If you’re a fan of yuri anime or short anime, there’s a significant chance you’ve seen the outstanding Kanamewo. Its story of visceral love and loss is excellent and while its plot is a bit vague, there’s enough there to get emotionally attached. Its animation is brilliant, more than making up for the lack of dialogue, clearly demonstrating the shift from maternal love to sexual love to pure grief.
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Bokura no Hentai is one of relatively few well-regarded manga that focuses on trans issues. We all know that trans people haven’t always fared that well in the realm of anime and manga, a subject I’d like to revisit in the future, but this manga, alongside a few other such as Hourou Musuko and Hanayome wa Motodanshi, has gathered quite a bit of acclaim, both within the trans community and in the manga sphere in general.
Going back to my childhood, it’s easy to pintpoint the decision that put me on my current path. I was 5 or 6, living in Wichita, Kansas at the time, and I had a Gameboy Advance SP that I had gotten for some reason or another fairly recently. I decided that I wanted Pokemon, which many of my friends had, so my mom took me to a game store and I got a used copy of Pokemon Ruby. The previous owner’s only decent Pokemon was a Blaziken and they were near Fortree City when I reset the game.
Until this year, CG animation was something I saw as mediocre at best. We can all point to Berserk 2016 as the worst example of what could happen but even significantly better-looking CG anime turned me off. The best example of this is the shows done by Polygon Pictures, such as Knights of Sidonia or Ajin. They don’t look awful but they’re somewhat off-putting and end up in the uncanny valley territory for me.
3-gatsu no Lion, also known as March Comes in Like a Lion, is a show which fluctuates in quality. While it’s usually very good, it often falls back to its fundamentals, delivering an episode which is more mediocre than anything. That said, it delivers frequently enough and with enough strength that it’s managed to become one of my favorite shows this year even with some hiccups.
I see a lot of fear surrounding sequels, both in the anime fandom and among viewers as a whole. They’re frequently derided as cash grabs, unnecessary works thought up in the depths of corporate boardrooms. I don’t see this as much for ‘second seasons’ or continued adaptations, but wholly new works that come after a concluded story usually get this attitude thrown their way. This is only amplified when new staff members are working on the sequel, as it leads to the idea that the new project is being made with no concern for the quality of the original work.
This season is packed with popular shows all-around, with one of them being Girls’ Last Tour, the popularity of which has led to an increase of interest in post-apocalyptic slice-of-life anime. While a post-apocalyptic setting might sound at odds with a relaxed slice-of-life show, that isn’t necessarily the case. Post-apocalyptic slice-of-life is actually a fairly strong genre, with a number of acclaimed works due to its ability to balance a calming atmosphere with a dark setting.