Okay, so it’s time for some good news, bad news. The bad news is that, due to obvious circumstances, the Summer 2020 season of anime is a bit shorter on shows than it would normally be. The good news is that there is still a ton of great stuff to watch, despite the delays in production, etc.
We do get to talk about a bit of a mixed bag of shows for the season: we mercifully get all of the laughably bad horny shows out of the way first, we all take a collective trip to the suffering zone, sponsored by Re:Zero and OreGairu, and we bask in the glory of beautiful shows like The God of High School and hilariously dumb shows like The Misfit of Demon King Academy. Don’t do yourself the disservice of skipping out on this season – hop on in, get some recommendations, and enjoy the season!
It’s hard to believe that the Spring 2020 anime season, which never really felt like it got to truly start due to the whole pandemic business, is finally over. Despite all that, it really ended with a bang, because MAN, it still had a ton of great shows to offer.
Unsurprisingly, good shows bring out great talking points in this episode: we get to exorcise our strong feelings about Sing “Yesterday” For Me, Zack makes the bold claim that Brand New Animal is “a show done by Studio Trigger”, and Matt forcefully takes the discussion into his own hands to say that DADDY! DADDY! DO! is, to quote, “pretty good”. Strap yourselves in, because we’ve got a lot coming your way!
Remember how it feels like we just talked about shows in digital worlds, or with an isekai plot, or some combination of those ideas? We just watched another one. It was an awful decision.
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody is a pretty decidedly “meh” fantasy MMO isekai harem series, and we had to watch all of it. It’s not all bad, of course – we get some pretty good discussion out of some of the show’s clever use of UI elements (until it starts to suck), for instance, or how the protagonist definitely isn’t the same guy as the protagonist in the other fantasy MMO isekai harem series. That being said, what you really want is the complete and utter beatdown that we give the show, and by god, do we give it to it. In a loving, constructive criticism sort of way, of course. Don’t watch the show, but do listen to us tell you why not to watch it.
Welcome to our first Lil’ Log Cast! These are going to be an offshoot of our current suite of stuff where we take a look at some shorter series. Incidentally, we also chose this show completely at random using our patented new selection method called Mystery Garbage! Thankfully it didn’t steer us wrong this time, but stick around and maybe we’ll get something really weird with it.
For this cast, we watched Escha Chron, a delightful short OVA series about time and space-bending girls that just want to learn about our world. Talking points include comfy stuff…actually, yeah, that’s most of it, but it’s great, we promise!
We’ve been meaning to watch The Big O for a while now, and believe us when we say that it was well worth the wait. Join us as we talk about some good ‘ol big mech nostalgia, the show’s weird twists and turns with memory, and a never-before-seen end-of-cast twist in opinions. This show is an absolute treasure, and we hope you see why by the end of this.
Samurai Flamenco is a wild ride. We discuss some of its crazy antics, its different aspects of justice of the main character Masayoshi, and how it makes us think differently and reflect on older sentai super heroes shows and other super hero genres.
The spring season may not have as much of a kick in terms of sheer adrenaline and mind-bending shows as the winter season, but don’t count it out! We’ve dug through a mountain of shows to find the season’s cream of the crop (and some of the trash, while we’re at it). Join us as we discuss some good, wholesome fun with Hitoribocchi, Senryu Girl, and Fruits Basket, talk about the weird side of spring with Sarazanmai and Midnight Occult Civil Servants, and dissect some truly heinous garbage.
The winter season ended with a bang, and even though we promised ourselves we wouldn’t go overboard, we definitely, definitely did – this one’s almost three hours, but we just had so much we needed to get out there!
Join us as we talk about the weird, granular umami of what makes sports anime great with Run With the Wind, discuss a fair amount of romance with quintuplets, step-siblings, and student council peers, and go nuts over Bang Dream! for…close to an hour? It’s all great, so come on in!
Have you ever gone back and watched an anime you watched as a kid? It hurts sometimes, because it isn’t always quite as good as you remember it being.
We watched Blue Submarine No. 6, and it was…interesting. Join us as we talk about so-bad-it’s-good 90’s 3DCG, genuinely interesting world-building, and writing issues that drag the whole show down with them.
There’s a good anime in there somewhere, but this ain’t it.
We watched Guilty Crown and wow, do we regret it. Join us as we talk about voiding, the many, many narrative pitfalls this show digs itself into, and copying others’ work and definitely making it look like your own.