Disclaimer: This was originally meant to be a FB status, hence all the weird abbreviations, but clearly this got too long for that so I turned it into a blog post that I’ll also link on FB.
OK, back from my friend’s house for Christmas time cosplay sweatshop/unlimited anime marathon works w/ 4 new shows under my belt: Blood Blockade Battlefront, Juuni Taisen, Gangsta, & Garo the Animation, so time for as short as possible mini reviews…
So, out of all these shows, the only 1 I can truly recommend w/o a lot of disclaimers is Garo the Animation. Heck, the only (minor) thing I would mention beforehand is that it’s a ‘mature anime’ (not as in really gory or violent, just more adult themed things happening in general). The other 3: may be way too busy & chaotic, sh*t ending, & non-ending respectively for why I can’t straight recommend it.
However, before I continue, let’s quickly talk about episodic shows. They’re not everyone’s fancy, but being episodic in & of itself is not a critique or a negative of a show: that’s just a neutral fact. It’s like saying something is overhyped & nothing more; that’s not actually saying anything (of worth). I personally don’t care too much for episodic shows, but that’s not a definite that applies to all series I have/plan to watch #AlwaysExceptions. Anyway, moving on…
- Blood Blockade: I would say this is a really chaotic fun show w/ a lot going on in most episodes (at least a lot to keep up w/), & may be hard to keep up w/ or outright can be overwhelming to anyone who isn’t used to shows like this or prefer the calmer/less chaotic shows. Also, although it tends to be episodic, the 1st season did have an original central plot that overall was good, but that ending was super meh. Seemed kinda rushed honestly, but everything else was fine + the 2nd season went back to being purely episodic w/ a 2-parter here & there & was overall better imo.
- Juuni Taisen: Now, as someone who loves gory/violent anime, it’s awesome; if we’re being for real for real: pretty g.d. lackluster. Besides literally having a set-up where if a character seems to be getting a lot of screen time/inner monologue, they’re 100% guaranteed to be the next to die, there’s a lot wrong. Some (half?) the fights, despite an entire episode of buildup (at least as far as XYZ character fighting…at all), could last seconds & be super anticlimactic; post mortem motherfcuking backstories that sometimes were half the g.d. episode; certain characters getting 0 backstory while others get way too much (f’ing twins, like, I like them but who honestly gaf???); Rabbit being broken & OP af to the point it was way more of a negative than a plus to the overall tournament (if they limited his abilities it could have worked…maybe); seemingly random af abilities that have nothing to do w/ their Zodiac animal + the whole Zodiac thing being absolutely unnecessary to the overall everything; who tf actually wins the tournament + what their b.s. wish was; Gah, the list is endless…but I still liked it. I just can’t in good faith recommend this ~.~
- Gangsta: Oh, Gangsta, the new age Big O where it got cut off far too soon. Like, all they need is 1 45-minute movie & that could wrap up everything, but instead you’re left w/ a non-ending, several characters dying, missing, dead, & no f’ing clue where it’s headed DX That + it’s like an infinitely more coherent FFXV: Kingsglaive where I truly & deeply care about an overwhelming majority of the characters but the content just isn’t there. Like, great (hawt af oyaji) characters; interesting premise; meh execution. Also, this show has surprisingly more slice of life moments & far less action/violence than what you would think seeing characters like Nicholas & Worick, which is a g.d. shame X/ Worst thing is is it def didn’t do well enough to even merit being redone or picked up by another studio for that matter, so chances are slim anything is going to come out (in animated form) that would wrap up their story…what a f’ing shame -_-
So, tbh, fujoshi fav: Gangsta hands down. All those hawt oyajis being awesome is *rejoices in fujoshi*. Juuni Taisen is a close 2nd as well due to fujoshi feelz, however, the objectively better, more polished, more coherent, & all that jazz fav: Garo the Animation, which everyone should just watch, if nothing else, for the best hawt af oyaji Dad ^.^
Heck, if those costumes weren’t so extra af, I wouldn’t mind cosplaying Ema, German, or Alphonso from Garo…but that’s waaayyy too much suffering for my tastes >_>