When just watching shows as they become available on Crunchyroll or Animelab it’s difficult to keep track of how many I am actively watching. Here is a list of some of the shows that started this season that I am keeping up with after 3+ episodes.
- Alice to Zouroku (Crunchyroll)
A very fun little tale of a precocious child with the power of a god escaping her containment at a research facility and finding shelter with a Florist whose irreverence and lack of fear in the face of her power, makes him perfect for teaching her how to live in modern society.
- DanMachi: Sword Oratori (AnimeLab)
The alternative telling of the original DanMachi Anime story line, this time from the perspective of the members of the Loki Familiar. Focusing on Aiz Wallenstein and Lefiya Viridis this anime pops in and out of the story line of the first season and will likely have more tie ins as the show progresses.
- Eromanga Sensei (Crunchyroll and AnimeLab)
A fun new RomCom from A-1 studios, packed full of all the normal humor and fun that you can expect from any anime of this genre. A lighthearted story that is slowly developing the characters beyond the standard two dimensions of slapstick. The story isn’t very original, but some of the dialogue does provide an interesting insight into the culture of Light Novels and Anime in Japan.
- Love Tyrant (Crunchyroll)
Yet another RomCom, this one focusing on the various female character tropes and turning them up to ridiculous degrees. With a Death Note style of “Kiss Note” the main character is quickly caught between his Tsundere sister, a hardcore Yandere (psychopath) classmate, a goofy Cupid and several other women.
- Sakurada Reset (AnimeLab)
Time travel and mysteries. High school days are fun but with the addition of a town full of people with powers and the will to use them, High School becomes a lot more confusing. Time travel has drawbacks but with every power there is often a counterbalance to it, a pair of student with well-matched powers use them for the sake of others.
- WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? (Crunchyroll)
Humanity is all but extinct, the world is now populated by anthropomorphic races and fairies and the surface of the earth is populated by giant monsters. The last surviving human helps to protect and train the young women who fight the giant monsters. The flashbacks are more interesting than any other part of the show but the opening promises some cool fights in the later parts of the series.
- Tsuki Ga Kirei (AnimeLab)
Romance is a big thing this season. Junior High school romance is often the purest kind and the best trope of all is when two opposing types come together despite all the odds. With the aid of a sports festival and an instant messenger app, two very unlikely students find themselves drawn together through a series of small gestures and events. Beautifully drawn and animated, together makes this show an easy and fun show to enjoy.
- Grimoire of Zero
Witches, animal people and magic oh my! Grimoire of Zero is a solid fantasy comedy with an underlying dark story. The world is hunting witches at the behest of a xenophobic church and humans welcome and despise Beastfallen in equal measure. On a journey to save the world, three unlikely characters work together to travel the country in safety.
There are nearly another 10 shows that I am keeping up with this season but for anyone wanting to watch something new and is unsure where to start, the above list is a great place to start. A good mixture of adventure, comedy and romance. For any further suggestions, ask me on twitter.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly Review
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the latest film in the Dragon Ball Super series and in this film, Goku and Vegeta go up against one of the most powerful foes they’ve ever faced, Broly.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly has been one of the movies I’ve been most excited to go and see in 2019. Being a massive Dragon Ball Super fan and having thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Ball Super last year until it ended, I’ve been wanting more for months. When this movie first got announced, I was so excited to see it, that I’ve now probably watched the above trailer at least 100 times. Coming out of the cinema on the weekend, having finally watched this title, I have to say that I was very impressed with the film.
(There are spoilers in this paragraph, minor discussion of the plot) Dragon Ball Super: Broly spends of of the early parts of the film building up its plot and adding in extra lore into the Dragon Ball universe by having the audience visit Planet Vegeta in a time before Frieza blew it up. In this film we finally get some back story about the chain of events before the planet’s destruction and why Goku was sent away in a pod to begin with and why Vegeta was not on his home world during its destruction. But this film centres in and focuses on the newly introduced character of Broly. It turns out that Goku was not the only Saiyan sent in a pod away from his planet and so too was Broly. But unlike Goku, Broly was a saiyan exiled from the planet because he was identified to be too powerful to be near anyone at all. Years later he returns and is full of rage and vengeance, he wants to get even with the remaining saiyans, Goku and Vegeta.
Overall I thought that the plot of the film was generally rather good. I love when the lore of these series’ is expanded and we get more depth to the universe. But what I liked even more, was that the Broly character actually had a solid development path. The character is developed as the story progresses in a way that you don’t feel he’s just a random brute Goku and Vegeta fight. He’s got a history, he’s got his own issues and as things keep going, as an audience member I started to really like this new character of Broly. If the series did return in its usual TV format, I would be more than happy for more appearances from the Broly character in the future.
The animation in this film is probably the best I’ve seen from the series so far. Now the final episodes of The Tournament Of Power had some great animation, but this film somehow seemed to outdo what’s been in the series so far. Also comparing this film to previous Dragon Ball Super films, it’s definitely far superior than what we had previously.
Overall I was very impressed with the animation in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. I was even more impressed by how much this film expanded the lore of the Dragon Ball universe and also that it put some effort into developing Broly as a character I would love to see more of should the film return. This is definitely a film to go and see if you’re a Dragon Ball fan and as one myself, it was everything I wanted it to be. If you’re watching this, this weekend and you’ve never seen Dragon Ball before, it could still be fun but there are literally hundreds of episodes of the TV show you’ve missed out on, but possibly after seeing this you’ll want to see more from the series. If anything though, the action oriented fights should be more than enough fun for any viewer out there.
Dragon Ball Super Episode 119 Review
There Are Some Spoilers In Our Dragon Ball Super Episode 119 Review – Episode Discussion
So the 119th episode of Dragon Ball Super just aired and this week, Goku and the remaining members of Universe 7 face off against some new threats, this time from Universe 4.
I have noticed in the series arc so far, that each time a Universe was wiped out, or the episode was a little sad in the end or had a darker tone, then the following episode would be a little lighter. I think we do see that here yet again with these Universe 4 fighters. Rather than being the overpowered type, like Kefla or Ribrianne were, they were instead the more trickier type of fighter.
We see Vegeta nearly kicked off the arena early on by an invisible warrior that he can’t see or sense. It takes time for our Universe 7 warriors to figure out what’s going on and a few of them, such as Android 18, Piccolo and Gohan are hit, Gohan himself being almost knocked out of the arena.
This is where I guess Gohan and Piccolo shine the most, they fight with their mind more than the others and quickly come up with a strategy to cover everything in dust. The invisible warrior, once covered in dust is no longer invisible. This allows them to fight him and take him out quickly.
Universe 4 also tries to use some more more tricks, with an illusionist stepping up to fight Gohan and Piccolo, but they just can’t be tricked and that fighter is quickly dispatched of.
The last warrior of Universe 4 is a tiny bug that is super strong. The bug attacks Goku and 17 and actually does knock Piccolo from the arena, eliminating him from the tournament. All the fighters were initially confused, thinking it was another invisible person so they couldn’t hit them when they were near. But it was a tiny bug that was fast and hard to shoot.
17 eventually figures out how to beat the bug though and he and Goku team up and take him out rather quickly. Just like that, Universe 4 is gone.
But unlike last week’s Universe erasure, there wasn’t really a sad feeling to it. I guess Quitella isn’t really a character many would relate to and his Universe 4 fighters were much less developed than others in the past. Going away with threats to harm other people, doesn’t go down too well either. I doubt these characters will be missed, unlike Universe 6’s were last week which I think were much more loved. Universe 4 just doesn’t have many positives to any of it.
Next week’s preview sees us witness what Universe 3 and their remaining warriors can do. Judging by the narration from Gohan in the preview it might just be a big episode for him. Will he be able to win though? Or is it his time to go?
Overall, this was a more fun episode and it was really light and easy. No overpowered fights, but we did get a couple of tricks and gimmicks from Universe 4. Next week looks to be about the same as this one, I guess the big episodes will be when the fighters meet up with Jiren’s Universe yet again.
Dragon Ball Super Episode 117 Review
There Are Some Spoilers In Our Dragon Ball Super Episode 117 Review – Discussion
So episode 117 of Dragon Ball Super just went to air this week. In this one Goku is left tired and without stamina after winning his fight last week with Kefla. Now left wandering around the arena without much energy and no support, Universe 2 decides to focus in on Goku while he’s weak. Will Goku survive this one?
As is the case with much of Universe 2 who are known to focus on love for their power, love is the theme spread throughout the entirety of the episode. The theme is present in multiple scenes between various characters. It’s an interesting change of pace for a show which is usually about strength, power, courage and persistence. Which character is fighting for love the most or the most genuine love for someone else other than their own self? That’s what this episode is all about.
Before Goku is attacked, we do get to see a little bit around the arena at the moment and learn what some of the other fighters are up to. Vegeta interestingly is no longer fighting Toppo and has now encountered the character we’ve seen in a few episodes now that has a very special suit. Interestingly Vegeta tries to see if he can activate Goku’s Ultra Instinct power on his own while battling his opponent, but he isn’t able to do it. I guess this scenes does dispell any thought that fans might have that Vegeta has another transformation beyond blue and also it proves he is no where near Ultra Instinct just yet. But maybe one day might. Although his opponent lands a few punches, he’s no match and Vegeta seems easily able to deal with him.
Just before the androids come in to save Goku from Universe 2, we see a scene between 17 and 18. 17 notices that her leg is wounded and starts to help her. They are both brother and sister and scene is an example of love between the siblings and follows the theme for this episode. Both 17 and 18 work together to take out both Ribrianne and Rozie and do very well together.
Much of the scenes for the fight in this episode are focused on Android 18. Ribrianne questions how she can love Krillin who is bald and not beautiful at all. But Ribrianne in her form is unable to defeat 18 and 17, with Rozie being knocked out of the match quite quickly. Eventually Ribrianne returns to her base form, Brianne. Similar to when Frieza was defeated back in the film, she’s on the ground and all is lost. But at the last moment Brianne strikes the ground and manages to land an attack on 18 called the “Big Armour” and binds her there. Ribrianne later receives some love from her friends on the sidelines, similar to how Goku gains energy for his spirit bomb and she uses it to transform into a giant being.
It’s here when things seem a little lost for 18 that she remembers what she’s is truly fighting for. Unlike she states earlier in the series that she’s doing it for the money and only for herself, it’s not her true motivation. We see 18 in her last moments gain inspiration to fight and more energy for the battle from her love for her family. This drives her forward to break out of the “Big Armour” and strike at Ribrianne. 18 shows us that her love for her her family is true and is stronger than the superficial things that Ribrianne talks about when she talks about love. The Android’s love wins out in the end and with a little help from 17, the two are able to take Ribrianne out.
With both Ribrianne and Rozie out of the tournament, there’s only a few warriors left for Universe 2 and honestly I don’t think they’re very strong at all. Things aren’t looking good for that Universe. Universe 6 only has the Namekians left, who are in battle with Gohan and Piccolo but the fight looks to be very close. I wonder what might be the result of that one?
Overall this was a nice episode with an interesting theme and message to it about love. Android 18 hasn’t really had an episode focus on her at all this tournament and hasn’t had any big moments since her time with Krillin very early on. It’s nice to see both 18 and 17 battle it out in the tournament this week. But this week’s action was no where near as intense as what we had last week with Goku v Kefla. But episode 117 has a much nicer theme to it and I’m sure many people are happy to see Ribrianne finally out of the tournament.
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