A common complaint among anime fans is that certain shows have too much 3D CGI. Some are primarily CGI, like the new Berserk, but most modern anime have at least some CGI, which isn’t always a bad thing. It’s not always good, but there are enough examples of good CGI in anime that it’s not worth writing off completely.
Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for post-timeskip One Piece and the movie should not be watched until after the Fishman Island Arc.
Most shonen spinoff movies fall into one of two categories: recaps of previous arcs or moderately entertaining side-stories that aren’t as good as the original. That doesn’t make them bad, but they rarely impress. One Piece Film Z is a rare exception to that rule.
Now that it’s October, we once again have a new anime season and it’s looking pretty good so far. As usual, I can’t (and really don’t want to) watch everything in a season, but here are my reactions to the shows that caught my eye this season. I won’t be doing any plot summary here, so I included links to Anime News Network that include plot summaries. I’ll be categorizing them by how strongly I would recommend them based on the first episode. Now without further ado, here are my reactions to the new anime season.
The isekai (parallel world) subgenre is one of the most common subgenres in anime and light novels now. All that’s really required is for it to have a main character transported into a fantasy world, which is pretty easy to do. The problem is that a lot of isekai anime end up as pretty generic wish fulfillment shows. That’s what Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World,- more commonly known as Re:ZERO, seems like at first, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Orange was a show that many people went into with high expectations. Based on a popular manga, it had already gotten a live-action movie and was one of the most anticipated anime of the season. The end result didn’t quite live up to expectations, but still managed to be one of the better shows of the season.