The new anime season is starting up with plenty of potentially great shows, and we’re one month away from one of the most important general elections in the history of the United States. It would be an understatement to say I’m feeling some whiplash.
Before I get into the two sides, though, I want to thank this month’s Patreon sponsors.
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First, the fun part:
For the new anime season, there are strong sequels galore—the two I’m hyped for are Haikyu!! To the Top part 2 and Golden Kamuy season 3. In terms of new titles, I’m curious about Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (I’ve heard good things about the manga over the years), Hypnosis Mic (because everything fans have told me about it is bonkers), and Taiso Samurai (gymnastics + MAPPA).
I’m also looking forward to experiencing Love Live!: Nijigasaki High School Idol Club as a full-on anime instead of as the story in a mobile game. I’m curious to see how the different art style they’re using will affect the feel of the show. The Fall usually is traditionally great for anime, and while real-world events have thrown many anime off course, things are looking strong for now.
And then the not-so-fun part:
We are less than one month away from seeing if the United States is capable of rejecting a president who wishes he was a dictator, the corrupt politicians and businessmen who continue to enable his reckless destruction of the US, and whose combined greed and incompetence have the blood of over 200,000 people on their hands. And now, we find a president who not only denies reality when it gets in the way of him being beholden to debtors for what may be over a billion dollars, but is also currently hospitalized due to COVID-19: the very pandemic that he has tried to deny over and over again in order to prop up the economy at the expense of human lives.
I know I have readers outside the US, and you don’t have a direct say in the outcome of this election, but you’re probably concerned. I’m thinking of this as the most important election of my life, but that’s only because I hope and pray that it doesn’t get worse from here.
Now, back to good ol’ anime blogging.
Blog highlights from September:
Gattai Girls 11: “Granbelm” and Kohinata Mangetsu
Gattai Girls—wherein I review giant robot anime starring female pilots—is back!
Wyld Stallyns’ Greatest Triumph: Bill & Ted Face the Music
My review of the long-awaited sequel to one of my favorite movie franchises of all time.
Try Angles: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax!
The anime adaptation of one of the best modern light novels comes to a close.
Chapter 32 starts a new trimester and a new story arc for the singers of Hashimoto Technical High School, and it’s one of my favorite chapters yet.
Hololive EN and Multilingual Fluency Among Virtual Youtubers
Some thoughts on crossing the language and (sub)cultural barriers through the new English-language VTuber group
The Matter of Family in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
When it comes down to the appeal of this popular series, I really think it’s about familial love.
Take care of yourselves.