This month’s schedule
You already got:
You will get (In order):
We had some so-so anime this month, I won’t lie. They ended up next to each other in the ranking, scoring an 18 and 19 respectively. Apparently random TikTok comments are not the place to get my anime from because these picks were…not the best I’ve seen. Erased is a very popular one, at least by requests, so I hope that it can come at the end of the month and really pull some weight.
Next Month’s Schedule (In order)
- Vinland Saga
- Mob Psycho 100
- Director’s Cut (Our Monthly Check-ins like this)
- The Devil is a Part Timer
There is a theme to this month. Can you see it? No, you can’t, because the theme is Randy’s Picks! June is Randy’s birthday month so I let him pick the three shows that I will review! Vinland Saga is one that Randy and Sarah have been talking about for a long time. I’ve heard lots of good, although vague, things about it so I was excited when it came up. Mob Psycho 100 has been requested before and the ever benevolent Randy made sure to take you guys into account, even during his birthday month. August will not be this way so appreciate him for this.
I can’t remember if I even told you I did this to begin with, but I recently put a stop to my role as a Rocket League coach for a local college. I had volunteered as the coach for this esports program for two years and won a coach of the year award my first year. While it won’t mean a lot to many people who will see it hanging in my room, I feel really proud that out of 100+ programs across the country that I got that award. Not to mention that I took a team from a school of 1,800 students to second place in the country. But at the end of the day, I don’t see myself as an esports coach long term. I love what I am doing with the anime account. I love learning how to create better designs for Instagram, script and record for TikTok, and write more and better for the blog. So when I was looking at how much enjoyment I was getting out of my time, I saw that I got more enjoyment out of AA than coaching, so I finished the season and relieved myself.
So with coaching done, I wanted to fill my time with things I can enjoy. I used to play the upright bass in middle school, but felt like the instrument was too large and the parts were not challenging enough. So I bought a violin! I already have the Horimiya opener and an Attack on Titan opener downloaded to practice. I would love to play everything from Your Lie in April but those songs are so difficult and I am already super intimidated by the Horimiya opener, even though it originally sounded easy. I had to laugh when some people in the AA Discord said I should do an AA performance because no one wants that right now. Maybe someday I will put up a TikTok or include a video in a Director’s Cut, but until I feel confident in my skills, I won’t be posting or playing for anyone.
I joined a kickball league! My friends Tom and Teckla sign me and a bunch of their family up for our local recreation league each season. This is my second season of kickball, but I have done yard games before as well. So far we are undefeated, two games in. There was almost a brawl at the field next to us last game. It felt completely unnecessary and the guys I talked to after the game said it was blown completely out of proportion. But you know when mid twenty to forty year olds start playing sometimes you just need to smack down in order to win that prize of absolutely nothing… I guess…
Yasuke was a complete flop for me. I was so hyped for it. I had talked about it for weeks with Nick Mo. and at no point in the show was I impressed. I felt like it was not concise in its ideas, the most interesting story was in the flashbacks, and the characters were trope-ish and unimpressive. I am rarely so mean to shows but I was so excited. I try so hard to be someone who supports Netflix anime because I think it is important to have anime published by different sources, but I was disappointed.
Don’t Toy with me, Miss Nagatoro is…oh boy. I don’t think anyone will proudly tell you that they watch this show, but holy cow is it fun. I would not recommend it to anyone new to anime or that you watch it with anyone else. Nagatoro is such a fun character and the facial expressions that they give her are priceless, but it toes the line of appropriateness constantly.
Highrise Invasion was on my list for a while and it turned out to be a terrible show. Forgettable characters, bad concept, very fan-service based, and all around unimpressive. Likely a 7-13 score range. The show is about a girl who is teleported into a world full of skyscrapers where you cannot get to the ground. People in masks try to force people to commit suicide. That part makes sense. Well, it didn’t exactly make sense but I could accept it as fact. Somewhere they add that people can become “god” of the world. I was pretty lost then. One season out so far, but I won’t watch season two.
Fate/Zero rounds out my Fate triad! Not much to talk about here without spoilers but I really enjoyed it.
I have never gone to see anime in theaters before. Randy had mentioned all the missed opportunities that we had between when we all started to watch anime, so when the opportunity to watch Demon Slayer Movie: Mugen Train came up, I didn’t want to miss it. Preston, Randy, and I loaded ourselves into the car, masked up, and watched one of the best movies I have ever seen. I loved it so much that if I had not watched it on the last day, I might have gone again. I was surprised that the movie was able to take a character I cared so little about most of the movie and really give them the stage in a huge way. It was beautiful in every sense.
For now, the next review is up next Thursday… cut!