You know what's terrible about summer?
I hate hot weather, but I'm dreading the fall because I'm starting college and everything I like will be put on the back burner! I'm probably going to have to wait until a holiday break before I even get to finish any of these titles.. I just know it!
Pushing my anxiety aside, I'm excited to enjoy the last bit of anime before I get stress break-outs and chew my pens to dust! Summer anime is fantastic- always fresh and fun, and they are always streaming, which makes my life easier! Yes, the summer is good! That being said, I did dip my toe into some very refrshing pools (no pun intended) this season...
Free: Iwatobi Swim Club
(see that foreshadowy, pun there?)
Free, incase you are unaware, is about swimming. Now you must be thinking, "Stacie, whoa there, you don't like sports anime!", but you know what I do love?
(I was sort of hoping for a Beetlejuice effect, but to no avail)
This show is about four boys that swam for a youth swim club that eventually dispands and they all go their separate ways (more or less), and they all join together again when they are all the perfect combination of cute and handsome (so the definition of bishie, oh androgyny I love you~). As for story, it is clear that our main character Haruka, a strictly free style swimmer, is troubled by the sudden return of the only swimmer that proved a challenge, Rin.
Rin is a jerk- well, has matured into a jerk, and based on the ending sequence will continue the trend. However, based on all that fun they are having in the oasis, Rin might have a change of heart. There also is an unknown glasses character that hasn't appeared as of the first episode, so that's exciting.
On a serious note, the character design is tolerable, but do they know what muscles look like? Scratch that- what a human male looks like? I know that Japanese artists get more than enough practice drawing female anatomy, but they may want to consult their biology books because this isn't healthy. Honestly though, this show does have potential for a casual watch if I'm in the mood for eye candy. It doesn't seem awful, but nothing to keep me unhealthily obsessed.
Speaking of unhealthily obsessed, was I the only one that waited until there was a substantial amount of Attack on Titan released and watched all twelve episodes until 5 AM? No- just me? Awkward...
It's an interesting show, has amassed quite the following, and is probably the most disgusting show I've watched. (I would say in awhile, but I don't think Deadman Wonderland and Hell Girl really compare to the amount of unadulterated horror that Attack on Titan supplies) In case you're a little late to the party, humanity has become overrun by these giant, naked, lumbering, horrifying beings aptly named Titans that feed on, you guessed it, ladies and gentlemen, HUMAN FLESH. But, saying it like that makes it seem like they are zombies right? But in all actuality, these monsters pick up humans and eat them whole. There is even this cute little scene with the main character, Eren, just chilling in the digestive system. Without saying too much, Eren lives with his friends within the walls the remaining humans on Earth create to deter Titan attacks. After 100 years of good times, a huge mofo ( by Titan standards, no less) tears down the outermost wall protecting Eren's hometown, thus destroying everything he knows and loves, and his mom *spoiler alert* gets eaten. Leading him to join the ranks of the elite (and unfortunate) survey groups that are humanity's only line of defense against the nightmare fuel. It gets pretty interesting past the training episodes, you just gotta sit back and let those characters develop, like a nice stew. Mmm- meat and potatoes.
(I thought this would lighten the mood)
Hakkenden has been a nice little show that fills the hole that Yuki Midorikawa leaves in me after every season of Natsume's Book of Friends. Hakkenden is not as emotional as NBF in the slightest, and in reality is nothing even similar in description, but there is something about it that gives me the same satisfied feeling that I get after watching or reading NBF. In the show (and its second season that is being presented in the summer season) we meet Shino, Sousuke, and Hamaji, the remaining members of a village that had been entirely wiped out. All on their death beds, they are asked a simple "Do you wish to live?" which is the stupidest question ever, and they are granted a new life. Not without all the perks of being... possessed for lack of better terms. Sousuke isn't entirely himself anymore and Shino hasn't aged since the event 5 years ago. They meet other people with similar situations as them, they break some hearts, turn into a dog, kill some people, become bloodthirsty, and meet an evil dopplegänger.... and that's only the first season. It's pretty enjoyable, has a good episode set up of constantly HAVING CLIFF HANGERS EVERY EPISODE! Between this and Arrow this spring, the weeks were long and taxing.
The Eccentric Family has left me wanting more. The first episode gives you little more than brief understanding that our main characters are either going to be tengu, humans, or tanuki. (Shout out the creator for opting out of the typical depiction of tanuki for this show- I mean how awk was that one episode of Nurarihyon no Mago?) Anyways, the characters are adorable, I mean look at this little guy with his cute little tail- I want to know more about him! A little reminiscent of Tsuritama because everyone was pretty adorable in that one too (and that first episode didn't make a lick of sense), just a little more subdued as far as colors are concerned. I wish I could tell you more, but unfortunately the first episode was vague, but I'm looking forward to the next episode!
EDIT: I really should make a blog drinking game- take a shot whenever I use the adjectives: Cute or adorable; you'll get a pretty good buzz.
EDIT 2: Jeez, I must of broken some kind of record with all these links...
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