When I first wrote about Darling in Franxx all I said I was excited to look at the aesthetic of the show but I was wary about what the actual story would entail. But now that I’m 14 episodes into it, I can safely say that I am extremely enjoying it. Briefly, all I can say is that the show is about a group of eight kids who were groomed from birth to pilot the Franxx machines against the Klauxosaurs. One of the kids ends up meeting a Franxx pilot who is part Klauxosaur (Her name being Zero-Two) and starts developing a complicated relationship with her which is condemned by some members of the group since all the pilots this girl rides with ends up dying. My explanation is probably not so good so here is a link to the MAL synopsis.
But anyway, what I loved about this show was the amount of character developement that was present, most notably with Zero-Two. We saw her transform from somebody that was totally at ease with herself into a damaged, anxious girl going through an identity crisis. This show also highlights the dangers of a dictatorship, these kids are literally being brainwashed by the ‘Father’, and whenever they are about to enter a life threatening mission they constantly bring up how they all desperately want to impress him, but they are now starting to realise that they it is most likely that they are going to die before they reach adulthood; and I think that the later episodes are going to address this and lead to a revolt against the state… Well thats what I’m hoping for at least.
Thank god!! For the first couple of episodes I was worried that this season of Saiki K wouldn’t be as good as the first. That’d it be a watered down season that for some reason lacked something vital that was present in the first season. But luckily that wasn’t the case. After the show started to get going, I got used to the characters again, I got used to the comedy again and everything felt great again.
However, what I have noticed is that the show relies on introducing new characters to keep the show fresh. We’re 12 episodes in and three new major characters have already been introduced. So far I don’t see anything wrong with this method and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with it since with each new character introduced comes along multiple funny stories that can be told, so I don’t really care nor understand why some people find this approach to be lazy.
I’ve particularly enjoyed the addition of the two new female characters; mostly because they are competition for Teruhashi. But to be honest, I care more about the upcoming romantic compettition between Teruhashi and the new female psychic, because Saiki is finally going to have a harem. Hopefully we get another girl in the mix so we can see more of Teruhashi fighting off the compettition for Saiki.
The thing about this show is that (for me) it can be binged. Its something that you tune into once a week to relieve stress, but I tried binge watching it today but I just got bored. The thing is, the show is really funny and I dont want to drop it so what I’m going to have to do is keep it on my watch list and watch it whilst I’m watching something else of the season.
The silly 4-cell manga has become a pretty successful anime, just not one I can binge.
I mean, there is just something about Takagi-san right? Is it her husky voice that in no way should belong to a middle schooler or is it just her quick wit that makes you feel a jolt of excitement when she out-smarts Nishitaka for the thousandth time.
There has to be a second season for this show, right? because after Nishitaka’s ‘critical hit’ and seeing her cute reaction to it, I need to see more.
Unfortunatley, I haven’t had any time to watch any seasonal anime due to me just having the most unproductive three months of my life. I was literally unenthusiastic in every aspect of life, from school work, programming and anime. But now that I’m back, I’m ready to binge on the season I missed, and I have to say, this season has a lot of shows I think will be really good.
I’m going to write a list of the seasonal anime that have been spoken about alot and ones that I think look cool, once I read the descriptions of the shows I will rate it from 1 – 4 starts (*) depending on how much I’ll want to watch it. Then write about why I will or won’t watch the show.
- Violet Evergarden (****)
- Darling in FranXX (****)
- Ovelord II(*)
- Citrus (**)
- Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (***)
- Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-San(****)
- Pop Team Epic (****)
- Yuru Camp (***)
- Koi wa Amegari no You ni (**)
- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2 (****)
- Shows I’m definitley going to try:
- Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-San – Looking at all the memes on 4chan and the clips of it on facebook and twitter, I can just see myself liking it. It seems like it’ll be a mixture of Tsuki ga Kirei (which I really, really enjoyed) mixed in with some slapstick slice of life comedy.
- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2 – After the first season of this show ending up in my top 5 list, I’m obviously giving this season a watch too.
- Pop Team Epic – I’ve heard its just a meme show, so why not watch it.
- Darling in FranXX – I first came across this show on a crunchyroll poster and I loved the asethetic so I put it on my watch later list, but I’ve been hearing many mixed reviews from the community. I’m defenintley going to check it out but I’m wary of it.
- Violet Evergarden – Its the show of the season. To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to like it. I have the same feeling as I did when Mahoutsukai no Yome came out, and that show was underwhelming for me. I just wasn’t my cup of tea. But regardless, I have to see what all the fuss is about.
- Shows I might try… if I have the time:
- Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody – Since I told myself that I wanted to try out more shows from the isekai genre, I put this show on my watch later list. The appeal was that the protagonist was a 29 year old programmer; However, when I saw the clips from the show, it just looks like a clone of SAO. I was hoping for a more grittier look and this show doesnt have that, hence the low priority it has on my list, but I’m still curious about it
- Yuru Camp – A show full of cute girls and a cute aesthetic but the story seems quite boring. I think I’ll check out an episode or two, but if it doesnt grip me by then I’m going to have to drop it.
- Show I probably won’t watch:
- Ovelord II – Even though I kind of liked the first season, my taste has changed a whole lot since the first season came out, so I don’t think I’ll watch the show. However, I did say that I wanted to watch more Isekai shows so the only way I would give this show a shot is if I dropped Yuru Camp or Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody quite early on.
- Citrus – The story looks generic and from what I can tell from the clip, it looks like a poorly funded hentai series. I doubt I’ll watch this show.
- Koi wa Amegari no You ni – Looking back, this show looks cool. I don’t remember why I didn’t want to watch it. I’ll probably give it a go.