While at first it was supposed to be a sequel dominated season, surprisingly even the new series are worth watching. Is this a one-in-a-lifetime thing or it only happens at the start of every new decade? I don’t know.
As the first month of 2021 comes to a close, anime continues to thrive in spite of all the uncertainties. But for some reason the patterns stayed the same with more choices. The pandemic is still ongoing and everything is somewhat normal depending on your definition. How this season would end is still unknown since we can’t be sure of what is ahead. Let’s sit back, relax, and watch anime like we always do.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars
As most sequels go, this is a great continuation coming from an established narrative. No one is out of character and they didn’t forget their contributions to the Kingdom of Science. As the actual wars hasn’t started yet, the first 2 episodes are a good refresher. Also with a word like “wars” in the title it doesn’t feel like much is at stake. They only have one main antagonist and the appeal comes from the appreciation of the many inventions Senku makes.
Beastars Season 2
Interpersonal relationships play a big role here. Legoshi himself may act the same in the perspective of his peers but he did change where only he could understand. The awkwardness between characters (especially Haru) is still on point while Louis took a more drastic turn. I do find it interesting while two characters are introverted but their approaches are polar opposites aside from the kind of species they are.
The Promised Neverland Season 2
Having only two-thirds of the main trio present this time it still holds up to its name. The first few moments was an adjustment period for me because Norman will not be present this season. It did make up for one important detail: group dynamics. The world outside of the farm is foreign to the kids and they only have each other to survive. Emma did lose her innocence in the process as Ray became more reckless to save everyone in the group. The new demons may be friendly to the kids for now, they have something up in their sleeves.
More or less nothing has changed. As how they present it, all they do is work, work, work. Some of the comedic delivery has fallen flat at times too yet it’s doing what they can for entertainment. There’s a conflict, but it ends like it’s nothing. Not that I mean I call it bad at least. It runs on the middle line of decent to okay. Doesn’t help its spin-off also airs at the same time.
Hataraku Saibou Black
I know this sounds biased, I’m enjoying this more than the main one. There a sense of urgency that makes me wanting for more even if all of the cells are suffering. As the body here progresses into a more worsened state I can feel the connection to the characters more while their views changes adapt to the environment they’re in. One’s mindset is a reflection of the place they’re in, just like work. You may hate some characters you already know, but the external factors give a more interesting look at how the same cells react.
Wonder Egg Priority
Eggs, friendship, and saving yourself. Don’t know how I could summarize this series with its many influences from several anime. There’s even the possibility that Ai could be in a lesbian relationship. Either way, this original series became the talk of the town and it deserves that. I do want to talk more about this but it’s best to see it for yourself if you have the time. No wonder why the promotion of this was low-key in the first place.
2.43: Seiin Koukou Danshi Volley-bu
Hmm… I’m not feeling this one. There are pacing issues with the first two episodes and episode three went straight into a timeskip without any notice. It’s like we get to know the two members of the team but forgot the other members since the title is supposed to take place in high school. What is notable is they’re trying to have its own identity at least. Mixed feelings at the moment, even though the high school team looks way more fun than Chika and Yuni’s relationship.
I can see this becoming a gateway into the romance genre. It has familiar tropes and still makes it fresh. The progress is natural while there is some drama on the way to make things spicy, I don’t feel tired of it. I know it is named after Hori-san and Miyamura-kun but it would be nice if there was an alternate route where the guy goes with Ishikawa-kun. That’s just me. There are a number of scenes that imply that. But for a typical anime couple, they are good in their own way.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou (2020)
This second half is brutal. It holds no punches at all and I wish Rika to have a good ending even if it’s not always the case given the story’s structure and premise. One grave mistake I made is the fact that the current arc now shows events from past seasons (Plus episode 2 was the biggest hint) and this is the first time I’m experiencing Higurashi. I do not know if I could have the time to get enough context by watching them and it is a rollercoaster of emotions. Still, Rika has had enough already.
So far, the seasonal habit of keeping up is still here for now. If there was a chance I could actually do something for a change I will do it once the opportunity comes.
Are there any shows you liked this season? Let me know in the comments!