Welcome back, everyone. I’m happy to be here after another anime season to bring you my opinion on what I’ve watched. I thought the last season would be the last for my roundup series, but luckily I still have some time to watch a few shows, so here we go again.
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 below and respect my opinion, so I can be respectful of yours. Now without further ado, let’s dive in...
Carole & Tuesday
Episodes: 24 / 22 min. per ep.
Genres: Drama, Music, Sci-Fi
Score: 9 / 10
The only thing which gets me through a rough day at work is great music, therefore I always give anime in this genre a chance. If the music hits the right spot, it’s usually an instant favourite of a season, but Carole & Tuesday went beyond any expectations. It’s an anime about rich girl running from home, her meeting with poor orphan, and their shared bond over music. If you’ve lived under a rock and haven’t heard anything about this show, I’d wholeheartedly recommend it. It brings feelings of joy, happiness, sorrow, and despair - all in one neatly packaged box, wrapped all in these 24 episodes. Saying more might spoil the fun of opening this present, so you’ll have to believe me on this one.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II)
Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Score: 7 / 10
I liked the first season of DanMachi so much I rewatched it twice, and it made me start reading the light novels because I never thought we’d get a second season. For that reason I was cautious about this season, as I knew the source material, but in the end I was happy with it. You can argue about the skipped content, but with the timeframe I think they did what they could. The arc coming after story of this season was probably my favourite (until reading the thirteenth volume, but that arc is still not yet finished in English translation), so I’m looking forward to season three they hinted at the end.
Fairy Tail: Final Series
Episodes: 51 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
Score: 6 / 10
After Bleach and Naruto, another long-running series gets its proper farewell. It ties all the loose ends, pours water into plot holes so they aren’t visible anymore and let’s Erza and Natsu save the day. I enjoyed Fairy Tail from the very beginning , despite it going off the rails often. Every now and then fillers became whole arcs and I at least expected a grand finale, which was, in the end, wrapped in four or five episodes and saved by the love and power of friendship. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad - it simply was…
Isekai Cheat Magician
Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Score: 5 / 10
I said it many times before and I’ll continue saying it - I’m isekai trash. If there is any isekai in the season, I’ll probably end up watching it. So, of course I could not skip something which looked so generic as Isekai Cheat Magician. And that’s precisely what it was in the end - generic isekai, filled with tropes, a boring and plain main character so overpowered he can destroy entire nations, but he let others choose his fate. If you have a strong desire to watch more isekai bullshit, by all means look this show up; otherwise, it’d be wiser to skip it and do something more useful with your time, like making dinner or living a life.
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest)
Episodes: 13 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Adventure, Adventure, Fantasy, Harem
Score: 4 / 10
This is the second and sadly not the worst isekai I’ve seen this season. When I’m watching an anime, I can forgive many of its flaws like plot holes or bad character development if it has good visuals at the same time. This is probably the only reason why I’m giving Sword Art Online a passing score, as the fight choreography and the animation is way above the quality of the story and most of the characters. I cannot say the same thing about Arifureta. Most of the characters have zero development, and fit most of the harem tropes, while at the same time the poor monsters’ CGI wants to you poke your eyes out, not to mention the uncensored dragon anal penetration...
Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu ka? (Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power)
Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mom-ecchi
Score: 3 / 10
If you are too sane to sexualize your own mother but still have some lingering thoughts about this topic, you can try watching this show to give you generic idea. For everybody else with common sense - you should skip this show to preserve your sanity. This show is nothing more than generic isekai where the main character is so useless he has to be constantly saved by his overpowered mother. On the other hand, she is oblivious to her power and whole video game concept. I strongly advise you to walk away from this show unless you want to watch a slime monster slowly dissolving mom’s panties or her being attacked by tentacle monster...
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