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WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me Special

WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me Special

You Never Let Us Down

The WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me (Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! / 私に天使が舞い降りた!) Special is exactly what you would expect. It’s a single episode that just includes more content from the series. But unlike the main series episodes, it’s broken into four parts that each tell a different story.

The first story, “You Never Let Us Down” is what I would call the primary story of the special. It’s one of the two longer stories, but it’s also the one that has the most plot. Or, at least as close as WATATEN will ever get to a plot.

In this story, the three main girls, Hinata, Hana, and Noa, go camping at a lake with Miyako and her mother. They talk swim in the lake, Mikayo takes some photographs, they have a barbecue, they make s’mores, they sleep in tents, the whole camping experience.

Hinata and Hana playing in a lake from the WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me anime series special
Hinata and Hana playing in a lake

I don’t remember if there was an obligatory beach episode in the main series. But if there wasn’t, this is as close as you’re going to get to a beach episode of WATATEN. However, that doesn’t mean you should expect any ecchi fan service. These characters are like 8 years old and Miyako would never wear something revealing.

I’m not really sure who would go into a special for this series expecting it to include ecchi. But I’ve come across some Miyako fan art in the year since this series released, so I know there are people out there who want that.

Always Growing Closer

The second story, “Always Growing Closer” is definitely the worst of the four. It tells the tale of how Miyako and Matsumoto “met.” There’s not much to say about this story. It’s maybe two minutes long and was already shown in the full series, so I’m not sure why it was included here as well.

My best guess is that they needed to fill up two more minutes of the special’s run time so they just added it into the middle. There’s really no other reason I can think of for it to be included.

I was going to say that there’s a possibility that it was included as a refresher of who Matsumoto is considering she’s featured somewhat prominently in the third story of the special. But even that doesn’t make sense because Matsumoto is already introduced in the first story of the special when she shows up at the campsite.

Yeah, I can’t think of any good reason as to why this is included in the special.

Let’s Change You Into This!

Story number three is the second of the two longer stories. This is a Halloween story, which doesn’t exactly make sense considering that this special was released in May. But, I guess the timing doesn’t really matter considering there are many series that have holiday episodes or specials in the middle of the summer.

While the first story was the main plot portion of the special, the third, “Let’s Change You Into This!” is the main fan service portion. The Halloween theme of this story is effectively just in place so that we can see the various characters all wearing costumes. However, considering that Miyako likes to dress the girls up in cosplay anyway, that Halloween excuse wasn’t really necessary.

Hana wearing a devil Halloween costume from the WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me anime series special
Hana wearing a devil Halloween costume

Ignoring Miyako’s fantasies about what costume Hana will be wearing (one of which is pictured above), the first two characters we see in costume are Kouko and Yuuna Matsumoto. Kouko is dressed as Waldo from “Where’s Waldo?” and Yuuna is a jack-o-lantern.

In case you were wondering, Yuuna has the best costume of the episode.

Next, the Matsumoto sisters convince Miyako to wear a fairy costume that the elder Matsumoto made. And finally, the rest of the girls arrive. Hinata is a werewolf, Noa is a devil, Kanon is a witch, and Koyori is a bat.

What I like about all of these costumes, I believe with the exception of Koyori’s, is that they’re all costumes Miyako fantasized Hana wearing. The fairy, werewolf, devil, and witch were all possible costumes for Hana. But if they’re already being worn, what’s Hana’s costume going to be?

If you guessed that Hana would show up as a Higero zombie, you’re the winner.

I’m Your Big Sister

The fourth and final story of the episode, “I’m Your Big Sister” is another shorter part. This time, it focuses on Miyako when Hinata was born. It’s overall pretty boring and the only reason I’m not saying that it’s the worst of the four stories is that we had literally already seen the second one.

So instead of talking about this story anymore, let’s take a detour and discuss how Koyori is the true best girl of the series and how every time I see her I think she’s cross-eyed. As for the first part of that statement, I think it’s pretty self-evident as to why Koyori is the best girl.

She’s a tsundere with twin-tails. Is there really anything more I have to say?

Kanon and Koyori wearing Halloween costumes from the WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me anime series special
Kanon and Koyori wearing Halloween costumes

The second part of my statement is probably throwing some of you off, so allow me to explain. Koyori’s eyes are a different shape compared to the other characters in this series. They flair out on the outer sides towards the top, which in turn reveals more of the whites of her eyes on those sides.

All of the other characters generally have their pupils in the center of their eyes, but because of Koyori’s eye shape, her pupils are more towards the inside edge of her eyes than the outside edge. So, while I know that her eyes are just supposed to be more slanted than the other characters’, I can’t help but see her as being cross-eyed with her pupils turned inwards and downwards.

But, I also think that adds to Koyori’s charm. It’s cute.

Conclusion

Just like the main series, I have to give the WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me Special a 6/10. It was enjoyable enough, but not to the point that I would use the word “good” to describe it. If you liked the main series, there’s no reason you wouldn’t like this special as well.

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Kakegurui××

Kakegurui××

Kakegurui×× anime series cover art
Kakegurui××

Season Overview

Kakegurui×× (賭ケグルイ××) is the second season of the Kakegurui anime. And I’m going to start this review off by saying that I think it was worse than the first season overall. It had the same problems as the first season, and everything it added seemed to harm the series rather than help it.

Just like the first season, the second season takes place at Hyakkao Private Academy, a school that apparently has no classes and in which the students gamble all day instead. There are also no teachers, obviously, and the gambles the students partake in only have the highest of stakes, such as their lives.

So with all of that said, if you liked the first season, you’ll probably still like this one. And if you didn’t like the first season, you probably won’t like this one either. It’s equally as absurd, and once again, the stakes of the gambles don’t actually matter in any way.

But what sets this season apart from the first is the introduction of the “Momobami clan.” Kirari and Ririka Momobami, the president and vice president of the student council respectively, are members of the main branch of this clan as you can probably tell by their family name.

The plot of this season is that Kirari has decided to give up both her position as the school president and as the next head of the clan. And so, a bunch of Momobami clan members from the branch families transfer to the school to defeat her in gambling and take her place. Also, they all have different family names ending with “bami.”

Thus begins the election arc, which is the focus of Kakegurui××.

What was Good About Kakegurui××?

There’s not really that much I would say was good, or better, about season two compared to season one. It had some interesting gambles that I enjoyed because they were unique and surprisingly complex. But again, since the stakes don’t actually matter in this series, that does take away from the excitement of the gambles a bit.

For example, there’s one gamble involving a five-story tower that I thought was pretty interesting. And the mere fact that the president would construct this massive building for the sake of a simple gamble just goes to show how extra this series is. But, the end of that gamble was so unsatisfying that it cast a shadow on the whole thing.

So as for the things that were actually good about this season, the main one that comes to mind is Mary Saotome’s role. I’ve liked Mary ever since the first season, but she’s always kind of been a secondary character. In this season, however, Mary decides that she’s going to go all out and attempt to win the election for student council president.

Mary Saotome and the vice president from the anime series Kakegurui××
Mary Saotome and the vice president

Aside from the fact that I just like Mary as a character, it was refreshing to see her break free from just being one of Yumeko’s underlings. She still works alongside Yumeko as she did in the first season, but she’s also making moves of her own, which was a refreshing change in a series all about once-powerful characters being beaten into submission by Yumeko’s gambling.

The other thing I think may be better in this season is the OP. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the OP of the first season, and it is better animated. But after a lot of consideration, I think I like the visual style and song of the second season more. Also, it just seems to fit the series better than the first OP did.

What was Bad About Kakegurui××?

The introduction of the Momobami clan was probably the worst part of this season because it led to many other issues. But even if we ignore those other issues for now, I just don’t think any of the new clan members were very interesting characters. And a large part of that comes from them generally being portrayed as a cohesive group rather than as individuals.

Rei Batsubami was the one member of the clan who was given a decent amount of characterization, and she actually turned out to be the worst one of all. Apparently Rei was an anime original character, and I have to say her inclusion was a bad decision for a number of reasons.

First, it was really strange how they tried to make her gender being revealed a big deal when it literally made no difference. Second, her whole motivation is just standard revenge — so that’s not interesting. And third, when she was defeated at the end of the season, I just didn’t care. There was no reason for me to care about her defeat.

Members of the Momobami clan from the anime series Kakegurui××
Members of the Momobami clan

The last thing I want to mention that was bad about this season is something the first season did as well: not finishing the arc.

Maybe the source material leaves the end of each arc unfinished too, I don’t know. But what I do know is that it makes for some extremely unsatisfying season endings. The first season ended with Yumeko only defeating about half of the student council. And for some reason, this season didn’t continue that student council arc — it started the election arc instead.

Then, at the end of this season, Rei is defeated, but the election arc is far from over. And what makes this development even worse is that I’m pretty confident that if there is a third season, it won’t finish this arc just as this season didn’t finish the arc from season one.

Also, I’m not saying that the arcs conclude off-screen. I’m saying that they just abruptly cut off and aren’t finished at all. Yumeko didn’t gamble against the other student council members between seasons one and two. That whole plotline was just dropped.

Conclusion

In the end, I considered giving Kakegurui×× a 5, but I did enjoy my time watching it, so I’ll bump it up to a 6/10. That puts it one point below the first season, which I think is pretty fair considering it was effectively a worse version of the exact same thing.

Also, while I mentioned that I like the OP for this season more than that of the first season, the same isn’t true for the ED. The ED of season one is far superior when compared to the ED of season two. I’m generally not someone who skips OPs/EDs, and even after watching the ED after all 12 episodes, it still didn’t grow on me.

The only good part of the ED was the implied kiss between Yumeko and Mary.

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My Sister, My Writer Specials

My Sister, My Writer Specials

Specials Overview

The My Sister, My Writer Specials (Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai Specials / 俺が好きなのは妹だけど妹じゃない新規短編アニメーション) are two special episodes bundled with the Blu-ray/DVD release of the My Sister, My Writer anime series. And I’d like to start this review by saying they’re technically better than the series.

While the main series episodes are the standard 23 minutes long, the special episodes are only half that length. And honestly, I think that’s probably for the best. Even watching these shortened episodes was a tall order, but I’m willing to take one for the team.

As some of you may know, I have a complicated relationship with this series. The anime is undoubtedly bad, and I always knew it would be. But at the same time, some of the ways in which it’s bad are just so funny that I can’t help but like the series.

Unfortunately, the specials do away with most of the terrible things that made the series so “good.”

Suzuka Nagami from the My Sister, My Writer anime specials
Suzuka Nagami

From a technical perspective, these special episodes are higher quality than the main series — which some of you might expect. But I really wasn’t expecting that to be the case from this series. I was expecting the absolutely horrible animation and sideways scenes I’ve grown to know and love.

I don’t believe I mentioned this in my review of the main series, but My Sister, My Writer actually features a fair amount of references to both anime/manga and pop culture in general. And both of these special episodes are based on a reference to one of the most well-known anime (light novel) series, Sword Art Online.

Instead of SAO’s Nerv Gear VR headset, these special episodes feature the Nerd Gear.

The Game of Life (Episode 1)

Staying true to the system it’s based on, the Nerd Gear has some questionable bugs features, including that players can’t exit the game until they win. Luckily, there’s no “if you die in the game, you die in real life” feature.

In the first episode, Ahegao Double-Peace Sensei calls together the main and major supporting characters of the series together. She needs their help testing out her company’s new full-dive VR system. And the game they playtest is a special version of the Game of Life — the board game you’re probably familiar with.

However, this version of Life is classified as a GNTR (gender-swapped Netorare) game. Rather than simply playing through a game with standard life event cards, all of the event cards in this game involve the female players stealing the male player from each other.

Everyone playing the GNTR Game of Life from the My Sister, My Writer anime specials
Everyone playing the GNTR Game of Life

These events are also all extremely lewd — making this episode extremely ecchi. Something I’ll discuss more later on is that these special episodes are also uncensored, and this episode, in particular, lends itself extremely well to that. Every scenario in the game is borderline hentai.

Honestly, all of the scenarios we get to see are pretty good. My favorite is definitely the final scenario involving Suzuka for a few reasons. First, Suzuka is just the best girl in the series. Second, the scenario was the most developed. And third, the event card that led to this scenario was called “Taboo Love” and featured a picture of Yuu and Suzuka.

Saw and Die Hard (Episode 2)

The second special episode features the Nerd Gear again, but this time a single-player “action” game is played by Yuu. In this game, Yuu’s goal is to rescue his younger sister, who looks and acts just like Suzuka because the Nerd Gear uses scans of his brain to generate the NPCs.

Rather than referencing a board game, this episode references two movies, with the first being Saw. If you’ve seen the first Saw movie, you’ll probably be familiar with the scene pictured below. But unlike in Saw, the only way for Yuu to escape this game is to completely undress Suzuka and redress her in a Lum Invader cosplay from Urusei Yatsura.

Saw recreated in the My Sister, My Writer anime specials
Saw recreated in My Sister, My Writer

Yuu fails to complete the goal in the allotted time, which sends him to the second level of the game. The fact that you have to lose to progress through this game is a bit strange. You’d think that most people buying this game would want to both accomplish the level goals and progress through the game.

The second level of the game is a Die Hard reference. I thought it was just a generic action movie reference, at least until a particular line was said and the reference became clear.

This time around, Yuu’s goal is to touch Suzuka’s body until the “ecstasy meter” in the explosive collar she’s wearing fills and the collar unlocks. Yuu does end up accomplishing this goal, but it wasn’t really all that interesting to watch.

In fact, neither of the scenarios in this second special episode were that interesting or exciting when compared to the first special episode. There were fewer scenarios, there was no variety in girls (although Suzuka is the best), and the scenarios were much more tame.

Uncensored Version

Yesterday, I reviewed the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special, and mentioned that since I had watched the original series an uncensored version had been released. The same is true for My Sister, My Writer. Not only were these special episodes uncensored, but you can now watch an uncensored version of the main series.

As with Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?, I didn’t go back and rewatch all of My Sister, My Writer now that it’s uncensored. However, I may actually do that at some point in the future, because as I mentioned, I do think it’s a funny anime.

With that said, I did skim through the first two episodes of the uncensored version to check out what it was like. I didn’t remember there being many scenes that an uncensored version would actually matter for — and that seems to be the case.

Within the first two episodes, aside from one uncensored fantasy Yuu has about Suzuka, the rest of the uncensored content is basically background content. Pictures in magazines, banners at the doujinshi convention, and Ahegao Double-Peace Sensei’s work on her tablet are examples of things that are uncensored.

For the most part, the characters in this series wore underwear for a majority of the ecchi scenes. So unless the underwear has been removed from later episodes, there shouldn’t be that many real changes. I don’t remember if Suzuka originally had underwear in the fantasy scene involving her from episode one.

Basically, the first special episode should have a lot more uncensored content than the main series.

Conclusion

The My Sister, My Writer Specials are actually better than the main series, which I wasn’t expecting. I’ll give them a 4/10. They’re still definitely bad, but they’re better than the main series was. And I’m not just saying that because they’re uncensored and the main series was censored when I watched it.

Of course, the main series is probably slightly better now that it’s uncensored, but that was never the real problem with it. The two real problems that cause the main series to be rated lower than the specials are that the animation quality is trash-tier and the comedy comes from how bad it is.

The animation for the specials is passable and there’s actually a fair bit of comedy that landed this time around — mainly in the first episode. Aside from that, though, I wouldn’t say there’s much of a difference between the series and the specials.

Also, the specials don’t have an OP/ED. I was a little disappointed by this, but it’s not the end of the world.

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Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special

Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special

Special Overview

Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? (Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? / なんでここに先生が!?) is an ecchi series made up of 12-minute episodes. I originally reviewed the series when it finished airing, and now I’m coming back to the series to review the special.

Reviewing specials and OVAs separately from their main series is something I’ve tried to limit doing more recently. Usually, there isn’t all that much to discuss in regards to the single episode or few episodes that make up Specials and OVAs on their own.

But since it’s been so long since I watched the main series (almost a year), there’s a major update to the series I’ll be addressing in the final section of this review. And if you couldn’t guess, it’s the fact that the uncensored version was released with this special.

Anyway, this special follows all four couples from the main series as they go on a trip together to celebrate the end of the year — and graduation of two of the students. They take a trip to an onsen (hot springs) hotel, and once there the couples all split up and do their own thing.

Chizuru and Kou

Chizuru Tachibana is the school nurse, and her boyfriend Kou Tanaka is one of the two graduating seniors. Chizuru is your typical dandere character, which means she’s very shy, reserved, and somewhat incompetent when it comes to social interactions involving anyone other than Kou.

Chizuru Tachibana smiling from the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? anime special
Chizuru Tachibana smiling

After finding out that their original hotel reservation was improperly made, Chizuru and Kou head off in search of another hotel to stay at. Chizuru ends up selecting a love hotel without knowing it, and true to its name (and purpose), the two of them do the deed multiple times.

Hikari and Takashi

Hikari Hazakura is the gym teacher, and her boyfriend Takashi Takahashi is one of the two underclassmen. Although their relationship is romantic (and potentially sexual) in nature, they have a big sister/little brother vibe due to their history with one another.

Hikari Hazakura and Takashi Takahashi from the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? anime special
Hikari Hazakura and Takashi Takahashi

Like Chizuru and Kou, Hikari and Takashi leave the original hotel they planned to stay at and instead head to an internet cafe to play video games all night long. Unlike Chizuru and Kou, nothing happens between Hikari and Takashi, though Hikari was preparing herself for it.

Mayu and Rin

Mayu Matsukaze is a teacher of some sort, and her boyfriend Rin Suzuki is the second of the two underclassmen. The relationship between Mayu and Rin is the most wholesome of all the couples, even more so than that of Hikari and Takashi.

While all the other couples are either doing exactly what you would expect them to under these circumstances, or at least thinking about it, Mayu and Rin are just having a nice, relaxing time. Mayu soaks in the onsen with Kana (because they’re staying at the original hotel) and then receives a back massage from Rin upon returning to their room.

As far as we know, nothing happened between them — although I kind of feel like they already went all the way in the main series. I could be wrong about that, though. I don’t actually remember.

Kana and Ichirou

Kana Kojima is another teacher and her boyfriend Ichirou Satou is the second of the two graduating seniors. Their relationship is the most mature of all the couples. And although some people would probably call Kana “vanilla,” I think she’s my favorite girl of the series. She’s cute, mature, and just a little bit mean.

Kana Kojima and Ichirou Satou sitting back to back from the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? anime special
Kana Kojima and Ichirou Satou sitting back to back

Thanks to Japan’s infamously thin walls, after returning from the onsen, Kana and Ichirou hear some questionable noises coming from the room next door where Mayu and Rin are staying. Of course, these are simply the noises of Rin giving Mayu a massage, but Kana and Ichirou believe otherwise.

Not wanting to be left behind, they get down to business just like Chizuru and Kou — with the exception that Ichirou doesn’t embarrass himself as Kou did.

Uncensored Version

The special episode of Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? released with the Blu-ray/DVD release of the series. And with it came the uncensored version of the series as well. That means that this special episode was uncensored, as is the rest of the series if you were to look it up today.

But back when I originally watched the series, the uncensored version hadn’t been released. And to say that the censoring was a bit much is an understatement. I think there were a few instances of acceptable levels of censoring, but for the most part, the entire screen was censored whenever anything happened.

Now, I haven’t gone back and rewatched the main series since it’s been uncensored, but based on how the special is, I can give you an idea of what to expect.

It’s not a hentai, but it’s an uncensored ecchi. That means that you’re not going to see anything below the waist, but everything above is fair game. It also means that any time you would have seen something below the waist in the original series, there’s probably still some censoring involved.

There was one such scene in this special when Chizuru and Kou were in the bath, and that was used “natural” censoring. I’d imagine the main series would do the same thing.

Conclusion

The Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special episode is a 6/10 from me, which is one point higher than what I rated the series. I think with the series now uncensored, that’s probably a 6 as well too. I’m not typically someone to lower a score due to censoring, but the excessive nature of the censoring did impact this particular series.

However, one thing that hasn’t changed since I watched the main series is how good both the OP and ED are. The OP is now uncensored just like the actual content, but the ED remains the same. Either way, I love the art and music of both the OP and ED and I have no complaints about them.

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods anime series cover art
The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods

Season Overview

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods (Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin / 七つの大罪 神々の逆鱗) is the third season of the Seven Deadly Sins anime. And I need to say this right at the start of the review: This is a terrible anime that I don’t recommend anyone watch.

To bring you up to speed, apparently, Meliodas died at the end of the second season. I don’t recall that happening, but I guess it did. And then there’s also a time skip between seasons two and three as well. So with those two sentences of information, you already know more than I did going into this season.

This season is slightly different than the two that came before it. In the first season, the Sins were fighting against random demons. In the second season, they were fighting against the 10 Commandments. And in this third season, they’re fighting against everyone, including the Commandments, the Archangels, and even themselves.

Why are the Sins fighting against so many people? Good question. It’s because a bunch of enemies keep showing up out of nowhere so that the power scaling doesn’t hit a ceiling. More demons associated with the Commandments are revived, the Archangels of the goddess race are revived, and Meliodas even swaps sides to join the demons.

There’s also a part of the season focusing on Arthur acquiring Excalibur in Camelot, but as far as I remember that doesn’t really lead anywhere in this season. I think the idea is that eventually Arthur will be able to wield the true power of Excalibur, but he can’t right now because the enemy power levels need to scale up before that happens.

How to Kill an Anime: Part 1 – Bad Writing

As you may have figured out from that brief overview of the season, the writing is absolutely horrible. I actually enjoyed the first season of this series to an extent. I ended up giving it a 6/10, after all. But with the second season, I began noticing a lot of problems; that one was a 4/10.

And I’m pretty sure at the end of my season two review I mentioned that I would not be picking up season three. Well, that was until I saw how laughably bad season three looked and decided I had to watch it. And let me tell you, it really is that bad.

I think the arbitrary power level system was introduced in the second season if I’m not mistaken. The third season expands upon this. It doesn’t expand upon it in a good way, by making the system no longer arbitrary, but instead just introduces more characters who can read power levels.

Hawk no longer needs to be present for us to know how (relatively) strong someone is.

Chandler from the anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods
Chandler

The story also jumps around a lot without any explanation of what’s going on. It jumps throughout time and space like it’s nothing. For example, somewhere in the second half of the season, it was brought up that Ban hasn’t been with the rest of the Sins in over a year. I thought he was with them the whole time, but I guess that was a different timeline.

And, of course, I can’t leave out the fact that all these “ancient evils” keep showing up as new antagonists. The demon clan? Fine, they were the first. The commandments? Okay, they’re with the demons. The Archangels? Alright, I guess. The other random demons who are apparently stronger than the Commandments? What? No.

How to Kill an Anime: Part 2 – Bad Animating

I know this part is called “Animating,” but it’s really about both the art (mostly) and animation. The art for this series has never been particularly good — it’s been passable at the best of times. I’m not saying that’s why this anime is bad, but it’s just one of those things that compounds with the other issues.

However, there is one aspect of the art itself that does make this season of the anime worse than those that came before it: The censoring. In fact, it was the censoring in this season that actually made me want to watch it because it’s so absurd.

I don’t know whose decision it was to censor this series. It could have been any one of the new broadcasters brought on as producers. It could have even been Studio Deen (A-1 Pictures did the first two seasons). Whoever it was made the wrong choice, though.

Merlin hovering over a dead demon from the anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: The Wrath of the Gods
Merlin hovering over a dead demon

As you can see from the image above, blood was censored. Most of the time it was censored just as depicted here, in white. This made some of the injuries characters had look fairly questionable — on account of the white liquid appearing to be a different bodily fluid.

Hearts were also censored. For example, Ban rips a heart out of a demon’s chest, and it’s just a black silhouette of the heart. I think they tried to explain this away as it being black because it’s a demon’s heart, but it was clearly censored.

And to make things even more confusing, partway through the season they stopped censoring some of the blood. Some scenes were completely censored. Others weren’t censored at all. And then there were the odd ones that were partially censored.

Finally, the animation itself. It’s bad. That’s it.

Conclusion

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods is the worst season of the anime so far, and I have to give it a 1/10. There really isn’t anything redeemable about this season, and that’s unfortunate for a series that I enjoyed when it first aired.

While I don’t expect a fourth season to be any better than this one was, I’ll probably still watch it whenever it airs. I’m in too deep to quit at this point, and at least it gives me something to write about.

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