Amanchu! Advance – Anime Series Review

Episodes: 12

Genre(s): Slice-of-Life

Aired: Apr 2018 – June 2018

Also known as: Amanchu! 2, あまんちゅ!あどばんす

Summary: The second season of Amanchu! You can find my thoughts on the first season over here.

Review: For some, this second season will just as enjoyable as the first, if not more. For others, this season will prove to be rather disappointing.

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This will largely come down to your stance on yuri in Amanchu! See, in most shows which feature a cast that is predominately women, there’s often little moments of intimacy that blurs the line between romance and friendship. Call it shipping material, call it subtext, etc. Amanchu! had plenty of that in the first season as well as in Amanchu! Advance.

Where Amanchu! Advance differs, however, is the unexpected and unheralded arrival of a boy to deny and sink the biggest ship in Amanchu! Furthermore, Teko comes to the conclusion that the boy’s feelings for Pikari is simply different than her own feelings for her best friend, which comes across as the denial of queer romance altogether. Some have said Teko might have been confused at the moment and jumped to conclusions.

I don’t buy it. It was handled rather poorly and it’s enough for some viewers to lose heart and conviction in watching this series to completion.

But say you’re the type who cares little for romance altogether so none of this affects you. It’s still objective to say, then, that this second seasons took a turn for the whimsical and fantastical rather abruptly with dreams. I personally liked the arc, but it did drag on for a bit too long and the tone is just so different compared to that of the first season.

Still, the fact remains that it is a pleasure to see Teko grow so much as a person. To me, that’s what keeps you invested in the series. So many people related to Teko as an anxious wreck, and it’s just so satisfying to see her come such a long way. Sure, she makes some mistakes and missteps just like Amanchu! Advance itself fumbled how it handled the situation with Kokoro. But, the journey – t’was grand and lovely.

I also really appreciated how some of the supporting cast received some love and attention. Mato-sensei, I’m looking at you.

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Aaaaand I suppose it was for the better that some new characters were introduced, too. Some more than others, for sure.

tl;dr – if you like yuri at all then proceed with caution or pretend this season doesn’t exist. Otherwise, be prepared for drastic and unexpected tonal shifts, especially when compared to what was going on in the first season. Seeing Teko’s growth helped balanced the scales nonetheless.

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Comic Girls – Anime Series Review

Episodes: 12

Genre(s): Slice-of-Life, Yuri

Aired: Apr 2018 – June 2018

Also known as: こみっくがーるず

Summary: Crybaby Moeta Kaoruko, or Kaos, moves into a dormitory along with three other high school manga-ka. While the other three are already professionals whereas Kaos is still struggling to remain become actually serialized, all four girls have their own personal struggles and problems which they attempt to overcome through self-improvement and friendship.

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Uma Musume: Pretty Derby – Anime Series Review

Episodes: 13

Genre(s): Sports, Slice-of-Life, Idol

Aired: Apr 2018 – June 2018

Also known as: ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Summary: In a world where high school horse girls compete against one another in races and then perform in idol concerts, the protagonist, Special Week, hails from the countryside and is determined to become the number one horse girl in Japan.

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The Character Who Cannot or Chooses Not to Communicate

Character flaws afflict many, especially when it comes to fiction.

However, some imperfections are particularly prevalent when it comes to anime / visual novel / video game characters. I’m talking about when a character deliberately chooses to not communicate with friends or allies for various reasons, justified or not.

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The Hint Revealing Which Horse Girls Were Mares in Real Life as Seen in “Uma Musume – Pretty Derby”

So I had gotten this idea from one of the closing lines in a video uploaded by Anime Fan, but said videos were taken down…

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5 Commonly Used Phrases in Anime

There are some lines that are used almost universally in anime. Some might even call them cliché at this point. Even though they’re tried and tired by now, I think some of them are still a pleasure to run across even if you’ve heard them again and again and again.

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Spring 2018 | Midseason Musings

The Spring 2018 anime season is halfway finished!

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5 Controversial Narrative Beats You Can Expect to See in a Cute Girls Doing Cute Things Series

There are tons of shows which could be considered to revolve around Cute Girls Doing Cute Things. While they’re all different in subtle ways, they are also similar in other aspects and can feature the same sort of developments.

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