Yet another sequel, but this is one that I looked forward to greatly, because Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my favourite series of all time. It was, however, at its time of announcement, quite a surprise to me that Season 6 would air only 3 months after Season 5 ended, considering there were 4.5 years between Seasons 4 and 5. The dramatic change in scheduling is probably related to the fact that Seasons 5 and 6 are handled by a different studio than the first 4 seasons, but in any case, I’m extremely happy to have more Natsume to watch.
I’m also surprised by how different Season 6 feels compared to Season 5. While Season 5 felt more like a continuation of the worldbuilding established in Seasons 3 and 4 where many of the stories connected to each other, Season 6 has so far been much more similar to Seasons 1 and 2, that is to say it has consisted mostly of episodic stories. And I really prefer it this way. Season 6 feels like the show is returning to its roots, and that’s wonderful.
Shingeki no Kyojin, approximately equally well known as Attack on Titan, was the first really popular anime that I watched while it was airing. Watch it was in many ways a formative experience, and not just because of the fact that it really gave me something to talk about with other people on the internet. I was very invested in it, to the point where I would routinely stay up until 4 AM on Saturday waiting for the new episode.
For the uninitiated, Miss Monochrome is a character created and voiced by Yui Horie. The first season of the anime aired in Fall 2013, while seasons 2 and 3 aired in Summer and Winter 2015, respectively. It’s a short-format comedy anime with a bunch of references and running gags. Take that as you will, but I enjoyed it, and I’m hoping there will be an eventual 4th season.
I’ve seen my fair share of ecchi shows. I haven’t seen many ecchi action shows, though. Most of the ones I’ve seen have been set in high school or been otherwise harem- or romcom-centric, like Oniichan dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! and Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!(A pattern? What pattern?!). This is kind of surprising when I think about it, because there are a bunch of ecchi action shows out there, like Seikon no Qwaser and Maken-ki. But the only one I’ve seen is Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls, which I wasn’t very fond of. I didn’t even bother watching the second season. The reason I haven’t been interested in these shows is that it seems that they all basically use the same formula: The girls, many of whom are very… well-endowed, either get their powers by taking off their clothes or their clothes fly off when they use their powers, and that’s basically all that the shows have in terms of writing.
In my Season Preview post, I complained a lot about this show while simultaneously admitting that I would watch it anyway and probably love it. Well, what did I end up taking away from the episode then? Firstly, I was not at all a fan of the big head chibi art style. It made all the characters look somehow disfigured, except for Mikasa, who was wearing a scarf and thus not showing her neck. She was very cute, actually. Secondly, while I liked that the line art was similar to the style in the original show, the colours and the other components of the visuals were kind of underwhelming. Well, it is a parody spin-off after all, so I didn’t expect it to look gritty or anything, but I still kept thinking back to the original show a lot. And finally, I think the show thinks that its in-jokes are way funnier than they actually are. Sure, I did enjoy the references to the original show and to popular culture in general, but it wasn’t ha-ha funny.
That said, I couldn’t help liking the show. Everything from the OP that clearly parodied Guren no Yumiya to Sasha’s obsession with food prompting an alternate version of an entire scene from the original show, I enjoyed it all. As I said, it wasn’t ha-ha funny, but it evoked memories of how much I enjoyed watching the original show. Ok, Eren wanting revenge against the titans wasn’t that enjoyable, but in contrast, Mikasa was even more adorable than in the original show, not to even mention Christa and Ymir(I will watch any show where those two are a couple). So, as I expected, this show isn’t scratching the Attack on Titan itch, but it’s sort of softly rubbing it, which feels nice in its own way.
Verdict: I feel like I don’t want to enjoy it, I want a proper sequel, but I can’t help liking it.