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Anime of the Year 2019-III Summer - Ling Long: Incarnation


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Ling Long: Incarnation is a very unexpected leader. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II is a formidable sequel. 
 
1. Dr. Stone ドクターストーン  [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 6/24)
Tags: Shounen  Survival, Time Travel Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi 
After five years of harboring unspoken feelings, high-schooler Taiju Ooki is finally ready to confess his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa. Just when Taiju begins his confession however, a blinding green light strikes the Earth and petrifies mankind around the world—turning every single human into stone.
Several millennia later, Taiju awakens to find the modern world completely nonexistent, as nature has flourished in the years humanity stood still. Among a stone world of statues, Taiju encounters one other living human: his science-loving friend Senkuu, who has been active for a few months. Taiju learns that Senkuu has developed a grand scheme—to launch the complete revival of civilization with science. Taiju's brawn and Senkuu's brains combine to forge a formidable partnership, and they soon uncover a method to revive those petrified.
However, Senkuu's master plan is threatened when his ideologies are challenged by those who awaken. All the while, the reason for mankind's petrification remains unknown.
It was ok for first episodes, but with a few slipups and slowed tempo it lost allure for me, so not sure what to like here as a result.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
2. Vinland Saga ヴィンランド・サガ [Wit Studio] (Finished 24/24)
Tags: Seinen Gore, Historical Action, Adventure, Drama
Young Thorfinn grew up listening to the stories of old sailors that had traveled the ocean and reached the place of legend, Vinland. It's said to be warm and fertile, a place where there would be no need for fighting—not at all like the frozen village in Iceland where he was born, and certainly not like his current life as a mercenary. War is his home now. Though his father once told him, "You have no enemies, nobody does. There is nobody who it's okay to hurt," as he grew, Thorfinn knew that nothing was further from the truth.
The war between England and the Danes grows worse with each passing year. Death has become commonplace, and the viking mercenaries are loving every moment of it. Allying with either side will cause a massive swing in the balance of power, and the vikings are happy to make names for themselves and take any spoils they earn along the way. Among the chaos, Thorfinn must take his revenge and kill Askeladd, the man who murdered his father. The only paradise for the vikings, it seems, is the era of war and death that rages on.
Initially dropped it around 8th episode or so, or maybe just stopped caring about it as ongoing. But guess need to finish it now due to somewat unique identity and shift in focus during second season. And it's painful to watch. Without good plot it wastes time a lot and is full of idiots and corresponding actions. Aimless plundering turns into running away vs pursuit, the worst kind of plot core. Watched second season as well now, and it manages to be even worse than already lackluster first season, definitely not a masterpiece either.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
3. Enen no Shouboutai Fire Force 炎炎ノ消防隊 [David Production] (Finished 4/24)
Tags: Shounen Super Power Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Spontaneous Human Combustion: a chaotic phenomenon that has plagued humanity for years, randomly transforming ordinary people into flaming, violent creatures known as Infernals. While Infernals make up the first-generation accounts of Human Combustion, the second and third generations became known as pyrokinetics—people gifted with the ability to manipulate and control their flames while remaining human. To combat the Infernal threat and discover the cause, the Tokyo Armed Forces, Fire Defense Agency, and Holy Church of Sol produced their answer: the Special Fire Force.
Young and eager third-generation pyrokinetic Shinra Kusakabe, nicknamed Devil's Footprints for his explosive ability to ignite his feet at will, becomes a member of the lively Special Fire Force Company 8. Upholding the brigade's duty to extinguish the blazing Infernals and lay their souls to rest, Shinra is determined to become a hero who will save the lives of those threatened by the flame terror.
However, this is not the hero's game Shinra imagined. The Fire Force is a fractured mess of feuding brigades, abnormal Infernal sightings are increasing all over Tokyo, and a shadowy group is claiming to have answers to the strange fire that caused the death of Shinra's family 12 years ago. Faced with many obstacles within and outside the Fire Force, Shinra fights to uncover the truth behind the burning mysteries that have kept him in the dark.
Trashy generic shounen that tries to incorporate many modern tropes and types of humor in attempt to grasp interest by one of the elements. But I don't find those elements valid or interesting.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
4. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうかII [J.C.Staff] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy 
It is business as usual in the massive city of Orario, where legions of adventurers gather to explore the monster-infested "Dungeon." Among them is the easily flustered yet brave Bell Cranel, the sole member of the Hestia Familia. With the help of his demi-human supporter Liliruca Arde and competent blacksmith Welf Crozzo, Bell has earned the title of Little Rookie by becoming Orario's fastest-growing adventurer thanks to his endeavors within the deeper levels of the Dungeon.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II continues Bell's adventures as he tries to bring glory to his goddess and protect those he cares about. However, various familias and gods across the city begin to take notice of his achievements and attempt to add him to their ranks.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 7/10
 
5. Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest ありふれた職業で世界最強 [asread., White Fox] (Finished 3/13)
Tags: Harem, Isekai Action, Adventure, Fantasy 
The ordinary life of 17-year-old otaku Hajime Nagumo is disrupted when he and his classmates are summoned to a fantasy world and tasked with saving mankind. While his classmates are gifted with impressive abilities useful in combat, Hajime is belittled for only gaining an inferior transmutation skill that lacks any real offensive power.
During an expedition in the Great Orcus Labyrinth, Hajime is betrayed by one of his classmates, plummeting him to the bottom of an abyss. Though he survives the fall, Hajime is faced with menacing monsters and misfortunes that send him spiraling into a grim nightmare. Desperate to live and return home one day, he resolves to fight for his survival—only to meet an imprisoned vampire he names Yue, who is also seeking to escape the labyrinth. Taking an interest in him, Yue and a few others along the way accompany Hajime on his journey to find a way back home, while steadily transforming from commonplace to the world's strongest.
Basically, a blend of reincarnation into slime and a harem. Slime concept makes all rules break and protagonist becoming OP, and harem makes everything worse, so result is inevitable.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
6. Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? ダンベル何キロ持てる? [Doga Kobo] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: CGDCT Comedy, Ecchi
During a regular after-school grub crawl, gluttonous high schooler Hibiki Sakura is confronted about her ever-expanding waistline by her best friend, Ayaka Uehara. With her attempts at solitary exercise failing miserably, Hibiki decides to join the newly opened Silverman Gym. At her orientation, Hibiki runs into student council president and school idol Akemi Souryuuin.
However, it soon turns out that Hibiki is in for a lot more than she bargained for. Not only is Silverman Gym full of world-renowned bodybuilders and athletes, but to make matters worse, Akemi turns out to be a total muscle fetishist! Grossed out by the scene unfolding before her eyes, Hibiki begins to leave, only to be stopped by trainer Naruzou Machio. Completely enthralled with her newfound Prince Charming, Hibiki signs up as a gym member. Now, as a result of her spur-of-the-moment decision, Hibiki must adapt to her new lifestyle.
For me it's just another spokon around school. Some more blended elements don't help much.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
7. Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. O Maidens in Your Savage Season 荒ぶる季節の乙女どもよ。 [Lay-duce] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Shounen School Comedy, Drama, Romance
When they were little kids laughing and playing together, Izumi Norimoto and Kazusa Onodera were like siblings. But as their bodies matured into middle school, Kazusa began seeing him as something different; unfortunately for her, so did the other girls. Ostracized, Kazusa had no choice but to distance herself from him going into high school. After joining the literature club, however, she finds friends that keep her mind occupied. Known throughout the school for reading aloud sex scenes in literature novels, the club's reputation has kept all teachers from accepting the task of being their adviser.
During a discussion about what they would put on their bucket list, one of the girls says one thing: sex. This single word sends ripples throughout the five girls, as the thought of sex begins taking over their daily lives. And, after walking in on Izumi during a very private moment, Kazusa is sent into a spiral of emotion that forces her to face her true feelings for him. Now, with their hearts racing and the literature club facing immediate disbandment, the five girls must work hard to keep both their sanities and their club alive.
It's unusual romance piece, but is rather shoujo than shounen as boys here are objects, and girls' worries are in the center of attention. Still, it does not feel like a masterpiece for me, or rather I'm not the target audience to enjoy it.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
8. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 Teasing Master Takagi-san 2 からかい上手の高木さん2 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Shounen Romantic Subtext, School Comedy
Even after spending a considerable amount of time with Takagi, Nishikata is still struggling to find a perfect plan to defeat the expert teaser. A battle of wits, a contest of physical prowess, a test of courage—any strategy he employs to expose her weaknesses is to no avail. On the contrary, Nishikata's pitiful attempts only reveal more of his own flaws, which Takagi takes advantage of to become increasingly daring in her teasing attempts. To make things worse for Nishikata, rumors about him and Takagi may have spread in class due to the frequent interactions between them.
However, the optimistic Nishikata believes that wisdom comes with age and that as the days go by, his experience with her constant teasing will eventually bear fruit, leading him to the awaited moment of victory. Thus, Nishikata continues to strive for the seemingly impossible—to outsmart Takagi and make her blush with embarrassment.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
9. Isekai Cheat Magician 異世界チート魔術師〈マジシャン〉  [Encourage Films] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Isekai Action, Adventure, Fantasy 
Regular high schooler Taichi Nishimura and his childhood friend, Rin Azuma, are on their way to school one ordinary morning. Suddenly, a glowing light envelops them, transporting them to a fantasy world full of magical creatures.
Upon their arrival, Taichi and Rin are threatened by a beast. They are promptly saved by a group of adventurers, who advise the pair that traveling unarmed and inexperienced makes them vulnerable to the recently increasing monster attacks. Taichi and Rin are directed to the Guild, where they can determine their magical aptitude and register as adventurers. However, the test they take reveals an unprecedented result: Taichi and Rin possess extraordinary powers that far surpass the standard mage, instantly transforming them from typical high school students to the ultimate cheat magicians.
Taichi and Rin learn to grasp the full extent of their powers and familiarize themselves with their new world. However, while the duo seeks to uncover the reason behind their transportation and a possible way back to their original world, unexpected trouble lurks in the shadows.
Even for isekai genre fan this is underwhelmind. Generic characters in generic world result in generic story full of tropes. Zero imact or elements that would stay in memory.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
10. Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka? Hensuki: Are you willing to Fall in Love with a Pervert, as long as she's a Cutie?  [Geek Toys] (Finished 5/12)
Tags: Harem, School Comedy, Romance, Ecchi
As far as it goes, many boys, especially in their teenage years, want to have a girlfriend. Keiki Kiryuu is no exception. One eventful afternoon, his days of yearning for a lover seem to come to an end when he receives a love letter from an anonymous sender—along with a pair of white panties.
To determine the identity of his secret admirer, referred to as Cinderella, he proceeds to investigate several possible candidates including his senior Sayuki Tokihara, his underclassman Yuika Koga, and his classmate Mao Nanjou. However, as Keiki seeks to uncover who this mystery girl might be, he comes to know about the perverted fetishes hidden behind each candidate's innocent exteriors...
This ecchi harem around perversity is actually watchable for a change, but this genre fits really poorly for masterpieces.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
11. Kanata no Astra Astra Lost in Space 方のアストラ [Lerche] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: Shounen Space, Survival Adventure, Award Winning, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the year 2063, space travel is feasible and commercially available. As the cheerful Aries Spring arrives at the spaceport to attend a camp on the distant planet McPa, her purse is suddenly snatched by a reckless thief. Luckily, the athletic Kanata Hoshijima is able to retrieve it for her, and Aries soon discovers that he is among the group of teenagers who will be traveling with her on the excursion as team B-5.
Upon arriving at their campsite, the group's trip takes a turn for the worse when a strange sphere of black light sucks them into the vast reaches of outer space. Stranded with seemingly no hope, they find an abandoned ship nearby that provides them with the means to return home. However, they soon discover that they are not as close to their campsite as they initially thought, but are in fact thousands of light-years away from home.
With this realization, the nine members must cautiously manage their resources, maintain their strength, and unite as one to conquer the darkness of space together. While the reason behind their trip's sudden obstruction remains unknown, they nevertheless embark on the treacherous voyage back home aboard their new ship, the Astra.
For me it's just reinvention of Mugen no Ryvius. I hate survivals, so for me it's literally about nothing, and even without chraracters that would catch the eye.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
12. Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki desu ka? Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? 通常攻撃が全体攻撃で二回攻撃のお母さんは好きですか? [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/12)
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Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Ecchi 
Forming a party with one's mother in an online game seems not only unlikely but also uncomfortable to most teenage gamers.
Unfortunately, Masato Oosuki finds himself in that exact scenario. After completing a seemingly meaningless survey, he is thrown into the world of a fantasy MMORPG—and his mother Mamako actually tagged along with him! On top of all of that, Mamako turns out to be an overpowered swordswoman, possessing the power of two-hit multi-target attacks! After minor tension between the two, they search for party members, meeting the merchant Porta and the sage Wise, starting their journey to clear the game.
It does not go past meme concept, and there's little point in watching this parody further.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
13. Tejina-senpai Magical Sempai 手品先輩 [LIDENFILMS] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Seinen Performing Arts, Romantic Subtext, School Comedy, Ecchi
Starting his new term at Tanenashi High School, an unmotivated freshman searches for a club that requires minimal participation to suit his needs. He then comes across the magic clubroom, and inside is a cute upperclassman practicing her magic tricks. Suffering from stage fright that causes her to slip up in her acts, she has a tendency to end up in the most embarrassing situations. Despite having little interest in a club run by an incapable magician, the freshman finds himself involved as a new member, experiencing all sorts of awkward moments with his eccentric mentor.
Silly ecchi yonkoma-like short stories... horrible.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
14. Maou-sama, Retry! Demon Lord, Retry! 魔王様、リトライ! [EKACHI EPILKA] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Isekai Action, Adventure, Fantasy 
Akira Oono is an ordinary working adult who manages the MMORPG Infinity Game. Fifteen years after creating the game, Oono decides to shut the servers down once and for all. However, as the clock strikes midnight, he somehow finds himself in the body of middle-aged Hakuto Kunai, Infinity Game's Demon Lord!
Soon after his mysterious transportation, he witnesses the demon Greole chasing after a little girl named Aku. Although he effortlessly dispatches the creature, Hakuto is still concerned; after all, he does not remember creating the girl or the demon! Doubting whether he truly is in the world of his creation, Hakuto decides to investigate. Bringing Aku along as his guide and companion, Hakuto sets out on a journey to find out exactly who or what summoned him to this fantasy world—all while leaving chaos and destruction in his wake.
Unserious parody isekai is not something I can enjoy.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
15. Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator A Certain Scientific Accelerator とある科学の一方通行〈アクセラレータ〉 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Super Power Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Academy City stands at the forefront of scientific and technological progress, best known for their development of espers: those capable of wielding superhuman abilities that alter the rules of reality. The most powerful among them are the Level 5s, and the one known as Accelerator reigns supreme, even after being weakened by a severe brain injury. By his side is the young girl known as Last Order, whom despite his cold demeanor, he holds closely and vows to protect at all costs.
Though Accelerator may be recovering from his injury, the dark side of Academy City never rests, and so he finds himself unwillingly caught up in the midst of a new conflict. When a mysterious young woman approaches Accelerator in pursuit of Last Order, the highest-ranked esper is confronted by a venomous organization that has taken root in Anti-Skill, Academy City's peacekeeping organization. With dangerous forces on the move that threaten to put Last Order and her sisters at risk, the self-proclaimed villain prepares to step into the darkness once again.
Side-quel or whatever. It's not even funny at this point with so many trashy seasons.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
16. Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai. If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord うちの娘の為ならば、俺はもしかしたら魔王も倒せるかもしれない。 [Maho Film] (Finished 2/12)
Tags: Childcare Fantasy, Slice of Life 
Eighteen-year-old Dale Reki is a skilled, kind, and respected traveler, acknowledged as one of the leading adventurers in the city of Kreuz. One day while on the hunt for magical beasts, he comes across a sweet devil girl named Latina. She is alone, dressed in rags, and bears the devils' symbol of a criminal: a broken horn. Concerned for her wellbeing, Dale decides to ensure Latina's safety by bringing her to his home, eventually leading to him adopting her.
Latina is sweet, innocent and compassionate, charming Dale beyond his expectations. He begins to enjoy the life of parenthood— experiencing the trials that come with raising a child and coping with the heartache he feels whenever his busy lifestyle as an adventurer parts him from her.
Although work and life as a new parent become reassuring constants for Dale, the mysteries surrounding the girl remain. Why was Latina alone in the forest, and why does she harbor the symbol of a criminal? At the same time, Latina also begins to learn about the world and herself as she adjusts to her new life with Dale.
It often seems like authors just combine elements together to make concept that was not used before and then just try their best to make it worthwhile. Fantasy childcare just had to happen at some point. As with any childcare, it either manages to grapple or not. This one is the latter as cuteness alone does not cut it for me.   
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
17. Machikado Mazoku The Demon Girl Next Door  まちカドまぞく [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/12)
Tags: CGDCT, Mahou Shoujo, School Comedy, Fantasy
After a strange dream of a mysterious ancestor, high school student Yuuko Yoshida wakes to see that she has grown demonic horns and a tail. Dazed and confused, her mother reveals to her a dark family secret: her family is descended from a Dark Clan that was banished to live powerless and destitute by their mortal enemies, the magical girls of the Light Clan. The only way to lift their ancestry's curse is for Yuuko to find a magical girl, murder her, and splatter her blood all over her ancestor's Demon God statue.
Fortunately for "Shadow Mistress Yuuko," a magical girl saves her from being run over by an oncoming truck. Unfortunately, Momo Chiyoda happens to be Yuuko's classmate at Sakuragaoka High and is much stronger than her in both strength and endurance. Taking pity on her wimpy assailant, the magical girl agrees to train Yuuko and help her unlock her dormant powers. Now, Yuuko must rise up and defeat her generous frenemy to save her family from the terrible grip of poverty.
An above average parody comedy, but my standards for this genre is really high. Can't enjoy this one.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
18. Sounan desu ka? Are You Lost? ソウナンですか? [Ezόla] (Finished 2/12)
Tags: Seinen CGDCT, Survival Adventure, Comedy
After a school trip goes terribly wrong, Homare Onishima, Shion Kujou, Asuka Suzumori, and Mutsu Amatani are left stranded on a deserted island. While Shion, Asuka, and Mutsu are frightened and desperate, Homare seems strangely calm. Fortunately for the group, this isn't the first time she's been stranded! Homare spent her childhood training with her survivalist father all over the world, climbing cliffs, trapping prey, building shelters, and obtaining valuable nutrition from moose testicles. To Homare, surviving on an uninhabited island with a slim chance of rescue is child's play. The only problem is the other three.
As Homare shamelessly guides her classmates through the finer points of survival, including drinking fish blood and eating cicadas, the girls start to realize that being stranded might not be as bad as they had imagined.
Survival is like lullaby to me. Feels super boring.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
19. Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note ロード・エルメロイⅡ世の事件簿 -魔眼蒐集列車 Grace note- [TROYCA] (Finished 1/13)
Tags: Fantasy, Mystery, Supernatural 
Ten years after facing defeat in the Fourth Holy Grail War, Waver Velvet, now Lord El-Melloi II, teaches classes at the Clock Tower—the center of education for mages. However, his new status as Lord comes with a caveat: obey the orders of Reines, the younger sister of the deceased Kayneth El-Melloi, until she is old enough to rule the House of El-Melloi.
Waver, along with his mysterious apprentice Gray, takes on a series of cases assigned by Reines and the Mages Association. With each case proving to be more complex than the last, could there be more to the Clock Tower than meets the eye, and what secrets does Reines hide?
Supernatural detective mystery that's linked to Grail Wars... zero interests hits for me.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
20. Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts  かつて神だった獣たちへ [MAPPA] (Finished 2/12)
Tags: Shounen Gore, Military Action, Drama, Fantasy
With the initiation of the Patrian civil war came the creation of half-beast, half-human soldiers—a development of the outnumbered Northerners in a desperate attempt to counter the overwhelming Southern forces. Able to quickly dominate battlefields and achieve victory with ease, the soldiers' godlike abilities earned them the name "Incarnates." However, as the war raged on, the Incarnates encountered a problem involving the beasts inside them that they were unable to rectify by ordinary means.
Once the war was over, mysteries and accounts of the Incarnates submitting to the misfortune of their war days surfaced. Aware of the horrors they faced during the war, Special Sergeant Major and former captain of the Incarnates Hank Henriette becomes a Beast Hunter—those who take the lives of Incarnates who have succumbed to the issues they experienced on the battlefields.
After witnessing her father, a former Incarnate soldier, meet his end at the hands of one such Beast Hunter, Nancy Schaal Bancroft resolves to hunt the man who took her father's life. However, Nancy's eye-opening encounter with the Beast Hunter influences her to instead seek the reason behind her father's death and the Incarnates' problematic existence in society.
Horrible concept of semi-monster hunting, poor execution, especially for people who don't appreciate shounens like me.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
21. Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] The Ones Within ナカノヒトゲノム【実況中】 [SILVER LINK.] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Video Game Adventure, Drama, Mystery 
Iride Akatsuki has unlocked hidden content in the game he's playing, 'Nakanohito Genome,' and it turns out that this content is a real-life game!
He soon wakes up to find that he has been kidnapped and taken to a strange place, along with a number of other teammates. Each of them specializes in a certain sort of game, like cultivation games, fighting games, puzzle games, etc.
A llama-headed 'teacher' gathers them after level 1 is cleared to explain how the game will proceed.
Will this group of gamers succeed, and make it back to their real lives?
All those Danganronpa-like mystery concepts are seriously flawed and can only shine because of characters. And characters here are seriously bad while degree of idiocy is actually outstanding.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
22. Joshikousei no Mudazukai Wasteful Days of High School Girls 女子高生の無駄づかい [Passione] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: CGDCT, Gag Humor, School Comedy
As she heads off to her entrance ceremony at Sainotama Girls' High School, Akane Kikuchi muses over her grade school dream of becoming a manga artist and the lack of progress that she has made. When she finally arrives at school, she is surprised to learn that she is once again in the same class as her two best friends: the deadpan and emotionless Shiori Saginomiya and the hyperactive and ridiculous Nozomu Tanaka. Tanaka then comes to the obvious realization that she can't achieve her grade school dream of being popular with the boys and getting a boyfriend by going to an all-girls high school.
In desperation, she begins asking the girls in her class to introduce her to their guy friends. Her classmates, however, are anything but ordinary. From a grandmother-loving loli to a reclusive chuunibyou to an overly analytical stalker, each one is given a fitting nickname by Tanaka to accentuate their weirdness. And so begin the wasteful days of these high school girls, each day kicked off with a simple question: "Hey, wanna hear something amazing?"
So, anime about watching how high school girls waste their time... sigh. Gags are actually better than expected, but it's still just fooling around to kill time.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
23. Cop Craft COP CRAFT [コップクラフト] [Millepensee] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Detective Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Fifteen years ago, a hyperspace gate appeared in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, connecting Earth to a strange world filled with fairies and monsters. The city of San-Teresa became a home for over two million of these otherworldly visitors. Unfortunately, the population boom also brought its fair share of problems—drugs, prostitution, and trafficking. To combat the rampant crime lurking in the city's shadows, a new department was established in the San-Teresa Metropolitan Police.
Former JSDF soldier Kei Matoba is one of the best cops that the department has to offer, despite his inclination to occasionally bend the rules. After a fairy trafficking case goes wrong, Kei loses Rick Fury, his friend and partner of four years, setting him on a quest for vengeance. To help him with the case, the department pairs him with Tilarna Exedilika, a noble of the Farbani Kingdom. As one of the Knights of Mirvor, her duty is to rescue the noble fairy that Kei encountered during his last case. Despite his distaste for non-humans, he accepts the arrangement at the request of his superiors. Now, the unlikely duo must come together and overcome their differences in order to return the missing fairy to her country and avenge the death of Kei's partner.
More supernatural detective mystery that I don't give a damn about.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
24. Bem  [Production I.G, LandQ studios] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Mythology Action, Supernatural 
Young detective Sonia Summers has been transferred to the outskirts of the port city Libra after stirring up trouble with her superiors. Libra is separated into two sectors—"the Upper," the center of wealth and politics, and "the Outside." The Outside is home to crime, corruption, and curious incidents involving monstrosities or youkai. Each case that Sonia works on seems to implicate the involvement of these mysterious creatures.
Sonia crosses paths with three peculiar humanoid youkai—Bem, Bela and Belo—who seek to protect humans and fight against the evil youkai that terrorize them. Living as "Youkai-Ningen," they are excluded by other youkai for their human-like lifestyles, and rejected and hurt by humans when they reveal their true forms.
Despite the hardships they face, these three Youkai-Ningen secretly live among humans, continuing to pursue their dreams of one day becoming human as well.
Remake.   
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
25. Granbelm グランベルム [Nexus] (Finished 3/13)
Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Mecha Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Long ago, magic was abundant and enriched the lives of all people until its usage in war. To end the chaos, seven of the most powerful mages gave up their lives in order to seal all magic. Now, almost one thousand years later, their magic seal Magiaconatus hosts Granbelm, a monthly series of battles meant to determine who among its participants is worthy of the title of Princeps, the one true mage.
On the night of a full moon, high school student Mangetsu Kohinata is suddenly transported to an illusionary world where six mages are participating in Granbelm. Mistaken for an enemy mage, Mangetsu is attacked by two mages until she is rescued by Shingetsu Ernesta Fukami and her Armanox Viola Katze. However, when Shingetsu is ambushed for protecting her, Magiaconatus grants Mangetsu the Armanox White Lily, allowing her to fight off Shingetsu's assailant. Overwhelmed by the revelations presented to her, Mangetsu decides to help her new friend fight in Granbelm and make her wish come true.
Probably the worst mahou shoujo that I sampled. Chaos, abstract elements, mecha, lack of integrity, horrible characters all make it indigestive  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
26. Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV Symphogear XV 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアXV [Satelight] (Finished 1/13)
Tags: Idols (Female), Music Action, Sci-Fi 
Humanity is finally confronted with the threat of the Custodians—the ancient, sentient species held responsible for cursing humanity to speak different languages thousands of years ago. The Symphogear wielders—Hibiki Tachibana, Tsubasa Kazanari, Chris Yukine, Maria Cadenzavna Eve, Kirika Akatsuki, and Shirabe Tsukuyomi—are sent to the Antarctic in order to retrieve an ancient relic. After securing it and rescuing the scientific staff present there from a Coffin, the automated defense mechanism protecting it, the relic is given to American researchers due to international agreements.
The criminal organization Noble Red, a remnant of the previously fought Bavarian Illuminati, starts targeting the relic. Will the Symphogear wielders and their supporting organization S.O.N.G. be able to foil the plans of the organizations conspiring against them?
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
27. Kochouki: Wakaki Nobunaga Kochoki 胡蝶綺 ~若き信長~ [Studio Deen] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Historical, Samurai Action, Drama
The fearsome warlord, the demonic king—Oda Nobunaga! Before he was trying to rule over Japan, he was a teenager who began his path to greatness with his younger brother and faithful followers. Through succession, betrayal, battles, and bonds between one another, the struggles these boys face promise a future where they can blossom into powerful men.
The material is good since it's historical for the most part, but somehow it's rather a failure since character design and flow are rather bleak, like ten times less impactful than any Sengoku dorama.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
28. Try Knights トライナイツ [Gonzo] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Josei
Riku Haruma enters high school without a future in sight. He sees people playing like monsters on the ground, jumping higher than anyone else, running fast, deciding to try their best. There, he sees Akira Kariya playing rugby, a sport he was once passionate about but gave up due to his physique. While Akira is running roughly, Riku gives him a piece of advice without thinking. From that, Riku feels his dying passion for the sport set ablaze, and his future starts to brighten up...
Spokon.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
29. Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ Re:ステージ! ドリームデイズ♪ [Yumeta Company, Graphinica] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Idols (Female), Music, School Slice of Life
Mana Shikimiya has just transferred into Marehoshi Academy, a school which requires each of its students to join one of the many sports or cultural clubs. After a quick tour of most of the clubs by the Student Council Vice President Minori Hasegawa, Mana stumbles upon the Lyrical Tradition Dance Club. There she meets its sole members: Mizuha Ichikishima and Sayu Tsukisaka. Drawn to their singing and dancing, Mana joins the club and together they work towards their dream of winning the Prism Stage—a national competition to determine the top idols of the country.
However, before Mana and her new friends can worry about the Prism Stage, there is a more immediate problem at hand: the club is about to be disbanded by the student council! Without enough members or any notable achievements, the club will be shut down and the members' dreams will be over before they've begun to pursue them. It's up to the three of them to find the additional club members they need and become an idol group strong enough to qualify for the Prism Stage and to win it as well.
Adaptation of gacha mobile game with characters this young just could not be really great. Don't see anything that would pull it out of mediocricity.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
30. Cardfight!! Vanguard: Shinemon-hen Cardfight!! Vanguard: Shinemon Arc カードファイト!! ヴァンガード 新右衛門編 [OLM] (Finished 1/31)
Tags: Shounen Strategy Game Action
This is the story of "Shinemon Nitta", the future manager of Card Capital.
10 years before the reunion of Aichi Sendou and Toshiki Kai, the card shop run by the Tokura family "Card Capital" was going out of business. Then came the attempt to take over the store by Esuka Hibino, the owner of a major card shop.
In order to protect Card Capital, Shinemon Nitta stands up as the "Self-proclaimed Manager!"
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
31. Business Fish ビジネスフィッシュ [TOHO animation] (Finished 1/6)
Tags: Workplace Comedy, Slice of Life
The anime features characters with human bodies and fish heads as office workers at an IT firm.
The usual vtuber nonsense with crude CGI and just a bit of focus and direction.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
32. Kengan Ashura ケンガンアシュラ [Larx Entertainment] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Gore, Martial Arts Action
Business deals are usually made through meetings and contracts; but in the world of Kengan Ashura, businesses resort to other means to make their decisions: by hiring gladiators. Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura depicts a world brimming with action, violence, and martial arts—one where powerful gladiators have fought in grand arenas since the Edo Period to settle the disputes of wealthy businesses and merchants.
Ouma Tokita, who is nicknamed "The Ashura," is a fighter trying to prove himself as the strongest. Hideki Nogi, a member of the Nogi Group, hires Ouma to fight for him and makes Kazuo Yamashita, an average middle-aged man, his manager. The duo is thrown into fights facilitated by the Kengan Association. Their journey will be full of ruthless battles with other fighters aiming for the same goal. Do they have what it takes to be the best?
Fighting anime and Netflix direction means doom from the start .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
33. Cannon Busters  [Satelight, Yumeta Company] (Finished 2/12)
Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 
Follow the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who's joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M's best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege.
It reminds me Trigun the most, and it's not a compliment in my case. Overall, not bad yet silly action in unique setting, but rather cheesy due to protagonists superpowers that can get from any situation.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
34. Hero Mask 2nd Season Hero Mask ヒーローマスク [Pierrot] (Finished 1/9)
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Tags: Detective Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi 
The investigation on masks is still ongoing as Connor is still on the loose. New clues and movements starts appearing after a simple bus crashes in which only one girl survives completely untact. Who is she and how is she related to the case? SSC continue to investigate but, after Steven's death the police director - Richard put resignation, new director is suspicious of SSC. He place a new agent in SSC team...
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
35. Da Zhu Zai The Grand Lord 大主宰 [och Films, TrioPen Studio] (Finished 1/12)
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Tags: Historical, Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
The Great Thousand World. It is a place where numerous planes intersect, a place where many clans live and a place where a group of lords assemble. The Heavenly Sovereigns appear one by one from the Lower Planes and they will all display a legend that others would desire as they pursue the road of being a ruler in this boundless world.
In the Endless Fire Territory that the Flame Emperor controls, thousands of fire blazes through the heavens.
Inside the Martial Realm, the power of the Martial Ancestor frightens the heaven and the earth.
At the West Heaven Temple, the might of the Emperor of a Hundred Battles is absolute.
In the Northern Desolate Hill, a place filled with thousands of graves, the Immortal Owner rules the world.
A boy from the Northern Spiritual Realm comes out, riding on a Nine Netherworld Bird, as he charges into the brilliant and diverse world. Just who can rule over their destiny of their path on becoming a Great Ruler? In the Great Thousand World, many strive to become a Great Ruler.
I usually give wuxia a chance as long as it's animated and not CGI. And maybe I should not since hate wuxia in general.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
36. Hanhua Riji God Troubles Me 汉化日记 [L²Studio, TrioPen Studio] (Finished 4/12)
Tags: Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
In the twenty-first century, gods and demons can no longer maintain equilibrium due to the rapid development of people in society. In an effort to restore proper order, the gods began to take care of the world, for which they will send a group of gods and monsters to the world to find the "key" to salvation. Su Moting is a girl with the personality of a "demon child". When her parents asked her to leave their house so that she could become independent, the girl meets the beautiful and charming god Tianjin and the mysterious demon cat Dukui. So begins the new hectic life of Su Moting.
Not bad comedy, but with absurdist and Chinese flavor, as well as often subpar animation and half-length episodes. This show does not fit my high standards for comedy masterpice.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
37. Ling Long: Incarnation Ling Cage 灵笼: INCARNATION [YHKT Entertainment] (Finished 6/6)
Tags: Mythology Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Suspense
In the not-too-distant future, the human world has long been overpopulated. Humanity marched to the stars in search of a new home, and just as this was going on, the moon's alignment caused massive earthquakes to ripple across the world, lasting several decades. Humanity was demolished. When the land finally recovered, humanity reemerged to face this strange yet familiar world. Will we, who once lorded over this domain, still remain the masters of this world?
It can't be considered perfect masterpiece at least because not all the lines are connected and because it comes after Attack on Titan that it resembles more and more and also because it's not consistent in style like it can introduce silly fart in between serious narration. But otherwise great dystopian plot, unexpected story moves, nice characters, great animation and directorship. What especially excites me is that it does not feel Chinese at all except maybe for asian style of some female characters. Great solid international work.  
Overall Rating: 9/10
 
38. Ai Zai Xiyuan Qian 爱在西元前 [Taikong Works] (Finished 0/12)
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Tags: Action, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi 
Some aliens come to the Earth and one of them, become Babilonia's King, building the Babel Tower in order to come back to his world. But, due to technical failures his spaceship explodes, killing the main female character. The male lead and his troop stay in the Earth to find a way to come back. The female main character reincarnates 2500 years ago and met with him one more time. Then, what will happen now?
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
 
39. Chuanyue Huoxian: Youling Jihua CrossFire: Project Ghost 穿越火线:幽灵计划 [-] (Finished 2/13)
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Tags: Detective, Military, Strategy Game Action, Mystery
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Just silly action based on fps game.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
40. Tenki no Ko Weathering with You 天気の子 [CoMix Wave Films] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Award Winning, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Tokyo is currently experiencing rain showers that seem to disrupt the usual pace of everyone living there to no end. Amidst this seemingly eternal downpour arrives the runaway high school student Hodaka Morishima, who struggles to financially support himself—ending up with a job at a small-time publisher. At the same time, the orphaned Hina Amano also strives to find work to sustain herself and her younger brother.
Both fates intertwine when Hodaka attempts to rescue Hina from shady men, deciding to run away together. Subsequently, Hodaka discovers that Hina has a strange yet astounding power: the ability to call out the sun whenever she prays for it. With Tokyo's unusual weather in mind, Hodaka sees the potential of this ability. He suggests that Hina should become a "sunshine girl"—someone who will clear the sky for people when they need it the most.
Things begin looking up for them at first. However, it is common knowledge that power always comes with a hefty price...
Typical boring award-winning SOL with supernatural elements and no meaning at all.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
41. Hello World ハロー・ワールド [Graphinica] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi 
The year is 2027, and the city of Kyoto has undergone tremendous technological advancement. Within the city live two classmates: Naomi Katagaki, a socially awkward and introverted boy; and Ruri Ichigyou, a girl with a cold personality who is often blunt with people. Despite sharing Ruri's love of reading, Naomi is afraid to approach her due to her unfriendly nature.
One day, while out on a walk, Naomi witnesses a crimson aurora pierce through the sky for a brief moment before vanishing. Shortly after, he encounters a three-legged crow and a mysterious hooded man, who reveals himself to be Naomi from 10 years in the future, explaining that he has come to change an imminent tragic event that happens to Ruri soon after they start dating. Initially taking his words with a grain of salt, present-day Naomi follows his future self's instructions and starts getting closer to Ruri, determined to save her. Will he be able to change the future?
Story makes so little sense and is so chaotic that it's a pain to watch for me.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
42. Ni no Kuni 二ノ国 [OLM] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Isekai Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Best friends Yuu, Haru, and Kotona enjoy a tranquil high school life together. One day, however, a suspicious man pursues and stabs Kotona—a catastrophe that Yuu and Haru fail to prevent. While hastily carrying the girl to the hospital, the two boys are nearly hit by a truck but miraculously remain unharmed. Instead, they find themselves in a fairy-tale-like kingdom with an exotic diversity of people and wonderful creatures.
To their surprise, the boys discover that Yuu, who has been confined to a wheelchair since childhood, can now walk! Yet they have no time to ponder the puzzling situation, as their friend is gone. Setting off to find Kotona, Yuu and Haru stop at a local pub to inquire about her. But upon inspecting a picture of Asha, the kingdom's princess, the two have a shocking revelation.
Narrating an extraordinary adventure in a magical world, Ni no Kuni demonstrates the special connection between two separate yet parallel worlds and its manifestation of the bonds between individuals.
Exceptionally silly story, characters and dialogues.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
43. Quanzhi Gaoshou: Dianfeng Rongyao 全职高手之巅峰荣耀 [Colored Pencil Animation] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Video Game Action
Two years ago, Glory started out as just another MMORPG, but its real-world influence has grown as more countries begin to recognize esports as an official sport. Now, in China, arrangements are being made to hold the first professional league of Glory, culminating in the Glory Championship.
Friends Ye Qiu and Su Muqiu both aspire to make a career out of esports. However, due to personal reasons, Ye Qiu has been hesitant until now to chase his dream onto the national stage. When the two boys finally agree to form their own team, they are supported by Tao Xuan, their boss and the owner of Excellent Era internet cafe, after which they name their team. And so, Team Excellent Era sets their sights on defeating all opponents who stand in their way of reaching the ultimate summit of Glory.
Prequel. So-so, same as sequels to original series since they drop the pve aspect almost completely and just focus on duesl and teams confrontations which is of litle interest to me.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
44. Luo Xiao Hei Zhan Ji (Movie) The Legend of Hei 羅小黑戰記 [HMCH] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy 
Luo Xiaohei is a young monster who normally takes the form of a small black cat. Living freely in the forests, gradual deforestation and human development force him to flee and find a new home. Wandering the city streets, the black cat struggles to survive until he encounters Feng Xi, a fellow monster who takes Xiaohei to an isolated island inhabited by a small group of monsters. Excited to find what he thinks is his new home, Xiaohei lives with the monsters for only a short time before Wuxian, a human Guild Executor, arrives on the island in pursuit of Feng Xi.
Feng Xi and his companions manage to teleport off the island, leaving Xiaohei and Wuxian alone. Though Xiaohei refuses to cooperate with the man who attacked his friends, Wuxian forces the black cat to travel to the Guild along with him. Embarking on an uncertain journey, Xiaohei is exposed to a new perspective on the relations between humans and monsters in a rapidly changing world.
Simplistic and loosely animated cartoon rather than anime.  
Overall Rating: 5/10

 
45. Jiangnan Kiangnan 1894 江南 [-] (Finished 0/1)
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Tags: Historical Drama
Set in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the story revolves around a teenager named A'lang, who accidentally becomes an apprentice in the Jiangnan Manufacturing Factory before becoming a top military mechanic.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10

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Arifureta Shokugyou- An example of how an awful anime can come from a top-class light novel.  The two biggest flaws of this anime are that too many episodes are spent on the labyrinth (basically the prologue) and the decision to use 2.5D animation for some of the monsters.  The results were that some of the monsters just look off and don't match with the basic animation, thus making the combat less interesting than it could be.  I recommend just reading the light novels instead.

Isekai Cheat Magician- Extremely low-quality isekai.

Cop Craft- A top-quality anime about a version of Earth where a fantasy world was connected to Earth through a gate, causing a massive war.  The protagonist is a detective with a history as a veteran and the main heroine is an aristocrat from the other side of the gate.

Katsute Kami Datta Kemono Tachi- A fantasy series focusing on a group of soldiers experimented on and turned into weapons of war.  As time went by, they lost their humanity and now the last sane member is hunting them down.

Maou-sama, Retry- This particular season's guilty pleasure for me, because the setting and story are all over the place.  However, it is fun to watch, especially because of how it constantly mocks isekai tropes.

El-Melloi Case Files Season 2- Normally I wouldn't bother mentioning this, but I love El-Melloi Case Files, lol.

Uchimusume- An interesting variation on the Japanese-style high fantasy world.  The world has multiple 'maous' and the mazoku are just another race.  The protagonist is an adventurer who finds an exiled mazoku child in the forest by the skeletal body of her father.  He brings her back to civilization and raises her as his own.  Much of the story is tear-jerking or adorable (sometimes both) with the little girl jerking on your heart strings and just being an adorable little girl in general.  There is some action to the series, and what is there is pretty good.  However, it isn't a focus.

Vinland Saga- Historical fantasy/drama focused on the era when the British Isles were colonized forcibly by the Danes.  Extremely violent and bloody.

Sounan Desu ka- A weird little anime about a group of girls who get stranded on a desert island.  I recall it being weirdly fascinating to watch.

Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?- This anime is a comedy about a harem protagonist who is followed around by a bunch of perverted girls (all of them different types).  It is generally a fun watch, but it isn't something to go back to again later once you've finished it.

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Cheat Magician and Multi Target Mother - I just put both because both are essentially the same thing, the isekai anime who tried to have overpowered female MC only for the author to put the male self-insert main character in their works. That said, at least the male in Multi Target Mother is not as strong as his mom who is the overpowered character, unlike Cheat Magician whereas the author manage to find himself make the male MC becoming very strong despite the author already make the female MC strong enough with four element mastery.

Tenki no Ko - Another work from Makoto Shinkai which depict another bittersweet romance, although people like to make the meme out of this thanks to the nature of the story which may or may not appropriate for the people who watch it.

Re-Stage - Idol anime with Tsubasu in charge of the original character design, and indeed the original design is really like her usual drawing. The anime art here is not as beautiful as Mahiro Iro anime though, which obviously because Kawamura is not in the charge of the anime art. Art aside, Re-Stage is mostly Love Live like idol anime with the center of the rival group being the older sister of the main character.

Symphogear XV - The fifth and the last part of Symphogear franchise, which mean the staffs do their best to clearing up the plot that have been foreshadowed in the previous four series. By the way the original creator of the series currently make the new anime with similar premise (Prinsession Orchestra), and it'll be available sometimes on the next year.

Vinland Saga - I just want to comment that apparently it was hailed as big three seinen alongside Berserk and Vagabond, and what I can see is that it's quite hard to adapt the so-called big three seinen into anime compared to adapt big three shounen (Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece). Anyway, obviously this is the most successful anime adaptation of the three big seinen, although it's not like there's much competition anyway seeing Bersek 2016 had mixed reception and Vagabond didn't even have anime adaptation.

Machikado Mazoku - Admittedly the premise is something like Gabriel Dropout with the good magical girl keep bullying the weak (And sickly) demon, although the author change that perception at the end of the first volume (Or 6th episode of the anime). Afterwards, it's more like on how the main demon girl (Yuuko aka Shamiko) start to find out what she can do with her power and eventually find out more about herself and the magical girl (Momo). Currently the story is take dramatic turn, although unfortunately the author has severe health issue so the update become irregular. Oh yes, obviously the anime is quite successful because we have the second season of this in 2022.

That's all for what I can comment in regard of Summer 2019 anime here.

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