"I can almost guarantee you'll crack a smile watching it because it just doesn't trip on landmines"
"Some sharp comic timing, brutal facial expressions from Tazusa and amusing hijinks mean the series has a real bop to its comic portions, and it naturally glides between them and the more serious or romantic parts with wit and charisma"
"Worried his friends are about to be killed, he finds the courage to kick his way through a window and fight a gigantic, terrifying monster - and this is where the episode is so damn cool."
"there is no cohesive vision"
"It's an odd sort of fun, watching Caiman and Nikaido two hang-out, bicker and slaughter malevolent magicians"
"Kotoko's characterisation is something that logically shrinks, moreso than expands, as she talks more and more"
"Teichi doesn't have a strand of agency throughout the whole show, and the entire show crumbles in his absence"
With the top anime of 2019, overall, out of the way, let's look a little closer at the bits that made each anime what they were, shall we?
The seasons change, the calendars change, and yours truly is also changing the way they write preview posts. I go through my top picks for the season, and why.
"This grimly lit puzzle of a show is defined by its strong attention to atmosphere"