It’s that time of the season again where we all take a look at the upcoming seasonal anime and pick what we’ll be watching! I realise I only made a return to seasonal anime a couple of seasons ago with The Promised Neverland, but I think I’m going to adjust my approach once again.
Judging an anime before I even watch it has been something I have denied doing in the past. "I don't do that!" I would protest when the topic would come up in conversation. Yet, having explored various series recently, I can say for sure that the past me was lying not only to the people she was talking to, but she was lying to herself as well. So, I'm going to take this as a chance to reflect on a couple of shows that I - and others - have judged a bit too much before watching.
Man, am I glad to come back to Fruits Basket after a short break! It really does make everything about the show even better. Everything becomes more enjoyable. And that's without me knowing that the ninth episode was featuring my absolute favourite - Hatsuharu. Ahh, what a treat! I do, however, realise that I was an idiot and forgot to write an episode review for the eighth episode. So, let me just quickly cover my thoughts on that before we dive into the ninth episode.
We are currently halfway through this season and I'm really surprised about the quality this time around. Usually, seasons are filled with quite a few mediocre shows, but Spring 2019 really does seem like a top season. Regardless, being halfway through the season means it's time to reflect on the past six/seven weeks and begin to form an opinion on the shows I've been watching. Some of these shows really have surprised me and, uh... not always for the better.
Fruits Basket really doesn't slow down with the emotions, does it? It's certainly not a bad thing to feel every single emotion in one episode by all means, but Fruits Basket does it so well, I swear. In the sixth episode, we meet Hatori Sohma and we definitely get to know him in the seventh with, of course, a very emotional backstory.
Kizu, written by Otsuichi and drawn by Hiro Kiyohara, follows the life of Keigo. Like most other children, Keigo attends school, but his school is different. All of the troubled kids - the troublemakers, the abused, the scarred - are grouped in one class. This manga is a really short story. It's only 4 chapters long! But, despite that, it's a really impactful story.
I'm not going to sugarcoat it - I absolutely loved this episode. Sure, I may say that for most episodes of Fruits Basket, but this time I truly mean it. My emotions were all over the place. I was crying one second, laughing in the next and then completely in shock in the last. An episode which can pack so many different emotions, in my eyes, is a good episode.
Working as an ESL teacher at a university in China... you don't really get much time off. Work is constantly there. So, once I learned about the fact that I was going to get an entire week off with no teaching and hardly any students to deal with, it's safe to say I was quite happy. During this spring break, I've managed to somehow fit time in for eleven different shows and I have thoughts for all of them...
Nowadays, for me personally, it doesn't happen often, but sometimes I just love to re-watch a show. I think it brings back so many memories. Not only that, but I think once you watch a show again after a few years, you can look at it from a different perspective. That being said, there are a few shows that I prefer to watch over others. These are the shows that I enjoy every single time I watch them. Without fail.
I don't really know why I haven't touched many sports anime as of late. They certainly appeal to me and I have had every intention to watch them, but for some reason, I just... don't. Perhaps I just needed something to pump me up and motivate me and if that's the case, then, Kuroko no Basket certainly worked its magic.