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Gleipnir

Gleipnir

Gleipnir anime series cover art
Gleipnir

Series Overview

Gleipnir (グレイプニル) is a really weird anime. If the cover art wasn’t enough for you to come to this conclusion, the genres it’s listed as are action, mystery, supernatural, ecchi, and seinen (which isn’t a genre, but whatever).

Looking at the genres themselves, this doesn’t seem like a series I would like all that much. And I actually wasn’t watching this series when the season began; I picked it up later on. The red flag for me here is the ecchi tag. I have no problem with ecchi in anime, but I often don’t feel like it fits in action series (like Fire Force).

However, the ecchi in Gleipnir isn’t the same as in a series like Fire Force. There’s no character like Tamaki suddenly losing all her clothes in the middle of an action scene. The ecchi here actually has reasoning behind it, even if that reasoning is something as simple as that’s just what the character is into (which generally isn’t the case).

Ecchi aside, the premise of Gleipnir is that an alien space ship crashed somewhere in the mountains and scattered coins all over the surrounding region. These coins can be collected and turned in to an alien. If you redeem a coin, he’ll grant one wish of yours in the form of a monstrous superpower.

If you then collect 100 coins, he’ll grant your wish no matter what it is.

So the series is kind of like a battle royale between individuals and groups with monstrous superpowers all vying to collect 100 coins. Some people want to control or destroy the world with the 100 coins, while others simply want the power to stop that from happening.

You’ll probably like this anime if you like series such as The Future Diary or Darwin’s Game.

Main Characters

Shuuichi Kagaya is the protagonist of the series and potentially the titular “Gleipnir.” More on that in just a bit. He’s your average high school student (like always) who has a strange ability. He can turn into a giant mascot costume that resembles a smiling dog.

We later learn that Shuuichi’s mascot costume ability is pretty unique as far as abilities in the series go. His back can be unzipped, another person can climb inside, and only then can his true power be unleashed.

And this is where the word Gleipnir comes in. It’s an Old Norse word meaning “open one.” But I don’t think the series would be named after this Old Norse word if there wasn’t more to it. Gleipnir also the name of the mythical chain that held down the wolf Fenrir that was foretold to kill the god Odin. So could Shuuichi be the “chain” that binds Clair?

Clair sitting inside of Shuuichi from the anime series Gleipnir
Clair sitting inside of Shuuichi

Clair Aoki is the other main character of the series. She’s one of Shuuichi’s underclassmen who learns of his power after he saves her from a suicide attempt. While Clair doesn’t have a power of her own, her goal is to take down someone who does. And to do so, she uses Shuuichi by climbing inside his mascot form.

Of the two of them, Clair is the one who’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to achieve her goal — including murder. This is just one more reason why I think she’s supposed to be the Fenrir to Shuuichi’s Gleipnir.

The only thing we don’t know yet is who the Odin of this story is. There are a few options, but I think the most obvious is the alien who started the killing game to begin with. The story doesn’t end with this season, though, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Why is Gleipnir Worth Watching?

As I’ve already stated, Gleipnir is a really weird anime. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. The farther into the story I got, the more I was looking forward to the next episode. And I believe it was episode 11 that was probably the best episode of the series despite being a flashback.

It might sound weird, but the main draw of this series really is the story. If you plan to watch this series for the ecchi, you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. Most of the ecchi is in the first half, there’s not actually that much of it, and it’s censored (maybe it won’t be in the future).

If you’re considering watching this series for the action, that’s a bit better than the ecchi. There’s some good action with high-quality choreography and animation, but unfortunately, it’s very sparse. I think the only episodes with action like this are episodes 2 and 13. So it’s not like the series looks all that great most of the time.

Shuuichi pointing a gun at Erena from the anime series Gleipnir
Shuuichi pointing a gun at Erena

If the alien aspect of Gleipnir was removed, I think the story wouldn’t be affected at all, but it would also be better. By this, I mean that the alien doesn’t actually add anything to the story, but instead simply makes it that much weirder. If it was just stated that the coins grant their finders monstrous superpowers, I would have accepted it — because anime.

But the inclusion of an alien who grants superpowers to those who collect the coins for him is pretty meaningless. As is the fact that all these coins were dropped when the space ship crashed. There’s no reason for any of that to be in the series. At least not from what we know in season 1.

With that said, if you can look past the alien stuff, the series is still a pretty good battle royale story with superpowers. And I know that description is going to turn a lot of people off from it, but if you’re into that sort of thing, you should watch Gleipnir.

Conclusion

When I first started Gleipnir, I never would have guessed that I would end up giving it a 7/10. But here I am. It’s not an exceptional anime by any means. It doesn’t really have enough well-choreographed and well-animated action scenes. And the alien aspect of the story is pointless. But it’s still good for what it is.

The Gleipnir OP and ED are also both good. The OP reminds me of a horror anime OP, like Another, but it’s not actually a horror series (somehow). And the ED song is by Mili, so that kind of automatically makes it good. I’d say the visuals for the OP are better than the ED though.

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Tower of God

Tower of God

Tower of God anime series cover art
Tower of God

Series Overview

Tower of God (Kami no Tou / 神之塔 -Tower of God-) is an action, adventure, mystery, drama, fantasy series — at least according to the genres it’s tagged as on MyAnimeList. Really, the best way to think about this series so far is that it’s a shounen battle series like Naruto, One Piece, My Hero Academia, etc.

However, what sets it apart from those series isn’t actually anything the series itself does; it’s where it comes from. The Tower of God anime is actually based on a manhwa, which is just a Korean manga/comic.

Since this series comes from Korea, that probably means we’ll get to see some different tropes and references that we wouldn’t normally see in Japanese series. But unfortunately, since I know nothing about Korea, I couldn’t tell you if any of that stuff was included in this first season.

The one thing I can say may have been Korean in the series are the names of the characters, but even that’s just a guess. Some of the names sound Korean to me, but as I said, I have no idea. Then there are other names that have clearly been distorted into Japanese for the anime. And finally, the protagonist’s name was straight up translated into Japanese.

I think the fact that Bam’s name was translated to “Yoru” (夜) for the anime signifies that his name is important. In English, his name translates to “Night,” so we’ll probably learn something more about that later on.

But names and Korean references aside, Tower of God is your standard battle, fantasy series in many ways. There’s a magic system called Shinsu, a bunch of different races, and a tower of 100 floors (I think that’s how many there are) that our main characters are trying to climb.

Main Characters

Bam is the protagonist of the series and is what’s known as an Irregular. Irregulars are those who were able to enter the tower by their own abilities and were not invited into the tower. That doesn’t really mean much though, because even by the end of the first season it’s unclear exactly how someone is selected to enter the tower.

However, what you should know about Irregulars is that they have the potential to be extremely powerful and wield the ability to “change” the tower. Basically, he has overpowered potential like every shounen battle series protagonist ever.

Khun is another one of the main characters. He’s the brains of the group who always comes up with a plan to tackle whatever obstacle appears before him. Khun is also a member of some well-known family, but nothing else about his family has been revealed just yet.

Khun holding a dagger and a crown from the anime series Tower of God
Khun holding a dagger and a crown

Rak is the third main character and the only one who isn’t human. We haven’t been told exactly what species Rak is, but he’s basically just a humanoid alligator. He wields a spear in battle and is constantly on the lookout for powerful prey to test himself against.

Finally, we have Rachel, the fan-favorite character. Rachel is Bam’s childhood friend whose dream was always to reach the top of the tower so that she could see the stars. She doesn’t actually do all that much in this first season, but I have high hopes for her in the future.

When I said that Rachel is the fan-favorite, I was joking. Most of the community seems to hate her, but I actually think she turned out to be quite an interesting character.

What I’m Expecting from Season 2

The first season covers the entire prologue of the series. Which, if you ask me, was a bad call. I’ve heard from a few fans of the source material that the anime moved extremely fast through the content. And even as someone who doesn’t know the source material, I could tell that was the case.

There are multiple instances per episode where explanations of how things work are skipped entirely. I know there are going to be people who say something like the anime was “showing, not telling,” but that doesn’t apply here. They skip out on a large portion of the world-building altogether and even failed to actually explain the rules of the tests the entire season was based around.

To make a comparison, it would be like if you watched the chunin exam portion of Naruto, but you had no idea what jutsu and chakra were and the rules of the various exams were either not explained or explained incorrectly.

Rak, Hatz, and Paracule from the anime series Tower of God
Rak, Hatz, and Paracule

I have a lot of bad things to say about this first season of Tower of God, but if you want to read more about that, I suggest you check out my individual episode reviews.

Despite all the issues with season 1 that arose from the pacing of the anime, I actually have very high hopes for season 2. And the main reason for that is that I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen in season 2.

That might sound like a bad thing, but at the end of the prologue, we got a tiny glimpse into what the future of the series is going to be like. And from that glimpse, it looks to be a much better story than what you would expect from watching the prologue alone.

Conclusion

Overall, season 1 of Tower of God is a 7/10 from me. It definitely had problems, but it was an enjoyable watch and did enough right for me to consider it good. And assuming the pace gets toned down a bit, I think it could become one of the most popular anime of the next few years.

I do also want to mention the music before wrapping up this review. Both the OP and ED were performed by Stray Kids. I’m not familiar with that group, but I thought they were good songs. The soundtrack was done by none other than Kevin Penkin, who you probably know from Made in Abyss.

As we all know, Made in Abyss had the best soundtrack of 2017. But then Kevin Penkin went on to do the Shield Hero soundtrack, which I think is actually terrible. Luckily, he seems to be back on form, because the Tower of God soundtrack is extremely good. It’s awe-inspiring like the Made in Abyss soundtrack but in a much more suspenseful way.

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 anime series cover art
Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2

Season Overview

Kaguya-sama: Love is War season 2 (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen / かぐや様は告らせたい?~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~) is basically just more of the same stuff that was in season 1. So if you liked the first season, you’ll probably like this one. And if you didn’t like the first season, you probably have bad taste in anime.

Unrelated to the actual review, it’s nice to see that even Kaguya-sama is following the tradition of adding random punctuation to its title to denote additional seasons. Notice how the Japanese title doesn’t actually say that it’s the second season, but instead includes a “?” to differentiate itself from season 1.

The first season of the anime covered the first term of the school year and the summer break. In Japan, the school year begins in January, with the summer break denoting the halfway point. This second season covers the second term of the school year, which is the fall semester.

Apparently, the fall semester is when the next student council election takes place. I don’t think this makes a lot of sense. Really the election should either be at the very end of the year or the very beginning of the following year, not right after the mid-year break. But whatever; let’s roll with it.

So the student council election is the primary event taking place throughout this season. This is important storywise for two main reasons: First, it serves as a minor reintroduction to the current student council members. Second, it introduces a few new characters who want to join the student council.

Aside from that, the only real difference between season 1 and season 2 is the character development that occurs. But rather than discussing that here, I’ll have a full section on it later.

New Characters

The two new characters introduced this season are Miko Iino and Kobachi Osaragi. Miko is a new main character while Kobachi is a new supporting character.

Miko believes that the current student council has become too morally corrupt and is no longer in any position to lead as role models for the other students. She views Shirogane and Kaguya as the most morally depraved because of their apparent open relationship. And she also just hates Ishigami (or does she?)

The only current student council member Miko thinks is worth keeping around is Chika, who she believes is the perfect role model. And as part of her election campaign, Miko chooses Chika to be her vice president should she win.

Chika Fujiwara and Miko Iino from the anime series Kaguya-sama: Love is War season 2
Chika Fujiwara and Miko Iino

Kobachi originally plans to join the student council as well, but it’s later revealed that she doesn’t actually have any interest in that sort of thing. She simply wanted to support Miko in her endeavors. In that regard, Kobachi is like a watered-down version of Hayasaka.

While Hayasaka is completely devoted to Kaguya (because it’s her job to be), Kobachi is devoted to Miko (because she’s actually her friend).

I should also mention that both Miko and Kobachi are first-year students just like Ishigami. I find that it’s sometimes difficult to determine who’s an upper and underclassmen because they all look the same — and their roles don’t seem to be based on their year.

For example, there are no third-year students currently in the student council. And even some of the third-year students who we know of aren’t in high-ranking positions in their respective clubs. Basically, the ranks of junior (kouhai) and senior (senpai) don’t really apply except for when speaking to or about a student older than oneself.

Season 1 vs. Season 2

I know that 99% of people who watched this season will disagree with me on this, but I think Kaguya-sama: Love is War season 1 was better than season 2. The second season definitely had some higher points and some much-needed refreshment with the introduction of Miko, but overall I think it was worse.

On the comedy side of things, it got a bit stale. With the exception of the final episode, basically all of the gags involving Chika were just rehashed from season 1. And I can’t really think of any gags involving Shirogane from this season that I actually found funny.

The character development that happens across seasons 1 and 2 is a mixed bag for me. I think the vast majority of viewers would agree when I say that Ishigami’s development was the peak of the season, and potentially the series as a whole so far. However, I think both Kaguya and Shirogane got worse this season.

Ishigami wearing Kaguya's school uniform from the anime series Kaguya-sama: Love is War season 2
Ishigami wearing Kaguya’s school uniform

Let’s start off with Ishigami because his development is the best. Ishigami’s character arc came in episode 11 when we learned about his backstory. This was not only a way for us to learn why Ishigami is the way he is but also presented an opportunity for him to grow as a person by leaving his past behind him and learning to make new friends and enjoy new things.

What interested me the most about this episode was how it presented a much more realistic drama plot in an otherwise generally comedy series. There’s been drama in Kaguya-sama in the past, but it’s generally been shoujo romance trope drama, not “real” drama.

And lastly we have Kaguya and Shirogane’s development, which was probably the least entertaining part of the series for me. The issue I have with these two is that Shirogane hasn’t really developed at all, while Kaguya has regressed into an infantile-like state.

There’s not really much of the back and forth between these two characters that made the first season so entertaining. Instead, Kaguya does something, Shirogane barely reacts, and then Kaguya goes into her inner voice “baby Kaguya” mode. I just don’t see that as good development. It’s technically development, but not good.

Conclusion

Kaguya-sama: Love is War season 2 is a 7/10 from me. It’s still a good season of anime, but I just don’t think it was at the same level as the first season. And while a third season is obviously going to happen, I’m not convinced that it will be any better.

Also, just to add more fuel to the fire, I have to say that the OP and ED(s) of season 1 were better than season 2. I get that a lot of people like the season 2 OP, but I think it’s inferior in almost every way. It’s probably just a case of recency bias causing everyone to think it’s the best thing ever, just like when Funimation (viewers) claimed Demon Slayer was the best anime of the decade.

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Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 2

Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 2

Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 2 anime series cover art
Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 2

Season Overview

Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2 (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen 2 / 本好きの下剋上 司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません2) picks up right where the first season left off. But, that doesn’t mean the second season is exactly the same as the first.

The first season mainly focused on Myne’s time attempting to create books on her own and working with the Gilberta Company. Season 2 sees Myne taking her bookmaking operations to the next level, getting involved with other causes she supports, and living as an apprentice priestess within the church.

These changes allow for the story to become much more complex. Inventing books is cool and all, but I think it’s safe to say that most people aren’t interested in the story to watch Myne do that. At least for me, the whole book aspect is just a background gimmick of the series, and the real draw is exploring the world.

Benno and Myne at a meeting in the church from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
Benno and Myne at a meeting in the church

Every isekai anime needs some gimmick in order to stand out from the crowd. Simply being about a character who’s transported to another (often fantasy) world isn’t enough. But that gimmick doesn’t need to be something that lasts throughout the series, or is even at the forefront.

A book-obsessed girl being sent to a world without books was the gimmick here, but the series has become so much more. With everything Myne’s doing within the church, like acting as the orphanage director, learning about the magic of the world, and learning how to fit into noble society, I often forget the initial book concept.

I’m sure these two series have similar audiences, but I kind of view Ascendance of a Bookworm as the opposite of TenSura. This series has taken a fairly bland premise and turned it into something interesting, while TenSura took a unique concept and threw it away after the first episode.

New Characters

The main group of new characters in season 2 is Myne’s retainers. Originally she’s given three retainers by the High and Head Priests, but by the end of the season, she effectively has five. These retainers are Fran, Gil, Delia, Wilma, and Rosina.

Fran is Myne’s head retainer and also appears to be the oldest of her retainers. It’s possible that Wilma, or even Rosina, is around the same age as Fran, though. Fran’s role is to be the primary caretaker for Myne — a job that includes carrying her when she’s ill and advising her on how to properly act within her position.

Gil is the retainer who oversees the majority of Myne’s manual projects going on around the church. These projects include cleaning areas of the church ground under Myne’s control, like the orphanage, and processing materials for Myne’s books.

Delia has an important job, but not one that really seems to be utilized that often. She’s basically Myne’s fashion expert who helps her get dressed up for special church events. As I said, this is a very important job because looks are everything in church and noble society. But I don’t know what Delia does the rest of the time besides normal chores.

Wilma is the one retainer who I’m not sure counts as a true retainer. The first three were officially designated as Myne’s retainers, and Rosina is designated as a retainer later on. Perhaps I’m just forgetting when Wilma was designated as a retainer, but either way, unlike the others she doesn’t live with Myne. Wilma’s primary role is as the orphanage caretaker.

Lastly, we have Rosina, who’s just Myne’s music teacher. She does other random chores when she isn’t teaching Myne to play instruments, but that’s about it. She’s not quite as important as the others.

Comparison to Season 1

Overall, Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2 is better than season 1. I think it’s actually better in every way possible. There’s nothing that the second season does worse than the first season, and that’s what I like to see from series. They should always be improving on, or at least staying at the same level as, previous seasons.

As I discussed at the beginning of this review, the main improvement of season 2 over season 1 is that the series became much more interesting as the world was explored further. We learned more about mana and magic, noble society, and the darker sides of the church.

Of course, season 1 is still necessary. Without season 1 laying the groundwork, nothing in season 2 would have been quite as impactful.

Myne holding a magic item from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
Myne holding a magic item

Mana and magic is probably the best example to use to illustrate these improvements. We knew about mana in season 1. Back when it was introduced, we learned that it’s used for magic, it’s primarily held by nobles, it can cause an illness known as the Devouring, and it can be expelled into magic items to prevent the Devouring.

But all of that is pretty theoretical. We didn’t actually get to see magic used by people until season 2 with the Head Priest and the Knight Order. And while we knew magic items existed, we didn’t actually get to see them in use until the second season as well — such as items used for secret conversations or for connecting minds.

Basically, season 1 introduced concepts about the world in which Myne found herself, while season 2 put those concepts into practice.

And this distinction between the two seasons can be seen in basically every aspect of the series. Even looking at noble society, we knew it was different from commoner society in season 1, but we didn’t actually get to see it until season 2.

Conclusion

Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2 is a 7/10 from me. While I thought the first season of the series was alright, the second season was what I actually consider to be good. I think the end of season 2 mentioned that the anime was going to get a third season, but even if that isn’t the case, I’m sure it will get a third season. And I’m looking forward to it.

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Kakushigoto

Kakushigoto

Kakushigoto anime series cover art
Kakushigoto

Series Overview

Kakushigoto (かくしごと) is a comedy series about a father who hides the true nature of his profession from his daughter. While Hime believes her father is your typical salaryman, Kakushi is actually an ecchi manga artist. Yes, his secret is that he draws lewd, comedy manga.

When the season began, Kakushigoto was my pick for the best anime of the season. Both of the main characters are voiced by some of my favorite voice actors, the original creator is known for other successful manga, and I think the art style is pretty nice.

However, if you’ve read my review of Sing “Yesterday” for Me, you’ll know that ended up being my favorite.

Kakushi Gotou from the anime series Kakushigoto
Kakushi Gotou

The first problem I have with Kakushigoto is that while I do think it’s funny and good all around, it got old pretty fast. There are really only so many jokes you can make about Kakushi hiding his job from Hime. And as I’ll discuss more later on in this review, the second problem with the series was the ending.

Some people believe that the end of a series is the most important part. While others believe it’s the journey to the end that matters more. I’d probably consider myself to be more so in the latter group. A good ending won’t necessarily make a bad anime much better, but a bad ending can definitely make a good anime significantly worse.

Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of slice of life, comedy series, you’ll probably enjoy Kakushigoto. And if you like the Monogatari series, as I do, then you may like Kakushigoto even more because Kakushi is basically just an adult version of Koyomi. He looks the same, acts the same, and has the same voice actor.

Characters

Back in my review of the first episode, I went over the various levels of wordplay that make up both the series title and main characters’ names. Rather than me going over that again, just take a look at this visual created by @HenkukuNii on Twitter.

Wordplay from the anime series Kakushigoto
Kakushigoto wordplay

Kakushi Gotou is easily the best character of the series, as he should be since he’s the protagonist. The only two things he really loves in life are his daughter and his ecchi manga. Though, if it’s for Hime’s sake, he would give up his work as a mangaka in a heartbeat. His world revolves around her, and this often causes him to go to illogical extremes when it comes to protecting her.

Hime is the next best character, but for very different reasons. For one, she’s just cute. But Hime is also surprisingly funny, though she doesn’t mean to be. It’s fair to say that Hime isn’t the smartest kid around, and this often causes her to do or say things that a normal person would never consider.

In Kakushi’s circle are his assistants, Rasuna, Ami, Kakeru, and Aogu, along with his editor, Tomaruin. Surprisingly, Tomaruin probably has more screen time than any of the assistants simply because he’s always messing things up. But even though Rasuna, Ami, Kakeru, and Aogu don’t get that much screen time, they’re surprisingly developed characters.

In Hime’s circle, we have her friends in the Meguro River Detective Agency (a make-believe detective agency started by her classmates), her teacher Ichiko, her babysitter Nadila, and future idol Naru.

Nadila and Naru specifically are both really good supporting characters. Of course, I’m mostly saying that because they’re cute, but they’re entertaining as well. Naru is my Kakushigoto crush, but I have to admit that Nadila is more entertaining.

Comedy or Drama?

I want to start this discussion of the drama in Kakushigoto by pointing out that this is not a drama series. But, every episode does have a drama aspect to it, usually at the very end. The majority of the series takes place in the past, and it’s only through these ending scenes that we get a glimpse into the present.

This drama element was a bit weird for me. On one hand, drama is my favorite genre of anime, and these ending scenes definitely caught my attention. But on the other, I really just wanted this series to remain a wholesome comedy, because I think that’s what it does best.

In the end, the drama didn’t really amount to anything. And that itself also gave me mixed emotions. I’m glad that the drama didn’t lead to anything that ruined the comedy of the series. However, it’s also true that I would have liked a little more payoff for all that dramatic buildup throughout the series.

Hime discovering her father's secret from the anime series Kakushigoto
Hime discovering her father’s secret

But if I had to place the blame for the bad end on one thing, it would probably be that the final episode tried to do too much. It tried to resolve the drama, tried to add in new plot lines that weren’t necessary, and then tried to squeeze in a bit of comedy too.

The result of all that was an ending that felt all over the place while also not really providing a conclusion that solved everything the series had built up.

It was sort of saved by the very last scene of the episode when Hime reveals that she has a secret of her own. But even with that and the one gag I mentioned I liked in my review of the episode, I think the last episode of the series was probably the worst.

Conclusion

For me, Kakushigoto is a 7/10, but I almost want to give it a 6 because of the end. Without the final episode, it’s definitely a 7 though. I’d like to know what other people who have watched the series think of the end, so if you’ve watched it, let me know in the comments.

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