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Many Sequels and Some AMAZING First Seasons!! || Anime Wrap Up [#14]

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Apparently I have been watching a lot of anime lately. The last wrap up that I did was in March and I have already finished 6 other anime. And it’s not like I only watched anime in my free time (so I’m a bit confused how I managed to watch this many). Anyway, the point of my rambling is the fact that I ended up watching a lot of anime and it’s time for another wrap up!


Run with the WindKaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

Episodes: 23

Sports | Drama | Comedy

My rating: 8/10 (Very good)

Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old apartment “Chikuseisou” where he plans to team up with fellow residents to enter Hakone Ekiden Marathon, one of the most prominent university races in Japan. Kakeru soon finds out that all of the residents except for Haiji and himself are complete novices.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have a huge weakness when it comes to sports anime. I love watching them and I consider many of them my all time favourites. I find this a bit weird, as I don’t watch any sports at all. (Even though my mom does.) When I heard that there was going to be an anime about running, I knew that I had to watch it! Mostly because I had no idea how an anime about running was going to work, Run With The Wind pleasantly surprised me. I ended up enjoying this anime a lot!

The group of characters that Run With The Wind follows is very eclectic. First of all, they are all university students – which is something I have never encountered when watching a sports anime, as it’s usually set in high school. This change of pace was amazing! All the characters go to the same university, but they have different majors and life aspirations. I loved learning more about each and every one of them as the story progressed. I must say that there were tropes that are often found in sports anime, but they didn’t bother me all that much. (As already mentioned, I have a weakness.)

The anime did feel slow at times, but that was mostly due to the fact that it was very character focused. Each character got developed and they all felt very realistic. They all had their own strengths and weaknesses, and they all grew as people by the end of the show. There were many heartwarming and funny moments between them and I loved seeing that! They all became such amazing friends and I adored seeing them interact with each other. Run With The Wind was such a fun anime and I’m very happy that I decided to give it a chance.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime. If you are someone who enjoys sports anime (like I do), this is a show that you definitely need to check out. Even if you don’t care that much about sports anime I would recommend this one, as the characters and their relationships between one another were amazing to watch! Plus, who doesn’t need a good heartwarming anime from time to time?

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Boku no Hero Academia Season 2Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season

Episodes: 25

Action | School | Superpowers | Shounen

My rating: 8/10 (Very good)

At UA Academy, not even a violent attack can disrupt their most prestigious event: the school sports festival. Renowned across Japan, this festival is an opportunity for aspiring heroes to showcase their abilities, both to the public and potential recruiters.

However, the path to glory is never easy, especially for Izuku Midoriya—whose quirk possesses great raw power but is also cripplingly inefficient. Pitted against his talented classmates, such as the fire and ice wielding Shouto Todoroki, Izuku must utilize his sharp wits and master his surroundings to achieve victory and prove to the world his worth.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have mixed feelings towards this season of Boku No Hero Academia. The first half I had a few problems with and I would give it a 7/10. The second half was a lot better and I enjoyed it a lot more, it would get a 9/10 from me. So I decided to go with the middle ground for my general rating. (I feel that this was both necessary and unnecessary to mention?)

I’m particular when it comes to tournament arcs in anime. (Or in any other media.) There need to be certain things in place for me to enjoy them. Sadly, Boku No Hero Academia Season 2 didn’t have them. Also, I find it ridiculous how valued that sports festival is – it’s just strange to me. It “replaced the olympics” so it’s basically: lets watch teens fight it out instead of organising an olympics with quirks. What? As I mentioned, I didn’t enjoy the first half of this season that much. Though there were some amazing moments that I did enjoy, I didn’t hate it or anything like that.

The second part of this season was great! I loved seeing more from the other characters and what they were up to. Tsuyu is one of my favourites, so I’m very happy that she got more screen time. Plus, the final exams were very interesting and I loved seeing the characters work with one another to pass. In general I just enjoyed learning more about the other characters of Class 1A, I can’t wait to see more of them in the future seasons! Todoroki is my favourite character (in case you were curious), I adore elemental powers so you can see why I would have a soft spot for him.

When I wrote about the first season Boku No Hero Academia, in another Anime Wrap Up, I mentioned how much I hated Bakugou and Mineta. That hasn’t changed at all. If anything I dislike Bakugou even more now! Also, I have seen online that many people adore him and consider him their favourite. I don’t get that at all? I seriously can’t stand him. (Also, another character joined the I hate them club, but I won’t be mentioning who as it would be spoiler-y.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime – or rather I would recommend the first season first. For obvious reasons. This is one of the most popular anime series at the moment and it’s rightfully deserved. If you haven’t checked Boku No Hero Academia out yet (which I doubt you haven’t), I would highly recommend it!

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95662lFukigen na Mononokean 2nd Season

Episodes: 13

Supernatural | Demons | Comedy

My rating: 5/10 (Average)

The start of Hanae Ashiya’s high school career has not been easy—he has spent all of the first week in the infirmary, and his inexplicable condition is only getting worse. The cause of his torment is the mysterious fuzzy creature that has attached itself to him ever since he stumbled upon it the day before school began.

As his health continues to decline and the creature grows in size, Hanae comes across a flyer advertising an exorcist who expels youkai. Desperate and with nothing left to lose, he calls the number and is led to the Mononokean, a tea room which suddenly appears next to the infirmary. A morose-sounding man, Haruitsuki Abeno, reluctantly helps Hanae but demands payment afterward. Much to Hanae’s dismay, he cannot afford the fee and must become an employee at the Mononokean to work off his debt. And to make things worse, his new boss is actually one of his classmates. If Hanae ever hopes to settle his debt, he must work together with Abeno to guide a variety of dangerous, strange, and interesting youkai back to the Underworld.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I was actually very disappointed by this season of Fukigen na Mononokean. I remember enjoying the first season quite a lot, but I wasn’t that impressed with this one. It’s true that I watched the first season years ago and I don’t remember too much about it (aside from the main plot points and characters), so I can’t say if I just didn’t like this season or if it was bad. My biggest criticism about this season was that I found the majority of episodes boring. I struggled to get through some of them.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some great moments as well, but they were outweighed by the boring ones. I did enjoy learning more about the world and seeing the new youkai was interesting. Another weakness of mine, aside from sports anime, is anime about youkai. (I just always find them interesting, which is the reason I watched this one as well.) I don’t really have that much more to say about this anime, I just didn’t enjoy it. I won’t be continuing Fukigen na Mononokean, if it gets a season 3. I just don’t care about the characters anymore or what is happening to them.

Would I recommend this anime?

Not really. As you can see by my review I didn’t really enjoyed it, sadly. The first season I remember enjoying, but that was years ago. So I’m not sure if I would recommend it? But this also could be the case of it’s me and not the anime, so if it sounds interesting do give it a chance. Hopefully you will enjoy it more than I did.

fukigen no mononokean GIF


Zombieland SagaZombieland Saga

Episodes: 12

Comedy | Supernatural | Music

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Sakura Minamoto dreams of becoming an idol. Unfortunately, reality hits her like a truck, and she dies in a sudden traffic accident. Ten years later, she wakes up in Saga Prefecture, only to find herself a zombie with no memory of her past. While still coming to terms with her demise, she meets a man named Koutarou Tatsumi, who explains that he has resurrected her and six other zombie girls from different eras for the purpose of economically revitalizing Saga by means of an idol group. Assuming the role of an abrasive manager, Koutarou begins scheduling events; the girls go along with it, eventually deciding to name their idol group Franchouchou.

An absurdly comedic take on the idol genre, Zombieland Saga tells the story of Franchouchou’s heartwarming struggle to save Saga Prefecture while hiding their zombie identities and rediscovering their past lives.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Zombieland Saga is ridiculous in the best way possible. Why do I say that? Because Zombieland Saga is a parody of two genres that I never thought could/would go together. Those two genres are idol anime and zombie anime. For some reason this combination worked excellently? I really don’t know how to explain that, this anime is just one that you need to experience for yourself to understand what I mean. I ended up having a lot of fun with this anime, even though I was a bit skeptical going in (I just don’t watch or care about idol anime).

The female idol group consists of 7 members, who are all zombies. Most of them are from different time periods, which makes for interesting interactions between them. I found all of the girls to be interesting. All of them got their spotlight throughout the show that allowed us to get to know them more. There were many heartwarming moments between the girls. They formed such amazing friendships and it was great seeing how much they cared about each other and how much they supported each other. The unusual circumstances their lives turned into just brought them closer.

The most eccentric character in this show is their manager Koutarou Tatsumi. I don’t usually mention voice actors, but for this character I really need to. Mamoru Miyano’s performance was spectacular, he is such an amazing voice actor. Anyway, I found the best description of Koutarou on the fandom wiki page: An arrogant man who won’t let common sense get in his way.” I think this description is enough for you to know why I called him the most eccentric character. There were also many great moments between the girls and him, which I enjoyed seeing.

The music in this anime was great! It is a big part of Zombieland Saga, after all it is an anime about idols. I really enjoyed the songs in this show. What I found a bit weird was the fact that the performances were in 3D (not all of them), while the rest of the show was in 2D. I found the transitions sometimes a bit weird, though I didn’t mind it and I got used to it rather fast. This was just something that I thought I needed to mention. I really hope that this anime gets a second season, as I would love to see more of these characters and their crazy story!

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend watching Zombieland Saga. This is one of the anime with the weirdest synopsis, that I have watched. I honestly thought I wouldn’t enjoy this anime, but it pleasantly surprised me. Even if you aren’t a fan of idol or zombie anime I would still give Zombieland Saga a try. It’s an anime that you really have to experience for yourself!

Zombieland Saga GIF


Bungou Stary DogsBungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season

Episodes: 12

Action | Mystery | Super Powers

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.

While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorising the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Bungou Stray Dogs, as the name of the anime already says. I won’t be able to talk much about the plot, as any details that I could go into would be spoilers. (So much has happened plot-wise in these three seasons that I don’t even know how to avoid spoilers.) Basically I’m going to keep things about the plot as vague as possible.

This season was filled with tension. Many organisations had conflicting goals, which lead to many confrontations. (I’m trying so hard to keep everything vague.) New antagonists were introduced and they were very interesting. The main antagonist of this season is my favourite one, I just find him really fascinating. In general, Bungou Stray Dogs has some of the most interesting antagonists. There were so many amazing moments in this season! The animation was great as well, it was more polished than in the previous two season. (Though there was a weird amount of fish eye effect, if you have watched this show you know what I’m talking about.)

Now, let’s talk a bit about the characters. Dazai Osamu is my favourite anime/manga character ever. (If you are following my tumblr, you might be able to tell that from my feed.) I adore him so much, though I can’t exactly go into the reason why as that would be spoiler-y. The characters from the Armed Detective Agency are all amazing and I loved learning more about them as the season progressed. I just love seeing them interact with each other, they are a big family and I adore seeing how much they care for each other.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime! (Or the first season that is.) Bungou Stray Dogs is one of my favourite anime ever, though I find the first season to be the weakest one. More people need to watch this anime. I’m very much hoping that there is going to be a fourth season! As someone who reads the manga, I know what crazy things are going to happen next.

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One Punch ManOne Punch Man 2nd Season

Episodes: 12

Action | Sci-Fi | Comedy | Parody

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years—and lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem—he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.

This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he’ll become popular in the process.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This was the second season of One Punch Man, as you can tell by the title. The first season of this anime I consider to be one of my all time favourites. This season, on the other hand, I found lacking. It just wasn’t as exiting or as interesting as the first one. There is also the fact that the studio changed, which means the animation quality changed as well. And I don’t mean for the better. The battles just weren’t as smooth as they were in the first season. Everything just looked worse. This isn’t the biggest reason I didn’t like this season as much, but I still wanted to mention it.

The main reason that I didn’t like this season, as much as the first one, was that I wasn’t interested in the actual plot. The majority of this season focuses on Garou and I neither care about him, nor do I like him. Because of that I just couldn’t bring myself to care all that much. To be honest, I expected this since I have read the manga and even then I didn’t particularly care. Also, there was too little of Saitama in this season (who is my favourite character). The tournament was the most interesting aspect of this anime for me.

With all of that being said, I still enjoyed parts of this anime. It was great seeing some great moments animated. I hope that there is going to be a third season for One Punch Man, as I’m very interested in the next arc. (Even though I don’t think it’s even finished in the manga? I might be wrong about that.) If not, I can always rewatch the first season.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. The first season is amazing and I recommend it to everyone! I didn’t like this season as much, but I didn’t completely dislike it either. Take that as you will! (I really don’t have anything more to say about this. So I shall leave it at this.)

One Punch Man GIF


Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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3 thoughts on “Many Sequels and Some AMAZING First Seasons!! || Anime Wrap Up [#14]

  1. I’m currently reading Boku no Hero Academia and am loving what has been going on this arcs! Will you be checking out the movie they released once you’re caught up with the anime? 😀 Glad to see you also enjoyed (not that much though, I see), One Punch Man! The first season was quite fun and I got to admit that season 2 sets up more than it should for the things to come next season!

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    1. Boku no Hero Academia is amazing! I plan to read the manga as well, when I get the time. Yes, I plan on watching the movie once I finish the 3rd season. 😀 I agree, the second season of One Punch Man sets up for many things to come. Next season will be exiting, as some insane things are going to go down (which I know, since I have read the manga). 🙂

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