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Cinderella Nine

Cinderella Nine

Cinderella Nine anime series cover art
Cinderella Nine

Overview

Cinderella Nine (Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine / 八月のシンデレラナイン) is one of the few anime which was adapted from a game. And when I say game I don’t mean a visual novel, I mean a mobile game.

I didn’t actually know this anime was a mobile game adaptation until right before writing this review. So, of course, I went to check it out. While I did see one screenshot which made it look like an anime version of Backyard Baseball, the gameplay footage I watched was extremely disappointing.

But this isn’t a review of the game. This is a review of the anime, which I was surprised to find is animated by TMS Entertainment. I won’t say that their anime are always extremely well animated, including Megalo Box, but none of the other anime I can think of that are by them had animation that was noticeably bad.

Fortunately for Cinderella Nine, I don’t think animation quality is the most important thing when it comes to most anime. Unfortunately, however, it also doesn’t exactly deliver in any of the other major departments either.

The plot is one we’ve seen before, the characters are all just tropes, the soundtrack was alright, the art was fairly basic, and the OP/ED weren’t anything special. Honestly the best part about this series as a whole is the logo, which I actually love.

Clean design aside, the logo also sports (pun intended) a sunflower which is a reference to the main cast’s home baseball field being surrounded by them. Perhaps sunflowers were chosen to be a major symbol in this anime due to the connection between sunflower seeds and baseball.

The Love Live! of Baseball

As you may have been able to tell from the cover art, this is an anime about high school girls playing baseball. And yes, these girls play hard-ball baseball, not softball. I’m not sure if that fact is really all that important, but it’s brought up multiple times just to make sure we know.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of sports anime. Perhaps it’s because I don’t really care about sports, and perhaps it’s also because I’ve only watched bad sports anime. The best one I’ve seen is Megalo Box, but others I would classify as sports anime are Anima Yell!, Two Car, Hanebado!, and Harukana Receive.

I think most of the sports anime I’ve watched tend to lean more into the slice of life rather than sports genre. And that’s also one of my major issues with Cinderella Nine. The series doesn’t really feel like it’s about the sport being played, it’s about the relationships between all the characters.

Yuuki Nozaki on the pitcher's mound from the anime series Cinderella Nine
Yuuki Nozaki on the pitcher’s mound

This is one of those anime which I like to call a Love Live! clone, and they’re always worse than Love Live! Sure, Cinderella Nine is about baseball, not being in an idol group, but the basic plot is the same, and if the plot is the same then Love Live! will always be better because it actually has good characters.

That basic plot goes something like this: some girl wants to start a club that doesn’t exist at her school for some reason, everyone tells her it won’t work except her best friend(s), and the student council president specifically is against it because of her “dark” past.

But then they prove everyone wrong and achieve moderate success. Also the student council president joins in.

Characters

This character section is going to be pretty brief because there isn’t much to say about each character. Remember, they’re all basically just one-dimensional tropes, so don’t expect to be wowed by any character development or originality.

Tsubasa Arihara is the protagonist of the series. You can tell this because she has red/brown hair, a heart of gold, and dreams that can’t be stopped no matter what anyone says. You know, the standard female lead in anime.

Tsubasa Arihara holding a baseball from the anime series Cinderella Nine
Tsubasa Arihara holding a baseball

Then we have Ryou Shinonome, Tsubasa’s old baseball rival who’s originally mad Tsubasa thinks baseball is for fun. And also from Tsubasa’s past is her best friend, Tomoe Kawakita. There’s not really anything more to say about her.

Next up we have the main pitcher for the team, and my personal favorite of the girls, Maiko Kurashiki. The relief pitcher for the team is Yuuki Nozoki. And the catcher is Waka Suzuki, whose brother plays baseball at his university.

Rounding out the team we have Kana Tsukumo, a member of the student council; Aoi Asada, a rock-paper-scissors pro; Akane Ukita, a girl who wears a hoodie with cat ears; Ayaka Nakano the sole member of the school’s newspaper; and Yoshimi Iwaki, the team cheerleader.

There are probably other characters who are technically on the team, but I don’t remember them so they don’t count as far as this review is concerned.

Conclusion

In the end I have to give Cinderella Nine a 4/10. It was a bad anime, but I don’t really think anyone who watched it could realistically go into it expecting it to be good. If you’re a die hard Love Live! fan then maybe you’ll enjoy this, but I think more than anything you’ll be disappointed.

What I really want from a sports anime is just a season that’s one giant tournament arc. Set up a bracket and have each episode be a single match between two of the teams. There doesn’t need to be any one main team, instead each viewer can pick whichever team they want to root for.

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Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 anime series cover art
Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

Overview

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 (Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2 / 進撃の巨人 Season3 Part.2) is pretty self-explanatory. It’s the second part of the third season of Attack on Titan. Some would call it season 4, but I’m going to stick with season 3 part 2 since that’s the official classification.

Before I actually get into the discussion of this season though, I want to make it clear that I’m actually caught up on the manga — which is unusual for me. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to (intentionally) include any manga spoilers in this review.

If you want a review/discussion of the manga after the point at which this season ends, complete with spoilers, let me know in the comments and I can definitely make that happen. But now that I’ve given my disclaimer, let’s get into the events of season 3 part 2.

Mikasa vs. Levi Ackerman from the anime series Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2
Mikasa vs. Levi Ackerman

This was the best season of the Attack on Titan anime so far, and that actually surprised me. For seasons 1 through 3 part 1 I felt that each season got worse, but season 3 part 2 blew that downward trend out of the water. It had a good mixture of the things I liked from seasons 1 & 2, and lacked the things I disliked in 3 part 1.

For example, the titans are back as the main antagonists, not the government within the walls (they were overthrown in part 1). I know that had to happen at some point, but I enjoy the battles against titans a lot more than against corrupt politicians.

This arc also included a lot of major events for the story, which I’ll get to shortly. Up until now, while there were some major events, they were mostly major revelations instead. The characters learned big things, but big things didn’t necessarily happen.

Major Developments

I’ll be going through these major events in the order in which I think of them, so they may or may not be in chronological order.

One of the biggest events as far as the story is concerned was when our heroes finally got to see what lay within Eren’s basement in the Shiganshina District. The information we learned from it aside (the existence of Marley), the entire series thus far was building up to this moment.

There was also the death of Commander Erwin, the leader of the Scout Regiment. Not only was his death a major blow to humanity, and our heroes on a more personal level, but it was also the highlight of the season for many, including myself. Erwin’s speech may just be the best scene in the entire series — and it didn’t need any crazy animation to achieve that.

Along with Erwin’s death we also have the death of Bertholdt, the former holder of the Colossal Titan. With his death, comes a new wielder of the Colossal Titan, that being Armin. And I just want to say that Armin has grown on me over the course of the series. He’s actually proven his worth.

There’s also one little fact I didn’t notice until it was explicitly stated. Remember when they made it to the ocean for the first time? Well, that was actually the first time any of our main heroes went beyond the walls. All of the other expeditions they went on were still within Wall Maria.

I feel like there’s one more major event I’m forgetting about, but whatever, you get the picture. There were quite a few major events which took place within this arc compared to the previous seasons.

Opening #5

I’m not going to make an entire discussion post for this new OP like I did for OP 4, but I still want to talk about it a bit. And the main thing I want to point out is how much better this OP was than Red Swan, which is what came before it.

I remember at the time of Red Swan the manga readers were all saying how that OP was perfect for when our heroes make it to the ocean. Well, guess what, they didn’t make it to the ocean during the arc Red Swan was the OP for. Also, I still think that was a bad OP for this series, even now.

There’s just something about Linked Horizon songs that just go well with Attack on Titan. It’s partially the the faster pace and heavier sound, partially the inclusion of German lyrics since that’s where a lot of the architecture in the series is based on, and partially the fact that it’s what many of us have come to expect.

Levi Ackerman as seen in the 5th OP from the anime series Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2
Levi Ackerman as seen in the 5th OP

If there was one thing I like which was kept from OP 4 it’s the rainbow behind the credits. However, this rainbow effect isn’t the same. In the first 3 OPs there were slash effects behind the credits, but OP 4 replaced that with ethereal rainbow effects. OP 5 adds a different spin on this by placing rainbow blood splatters behind the credits.

I think this is a great way to show the more hopeful tone the series is going in at this point, while also reminding us of the kind of world the characters are living in.

One major downside of this OP is that I hate the CGI Colossal titan. I get that the Colossal Titan is a big part of this arc, and that it’s often depicted using CGI, but it looks bad. The OP is supposed to be the place to sell the viewers on how good your series is, so don’t use bad CGI there.

Final Season

Normally I would have ended this review here, but it was somewhat recently revealed that there’s only going to be one more season of Attack on Titan, so I want to give my thoughts on that. And, it should be pointed out that apparently Studio WIT will not be animating it.

If I had to guess, Production I.G. will probably do it, but the truth is that as of right now we just don’t know. What we can assume, however, is that it won’t exactly look the same. I’m not too worried about that though, because this isn’t One Punch Man — Attack on Titan was never insanely animated in every scene.

What I’m more concerned about is what this final season means for the story. It’s one season, and it’s supposedly going to be coming Fall 2020, which is just over a year from now. And the reason I’m so concerned is because I’m caught up on the manga.

The manga probably isn’t going to conclude until around that same time. In fact, the anime might conclude before the manga, and that often isn’t a good sign. Does this mean we’ll have an anime original ending? I don’t know, but I’d prefer if it didn’t since I like where the story is going so far.

Schedule aside, I’m also not convinced one season is enough to finish the series. Season 3 part 2 ends with Chapter 90 of the manga. That means each cour of the anime covered 18 chapters on average. Currently we’re on chapter 120 in the manga, which means there are currently 30 chapters to be animated.

Sure, if the manga ends on chapter 126, or even 130, then a two-cour final season is plausible, but I’m not sure how realistic that is. I really feel like an entire season needs to be dedicated to covering chapters 91 – 119, and then another season will be needed to finish 120 onward.

It’s possible that they split season 4 into two separate parts rather than back to back cours. This would solve the schedule issue, but again, I really feel like one season isn’t going to be enough.

Conclusion

Overall I rated Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 a 9/10. Some would argue that it should be a 10, but I think there were enough small issues with it for me to safely keep it out of that top tier. For example, the reduced quality of animation and increased dependency on bad CGI. But like I said, it’s still the best season of the series.

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Isekai Quartet

Isekai Quartet

Isekai Quartet anime series cover art
Isekai Quartet

Overview

Isekai Quartet (異世界かるてっと) is one giant cross-over episode in series form. And it doesn’t just cross over two or three anime, but four of them (hence the “quartet” in the title). But, as is the case with most cross-over episodes, it’s actually worse than the individual series which make it up.

The plot goes something like this: characters from four different isekai anime get isekai’d into another world in which they have to play school. The only way for them to be returned to their own “other worlds” is to come together as a class. Also the teachers at this school are from their various worlds.

So as you can see, there’s not really much of a meaningful plot here. But, that’s not really the point anyway. The point of this series is to see characters from your favorite isekai anime interacting with each other. It’s fan service, pure and simple.

Luckily, the four isekai in this cross-over are actually the four best isekai around. And, although the ratings I gave to each of them may not fully align with that sentiment, it’s the truth. For example, I gave How Not to Summon a Demon Lord a higher score than Overlord, but I’d still rather watch Overlord.

Different Worlds

Speaking of Overlord, that’s one of the series featured in this anime. The other three are The Saga of Tanya the Evil, KonoSuba, and Re:ZERO. And, while this might be a minor spoiler, at the end of the season we’re told that some transfer students are coming into the school. Does this mean the quartet is going to become a quintet?

I’m not so sure about that. It’s possible that another series will be added to the mix, but there are two reasons I think this won’t be the case. First, it would no longer be a quartet. Second, what other series would be added? I honestly can’t think of another one that I would want added to the mix.

Aqua, Albedo, and Rem from the anime series Isekai Quartet
Aqua, Albedo, and Rem

Anyway, this school world is a bit different than the other worlds our characters come from. The most notable difference for the characters themselves is that it’s peaceful. While Ainz and Tanya are wary of this, Kazuma and Subaru are fully accepting of their new life — Kazuma more so.

Each of the characters also retain their abilities within this world. That means Kazuma can still steal panties, Ainz and Tanya are still overpowered, and Subaru can still force himself to have a heart attack by trying to tell someone he can return by death.

However, it’s implied that Subaru’s actual return by death ability is nullified in this world. So basically while everyone else gets to keep their cool powers, Subaru only keeps the demerits of his.

Overlord

Overlord is the series of the bunch which I would rate the lowest. I think it has a great story and some pretty good characters, but it has a major flaw. That flaw is that it uses bad CGI, and the usage of bad CGI increases with every passing season.

The characters from Overlord which are in the main class in Isekai Quartet are Ainz, Albedo, Cocytus, Aura, Mare, Shalltear, and Demiurge. Basically all of the floor guardians of the Great Tomb of Nazarick. These are the ones who aren’t here to mess around and make friends (other than Ainz).

The Saga of Tanya the Evil

Tanya the Evil is the only one of these series I haven’t actually reviewed yet on this site. The reason being that I’ve actually seen all of the first season except for the first two episodes. At some point I’ll go back and rewatch the series in its entirety.

The characters from Tanya the Evil which are in the main class are Tanya, Viktoriya, Erich, Matheus, Warren, and Rhiner. While Tanya takes this situation very seriously because she believes it’s the work of Being X, her men don’t seem to mind all that much.

KonoSuba

KonoSuba is my personal favorite isekai anime. It’s also the highest rated comedy series I’ve ever watched. The KonoSuba characters in the main class are Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness. As a side note, while most side characters are in the second class, Yunyun is alone in the third.

Darkness, Kazuma, Megumin, and Betty from the anime series Isekai Quartet
Darkness, Kazuma, Megumin, and Betty

I also like how the KonoSuba characters react to this situation the most — aside from Darkness since she’s my least favorite. Aqua just wants to be in charge of everyone and kill the undeads, Megumin wants to show off, and Kazuma wants to stay in this world forever so he doesn’t need to go on adventures with his useless party.

Re:ZERO

Re:ZERO is my second favorite isekai anime. The characters from this series are the most accepting of the new world in which they find themselves, though they would like to return home at some point. The characters in the main class are Subaru, Emilia, Betty, Puck, Rem, and Ram.

Subaru, Emilia, and Rem in particular have fully embraced their new school lifestyle, even more than Kazuma who doesn’t want to leave. Rem and Albedo even strike up an unlikely friendship due to them being completely obsessed with their respective series protagonists.

Conclusion

In the end I had to give Isekai Quartet a 6/10 because while it was enjoyable, it wasn’t that enjoyable. I felt like there was a lot of inter-series interactions missing, as the majority of the characters stuck to their own groups.

Also, we never got a conversation between Megumin and Emilia. I really wanted Rie Takahashi (the voice actress of both of them) to have a conversation with herself. That just seems like a huge missed opportunity right there.

But which series featured in Isekai Quartet is your favorite? Are you team Overlord, Tanya, KonoSuba, or Re:ZERO? Also, if a fifth isekai anime was to be thrown into the mix, which one do you think it would be? Or which one would you want it to be? Let me know in the comments.

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One Punch Man 2nd Season

One Punch Man 2nd Season

One Punch Man 2nd Season anime series cover art
One Punch Man 2nd Season

Overview

One Punch Man 2nd Season (ワンパンマン), while being the sequel to the highly acclaimed One Punch Man anime, is a very different beast. In fact, I’d argue that it has almost nothing in common with the first season other than some recurring characters.

For many, the obvious difference between this season and the first is the change in animation studio from Madhouse to J.C.Staff. This definitely changes the series, and is something I’ll touch on later in its own section, but I’m not sure that’s even the biggest difference.

The story which is told and how it was told this time around are completely different from the first season. But let’s hold off on discussing how the storytelling in this series differs from what came before and first focus on how the story itself is inherently different.

Garou from the anime series One Punch Man 2nd Season
Garou

The first season was all about fighting against monsters, with everything leading up to the final battle against Boros. On the contrary, the second season’s main antagonist isn’t a monster, but rather a human. However, there are still monsters to be defeated, but they have now rallied together to form the Monster Association.

As for the main antagonist, Garou is a human who has always sympathized with monsters due to their status as the underdogs. As a child he always questioned why the heroes always had to win, and as an adult he’s set his sights on being the first human monster.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that he isn’t really doing this for the monsters. He’s not a member of the Monster Association, and it seems his real goal is simply to be labeled the “strongest.” And, since heroes are currently considered stronger than monsters, that’s who he fights against.

Shift in Focus

Along with the change in story direction comes a shift in focus. While Saitama is technically still the main character of the series, he doesn’t actually have all that much screen time. And, aside from the martial arts tournament, we don’t really see anything from his perspective.

Instead, Saitama is basically just around so that the other heroes, and villains, can be compared to him. For example, and this is going to get into spoiler territory, when we see Saitama destroy Garou without even realizing what he had done.

Throughout the season Garou is built up to be one of the strongest people in the series. He may not be on the same level as Boros from season one, but he’s able to take on both S-class heroes and groups of lower class heroes single-handedly. He’s even strong enough to hold his own against Genos.

However, despite how powerful Garou clearly is, Saitama sees him as no more than a fly when they cross paths. He doesn’t even realize that Garou is the so-called Hero Hunter, and instead thinks it was some random guy trying to pick a fight with King.

This is what I mean when I say Saitama is used simply as a comparison piece for other characters. Another character we see compared to Saitama in this way is Suiryu. But, the change in Saitama’s role isn’t the only shift from season one.

With Saitama taking more of a back seat, the other heroes get more time to shine. This season is less about the struggles of one man, Saitama learning what it means to be a hero, and more about the struggles of heroes as a whole. Why do they choose to be heroes despite being so (comparatively) weak?

J.C.Staff

Now it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room, the switch from Madhouse to J.C.Staff as the animation studio. Let me be up front about this by saying that J.C.Staff can’t stand up to the likes of Madhouse. Action anime have never been their strong suit, and they were doomed to fail from the start.

That’s not to say that J.C.Staff are a bad studio though. They make plenty of good anime, they just don’t do action anime or anime with excessive animation. And that’s the root of the problem. Not only is One Punch Man an action series, but what made the first season so good was the focus on high-quality animation.

But the vastly inferior animation quality of season 2 isn’t the only place J.C.Staff dropped the ball. In general the artwork itself is all around worse than it was in season one. Just look at the screenshot below of Genos. Characters’ faces are longer on average, and they used blurry-looking CG for anything metallic or large.

Genos from the anime series One Punch Man 2nd Season
Genos

I’ve also heard an interesting argument from people defending J.C.Staff’s work on this series. They say, “if J.C.Staff had done the first and second seasons, then nobody would be complaining.” This is just plain false. If J.C.Staff had done the first season as well, it would still be bad.

Sure, we wouldn’t have Madhouse’s work to compare it to, but even comparing the art and animation of this series to other anime, you can see that the quality here is sub par. If J.C.Staff had animated the first season, I can guarantee you that One Punch Man wouldn’t be as popular as it is today.

Conclusion

So after all that, what do I rate One Punch Man 2nd Season? It’s a 5/10 from me. The art and animation are passable at best, which isn’t something you should want people to say about your anime. Luckily, the story of the series still holds up.

It’s an engaging story and still has good jokes, though some of these jokes fall flat because of the art. I’ve only read three manga, and One Punch Man isn’t one of them, but honestly if you were disappointed by this season like I was, just go read the manga.

I hate to say that you should read a manga because the anime adaptation was bad, but sometimes that’s just how it is in this case. Preferably I’d tell you to go read the manga because the anime was great. In fact, that’s what I did with Attack on Titan after Season 3 Part 2 (review coming soon™).

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The Helpful Fox Senko-san

The Helpful Fox Senko-san

The Helpful Fox Senko-san anime series cover
The Helpful Fox Senko-san

Overview

The Helpful Fox Senko-san (Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san / 世話やきキツネの仙狐さん) is a slice of life anime series based on a web manga. And, surprisingly, it’s not a short form series. The episodes are actually the full 23 minutes.

As for the basic plot, there are fox spirits who occasionally come down to Earth in order to pamper humans who are overworked. In this case, Senko is the fox who comes to pamper a salary-man by the name of Kuroto Nakano.

Senko pampers Kuroto by cooking for him and cleaning his apartment while he’s at work. She also sometimes allows him to play with her ears or tail. However, later on in the series it’s implied that this sort of wholesome pampering isn’t actually how the fox spirits are supposed to relieve the stress of humans.

Senko-san making dinner from the anime series The Helpful Fox Senko-san
Senko-san making dinner

The series takes place over a roughly two-year time period and shows the daily life of Senko, Kuroto, and their few friends. Don’t expect much of a plot from this series. It really is just wholesome slice of life scenes with a small amount of drama sprinkled on top towards the end.

It even comes with a special segment after the end credits of each episode known as Super Senko Time. These segments are from a first-person perspective and allow the viewer to be pampered by Senko in a similar fashion to how Kuroto was in the episode.

Unfortunately, I don’t know if the more pure version of slice of life this series is going for works all that well. Yes, it’s still also a comedy and includes some romantic aspects, but as I mentioned, it’s mostly wholesome scenes of Senko and Kuroto living together.

Without any sort of plot or constant stream of comedy I didn’t find it to be all that engaging. This is the kind of series I wouldn’t sit down and focus all my attention on while watching. Instead, I’d watch it between rounds of games, while playing Fate/Grand Order, or while using Discord.

Characters

Senko, or Senko-san, is the focus of the series despite the fact that Kuroto is the protagonist. Think of it like how Haruhi is the focus of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but Kyon is the protagonist. While we usually see things from Kuroto’s perspective, what we’re seeing is often Senko.

She’s an 800-year-old fox spirit who has a particular fascination with Kuroto. The reasons for this are eventually explained as the series progresses, but they don’t really matter all that much. All you really need to know is that Senko will do whatever it takes to de-stress Kuroto, even if it means letting him play with her tail.

Kuroto Nakano seems to be in his 30s and works in an office. The exact nature of his job is unknown, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he works long hours, is constantly being asked to put in more time, and goes home to his small apartment where he lives alone at the end of the day.

That is, until Senko arrives. Kuroto has trouble allowing himself to be pampered by Senko, and always feels like he doesn’t have time to relax because work is so important. However, he always makes time if Senko allows him to touch her ears or tail.

Senko-san and Shiro-sama at the beach from the anime series The Helpful Fox Senko-san
Senko-san and Shiro-sama at the beach

Shiro, or Shiro-sama as she refers to herself, is another fox spirit who has been Senko’s friend for hundreds of years. I’m not actually sure if her age was ever revealed, but I’m fairly sure she’s either roughly the same age as Senko or a bit younger (by bit I mean 100 – 200 years younger).

Shiro is also my pick for best fox of the series. She’s more outgoing and generally more fun-loving than Senko. However, this also means she isn’t as serious (which isn’t a bad thing). Shiro is more likely to request to be pampered than to be the one doing the pampering, but somehow even this is a form of stress relief for humans.

The other human in this anime is Yasuko Koenji, a college student, mangaka, and otaku who lives in the apartment next to Kuroto. Yasuko is originally annoyed by the noise Kuroto and Senko make, but once she meet Senko her opinion of them changes.

Senko then occasionally helps Yasuko out by cleaning her apartment, something she doesn’t do herself. And, even Shiro becomes Yasuko’s friend as well. However, Yasuko doesn’t know the true nature of Senko and Shiro. She believes Senko is Kuroto’s wife and that she and Shiro are cosplayers.

The fifth and final character of the anime is Yozora, Yozora-sama, who is the head fox spirit. She’s over 1,000 years old and serves as Senko and Shiro’s boss who send them out on their missions to pamper humans. While Shiro is fine with Yozora, probably because she can’t read the room, Senko views her as evil.

However, it’s not that Yozora is actually evil. Senko just doesn’t like her because she attempts to seduce men, including Kuroto, with her four tails and large breasts. How can Senko compare to that? The answer, she can’t. Like Shiro, Yozora is also a higher-tier fox spirit than Senko.

Conclusion

Overall I gave The Helpful Fox Senko-san a 5/10. The characters were pretty decent and the anime was definitely visually appealing. But as previously mentioned, it wasn’t all that engaging. I never felt like I really had a reason to pay attention to it while watching it.

As for the OP and ED, while they were both good, I wouldn’t call them anything special. I think I prefer the OP over the ED though. It’s sung by both Senko and Shiro while the ED is only sung by Senko, so that’s already reason enough for my choice.

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