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The New and Not-So-New: The Ancient Magus' Bride, Welcome to the Ballroom, The iDOLM@STER Side M

What happens when you realise one day to your horror that the backlogs of all the anime which you had meant to clear have evolved into something else altogether? I wish I had a definite answer myself, but it was just a few days ago when that thought manifested. Then, the Fall season began without my knowledge. How wonderful. Anyway, I have discovered some really nice titles which hopefully wouldn't end up with the dusty backlogs.

Anybody here has already started catching the anime adaptation of The Ancient Magus' Bride? I am quite familiar with the manga, though I have long lost touch with its progress. Naturally, I was curious to take a peek. Two episodes have aired since its premiere, and I am so in love with the opening theme song! It just fits the image of Chise somehow, but I was initially baffled by her in a school uniform. If I recall, the story is already set against the England countryside after Chise was sold off to Elias for an enormous sum of money. I am looking forward to the next episode, after Chise got mysteriously swept off the Icelandic mountains by an unknown thing!

Okay, this technically isn't something new, but the story arc has shifted towards another direction following an extremely intense dance tournament. Welcome to the Ballroom! The main character Tatara has finally found his dance partner, though there are quite a lot of netizens who aren't too fond of his choice. Chinatsu, or Chi-chan as she allows Tatara to call her, is honestly a rather difficult person to work with. I can't say I like her either, and if possible I would really want Tatara to dance with Mako once again. Or even Shizuku, who genuinely wants the best for Tatara despite being rivals. Never mind, since nobody can change anything unless the manga artist personally changes the storyline, let's just grind our teeth in silent frustration.

This is actually kind of refreshing, though an idol-themed anime isn't anything unfamiliar to begin with. But what makes The iDOLM@STER franchise different is that it was mainly an all-girls idol simulation before Side M came along. Another unique point is that the male idols are considerably older and have professions which have no slightest association with the entertainment industry. For example, we have a lawyer, a pilot, and a doctor in Side M!

I don't want to be overly ambitious given my dwindling motivation in the anime department, so for now I shall just make do with three? :P

Eccentrically Yours.

Written by J.Fluffysheep ♪

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