Written by Bananaowns
Images courtesy of Hoods Drifters Studios and Brain’s Base
It’s time for the second part of my recommendations from the Fall Season. Just a quick side note, I added Your Name to my review list. I was lucky enough to see it in LA for the limited one week screening.
Drifters presents the tale of great historical warriors duking it out in a new fantasy land. The series starts off with a battle featuring Shimazu Toyohisa, who is critically injured and finds himself transported to a fantasy world by a mysterious man in glasses. The story features a wide range of historical figures ranging from Nobunaga to Scipio Africanus as they join together to satisfy their own selfish desires and eventually fight an army lead by a mysterious figure known as the Black King. The Black King’s army features another group of historical warriors known as the Ends. Drifters is the best action show of the season. The fights are excellently choreographed and feature gallons of blood. There is also a level of political machinations that make the show very interesting during the non-action scenes. Surprisingly, there is also a lot of comedy. This aspect has been hit or miss with some, but I heavily enjoyed the tone shifts. The comedy is not the main focus and serves to break up the more serious moments. Drifters is a show that is worth watching and I recommend that anyone with an interest in an action anime check this one out.
Kiss Him Not Me
I cannot believe I am saying this, but this show is my current favorite of the season. The show stars Kae Serinuma, a female otaku that loves reading yaoi material. After one of her facotire anime characters is killed off, she goes into shock which causes her to lock herself up in her room for a week. When she emerges, she discovers that she has lost a lot of weight, becoming absolutely gorgeous to the boys at her school. In particular, four boys all fall for Kae and begin competing with each other for her affection. The inherent strength of Kiss Him Not Me is its comedy. The show is genuinely hilarious with the situations that the characters have to go through. Unlike Watamote, the otaku nature of Kae is never cringeworthy, but actually remains rather endearing. Kiss Him Not Me also has some of the best introductions of new characters that I have seen in quite a bit. For instance, Shima Nishina, manages to fit in with the group right away and provides another source of comedy while also antagonizing the boys in the group. The show is hilarious and anyone who is a fan of anime needs to check it out.
That’s it for this week. I’ll be back next week to continue my fall recommendations. I still have a couple more weeks of this, but the full length reviews will come back. I have two more law finals to go and then I will be on break, which means more full length reviews.