Seasonal Review: Fall 2020 (Part 2)

Welcome back gang! I did an attic crawl and decorated up the house, and also bought candy at CVS yesterday. It’s spooky season! Celebrate responsibly. Trick or treating is probably a bad idea. Cosplaying at home is fine. Anyways, this post covers anime that initially aired from October 5th through October 13th.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle (魔王城でおやすみ)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Everyone

The Demon King attacks the Kingdom of Goodereste and takes princess Syalis as a hostage. Oh no. Dawner the Hero says he’ll go and save the princess. Oh phew. Syalis, meanwhile, is very bored as a hostage, having nothing to do other than sleep. But, she can’t get a good night’s rest. Thus begins her dilemma, and her quest to create better bedding while a hostage. Shenanigans Ensue, Of Course.

And that’s basically it. Comedy about a girl in a demon castle doing outrageous tings to try and get a good snooze. Don’t really care.

Ikebukuro West Gate Park (池袋ウエストゲートパーク)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

Here we go, anime number 2 on my list of “ohhhh so that’s where that anime went when it vanished from the summer 2020 season listings”. Anyways, Ikebukuro, a Tokyo district. And the Shenanigans of its gangs, and how regular guy Makoto ends up getting involved in such shenanigans. Namely because his friend Takashi is the leader of the G-Boys. And many of his other old friends are involved in shenanigans. Basically he knows a lot of guys.

Once again I am bad at articulating my thoughts, I went back to write this after 100%ing The Henry Stickmin Collection and while listening to my brother comment on things on the radio(!). It’s interesting, and it’s on my “watching” list now. So there you go.

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (くま クマ 熊 ベアー)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Everyone

For the record, the title for this show is just the word bear written four different ways (hiragana, katakana, kanji, and the English pronunciation).

Yuna is a NEET who likes playing a VR MMORPG as a character dressed in a bear onesie thingy, who can summon bears and perform other bear-related skills. She’s really OP, of course, but she’s using her powers to help NPCs and other players and such. Show’s “whatever” really IMO.

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World (キミと僕の最後の戦場、あるいは世界が始まる聖戦)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

Loredump loredump loredump loredump. Fantasy world empire has been at war against the witches for a century. More loredump. Iska got imprisoned for freeing a witch from prison when he was a knight guard person, but was offered freedom in exchange for defeating the “Ice Calamity Witch”, Aliceliese. While duking it out in the forest Iska and Alice have A Moment and she retreats soon afterwards. The two realize that they both want the war to end, but for different reasons and with different victors in mind. Gratuitous fanservice of Alice taking a bath. Alice and Iska suddenly encounter each other in the audience during a play. Dun dun dun. Cue eventual Romeo and Juliet romance, probably. Sure, why not.

Noblesse (NOBLESSE -ノブレス-)

Personal Rating: Teen

Crunchyroll/Webtoons team up, round three! Well, events are certainly happening. Loredump is happening but I still don’t understand the setting much, but that’s what every single one of these has felt like, because I guess that’s just how Webtoons work. This looks like it takes place in something akin to our world?? Maybe?? There’s Japan and high school, so there’s that. I think one of the characters is a vampire?

A Discord screenshot of a brief conversation on September 26th, 2020, with the first message from an unidentified user reading "unless you're ylime and like being confused", and the response from Ylimegirl reading "being confused is fun". Ylimegirl's icon is Margarita Blankenheim (represented by Hatsune Miku) from The Evillious Chronicles.
It’s what I get for zoning out while watching things.

Anyways, something something trying to act like supernatural/strange shit isn’t happening and attending school like a Normal Kid*. Something something a fight breaks out for some stupid reason. Something something congrats you’ve learned about the strange things going on. Then I scrolled down into the comments and remembered that this had a prequel OVA hidden somewhere on the Crunchyroll website that aired four years ago(!) and I that am a dumbass. Whatever, might as well finish watching this episode first, I’m already 20 minutes in. Also one of the characters (who I think is a villain) just looks like Anime Bishounen Gackpo Camui, if Gackpo Camui wasn’t already an Anime Bishounen. Then I watched Noblesse: Awakening and proceeded to understand what the fuck was going on. Anyways, yeah that character is totally an “Our Vampires are Different” vampire.

Basically, don’t try to watch this one from episode 1, instead dig around until you find the prequel OVA, which Crunchyroll put in a completely different module for some idiotic reason. Just don’t make the same mistake I did.

Akudama Drive (アクダマドライブ)

Funimation Rating: TV-MA | Personal Rating: Adult

In the near future in Kansai, a couple of criminals with 100+ year “estimated sentences” (or Akudama, lit. “bad person”) are all invited to a competition, to see who can rescue “Cutthroat” from the police station before their execution that day–the “Courier”, the “Brawler”, the “Hacker”, and the “Doctor”. Meanwhile, a regular citizen was sent to the police station over a misunderstanding, and ends up getting caught in the crossfire when the four start duking it out. When they plan to kill her, she gives herself the title of “Swindler” (previously given to her by a police robot) and claims to be an Akudama and ends up joining the competition. A low-rank Akudama called the “Hoodlum” who was imprisoned also decides to join in upon hearing about the reward money. Seconds before the guillotine (yes guillotine) is set to be dropped, the akudama make it to the execution grounds, ensue more battlefights. Cutthroat is saved, and Courier delivers his entrusted package to Cutthroat–which are a couple of collars with bombs, which he attaches around everyone’s neck, including the regular citizen’s and his own. Then a cat starts talking. Roll credits. Welcome to an anime by the writer for Dango Bango.

Adachi and Shimamura (安達としまむら)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Everyone

Adachi and Shimamura met each other in the gymnasium’s second floor while skipping class one day, and have been hanging out together since, becoming unlikely friends. Eventually two of Shimamura’s friends end up finding their gymnasium hiding spot and eat lunch with them. Adachi doesn’t come to the gymnasium the next day, but the two meet up after school, and that weekend Shimamura goes fishing with one of her friends and meets someone in a small white astronaut suit. While the two characters haven’t quite realized as such in episode 1 alone, I come with future knowledge that this is a sapphic romance anime, so you can probably guess what’ll start unfolding come episode 2. And if you know anything about me you can probably guess whether or not I’ll be watching this anime. (Spoiler alert: I will.)

The Day I Became a God (神様になった日)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Everyone

A strange girl calling herself an omniscient god named Odin suddenly appears in front of Yota, a regular teenage boy who has to do regular teenage boy things like studying for entrance exams. And Odin ominously declares that the world will end in 30 days. After she tries and very much fails to help him date his childhood friend, she asks to stay at his house, and much to his shock his parents suddenly agree. 29 days until the end of the world. This anime is mostly very vague so far and hard to tell what’s going to happen. However, it’s by the creators of one my old favorites Charlotte so I’m somewhat optimistic. Also I still need to watch Angel Beats eventually maybe.

The Gymnastics Samurai (体操ザムライ)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Everyone

November 2002. Gymnast Jotaro Aragaki, nicknamed “Samurai” because of his hairstyle, is encouraged by his coach to retire and focus on his daughter Rei. He goes on a trip with her to an Edo-themed theme park, where he plans to break the news to her. During a live performance there, people in suits suddenly appear and chase after one of the ninja performers. The performer briefly encounters Jotaro before fleeing again. Jotaro can’t find the timing to tell his daughter about retirement during the visit and they return home, all while the performer (still in his ninja garb!!!) follows them home (like a ninja, all sneaky like). He’s eventually spotted by Rei hiding inside the bathtub (using a bamboo snorkel, like a ninja). He asks to stay at their house, and Rei’s grandma agrees to let him stay. While at his job he tries to tell Rei again, but the ninja interrupts again when he appears and does a gymnastics routine. He finally introduces himself to Jotaro as Leo afterwards, and that he’s always wanted to see Jotaro do his gymnastics again. The day of the conference to announce his retirement comes around and he still hasn’t told Rei, but the press conference comes and Jotaro announces that he will “retire not”. Overall, looks like good interpersonal relationship fun.

Moriarty the Patriot (憂国のモリアーティ)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

Sherlock Holmes isn’t really a quote-unquote franchise I am super attached to or know a lot of, other than general pop-culture osmosis, that one two hour long video by Hbomberguy complaining about Moffat, and that one really terrible anime a few seasons back that I dropped like a hot potato. This anime, of course, focuses more on James Moriarty, the character who from what I can tell appeared in maybe two Sherlock Holmes stories and then all other future adaptations decided was his destined arch-rival or something, à la Batman and Joker. Also I got the “Archer of Shinjuku” in the GSSR roll in F/GO a couple of months ago, so there’s that I guess, but I’m not supposed to know his “true name” yet or whatever. ANYWAYS, this anime is about bishounen William and his bishounen brothers Albert and Louis and their detective work around various crimes that occur, and their somewhat under-the-table methods of dealing with them, with William referring to himself as a “criminal consultant”. They tend to focus on crimes committed by nobles and others who would probably not be pursued by the police because ACAB. Gets mildly bloody, but you only see the aftermath, not the actual incidents (at least, for episode 1).

Maesetsu! Opening Act (まえせつ!)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Everyone

These girls are supposed to be high schoolers and high school alumni but they all look twelve. Anyways they’re like, failed stand up comedians or something? I don’t know. Why do they all look twelve. Whatever, next anime.

Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (おちこぼれフルーツタルト)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

Here we go, the final anime I get to go “hey! you were pushed back from the summer season weren’t you!” at. Ino Sakura wants to be an idol! So she goes off to Tokyo and joins Rat Productions, a talent agency with a mildly distressing name, and joins the Mouse House residence. Unfortunately, Mouse House is set to be demolished due to the unpopularity of its residents, but their manager has a brilliant idea: have the four girls form an idol group and be in a five-minute variety program for a year. And their group name will be Fruit Tart, of course. And so begins their quest, starting by handing out fliers for a grocery store on the street. And then there was a very uncomfortable “haha shirt brook look at tits and bra” shot. Why this. Anyways their program is completed and airs on the TV, and the episode ends. In the end this anime is just a little too fanservicey vibes for me in the end.

MAGATSU WAHRHEIT (禍つヴァールハイト -ZUERST-)

Funimation Rating: TV-14 | Personal Rating: Teen

When I first tried to watch this episode, I got to learn that Funimation had made the teeny-tiny oversight of forgetting to add subtitles. You know. The thing that they’re supposed to add, as an English-based streaming service specializing in translating Japanese content. Good job! Approximately twelve hours later they finally got them on so it’s watching time. Of course, by this point I feel rather Done with watching new anime premieres, so I’m only half invested. What is this about again? “For Leocadio, it is the exciting first day of his job as an imperial soldier. For truck driver Innumael, it’s just another ordinary day of deliveries. However, a smuggling group’s actions set them down a path that will change their lives and the empire.” Okay thanks Funimation. I then proceeded to process approximately 0 of the following 20 minutes of animation.


Anyways, there we go, new premieres covered. The anime D4DJ: First Mix is set to premiere at the end of October, and seems to be about radio disk jockeys, or something. Can’t find much information on it, other than it being a new multimedia project and also being licensed by like every single streaming service simultaneously. There’s also the upcoming Crunchyroll original Onyx Equinox, set to air in late November, but also probably not “technically” an anime or whatever based on some people’s criteria, I guess.

Have an good Halloween, don’t overdose on candy or whatever.
Or do. I’m not your mom.

Author: Ylimegirl

Heyo, I'm Ylime/Emily, a wiki-editor and ex-PHB author. I enjoy watching cartoons and editing wikis, among other things. How to pronounce Ylime: • /i.laɪm/ (ee-laim) • /waɪ.laɪm/ (wai-laim) • /i.lɪm.i/ (ee-lim-ee) • /jʌ.laɪm/ (yuh-laim) • /jʌ.laɪm.i/ (yuh-laim-ee) • /i.lɪm.ɛ/ (ee-lim-eh) • /waɪ ɛl aɪ ɛm i/ (wai el ai em ee) • /jaɪm.li/ (yaim-lee) • /jɒr.laɪm/ (yor-laim) • /jɑː.laɪm/ (ya-laim) • /laɪm/ (laim) • /i.lim/ (ee-leem) • /aɪ.lɪm/ (ai-lim) • /i.lɪm/ (ee-lim) • /ɛ.laɪm/ (eh-laim) (Maybe more!) I might be a robot. My profile picture is by Noveen!

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