This was an anime that is quite curious. It is simultaneously over the top, and understated, while managing to pull off the balance quite well. The show revolves around Minare, who is a waitress at a small restaurant, who gets scouted to be in radio. The show is about Minare, and the people that are close to her life, rather than her becoming the star of the radio, or even having to choose one profession over the other. If anything the show is about people living lives, each with their own goals in life, and each going in their own different directions while maintaining contact with each other. Their professions are a means to get to character exploration.
BNA or Brand New Animal is an original twelve episode anime that was produced by Studio Trigger. The same studio behind Kill la Kill and the fantastic Promare. This was a show that I was excited to watch as a result of the studio that was behind its creation, however my excitement for the show was slightly dampened as a result of hearing that it would be released through Netflix worldwide. Which means that there is a good chance that one would have to wait at least half a year from the time the show is airing in order to actually see it if you are living outside of Japan, which is the case I found myself in.
A Whisker Away is the new film by Studio Colorido that dropped on Netflix on the 18th of June. (Yesterday as of the writing of this). When I heard of this film, I got excited as a result of what the studio had released before, I am a big fan of Penguin Highway. This is one of the few times I am glad that Netflix is going so hardcore when it comes to the distribution of both classic and upcoming anime. In addition as a result of the lack of theatrical trips as a result of more global issues, the fact that we are still getting new content to consume is fantastic to see.
Hoshiai no Sora was not the show I was expecting it to be. I went in thinking that it might be a show that is in the vein of Baby Steps, how I wish there were more Baby Steps to watch, though what I ended up getting was a coming of age drama that happens to have sports in it. While the tennis subplot is very much what drives the characters into action, it is the personal lives and the conflicts within that make up a majority of the show. This ended up being one of the surprise shows of last year for me, and I was glad I watched it.
Fire Force is a twenty four episode, summer 2019 anime that is based on the manga by Ookubo Atsushi. It is a show that is produced by David Productions, the same studio behind the Jojo's adaptation. One of the main reasons why I was interested in this show was because of the mangaka behind the story. His previous work, Soul Eater, is still one of my favourite manga, and I still like much of the Soul Eater adaptation. I had a high level of anticipation going into this show, and I can say that they were not only met, they were thoroughly exceeded.