Anime: Now Watching

Hello dear readers and welcome to another Anime post here on Shoot the Rookie. It has been a little while since I have written one so I thought I’d get back to it with an update on what I’m watching right now. Why not join me to see what I’ve got for you and maybe pick up some new titles to watch!

I don’t often do these kind of update posts. I certainly don’t do them for video games as it takes me so long to finish anything. However I’m watching a few anime shows at the moment that I have never mentioned before and I think they are an interesting bunch so I thought I’d share them with you. There are five shows that I’m currently watching (not counting my re-watch of Yona of the Dawn), all at various stages of watched-ness, so let’s dive in and take a look at my thoughts so far:

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

I’m more than halfway through this show now and it is so much fun, I’d definitely recommend giving it a watch. It is about three high-school girls who want to make anime but have to overcome a series of hurdles in order to do so. It is a really humorous show which frequently makes me laugh out loud and the three main characters are interesting and quirky, each with a unique personality. Yes it is a high-school anime but it is entirely different from any I’ve watched before. One really novel thing about it is the way it presents the story – with the visuals often lapsing into the imaginations of the characters as we see their ideas unfold in front of us. It also has one of the best theme tunes ever – Easy Breezy by Chelmico – which you should check out right now as it is guaranteed to make you smile!

Mushi-Shi

Now for something completely different! Mushi-Shi is a slow paced, episodic show which revolves around a character, Ginko, who travels from place to place dealing with problems caused by Mushi, who are magical, misshapen creatures who cannot be seen by most humans but who inadvertently cause catastrophes. Each episode takes place in a different location – mostly rural settings – and apart from Ginko each has a new cast of characters. Each episode also has a nature-related theme – water, wind, snow etc, around which the Mushi can be found. It is slow and quiet, but also full of atmosphere and ridiculously beautiful. In parts tranquil and in others terrifying, it is a brilliant show that really makes you look up and appreciate the natural world around you.

Dr. Stone

I always need at least one very silly anime in my ‘now watching’ list and right now Dr. Stone is it. Humanity is turned to stone and begins to reawaken many thousands of years later to a world reclaimed by nature. Our protagonist Senku is a scientist who wants to rebuild civilization, but there are other characters who do not want this and thus a feud begins. Senku and his allies are a likable bunch, and the little science lessons are both cute and informative (to someone like me who basically knows nothing!). The premise itself is an interesting one that would make you think seriously about the nature of humanity if the show itself wasn’t so silly. However I’m not complaining, I love a good bit of silliness and the show’s ability to make me giggle keeps me coming back.

Boogiepop and Others

This is the strangest show I’ve ever seen. I’m only about 5 episodes in and at this point nothing makes any sense and I have no idea what is going on. I don’t really know who any of the characters are either, or even if there are many recurring characters in each episode. All I can think is that they have done this on purpose, because although it may sound as if the show is a bit of a mess, every episode is completely compelling and frequently terrifying. I didn’t realise when I started watching it that it is a horror show, but it very much fits into that category and pulls it off very effectively. I would genuinely like to give you a bit more to go on, but all I can really say is give it a go and see what you think! Perhaps afterwards you could come and explain it to me.

The Promised Neverland

I also don’t have a huge amount to say about this show because I’m only a couple of episodes in. From the beginning though I knew it was wonderful. Centered on the lives of a group of orphans in a mysterious orphanage, you quickly learn that all is not as it seems and that there is some evil at work. By the end of the first episode you are so terrified and chilled to the bone that it is difficult to return to even though it is brilliant. One thing I particularly like about it is that the main characters are all relatively young (11 or younger), which makes the perspectives quite different from most of the stuff I’ve watched. The cast being so young also adds to the show’s terror, as however smart the main characters may be, they are still children and as such seem vulnerable and helpless against the evil they are confronted with.


So that’s what I’m watching right now! It certainly is a varied bunch of shows. How about you? Have you seen any of these shows? Or maybe you’ve recently picked up an awesome show you want everyone to know about? Let’s chat in comments!

Thanks for reading,

Pix1001 x

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  1. Thank you for the recommendation 🙂 I’ve had my eye on it but hadn’t decided whether to add it to the list but I think I will now!

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  2. More anime for my watchlist (which consists almost entirely of your anime recommendations). Unfortunately, I’ve been having a lot of trouble with Crunchyroll recently. For some reason, it just doesn’t work as well as it used to. I suppose I should just subscribe to Funimation but I’m not prepared to do that yet. Still, I’ve got the list for whenever I figure out what I’ll do instead.

    Something I’ve been getting into recently is K-dramas. I downloaded the Viki app, which distributes a lot of South-East Asian TV and film. The experience of watching it is no different from anime, really. If you want to branch-out into that, I’m currently watching What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?, a comedy about a narcissistic executive trying to work out why his PA’s resigned. You recommended Yuri on Ice to me, I’m recommending this to you.

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  3. Sorry about Crunchyroll. I wonder what’s wrong with it? Mine is working as normal, although I noticed they had made some changes. I don’t know why but I irrationally dislike Funimation, but then that means I miss out on shows that they have exclusively which is daft!

    I’ve been recommended Korean films before but never specific series and that one sounds really good! It is interesting that you think it is like watching anime. I’ll have a look into it! Many thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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  4. Seems Crunchyroll is working better now, hopefully long-term, so I started Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!. It is a strange series but at least I’m not bored. The writing of it is a little self-congratulatory, with the way Midori describes anime but I enjoyed the combination of their concept art with their fantasy. I hope it doesn’t become too confusing but I’m also wondering if being able to follow it literally really matters, given the premise and themes. It’s not something I expected to enjoy but I want to see where it goes because it’s so different. Also, the opening credits are some of the best I’ve ever seen.

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  5. That opening credit sequence is amazing! It makes me smile every time I watch it. It is an unusual show but I really enjoyed it. I think I got more into it as it went on and I learnt not to worry too much about understanding the technical stuff!

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  6. Alright, Dr. Stone. I thought the beginning was very emotional, I hadn’t expected to react like I did. It is very silly, as you say. Taiju makes me laugh just because he’s such a cliché. Personally, I’d prefer it to be more serious because of the premise. They’re being a bit flippant, given the situation they’re in. Still, I’ll stick with it. I remain interested enough to want to know what the solution is.

    The Promised Neverland is the real gem here, so far. Maybe it’s cause I have a thing for orphan ensembles, for some reason, but this is my favourite at this point. The first shot really sums-up the mood of it. I like art that makes me feel alone. I don’t know why. It’s a bit like Attack on Titan but with more focus on the characters and it seems to actually be about something. If this doesn’t make me a vegan, nothing will.

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  7. Mushi-Shi is… interesting. I think I just about understand it. It’s a good show to watch with the light off. The softly whispered narration is my kind of thing, it’s very relaxing. I felt connected to Ginko. As though it were just and me and him in the forest. I can’t really explain the show but I also don’t so much care. I enjoy the atmosphere of it. There’s almost no exposition so I can just go with it.

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  8. It really does draw you in somehow. Totally agree about watching it with the light off, it has just the right atmosphere for that! It is quite different from anything else I’ve ever watched, but is enjoyable in its own way. Hope you continue to enjoy 🙂

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  9. Okay, Boogiepop and Others. After the first episode, I wouldn’t be able to describe the premise. I noticed the cell-shading is a lot brighter and more contrasting than most other anime I’ve seen and the borders are more sharply defined. The actual show itself is not something I’d be able to explain at all. But I’ll keep with it because that means it could be the kind of slow burn that pays-off in the long term.

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  10. Yeah… I’m about 9 or 10 episodes in and I still have no idea what’s going on. I couldn’t explain why I’m still watching it, but somehow I just keep going back to it.
    Whilst we’re talking anime again, did I mention that you should watch Promare? Cos you should watch Promare 😛

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