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Five Anime I REally Want to Re-watch

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The fact that I have seen a least a few dozens memes related to this topic tells me that we are well into that phase of quarantine. Ya know, the one where everyone has tried all of the new stuff that people said they were going to do and has gone back to just re-watching their favorite shows. Yeah, well, I never really tried to much new stuff. In fact, this last season is probably the most amount of new anime I have consumed at one time. I know, I know, fake fan, I get.

But, hey, that’s kind of just who I am, I really like what I am already comfortable with, so for today, I thought I would go over some of the shows I am most excited to Re-watch in the near future. With that being said, lets get started.

Toradora!

“Toradora” is one that I have already started on again and, if I am being completely honest, I am not exactly sure why. At least so far, the show has the same decent qualities I vaguely remember. However, I can’t help but feel I was spurred on by a bit of leftover high school nostalgia and the legacy that the show has with long time anime fans. Like, do not get me wrong, there is plenty there worth watching again, but this is probably the series I want to re-watch the least at of these five if for no other reason than I am not sure how I will end up feeling about it on the other side.

Log Horizon

On the other hand, “Log Horizon” is a series that I have been meaning to re-visit for a long time now, as it is one of my favorite series of all time. The series was one of the first to come out of the early Isekai boom that followed the immense success of “Sword Art Online,” but had significantly more of a focus on worldbuilding and politics that I found to be much more interesting. It is a series that dares to questions fundamentally aspects of living and how those things work inside this video game world, something that a lot of modern Isekai do not even attempt, let alone succeed at. Plus, with the latest season just about to wrap up, and me having watched none of it, there will be a nice little surprise at the end.

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The Toaru Series

A lot of this list could just be boiled down to “x series has new material, therefore I would like to re-watch said series for full context” and it would be entirely true. However, the “Toaru” series is also a franchise that is just a lot of fun. Its confusing system of “magic” vs “science” powers combined with the weird jumps from the main character to side stories about other areas of the city makes it so that there is so much going on all at once. Like, its not good, but it does have its moments. Also, hot take, “Railgun” is significantly better than “Index,” just sayin’.

Psycho-Pass

If I were to do an anime studio tier list, which, in all likelihood, I probably will at some point, expect production I.G. to be fairly high up on that list. It will be for a number of reasons, obviously, but one of the big ones will be “Psycho-Pass,” a show that explores the ideas of criminal justice from the perspective of a futuristic society in which people are judged by a system that gives them a number from a gun based on how likely they are to commit crime. This show has a lot of re-watch value because of how intense some of its best moments are and also because with each passing day I am reminded of just how important this show’s message really is.

*stares in George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and literally hundreds of other names have died at the hands of cops who only saw them as a crime*

America is kind of an awful country, huh…well that’s a separate post entirely.

Re:Creators

While there is not as much a focus on world-building, much like “Log Horizon,” “Re:Creators” questions fundamental assumptions about how its own world even works. Rather than hold your hand through some boring plot, it presents the idea that creators, i.e., novelists, video game creators, mangaka and the like are gods, and that their creations have now come to this world for some undisclosed purpose. For some that might not sound like the most original idea, but the series presents it in a way that makes it a matter of literal life and death.


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The Lion Cub Can Grow Again: Season One Episode Seven

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Welcome back, friends, to my March Comes in Like a Lion re-watch/analysis. In the last episode, Rei explains how events led to the present, and his current feelings of isolation and stagnation. The show had also revealed in episode five a lot of the emotional, physical, and possibly even sexual abuse Rei’s adopted sister Kyoko had been putting him through while they were living together. Also, Hina has a crush and can’t deal with actually talking to him.

Arguably the most important part of the episode in terms of character development comes during “Child of God (Part Three),” where Rei talks to Hina’s crush and middle school baseball star, Yuusuke. It is here where Rei is surprised to learn that Yuusuke knows who he is. After, Yuusuke recognizes Rei as a professional Shogi player since middle school, he asks him why it is Rei decided to go back to high school. Previously, Rei’s teacher Takashi had pondered with him on this same subject, noting that Rei didn’t need to come to school to learn, and thus deducing that he must have come for connections.

When answering Yuusuke, Rei more or less says the same thing, emphasizing that he didn’t want to run away and then have regrets.

Its important to note that Rei also says that this encounter also made him feel a lot more comfortable, and that getting to talk to Yuusuke helped him understand and deal with his own feelings a little better. which makes sense. People often feel better talking about there problems to those who they do not know very well, because it take away any feeling of judgement from those they care about.

The next part of the episode happens after both Yuusuke and Rei both agree to meet again on Saturday with Hina. Hina is, of course, extremely nervous about having her crush over, but nonetheless it happens. It is here where Rei has another interesting experience. Yuusuke shows Rei a video of him playing live on TV, to which Hina and Momo respond with surprise, as they did not know he was a professional player. Yuusuke asks him about a match which he had lost, and why he made the move that was a losing move. Rei, aware that the move he made was in fact a losing one, again answers honestly.

However, what sets Rei off into one of his most emotional displays in the series so far is when Nikaidou, acting as a commentator, yells at him to “treat him and his Shogi better.” Rei then proceeds to yell at Nikaidou through the TV screen. In this scene, its pretty obvious why Rei is angry. He still feels stuck, with Shogi as the only thing he has been attached to for most of his life, but yet resents it because of his adopted family. For Nikaidou to essentially just say “do better” as if its that easy is, of course, a little patronizing, to say the least.

Another not insignificant part of the episode from the same section comes when Hina starts laughing when he gets angry. For Hina, seeing Rei as energetic about the whole situation as he was was probably a relief, considering what she has learned about his past up until this point. It is also an interesting parallel to how Rei described Hina at the beginning of the chapter, mainly that she is usually always energetic.

The last section of the show involves Rei teaching Hina about Shogi after she asks him to do so. However, Rei is not that great at explaining, so Nikaidou, who tagged along, steps in to help. There is not a whole lot going with this section of the episode, but still there is an important takeaway, mainly that Rei is now involved enough in Hina’s life that she has become interested in what he does. Now, some might respond to me pointing this out and say, “well, yeah, that’s character development,” and those people would not be wrong. However, considering what goes on later in season two, I think it has a lot of extra significance.


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The Lion Cub Can Grow Again: Season One Episode Three

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Hey friends! If you missed the last post in this series, be sure to check that out before you get into this one, as some of the stuff is going to cross over. But, aside from that, this episode is another emotionally heavy one, so let us get into it.


While episode two was still somewhat dark but chose to focus on looking at the bright side, episode three is decidedly not that, at least for the latter half.

The episode opens with Rei once again waking up in his apartment, eating the last of the fried chicken Akari gave him from his meal with the sisters previously. He notes that today he has a match against Harunobu Nikaido, the rival that had been introduced at the end of episode one and the beginning of episode two. Rei goes through his normal match day routine of taking a long walk over the bridge and looking out at the river and makes it to the Shogi hall in order to play his match. However, while on his way there, he recounts his times playing Nikaido at department store tournaments while they were kids, only to beat him and watch him cry.

Rei arrives at the play area only to find Nikaido sitting their already feeling invigorated. Still, Rei shakes it off, sits down, and begins to play Nikaido. The two play for a while, and it seems to be going in Rei’s favor. Quickly, though, the match begins to look like the matches they played as kids, with Nikaido sweating do to the extreme heat and looking sickly and pale. It is here that Rei again begins to have a feeling that he had already established he thought was somewhat arrogant, and as he gets up to go and see if the air conditioning is working, Nikaido tells him its fine, then makes a move that confuses Rei, causing him to panic.

One the one hand, I don’t necessarily think its arrogant to try and make sure your opponent is ok, but in the context of the episode and the arc of Rei’s character, it makes sense for him, and for his opponent, to see it as arrogant. For Nikaido, he looks up to Rei as a strong competitor and Rival, so Rei going out of his way to make sure he is okay is somewhat insulting. Similarly, Rei believes that by doing he is looking down on Nikaido and is not giving him his full respect.

The match continues until eventually Rei beats out Nikaido, but, despite not saying it out loud, the two acknowledge that the other has gotten better.

After finishing the match, Nikaido walks out only to find his personal servant outside waiting for him. Wondering he isn’t on his vacation, Nikaido asks why he is here. Hanaoka explains that he was became worried and decided to let Nikaido’s mom have the rest of the vacation. Quickly the two rush to the hospital. Along the way, being supportive of Nikaido, Hanaoka asks how the match went, with Nikaido responding. “I lost, I didn’t realize how much stronger he had gotten. But next time I won’t lose.”

The determination in beating Rei signals a lot of what we later find out about Nikaido as a character: that despite being deathly ill and unable to do anything about it, he is unwavering in his need to be a better Shogi player.

The show then cuts to Rei walking across the tiny bridge shown at the end of the first episode on his way to the Kawamoto sister’s house, remembering Akari’s invitation to join them for dinner after the match. Rei arrives and gets ready to eat. However, it is interrupted when Akari reminds her grandpa that he can’t go to sleep until they light the final sticks for Obon, a gesture that symbolizes the dead returning to their life after death.

It is here that the show brings the focus back onto the loss of their mother and grandmother, something the previous described as a pain that had not yet gone away.

After the sticks fully burn, Hina says that she is going to the convenience store. Likely knowing something is wrong, their grandpa tells Rei to go after her to make sure she is ok. The two walk a long distance and end up near the side of the river, where Hina burst into tears.

After noting the strength she had for keeping her feelings in check earlier, Rei approaches, telling Hina that its alright to stay a little longer.

Rei’s often emotionless personality plays a large roll in this scene, as he notes that he thought that crying at the loss of family members was pointless, so he just stopped. Hina meanwhile, feels comfortable crying in Rei’s presence, but not in her families presence. As the episode ends Rei starts questioning why it is he abandoned his feelings in the first place.

The picture of Rei’s personal life becomes a little more obvious at this juncture, knowing that Rei’s adopted father was adamant about him going pro. Rei likely suppressed his emotion as a survival tactic, knowing that if he didn’t show results his adopted dad would stop caring about him, and considering the rest of his adopted family already resented him, for Rei, there was only ever one choice.

It seems like these few opening episodes have been great at providing large contrasting ideas between its two halves. For this episode, the contrast lies between Nikaido’s sense of determination after his loss in his game to Rei, and Hina’s grief over the loss of her mother and grandmother.


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