Drop 300 Slimed

It might seem silly to drop a show with just three episodes until the finish line, but I had mostly checked out last week anyway. Suffice it to say I know when I’m done with a show, and it’s when I can’t even be bothered to sit down and watch it. Granted, part of that is that the weather is too nice to spend it inside.

That’s not to say Slime 300 is a bad series, just an okay one that’s a good way to pass the time when the weather stinks. It had some nice comic voice work from Yuuki Aoi, a smattering of lovable characters, and some genuine good-natured (and occasionally mildly raunchy) charm, but my interest simply fizzled out. Let’s just leave it at that!

Spring Cleaning 2021: Jouran, Mars Red, and Full Dive Dropped

Note: We are NOT dropping SSSS.Dynazeon … this is just a picture of a fine mess

We say it every season: there are too many shows. It’s true of anime series just as it’s true of live-action series, especially in the streaming era. You can’t watch them all—let alone write up to-1000-word recaps and reviews about them.

So it’s always important to remember that we don’t have to watch them all. Koikimo was dropped early, followed by Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Now to separate the rest of the chaff from the wheat. All drops are final, regardless of how much better any of the below series end up.

Jouran: Princess of Snow and Blood has a very neat setting that presupposes the Meiji Restoration never happened and a new energy source enabled Japan’s technological primacy. Unfortunately, neither of those things have any bearing Sawa’s central (and frankly done-to-death) revenge story, which could have been told anywhere at any time in Japanese history, real or imagined. Instead, the alt-historical setting is just window dressing, while the big anti-shogun baddie turned out to be a clichéd mad scientist snake-man. When I was emotionally checked out of their climactic showdown, I knew it was time to say goodbye.MagicalChurlSukui

Mars Red is probably the toughest of the Spring 2021 series to drop, because it’s a well-executed classic vampire-hunting story with genuine elements of horror and pathos. It also had one of the most striking first episodes, heavily influenced by real-life classic stage theatre. Unfortunately, I must admit that I admire and respect Mars Red more than I actually enjoy it, and it was hard to be invested in its ridiculously stoic lead vampire hunter.—Braverade

Full Dive is about a kid who just wants an escape from his shitty high school life, and had found one in his Final Fantasy-style VRMMO. Only when he gave all his money to a bully and couldn’t pay for the newest entry in the franchise, he’s hoodwinked by a merchant who is as disreputable a businesswoman as she is beautiful. So now the game he’s playing is even more unpleasant and stressful in real life. If this were Nobuyuki Sugou getting his just desserts that would be one thing, but this kid doesn’t really deserve to be tortured by a video game.—MagicalChurlSukui

For the list of remaining titles we’re both watching and reviewing, check out the top menu or consult our Spring 2021 Season Guide. A Spring 2021 addition to the Big Board is coming soon. As always, thanks for reading!

—RABUJOI STAFF

Spring 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

We’ve approached the halfway point of the Winter 2021 anime season, which is usually the time for us to start taking a gander at what’s on the horizon for the Spring. The biggest title on our list so far is the third and final season of Fruits Basket, which should be something.

    • We’ll be watching and reviewing all Bold titles below.
    • Crossed-out titles have been dropped or skipped.

RABUJOI STAFF

LAST UPDATED 21 Apr 2021

Braverade

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SSSS.Dynazenon
Tokyo Revengers
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

Mars Red


sesameacrylic

Don’t Toy With Me, Nagatoro-san
Higehiro
Osamake

Those Snow White Notes
Zombieland Saga: Revenge

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!
Koikimo


MagicalChurlSukui

Fruits Basket: The Final
To Your Eternity
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent
Slime 300

Full Dive
Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood
Tensura Nikki

Housekeeping: Hortensia Saga and The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter DROPPED

As expected, Hannah and Zane are dispensing with two of the weaker new Winter 2021 anime series this season: Hortensia Saga and The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter, to free up more time for far better series like Jujutsu Kaisen and Wonder Egg Priority.

We Have a Menu…Finally

With the new year comes a exciting new feature to the RABUJOI website that demonstrates our commitment to innovation…a Top Menu!

Now users of both the desktop and mobile versions of the site can more easily navigate to anime reviews from the most recent seasons, instead of having to scroll down a lot. If you’re looking for reviews of anime from further back, use our Search.

We hope this improves the ease of your anime review reading experience while on the go.

—RABUJOI STAFF

Winter 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

We’re about to enter our twelfth year on the interwebz, and it will be hard to top the eleventh for pure strangeness. We’re not sure if we’ll get much snow this coming Winter (we didn’t get much last Winter) but the metaphor of a fresh blanket of snow providing a blank canvas for the year still fits.

As usual, we’re simply listing shows that are either from franchises we follow or new shows that look interesting based solely on the promo art and talent involved. As such, we’ll surely be adding and subtracting from this list as we draw closer to showtime. Recommendations are welcome!

RABUJOI STAFF

LAST UPDATED 1 Feb 2021

Braverade

Attack on Titan
Demon Slayer (Spring 2019)
Jujutsu Kaisen
Kemono Jihen
Otherside Picnic

Ex-Arm (NOPE)
Hortensia Saga
(Dropped)


sesameacrylic

Horimiya
Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun
The Quintessential Quintuplets 2nd Season
Vlad Love (Resumes 14 Feb)
Wonder Egg Priority

Jimihen!!: Jimiko wo Kaechau Jun Isei Kouyuu!! (Skipped)
Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Skipped)
Ore dake Haireru Kakushi Dungeon (Dropped)


MagicalChurlSukui

Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou (Fall 2020)
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Re:Zero 2nd Season Part 2
TenSura 2nd Season

Fall 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

So far it’s slim pickings this coming Fall—not surprising considering the state of the world. Only a handful of new anime are listed on MAL’s Fall 2020 list, and some of those are sequel seasons to shows we’ve either never seen or are too far behind to attempt to catch up.

Regardless of the number of shows we’ll ultimately be watching, we’ll be implementing an all-new 5-star rating system more akin to Anime News Network than the MAL’s 1-10 scale:

While some among the staff have long been proponents of the 1-10 scale, in practice there are rarely any episodes we’d rate 1-5, since it only takes one or two such episodes to cause us to drop the show entirely. We’ll see how it goes.

This list will be updated if and when we pick up or drop any additional shows. If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments and we’ll take them under advisement. And as always, thanks for reading, and take care!

RABUJOI STAFF

LAST UPDATED 1 Oct 2020

Braverade

Akudama Drive
Assault Lily: Bouquet
Golden Kamuy 3rd Season
Warlords of Sigrdrifa


sesameacrylic

Adachi & Shimamura
Great Pretender (ONA)
Ikebukuro West Gate Park
Sleeping Princess in the Demon Castle
Talentless Nana
TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You


MagicalChurlSukui

DanMachi III
Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World
The Day I Became a God
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

Shokugeki no Souma 5 Dropped

After five years and 76 episodes, I’m throwing in the towel! BLUE, Noir, Saiba/Suzuki, Erina in peril…it all feels extraneous, as if the anime were continuing for one season more than it should, just because it could.

The fourth season wasn’t the best, but Souma finally managed to reach the top of the Elite 10 like he’d vowed to do from the start, his rebellion overthrew Azami’s authoritarian rule, and he could count God Tongue Erina among the many good friends he made along the way.

It felt like a good place to end things back then, and in hindsight it still does. There’s not much more to say; I’m just not feeling it this season, so I’m moving on. It was fun while it was fun!—Zane

Summer 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

Poem by Empress Jitou from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse, Hokusai, c. 1839.

We usually come out with a new season guide roughly halfway through the current season, so we’re running a little late. Depending on the state of Japan (and incidentally, the world) in July, many of the shows on this list may be further delayed or postponed…or they may all air on time! Only time will tell.

For now, here’s a brief look at the shows that have piqued our curiosity. We’ve only listed shows that have been confirmed to air or carry over this Summer. While sequels to heavy hitters like Re:Zero, SAO and  Oregairu are set to (finally) air, we’ll also be checking out as many new and original shows as time allows.

This list will be updated periodically. If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments. And as always, thanks for reading!

RABUJOI STAFF

LAST UPDATED 27 Aug 2020

Braverade

Deca-Dence
No Guns Life S2
SAO: Alicization: War of Underworld S2
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Fugou Keiji – Balance: UNLIMITED—Resuming from Spring

Gibiate—Dropped
The God of High School—Dropped


sesameacrylic

Appare-Ranman!
Oregairu S3
Rent-a-Girlfriend

Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!

Great Pretender (Netflix ONA)—Awaiting Remaining Episodes
Dokyuu Hentai HxEros—Dropped
Shokugeki no Souma 5—Dropped


MagicalChurlSukui

Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
Fruits Basket
(2019) 2nd Season
Re:Zero S2
The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Lapis Re:LiGHTs – Dropped

Re: Zero Season 2 Delayed Until July

We’ll all have to wait a little longer for the continuation of one of my favorite anime of the 2010s. It’s probably for the best, since there are so many other shows airing in April (assuming more shows aren’t similarly pushed back, which is not yet certain).

In the meantime, I’ve taken the time to go back and re-familiarize myself with the story so far by reading my reviews of the first season, which you can find here. I also fixed some of the typos and mistakes in those reviews (I forgot how easy it was early on confusing “Ram” with “Rem”).

Here’s a breakdown of the arcs as I saw them:

Elsa Arc: Episodes 1-3
Mabeast/Rem Arc: Episodes 4-11
Downfall Arc: Episodes 12-18
Redemption/Whale Arc: Episodes: 19-25

If you haven’t read ’em, they’re new to you. Enjoy!

—Preston

P.S. For ultra-completionists, there is currently a Director’s Cut of Re:Zero’s first season out there. MAL’s Symander charts all of the changes from the original run, most of which were improvements made for the BD release.