continue watching or even start. This was a great experiment and helped me write reflections critically. I’m known for only talking about anime I liked, but this was the first time I sat through things I did not like. In some cases, the conclusions of shows made me like them!
After this batch, I watched some IRL stuff, which I really enjoyed. Some folks want to know recommendations I have for live action shows or documentaries. I saw Tiger King like all of America and did not like it in the slightest. I actually found out that my ex girlfriend was friends with Carol Baskin, which was spooky. The series Mindhunter was fantastic and was an interesting watch after taking a few courses in forensic psychology. While not a big name production, a YouTube documentary series I frequent is GenoSamuel’s deep dive of Chris-Chan (and I mean deep dive, it is over 36 parts right now). What I love about this documentary series is it is as unbiased as a documentary about this Internet legend can get- it gives every piece of evidence and retells it verbatim. The documentary is my go-to for “leave it on in the background” listening. I also watched the Denis Villeneuve directed, Jake Gyllenhall starred film Enemy, which was a great watch.
With live action stuff to wash down some difficult anime, I continued with a run of anime. Re-watches of shows (which I was doing back at the beginning of the experiment with the other anime), research for articles, and just first time viewings of some delightful series were abundant here. I enjoyed watching everything so much that I decided I would like to sort the watches and share how much I enjoyed the viewings. I figured it would be a good challenge to make these thoughts contained to one paragraph each and then a yes/no if I am planning on writing about it deeper
This list is not a “best” or a “worst” list (with exception of one anime) but rather me just sorting how much I enjoyed viewing these anime. I have randomized the order to ensure there are no favorites played.
- Psycho-Pass 3: The First Inspector
As I have recently said on a podcast, this movie came out of nowhere. It is pitched as a film, but it is more like three one-hour episodes that give a conclusion to the Psycho-Pass 3 story. Further, I think this conclusion definitely puts this story well past the original Psycho-Pass thanks to a solid plot and amazing character development mixed in with that stylistic action and setting that I fell in love with originally.
Will I Write More About This: Definitely.
- Punch Line
Most notably one of the shows Kinksy recommended to me, I was convinced this show was some pervy comedy that I would hate. Thankfully, I gave this a chance and my patience was well rewarded. It is a difficult show to dive into without spoiling bits of it, but I found the remarkable character depth and story to be something unexpected and very fresh. It veers back to uncomfortable moments, but it is worth enduring for a great anime.
Will I Write More About This: Probably not any time soon just because I will have spoken about it on three podcasts by next month. Would love to eventually come back to it.
- Hi Score Girl (season 1)
This was a cute little show with a ton of charm and love for video games. DocKev already wrote a masterful piece about it, but I think that this is worth leaving on in the background at the very least. It is some part slice of life RomCom, but the homage it pays to classic video games is not only done well but really contributes towards its overall quality.
Will I Write More About This: No. DocKev already wrote the best article about it!
- Scum’s Wish
When I was first recommended this show, I was stuck in a hotel room in the middle of a snowstorm. My prude self at the time screamed over the first episode and frantically closed my browser seeing the absurd...tongue action. Watching it now, those parts are incredibly comedic thanks to how much the show hams them up. Between those sessions, the drama and introspection of hot messes of lovers was enjoyable and the ending was one of the most memorable of this whole lot.
Will I Write More About This: Probably not. Not much I can add that our authors already haven’t.
- Nekomonogatari: White
For everything I said about Hanamonogatari, this particular story was just as important for me. The resolution to the conflict of this story helped guide me to make a decision I knew would end in ruin, completely wrecking me and ending a relationship I had with a person. The lesson of this story- you owe it to yourself to speak your feelings to move on- helped me in the long run, however. I watched it when I was in my feelings and it gave me a good, long cry.
Will I Write More About This: It is on my short list of Monogatari deep dives, so yes.
Somewhat on a whim, I decided to rewatch this classic. It holds up really well in some parts, but Key’s tropes drag it down in others. Maybe it was because it was one of my first anime and I never noticed, but it is horrible just how blatant the tropes are here (to be fair this is one of the best to do them, however). It is also fascinating to me just how perfect both of the OVAs were for this show.
Will I Write More About This: I actually have a gag article and a serious one planned (the gag article is already done).
- Golden Time
The polarizing Golden Time was pitched to me as if it were going to be an awful, scarring time. Everyone beat a joke to death that it is good until a certain character/twist shows up, but I really didn’t have that big of a problem with the show. I not only liked this show- I loved it. More to come.
Will I Write More About This: Absolutely expect a massive article about it.
- Fate Cooking
Yes I know this is not the name of the show, but I finished watching this cozy little show. It was almost too cozy in that I never came back to it because I just assumed I would have a good time with it and not much thinking would go into it. Sure enough, I had that feeling as I finished, and I still liked it.
Will I Write More About This: Write? No. Umi wants to cook stuff from these episodes, though. Put in your requests for us cosplaying now.
- Devilman Crybaby
My feelings have still wavered on this show even to this current time of writing about it. I hated it at first since I felt like it was a little too grotesque for the sake of being “artsy”. I was indifferent after finishing it, liking some of it but not wanting to really rant or rave about it. As time went on, I really liked how it depicted the grim tone it takes towards the end, even if I was very put off by the ending itself.
Will I Write More About This: Probably not.
- Somali and the Forest Spirit
My dream is to be a loving father and husband one day, much to the comedy of AniTAY. I shouldn’t have to say by now that this show was perfect for me. I rarely want to write acronyms into my thoughts in articles, but the most fitting one for this is “what did you expect me to say here? lol”. Regardless, I look forward to more of this and would consider reading the manga if there is no second season.
Will I Write More About This: A long, long time from now perhaps since I have made people fatigued with my love for it.
- Fate stay/night
The first of two shows I watched for a Dubs w/ Dil project, I found this show to be better than I anticipated. People spoke it up like it was garbage of the century and, while there were plenty of bad moments immortalized through memes, it was an average show at worst. It wasn’t spectacular, but it was fine. I would struggle to recommend it to anyone besides people who want to see the complete Fate/ catalog.
Will I Write More About This: Already did all I could for the dub article.
When this show aired, I was aware it had a ton of support. Maybe my depression was too intense at the time, but I was unable to get past the first few episodes. I am glad I gave this another go. The anxiety of remembering being these character’s ages at one point was oddly entertaining and the ending was oh-so-sweet. Definitely check this one out if you haven’t!
Will I Write More About This:Probably not, but it was a great show.
- Fate stay/night Unlimited Blade Works
This show was far more enjoyable than I anticipated it would be a second time around. I love this franchise, and I have learned to be less coy about it. Following up the first Fate/stay night anime with this was such a jump overall, too. I have exhausted my impressions on this series in my dub article, but this was as fun of a rewatch as any.
Will I Write More About This: No for the same reason as earlier- I just wrote about it.
- Happy Sugar Life
I hate this show. With all of my heart, I really do. This show is, in fact, the worst show I have ever experienced in my life. I received nothing in the slightest that I could call enjoyment from any second of this horrific abomination. I want to distance myself from it immediately.
Will I Write More About This: Maybe if I am feeling especially down and can endure reliving my thoughts on it for the sole purpose of calling out how awful this show is and how problematic it is to call it “good”.
- Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll
I would pitch this as “Violet Evergarden on a movie budget”, but we already know how gorgeous this show was originally. In short, this film takes the time to further build up the gut punches the original was known for and left me speechless with how nicely it ended. There is a lot to unpack from it, and I have been writing here and there to get my thoughts on it articulated.
Will I Write More About This: New article coming soon!
- Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun
This was a perfect example of a good “one-off” show to watch. It had some charming moments and did not commit any other foul than the simple point that the ending might have been a bit too tame/tropey. You can leave this on in the background and not require a whole lot of thought/attention. With that said, it is on Netflix and worth checking out if you want some nice anime to kill some time between your YouTube or audiobook sessions.
Will I Write More About This: Nah.
- Haikyuu (S 1+2)
When I first started this show, I asked my friends why no one had recommended it to me in the first place. The unanimous response was “we just assumed you already knew”. This was not only the best sports anime I’ve ever seen, I think it might be way up there for the level of enjoyment I’ve had with an anime in recent memory. I love this more than Kuroko, and that is saying something. Look forward to my deeper thoughts on this soon.
Will I Write More About This: Oh yes.
So I know this was a little unorthodox coming from me, but I was always impressed by how well our other authors could chronicle their watching histories and wanted to give it my own shot. Look forward to some deeper thoughts later on in the year as I slowly work on some deeper looks into titles above. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m trying to focus more deeply into shows when I write rather than get content out regularly. I apologize if this means less to read from me, but I like to think the quality pays off.
What did you watch the last few months?
Please stay healthy and safe!