Today's post is just a little post and, as you've probably guessed, it's a bit of a personal one. As this post is going live, I'll already be on the plane to go back home to the UK. Returning to the land of tea, scones and queues is so exciting for me. Although it has been an incredible opportunity, I can't lie - living in the Middle Kingdom certainly wasn't easy for me.
It’s that time of the season again where we all take a look at the upcoming seasonal anime and pick what we’ll be watching! I realise I only made a return to seasonal anime a couple of seasons ago with The Promised Neverland, but I think I’m going to adjust my approach once again.
Judging an anime before I even watch it has been something I have denied doing in the past. "I don't do that!" I would protest when the topic would come up in conversation. Yet, having explored various series recently, I can say for sure that the past me was lying not only to the people she was talking to, but she was lying to herself as well. So, I'm going to take this as a chance to reflect on a couple of shows that I - and others - have judged a bit too much before watching.
Man, am I glad to come back to Fruits Basket after a short break! It really does make everything about the show even better. Everything becomes more enjoyable. And that's without me knowing that the ninth episode was featuring my absolute favourite - Hatsuharu. Ahh, what a treat! I do, however, realise that I was an idiot and forgot to write an episode review for the eighth episode. So, let me just quickly cover my thoughts on that before we dive into the ninth episode.
We are currently halfway through this season and I'm really surprised about the quality this time around. Usually, seasons are filled with quite a few mediocre shows, but Spring 2019 really does seem like a top season. Regardless, being halfway through the season means it's time to reflect on the past six/seven weeks and begin to form an opinion on the shows I've been watching. Some of these shows really have surprised me and, uh... not always for the better.
Fruits Basket really doesn't slow down with the emotions, does it? It's certainly not a bad thing to feel every single emotion in one episode by all means, but Fruits Basket does it so well, I swear. In the sixth episode, we meet Hatori Sohma and we definitely get to know him in the seventh with, of course, a very emotional backstory.
Kizu, written by Otsuichi and drawn by Hiro Kiyohara, follows the life of Keigo. Like most other children, Keigo attends school, but his school is different. All of the troubled kids - the troublemakers, the abused, the scarred - are grouped in one class. This manga is a really short story. It's only 4 chapters long! But, despite that, it's a really impactful story.