The summer is finally over and I can freely walk outside again. It’s always the time of the year, when I think I’ll melt, if I go outside, which doesn’t work well with the fact, I have to go there every workday just to go to the office. But that’s the hardship of the adulthood - you have to make money to survive and live for another day, when you can watch more anime, am I right?

Well, enough of this real-life stuff, you’re probably not here to hear me complain about the day-to-day difficulties, but you want to escape from them into the imaginary world, where you can forget about all your problems and just chill out for few moments. If that’s the case, just skip this preface and continue below - do it!

For the rest of you, who still continues reading my rambling, here is the part, where I tell you that all below is my pure subjective opinion and you’re not allowed to disagree, or maybe you’re but express it in a way, that you won’t offend me and I won’t have another breakdown in the comment section below. Now seriously - be nice, I’m way too emotional person.

Cheers and enjoy...

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Hanebado!

Episodes: 13 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Sports, Seinen
Score: 8 / 10

Despite high school setting of sports anime is hugely overused and it’s always somebody’s last time to play together or to get to the nationals and so on, I still love these shows. It’s doubled, when the sport is actually one which I care for. I played badminton for five years in past so I have somewhere in my heart still lots of love for this sport. This anime did what no other sport anime achieved in past - it made me get out and pick up racket to start playing again. As for the show itself, you can read my opinion in our summer 2018 guide (it didn’t change much since then).

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Overlord III

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Episodes: 13 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Game, Magic, Supernatural
Score: 7 / 10

This season of Overlord is the best it could offer so far. I liked the overpower character in the first season and also the world building in the second one, but both of the seasons had their own flaws. This time we got the best of both. The untied stories from the previous seasons end up meaning something in this season, while we still got Ainz Ooal Gown as the most overpowered character of all. Sadly not everything was great. I’m not sure if they lowered the budget for the show or if it was because it came in quick succession after the second season, but the animation and production quality took significant hit. It was not that apparent in close ups, but large scale battle or big monsters and you could see some really bad CGI. Despite the quality, it was still enjoyable show.


Sirius (Sirius the Jaeger)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Historical, Supernatural, Vampire
Score: 7 / 10

This show is story about a boy seeking revenge after his whole family and village has been slaughtered for some mysterious object. It is a story about lost relative, somebody substituting family just to atone for committed sins and rich lady, who can fight for herself. Yes, Sirius is full of clichés and you probably won’t be surprised by unfolding of the events, but it’s well paced action show with likable characters and that makes it one of the better ones this season.

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Happy Sugar Life

Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Psychological, Shounen
Score: 6 / 10

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First few episodes of Happy Sugar Life were hard to swallow. I approached it as any other show which resulted in almost dropping it. When I changed the way I saw every character there – thinking that nobody there is right in their heads, I had easier time to watch it. Every person in this show has own issues, mostly caused by violation by other, but it still can mess with your head. Watch at your own discretion.


Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord)

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

Since I started watching anime I have seen my fair share of ecchi comedy series - probably more than I’m willing to accept and the Demon Lord was not an exception. It’s the generic isekai anime, combined with overpowered character and titts over the whole screen. Plot, if you are willing to look past the various forms of fan service, is generic and simple; jokes are usually easily predictable which makes this anime simply another average show. If you have approximately four and half hours to spend and want something easy to digest (and you’re not offended by excessive amount of fan service), by all means give Demon Lord a shot, otherwise, there are plenty other shows, which are more worth of your time.


Phantom in the Twilight

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Supernatural, Vampire
Score: 5 / 10

There is inherited problem with shows like this one. In the beginning the supernatural tries to fit in within the society, live peacefully and participate, but then something happens and it doesn’t work out that well in the end. They’ll start fighting some bad guys, who want to destroy their simple illusion of coexistence. Until that happens, it’s usually boring, but when the fighting begins you don’t want to believe in it and it feels so out of place. The same feelings I had from the first episode of this show. It’s not bad per se, but there are multiple better ones.

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Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria (The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar)

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Fantasy, Harem
Score: 4 / 10

Despite this show is similar generic isekai show as Demon Lord, it still loses in comparison. It lacks even attempts for jokes; main character himself is boring teenager who only uses smartphone to cheat his way to victory and cannot do anything without it. There is really not much else to say about it.

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Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick On My Devil!!)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Seinen, Supernatural
Score: DROPPED (after 4 episodes)

I wanted to like this show. The first episode had great landing and it had awesome characters dynamics, which I hoped they’ll develop more. Before I knew, I was watching the fourth episode and it was still the same. Yes, there were some new crazy characters, but in the end I felt like this show was rip off Gabriel Dropout, which I wasn’t the greatest fan as well. If you like silly skits, full of violent jokes and scenes, it might be right up your alley, but otherwise - see one episode, like to see it all.


Satsuriku no Tenshi (Angels of Death)

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Episodes: 16 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Adventure, Horror, Psychological, Thriller
Score: DROPPED (after 2 episodes)

When searching for anime to watch this season, I was so happy to see psychological horror and thriller on the list, yet alone when it was the third top show rated by popularity. Synopsis looked decent so I hoped nobody will screw it. First episode was boring, both main characters were uninteresting in their own way, but I still had hope. When the second episode continued where the first left off, I knew this show is not for me. The main girl is boring, the guy with the scythe is edgy as far as you can go and the rest is just disposable fluff.


Shichisei no Subaru (Seven Senses of the Reunion)

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Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Game, Sci-Fi
Score: 3 / 10

This show is story about a young boy named Kirito. He encounters a girl named Asuna, who is trapped in the virtual MMORPG and cannot logout. What? You’re saying I got the wrong series? Shit - all of them seems so similar. Well, to take it little bit more serious (even though in the case of Reunion you simply cannot); it’s way too similar to the Sword Art Online. It’s just another power fantasy, with the main protagonists stuck in time, despite 6 years passed, they all have not evolved as a characters at all, their empathy about the others feelings are on the sub-zero level and it doesn’t feel like they are high school students. And I haven’t even started on the premise, that your “sense” from the game can be developed and used in a reality. There is simply way too many things wrong with this show, that looking from its perspective; Sword Art Online is a masterpiece...


Sunohara-sou no Kanrinin-san (Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
Score: DROPPED (mid 5th episode)

If you read my stuff in the past, you probably know that Slice of Life is one of my go to genres in anime. This show is story about Shiina Aki a boy with feminine appearance and as such, he was always treated like a girl. This is the reason, why he decides to move in Tokyo to attend middle school there and start over. Sadly the home he gets into is filled with the cases for mental hospital. The caretaker of the home is a loving and caring character, who takes the affection too far most of the time. She’s attached to Aki so much, that it feels awkward, uses his head as her huge breast support and hugging him for no apparent reason, just to laugh on how much Aki is embarrassed. The other residents of the complex are Yuzu (student council president and tsundere), Sumire (in love with Yuzu, getting nosebleed only by looking at her cute pictures) and Yuri (a creep who secretly take pictures of Yuzu, just to sell them to Sumire). Mix everything together and you might get a decent show, if it was done differently. Aki is too shy with no self esteem so he’s harassed in almost every way possible and the girls are doing what they want so the dynamic between the characters simply doesn’t work.


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