Summer 2017 End of Season Overview

Wow yet another season come and gone. From seeming at first like a weak season, this summer had me following more shows than in quite some time, plus not dropping any shows at all! (not that every show I finished was good….). So what was up with this surprisingly excellent season?

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Kunikida Hanamaru and Kurosawa Ruby: Their Story

Episode 4 of Love Live Sunshine has two new girls join the now official School Idol Club. Kurosawa Ruby and Kunikida Hanamaru were approached by Chika several times before, but they always turned her down. Now, however, they have taken the initiative to join. It wasn’t an easy road for either of them, however.

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Asahina Mirai: The Cure Who Was Left Alone

Anyone who has watched more than one iteration of the Pretty Cure franchise knows that there are many similarities from season to season. Consistent themes, structural repetitions, that sort of thing. When a franchise has a new entry every year for 13 years, it might not even be unfair to feel like you’ve seen it all before. However every Precure series brings something new, often in form of a new take on an old series staple. Last year’s series, Mahoutsukai Precure (aka MahoGirls), was in many ways the most unusual take on the franchise in a decade.

Lets talk about episode 49.

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Suzui Shiho: The Girl Persona 5 Forgot

Almost all the villains in Persona 5 are based on real events that happened in Japan. Despite what the game claims at the beginning, this is not all fictional. To have such a high-profile game so blatantly show the underside of Japanese society is quite daring, and marks it as one of the most important games of recent years. However, the game is not perfect. One if its most persistent flaws is how it focuses so much on the villains, that their victims end up marginalized or forgotten in the process. Today we’re going to talk about one of these victims. Suzui Shiho. Spoilers after the jump, content warning for discussion of attempted suicide and rape.

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