Every season, it feels like we get closer and closer to that perfect moment where every show we watched be a solid pick. This season was unfortunately not it.
That being said, we’ve still compiled a couple of fantastic shows that you should definitely check out, whether you’re into future cop crime thrillers, furry shenanigans, or a comedy about flowers, and baseball, and hoses, and the sun, and a Bench (I think?). We’ve even got the hot gossip (i.e., public outcry) about a certain soft tennis anime’s untimely end, so we’ve for sure got something in this batch that’ll interest you!
Hey y’all, it’s ya bois from The Backloggers here.
As y’all know, it’s nearing the end of 2019 (thank god, am I right?) and with the end of 2019 comes the end of the decade). Anime has undergone some pretty drastic changes since the beginning of the decade as well, in terms of amount and style. Seasonal anime has become a larger thing than ever in recent years, and the anime community has grown to a size that I never would have expected. There have been plenty of revolutionary shows in the meantime as well, some even being large game-changers of the medium as a whole.
Zaregoto was a total surprise to us – when we picked it, none of us even knew the show existed. Suffice to say, we can pretty easily say now that we’re glad we do now. Join us as we talk about Zaregoto – Nisioisin’s murder mystery set on a secluded island – and get into some of the show’s finer points, like characters talking about nonsense, signature styles of shows and authors, and whether or not you should use a headless body as a stepping stool!
Welcome back to the Campfire Cast! In this one, we end up talking about a lot of anime that has made us emotional. However, most of those emotions run the gamut of rage, disgust, confusion, or just flat-out despair (here’s looking at you, Golden Time).
There’s some solid discussions about genre conventions in this one, too, such as what makes a shonen anime a shonen, or what makes a great story in a visual novel or a route-based game/story.
We also dig up a fair number of recommendations of shows that, for various reasons (good and bad) are absolute masterpieces, so don’t miss this one!
Seiren honestly surprised us – pulled from the Mystery Garbage pile, we found that Serien is one of the weirdest, but most upfront school romance series we’ve watched in a long time. Join us as we talk about deer sim games, steamy desks, and the most plot-centric point of all: professional bus stopping.
It’s that time again folks, where we talk about all the seasonal hits and duds. Luckily as with many past seasons, we didn’t watch the duds after the first few eps; we watch it so you don’t have to!
We still talk about our adventures with the season though, which was mostly a success, minus a certain anime about firefighters that got superseded by a movie about firefighters instead… which despite our intentions, we ended up forgetting to talk about!
Either way, here’s some of the popular stuff from the season. Hope you enjoy the deep dive into some of the shows we watched!
Hey y’all. I know it’s been a while since we’ve gotten out a post about seasonal anime amongst the three of us, but this post is about to change all of that. We typically do a podcast episode about the season and our impressions based on the first episodes, but we experienced some… technical difficulties during the last podcast which prevented us from doing that this time. So instead, we took the opportunity in our hands to do something different and try something new-ish for us. Let us know what you think!
This is going to be a long post so I’ll keep this part short, but basically with this, we wanted to address some of the shows we found interesting during the season. Hopefully you’ll find something good here in case you wrote the season off early like some of us were going to, or if you’re just looking for Backloggers branded recommendations, then you’ll get that here too.
Well, it only took us four years of blogging to get picked up for a review. Go us!
In all seriousness, though, thanks to TriCoast Studios for reaching out to us about the opportunity to review Violence Voyager – it’s an awesome moment for us to have been asked to do this, and we’ve been pretty dang excited to oblige. I can pretty confidently say that Violence Voyager is entirely unlike anything we’ve seen before as a blogging collective (and you can get a sense of whether or not you’ve seen anything like it, too, by checking out the trailer here)!
Love Lab is a show with many layers – most of them are goofy as all get-out, but some of them? Some of them get surprisingly deep for a show about a student council wanting to know how to meet and romance boys. Join us as we talk about really bad puppy dog eyes, harmonized goofs, and the most important question: HOW TO BOY??
Tofu was told by some folks that Revue Starlight was basically Black Swan with idol girl fights. In this episode, we learn that this is not the case. Join us as we talk about some sick fights and songs, marvel over timeline-looping bananas, and are astounded that we watched a Bushiroad project that wasn’t BanG Dream! This podcast was recorded August 18th, 2019.