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When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

When Will Ayumu Make His Move? anime series cover art
When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

Series Overview

When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru / それでも歩は寄せてくる) is a romantic comedy anime about shogi. Souichirou Yamamoto is the original creator. He also made Takagi-san and Kunoichi Tsubaki. If you liked either of those series, you’ll probably like this one too.

Though, that’s not to say When Will Ayumu Make His Move? is exactly the same as those series. Takagi-san is more about the comedy. And Kunoichi Tsubaki is more about the large cast of cute girls. By comparison, this series is more of a standard rom-com slice of life series.

The premise of the series is that a male high school student joins the shogi club because the president is cute. He then finds out they’re the only two members of the club. And his plan is to confess to her once he eventually defeats her in Shogi.

Urushi and Ayumu dancing from the OP of the anime series When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
Urushi and Ayumu dancing from the OP

Now, the big issue with When Will Ayumu Make His Move? is that the OP is the best part of the anime. Other than the dance that’s in it, it’s not a particularly great OP. It’s good. And yet, it’s still the best part of the anime.

Of Yamamoto’s 3 series with anime adaptations, this is the weakest. Takagi-san is funnier. And I enjoyed Kunoichi Tsubaki more because of its cast. What this series has going for it over those two, though, is that the female lead is cuter than Takagi and Tsubaki. Urushi is simply the superior main girl.

When Will Ayumu Make His Move? also doesn’t feel like it should have a particularly long story. The manga only began publishing and is still ongoing. But, it felt like the story could have wrapped up within one anime season. It did not — more on that later.

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Main Characters

Ayumu Tanaka is the titular character of the series. At the start, he’s a first-year student who intended on joining the kendo club. But, after seeing Urushi handing out flyers for the shogi club, he decided to join. Also, while he won’t confess until he beats Urushi, he doesn’t hide his feelings.

Urushi “Shogi-senpai” Yaotome is the president of the shogi “club.” It’s not actually a club, though, because clubs need 4 members. Her goal is to gain more members and share her love of shogi with others. She’s also very concerned with keeping up appearances as the president.

Takeru Kakuryuu is the third (ghost) member of the shogi club. He signs up for the club to help Ayumu and Urushi gain official club status. But, he doesn’t actually participate in the club because he’s busy on “library duty” after school.

Urushi and Ayumu from the anime series When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
Urushi and Ayumu

Sakurako Migake is the reason Takeru spends his after-school time in the library. She’s the one actually on library duty. Takeru just sits in there with her to keep her company. Sakurako is a soft-spoken girl who enjoys reading books and spending time with Takeru. She also has the same voice actor as Mokuren, my favorite character from Kunoichi Tsubaki.

Rin Kagawa is Ayumu’s and Takeru’s kouhai from middle school. The three of them were in the kendo club together there. When she gets into the same high school as her senpai, she’s surprised to find that neither of them is doing kendo.

The final character I want to mention is Maki. She’s not all that important, as you may be able to tell by her lack of a surname. But, she’s Urushi’s best friend and a good character. Notably, Maki is not flat. Also, she’s voiced by Kana Hanazawa, one of my favorite voice actors.

The Handicap Twist

This is the part of the review where I spoil the ending of the anime. As I mentioned earlier, I felt that the anime could have come to a neat conclusion with this one season. But, that’s not the direction it went in.

I don’t know if there’s going to be another season. Takagi-san has 3 seasons and a movie so far. So, it’s possible that this series gets a second season. But, even if it does, I wasn’t a fan of how the season ended.

You see, throughout the whole series, it was building up to Ayumu confessing. This wasn’t just a confession that would eventually happen. We knew the prerequisites and Ayumu was making progress toward this end goal. Everything was in place for the confession to come at the end of the season. But, then, it didn’t.

Urushi with her hair up in a ponytail from the anime series When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
Urushi with her hair up in a ponytail

Why didn’t the confession happen? Did Ayumu fail to defeat Urushi? No. He beat her. The reason it didn’t happen is that Urushi was, apparently, playing with a handicap. Ayumu only wants to confess to her once he beats her fair and square — he’s always said that.

So, what’s the issue? If Ayumu didn’t beat her fair and square, there was never going to be a confession. Well, yes. However, throughout the series, Ayumu always declined to play a handicapped Urushi. So, the reveal that she was playing handicapped at the end was a slap in the face.

It went against everything that had been happening leading up to that moment. And I’m not sure what the justification for this ending is. Even if the confession happened, that doesn’t have to mean the end of the series. It would have been a better ending to the season, that’s all.

Conclusion

When Will Ayumu Make His Move? is a 6/10. It’s an enjoyable anime. But, I wouldn’t say it’s anything particularly special. The only thing differentiating it from all the other rom-coms out there is that it involves shogi. It’s not really about shogi, though.

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Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13

Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13

Expanding the Forger Family

Spy x Family is back with the first episode of Part 2. This may be an unpopular opinion, but Episode 13 was better than the entirety of Part 1 in every way. Even before we got to the actual content of the episode, it was better.

The OP for Part 2 is infinitely better than the OP for Part 1. I know people like the song for the first OP. But, I’m going to say that the song for the second OP is better. Also, the visuals for the new OP are leagues better. It’s not even close.

As for the content itself, Episode 13 picks up where Episode 12 left off. After receiving her Stella Star, Anya chooses a dog as her reward. So, in this episode, the Forgers go to look at dogs to adopt. And at first, Loid tries to get Anya to adopt a spy guard dog.

Anya looking at dogs to adopt from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13
Anya looking at dogs to adopt

I can understand why Anya wasn’t too thrilled with the options at the first pet store. All the dogs were muscular and looked aggressive — not exactly what she’s looking for. But, it was a bit surprising that she wasn’t interested in them at all.

After all, these are dogs trained by spies. Isn’t that exciting enough for her? Surely she knew that since she can read her father’s mind, right? I guess since her father is a spy already, a spy dog isn’t as exciting to her now.

In the end, Loid has to go on a secret mission to the bathroom and tells Yor and Anya to go on without him. This is the part of the episode I saw a lot of people talking about online. Anya saves the day with an assist. But, was it really that funny?

The Yor Content We Needed

Maybe I’m a killjoy, but Anya cursing isn’t enough to make me call this episode good. Up until that point (other than the OP), it was an alright episode. What made it a good episode is everything that came after Anya’s assist.

And one thing I liked, in particular, was that we got a fair amount of Yor content. One of my biggest complaints with Part 1 of the series is that Yor didn’t feel like a main character. Anya and Loid were the main characters, and Yor was a supporting character.

She had an episode or 2 in which she shined. But, other than that, she was always just the stepmother. To an extent, that’s still true. When interacting with Loid and Anya, Yor acts like an outsider. In reality, though, she’s known them almost as long as they’ve known each other.

Yor telling Anya not to leave the area with the dogs from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13
Yor telling Anya not to leave the area with the dogs

Anyway, the pet fair was a chance for Yor to shine. With Loid out of the picture, we got to see Yor and Anya interacting more here than in most of Part 1. But, the highlight was once Anya disappeared and Yor was on her own.

We’ve seen before that Yor is overly protective of Anya. Loid is protective of Anya, as well. But, he’s protective in a normal parent way. Yor lets her imagination run wild and then has an equally extreme response. At first, she thinks a dog ate Anya. Then, after realizing that’s unlikely, she determines someone kidnapped Anya to marry her.

I’m not a huge fan of the fact that Yor’s an airhead. We already have Anya to fill that role. But, I’ll admit it can lead to entertaining moments, like Yor looking for Anya from the ceiling. Loid would never.

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Return of Starlight Anya

Before I get to my favorite part of the episode, I feel I should discuss the dog. I know the dog’s name. But, I’m not going to spoil it since we haven’t learned it in the anime yet. For now, he’ll continue to be “the dog.”

The dog fits right in with the rest of the Forgers because he has a secret. He can see into the future — at least a little bit. And he seems to be aware that Anya can read his mind because he communicates with her in this way.

Perhaps he knows about Anya’s power thanks to his own future sight. I have no idea. But, on top of his future sight, he’s also very intelligent. At least, that’s what we’re told. He didn’t seem all that smart when he was running in circles instead of away from the terrorists.

Anya riding a dog from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13
Anya riding a dog

So, what was the best part of the episode, to me? Well, after the terrorists corner Anya and the dog, Yor comes to their rescue. And let me tell you, this was the one part of the episode that actually made me laugh.

Of course, I expected Yor to beat up the bad guys and save the day. That’s what she does when Anya’s in danger. What I wasn’t expecting was for Yor to cause the one terrorist to bounce around the alley like a rubber ball. Okay, Anya cursing came out of nowhere too. But, I think this was way better.

Physical comedy translates better than verbal comedy (when subtitled). I’m sure Anya’s assist would be better in a dub because I’d actually hear it. The language doesn’t matter when I see Yor go Looney Toons on some random guy, though. It’s funny beyond the shock value.

Conclusion

What do you think of Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13? What part of the episode was your favorite? Which of the buff guard dogs would you choose? And, do you prefer Yor or Loid content? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 269

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 269

What’s Up With Hana-sensei?

We have some interesting stuff to discuss this week. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 269 had quite a few twists. The first twist I want to discuss has to do with Hana-sensei. In my Episode 268 review, I discounted her as a suspect because she was too suspicious.

But, right at the start of Episode 269, I changed my mind about that. After her students visit the hospital, Hana-sensei comments on having memory loss. As soon as she said this, I immediately thought it must mean she was being controlled. That would explain everything.

Unfortunately, we don’t actually have to theorize about this anymore. The preview for the next episode confirmed that this is the case. I would have really liked it if the preview didn’t confirm this. I mean, now I can’t act all smug about my prediction when we see the reveal next week.

Hana-sensei recovering in the hospital from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 269
Hana-sensei recovering in the hospital

Now, while we know Hana-sensei is being controlled, we don’t know by whom. And, we also don’t know why — which might be a bit unexpected. Obviously, whoever’s controlling her wants to assassinate Kae, right? Well, not exactly. We have no proof Hana-sensei’s involved in that.

We know that one of the ministers in the Land of Bamboo went down for being the mastermind. And we know the masked assassin going after Kae’s life was not Hana-sensei. There’s no evidence pointing toward Hana-sensei’s involvement. At this point, we don’t know anything about what’s going on with Hana-sensei.

It’s implied that the notes, explosive tags, and masked assassin are all linked. But if Hana-sensei isn’t connected to those, then what has she been doing this whole time? It’s impossible to even come up with a theory at this point. But, I suspect it has to do with Kawaki, not Kae.

Batora Exonerated

Okay, so Batora was my prime suspect at the end of last week’s episode. We didn’t hear much about him for a bit other than that he wasn’t at the school festival. And, that was a very suspicious detail. Why wouldn’t he be at the school festival?

As it turns out, I was wrong to suspect him. Batora is not the masked assassin. In fact, he attempts to protect Kae from the assassin in this episode. But, I actually realized my error in suspecting him before this reveal happened.

So, to set the stage allow me to point out that I was correct about something at the very least. Last week, I pointed out that Sōsha’s pictures from the school festival were going to be important. That’s the only thing I got right though. Her pictures weren’t important in the way I thought they would be.

Himawari and Kawaki finding a picture of Batora at the school festival from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 269
Himawari and Kawaki finding a picture of Batora at the school festival

I assumed she unknowingly caught the assassin in one of her pictures. And Himawari and Kawaki had the same idea as I did. But, that’s not what happened. Instead, Batora was in one of the pictures at the school festival.

Upon seeing this, Kawaki and Himawari assumed it must mean he was the assassin. However, I saw it a different way. To me, that picture of Batora wasn’t evidence that he was the assassin. Instead, it was evidence to the contrary. He’d have to be the world’s worst assassin to get caught as he did.

It was so obvious that he was looking at someone while trying not to be seen. And it’s not that he was hiding in general. He was only hiding from the person he was looking at. So, he didn’t mind if other people saw him there.

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Mystery of the Assassin

Now, it’s time to get into the really interesting stuff from the episode. We don’t know who the masked assassin is because they killed themself in an explosion. The state of their body after the blast made them unrecognizable — which was the whole point.

But, the identity of the assassin isn’t the mystery I want to discuss. Instead, I want to discuss the jutsu they used when fighting against Kawaki. It was a jutsu we’ve never seen before. It looked like blue fire. But, it also destroyed a tree without burning it.

So, what exactly was this jutsu? Well, we don’t know. But, we can use some clues from the episode to figure out a bit about it. For starters, let’s look at the hand signs used by the masked assassin. Certain hand signs are associated with certain types of jutsu.

The masked assassin revealing their trump card from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 269
The masked assassin revealing their trump card

In case you aren’t aware, there are 12 basic hand signs used for jutsu — and a lot of other random ones. These 12 hand signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Bird, Dog, and Boar. You may recognize these as the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.

So, what hand signs did the masked assassin use to produce this jutsu? They used Tiger-Dog-Snake-Tiger. What does that tell us? It tells us that despite not burning the tree, this is a Fire-style jutsu. We know that because it ends with the Tiger sign.

Now, I’m hoping we learn more about this mystery jutsu. We don’t know what it’s called or where it comes from. Even though the assassin is dead, we could still get answers. Whoever’s controlling Hana-sensei may have some connection to the assassin still. If that’s the case, maybe they can use this jutsu too.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 269? Why do you think someone is controlling Hana-sensei? Did you ever suspect Batora of being the assassin? And what are your thoughts on the jutsu used by the masked assassin? Let me know in the comments.

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 114

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 114

Hawks and Twice

At first, I was hoping that My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 114 would be a recap episode. That way, I wouldn’t have had to review it today. But, after watching the episode, I’m glad we got some real content. It was a good episode — mostly because it focused on the pro heroes.

The episode starts off with Hawks and Twice at the Paranormal Liberation Front’s HQ. Because Hawks is one of the top pro heroes, the villains don’t exactly trust him. And so, it’s Twice’s job to keep an eye on Hawks.

Of course, the villains are right to be suspicious of him. After all, Hawks is actually working as a double agent for the Hero Association.

Anyway, while he’s talking to Twice, we get to hear what Hawks is really thinking about the whole situation. And he has some very interesting thoughts I want to discuss.

Hawks talking to Twice from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 114
Hawks talking to Twice

First of all, Hawks confirms that Twice is one of the most dangerous villains of the organization. Now that he’s overcome his mental disorder, there’s nothing holding Twice back. If he wanted to, he could make an infinite army of himself. Twice alone could conquer the country.

Second, there’s how Hawks is talking about Twice in his mind. When we hear his thoughts, they’re not in the present tense. He thinks things like “I knew that you were good-natured.” The implication here is that we’re getting Hawks’ thoughts from the future. And it seems that Twice is no longer around in that future.

If Hawks thought “I know that you were good-natured,” it would mean Twice used to be good-natured but is bad now. The fact that he thinks “I knew…” tells me that something happened to Twice. My prediction is that Hawks will end up killing him.

The Heroes’ Two-Pronged Attack

The Paranormal Liberation Front’s plan is to launch a large-scale attack across Japan. I don’t remember how many members the organization has, so let’s say it’s 100,000. They plan to have all 100,000 members launch attacks across the country at the same exact time.

By doing this, there will be too much chaos for the pro heroes to stop. I don’t know how many pro heroes there are, either. But, I’m pretty confident that there aren’t nearly as many of them as there are members of the PLF.

We also need to keep in mind that every member of the PLF has a quirk. And while a strong hero such as Endeavor could take down large numbers of grunts, they’re not all grunts. There are some very powerful members of the PLF, such as the former League of Villains members.

Endeavor confronting Dr. Garaki in the hospital from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 114
Endeavor confronting Dr. Garaki in the hospital

In an attempt to stop these mass attacks before they begin, the Hero Association makes the first move. They decide to launch a two-pronged attack on the PLF’s headquarters and a hospital. The hospital doubles as the lab of Dr. Garaki, an ally of All-for-One. Recently, he’s been helping Shigaraki and the villains.

Since this is such an important operation, it involves a lot of pro heroes. There are easily hundreds of them taking part across both attacks. And to back up the pro heroes, the students with provisional hero licenses are there too.

Most of the hero class students are supporting the pros from the backline. They’re doing things like helping evacuate civilians from the surrounding areas. That’s an important duty because it will allow the pro heroes to go all out against the PLF. But, 4 students are stationed at the front: Kaminari, Tokoyami, Honenuki, and Komori.

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Raid on the Hospital

The raid on Dr. Garaki’s hospital and lab was the highlight of the episode. Obviously, this was the part of the episode with all the action. But, that’s not the only reason it was good. I liked seeing how the pro heroes went about doing their job.

According to the heroes’ intelligence, Dr. Garaki is quirkless. I know I said it would be odd for someone who’s quirkless to be a member of the PLF. But, remember, Dr. Garaki is first and foremost a follower of All-for-One.

Now, what I thought was cool about this part is that the heroes didn’t solely rely on their intelligence. Yes, it said Dr. Garaki is quirkless. But, they’re not taking any chances. Eraser Head immediately uses his quirk-canceling quirk on the doctor. And, what do you know? It appears he had a quirk after all.

Mirko breaking into Dr. Garaki's lab from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 114
Mirko breaking into Dr. Garaki’s lab

As for the action, that primarily came from Mirko, everyone’s favorite bunny girl. So far, I don’t have a strong opinion on Mirko. I know a lot of people love her, though. And from this episode and the preview for next week, it seems like she’s going to be in the spotlight.

By the end of this arc, I may be a Mirko fanboy as well. But, for now, I’m a Rock Lock fan. And you can bet I was pumped when he showed up for a few seconds in this episode. I’ve said it before, but Rock Lock has a very cool quirk that I want to see more of.

Anyway, Mirko goes on ahead of the other heroes in the hospital to find the secret lab. And find it she does. She breaks through the door right as the real Dr. Garaki is about to make his escape.

Conclusion

What do you think of the first episode of My Hero Academia Season 6? Do you think Twice will survive to the end of the season? Will the heroes’ two-pronged attack on the PLF be successful? And are you already a Mirko fanboy (or girl)? Let me know in the comments.

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DoubleSama’s Fall 2022 Watchlist

DoubleSama’s Fall 2022 Watchlist

Introduction to Fall 2022

There are a lot of anime airing during the fall 2022 season. How many? I don’t know. And I’m not going to count. But, I do know that I plan to watch 11 “new” anime airing during the season.

By “new” anime, I mean seasonal anime starting in October. Of course, I’m going to continue watching and reviewing Boruto each week. But, that’s a continuous anime, not a seasonal anime. So, don’t worry, there won’t be any more Boruto talk in this article.

Today, I want to go over the 11 fall anime I plan to watch. I’ll give a vague overview of each one (I know pretty much nothing about some of them). And, I’ll also give my initial impression of them. Then, at the end of the season when I do my reviews of the anime, we can laugh at how wrong my first impressions were.

Fall 2022 seasonal anime cover art collage
Fall 2022 seasonal anime

4-nin wa Sorezore Uso wo Tsuku

I’m going through these anime in alphabetical order (Japanese titles). So, 4-nin wa Sorezore Uso Wo Tsuku is first. At this moment, it doesn’t seem to have an official English title. But, “Four People and Their Respective Lies” is one translation.

Basically, there are four girls who each have a secret they keep from the others. One girl is an alien, who dresses like a WWII general, for some reason. Another is a ninja. The third is a psychic. And the final girl has the darkest secret of all — she cross-dresses as a boy.

Or, maybe she’s a boy who cross-dresses as a girl? Based on the trailer, I assume it’s the former. But, I don’t know.

Anyway, it’s a slice of life comedy series aimed at the shounen demographic. I don’t expect it to be anything too special. But, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be bad, either.

Akiba Maid War

Akiba Maid War has the potential to be a terrible anime. I haven’t watched the trailer, and I don’t think I will. I want to go into the series almost entirely blind. So, all I know is the general synopsis.

It’s about a girl who wants to be a cute maid (so far so good) and so she applies to work at a maid cafe known as the Pig Hut. I don’t know if that’s supposed to mean the maids who work there are ugly. But, the fact that people call this maid cafe the Pig Hut definitely piqued my interest.

The real name of the cafe is Ton Tokoton. That’s probably where the name Pig Hut comes from. But, I like to think there’s going to be some sort of twist.

Bocchi the Rock!

Bocchi the Rock! sounds like a cross between Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu and K-On! It’s about a girl named Hitori who has no friends, but who’s learning to play the guitar. She then joins a band and makes friends in the process.

I’m going to make a bold prediction and say that I’ll be rating this series as a 5/10 by the time it ends. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be all that unique. But, I can’t always be reviewing good anime — that would get boring.

Oh, and the four main girls of the series don’t have particularly interesting designs. So, what’s going to make this series stand out? It’s music? Or maybe nothing.

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My Hero Academia Season 6

I can’t say I’m particularly looking forward to watching My Hero Academia Season 6. I’ve given most of the seasons pretty high scores so far. But, my primary enjoyment of the series comes from discussing the various quirks. I don’t care much about the plot — or at all about the main characters.

With that said, I plan to review new episodes of My Hero Academia on Saturdays throughout the fall season.

I don’t think there’s much else I need to say about MHA at this point. We all know what it is. If you’re a fan of the series, hopefully, you’ll come back for my episode reviews once they begin. It looks like the first episode airs tomorrow (October 1). But, that may be a recap episode, in which case there won’t be a review.

Chainsaw Man

Surprisingly, I know very little about Chainsaw Man. I know everyone has their own favorite girl. And I know the four options are Power, Makima, Kobeni, and Reze. So, based on that alone, I can safely assume it’s a harem rom-com like Rent-a-Girlfriend.

Okay, so I know it’s not actually a harem rom-com. It’s an action series. But, I’ve never seen or heard anyone talking about it in that way. They’re always only arguing over who the best girl is. And based on these arguments I’ve witnessed, I don’t know who my pick will be.

Power is a poor man’s Zero Two. Makima seems like she’ll dominate me. And I have no idea what the difference between Kobeni and Reze is. I think one of them wants to be dominated, which is cool. So I guess that means the other one must be the vanilla option.

I have pretty high expectations for this series because of the hype. Let’s see if it lives up to them. Oh, and I’ll be reviewing new episodes every Thursday.

Do It Yourself!!

Do It Yourself!! is a “cute girls doing cute things” slice of life comedy anime about girls doing DIY projects. I don’t know what the run time of the episodes is. But, it kind of sounds like a short to me. I’ll be a bit surprised if it’s a full-length series.

This is also another one that I’m not expecting much from. It’ll probably end up in the 4-6/10 range. And, you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that.

I also need to point out that the name of one of the girls is Juliet Queen Elizabeth VIII. Best girl already confirmed?

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To Your Eternity Season 2

To Your Eternity was one of my favorite anime from 2021. So, I have some pretty high expectations for To Your Eternity Season 2. But, I know nothing about what this season of the series is going to cover. And, since I’m going to be reviewing the episodes every Monday, I want to keep it that way.

In case you aren’t familiar, the series follows Fushi, an immortal being. Fushi has the ability to take on different forms. Specifically, he can take the form of living things that have left an impression on him.

Mob Psycho 100 III

I don’t really remember how Mob Psycho 100 II ended. I kind of feel like it ended at a decent stopping point. But, I’ll still gladly take more Mob content. Whatever Mob, Reigen, and Dimple get up to next, I’m sure it will be entertaining.

What’s a bit surprising to me about this season is how much competition Mob Psycho 100 III is going to have. If it came out last year, I’m sure a lot of people would have called it anime of the year. But, even if we only look at fall anime, it has some stiff competition this year.

Chainsaw Man is the obvious competitor. But, I think the next anime on this list is the dark horse that could take the crown.

Pui Pui Molcar: Driving School

My prediction for the best anime of the season — and the entire year — is Pui Pui Molcar: Driving School. This is a criminally underrated and underappreciated series. Pui Pui Molcar was my pick for the best anime of 2021. And I can’t wait for it to earn that title 2 years in a row.

For those who don’t know, Pui Pui Molcar is a stop-motion animated series with 2-minute episodes. It’s about molcars. What are molcars? I’m glad you asked. Molcars are guinea pigs that evolved to resemble cars.

I know the series might sound stupid. But, trust me. It has way more character than most other anime. And even though it uses stop-motion animation, the animation is surprisingly clean.

So far, we have 12 Pui Pui Molcar emotes/stickers in the DoubleSama Discord server. I’m looking forward to adding more from this new season. And, I even have a Molcar figure on the way, in case you were doubting my commitment to the series.

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Spy x Family Part 2

I’m going to say it, Spy x Family is overrated. I’m sure Spy x Family Part 2 is going to be good. But, I’m also pretty confident that it’s not going to be as good as people claim. Because of that, I’m not looking forward to this season of the series all that much.

Unfortunately (for me), I’m planning to review new Spy x Family episodes every Tuesday. I considered dropping it from my weekly review schedule. But, there’s not exactly another anime airing this season that I’d want to replace it with. So, I’m stuck with it.

However, I also know that it’s a popular series. I’m sure there will be some people who are glad I’m reviewing the episodes weekly. If that’s you, remember to like those reviews so I know they’re worth making.

Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura is one of the classics. The original series began airing back in 1981 and has 195 episodes. I planned to watch that (and I still might, eventually). But, now that this reboot is happening, I can hold off on watching the original.

While I haven’t seen the original series, I am familiar with it. And from what I remember, Lum, the female lead, was the first tsundere anime girl. That’s right, this is the series that started it all. We wouldn’t have tsundere queens like Asuka from Evangelion or Rin from Fate without Lum.

Also, if you’re familiar with To LOVE-Ru, you’ll probably notice some similarities. To LOVE-Ru is pretty much just a modern version of Urusei Yatsura. The whole situation with Rito and Lala is based on Ataru and Lum.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to watching this Urusei Yatsura reboot. And while I did consider adding it to my weekly review schedule, I didn’t want to commit to 46 episode reviews.

Conclusion

As always, I may end up adding other anime to my watch list as the series progresses. I’m not going to update this article if that happens. But, you’ll find out when I write reviews of the anime I watched at the end of the season.

What anime are you planning to watch this season? Are you watching any of the series I plan to watch? Let me know in the comments. And also let me know which anime you predict will be the best of the season.

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