SSSS. Gridman (Season One)

Giant mecha battle even bigger kaiju in a no holds barred city-wrecking extravaganza! Story not included…

What did you watch and why? This was a part of the Fall 2018 seasonal lineup and it promised giant robots fighting massive kaiju. How could I say no to that? It promised big fights and destruction on a city level. Also, it looked pretty slick.

What’s it about? Yuta Hibiki wakes to find himself in a strange place with a girl he doesn’t recognize. Rikka informs him that he passed out in her family’s shop and that they go to school together. When they head outside, Yuta notices giant kaiju littering the horizon.

Before long Yuta is transforming, with the help of an ancient computer in Rikka’s shop, into Gridman – a giant robot capable of battling the kaiju. More strange people appear who claim an allegiance to Gridman. Together they fight the Kaiju that seem to appear out of thin air at an alarming rate.

Following the battle, the city returns to normal overnight, the only changes are several of their classmates have been erased and no one has any memory of them. As they start to investigate these mysterious occurrences more kaiju appear.

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Samurai 7 (Season One)

A village threatened by bandits searches for a samurai to protect them, but just one will not do. They will need seven samurai.

What did you watch and why? I actually watched this in 2018 but never got around to writing up a review until now. Therefore there will be no Animercise update with this review. Anyone that knows me will know of my love of samurai and swords in general. So, an anime about seven samurai was bound to catch my attention.

What’s it about? There was a great war where one side was so determined to win that they integrated their bodies into giant machines. Unable to stand against the numbers and firepower, the samurai were forced to surrender and wander the world as ronin.

Now that the war is over, the Nobuseri bandits, who were part of the winning side terrorize the farmers, stealing their crops and women. But Kanna Village has had enough. The village priestess heads to the city to find help. She eventually manages to enlist a great samurai, but he informs her that if they are to succeed, they will need seven samurai.

The samurai stop a local noble from kidnapping the priestess. Infuriated that they would interfere in his business, he devises a plan to eradicate the samurai. Eventually, they manage to enlist the seven and fight back against the Nobuseri, but it looks like they will be the least of their problems.

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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Season One)

What did you watch and why? This is the first of the 2018 fall series that I’ve finished. Normally, I tend to watch dubbed shows, but this one piqued my interest with its absurd title. Watching subtitles with small children around is almost impossible, so I watched these late at night once everyone had gone to bed.

One line pitch! A strange phenomenon results in the manifestation of teenage issues…

What’s it really about? Sakuta is surprised to see a girl at his school walking around a library in a bunny suit. Even more surprising is that no one else can see her. On top of that, she’s also a famous actor. She advises Sakuta to forget everything he saw, but that’s not going to happen.

Before he knows it, Sakuta has been pulled into one mysterious crisis after another, but he also has experience of the strange affliction and that has prepared him to be able to help the victims.

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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

What’s happened since last time? Sakuta agreed to pretend to date Tomoe, a first-year student to help her with her status issues. She’s so focused on trying to keep up impressions that she changed everything about herself before joining the school. Mai reluctantly agrees to let him do it as she can see he’s just trying to help her.

With the Tomoe arc brought to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion, we are thrown straight into another two mysteries. The first revolves around Sakuta’s first crush who has no recollection of him and is now younger. Then we have Futaba having an issue with a doppelganger, which was resolved within this collection of episodes.

Have your feelings changed? I loved this series from the first impressions and absolutely nothing has changed. If anything, I’d say that I like it even more than I did then. The dialogue is fantastic, the characters are interesting and realistic.

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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? Sakuta can’t help but stare as Mai Sakirajima, the famous teen actor walks around the library in a bunny suit, but bizarrely, he’s the only one that does. Mai suffers from a strange affliction called Adolescence Syndrome. It this particular version no one can see her. Sakuta is determined to help her, being no stranger to Adolescence Syndrome himself.

What are your first impressions? This anime, despite its long and absurd name, is spectacular. The weird afflictions plaguing various students seem to be physical manifestations of the mental anguish and isolation of a school’s atmosphere. It’s bizarre and incredible all at the same time. Sakuta is an interesting character and has some of the best lines. His relationship with Mai is fun, as she likes to torment him at every possible opportunity.

Favourite character so far? It has to be Sakuta, mostly for his comment about his lewd thoughts being a million times worse than Mai could imagine. He just seems to end up in the worst and funniest situations. After just four episodes, I can’t wait to see what else he gets up to.

Who do you want to see more of? I really enjoy Sakuta’s interactions with Futaba, the sole science club member. It’s really interesting to see her applying science concepts to the Adolescence Syndrome, something clearly she does not believe in.

Are you going to continue watching? Absolutely. This is one of the reasons I kept watching seasonal anime after diving into it last season. Just trying to watch everything has opened up numerous anime series that I would never have watched if I was sticking to bingeing shows. I love it when a show surprises me, and this one blew me away.