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The Great Passage

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The last of the new fall season shows I wanted to check out is The Great Passage (Fune wo Amu). As I had written, I didn’t know much about this one other than the setting, which is of a publishing company that produces dictionaries, following a new hire. It really does come off as a regular drama (not like the sci-fi/fantasy I usually take in when it comes to anime), and I quite enjoyed the first episode. My wife was in the room as I was watching it, and ended up getting drawn in as well, and plans on watching the rest of it with me.

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Ajin Season 2

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Continuing with the shows that I’m checking out for this fall season of anime (as mentioned in this post), I was very happy to see the start of the second season of Ajin. Nothing much to report other than it’s still very good, continues the story of the manga, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how they portray the big events that I know are coming in animated form.

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Izetta: The Last Witch

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This is a series that just started this month, but that I hadn’t included in my list of shows I wanted to watch. I’ve seen the first 2 episodes that have aired so far, and although I’m not absolutely sold on it yet, I do quite like it. It’s set in an alternate WW2-like history (bordering on fantasy) where a German-like country invades other countries. For the most part, it comes off as a military series — with art direction that makes me think of the original Valkyrie Chronicles game — but then we’re introduced to the titular character, who reveals her magical powers (a witch, basically, but who rides guns instead of brooms). I do want to watch more of this.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

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As I mentioned in my fall 2016 post, the second season of this Gundam series started this month, and that got me wanting to check out the series from the start. I’ve gotten into Gundam this year in a big way, but have been sticking so far with shows that take place in the Universal Century timeline — I’m currently more than halfway watching Zeta Gundam, that aired in the mid-80s — but I’ve been in the mood to watch something Gundam that is more modern (sometimes there’s just so much 80s-style animation that you can take in) and despite this being one of the non-UC series, I’d heard good things about it and so figured I’d give it a shot. The first season runs 25 episodes, and I watched the first 4 over the weekend, and really enjoyed what I saw. So far, it’s the darkest Gundam series I’ve watched, as it deals with child soldiers and the horrors of war (although the horrors of war is a running theme in Gundam), with a main character (the pilot of the main Gundam suit) who is a child who show an absolute and scary level of desensitivity to violence. I’m very much looking forward to watching the rest of this series.

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Occultic Nine

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One of the series I mentioned wanting to watch in my fall 2016 anime post was Occultic Nine —  it finally launched and I got to watch the first episode. What I wrote then pretty much stands. The one aspect of the show that really turns me off is the inclusion of a character with ridiculously large breasts, that just makes it embarrassing to watch (even though she’s played for laughs). It’s a shame, because there’s a lot to like here. The animation is incredibly slick, and the overall art direction reminds of what we’ve seen with the Persona 5 game. And the setup for the show is quite interesting, following a guy who runs a blog about paranormal activities, making a living from the ads, and how he’s trying to get more traffic to his site by finding more interesting mysteries to cover. I’m going to watch the next episode at least, and see if it manages to not dwell too much on that assistant character and her breasts.

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All Your Anime Are Belong to Us

The next few posts are going to be about anime series I’ve been watching over the past few days. Some of them are new series for this fall season that just started — and that I mentioned in this post, which I’ll update to add links to my thoughts on the shows I was interested in checking out — but others I just kinda fell upon or started watching for other reasons. I find myself often getting in and out of anime — I’ll go months without watching any, and then suddenly I’m in the mood to consume massive quantities of it. As you’ll be able to tell from all the posts, I’m currently in the latter mood.