I know, I’m late to this party commenting on previous season of anime when everybody has already moved onto the next one. I was slacking on my seasonal anime and then had a hard time catching up, and in the end, I didn’t feel motivated to write about the season with all the decade stuff going on at AniTAY. Luckily, I managed to finish all my shows, so behold… Now, as per usual: shows are divided into three groups; great and good; average; and bad and dropped shows. Each opinion in this article is mine and you might disagree. If you do, please do so politely down in the comment section and respect my opinion so I can be respectful of yours. Now without further ado, let’s dive in…

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Bananya: Fushigi na Nakama-tachi (Bananya and the Curious Bunch)

Episodes: 13 / 2 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Kids
Score: 7 / 10

What more do you need from life than more cute banana cats? I thought the first season was incredibly dull and laughed at it with my wife, and the second season is more of the same. What changed, however, is how I look at the whole show. With Bananya, I simply know I can turn off my brain and just enjoy cute characters doing cute things and not think about anything for 3 minutes a week - what a refreshing feeling.

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Dr. Stone

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Episodes: 24 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Score: 7 / 10

Dr. Stone had me hooked from the beginning. The first episode was intriguing, but it quite quickly dropped the ball. I already have one other show with a dumb and constantly yelling character (BLACK CLOOOOOVER), so I was really close to dropping the show. What saved the show for me was Ishamael’s article about Dr. Stones Narrative Gamble and how it saved the show. After reading it, I gave it a shot and pushed through the first arc and was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t fixed everything for me - I still hate Senku - but Suika balances things out.

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Enen no Shouboutai (Fire Force)

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Episodes: 24 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Supernatural, Shounen
Score: 7 / 10

At first glance, Fire Force has an interesting premise, likable characters, and great action sequences. That’s where it ends. It’s by all means not a bad show, but the overall tone of it is undermined by the constant fanservice which, in most cases, is inappropriate. If you can ignore these scenes (and thus ignore one specific character) and love some shounen action, this show is definitely one to watch.

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Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen (Ascendance of a Bookworm)

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Episodes: 14 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy
Score: 8 / 10

I almost skipped this show as the premise didn’t sound interesting to me. What convinced me to try at least the first episode was the combination of slice of life genre with an isekai anime, a rather unusual combination. Just the first episode was enough to hook me and never let me go. This show was so heartwarming that I impatiently waited for the new episode every week, and it pleases me to hear there will be a second season.

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Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara (Food Wars! The Fourth Plate)

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Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Ecchi, School, Shounen
Score: 7 / 10

This series has been on a downward spiral since Azami grabbed the seat of Tootsuki’s director. Under his leadership, the whole series felt on its face and with each instance it was worse and worse. Even exploding clothes and foodgasms are not enough to save the dropping plot. This season finished this whole arc and I’m glad it’s over, though I’ve heard the next one is even worse and made the manga end abruptly. This series being my guilty pleasure and the fact I could recreate one dessert in real life (shameless plug here) are the reasons it’s getting such a high score.

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Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! (Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
Score: 7 / 10

From the title alone you can guess this isekai will fit into the overpowered protagonist category, but this time with female lead! I didn’t expect much from this show, but Mile pleasantly surprised me as the main character and the show ended up as a nice fluff with entertaining cast of characters. If you are not sick of isekais, I can recommend this one to you.

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Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! (High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!)

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Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Fantasy
Score: 5 / 10

If you are bored by one OP isekai protagonist, here you have seven of them. Each is best in their respective occupation from our world, but together they form an unbeatable team, which devastates local economy, brings rifles and nukes into a medieval world, not to mention creating a fake religion to keep everybody at bay. Nothing good can come out of this mix. This show is an easy skip.

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Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tsueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru (Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Score: 5 / 10

I’m so over one-joke shows like Jashin-chan Dropkick and Gabriel DropOut. This isekai fits the category perfectly. I thought about dropping the show mid way, but the occasional silly joke made me interested enough so I pushed through. The second last episode had a great twist, and if the delivery would be better in the final episode, it might end with a higher score, but the execution was lacking and, overall, it felt flat.

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Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth

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Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Josei
Score: 6 / 10

In our small community, somebody has to take the bullet and watch the otome game anime adaptations. With this I took the bullet expecting something cringy, but it wasn’t that bad. The main heroine is likable, most of the main male cast is bearable, and the story is much more than the classic romance story of the genre. If you are not opposed to this type of show, it’s one of the better one I’ve seen.

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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Game, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
Score: 6 / 10

Sword Art Online divides people in a similar way to how Moses divided the Red Sea. I never had a big issue with the show. The seasons I enjoyed the most had one thing in common - Kirito was missing. He was tolerable with the first arc of the first season, but later on he was always a pain to watch. The end of last season left him in a state where he’s living, but mostly doesn’t react and thus I enjoyed this season way more, but I expect he’ll wake up in the second cour of this arc and save the day again somehow.

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Assassins Pride

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Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Fantasy
Score: 4 / 10

I sometimes enjoy trashy shows like Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry or Gakusen Toshi Asterisk. It’s fun to guess with what ridiculous thing they’ll come up next. This show took it to the next level by naming the main protagonist Kufa Vampir just to later reveal he’s a vampire. Also, the city they’re living in looks like a lamp. Silliness comes out of every pore of this show, but if you get over it, you might have a relaxing and fun time with this show.

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Kandagawa Jet Girls

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Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Sports, Ecchi
Score: 4 / 10

After Keijo!!!!!!!! two years ago here we have another female-only sport, this time on jet skis. It’s not a coincidence it’s another water sport. It gives you plenty of opportunities for half-naked girls in swimsuits on the screen and this is all the show is, nothing more.

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Val x Love

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Harem, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, Ecchi, School, Shounen
Score: 3 / 10

Before I joined a certain group of authors here on AniTAY I dropped quite a lot of shows. One of them was Masou Gakuen HxH. Val x Love is basically copy of this two-year old show. This time I suffered through the whole show; luckily, I had friends who watched it as well, so we could cry on each others shoulders after each episode. Next time I’ll see a show like this one on the seasonal preview, the best course of action would be to skip it and get more sleep, but knowing myself, I’ll watch it anyway - damn.

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