Until the release of season 2 of Nisekoi: False Love, I had completely forgotten the names of most of the cast save for our two leads. But I did remember everything that had happened last season which is rare for me as most romantic anime shows are excellent in their familiarity to the tropes of the genre but still hopelessly generic. Every cast, while different from the last, still conforms to the expectations of the audience and so can’t help being the same, show to show. But because Nisekoi’s cast made such an impression on me, I slipped back in and was cuddled in five minutes by their energy and enthusiasm.
Is there more to Love Live Sunshine than just cute anime girls singing, eating cake and having a good time? Wait, where have I heard that plot description before?
I believe when I left Golden Time last, I wondered if Tada Banri was being honest with himself being in a relationship with rich girl Koko Kaga and whether or not Koko was truly in love with Banri. Well, in this batch of episodes, you’ll get the answers to this. You’ll also be twisted like hot metal by the ups and downs and ups our two lovers go through before the final episode.
I feel ill-equipped to talk about My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU simply because the show talks about school life better than anything I could say. Through the pitfalls and perils of being in school, the show has a handle on what it’s like to be the object of scrutiny and ignorance. Even as the characters fumble around, trying to understand each other, we learn that the show values them figuring themselves out more. Even when it’s being happy or sad, the cast finds themselves learning about an inner reservoir they didn’t know they had.
I’m always on the look out for the unusual types of anime. While the standard types are fine, I’m not a wild fan of romantic anime series. Only a few catch my eye. That’s not to say that romantic anime shows are not good, I just don’t watch that many of them. One of my main pet peeves is that the show literally waits until the final episode to get our heroes together. However, in Golden Time, that is not a problem.
One of the smaller shows from last season, we’re back in the “it’s our world but not quite” mode of storytelling in Japan with this offering from Studio Silver Link. Eschewing the standard setup, Anti-Magic Academy 35th Test Platoon goes for a balls to the wall, comedy, horror, sci-fi mashup and serves it up with dollops of drama and ecchi-style humour. It’s just a shame that the length of the show means that we’re not getting answers to some of its questions any time soon.
Sometimes, in the course of doing so, we are confronted by the same questions that every person dreads: why am I alive? What’s my purpose? Who would miss me if I was gone? Add to this the questions that a person who hurt others and regrets it now must also ask: could I have done things differently? Am I causing more trouble by being around than simply going away? Beyond The Boundary has all of these questions and more but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.