We decided to drink and do a seasonal podcast to come to terms with Mythos’ absence.
We talk about some of our favorite shows from the fall anime season, along with other shows that we thought were boppin’. We discussed what made some shows like Zombie Land Saga and Bunny Girl Senpai unique within their genre of shows, and how others like SSSS.Gridman and Run with the Wind are similar to other shows, but also doing their own take on those elements as well.
As a final send-off to our year, we also showcase our Anime of the Year Top 5!
I feel Gokushufudou works for the same reason of why I love Leslie Nelson’s brand of comedic movies. It’s a very serious character in a completely out of tone situation. Our main character, Tatsu, is an ex-yakuza who left all of the gang violence behind to completely support his wife in her work by taking care of their house. However, even with the smallest chores of cleaning the bath or doing the dishes, he treats it with the same horrifying and meticulous seriousness of a gang-sanctioned killing.
If you’re anything like me, you may have given this anime one glance and thought that it looked like a strange concoction of what people would regard as a “generic fantasy show” with very under-stellar elements regarding animation and effects. There’s nothing really that makes this anime stand on its own from just reading the synopsis and watching the PV. To older anime viewers such as myself, it almost looks like a cross between Aldnoah.Zero and Chaika: The Coffin Princess in terms of both style and elements presented to us throughout the show. Both of those shows were at varying levels of popularity and quality, but I think that while comparing Price of Smiles to those shows may be accurate in terms of plot setup and world-building elements, it’s also disingenuous to say that this show is exactly like either of those, as it does have a wide array of differences in terms of execution and tone that keeps it apart as its own entity.
If it’s not obvious from the title, this is 100% an isekai light novel story. Rather than your typical one, though, this one caught my attention because it wanted to go for a different approach, which will always catch my eye. The manga (as it’s the version I ended up reading) follows our main lead Azusa Aizawa who is a businesswoman that literally works herself to death. A god or being of some sort takes pity on her and sets her up in a new life as a young mage with eternal youth/life. Azusa decides that this will be her retirement and begins a life in another world doing… absolutely nothing. Having worked all her life since she was old enough to, she doesn’t want to do anything at all related to work. She gets by killing the “lowest level” (the world has MMO logic but it’s a fantasy realm) creatures she can find, slimes, and selling the gems they drop for the various food and resources she needs. Being immortal, she ends up doing this for so long that she’s become quite a powerful being and even a well-respected individual in her small town thanks to her healing potions she makes in her free time. However, after Azusa finds out how truly godly powerful she’s really become, she does everything she possibly can to avoid interrupting her streak of 300 peaceful years as a hermit. Too bad someone leaked how powerful she was to the world and now creatures far and wide have come to test her might…
Satoko & Nada is a simple series about two young women finding themselves as roommates in University and exploring each other’s cultures. Satoko is a Japanese exchange student to America who finds her expectations for her roommate are very unlike what she initially thought when she meets Nada, another exchange student who comes from Saudi Arabia. However, the two find themselves as incredibly fast friends and, for the benefit of this manga, very open and accepting about sharing their cultures with each other.
Hey! Mythos, here. I wanted to try something new. If you’ve followed us for a while, you may have noticed a bit of a dry spell from us and I know we’ve apologized a million times over it. All three of us try to do this site on the side from our own lives, which unfortunately have gotten super busy to the point where it’s kinda out of our hands right now. We’re still committed to doing this blog and starting a lot of fun and interesting discussions, however. So, instead of apologizing over and over again, I decided I’d do something a little different to help out over the course of this blog being a little slow with updates. So lemme get to this.
I typically don’t have a lot of time for things but where I suffer from insomnia, I usually have an unfortunate ton of time before my meds kick in where I’m just laying in bed waiting to sleep. So I’ve been doing a lot of reading, mostly manga and webcomics. As such, I figure I’m already doing the research for it, so why don’t I write about what I’m reading?
These won’t be super long pieces, as while I have time for the reading part of this, I still don’t have a ton of time for the actual writing. So these will just be little short pieces either detailing a specific manga, manwha, or webcomic I’m going through and either explaining the plot or detailing a specific idea or concept from them I find interesting. I love giving a shout out to fun ideas or stories as there’s always a lot of negativity about. So hopefully, these can act as a nice bit of levity from all that. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find something you like with some of these and take a look yourself!
One last bit here and as a bit of an aside: I usually play a little loose and fast when it comes to scanlations when I can’t find an official release. However, I always, always want to support the source material if I can and buy the official version. So while some of these may not have an official English version, many others do. I highly recommend buying it and will always try to link to someplace that you can, if possible. In fact, if you all ever find a legal version of any of these, and I don’t mention it, PLEASE let me know about it. I will buy this shit in a heartbeat because 1) I absolutely want to support the authors and 2) I’m a collector so I need dat shit in my life. So lemme know if you ever find the full release of some of these and I will buy it and share where everyone else can as well.
That’s it! Hope you enjoy. The first of these new posts is linked below!
It’s the spooky round-up for the month of October , and it’s clear that y’all didn’t get scared enough to hold back on great content for this month! I know that we are pretty much always happy with the level of diversity of topics in the pieces that we pick out for our monthly roundups here at The Backloggers, but hoo boy, do we have some seriously great picks for you this month! Tropes from centuries ago, discussions of symbolism by the truckload, deep dives into production of shows and anime fans from the West, and so much more! We loved the pieces we grabbed for this list (and so many others that we just couldn’t fit in here), and we’re sure you will, too! Kick back, crunch some leaves, and check out what your peers have put out this past month!