Well here we are, the new season has started. It already has some clear winners and losers, so lets see whats up.
Well, I never did a mid-season review this season, mostly because I’m not watching much and I was really busy around that time. But now that the season is drawing to a close, lets take a look at the good and the bad(o).
Also there will be Revue Starlight ending spoilers.
So recently there’s been some discussion going around about whether Banana Fish, an adaption of a classic 1980s shoujo manga, is properly considered to be a “Boy’s Love” work. Unfortunately I can’t really comment much on that due to not being in that space at all, not watching the Banana Fish anime or having read the manga. But it did bring to mind something I’ve thought on more than once: just what is a “yuri” anime?
The two best shows of Winter 2018 had a couple of things in common; they both involved outdoor activities away from civilization, both were heavily invested in friendships between girls and both placed their romantic aspects along the edges. Instead of centering on the idea of romance, like so many stories, both Yuru Camp and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho placed the emphasis elsewhere, but in the process let the aspects of romance they were interested in shine through.
Spoilers for the entirety of the Yuru Camp anime and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho.
Fate Testarossa Harlaown is, as anyone will tell you, a very kind girl. You will most certainly hear this from Takamachi Nanoha, Fate’s Best Friend, Girl Friend and most precious partner. What you will not hear anyone say is that Takamachi Nanoha is a kind girl.
Thats not to say she isn’t friendly, or nice. She’s a very pleasant person to be around almost all of the time. You definitely could never say she’s cruel. But still, she’s not “kind”.
Lets have a chat about Nanoha. Spoilers abound, even for Reflection, sorry.
One of the most unexpected surprises this season has been Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san, a fairly lighthearted show about a girl who really loves Ramen. However we’re not here today to talk about Koizumi-san herself. Instead we’re going to talk about Oosawa Yuu, who is our main viewpoint into the world of Koizumi-san and a girl who really, really loves Koizumi.
Wow its a new year already! Flip Flapping! has been around for just over a year now. I thought about making a post discussing that, but decided not to. But just over 1 year ago the Flip Flappers Article Index went up. So cool that we’re still here a year later.
So, new year, new season. How are things going? Well, it turns out that this is one of the strongest seasons in ages, I’m currently watching thirteen shows, which is just ridiculous. A few notes about these posts. Going forward I’m going to use the S/A/B/etc tier system I used in the 2017 end of year post. I felt that worked very well and is a decent way of ranking things without going into too much granularity. S Tier is the highest tier for a season, SS Tier is reserved for the End of Year posts to recognize the best shows of the entire year. Within each tier, shows are listed alphabetically. So lets get to it!