Fall 2021 Anime Season
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posted by ardgedee (6 comments total)
Isekai update: "Saihate no Paladin" is one I've been looking forward to; the MC is more or less destined to save the world but it lacks (or subverts) the usual isekai tropes without winking to the audience about it -- it's a low-key and serious story focusing on the MC's spiritual journey. "Isekai Shokudou 2 / Restaurant to Another World" is the second season of a pretty threadbare but still engaging story based in a restaurant (the one that's not Isekai Izekaya) that's a portal to another world.

Mushoku Tensei's second season, and this season should be spending less time on the main character's sexual hangups, until some time late in the arc when his sexual hangups are the only topic. Take that however you will. "Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru" is about an assassin who gets isekai'd with a mission to save the world. The manga adaptation of the LN is fairly good, but while the MC is basically a super spy, he lacks roguish charm, whether a'la James Bond or Lupin. "Shuumatsu no Harem" is your standard "traveled through time and now they want me to have a harem and I don't want to" thing where the only interesting question is whether it'll be as explicit as the manga. "Shinka no Mi: Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei" is pretty much all the isekai cliches, played for laughs without being particularly clever.

Considerably fewer isekai than the summer season, and maybe for the better because the summer season's anime were mostly not that good. Even many of the ones that should have been good, like Bakarina, felt at best like they were treading water with nowhere to go.
posted by ardgedee at 4:09 PM on September 23

One non-isekai that I'm nervously looking forward to: "Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life suru Koto ni Shimashita" -- a member of the hero's party (which is destined to save the world, natch) is fired and he decides to take an early retirement in a frontier town. The story focuses on his getting to know the people in town and finding his place there, punctuated with occasional adventures. The right studio can make this a fun slice of life tale. The wrong studio can turn it into endless tiresome fan service. So I'll be gritting my teeth over this one.
posted by ardgedee at 4:15 PM on September 23

I'm happy to see MyAnimeList is now including Chinese donghua offerings in their listings.

Wondering how much Lie Huo Jiao Chou will have been altered from the source material to get past Chinese censors. Or maybe reincarnation is forbidden only in live action adaptations.
posted by needled at 8:57 AM on September 24 [1 favorite]

This season, for me, is all about sequels and continuations. There are so many, both good and bad-but-I-like-it-anyway, that it's really crowding out the newer originals. I've got: YuYuYu 3 (I love it, but I have no idea how they keep the story going), the second half of Eighty-Six, Mushoku Tensei, and Kimetsu no Yaiba. I was going to watch Date A Live IV, but they took it off the schedule, for "various reasons". ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For new stuff, Saihate no Paladin looks pretty fresh. And, I'm not sure what to think about Ousama Ranking, but I'll give it a try. It's really hard to make a TV show with a deaf-mute as its main character. There's a near-infinite number of ways to botch the treatment. I'm going to try Shin no Nakama as well.
posted by Citrus at 7:59 PM on September 27

Hey everybody! Nice to see you all, I'm not sure how this anime discussion stuff works.... am I doing it right? LOL

I think on myanimelist people can be friends and share lists and such? If anyone wants to add I'm here.
posted by xarnop at 7:34 PM on September 30 [1 favorite]

"I'm happy to see MyAnimeList is now including Chinese donghua offerings in their listings" Me too I loved Mo Dao Zu shi, and I just found out the 3rd season finally came out AAAAH!
posted by xarnop at 7:35 PM on September 30

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