Since my husband and I ended our Netflix subscription, we’ve been making better use of our Crunchyroll subscription. Although I’m not quite the anime aficionado that he is, I still find plenty of series to enjoy. Here’s a few shows that we’ve been watching lately:
Sailor Moon Crystal
Sailor Moon was one of the first animes I ever saw, so naturally I wanted to check out Crystal when it came out. Crystal’s art is quite pretty, and the lack of filler that was present during the original anime is a good change. However, the series does have a few flaws, especially during the first arc. For example, we were told over and over how the girls were such good friends, but we rarely actually saw it for ourselves. The final part of the first arc dragged on too long. Finally, I was also disappointed that Mako, Minako, Rei and Ami didn’t really get many chances to shine on their own. I realize how important the relationship between Usagi and Mamoru is, but to me it’s nothing particularly special, especially since it seemed like such a given with few obstacles in this series.
Despite the flaws, I enjoyed the show and I do hope it comes back. I think the show was just starting to hit its stride and do a better job of balancing.
This show had such promise, but by the end, my husband and I were struggling just to finish it. The show premise sounded fun: An all girl’s school is facing closure, so one student decides to start a pop group attract more students to the school. Oddly, the initial problem that started the show is solved relatively quickly. In fact, most of the conflicts in the show are solved fast and with little stress. The show also has some really strange plotlines, like one character who somehow manages to become a famous maid at a maid café without the other girls knowing, despite the fact that they supposedly spend all their free time together working on their routines. There was also a painful episode that included excessive body shaming. The songs in the show are cute, and the art is nice (although when it switches to 3D randomly, it’s a bit jarring), but it’s not really a show that I would recommend.
My Love Story!!
If you want a cute and touching love story that avoids common tropes, this is the series for you. It follows the story of Takeo Goda, a rather large and intimidating high school student who saves a girl, Rinko Yamato, from a groper on the train. Rinko falls in love with the clueless Takeo, who is convinced that like every other girl he’s ever liked, she must be in love with his friend Makoto Sunakawa. As you can probably guess from the title, this misunderstanding doesn’t last long, and we quickly jump into seeing the cute relationship between Rinko and Takeo develop. The romance is sweet, and the show is full of funny moments. Takeo’s friend Suna is one of the best parts of the show, completely happy for his friend’s new relationship. The show is currently airing, and I look forward to it each week.