Episode 13.5 – The Recap

 It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to blog here on Unsheathed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching any anime. On the contrary, over the past couple weeks I’ve been working my way through shows like Taylor Swift works through boyfriends, and I’m definitely excited for what’ll be coming down the pipeline for you guys. In the meantime tho, here’s what I’ve been watching!

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable

Jojo’s is the kind of show that I’d wanted to see my entire life but didn’t know I wanted to see it until I saw it. I’m not sure exactly what makes it so up my alley: maybe it’s the action, the hamminess of the acting, the epic-yet-wacky storyline, but something about it just feels so genuinely good that I can’t put it down. Part 4 is definitely the craziest the show has been yet, but it still maintains that classic Saturday-morning charm. Jotaro and friends are squad goals for real, and at Episode 23, I’m really enjoying the way the series is shaping up, and it truly does stand on its own as the next chapter in the Jojo’s franchise. Here’s hoping it doesn’t end like Stardust Crusaders.

Future Diary

Gonna be real here: came for the yandere, stayed for the yandere. Future Diary is hard to describe. Part mystery, part battle royale, part romance, part slice-of-life, it wears so many hats that it’s hard to discern the core of the show. That, I think, is part of its charm. You’re never sure where the show will go next, so the ride it takes you on keeps you guessing. It’s not an easy show to get into by any means: there is a LOT of blood and death, as well the occasional uncensored nip-slip. My main gripe about the show was the main character, Yukiteru, who doesn’t quite grow as much as I feel he could have. While not as bad as say, The Lost Village, Future Diary is definitely an acquired taste.

Attack on Titan Season 2

As one of my most anticipated anime of the summer, I’m glad to say that season 2 of Attack of the Giant Naked People hasn’t disappointed me yet. I was worried that its 12-episode span wouldn’t keep me as hyped as the original series, but boy if this season hasn’t been a doozy to watch! Titans, beasts, transformations, oh my! Eren and friends are feeling those growing pains, and this arc has definitely had the meat of character development that I’ve been craving from this series for a long time. The roller-coaster isn’t over yet, and it looks like the final drop will be an awesome one.

My Hero Academia Season 2

One-Punch Man, One-Punch Man, wherefore art thou One-Punch Man? In the meantime, My Hero Academia has been satisfying my emotional need for superhero punchy-punchy action goodness, and doing it in a great way. I seem to have an obsession with anime that remind me of Saturday morning cartoons, something I should probably see a therapist about, but that only serves to highlight how satisfying the series has been. From the development of Midoriya into a strong hero-to-be to the interesting growth of Todoroki, the show has kept me cheering and crying way more than I should for a shounen. Like organic noodles spiked with Red Bull, MHA has felt very natural in its progression, but when it kicks into high gear it really gets going. Here’s to the students of Class A! 😃

Berserk 2016 Season 2

The further along I get into Berserk, the more I realize that I need to watch the original Berserk in order to truly appreciate with this new one is doing. Animation quality has been up and down, but story and action are still really enticing. I love the world, the characters, and especially the struggles of Guts and Casca. Few anime have given me the feeling of being part of a grand epic, and so far Berserk has come the closest in giving me that fully-immersed fantasy world feel. It’s bloody. It’s gritty. It fully embraces being a dark epic. And that’s what makes it amazing.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

When I’m not watching a shounen or some action-heavy beat-em-up, I enjoy watching slice-of-life. Barakamon, Silver Spoon, and now Grimgar. ”But Sam!”, you might ask in a voice oddly similar to that of my own, “I thought Grimgar was a fantasy anime about kids fighting and stuff!” You would be right! Partially. While Grimgar does deal with the whole trapped-in-a-fantasy-world trope that is so popular nowadays, it focuses more on the characters, their interactions with one another, and their development as a group than it does with them working their way through the world. Characters are the focus here, which is why I think of it as a fantasy slice-of-life, that just happens to have monster battles. It’s been a nice relaxing show for me, especially after a session of Future Diary, and I’m looking forward to finishing it.

Death Note

I did it. I finally did it. I finally caved and powered my way through this modern classic, and I’m so glad I did. From a random Netflix pull to a cozy place near the fires of my heart, I can’t sing the praises of Death Note enough. You’ve probably already seen it, so you know the basic premise, but I do have to say that its execution was phenomenal. From Light’s motivation and planning to the cunning of L and his plans to locate Kira, even the twists and turns in the story all felt natural. There’s a reason people view this as a classic, and it’s definitely one of my favorite philosophical anime.

 

And that’s all she wrote! Or well, at least for now. Look forward to some more diverse and exciting posts here on Unsheathed in the future, based on these anime and more. I’m always up for more suggestions, so let me know which anime you’re watching and what you’d like to see me talk about here on the blog!

Sam

I'm a student who loves God and manages to balance school, games, books, anime, and Asian culture while staying slightly sane.