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Azure Sage

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Too goddamn many, that's which. With all the time I'm sinking into FE, I'm falling behind on everything. This season, I'm watching:

Black Clover
Carole & Tuesday
Fairy Tail: Final Series
Fire Force
Fruits Basket (2019)
Astra Lost In Space
Skilled Teaser Takagi S2
Demon Slayer
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note

It's been years since I've been watching this many seasonals at once. I'm getting a little overwhelmed. I'll finish everything eventually, but still. FE has too much of my attention lately. I don't like falling behind on seasonals.
 

Rubik

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This season:
Vinland Saga
Demon Slayer
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note

I'm pretty behind on the last few seasons of anime and haven't been staying on top of this season either, though. Making an effort to get back into the groove, though.
 

Ronin

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Higurashi: When They Cry in anticipation of the Halloween season coming up. Feels good to start a little early this year.
 

Ronin

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Shinsekai Yori [From the New World] - 9.5/10

Humankind striving to survive in a post-apocalyptic setting is one of the most common themes nowadays. The notion that man has to fend for themselves is as evocative as it is unnerving, but that very notion has come to be trite for all of its commonalities and overusage throughout various forms of media. So when Shinsekai discards that form of dystopian environment and focuses instead on an idyllic utopia enshrouded in mystery and secrecy, I found myself drawn into the societal turbulent world.

Shinsekai is a blend of numerous anime series (some of which came later): Higurashi: When They Cry, The Promised Neverland, and Made in Abyss. The story takes place 1000 years in the future after mankind suddenly developed telekinetic abilities and almost tore itself apart amid hostile warfare, ultimately devolving back into a tribal society. Due to the despicable acts of yore, the adults tried to cultivate their offspring's powers under a strict scrutiny, enforcing a curfew at sundown and sealing away the abilities if disobeyed. This was done out of fear of the children losing control and becoming monstrous, as well as to prevent them from learning about their history.

Man vs. Society is one of my favorite storytelling principles, and Shinsekai implements plenty of thought-provoking strings along the course of the journey. The five main characters are interesting and relatable, responding realistically to the disclosure of the buried past when they stumbled on an otherworldly creature that revealed the misdeeds to them. From this point onward, the friends are tested and separated on a number of occasions by the adults and other extenuating circumstances.

All of this is topped off nicely by a stellar soundtrack that fits nicely in each scene: Building up tension, basking in calmness, and erupting fiercely during battles. Some of the chiller tracks sound more nuanced and engrossing than the average VN/slice-of-life filler, whereas the action pieces are bound to get the blood pumping despite the on-screen conflict mainly involving non-contact bouts. Sometimes during the horror sections, the soundtrack sounds almost alien with distorted synths making a scene feel more surreal than it is. And major credit goes to the studio A1-Pictures for the beautiful animation and unorthodox presentation; using the pupils to reflect the happenings in front of a character was utterly ingenious. For all of the SAOs and Gates out there, each studio should strive for at least one Shinsekai.

Yes in spite of everything that went right, From the New World has to dock some points for some messy pacing and incomplete plot points. At one instance, a character went missing for entire episodes whereas the others were either captured or on the run, and later on they turned up completely unharmed. What they were doing was never shown. Another time two characters leave the town and it's heavily implied that they died but not explained despite one major threat turning up near the end that's tied directly to them. It's almost as if the other characters forgot about them, but centering on that for too long would have caused the ending to be rushed. I feel that cutting back on some of the exposition would have given plenty of time to address or in the very least hearken back to it, however.

All in all, Shinsekai Yori is a must-watch for those who enjoy a deep story, engaging characters, and an overarching theme of not taking those around you for granted. There are a few hiccups along the way, but the time spent here is worthwhile since the production is top-notch and there really aren't many series of this caliber. It'd be a shame for anyone to pass this on up, even if sludging through 25 episodes seems a bit much.

For a shorter anime of the same setting, I'd highly recommend to watch Worldend (for short; the actual title is quite lengthy) which is based in the sky and explores more of the same themes.

 
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RWBY. It's actually the first anime I've ever watched.
I've always stayed away from it due to y'know, the weeb stereotype, but my friends finally convinced me to try RWBY.

I've just started volume 5, and i'm loving it so far.
 

Pen

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Out of the currently airing anime I’m watching Dr. Stone, My Hero Academia, Vinland Saga and Food Wars right now as the episodes come out. They’re all really good shows ^^

And yesterday I started watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure from the start. I’ve never seen it before but I’ve been told to watch it for a long time. I’m just two episodes in so far and I can already tell I’m in for a hell of a good ride lol
 

GrooseIsLoose

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Out of the currently airing anime I’m watching Dr. Stone, My Hero Academia, Vinland Saga and Food Wars right now as the episodes come out. They’re all really good shows ^^

And yesterday I started watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure from the start. I’ve never seen it before but I’ve been told to watch it for a long time. I’m just two episodes in so far and I can already tell I’m in for a hell of a good ride lol
Have you watched Nisekoi and www. working? Also, where do you watch anime?
I really wanna complete those two and there's only bits and pieces scattered in YouTube.
 

Salem

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And yesterday I started watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure from the start. I’ve never seen it before but I’ve been told to watch it for a long time. I’m just two episodes in so far and I can already tell I’m in for a hell of a good ride lol
Yeah it is a wild ride, try not to spoil later stories.
 

Azure Sage

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Started watching Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! while waiting for seasonal stuff. It's entertaining so far and has some really interesting animation and art direction.

Out of the seasonals, I'm watching BNA and Listeners, which are both great so far. Looking forward to Fruits Basket Season 2 and Kaguya-sama Love Is War Season 2. And for some god forsaken reason I'm going to watch this last season of SAO. I cant get off this damn train, might as well ride it to the death and see where it takes me.
 

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