Written by Bananaowns
Images courtesy of TMS Entertainment, White Fox, and Ufotable
Now that we reached the last part of my recommendation list for the summer season, I have to say that this season has the potential to be the best one in recent memory. I’m watching nine shows that are currently airing and I’ve been enjoying them all. So let’s finish this list off with my final three recommendations. I’m Bananaowns and this is an Otaku Youth anime feature.
I will keep my discussion about this show very brief because I want to make a full length review. This series was a rarity in the sense that the episodes were released Netflix-style. All of the episodes were made available on the same day, which made it a prime candidate for binge-watching. Having already finished the run, I have to say that this series was a huge surprise with just how good it was. A man named Arata is offered the opportunity to take part in an experiment which sees him returning to high school. He is given medication to age him back the age of seventeen. The basic premise sees this older deal with the different aspect of high school life. A lot of comedy comes from these interactions and a lot of drama does as well. This series is excellent at getting the audience to care about the characters. I have two issues regarding the pacing and the animation, but I can’t recommend this show enough.
I was initially hesitant to start this series because I am tired of the trapped-in-another-world trope. In all actuality, this series started last season, but it’s still going on. I managed to catch up and I am a little mad at myself for not watching this sooner. The story features a young man named Suburu as he is teleported to a new world. He quickly comes into contact with a young woman named Emilia who has just suffered from a robbery. Suburu decides to help her out and is quickly put into a world of conspiracy. This show can be brutal to the characters. Suburu receives the brunt of the brutality and it makes for a difficult watch at times. The characters and the mystery form a rather cohesive package of excellence. Every episode thus far has had some sort of revelation. Rounding out the excellent story, the animation is also great. There is no sense of hiding some of the more messed aspects of combat like other shows do. This show is definitely deserving of a watch. I am sixteen episodes in at this point and have been entertained with every episode.
Tales of Zestiria the X
Ufotable brings to the table an adaptation of video game from the Tales series. As with every Ufotable work, the animation is gorgeous. From the action to the backgrounds, every aspect is perfect. As for the story, Tales of Zestiria as a game had a plot that was heavily criticized. Apparently, Ufotable is altering the story to address these problems. As of right now, the series is still in its introduction. Most of the episodes so far have been comprised of world building and character introduction. The anime is receiving a split cour which means it will have a lot of episodes to build up the story. As for the plot itself, a variety of awful events are occurring across the kingdom. The princess, Alisha, goes off to investigate and she comes across a young man named Sorey. There is also a lot of background information about a messiah-like figure known as the Shepherd. The story has been entertaining, but I am more excited to see what happens when it really gets rolling.
That wraps up my recommendation list for the summer season. You can check out ReLife and Re:Zero on Crunchyroll. Tales of Zestiria the x is also available for streaming on Funimation and Daisuki. I’ll be back next week for another anime review and thanks for checking this piece out.