Quick Reviews: Farming Life, In/Spectre S2, Angel Next Door, Reincarnated Princess

I know that we’ve already done two of these at the tailend of the winter season, but I watched a whopping 28 shows that season which means there’s still things left to talk about. If you missed the first two quick reviews I did, you can find them here and here. If you’re all caught up then let me take you on one last trip through four shows that I watched last season. I will say these are some of the shows I didn’t enjoy as much, so my opinion on them will probably be a bit less positive. With all of that out of the way, let’s get started.

Farming Life in another world

Okay, I lied, it’s back to enjoyable anime whether you like it or not punks! Farming life in another world adds to the genre that I love of shows where not all that much happens and everyone just kind of has a good time partying in a strange world. Hiraku dies and god sends him for a second chance in a world filled with monsters. He was accidentally sent to a dangerous region but with his almighty farming tool he has it easy. One of the dumb reasons I laughed at this show’s first episode is because it reminded me of the golden hoe in minecraft. I used to watch Roosterteeth back in the day (like seven controversies ago) and they’d make fun of the gold hoe from time to time since it’s an item that’s pretty useless but it has hoe in it so it’s funny. I’d like to think we’ve all matured since then but I wasn’t raised a liar. Hiraku is joined by many people, vampires, angels, elves, dragons and many more. They all just kind of get along though and live the easy life on a farm in the woods. Watching this show feels like playing Stardew Valley. If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will. Having said all that, it’s not a memorable show by any means. I can name several shows that do the same concept better and if you’re looking for something that will stick with you, this isn’t it. But coming home from a long day and watching twenty minutes of farming and living it up is pretty nice, so I’ll leave the decision up to you.

The good news is: you’re not ill.

In/Spectre 2nd Season

I enjoyed this show a lot more than I expected I would. I remembered the main duo very well from the first season, since they’re peculiar characters to say the least, but I can’t say the plot stuck with me particularly well. Two episodes into the second season I was definitely interested again. Kotoko is still very much a crazy character. She’s scary when she wants to be an horny when she wants to (which is often. Kuro is stoic but not in a boring way. I especially enjoyed the Yuki Onna sidestory that went for a few episodes. Unfortunately the murder mystery arc didn’t grab my interest at all. Barring a few outrageous comments from Kotoko that made me laugh out loud, I just didn’t care for any of the characters involved in that mini arc. It does paint a picture of a fun manga series that I might pick up in the future. Check it out if you like eccentric characters and fantasy mysteries. It has two seasons by now, so there’s quite a bit of content.

She fits into the trope of looking young but being older, but she’s actually mature because she’s an adult. It’s a weird character and I’m not sure I really mind in this case. I’ve known people like this, they can be a hassle at times to deal with.

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady.

Gee, I wonder if this one’s based on a light novel. The title kind of explains it all, not much left to say. This show didn’t really grab me all that much but I think it’s a very good case of Isekai done wrong. That doesn’t mean that the isekai done wrong is making the show bad. What I mean by that is that I don’t think the Isekai-aspect of this show adds any value to it. Euphyllia could just as well be from this world and not much would change. As a matter of fact, I don’t even remember what about this show was Isekai? Perhaps it was mentioned in the first episode and then never touched upon again?
Either way, Euphy and Anisphia are fun characters on their own, but the attempt at a romance just didn’t feel natural to me. For starters, Euphy is just very forceful and sends the wrong message about how things go, but I just didn’t see anything between them. In my head they were more akin to good friends, but maybe I’m just bad at parsing this information. I wouldn’t recommend this show per se, but if you like a fantasy story about girls, perhaps this could be up your alley.

I was looking for a good screengrab to represent this show but instead I came across a very relatable one. The most exhausting days teaching are the ones where I’m barely teaching and instead doing administrative work all day.

The angel next door spoils me rotten

I thought I was going to like this show. A wholesome romance between two neighbors sounds right up my alley. But I think I’m either getting jaded or this show just didn’t hit the right notes for me. I found a lot of their relationship growth to be grating to watch. Maybe it’s the whole “we’re basically dating for like nine out of twelve episodes but refuse to actively admit to it.” schtick that I’m getting bored of. I don’t know. The characters in this show just didn’t do it for me. I feel like a lot of the drama that got set up early in the show also never actually got resolved, we’re just sort of expected to forget it. My guess is that the source material might cover a lot more and this stuff is saved for later in the story, but as an anime it just didn’t hold up for me.  There were better romance shows in this same season.

They’re like 14 but behave like a married couple. Always struck me as a bit odd.

And I think I’m going to keep it at these four. The rest of the shows were so not interesting to me (or sequels, which I try to avoid for these most of the time), so this is what you’re getting. That means I’m done with the winter season and need to think of new content soon. Shit.
I’m joking of course, I already have some plans. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’m planning to rewatch some shows I haven’t watched in (almost) a decade to see how they hold up. I’ll get back to you on those. It’s May break after all, and I’ve earned. But now that I’ve covered a total of 15 shows (here, here and here), let me know if I’ve missed anything from the winter season that you recommend to me. You be the blogger now! Anyway, thanks for reading.

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