Princess Principal is, up to this point, one of the best anime of the season. It’s a show that understands its own absurdity and willingly engages with it, allowing it to pull off wacky episodes without seeming out-of-place. At the same time, it succeeds in its job of endearing the viewer to its characters, who are all sympathetic and likable. It’s set in a fantastically detailed world with a real sense of scale to it, something that’s often hard to find. And it does a great job at balancing some level of camp with a strong level of emotion, something that’s always worth appreciating when accomplished. When you combine these elements with its visuals and music you get a fairly unique tonal experience that you can’t really find in most other anime. In short, the show has a lot to like. One element that endears me to it is the presence of yuri, but unfortunately, that isn’t without its drawbacks.
Anime-original content gets a bad rap. It’s understandable why; years of boring filler and awful original endings have poisoned the well, leaving anime fans suspicious of adaptations which aren’t panel-for-panel and word-for-word. But as understandable as the resistance to anime-original content is, it’s wrong-headed. Direct adaptations may be preferable to butchered, poorly written original material, but a truly tailored adaptation will be the best option any day of the week. Good creators can imbue their own touch into the material, making mediocre works great and strengthening already strong works.
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.
I’ve complained before about the fact that people focus so heavily on genre. Personally, I tend to believe that a show’s genre doesn’t matter much. Let’s be honest here, the most popular shows aren’t from the most popular genres. People love Eva without liking mecha. People love K-On without liking slice-of-life. People love Hunter x Hunter without liking battle shounen. People enjoy shows that go against their tastes in genre all the time. I’ve experienced this before and my recent rewatch of Hyouka has confirmed my ideas on this topic.
As I said in my post on the topic, yuri anime is incredibly rare. That’s just an unfortunate fact that any fan of yuri has to put up with. But while yuri anime is barely present, yuri is hardly uncommon in anime. In fact, it’s startlingly common in the form of subtext. I’d be willing to bet that somewhere between four and five shows have clear yuri subtext every season, if not more. Hell, it’s practically a requirement for the CGDCT genre. There’s a diverse set of opinions about how yuri fans should approach the subject of subtext and I plan on covering my ideas on the topic here.
Type-Moon’s Nasuverse is home to some of anime’s biggest franchises and yet its appeal seems lost on many people. The works within this universe, such as Fate/Stay Night and Kara no Kyoukai are frequently derided as poorly written, chuunibyou trash that’s lacking in any real depth. To be honest, those criticisms aren’t wrong, but they do fail to understand why these works appeal to people. The Nasuverse is popular because it’s appealing on an aesthetic level and because it’s so vast that it’s easy to hook people with the many subjects and genres it spans.
Kyousougiga is a show about love. Love can come in many forms, but Kyousougiga focuses on two in particular: familial love and self-love. Kyousougiga is a very focused show, committed to showing how the power of love influences one family, and how that family influences the world around them. It’s a show that focuses on love as a powerful force, and this begins with its focus on the individual characters.