I’m back with a quick update on what I’ve been following this season. It hasn’t been so much of a “bad” season as I just haven’t been in the mood for anime as of late. (Or rather, I haven’t found the perfect show to sink my fangs into and love unconditionally.) So, until I find that anime gem to bounce me back into the swing of things, I’ve found decent entertainment in what this winter 2020 season has to offer.
A Certain Scientific Railgun T
J.C.Staff | Streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)
Ok, so I prefaced this post with “finding the right show to get me back into anime sort-of-thing,” and technically Railgun is it. You all probably know that I LOVE this franchise by now. Even though I haven’t reviewed any of Railgun or Index in the past (partially because I already know the reviews will be biased), I have talked at length about some of the reasons why I love this series.
Anyway, this title is a highly anticipated watch specifically because it’s always been one of my “anime production dreams” to have the entire Daihasei Festival/Level 6 Shift Arc animated in full J.C.Staff glory. Nearly SEVEN years after the explosive sequel we finally get the third, and I couldn’t be happier! There’s lots to look forward to in this newest installment, and with solid direction backing Misaka and the gang up (unlike what happened with Index III and Accelerator), I’m expecting this continuation to be truly electrifying. Thrilled to be back in the city of science!
NAZ | Streaming on Funimation (Dub)
Now this is a peculiar one. While it’s uncharacteristic as is for me to hold of on watching Psycho-Pass 3 (don’t worry, I’ll get to it), it’s even more rare for me to start one of these sci-fi detective thrillers when I barely knew anything about the title before it aired. I’m not a cop show kind of guy. And yet, something about ID: INVADED‘s premise (where a dude essentially deep-dives into a killer’s subconscious to sort out the crime) has me honestly captivated. The character designs are a little wonk, but I trust Ei Aoki’s direction to lead us on the right path.
Nexus | Streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)
Survival game, CHECK. Creative rules involving phones, CHECK. Unique powers for each participant, CHECK. Now, if only the animation wasn’t so middle-of-the-road, we’d have ourselves here one the must-see show of the season. Darwin’s Game is hardly unique for its action/mystery/survival genre, but I’ll still love watching it anyway because I want to know what makes the game itself tick. The characters may be meekly interesting, but I wanna give this one a couple more episodes before passing any final judgments.
Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front – Babylonia
CloverWorks | Streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)
That just leaves Fate/Grand Order as this season’s only fall 2019 leftover. I’m such a Babylonia stan that I know I’ll enjoy the second half of this one, wherever the story goes. The animation is so fluid and sublime, the character designs are charming, the dialogue is witty and entertaining—what isn’t there to love about the Babylonia adaptation? Looking forward to the sakuga fest of a finale this second half will bring, as well as bearing witness to the end of an era—the time in human history where humans and gods part ways. It’s gonna be epic.
The following titles may be adopted as seasonal pick-ups: Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, Haikyuu!!: To the Top, and Smile Down the Runway
It’s a short and sweet list, but one that’ll be manageable for me as school inevitably gets busier. What are you watching this season? If you had to recommend to me one title that’s not on this list, what would it be? Let me know in the comments! ‘Till next time, everyone!
– Takuto, your host