[Script] How 3-gatsu no Lion’s 2nd Season Gave Us the Best Episode of Anime this Year

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.

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[Script] Flip Flappers and Identity Formation

The development of one’s identity is an important part of growing up. Individuals develop across their entire lives, but the foundation of one’s self is incredibly important. While details frequently change over the decades, deeply-held parts of one’s identity rarely shift. According to psychologist Erik Erikson, this identity formation occurs in adolescence during the stage of development known as identity vs. role confusion.

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New Game!! is the Best Sequel I’ve Seen in Years

I don’t think it’s all that controversial to state that New Game!!, the second season of the 2016 Kirara adaptation, is a significant improvement over the first season. That’s not a jab at the first season; I had a great time with it, and it made it on to my 2016 top 10 list. But the second season goes beyond the first in many places. It doesn’t simply settle for being more of the same; it takes everything a step further, in the process becoming a significantly better show, not merely a slight improvement. It’s hard to cover every way in which it’s improved, but I’ll try.

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[Updated with Video Script] Hitagi Rendezvous and the Importance of Screentime

Monogatari’s main story arc has come to an end with the release of Owarimonogatari 2. Of course, this ‘End Story’ isn’t the true end of Monogatari; there are plenty more books left to be adapted, and evidence points towards the idea that plans are already in the works. But we’ve now seen the end of Koyomi Araragi’s final year of high school, and with it, the end of an era. This story that’s been going on for more than 8 years has finally ended, and it’s done so in great fashion. The ending feels utterly conclusive, and though I’m certainly eager to see the coming stories, I’d be willing to accept it if we stopped here.

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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is about Fake Heroes, but it Shows Real Heroism

Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is a very fun ongoing show. It focuses on a group of girls living in the fictional Hinano City, as they create a local tokusatsu show in order to represent their town. Cheer Fruits is watched by a very low number of people, which is a shame given how well it’s been handled. It’s not a show that boasts an amazing production or the most originality, but it’s doing a very good job at using what it has in order to tell an interesting story with tokusatsu elements.

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Path of the Red Comet – A Look at the Son of Zeon, Char Aznable

How many anime characters can be said to be more iconic than Char Aznable? I’m sure you could name a few, but there aren’t many. Char is the most recognizable character of one of anime’s biggest franchises, a franchise that made all of the shows we watch possible. Char spans generations, carrying with him a mix of lofty ideals and heinous crimes, wondrous battles and deep depressions. Char is one of the best written characters in anime, a stand-out amongst Gundam characters as well as amongst anime in general. Char Aznable, the Red Comet, is one of my favorite characters, and his legacy is one worth examining.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and the Struggle of Human Connections

Dragon Maid is a story about unorthodox families, but it goes much deeper than that. Unorthodox familes are a dime a dozen in anime, and while Dragon Maid does a good job at portraying them, I wouldn’t say it does a better job than, say, The Eccentric Family. What makes Dragon Maid stand out is how it focuses on the family’s effect on the main character. Dragon Maid is ultimately the tale of an introvert, someone who’s used to minimal interaction, and how her newfound family helps her to open up and become more comfortable around others.

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