Summer 2018 anime review

Summer 2018 anime review

With the Summer 2018 line-up now at a close, I thought I would take a quick look back over the anime I have reviewed this season and do a swift summary and conclusion on them all. Many of my reviews were written only a few episodes in, and some of my opinions may have changed since all those months ago. Besides, one of the things that I think makes a good anime (or book, film or game, for that matter) is how good the ending is. Here I will take a look at those very important endings and rate them, in reverse order. Since these are ending reviews, there will be spoilers!

6. Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- – Season 2

Quite a peaceful end for a story that started off as a young woman being spirited away to another realm and being told that she is betrothed to an ogre. I was pleased to see that the Orio-ya ceremony turned out well, and that changing age-old traditions isn’t necessarily a bad thing – especially when no one can remember why exactly they’re done anymore. I feel like things could have been tied up a bit better, though. It felt like the things that were once made quite important suddenly didn’t matter anymore – such as Aoi wondering if she should stay in the hidden realm or go back to the apparent one (but then again, it didn’t look like her debt had been fully paid despite saving Orio-ya from destruction and ensuring they get 100 years of peace. Must be some tab her grandfather rocked up). It would seem Aoi loves the hidden realm and those at Tenjin-ya, but does she want to be the ogre master’s bride? The jury seems to still be out on that one but, now I’ve come to the end of the season, it didn’t seem to matter as much anymore. It could be that things are being left open for another season, but I’m not sure I’d want to stick around that long.

5. Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World – Season 2

Lovely ending in-keeping with the tone of the story. Baron Brentano shows up to Nobu with barrels of the best ale and wine in the capital and everyone toasts and celebrates success. After everyone has left, Shinobu and the taisho have some food themselves and reminisce about their customers and all the new foods that have been brought into their lives and how much they enjoy serving them and the city of Aitheria. A simple yet effective ending fitting for this easy-going, feel-good anime.

4. Cells at Work!

I have to admit, Cells at Work took a bit of a dip for me in the middle of things. I don’t know whose body these cells were working in, but they need to get themselves into a healthier environment. They always seem to be under attack by some sort of virus or experience some physical trauma that sends all the cells into a tailspin. I guess it started to get a bit samey towards the end. Why couldn’t we see some positive effects on the body rather than it being under siege all the time? Having a red blood cell for a protagonist was good, because they travel all over the body, but they don’t really do more than deliver oxygen so it’s always up to the other cells to take charge. Although, I did enjoy the two-part finale where it looked like it could have been endgame for the body the cells were in after a hemorrhagic shock and how death was finally averted. This one had a bit f difficultly getting my full attention at times due to the cyclic plot, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

3. Free! -Dive to the Future-

I was reading to be outraged with this one – who ends the season to the race that Haru and Run are competing against one another? Who does that when it’s one of the biggest things you can build to in a Free season? It suddenly just ending with the race about to kick off! Thankfully, there was a message saying ‘See you in 2020…’ but that’s so far away! I felt that a few more things could have been cleared up in the time being, though. I was hoping that Ikuya would have more of a role in things, as that story kind of fizzled out (and there wasn’t enough Nagisa and Rei for my liking, either). It was almost like a fill-in until Rin could appear, but this is ultimately what the crowd wants – a focus on our main boys. Guess I’ll have to wait until 202, then…

2. My Hero Academia – Season 4

There was so much action in this season that I didn’t really mind that this one ended a little tamely. There was a lot of foreshadowing towards the end, which leads me to think that shit’s really going to hit the fan soon. The villain’s are preparing their next steps, eager to strike whilst All Might is on the decline and before Endeavour can really begin to understand his role as the Number One Hero. They’re planning to take advantage of the uncertainty and the interesting powers of Himeko Toga. I also wonder if All For One is going to make a big appearance very soon…

1. Attack on Titan – Season 3

As I watched the end of this season, with the scouts riding out to reclaim Wall Maria, I thought… ‘is that it…? Am I going to have to wait months for this to pick up on them riding into the distance? As I watched the usual credits roll I was surprised to find them hitch and warp, cutting to a scene where Levi, Eren and Mikasa were having a tense conversation which ended in a tussle and Mikasa having Levi at blade point… and there was that ‘OH MY GOD’ reaction I was missing! Serves me right for doubting  Attack on Titan‘s ability to bring the cliffhangers. I’m in or another season and a lengthy wait – definitely.

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