Hello everyone! Firstly apologies this is very very late, I’m aware we’re already halfway through the season, but time hasn’t been kind to me. I can’t remember if I mentioned in any of my last updates, probably not as I was busy with my hearing loss, but I helped set up a company earlier this year and running that alongside a full time job really eats up your free time. Though because of that keeping me busy, I feel like I’m over my hearing loss as I don’t even have time to contemplate the impact it has on my life. Mainly because it’s already been 3 months and it hasn’t affected my daily life too much. Sure it’s a pain and I live in fear that I’ll lose hearing in my other ear too, but I’m not one to let fear or a pain get in the way of a life I still need to live through and what I want to do.

On the blogging side, I did say this season looks like it could be the right time for me to return, but unfortunately I feel like that boat has long set sailed and catching up from an already very far behind position would be difficult. Plus in terms of anime I want to blog, there’s not a great selection and definitely not a single one I thought I’d definitely blog. Perhaps that’s why this season preview fell down my priority list. Still, doesn’t mean I’m not watching anything, I’m just watching them extremely slowly as time is far too limited. However, nothing yet has grabbed my attention.

In terms of last season, I have enjoyed all of the sequels I pointed out in my last season preview, and outside of that, Shield Hero was an unexpected favourite and one of the few anime I’ve kept up to date with. Otherwise I don’t have much else to say on that season as my illness made it so I couldn’t watch much anyway.

Moving onto this season, two main sequels coming out that I have my eyes on, though one of them not quite a ‘sequel’ in Fruits Basket and the other being One Punch Man. The remainder I’ve erred on the side of the relaxing slice of life comedies as always and that’s what I’ve gone for.

I’m also hoping that writing this will push me to start watching the anime I’ve listed and finally get going on this season. The only one so far I’ve watched is One Punch Man, and I can’t even say I’m watching it as I’m mainly skipping through it to the ‘good’ parts because I’ve read the manga so I know what happens.

Anyways, I’ve rambled enough, here are my five picks for the new season:

Update: This is probably not surprising anymore, but I’m doing my edit of this a few weeks after I wrote it and we’re practically at the end of the season. So, take my comments as if they were nearer the start of the season… then again, I think my comments would be the same anyway as I haven’t really watched any of the shows yet apart from a few episodes into each.

Bokutachi wa benkyou ga dekinai

His late father always said that a useless man should strive to be useful, so to that end, third-year high school student Nariyuki Yuiga dedicated himself to becoming a high-achieving student in his school, despite his history of poor grades. In order to give his destitute family a better life, his ultimate goal is to obtain the special VIP nomination, a prestigious scholarship covering all future university tuition fees. Although Nariyuki could feasibly be a shoe-in for the nomination, he is constantly overshadowed by classmates Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi in mathematics and literature, respectively.

To his delight, Nariyuki receives the nomination, but there’s a catch: he has to tutor his two star classmates, who are each hopelessly mediocre at the other’s subject of expertise! To make matters worse, the subjects they are horrible at are the same subjects they want to pursue for their future. As the time to submit university applications draws nearer, Nariyuki must find an effective tutoring method for the girls before it’s too late.

Thoughts

Whilst I didn’t think Quintessential Quintuplets from last season was anything that special, I did really like it and I have finished it, as opposed to a few others I need to finish, and this is basically the same anime. Therefore by that logic I should like this too, plus I think so far after a good number of episode it’s getting some good reviews so I’ll check it out.

Fruits basket

Tooru Honda has always been fascinated by the story of the Chinese Zodiac that her beloved mother told her as a child. However, a sudden family tragedy changes her life, and subsequent circumstances leave her all alone. Tooru is now forced to live in a tent, but little does she know that her temporary home resides on the private property of the esteemed Souma family. Stumbling upon their home one day, she encounters Shigure, an older Souma cousin, and Yuki, the “prince” of her school. Tooru explains that she lives nearby, but the Soumas eventually discover her well-kept secret of being homeless when they see her walking back to her tent one night.

Things start to look up for Tooru as they kindly offer to take her in after hearing about her situation. But soon after, she is caught up in a fight between Yuki and his hot-tempered cousin, Kyou. While trying to stop them, she learns that the Souma family has a well-kept secret of their own: whenever they are hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

With this new revelation, Tooru will find that living with the Soumas is an unexpected adventure filled with laughter and romance.

Thoughts

I watched the original Fruits Basket in highschool times, so that was about 15 years ago or so and I have to say apart from my impressions that the anime was very serious, I don’t remember much else. I certainly feel nostalgia when seeing Fruits Basket pop up this season so it’s a no brainer to watch it. If any other old anime I remember ever get a remake, I’d watch it without hesitation.

Kenja no mago

A young man who had surely died in an accident, was reborn in another world as a baby! After that, he was picked up by the patriot hero “Sage” Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson by Merlin and soaked up Merlin’s teachings, earning him some shocking powers; however, when he became 15, his grandfather Merlin said, “I forgot to teach him common sense!”

Thoughts

Did I hear there’s another standard braindead isekai power fantasy this season? Sign me up! I watched the first episode of this and laughed at how cliché it was as compared with every other isekai these days, but I’m definitely going to continue watching it. It’s pretty average and rubbish in every way, but hey, people watch ‘trash’ TV and love it, so why can’t I enjoy some ‘trash’ anime. I’m always partial to an isekai as long as it doesn’t get too boring, like smartphone…

One punch man 2

The second season of One Punch Man.

Thoughts

First season was great, I loved the concept, the art and the action scenes. Here’s hoping for it to follow strongly on from that into a great second season. That said, I do actually read the manga so I know exactly what’s coming up, but it’s still cool seeing it all animated and coloured in.

Sewayaki kitsune no senko-san

The everyday life of Nakano, a salaryman working for an exploitative company, is suddenly intruded upon by the fox, Senko-san (800-year-old little girl). Whether it be cooking, cleaning, or special service(?)… she’ll heal his exhaustion with her tender “care.”

Thoughts

I remember reading some comments on this anime saying that it’s like laid back camp mixed with dragon maid which is easily my type of anime. Not only does it have the relaxing effect of laid back camp, but it’ll have the restoration effects from dragon maid, definitely something I can do with given the difficulties I’m having in life right now.