Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Anime of the Week (2/17 – 2/23)

Anime of the Week – Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Lady Knight pledges her sword to the Hero. Ironically timed to coincide with the changing of the leadership in the Catholic Church, this series makes no qualms about pointing out the church’s historical role as a political entity with its own motives and goals that conveniently mirror those of the people in charge.                              
February 17 Maoyuu Ep. 7 The heroes’ actions could be seen as treason. But is it truly betrayal if they’re trying to save their people from themselves?
Mondaiji Ep. 6 I didn’t think the title of this series was a good fit, but I’m starting to see the capricious side of the problem children.
Tomodachi NEXT Ep. 6 Why do I continue to watch this series? Yozora and Sena don’t get along and there’s no advancement of the romance.
Shinsekai Ep. 20 As hopeless as the current predicament may feel, I know the people will pull through. We’re too tenacious to give up.
Little Busters Ep. 19 It’s funny watching Kud fumble through her English as it mirrors my own everyday life as an English teacher in Japan.
February 18 OreShura Ep. 7 To its credit, this harem is avoiding tradition and going with some original personalities. Sadly, none are very likeable.
February 19 Minami-ke 4 Ep. 7 Some of the most frenetic days of our youth are at the end of summer vacation when we try to cram in some last second fun.
Sakurasou Ep. 19 It’s nice to get a flashback to recap Sorata’s first day at Sakurasou. It really shines a light on how far he’s come.
February 21 Tamako Ep. 7 I guess the credit theme can take it from here, “The things that we are looking for are always hiding right beside us.”
Magi Ep. 2 I’ve decided it’s time to go back and give an ongoing series that I thought was rather mediocre a second chance to impress me.
Magi Ep. 3 Slavery is so so foreign and despicable to me I’d never really considered how truly disgusting it is to break someone’s spirit.
Magi Ep. 4 “Money can’t buy happiness,” but maybe that’s because the person who said that never used his money for someone else’s sake.
February 22 Psycho-Pass Ep. 18 Is the romance we sometimes associate with vigilanteism a product of our instinct to be wary of authority figures?
Magi Ep. 5 I understand that Aladdin’s intentions are pure, but his naïvety seems to leave a pretty big body count wherever he goes.
February 23 Maoyuu Ep. 8 Even the church is fair game for this anime’s political commentary—citing self-acclaimed infallibility to justify its actions.
Zetsuen Ep. 19 I’m continually amazed at just how well this anime has used world building to tell an amazingly well-crafted story.
Kotoura Ep. 7 After the uplifting transformation of the heroine’s life, this anime has started to falter into the pitfall of mediocrity.

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