Seasonal Review: Fall 2020 (Part 1)

So, you know how last season only had about 12 premieres due to all the pandemic delays? Well, this season has a RIDICULOUS amount of premieres as a result of that. (Though most of them are shorter anime or second seasons, which I do not cover in these reviews.) Perhaps its a good thing that I’m a temporary NEET for once…?

This post covers anime that initially aired from October 1st through October 4th.

Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW (ひぐらしのなく頃に)

Funimation Rating: TV-MA | Personal Rating: Adult

I have a couple of friends who are big fans of Umineko: When They Cry, which is the sequel to Higurashi, as well as a few friends who are fans of just Higurashi itself, so I’ve been hearing about this for a bit. So I’m vaguely aware of the themes of the show. However, I am known to be squicked easily. But, this series sounds interesting. But, I am known to be squicked easily. So, naturally, I just went for it.

Suffice to say, the themes of the show are very much horror-y. It opens up with a fairly grisly scene, before immediately going into lighthearted territory, all while knowing that it’s likely to go back to the horror zone eventually.

If you’re prepared for potential squick and like mystery and such, I’d recommend giving this one a go. And perhaps if this does decent enough there’ll be a better adaption of Umineko eventually, as apparently the existing one is kinda eh. Somewhat related fun fact: Satoko’s “ohohoho” laugh was what inspired Riliane’s in The Daughter of Evil.

Assault Lily BOUQUET (アサルトリリィ Bouquet)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Everyone

Let’s see… Lilies are warriors who fight against the Huge, which are kaiju, basically. So naturally teenage girls are sent to warrior school to become Lilies and fight off giant monsters to save all of humanity, while teenagers. Anime logic! A recurring joke is that the main character’s name is Riri, which in Japanese is a homophone for “Lily”. Riri the Lily. Also their weapons are called CHARMs, I guess. I’m honestly only sorta following all of this loredump. And then they had to fight a monster. So basically I’m not personally particularly interested in this one.

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina (魔女の旅々)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating:

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So this episode was delayed in its simulcast due to Circumstances, so I actually didn’t end up watching it until after I had already watched up to JUJUTSU KAISEN. Whoops! Anyways, Elaina wanted to travel the world since she was little, so she trained to become a witch and becomes an apprentice witch by 14. Unfortunately, trying to get a witch to apprentice under (in order to become a full-fledged witch) isn’t so easy, because she passed the exam so young. So she goes to meet the Stardust Witch, Fran, who just settled in the woods outside of town, who agrees to take her on as an apprentice. But as the weeks pass Fran doesn’t teach Elaina any magic, instead having her do odd jobs around her home. After a month Fran abruptly gives Elaina a test, asking Elaina to fight her. Elaina loses–badly–and begins crying and Fran apologizes and reveals that her parents asked her to apprentice her to teach Elaina of setbacks and failure. They reconcile and after a while Fran finishes properly training her and acknowledges Elaina as a witch, naming her “the Ashen Witch” (because her hair is the color of ash). Elaina then leaves on her journey, with her parents blessing, and before long she’s 18.

Sometimes collecting my thoughts after watching something is hard. Most of the time it’s hard actually. I don’t words good. But I definitely enjoyed it, and am looking forward to where it goes next, and where Elaina’s adventures will take her.

I’m Standing on a Million Lives (100万の命の上に俺は立っている)

Personal Rating: Teen

Here we go, first isekai of the season! Man we are never going to escape isekais are we. Anyways same old same old, outcast middle schooler Yuusuke doesn’t really give much of a shit about anything but suddenly takes note of two girls interacting in his class who haven’t before and shortly afterwards when alone in the classroom he gets isekai’d, where those two girls have also been isekai’d. Yuu’s a wizard, Kusue’s a warrior, and protag-kun is assigned farmer. It’s a case of repeat isekaing, apparently, as the kids go back and forth between school and fantasyland to complete the quests the “gamemaster” assigns or whatever. Unfortunately it turns out that all three of them are basically useless, and protag-kun ends up dying and reviving, which happens within 30 seconds every time he dies. So that’s obviously what he begins abusing to win. Unfortunately if they all die in the game simultaneously, they all die in the real life. Challenges ensue. Even so protag-kun likes it much better than Tokyo because the real world’s a shithole (can’t blame him there, really). I’ll probably get bored of this after a few episodes but let’s see where this isekai will go for now, I guess.

HYPNOSISMIC -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima (ヒプノシスマイク -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima)

Funimation Rating: TV-MA | Personal Rating: Adult

First anime of the season I get to go “hey, that was one of the ones that disappeared from the summer season! So that’s where you went!” to. Hypmic was one of those titles I’ve heard about for a while, and I assume most others have. Only vaguely knew what it was about, and upon looking at the sumamry for the anime I was like “wow, that is kinda silly! but so are most premises made to focus on pretty boys.” Basically women took over the world using the technology of the “hypnosis mic”, which basically lets you fight with the power of words (or rather, for the purposes of multimedia tie-in, singing). So now weapons are banned, and all disagreements are to be settled via hypnosis mic. So it features a large cast of pretty boys dealing with various stuff. Mainly focusing on the powerful four members of a disbanded group and what groups they’ve formed since. And, the battles are being orchestrated in some form by the ruling government to keep them fighting amongst each other instead of directing their animosity towards them, the government. I guess.

There is some fairly obvious use of CGI models for some of the rapping scenes, but really CGI doesn’t bother me so much most of the time. The episode also opens up with a warning for explicit language, which I’ve only encountered a little of in this episode but my friend has corroborated on being the case. Anyways yeah I’m gonna see where this one goes because i am not immune to pretty boys and am fairly aware of it via cultural osmosis. And I have since stumbled upon a triggers list, so Proceed With Caution, basically.

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You (トニカクカワイイ)

Personal Rating: Teen

Nasa, named with an unfortunately ridiculous name (kanji for “starry sky”, sounds like that space organization in ‘murica, come on parents), while preparing for high school entrance exams ends up nearly dying after trying to approach a cute girl and getting hit by a truck. She takes the brunt of the hit and leaves, and he chases after her (while still bleeding, what a hopeless romantic). She takes care of him before dismissing him and leaving, because both of his legs are broken stop chasing after me. Unfortunately Nasa is a dumbass and continues after her. She says “you can be with me, if you marry me.” He immediately replies yes, and then passes out. After recovering and deciding not to attend high school at all (gg), she meets him again on his balcony on his 18th birthday and finally introduces herself as Tsukasa. And then pulls out the marriage registration forms. Thus begins a very awkward pure relationship.

I enjoy me some good ol’ fluffy romance bullshit every now and then, so here we are.

KING’s RAID: Successors of the Will (キングスレイド 意志を継ぐものたち)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

Kasel just really really wants to be a knight who can protect everyone. But being a fantasy knight is hard. And then fantasy loredump happened and I zoned out paused and read the update for 20020 instead. Have you guys read 17776 and 20020? They’re good. Then I zoned out again to eat toast and play Project Sekai. Yeah I dooon’t think I’ll be watching this one.

JUJUTSU KAISEN (呪術廻戦)

Personal Rating: Adult

Ever wake up to find yourself tied up in a room filled with candles and ofuda in front of your senpai and told you are going to be privately executed? Roll OP. Anyways, Itadori the high school student, member of the track and field club occult research club (thanks to meddling adults), who’s got ridiculous strongth. Then I had to pause watching the episode for an annoying stretch of time because my internet speed went down to approximately 1 Mbps, if you dont know what that means suffice to say That Is Garbage Internet Speed. What Are We Paying Our ISP For. Fuck You Ajit Pai For Killing Net Neutrality. Internet Should Be A Public Utility, Not A Private Market. Anyways, basically Itadori is ridiculously stronk and fast, and also regularly visits his grandpa in the hospital, who he then gets to watch die. Fun times. And then while dealing with the aftermath of Grandpa Dead, he gets approached by someone telling him to get rid of a cursed object he found, which unfortunately he no longer has and is instead in the hands of his fellow club members. They plan to remove the seal, which according to Fushigiro will cause them to die. They unwrap the object, it’s a severed human finger, the lights go out, horror time. Fushigiro goes in to fight off the curses and tells Itadori to wait outside, but of course he does not and ends up jumping through a window and kicking a monster to save his friends. And in a last ditch effort to save everyone he eats the finger and as a result gains a lot of cursed energy/supernatural powers, but unfortunately the cursed spirit revives inside his body and takes over… or tries to, at any rate. Unfortunately even if Itadori manages to tame it, it still means Fushigiro’s gonna try and exorcise him. Episode end.

If you couldn’t tell, this show has plenty of horror in it, including body horror and such. Not really too much gore though (so far, at least). Proceed With Caution, I personally will be proceeding even tho that shit lowkey freaks me out lmao

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険)

Personal Rating: Everyone

So I have never played a single Dragon Quest game in my life. I know this is a remake of an older anime oh god hollywood’s remake curse is slowly hitting anime too isn’t it. fuck. I know about the existence of slimes. I know there was a user who had a Dragon Quest slime as their propic who consistently called me “Yslimegirl”, and I still have no idea if that was them trying to be affectionate or them not reading my name right or them just being mean. That’s about it.

So Dai was found by a monster and raised by him as his adoptive grandson since he was a kid on an island, and one day the “hero” Deroline and his companions come to the island. Dai, of course, believes that they’re here to protect the monsters, but of course we the audience know they’re a pile of dicks. The heroes manage to successfully steal the monster Gomechan (a rare golden slime with wings or whatever), and Dai’s grampa helps him gather his friends to go after Deroline. Dai manages to save Gomechan and defeat Deroline and friends, and the king riding aboard the ship finds out the truth of what happened and names Dai a future Hero. They sail away, and after three months another ship arrives, this one with the princess of a nearby kingdom and a sage, who have come for the future hero Dai.

The series looks cute, but I can sense that this will be a long-runner and I don’t really care enough about Dai and friends to invest myself in something so long.

Warlords of Sigrdrifa (戦翼のシグルドリーヴァ)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

2020. Pillars are appearing in mountain ranges around the world, and attacks on them don’t damage them at all. While a bunch of suits are panicking in a meeting room, a blue-haired boy appears out of nowhere saying he’ll help them and proclaims himself to be a god–specifically, Odin. Odin offers his daughter Valkyrie to fight against the pillars and prevent Ragnarök. Five years pass, and the named Valkyrie Schwertleite, Claudia Bruford, leads the bomber squads in the fights against the pillars. But, she continuously is the only one to come out alive after the end of each battle. And she gets reassigned to Japan. Then we get another battle scene where I don’t know what’s happening. It’s like the third one. When she finally arrives in Japan she learns it is much more laid-back than it was in Europe. And then I closed the tab.

The anime uses a a fair amount of blatant CGI modelling as an animation shortcut. Your call if it’s enough to turn you off of it, of course. For me, it was the bland premise. Also the shots of the (male) commander’s feet as he was cutting his toenails and putting his socks back on. Why. I don’t understand.

Iwakakeru – Sport Climbing Girls (いわかける! -Sport Climbing Girls-)

Personal Rating:

When it comes to sports anime like this, there’s about a 50-50 chance between it being decent and it being a painfully obvious excuse for fanservice. If you’re really lucky it’s decent but has fanservice for extra no reason. This seems to fit squarely into that third category.

High schooler Konomi is trying to choose a club, and while most of the sports clubs are too intimidating, the climbing wall catches her attention. The club member Jun ropes her into giving it a try, and she quickly gets the hang of it. Upon meeting the club captain she agrees to join the club, but Jun objects when Konomi compares wall climbing to video gaming, so she challenges her to a race with Konomi’s club membership at stake. Jun barely wins, with it being a near-tie, but Jun allows her to join the team so she can thoroughly beat Konomi next time. The club captain also requests for her to join in the upcoming competition–which happens to take place tomorrow.

Looks like it could be fun, but in the end wall clmbing’s just not really my thing. I have very not good arm muscles. Ow. My college has a big ol’ climbing wall in its fancy shmancy rec center. I just walk right past it towards the stationary bikes. I know where my limit is.

Talentless Nana (無能なナナ)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

Nanao Nakajima recently transferred to a special school for kids with paranormal abilities on a remote island, to train them to fight against the “enemies of humanity”. Unfortunately for Nanao, he doesn’t have any. Two students transfer into class, Kyoya Onodera (talent unstated) and Nana Hiiragi (reads minds). Nana, on account of her being able to read minds, quickly begins interacting with the isolated Nanao, much to his chagrin. And then… well, I did write out a whole summary here, but I think it’s better to experience the rest for yourself. Very excited to see where this one will go.

By the Grace of the Gods (神達に拾われた男)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating:

Ryoma’s just your average eleven year old kid living on his own in the forest, with roughly a thousand slimes. Which happen to be very useful, I guess. And he expects his life to stay peaceful, until he suddenly stumbles upon a travelling group with an injured member. He offers them some medicine, and leads them to his house for recovery. Some magic analysis stuff happens and all the adventurers are all generally like “this kid doesn’t act like he’s 11 what the heck”. Then I paused the anime for an hour for Bullshit, right after the unsurprising development reveal of Ryouma being a middle-aged man who got isekai’d. Then I unpaused it, and there’s him talking with three gods after his death. He died a very lame death, as it turns out, but grasps the whole isekai thing fairly quickly. Blah blah blah magic blah blah blah scrolling through tumblr blah blah blah i am just a little bit very tired blah blah blah close the tab. Isekai!


And that was part 1 of my review. Happy Umineko Day! I have played zero of the Umineko games. One day I’ll finally get context for the characters my friends are roleplaying. Uh, over a week until part two, because that’s what happens with anime premieres, you get a bunch week one and then it kinda staggers out over the next week, and I like making this relatively balanced, so a dozenish here and a dozenish there workout to publishing on the 4th and the 13thish. Anyone got any tips for what I should do with my life now that I’ve become an involuntary NEET because apparently remaining a NEET is not a correct answer according to my mom. Also, does anybody have any tips on getting a container to store all my extra bits in? My current container is running low on free space, and I need to offload some of it.

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