Sakura Quest Review

sakura questStory:
Yoshino has failed countless job applications for the entertainment industry. So when she gets a call to be a town’s queen for promoting tourism, she jumps at the opportunity. But the town she ends up in is far from what she expected… It’s small, country and slower than the fast life she envisioned for herself.

Violence:
Besides characters getting scratches from falls and the occasional rare nose bleed, nothing to put here.

Language:
Very low. There’s one character that can have a foul mouth, but even then actual cursing isn’t common.

Nudity:
Occasionally we hear an old man say something creepy, but nothing much beyond that. Even outfits remain pretty conservative. Not much to worry about here, thankfully.

Theology/mythology:
We don’t see anything mythical, but this show does have a decent amount of folklore and shrines in it. As this show focuses on cultural traditions being passed on and respected, this isn’t unusual. So if Japanese folklore makes you squirm, this isn’t a show for you.

Personal impression:
This show was surprisingly good, especially how it ends. It’s for sure a bit of a slow burner, but the entire adult cast and good message about pursuing one’s ambitions and finding joy in your work make up for that. Mostly.
Again, this show takes quite a long time to pick up speed. Around 12 episodes of mediocre, actually. It’s only in the second half that things pick up and we see significant character growth and the stronger messages of the show shine through. When it does kick in, it’s a pretty good run. But due to how long it takes to gear up… I wouldn’t be quick to recommend this one.
The animation and story are nothing unique either. The music is also… pretty forgettable, honestly. I can’t recall it at all right now.
But I gotta say the messages of ending up in jobs you might not like, but have to do to pay rent and yet finding joy where you can- of not being in your industry, but continuing to work towards it despite constant failure- of moving onward with your ambitions, even when it’s hard to leave those you love behind – these are all great messages, especially for adults. We’re often told as kids that we need to find our industry and get into it right away. But that’s just not often possible. It can take years to get where you really want to be. The reality of being an adult is that you often have to keep moving onward and upward, sometimes zig-zagging quite a lot, to eventually get to where you want to be. And this show’s second half was a great presentation of this reality.
But still… it’s slow… So it’s probably nothing to jump into if you like fast paced content.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 25
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Slice of Life, drama, comedy
Studio: P.A. Works
Company: Toho
Official streaming: crunchyroll

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Eccentric Family 2 Review

[This is the continuation of Eccentric Family]

ecceb]ntricStory:
Yoshiro is a tanuki and his fool’s story continues amidst a mysterious new tengu’s arrival and a new plot against his family. If he doesn’t take more care, he just might end up in a hot pot!

Violence:
Overall, this show doesn’t have much violence, however, there are quite a few fights that result in scratches and such and one case of being shot. Blood isn’t avoided, but it’s quite rare. If you are sensitive to violence, I don’t think this show will scare you too badly. It’s rather tame.

Language:
Another light section. Sh-t tends to be the only curse used and even then it isn’t used often.

Nudity:
Bath scenes are the most common occurrence for nudity and while one scene shows a woman getting into the men’s bath, it doesn’t show details and it is a short clip.

Theology/mythology:
Tanuki, tengu, and oni (demons) are real in this show. Also, hell plays a big role and different variations of them are discussed (one is even seen). Even Buddha is mentioned here and there. Religion isn’t explained, but rather simply exists. If anything along those lines bother you, however, I’d steer clear. This isn’t a sector that one can ignore in this series…

Personal impression:
This show is not only a direct sequel to it’s predecessor in terms of story, but also in terms of tone. Just like the first season, Eccentric Family has an extremely laid back feeling throughout. This is due to the lead’s personal attitude about life: come what may. While the amount of drama and action seems to be greater in this season, the light mood keeps it from being too much.
That said, the plot isn’t lazy at all (unlike our lead). There were quite a few twists and turns in the story I didn’t expect and that made this sequel very amusing indeed.
As was the case before, the art and music is fine, though a bit dated by today’s standards, but they do reflect the mood of the anime perfectly.
All in all, this was probably one of the best shows of this past streaming season. Even if dramas aren’t usually your thing, I’d recommend giving this series a shot. Due to the laid back nature of the lead, the drama never feels too heavy to bare, despite the fact that some topics are indeed quite dark. It’s a solid show with well written dialog, characters and a genuinely interesting plot. Just be sure you start with the first season or you might get a bit lost.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, drama
Production: P. A. Works
Company: NIS America
Official streaming: Crunchyroll