So it’s a week into this season and every show has had at least one episode now (I think). I’ll go through what I’ve watched and say what I think so far. I guess spoilers for episode 1, but are those really spoilers?
The premise is that after graduating angel or demon school said angels or demons go to earth and go to school there so that they can learn to be proper angels or proper demons. The main character is a decidedly unangelic angle that gets hooked on online games and becomes a shut in, while the rest of the cast is filled in with characters equally ill suited to their roles. This looks pretty entertaining and it’s basically Doga Kobo doing what they do best. It doesn’t seem like a show that I’m going to remember down the road, but it’s a nice moe SoL to watch. The humor has been pretty good too, so I’ve got decent expectations from it.
Little Witch Academia
I’m super excited for LWA and the first episode was great. The original OVA that was kick started was fantastic and set this all in motion, so that alone is kind of cool to see. I’d call the show a moe SoL, but it’s really a Trigger SoL with moe elements. Is it moe? I don’t even know lol, but I’ve got high expectations for it and I don’t think Trigger is going to let me down. They are good at the over the top crazy, and I think that they can do a great over the top wacky magical shenanigans show. Definitely high hopes for this show.
Kono Subarashii no Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Konosuba s2)
That mouthful of a title aside, it’s more konosuba. The animation seems like it’s even more “quality” than last season, but that doesn’t bother me too much. The kinda cobbled together sometimes almost bad animation kinda adds to the show. But there is probably a limit to that and I hope they don’t find it lol. The Star Wars credits were a hilarious way to start off this season, and I hope that it continues to amuse me as much as it has already. I’ve got decent expectations of this show, but I’m not holding out for it to be incredible.
Demi-chan wa Katatirai
The premise of this show is that there are demi humans in the world and the teacher of this school is interested in learning more about them by interviewing them. Naturally a bunch of them end up at his school so this gets to happen. I was a little concerned about the possible weird teacher-student relationships that this sort of show can get into, but after two episodes I don’t think it will be like that at all. The cast seems pretty alright, with Hikari and the teacher being great characters. I’ll watch this show just for Hikari’s antics even if it somehow gets worse. I don’t think this will be an amazing show, but once again a nice cute SoL to fill the time.
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
Sort of an unexpected title for Kyoani to be adapting, but it seems to be working so far. The premise is that Tohru (the dragon) becomes Kobayashi’s maid because on a drunken adventure Kobayashi pulled a holy sword out of her and then said she could stay with her. I picked up the first volume of the manga awhile back because buy two get one free sales make me do silly things and I really enjoyed it. There is a nice amount of good jokes and then some just funny moments with Tohru being a dragon and doing dragon things. I expect this to keep me thoroughly entertained, but it probably won’t be one of Kyoani’s truly marvelous show. Gonna be hard to follow Hibike S2 lol.
So ya, that’s what I’ve watched for this season. I don’t know if I’ll really get around to anything else this season, but these at least all look like they’ll be fine watches. I have the most hope and expectations from Little Witch Academia, and I’m particularly excited that it is 2 cour.
one of my fave bits of early characterization in trb is when blue shows persephone ganseys journal.
“it’s not mine” / “well i can see THAT […] it’s taking him forever to find this thing. you’d have already found it.”
that’s such a sweet. idk. tells us something about gansey tells us something about blue, esp as gansey has already been described as possessing a talent for Finding. the sensible as opposed to the airy. gansey hunts for sleeping kings and blue wouldn’t lose her damn journal.
also, gansey being a slave to the aesthetic is hilarious. his journal is described as “an academic work of art” bc of all the cut out pasted things but it’s ALSO described as being full of doodles of cars going fast i love my son!! like he’s a fucking history grad student grandpa at age 17 but he’s also a 17yo who draws cars all over his research and loses it at the local pizza place. i LOVE him.
Anyway, whatever. If sharing personal stuff will help someone else, I’ll take the embarrassment.
I have panic attacks sometimes. They sneak up on me. I usually have a good idea of how to handle them, but of course, no one is perfect.
One of the things that helps avoid putting myself down for it is imagining my panic as a child. It’s a bit in the way of my work life sometimes, because I can’t leave it home, or in a kindergarten. It sometimes behaves, and sometimes is difficult but it is not bad. It’s just… itself.
Mental health is something everyone deals with at some point in their lives. It’s alright to find it hard to handle. But you don’t have to hate yourself for it either. Everyone can find their own best coping mechanism.
“SERIOUSLY? THERE’S ONLY SIX OF THEM IN THE WHOLE HOUSE!” “now, that’s takin’ it a step too far, bro.” “OH MY GOD, SANS.” “guess you could say i’m taking my jokes to the next level.” “NYEEEEEEEHHHHHH!”
I looked at the sun setting behind the rocky mountains far away in the horizon. I yelled at Kyro to hurry up and join me on the hilltop to look at the amazing and rare view. It was almost like a painting, which was slowly changing and becoming more beautiful with every moment that passed. That moment wouldn’t last forever, and I didn’t want them to miss it. The sky was filled with the colours orange and light pink, it was almost like the sky was blushing, and the dark of the night was slowly devouring the light. The mountains were dark and grey, alike my bow that I always had with me no matter where I went. The scent in the air was a mixture of rain, forest and grass… I thought to myself how this scent, of the forest, how there is no scent better than this, how this is where I belong. I belong here, in Draklon.
“What is it Lini?” Kyro panted, having run up the hill after I had yelled after them. “What did you want me to-” Kyro stood as paralyzed after they realized what I wanted them to witness with their own eyes. Their blonde hair was moving along the wind that was softly blowing at the hilltop, and their eyes, a mixture of grey and light blue, were glimmering as they observed the last rays of sun slowly turning in to the all so familiar darkness.
“Kyro, are you even awake or…?” I anxiously asked as I tried to regain eye-contact with my friend. They weren’t moving. I decided to jokingly softly push them, since we had to get moving. We didn’t have time for this, not today, since we had things that needed to be done. We had to be back in the village before the darkness of the forest would swallow it whole and it would be too dark to find our way back. I laughed as Kyro, who was unprepared for my push and had therefore fallen over, spat out dirt and grass. I decided to help them back up on their feet, and told them we had to get going. While they brushed off the dirt from their jacket, I decided to run ahead to see if I could pick up the smell of any mysoloms or binx nearby. My main task, as a part of the hunter squad in our village, was to function as a tracker because of my exceptionally highly developed sense of smell. I was the only one in our village who was able to smell, track and find even the rarest of beings in the woods, no matter how close or far away they might be. This had resulted in me always being on hunting-trips and very rarely even spending any time in the village. But I didn’t mind, since I had grown closer to the wilderness of the forest, as well as to Kyro, during the multiple trips. Eventually, I realized that I had developed feelings for my hunting-partner, but I didn’t know if the feeling was mutual. Their feelings were hard to read, to say the least.
Suddenly, I picked up a scent. It smelled like a mysolom. ‘Perfect’, I thought to myself as I discreetly prepared myself to shoot with my bow. I took out an arrow from my bag and put it in place, ready to fire. I scouted for the creature as I slowly and carefully sneaked across the field. Something moved in the grass close to the cliff. A very dangerous place, but the village had to be fed. That was the one rule we had: the village must be fed. I proceeded to move towards the cliff to investigate the movement. I could smell the scent of the creature and of Kyro, who was getting closer to the cliff as well, but I could also smell something else… It took me a moment before I realized what the third smell was. Dragons. But that wasn’t all. I realized that we actually had accidentally walked right into the dragons territory. I had been too busy tracking the mysolom that I hadn’t acknowledged our current position, therefore drifting too far away from the actual forest and into the open fields. I had to think fast. Finally I saw where the scent of the mysolom came from: I spotted a dragon swallowing the mysolom in one bite, calmly sitting in as what seemed to be the nest.
I ran back up to the hill, wanting to warn Kyro to turn back before it was too late, since dragons are able to smell humans in their territory frighteningly quickly. I saw Kyro running down the hill towards me. I screamed at them, my voice breaking mid-sentence, to turn around and run. They weren’t able to hear me, since I was interrupted by the deafening scream coming from above. The dragon had spotted us, flying above us, ready to tear us to pieces. Just then Kyro realized what to do and started running back uphill as I tried to run even faster than I was before. I ran and ran and I could feel how the only thing that kept me going was the fear and adrenaline pumping through my body, but also the will to keep Kyro alive. I saw Kyro anxiously waiting for me to make it up the hill, just standing there. As I reached them I asked them what the hell they were doing, that they should run, but they interrupted me. “Lini, I need you to know something…” Kyro panted, basically gasping for air. “Can’t we take this later, you know, once we’re safe from the massive dragon who wants to eat us?” I asked them, dragging them with me as I wanted to get them to safety. “I… I l-love you Lini, I-I a-always have…” Kyro stammered. I froze. “Go and get to safety, okay, they need you in the village, I’m just another soldier. There’s more of us than there are of you.” I wanted to laugh, cry and scream at the same time, not knowing what to do. “Do you really think I’ll leave you behind, are you mad?! We have to go, NOW!” I screamed as I realized there were tears streaming down my face. “I’ll keep the dragon occupied for as long as I can, now run!” they yelled at me as the dragon got closer and closer. We locked eyes, and I noticed I wasn’t the only one crying. Then I ran. I ran and I ran as fast as my legs could run. I ran into the forest, and I felt how the bushes and twigs scratched my legs and arms bloody. All I could feel was pain, but I kept going.
I kept going for a while more until I realized that I couldn’t hear anything. No noise anywhere. At all. ‘Kyro’ was the only thing going through my head. I had to turn back, I just had to. But they wanted me to stay safe, to run away. I shouldn’t go back, they didn’t want me to get hurt. The guilt was eating me up inside. I had so many thoughts and so many pictures in my head of might have happened to them. I hesitated. ‘I have to go back, I can’t just leave them’.
I ran back to the hilltop, hoping for the best but expecting the worst. As soon as I arrived at where we had separated, I noticed that the wind that was blowing before was gone. It was completely calm. I saw something lying in the middle of the field. Running as fast as I could, jumping over puddles of water and rocks I made my way to the middle of the field. As I got closer I recognized them and my eyes started to water: it was Kyro. I could feel my legs failing me, my walk becoming shaky and tottering, and I fell down on my knees, not being able to keep it together any longer. “T-this wasn’t supposed to h-happen…” I whispered with a shaky voice, tears streaming down my face. This is exactly what I had feared that would happen. I had wanted to keep them safe. But I had failed. I fumbled in my bag, trying to find my most precious possession. I finally found it and pulled it out of my bag, my hands shaking. The knife was decorated with twelve binx-teeth along the blade, and the grip was made out of leather and skin of a truix, a very valuable skin. “I never wanted it to end like this, I really didn’t, I swear…” I heard my own voice trailing off, my words slowly becoming unintelligible.
Then, I felt a sharp pain in my stomach. I felt cold, even though it was fairly warm on the hilltop. I felt my hands being covered in a red substance. My head started spinning and my vision became blurry as I collapsed on the ground next to Kyro. The sun was rising again.
I felt the warmth from the sun hit my cheek. The light was almost blinding me. ‘So this is it, this is how it ends’. I saw Kyros eyes, that once were so full of life, shimmering like diamonds as the sunlight hit his eyes.