One of the things I love about the slice of life genre is that it does take its time: there’s plot, but sometimes, that gets placed as foundation for moments and episodes like this, little character studies that break down certain aspects of Jahy and Jingu’s fraught relationship as villainous hero and heroic villain, at least from Jahy’s perspective. That’s certainly what I found as I was retooling this review.
Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting Fuuka to be reunited with Kukuru this soon – I had envisioned spending an episode or two with her back in Tokyo before her return. Still, having her back this soon, but with her and Kukuru’s workplace roles flipped, is interesting. Fuuka and Kukuru are now competent young women, but as this episode shows, they clearly need each other’s support to grow in their careers.
Vrai, Peter, and Mercedez look back at a sequel-heavy 2021 Summer season!Chatty AF 148: 2021 Summer Wrap-up — Anime Feminist
If you’re in the mood for a very safe, very standard, CGI shonen anime that tackles every trope in the genre, than look no further than SHIKIZAKURA, a show with the potential for potential… I think.SHIKIZAKURA – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Embrace the darkness, entities of the night: Visual Prison is all fangs, a few bites, and loads of visual-kei idol boys, all mashed together into a premiere that certainly has appeal, but definitely not in the plot department.VISUAL PRISON – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
While it’s not spectacular, it’s fair enough fodder for anyone looking for a wartime story against a cosmic enemy in 2021.Muv-Luve Alternative – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
It’s like if Ebby Halliday got isekai’d into Dragon Quest (or maybe, since I’ve never played Dragon Quest, Etrian Odyssey, which is much more my speed). What I’m getting at is that while this might not be the anime equivalent of a AAA title, it’s fun, and sometimes fun is what you need. Dragon Goes House-Hunting understands that to its core.
There’s a sense of renewed momentum that begins with the OP and carries through the episode, signaling the start of a new phase in Kukuru’s life. She’s not yet who she needs to be, but she feels a lot more fully-formed than the young woman we encountered initially in the first cour.
If I had one complaint about this episode, it’s that I want more Saurva content. I mentioned waaaaaaaaaaay back in episode 4 that Saurva was one of my favorite characters, and potentially the best girl, because she’s just so relatably unlucky (who hasn’t experienced the mundane bathroom misfortunes of slipping on soap and getting half your shampoo used before you even get a pump in?) and the actual pitiful character in the series.
EX-ARM walked so Tesla Note could fly, and wow, what a brief, ugly flight this premiere is.Tesla Note – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist