It’s again the time of the year, when we are slowly coming from one season to another, turning back and reviewing what we saw and in what we invested time past few months. Since there will be again quite a lot of shows to cover, to make this little bit easier to digest, I didn’t include synopsis for the shows (go and find it on MyAnimeList.net or similar sites).

Just like every roundup - everything what you’re about to read (or skip only for scores I gave the shows, your choice) is purely subjective and expresses only my opinion on certain shows. If you don’t share it, you can voice it in the comment section below, but be respectful of mine opinion and I’ll be respecting yours. I’m also accepting suggestions on shows, which I might have missed, but you’d have to understand, that I have normal day-to-day job so I cannot watch everything (esp. when it’s x-th season of something I haven’t seen even the first one).

I bet you’re already tired of mine prologue, so without further ado, let’s dive in...

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3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season (March Comes In Like A Lion 2nd Season)

Episodes: 22 / 25 min. per ep.
Genres: Drama, Game, Seinen, Slice of Life
Score: 9 / 10

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This show was one of my favourites last year and I was so much looking forward to see the sequel, hoping it’ll be as good as the previous one. Before I knew it, I was too absorbed in the show, deeply connected with the characters and rooting for all of them. I admired the Rei’s character development in the first season, but this season we got to know more characters and see their growth. Probably my favourite look into person’s feelings was the “Burning Field” arc. It’s too hard to describe without spoiling, so I’d just recommend to watch the show for yourself.


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Action
Score: 7 / 10

I was confused the first episode or two, but when they started to connect lives of the main characters together, mix their timelines it hit the nail on the head. It reminded me book created by Robert Lynn Asprin - Thieves’ World, where they set the basics of the world and multiple authors from across the genre wrote their short stories, which intervened with each other.


Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)

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Episodes: 24 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
Score: 9 / 10

I never knew supernatural show could hit so close to home. Maybe it helped that I was living for almost three years in Ireland and was exposed to Gaelic folklore a little bit, but this show was simply magical for me. The use of mythology and familiar environment was something which charmed me within the first episode and never let me go. I was rooting for Chise to overcome the ghosts from the past, so she can cast it away and start living once again. To be able to teach human emotions to Elias, so he’d be worthy walking beside her.


Overlord II

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Episodes: 13 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
Score: 7 / 10

The first season of Overlord was the example of how to do the overpowered protagonist right. It was nothing like In Another World With My Smartphone. I enjoyed it and with high hopes went into its sequel. It would be lie, if I’d say I wasn’t disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed and liked the show, but it was a step down from its first season. The pacing of the show was all over the place, but in the end at least they focused more on the world building and other characters, then only the Overlord himself.


Sora yori mo Tooi Basho (A Place Further Than The Universe)

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Episodes: 13 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Adventure
Score: 9 / 10

This show lured me with its beautiful art, but soon enough it launched full frontal attack with emotions on me. I was happy, sad and crying while watching this series, I lived with them for the past thirteen weeks. Yes, the main girls were sometime too loud and annoying, but as soon as feelings hit me, it was all forgotten.


Violet Evergarden

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Episodes: 13 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Fantasy
Score: 9 / 10

I don’t even know, where to start with this show. I went in without any expectations and it left me full of emotions. It was hard to believe in Violet in first, but her emotional growth was like I experienced her feelings again for the first time myself. I wished there was more of it, when it ended, but after giving it a little thought, it ended in a perfect way.


Yuru Campâ–ł (Laid-Back Camp)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Seinen
Score: 8 / 10

It happens rarely (max. one show per season) that my wife wants to watch some show with me. It was amazing, that she chose this one to watch. Every Thursday afternoon we met at home pissed from work or just simply tired, we had nice, relaxing and overall super chill show to watch together, to be ready for the last push of the week and to be able to wake up on Friday and go again to work. I’ll definitely miss this show.

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Citrus

Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo Ai
Score: 5 / 10

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When I heard about Citrus coming on the TV, I was wondering, if it will be better than -NTR- few seasons ago. In certain aspects, it was slightly better. With the double the length per episode, they had more time, for the character development, but with more characters to develop, it felt flat in the end. Overall the story was as cliché as it could get, typical anime school romance drama, just to happen having two girls in love.


Gakuen Babysitters (School Babysitters)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Shoujo
Score: 5 / 10

For long time I was not decided, whether I like this show or not. In the end, it was an OK show. I cannot say I was excited, but it was too long since we got Sweetness and Lightning, where Tsumugi was simply adorable, but the show didn’t come close to the expectation. Most of the kids were just simply annoying and I had the feeling that they were there just for the cute factor. Seems like I’ll be someday great dad with this attitude...


Miira no Kaikata (How to keep a mummy)

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Episodes: 12 / 24 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
Score: 6 / 10

Instead of younger brother, we have small supernatural creatures attacking with their cuteness on your heart, trying you to feel connected to them. It did a decent job and I was little bit invested, but in the end I was expecting a little bit more than what happened. It was full of supernatural creatures and beings, but if you’d swap those for cats and dogs, maybe kids, you’d probably won’t feel any difference.


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!)

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Episodes: 12 / 23 min. per ep.
Genres: Slice of Life, Game, Comedy
Score: 5 / 10

I do like shogi. It’s my favourite strategy game, despite me being quite bad at it. So when I see any show related to it, it’s simply must for me to watch. Most of the time I learn at least something, about opening moves, good or bad positions or what it means tempo loss bishop exchange. And that’s an extra reason to be sadder, when the show won’t live up to the expectation. This show was intense in few shogi moments, but most of the time it was comedy show, which had shogi as a background. I can understand situational humour and sexual undertone in comedy shows with high school girls, but please don’t put in those situation elementary school girls, thank you very much.


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