Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 28

Rating: 4 (of 5) Episode 27 was mostly set-up, so episode 28 is the first of the season to delve into the real meat of the story. And that begins by establishing Main’s status while living directly at the cathedral. In fact, the first half of the episode is completely devoted to this. Main notContinue reading “Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 28”

Spring ’22 Episode Reviews

As previously stated, episode reviews will continue with Ascendance of a Bookworm s3. After watching second episodes of a number of other titles, I have decided to go with Spy x Family as my second regular week-to-week title for the season. This looks like it could be a fun title to talk about, and itContinue reading “Spring ’22 Episode Reviews”

Ascendance of a Bookworm s3 episode 1 (episode 27)

Streams: Crunchyroll on Mondays Rating: 4 (of 5) Ascendance of a Bookworm ranks up with 86 as one of my most favorite series of the past three years, so it may go without saying that its return to anime form was my most-anticipated title of the year, much less the Spring ’22 season. Since IContinue reading “Ascendance of a Bookworm s3 episode 1 (episode 27)”

Spring ’22 Preview Guide

Last Update: 4:17 p.m. 4/10/22 Welcome to my version of the Spring 2022 Preview Guide! I expect to cover every full-episode series that will be debuting this season and some but not all of the sequels. (I will cover the continuations of The Rising of the Shield Hero, Ascendance of a Bookworm, Date a Live,Continue reading “Spring ’22 Preview Guide”

Winter 2022 in Review Part 2

Most of the Winter 2022 times have now concluded, so it’s time for the second part of the season-ending wrap-up. The first part featured a review of In the Land of Leadale, so here I will look at some of the other prominent titles of the season and how they turned out. Featured Title: World’sContinue reading “Winter 2022 in Review Part 2”

ESTAB LIFE: Great Escape Preview

Streams: Crunchyroll on (normal day uncertain) Rating: 2 (of 5) Technically this is a Spring 2022 season title, but its first two episodes debuted more than a week early, so let’s take a first look. Though he has directed a number of other notable anime titles (Infinite Ryvius, s-CRY-ed, Planetes, Maria the Virgin Witch), GoroContinue reading “ESTAB LIFE: Great Escape Preview”

Winter ’22 in Review part 1: In the Land of Leadale

The past three seasons I have done season-ending summaries for titles that I watched out. This season I am doing that in two (possibly three) parts between now and the start of the Spring ’22 Preview Guide on 4/1, as there are a few titles I want to talk about in at least a littleContinue reading “Winter ’22 in Review part 1: In the Land of Leadale”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 24

Rating: 3 (of 5) So the Native Americans long shown in the opener have finally appeared. Only it turns out that they are not associated with the dragons after all, but rather are refugees. In many respects, patterning refugees after a generic Native American motif is loaded with an irony that may or may notContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 24”

86 episode 23 (finale)

Rating: 5 With episode 21 having provided the action climax and episode 22 providing the dramatic climax, all that’s left for episode 23 to do is provide the epilogue. But as with any grand story, a proper epilogue is an absolutely essential element. It may not have the drama or intensity of earlier content, butContinue reading “86 episode 23 (finale)”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 23

Rating: 2.5 (of 5) To a certain extent, oversimplifying how characters deal with certain problems is a practical issue necessary for anime series (especially fantasy series which work on an epic scale) to function. They simply do not have time to deal with all the minutiae of how grand processes and big story movements workContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 23”