Anime Iowa – I went to this one largely to spend a weekend with friends, but it’s always nice to see all the art/artists and other folk around. In particular there was a subtle focus on Vocaloid, with the artist behind one of my favorite tracks there as a guest (who was a lovely, down-to-earth person) and there being a mini-showcase on IA (which/who uses the voice of the fantastic Lia). Conventions themselves can be exhausting, but I feel inspired now to get out and be creative.
A Bride’s Story – This manga is so impressive, from the print quality (a hardcover manga!) to the lovely historical-fiction flavor (Central Asia feels like an under-utilized setting) and its charming focus on the day-to-day of its immediately-likable characters. Plus, it’s got the same fantastic eye for detail that has me enamored with Vinland Saga and Witch Hat Atelier. Great stuff!
Summer 2019 anime – Tried a bunch of pilots, including:
Vinland Saga, of which I’m a huge fan of the manga and I loved catching some of the breadcrumbs in the first three episodes this time. Very much appreciate re-watching this now that I have the context of later arcs, and looking forward to the intense action that Wit is so suited to.
O Maidens in Your Savage Season, which is cute and earnest in its approach to its subject matter. I am 100% in for whatever Mari Okada is putting out, and it’s a nice light breather show while still having some substance.
Fire Force, which is an absolute visual treat and has a great setting going for it. Shonen action plots don’t really grab me so much nowadays, but I’ll stick with this as long as those first two aspects stay strong.
Dumbbells, which is definitely still a dumb anime thing, but I appreciate that the script manages to treat the subject matter relatively honestly. It’s… fine?
Lord El-Melloi’s Case Files, which is weird; the writing is toeing a line between “clever” and “pretentious” a lot of the time, with light bits of action/comedy in there. I want to watch more since this is a spinoff featuring a character I like, but it’s hard to get a bead on.