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!
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.
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,