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3:19 pm, Jan 2 2021
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The schedule. Ultraman S2 might air this season, who knows? Would be nice. The season needs all the help it can get and there are no promising original shows I could spot.

Beastars Who knows how much S2 will adapt. The last one rushed it but also got through the least good part of the manga. Until the final and longest arc of the manga came and managed to derail all the momentum it had. The series even lacks any form of meaningful resolution. The material this season could do is the juiciest part of the manga but it is cushioned by 2 stale buns. I will likely stop with the anime after S2 if more is announced even if this season works out.

Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season is currently listed with 16 eps so there will clearly be a Part 2 down the line. MAPPA did a very good job this far so the studio change worked out. It looks closer to the manga, the one scene of violence so far was grizzlier than the neutered TV cuts by Wit and the limited (for now) CG is well done. And what an OP! No complaints so far but there will soon be blowback to the “new direction” and likely a loud one. 9/10

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time will be something I can finally put behind me and Natsume Yuujinchou will get a movie but I long checked out. 2 forever delayed Sailor Moon Crystal films will come out and Gintama ends, again.
Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi should be more like it. It´s based on the 1979 TV film that can´t be adapted due to having a highly different continuity at this point. There will also be a new compilation film for both S1&2 at once but who cares.
More AoT and Star Blazers save this season but it is still a wasteland. Winter seasons tend to be stale, so whatever. The spring season will be better.


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4:26 pm, Feb 6 2021
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Better late than never but who even cares about this season? The only new show that turned out good is a 2nd season that will turn sour if/when more is greenlit. Unless you count AoT S4.
Osomatsu-san also rolled right into this season. The best days are over but it is still good. 7/10

Beastars The manga fully burned me out so I have a hard time appreciating what studio Orange is doing but that´s not on them. Paru Itagaki dropped the ball and is a much better artist than writer. Feel free to stop after this season if the anime somehow get another one down the line. The peak will be around here. 7/10

Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season better finish in the form of a Part 2 and not movies but I will admit that what is coming will need a budget to make that scale work. 9/10

Sk8 the Infinity looked nice but also peaked with the pilot. The story is nothing special, ep 2 was basically filler but the animation didn´t drop too much by ep 3. I am done with Tony Hawk's Japanese Sk8land but it´s ok. 6/10

Tenchi Souzou Design-bu likely reads better as part of an anthology than on its own and shorts would be a better way to adapt but what is here is ok in itself. The manga changes a bit later on but not much. 6/10 and I am alone done.

Vladlove debut its pilot in December on YT. I would love to report that Mamoru Oshii got his groove back but that isn´t the case. He is also only one of the 2 directors and IG is only the secondary studio on the show. This vampire school girls comedy simply isn’t working regardless of who made it. 5?/10

Wonder Egg Priority Baby’s first Haruki Murakami is a bit too hard to figure out for its own good but the show at least is trying and animation is very good. This could have gone anywhere even if I have concerts after the pilot. Ep 2 was far less interesting and ended up suggesting that episodic Persona adventures are all there is to the anime. Ep 3 confirmed that and the content of ep 4 sounds idiotic so I am out. It least it is better than anything by Kunihiko Ikuhara since the 90s. 6/10

Earwig and the Witch turned out to be a giant nothing and did Goro´s team forget to make a 3rd act? Let´s all be glad that daddy Miyazaki is making another final Ghibli film. 5/10

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