No Longer the Loneliest Girls
So let's say you want a music anime about girls fighting for a dream, what options do you have? Well, it's no surprise that a lot of music shows are just that, a bunch of girls dreaming of a music career, some times as an aspiring idol while some other times they want to start a (probably rock) band. This week, however, we had the long-awaited debut of Carole & Tuesday, an anime that promises a more mature tone while still maintaining the music genre essence. For me, one of the most enjoyable scenes of the week was seeing Carole and Tuesday composing a song, connecting with each other, and at the same time, showing us through music and non-verbal communication not only their sensations but also bits of their past.
Yes, their fortuitous encounter is pretty much a cliche, but that one scene at Carole's place felt so real for an anime. Coping with your shyness and insecurities isn't easy at all, but the joy of finding a new friend that feels pretty much like you and loves music as much as you, that is something priceless. Cracking voices slowly finding each other, gradually gaining power and confidence… after that jamming scene one can't help but root for these girls! Discovering the origin and composition process of their first song, without a doubt will give a lot more value to it for us. And by the way, I know this is supposed to be some kind of futuristic and sci-fi anime too, but the music and everything around it feels so real that you easily forget it's happening on Mars!
Walking on Planes
Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 episode 1 started off with one of the craziest but coolest things I’ve seen from the series as of yet. Chuuya was walking on the wing of a plane before beating the living heck out of a the dude inside it. That already should prove to audiences that season 3 is ready to deliver some intense action and more wild moments. As for the remainder of the episode, we are shot once more into the past focusing on younger Dazai and his mission in the Port Mafia. With the original leader dead, the doctor has taken over but rumors have spread that the original leader has risen from the grave and is back in the city! Dazai sees this first hand for himself making the rumor true but also runs into Chuuya who hates all those who align with the Port Mafia. After a battle between the three forces--which was so epic by the way--Chuuya is taken in by the mafia and interrogated for what he knows.That’s why it's ironic that the doctor asks them both to team up to cover up the original leader’s resurrection and to also learn more about a secret project that seems to be related to gods. We can only assume that Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 is going to be a wild run for the next few backstory themed episodes but I can’t wait to see where they go from here!
Meeting the Cat
This second episode begins with Tohru officially learning the truth about the Souma family, to which she adapts quickly, much to Yuki’s surprise. Though Kyou is standoffish to Tohru at first, they come to understand each other a bit better, and he enrolls in the same school as both Tohru and Yuki.
The dynamic between the different characters is what makes this show as great as it is, and we’re finally starting to get into more of that! For those who haven’t seen the anime before (like me), the supernatural elements are a big draw as well. The animation is updated and gorgeous, especially when it comes to the character designs. Even when Yuki, Kyou and Shigure are animals, their faces are still so expressive - and adorable! As someone who is coming into this new version of Fruits Basket with very little prior knowledge, I appreciate that the show retains its original structure while adapting some elements to make it more modern. It’s pacing is slightly different than the older anime, but keeps all of the same important plot points to make viewing enjoyable for both newcomers and old fans alike.
Kyou and Tohru have an adorable relationship, and watching him open up to her has already been great! Though he is a bit abrasive as a tsundere character, he is endearing in his own way, and he has clearly been through a lot. Fruits Basket will continue to be a show we wait eagerly for each week, especially with the opening and ending promising more of the Soma clan in the future!
Would You Like Some Action With Your Action?
Fairy Gone is the kind of anime that works best when you don’t even try to take it seriously. It goes for a sort of post World War I atmosphere (which looks beautiful, honestly) and follows a group of underground government soldiers who try to stop terrorists and the mafia from causing trouble after a war has destabilized the land. Okay, that’s a solid enough premise for a gritty military drama. But then it adds fairies!! Fairies that look like terrifying demons and work pretty much exactly the same as Stands from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. One of them has hands made of molten rock, another one is a giant wolf thing, one is a spider, and... what were we talking about again?
So, as you might expect, this anime is a bit all over the place. This second episode crams tragic backstories and new characters in your face until you can hardly breathe, and then interrupts any potential quiet pauses with fight scenes and buttrock music that wouldn’t sound out of place in a 3D Sonic game.
My favorite moment from this episode was when the deadly serious guy named Free who fights with two swords and a dire wolf hops on his vintage motorcycle to chase down a transport vehicle that’s one half 1900s carriage and the other half Howl’s moving castle to intercept its cargo of artificial fairy soldiers from reaching the terrorists. Or maybe it was the moment when his buddies backed him up with a winged frog lookout and an insectoid sniper rifle. Fairy Gone is a mess, but it’s way more entertaining than it has any right to be and I’m all here for it.
Tanjirou vs Head Demon
Tanjirou and Nezuko continue on their journey to meet Sakonji Urokodaki as they come across the scent of blood. As Tanjirou goes to investigate the smell, they find a demon in the midst of his meal. The demon turns his attention to Tanjirou attacks him. Luckily for him, Nezuko comes in with the assist as she kicks the demons head clean off. However, their fight continues as the demon gross arms out of his head and continues his attack on Tanjirou. With a bit of luck, they are able to defeat the head demon and meet Sakonji in the process.
Overall,l this episode was great for a multitude of reasons. We get our first look at the demons and just what they are capable of. The whole anime looks beautiful and the fight scene was no exception. The animation of the fight was beautiful and I couldn't take my eyes off it. The fight also does a great job at establishing just how weak Tanjirou currently is both physically and mentally. It was nice to see that Tanjirou didn't just miraculously get stronger overnight and won't be able to fight his way through the demons with his resolve alone.
That's all for this week! Tune in next week!