Winter 2023 — Seasonal Impressions

Sequels: Blue Lock, Bofuri S2, Bungo Stray Dogs, By the Grace of the Gods 2, Cardfight Vanguard, Danmachi, D4DJ All Mix, Don’t Toy With Me Miss Nagatoro 2, Eikyuu Shounen, Eminence in Shadow, Fruit of Evolution S2, Idolish 7, In/Spectre 2, Misfit of Demon King Academy 2, My Hero Academia 6, Play It Cool Guys, Pokemon, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, To Your Eternity, Tokyo Revengers S2,  Tsurune, Urusei Yatsura, The Vampire Dies in No Time S2, Vinland Saga S2, Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun S3, Yowamushi Pedal

34. Farming Life in Another World
Like watching paint dry.

33. Technoroid Overmind
Idols. Don’t care.

32. Revenger
Samurai get revenge. This one put me to sleep.

31. The Tale of Outcasts
Couldn’t bring myself to care.

30. NieR:Automata Ver1.1a
It’s almost exactly like the tutorial for the game! Except not fun. Why did they think this was a good idea?

29. UniteUp!
Idols. Don’t care.

28. Chillin’ In My 30s after Getting Fired from the Demon King’s Army
Saved from despair by the power of giant boobs.

27. My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog
I thought this would be some SM thing, I didn’t think he’d literally be a dog. Why does Inukai-san bathe with her dog in her crotch? Maybe I’ll watch this with Classy.

26. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War
That was a long exposition dump peppered with some cringeworthy jokes. But it’s trails so I’ll watch it…

25. Buddy Daddies
Two assassins become daddies. Just didn’t find this interesting.

24. Malevolent Spirits Monogatari
Emo kid seals monsters. I thought this was a fighting thing but might be a romance comedy? No idea…

23. High Card
People fight for magic cards. Not really my thing. Too much fighting.

22. The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten
Nice guy, the anime. In close competition with Tomo-chan for worst take on gender roles this season.

21. Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible
I really like this manga. But it’s cute because each chapter takes just a few minutes, it’s short and sweet. I don’t have the patience to sit through full-length episodes of this.

20. The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague
Cute office romance. Seemed fine but nothing memorable.

19. Trigun Stampede
I don’t understand why they are making this. It looks cool I guess…

18. The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World
Generic magic school anime. Been a while since we’ve had one of these, why not.

17. Ayakashi Triangle
Ah yes, some trashy genderbender. Maybe with Classy?

16. Campfire Cooking in Another World with my Absurd Skill
It’s a little different from the usual isekai formula at least. I’m hopeful.

15. Reborn to Master the Blade
Precocious isekai baby beats up a dragon. I thought this was fun.

14. Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement
Good first episode. Captured the main character’s insanity well.

13. Sugar Apple Fairy Tale
Slavery in my shoujo! Well-made but do we really need another slavery show?

12. Onimai: I’m Now Your Sister
Absolutely disgusting trash, but at least it wasn’t boring.

11. Spy Classroom
I was about to drop this until the twist at the end. Not the greatest first episode.

10. Ippon! again
Cute girls beat each other up. This was shockingly good???

9. Ningen Fushin: Adeventurers Who Don’t Believe in Humanity Will Save the World
I enjoyed this! Always love anime about a bunch of failures haha.

8. The Reincarnation of the Strongest Exorcist in Another World
I enjoyed this, mainly because the main character actually has a personality.

7. Tomo-chan is a Girl!
I enjoyed this manga and it seems really well-produced so far. The thing about this though is the two leads are kind of lame even though the side characters rule.

6. Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte
You think the isekai genre is exhausted, and then a show comes along and does something new and different like this. Looking forward to it.

5. Handyman Saitou in Another World
Enjoyed the first episode, good sense of humor.

4. Giant Beasts of Ars
Great first episode. Reminded me of Fractale. Probably doomed.

3. Kaina of the Great Snow Sea
This is a pretty interesting world! Looking forward to the rest.

2. The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady
Great first episode! A lot of fun. Very gay.

1. The Fire Hunter
We need more fantasy like this and less of this generic RPG nonsense. Amazing first episode. Very artistic. Reminds me of Shin Sekai Yori.

There are a lot of promising shows this season! Anything good I missed?

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