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Anime Reviews for Spring 2019

Spring 2019 is truly a treasure trove for anime lovers. Encompassed in this list are some of the anime from Spring 2019 that I will be reviewing. Do note that at the point of writing this article, most of the anime are only aired halfway or slightly more and form the basis for this review. I have included my overall comments and personal rating for each show on this list but it is worthwhile to note that it solely based on my opinion. I hope this article provides useful insight on the animes discussed.  

1. Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin (Season 3 Part 2)

Kicking off this list is Attack on Titan. This season can be described as phenomenal. Picking up from where we left off in Part 1, our beloved survey corps, otherwise known as the scout regiment, returns to Shiganshina to recapture Wall Maria. There are plenty of adrenaline inducing moments such as the fight between Levi and the Beast Titan. That scene got me so hyped up that I kind of wished I was Levi.

This season is not lacking in thecharacter development department either. In particular, I am pleasantly surprised to see the character growth in Armin Arlert. Armin has always been one of my favourite characters. What I like about Armin is his unwavering loyalty towards his comrades. For those unaware, Armin was first introduced as a timid and meek character with low self-confidence. Despite being physically weak, Armin’s intelligence is unrivalled, aiding his comrades on many occasions with his strategies. In this season, Erwin, the commander of the survey corps, gave Armin the authority to command a detachment. Armin gave firm orders to the troops which made me impressed considering how his personality is like. However, Armin’s steel resolve and sacrifice in order to buy time for Eren to defeat Bertolt was what left me flabbergasted the most. Armin is the kind of guy you would want to have as a friend, you will be able to rest easy knowing he has your back covered.

Overall Comments: Everything is spot on, from the Artwork, Voice-over, pacing to the captivating storyline making this a very satisfying watch. I highly recommend giving this show a watch if you have not yet done so.

Personal Rating: 9/10

2. One Punch Man (Season 2)

In the first episode, the focus is on the “World’s Strongest Man” known as King. We learn more about King who is the ranked 7th S-Class hero. King is a real disappointment to me and I only consider him to be comic relief. King looks imposing due to his large stature and scar running down his left eye but in reality is just a powerless otaku who took Saitama’s credit by being at the wrong place and the wrong time.

We are then introduced to Garou (pictured above), ranked 3rd S-Class hero Bang’s former disciple, and a major antagonist in the series. Garou is the first non-monster antagonist in the series, not including Sonic and the deranged scientist in Season 1. Garou is portrayed as a villain with morals. A villain with morals?! Now hold on, let me explain. Garou is someone who seeks to prove his strength by defeating the strong and not the weak, unless of course the weak decide to engage him in combat. Garou often chooses to analyse his opponent’s moves before striking as shown in his battle against Tanktop Master and Golden Ball. I really like Garou because he is extremely nimble and also relies on his wits in battle.

This section onwards will focus on my impressions of the fight scenes because let us be frank, we watch One Punch Man mainly for the action, apart from the comedy of course. A fight scene that stood out to me was Metal Bat vs Centisenpai and Lafreshidon. Metal Bat pummelling them with his trusty weapon was very gratifying to watch. 

Next up we have the Martial Arts Tournament Arc where Saitama entered in the guise of Charanko. I have a huge gripe about this Arc because the fight scenes were dull. The fight scenes lacked energy and did not pique my interest. The arrival of Gouketsu, the first winner of the tournament who turned into a monster, did not alleviate this issue. I am hoping the show gets better as it progresses.

Overall Comments: This season pales in comparison to Season 1 mainly because the fight scenes are underwhelming and not as exhilarating. Season 2 is quite a let down so far and I am pretty disappointed.

Personal Rating: 5/10

3. Bungou Stray Dogs (Season 3)

Dazai and gang return in the Third Season of Bungou Stray Dogs. Being an avid fan of the series, I am ecstatic that the third season is out. I have high expectations for this season and hopefully it does not disappoint. Read on to find out more about my impressions of the show so far.   

First episode in and I am already starting to think that this season looks very promising. There was a good mix of hilarious and tense moments which reminded me of the first two seasons. Thereafter, we get an interesting backstory on Dazai and Chuuya, showcasing how they met and their love-hate relationship.

Sadly, the show started going downhill past that. The main reason is due to the plot being all over the place. Do not get me wrong, the episodes after the Dazai-Chuuya backstory were still very interesting to watch. They were emotional and action packed, albeit following a pretty random sequence. This would not deter me from continuing to watch the third season though, because of how invested I am in the series.

Overall Comments: The third season of Bungou Stray Dogs maintains a good balance of serious and comedic moments in conjunction with decent fight scenes that kept me glued. The voice actors receive approval from me and the opening and ending theme songs were fantastic. However, a major flaw is that the plot is all over the place and could definitely have been improved. Unfortunately, this season did not match up to the previous two. I would have given this show a higher rating had the plot not been weak.

Personal Rating: 7/10

4. Kono Oto Tomare!

I love to find hidden gems each season that are often overlooked or underrated due to the fact that they are usually overshadowed by the more prominent titles. Consider it a hobby of mine but I like to spread awareness about them so that people do not miss out. My hidden gem pick and review for Spring 2019 is Kono Oto Tomare!

A heart-warming show that emanates good vibes is what best describes Kono Oto Tomare. Chika Kudo (pictured above), a first-year “delinquent”, joins the school Koto (Japanese Stringed Instrument) Club. The first episode is very emotional and I was trying desperately to hold back my tears. Kono Oto Tomare only gets better as it progresses with the introduction of new characters and the bonds forged between them as they seek to overcome trials and tribulations to prove their worth to those that doubt them. The anime evoked strong feelings from me due to the deep connection I felt with the characters.

Kono Oto Tomare is a perfect example of an anime done right. Primarily belonging to the music genre, we also get a beautiful display of friendship and obvious hints of romance coupled with a medley of serious and humorous moments. The plot is deep, creative and well thought out, it tackles complex issues that many of us can relate to. Character development is incredible and makes you increasingly connected to them as the show progresses. The perfection of this anime cannot be merely described in words, do yourself a favour and watch this anime to experience a roller coaster of emotions.

Overall comments: The plot together with fantastic character development and pacing made this anime surpass the others on this list even though the others are much more well-known titles. Labelling this anime as a gem is an understatement. Kono Oto Tomare is so surprisingly good that I am thinking of giving it a spot in my Top 10 Anime. Please give this amazing show a try. I promise it is worth your time!

Personal Rating: 10/10

Written by Kou

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