WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? Review

worldendStory:
William is a human in a world that pretty much hates him. Luckily he manages to land a job watching over a “weapons” warehouse for the military. But the weapons are nothing like he expected…

Violence:
The blood doesn’t kick in until the mid to last part of this series, so be well warned on it being rather high. I got more than a few instances of Trinity Blood levels with this show. If blood freaks you out, go ahead and skip this. Because once the action starts, it’s not something you can skip through…

Language:
Nothing super bad. Mostly d-mns and sh-ts here and there.

Nudity:
As seems to be a requirement for most shows with an unholy large (haha) female cast, we get some bath scenes and uncomfortable innuendo between the male lead and tons of very underage girls because anime. The worst are the “massage” scenes. Yeah, they’re just as despicable as you can imagine. No actual details shown, mind you. But, let’s face it, such technicalities don’t really make these scenes any less creepy.

Theology/mythology:
Ok, we got fairy things, which are called “leprechauns” because THAT makes sense, the idea that souls are reborn as other things, that people magically became evil beasts over time and are destroying the earth… yeah. It’s very convoluted and as usual nothing is really explained in detail. Although in this case I wish it had been…

Personal impression:
Ok, Japan, we get it. You like titles longer than Rapunzel’s hair. But would it kill you to at least have them match the tone of the show? Please?
Usually when I run into anime with titles like this, it ends up at the bottom of my watch list. And for good reason. These shows are often birthed from light novels. Boring light novels counting on their horridly long titles to draw people in because the plots are about as deep as female pant pockets (spoiler alert! We often don’t GET pant pockets and when we do they hold maybe one penny. Tightly). But once I got around to actually giving this show a go, I was shocked to hear traditional Irish music pop out of my speakers only a few minutes in. Fast forward to now and, well, this was a pretty shocking show for me. I honestly expected the absolute worst and this anime… wasn’t.
Now the next line of business: was it good? Well, yes and no. The tone and end messages of this show were surprisingly mature and well done. Even the direction and visuals were decent throughout. To be honest, only the Irish music on the soundtrack was memorable, but it was VERY memorable and quite impactful in how it was used. That said, there was a huge issue that bugged me the entire show which makes me hesitate to recommend this title.
The creepy harem vibes.
Yep, they couldn’t just keep a good story and decent characters going they just HAD to have the not-super-remarkable-but-can-do -everything-and-has-all-the-world-experience-hero-that-ALL-the-ladies-want cliche. And in the case of this show, I found this aspect particularly cringey as the lead is an adult (and actually far older than that, we find later) and the love interest? Yeah, she’s about 16 or so. Yeah. It’s creepy. Now, granted this has unfortunately become a standard in anime. The whole innocent girl falls for guy simply because he gives her so many “firsts” is a huge cliche not just in Japan, come to think of it, but also here in the US and… wait… does the heroine actually SAY she loves him because he is her “first” or… Oh. Oh she does. Oh lord the show even admits it….
Yeah. That was painful. Really, really painful. And I found that aspect to distract badly from the tragedy that was the ending. Which is a huge loss of potential as they didn’t HAVE to go the shallow “I love senpai!” route for me to care about a character’s potential death. Her being a “big sister” to the other fairies, the story of her watching as her own older sisters left and never returned, the reveal of another sister losing her identity, but pretending she’s ok for the mental health of those around her, ALL of those things are heartbreaking and would have painted enough of a sad picture for me to root for the heroine. She doesn’t HAVE to be waifu to matter. And the more she was forced into that role, the more disconnected with the show I became.
So… was it good? No. It was ok for fantasy. Decent, even. But I can’t call this good. I just can’t. Not when entire episodes were dedicated to her becoming the perfect housewife. It was just too much cringe for me.
But, hey, if you can overlook that? This is a great fantasy show. The world building alone is pretty solid. Just don’t look too close at the romance stuff. Like, at all. It’s not pretty.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, drama, action
Company: Kadokawa pictures
Production: Satelight / C2C
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Tsukigakirei Review

tuk0i4k1ir4eStory:
Kataro is trying to become a serious novelist when he falls in love with a girl on the track team in his last year of middle school. Their romance is a story of many firsts…

Violence:
None besides some characters falling while running and thus needing bandages and such. Nothing graphic.

Language:
Also pretty non-existent. Some very rare cases of sh-ts or d-mns, but they are quite uncommon.

Nudity:
Besides some bath scenes where no details are shown, nothing here either.

Theology/mythology:
Our male lead plays a role of a traditional mythical creature from Japanese folklore. It is never explained on screen, however, and thus you would only know the story being acted out on screen if you knew said folklore. There are also a few scenes of praying at the shrines. Again, no talks about religion itself, as per usual.

Personal impression:
This is probably the most realistic teen romance I’ve ever seen. It’s also probably the most boring. And, yes, those two things are pretty much inseparable. Realistic romance isn’t exciting unless, ya know, you are the one IN the romance. Holding hands with someone you have a huge crush on is exhilarating for YOU, but to anyone else it’s pretty boring. That’s this show in a nutshell.
Our male lead is very idealistic and romantic, our female lead is dreamy and anxiety bound and every bit of drama that comes up reflects those elements. Even the parents and siblings of the leads follow logical arcs fitting their characters such as the mother pushing for her son to take up “normal” work goals and an older sister telling her sibling that long distance “never works.” I never felt like a scene was unrealistic. Everything made perfect sense. Even the clear fact that LINE (a texting app) was likely a huge financial backer for this anime made sense. Probably the most gentle and believable product placement in anime ever.
The downside was, of course, that everything was incredibly boring. Sweet, but boring. Even the art and music was like that. Nice, but largely unmemorable (aside from the creepy CGI background characters…).
If you’ve been craving a break from over-the-top romance drama, this is what you want. It’s sweet, sometimes very much so, but it never crosses into the unbelievable. It’s a very grounded show. Just don’t complain to me that you started to fall asleep a few times…

Personal rating: All ages

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: PG
Genre: Romance, drama
Production: feel
Company: Flying Dog
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

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