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Episode Summary 2021 Summer Season Anime Preliminary Review part 3
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The third part of my preliminary reviews contains what is perhaps the strongest line-up of anime series. We get the supernatural/mystery series Sonny Boy that is worth a go if you are after something different. Then there is Slime Reincarnation which is the most anticipated series of the summer. I also take a peek at Higurashi SOTSU and Scarlet Nexus going into both series blind to see if they are any good. Finally, I see how Night Head 2041; the remake to the 2006 anime Night Head Genesis is trying to see if this remake can live up or even exceed the standards set in the original.

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Sonny Boy

If you like going off the beaten path then it is likely you will enjoy Sonny Boy as this show is not like your conventional anime story. Sonny Boy is a supernatural/mystery series where a bunch of high school students are transported into another...
Review Prequel series part 1 - Kobayashi Dragon Maid
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In this mini-series I will be looking at the prequel seasons of currently airing anime. Most of them are pretty good actually so it worth giving them a go but if you want to get the lowdown then read the reviews I will be posting. I will start with Kobayashi seeing as it was one of the most anticipated series this season. Enjoy!

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid otherwise known as Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is a slice-of-life, comedy, fantasy series. The first season originally aired in the winter season of 2017 while the second season is currently on-going as of summer 2021. The series kicks off with our main protagonist Kobayashi being plastered after having one too many drinks. Hung over and groggy she wakes up the next day only to find a maid, a dragon maid no less, swearing loyalty and devotion to her new master! It is an amusing start and perhaps one...
Weekly News Update - KONOSUBA anime release and more
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Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with all the weekly news surrounding anime and games so to make your life easier I will try and provide a weekly news update bulletin! If you got any news that you think is worth mentioning then just drop it on this thread. Alternatively, if you feel really passionate about posting some development then feel free to make a big post and we will put it on the front page!

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KonoSuba – Third season greenlit!

A third season of KonoSuba titled KonoSuba God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! has been greenlit for production! Honestly, I didn't think this would happen but it is pleasant surprise to hear. Details are scant at this time as the staff have kept their cards close to their chest. I just hope we get some additional information soon enough and the release date is not miles away in the future.

For those...
Episode Summary 2021 Summer Season Anime Preliminary Review part 2
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In the second part of my preliminary reviews, I will be checking the popular and highly anticipated Kobayashi-san series along with Peach Boy Riverside. If you are after slice-of-life then I suggest you give Aquatope on White Sand a go. If moe is more your thing then look no further than Making a Drugstore in Another World. Finally, Meikyuu Black Company delivers a pretty unique take on the isekai genre. Beware the anti-hero that lurks within!

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S

Oh boy Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S fires off its shots early! Right off the bat Torhu joins a maid café and it is not long before we are bombarded by a load of maids! Maid lovers rejoice! Yes, this bit is good and we get lots of fun and laughs in the opening scenes. After this little skit is down the show takes a somewhat more serious tone with the introduction of a certain character. It...
Episode Summary 2021 Summer Season Anime Preliminary Review part 1
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Hold on to your shirts because we got a whole load of anime this season! Being swamped for series can be a drag that is why I will be offering my initial insights after watching the opening two episodes. Hopefully my comments will help in deciding what series is worth watching and what can be skipped. I will also add accompanying trailers to give a better idea on what these shows are all about. Due to the number of anime present I will be breaking this into multiple parts. Happy hunting!

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All Routes Lead to Doom! Season two

After the first season of All Routes Lead to Doom, which I would recommend you watch, I was happy that a second season got commissioned. For those new to the series, I will bring you up to speed. All Routes to Doom is an isekai/comedy series that takes place in a game called Fortune Lover. Our main character is an otaku girl that loved...
Night Head 2041 (2021)
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Night Head 2041, a Cyberpunk retelling of the anime (2006) and Dorama (1992)
https://nighthead2041.jp
I will give Nights Head 2041 a go since the synopsis has potential.
felt the’original one was unfinished, so I hope this ones serves as Its sequel too :)
Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)
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Demon Slayer Infinity Train Movie

They say Monday 19th July aka Freedom Day is the great big day in England but there is an even bigger day that should be pencilled into your diaries. That day is the 26th July cause in the UK the Kimetsu no Yaiba movie aka Demon Slayer becomes available through legit channels. On the 26th you can watch the movie in Microsoft store, Playstation store (assuming Sony doesn't leak it early again), Google pay, Amazon and Sky.

A recap for those unfamiliar, Demon Slayer Infinity Train is the sequel to the hit 2019 Demon Slayer series. The story in the original series is that Tanjirou leaves his village to obtain some cash for his family. Unfortunately for him during his absence his whole family is killed by demons and the only surviving family member is Nezuko, his younger sister...
Review Wonder Egg Priority review
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Wonder Egg Priority is a psychological, drama series animated by the studio Cloverworks. The main series originally aired in the winter season of 2021 with episode 13 being a 45-minute special episode released early in the summer season of 2021. For the purposes of this review, I will be covering both the main series and the special episode.

Wonder Egg comes out the blocks blazing with the opening episode being a rollercoaster of emotion. The episode initially starts on a sombre note as it introduces us to Ai Ooto; a girl who suffers from social anxiety and depression. Her melancholy state is made considerably worse upon discovery of the recent suicide of Koito Nagase; Ai’s best friend. At hearing this news Ai is devastated and at her wits end. These depressive emotions however quickly subside to feelings of danger and anxiety when Ai is presented with a...
Season necromendations: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2, Part 2 & Diaries
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Season necromendations: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2, Part 2 & Diaries
https://www.fansub.tv/threads/tense...-series-2020-part-2-tensura-nikki-2021.29216/
1) Tensura Pt 2
lately is rare that Isekai animes have 40+ ep, more If this gets finished (a few) :eek:
Love Live! Superstar!! (2021), Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai (2020)
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LL! Superstar!! (2021) & Nijigasaki hi’school idol club (2020), Still guilty pleasure
https://www.lovelive-anime.jp/yuigaoka/
... No word of a third season?
I really doubt sunshine will, specially seeing last one (dōkōkai) didn’t get a S2 -_-
Review 2021 Spring Season Anime review
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Searching for a good anime series can be a difficult thing to do especially when you are busy or otherwise strapped for time. That is why I have complied this list to show what is hot and what is not so you don't have to faff around watching rubbish and only strike for the series that are worth watching! To make things easier, I have ranked all the anime titles I have seen this season from best to worst hoping that one (or more) of these series will take your fancy!

I will note there are a couple of promising series that are not yet finished and will go into the summer season or beyond. The most promising being Fumetsu no Anata e (To Your Eternity) and quite possibly 86. I have heard great things about Fruit Basket the final season but after seeing the original series not too long ago I am not holding high hopes for the remake being all that hence I am not including that series in my list. If anyone wishes to say otherwise then please post your opinions! With that out the way here...
Review Super Cub review
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Super Cub is a slice-of-life, school series which was animated by Studio Kai. Super Cub stars Koguma as the main character who is a girl with no parents, no friends, no hobbies and no future goals and is struggling to find her way through life. The backdrop sounds deary even depressing so are we going to experience a sombre experience similar to Welcome to the NHK or No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular!?

Not really. Whilst the imagery and tone in the opening episode may suggest a damp/melancholy experience the turning point comes early on when Koguma buys a Honda Super Cub on the cheap. Her dull, directionless life gains a new element of joy that was not previously there. Sure, Koguma still displays a distinctly gloomy attitude there is a switch that turns on when she first sets foot on her scooter. It quickly becomes apparent that this scooter...
Review Mars Red review
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Mars Red is an action/military, vampire series produced by the studio Signal.MD. Me being a sucker for vampire series I couldn’t help but give this a look and I was encouraged when reading the premise of the show. Mars Red is set in Tokyo during the 1920s and follows a special vampire unit led by Yoshinobu Maeda. This vampire unit is an experimental team that is deployed to undertake covert vampire hunting missions. It is also assigned the additional task of procuring additional vampires into the military.

On paper it would seem Mars Red has a lot going for it, right? Good setup for a plot, potential for both action, intrigue and perhaps a unique look on the vampire genre not to mention the 20s setting which could lead to atheistically pleasing scenes. So, does it deliver on this early promise? For the most part my answer would be no. You see whilst Mars Red does...
Review Odd Taxi review
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Odd Taxi is a mystery series and I would say a surprise hit for the spring season. When observing the promotional picture of this anime one could easily be mistaken that this series was catered for kids seeing as the show is filled with anthropomorphic animals. Not only that but the studio OLM most extensive works include the Pokémon franchise. However, if one were to take even a cursory glance at any single episode you will quickly discover it is anything but a simple child’s story.

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The Honor Student at Magic HI-school (2021) & Visitor arc (2020)
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The Honor Student at Magic HI-school (2021) & Visitor arc (2020), after 6 years!
https://mahouka-yuutousei.jp
4) Mahouka/Miyuki
with ep’1 as prequel to S1, the Miyuki spinoff Is more shōjo than battle’shōnen ;)
Review Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway review
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Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou otherwise known as Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway is a romantic drama produced by the studio Project No.9. I suppose by reading the title of this anime coupled by the fact it is a romantic series will have some people running for the hills. It is certainly a bold decision to not only cast the primary relationship with characters of such differing ages but also make the girl a teenager. Alarm bells will ring but the older Yoshida and supporting cast adds a maturity and balance to the overall dialogue and plot progression that ensures Higehiro avoids the worst pitfalls.

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Review Godzilla SP review
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Godzilla Singular Point is the latest in the long-lasting franchise that is Godzilla. I cannot claim to be a Godzilla buff (despite the handle I use) so any easter eggs or allusions made in previous movies will be missed by me. With that out the way this latest rendition of Godzilla is an anime original story which was a collaboration between Bones animation studio and Netflix so we know this one is going to be a big budget release which one would hope has a good dose of original thinking seeing as Bones is involved.

My general expectation for anything involving Godzilla is a mindless non-stop action seeing the big man (and possible rival to myself) creating great devastation to Tokyo and perhaps other cities if Godzilla goes truly rampant. That is the Godzilla way, right? Well, if that is your expectation then you need a rain check cause this Godzilla series is not like...
Review Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san! (Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro!) review
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Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san otherwise known as Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro is a slice-of-life, comedy/romantic series staring the titular character Nagatoro and her often teased senpai (older classmate) Hachiouju. Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagotoro has a similar dynamic to the series Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san). It, in essence, centres on the relationship of Nagatoro and her source of jokes (and affections) towards her senpai following all the pranks and antics the pair get up to.

I would say Don't Toy with Me, Nagatoro handles this teasing dynamic better than Teasing Master Takaga-san because unlike that series, the pranks do not always favour one character. In this anime whilst Nagatoro is often the main instigator there are numerous occasions where her plans and pranks backfire adding to a degree of suspension as we do not know how...
Review Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Ω (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord season 2) review
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How to summon a demon lord season two is an isekai, ecchi, harem series and as the name implies is a continuation from the first season which originally aired in the summer of 2019. Now with this being a harem and ecchi series I can say with certainty that Demon lord will NOT be for everyone. If you do not like harem shows then I would advice you stay well clear of this as there is nothing here that really goes beyond the beaten path. This one plays by the numbers so only open the book if you like the rules of the playbook!

To give a bit of a backdrop or for those who have largely forgotten what season one was all about Demon Lord is a series which stars Takuma Sakamoto aka Diablo as the main character. Takuma is a anti-social shut-in who has over levelled his...
Review I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level review
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Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita or I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is an isekai/fantasy, slice-of-life, comedy series. Not to be confused with the similarly titled slime series called: “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” which also confusingly is another isekai/fantasy series. This Slime series centres on Azusa Aizawa who is a 27-year-old woman who dies from overwork only to be reincarnated as a witch who is immortal. Over the course of 300 years, she kills a bunch of slimes and unexpectedly reaches max level. It is at this point where the main chunk of this series takes place.

So far, the premise and genre seem pretty generic and all the points mentioned thus far seem to cover the typical isekai anime checklist...
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