Management of Novice Alchemist is a slow paced premiere sure to draw in the Atelier video game crowd but… maybe only the Atelier video game crowd, at least right now.Management of a Novice Alchemist – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Beast Tamer tries to convince you that communing with animals is totally uncool, but don’t be convinced: what’s totally uncool is this very bland premiere.Beast Tamer – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
If you’ve ever asked the question, “How do I make baseball more dangerous, more exciting, and also, a contact sport?” then Tribe Nine might just be the over-the-top, absolutely goofy series for you.Tribe Nine – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
I knew when the piano version of the first OP started playing that this was the only way for the cast to close the show. It’s the perfect, mellow ending to a show that’s had its ups and downs, though The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! has had many more ups than downs. As you watch the ensemble cast watching the fireworks, there’s this sense that they’re going to be okay, moving forward. Of course, there’s also the fact that the manga’s ongoing: I feel immensely gerateful for that, especially since I’m going to need a Jahy fix in 2022.
Restaurant to Another World 2‘s finale is everything I hoped for: it’s filled with all of the best plot beats the show’s had thus far, culminating in a bunch of otherworldly foodies coming together to celebrate love, community, and most importantly, food. It’s the best the series has ever been, full of pleasant twists and turns and dollops of information.
Episode 11 continues the same good vibes from the previous week, injecting atmosphere into the warmth of Nekoya as we watch various species wine, dine, and get their grub on within its four walls. Truly, Restaurant to Another World 2 remains one of Fall 2021’s best delights, from starter to main to aperitif. This two-course episode is yet another delightful entry into a delightful follow-up to a solid first cour. There’s really no critique this episode: just smiles all around.
In its own way, episode 19 feels like the culmination of nineteen weeks (roughly) of thoughtful character growth. It feels like the anime is exactly where it needs to be: on the cusp of the end with a good amount of loose ends that leave me eager to see them get tied up. It’s the rise as we look towards the penultimate episode in four weeks and the finale in five. It’s good stuff, and at times in this episode, great and even excellent stuff, and I’ll gladly continue to eat up every second of the rest of this cour.
Episode 17 is a mixed back: the front half feels like a loaf of bread that’s been left unsealed, and the back half feels like a fresh loaf that’s still warm. Whether we’re talking about Jahy getting dressed up in various outfits to her struggling through her day to day life, this series still has so much to offer, and honestly, even in its weakest weeks, has still wrangled a chuckle out of me. As a comedy, that definitely feels like the series gets a hanamaru and a gold star.
I’ve said before that one of the strengths of this series is in the way it captures slice of life, but in this episode in particular, it’s the moment of devouring: that moment when characters take a bite out of what they’re eating and relish what I call The Bite™.