Fruits Basket (Episode 3) – Let’s Play Rich Man, Poor Man!

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Despite Tohru’s best efforts, she can’t seem to stop Kyo and Yuki from continuing to try to best one another. They’re both so stubborn, it’s looking like an impossible task.

What did you watch?

I’ve almost wrapped up all my shows from the winter schedule and yet, somehow, I’m three weeks into the spring schedule already. So far, I’m very happy with my selections. There have been some concerns, but I’m confident that things are heading in the right direction.

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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Season One)

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Hakata! Home to detectives, assassins, hackers, international criminal organisations, torturers, plastic surgeons, ramen chefs, and baseball players!

What did you watch?

For the letter H in my A to Z Anime Challenge, I choose to watch Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. I was really struggling on which one to pick and in the end just took a shot in the dark, which seems kind of appropriate that I would end up with a series about assassins.

What’s it about?

It follows Banba, a private detective who has ruffled the feathers of a mob boss. In order to get him off their backs, they send Lin, a cross-dressing assassin to take care of him, but they recently stiffed Lin on a previous job, so he has taken it upon himself to make sure that no one assassinates Banba. Lin moves in with Banba and is even convinced to join his baseball team.

Now living together, Banba learns that Lin was a product of a brutal assassin training camp and is searching for his missing sister. Lin also discovers that Banba is also an assassin and not just any assassin, but the legendary Niwaka Samurai.

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That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime (Season One)

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When a thirty-something office worker was murdered on his way to lunch, he couldn’t have imagined he would be reincarnated into a new world as a slime.

What did you watch?

This has been an epic series, both in the sheer scale of the world-building and because I’ve been watching it since November. When I first started watching That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime I had no idea it was going to be twenty-five episodes long, but when I found out I was well in and quite happy to discover there would be more. However, sometimes less is more.

What’s it about?

A thirty-something office worker is murdered on his way to lunch and as he lies there slowly dying, he complains about the pain, the heat, the cold, etc. Somehow, his complaints influenced what happened next. He awoke in a strange world with a strange body and a number of strange new abilities. He had been reincarnated as a slime!

He comes across various monsters and manages to defeat them and gain their abilities. Finally, he meets a mighty dragon imprisoned in a magic cage. They give each other names and become friends. Then Rimuru, the slime, eats the dragon and the prison in hopes of finding a way to free him. Then he sets out to explore this strange new world.

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka (Season One)

Having defeated the Disas, Asuka tries to return to normal, but there’s no escaping her past. Once a Magical Girl, always a Magical Girl.

What did you watch?

Magical Girl Spec-Ops: Asuka was part of the Winter 2019 lineup and one that I was particularly looking forward to, especially after how much I enjoyed Magical Girl: Raising Project. The animation looked slick and it looked to continue the strange meshing of cute and violent.

What’s it about?

Asuka was part of the Magical Nine. She was selected by an envoy from the spirit world to help humanity defeat the Disas, a race of magical monsters intent on taking over the world. They won and now things can return to normal. Not for Asuka, however, she is plagued by nightmares from the battlefield and struggles to settle down again.

With a new breed of terrorism and an illegal magical item black-market, the world governments are setting up groups to counter. The Japan based M Squad already has Magical Girl War Nurse on board and hope to convince Asuka to come out of retirement.

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Sankarea: Undying Love (Ranko Highlights) – A Yomu and Lynn Collab

This week Yomu hosted our collaborative review of Sankarea: Undying Love which covered episodes 2 and 3, so I’m just going to share pictures of Ranko.

Here’s the link to our views on the episodes, but before you go, here are some pictures of the indisputable series best girl – Ranko. Don’t worry, the link will also be after the pictures.

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