Potentially adult maid meets definitely a child boy in a romcom that would be so much cuter if they were both older.The Maid I Hired Recently is Mysterious – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
SPRIGGAN offers a blast from the past with all its foibles, ranging from toeing the line with anti-semetism to engaging in some of the Cold War’s stereotypes and its source material’s plot weakness, with some degree of style and a lot of gore.SPRIGGAN – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Prima Doll mixes the aftermath of war with second life for a group of automata for a premiere that has all the trappings of being impactful with none of the impact one may expect.Prima Doll – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
A magical girl slice of life that seems to be potentially positioning itself to step into the mary jane’s of many a dark magical girl series before it… after a chat about tea and snacks and being a proper lady.Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
A just okay premiere that plays weird sex chicken at times with its “it’s complicated” stepsibling relationship, but seems to be aware of the line it definitely shouldn’t cross.My Stepmom’s Daughter is My Ex – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
At best, it’s bland as a communion wafer, and at its worst, gives two thumbs up to sexual slavery.Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Much like ghosts, you’ll either believe in Phantom of the Idol or you’ll ignore it ratling around in the background due to its pretty okay premiere that, while not polarizing, doesn’t wow like some of Summer 2022’s other options.Phantom of the Idol – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Fate is a major theme that runs across these two episodes, which are best taken together as a miniature arc of sorts. The focus is on Hiro Segawa, a girl trapped by her own fate to marry someone and take over the family shrine. Much like Nagi and Erika, the adults in her life have decided how her life will be shaped, and as a “good” daughter, ascendant, and future wife, she’s not supposed to complain. It’s a familiar story that any kid who’s ever been expected to be capital-m More understands. And while my parents never expected me to marry, I felt the same pressures Hiro did to excel and represent my family, which is why I’ve really taken a shine to her.
A lot of episode 5 is comprised of gags derived from Nagi having to get used to Erika being at school while Segawa gets close to Erika as a secret fan of hers. It’s perfectly love triangle-ish, but doesn’t feel disruptive since Erika and Nagi are still in the “won’t” part of their relationship. What does start to butt up against the lightheartedness is the reality of the plot coming in: that is, the fact that now, Nagi and Erika have to hide that they’re living together.
There’s something so indescribably touching about Shikimori and Izumi just being so genuinely into each other, especially in a genre where portrayals of courtship can be uncomfortably misogynistic (some, not all, because there’s a heck of a lot of good romcoms, but there’s definitely some stinkers). Izumi doesn’t have to neg Shikimori to get her to like him, and Shikimori doesn’t have to go full Tsundere Mode on Izumi. Instead, this is just the tale of two teens who are in love and who you’d like to see stay in love through the end of this cour and beyond. I like to think that Izumi and Shikimori will be a lifelong couple, high school sweethearts forever tethered together by these halcyon days.