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)”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 26

Rating: 4 The series has long vaguely intimated that something more – some bigger picture – was afoot in this story than has been revealed to this point. Too many things happened a little too conveniently, even if normal meta logic is applied; Kazuya noticed this himself, and those are the subject of the questionsContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 26”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 25

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Duchess Excel Walter always came across as the sharpest and most potentially devious of Elfrieden’s Dukes, and she was the only one to fully scout out Kazuya when he first arrived. After seeing this episode, though, we may have been underestimating her. Saying that she was the single most important personContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 25”

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”

86 special: Episode 21.5

After more than two months off, 86 is finally returning this Saturday (March 12th) and next Saturday (March 19th) for its two-episode finale. So, naturally, that means yet another recap episode precedes it. This time, though, I will begrudge the production team this recap. It does not provide any new content beyond somewhat in-character narrationContinue reading “86 special: Episode 21.5”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 22

This series has always been deliberate and thorough at examining economic issues for its fantasy setting, so I suppose that it eventually getting around to dealing with a thornier issue like slavery shouldn’t be a surprise. What I did not expect was that the series would take a mostly bottom-up angle on the matter. ToContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 22”