Welcome back! This month is a hefty one full of anime, so be prepared for some good stuff. I was wrapping up a list for Soda and Telepaths called 31 Anime Characters with Red Hair, so I spent a lot of time deep diving into some characters and shows to get a good feel for them. Plus, there were some shows I was just eager to check out.
Let me know what your favorites are, or what you plan to check out next!
Jujutsu Kaisen – Season One
“Idly indulging in baseless paranormal activities with the Occult Club, high schooler Yuuji Itadori spends his days at either the clubroom or the hospital, where he visits his bedridden grandfather. However, this leisurely lifestyle soon takes a turn for the strange when he unknowingly encounters a cursed item. Triggering a chain of supernatural occurrences, Yuuji finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity—after swallowing the said item, revealed to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses.”
Yuuji experiences first-hand the threat these Curses pose to society as he discovers his own newfound powers. Introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he begins to walk down a path from which he cannot return—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.”
An immediate new favorite, this show had a very similar effect on me to My Hero Academia, in which I thought I couldn’t possibly love all the characters, only to end up loving all the characters. If you like wild paranormal stuff blended with elements of other shows like Naruto and My Hero Academia, then this is a show for you.
“When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. However, the monster, dubbed Koro-sensei (the indestructible teacher), is able to fly at speeds of up to Mach 20, which he demonstrates freely, leaving any attempt to subdue him in his extraterrestrial dust. Furthermore, the misfits of 3-E soon find that the strange, tentacled beast is more than just indomitable—he is the best teacher they have ever had!
Adapted from the humorous hit manga by Yuusei Matsui, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu tells the story of these junior high pupils as they polish their assassination skills and grow in order to stand strong against the oppressive school system, their own life problems, and one day, Koro-sensei.”
Quite possibly my favorite I watched this month. This show is so endearing to me in such an odd way. I can see why it was a big hit at one point. It’s been on my list a while and I’m so sad I put it off so long. Koro-sensei and Karma are two of my new favorite characters. Also, like MHA and Jujutsu Kaisen, I grew to love this group. I binged the first (and only) two seasons so quickly, and cried when I finished it. Definitely one I’d love to rewatch.
The Promised Neverland – Season One
“When young orphans discover the secret and sinister purpose they were raised for, they look for a way to escape from their evil caretaker.”
My best friend and boyfriend were both insisting I watch this one. So, I did. It was a quick one to get through, in just one night I think. This is a dark story, and definitely one that can and will break your heart if you let it. I’m nervous to watch season two because it hasn’t had the best reviews.
God of High School
“A tournament takes place to determine the best fighter among all high school students in Korea.”
The award for biggest underestimated show based on the blurb above goes to… God of High School! Holy hell, was this show a surprise. I was a little unsure about it when my boyfriend recommended it, because I’m not big on sports anime and initially, that’s what I thought it would be. But this show is NOT WHAT IT SEEMS. Definitely check this one out. I may have to dive into it’s Webtoon series, soon.
Food Wars – Seasons One through Four
“Shokugeki no Soma centers on Yukihira Soma, a middle school student who is determined to surpass his father’s culinary skills. One day, his father decides to close down their family restaurant and hone his skills in Europe. Before leaving he enrolls Soma in an elite culinary school that is extremely difficult to enter with a graduation rate of only 10 percent. Will Soma be able to improve his skills, or will the kitchen prove to be too hot?“
This is such an oddly addicting show. Also, it makes me ridiculously hungry every time I watch. You know how animated food just looks so excellent? This show really heightens that. Not going to lie, it makes me want to up my cooking skills. But all this is beside the point. Food Wars! is a fun show, sometimes a bit ridiculous (if you’ve watched, you know), but still a nice unwinding show. Just make sure you aren’t watching with an empty stomach.