With this season of anime coming to a close, it’s time for me to give my final thoughts on what I watched this season. I went over the shows I planned to watch at the start of the season in THIS POST, so feel free to give that a read if you want to know what i’ll be writing about. Just pull Cerberus off the list, and replace it with Re:Zero.
MY RATING: 9/10
After enjoying the first season of The Asterisk War, I was quite excited to see a second season announced after such a short time. The second season held up to the first for me, and I will be waiting to watch the third season when it comes out. I see more people talking down about this show than not, but I managed to get into it pretty much right from the get-go; the animations in the opening sequences were exciting, the music playing alongside it was fast paced and intense, the art style was pleasant to look at, and the fight scenes are badass to boot. It isn’t the most original show with it’s harem and it’s massively OP protagonist with a hilariously giant sword, but I had a lot of fun watching it, so it gets high marks in my books.
The story involved the main character, Amagiri Ayato, fighting in tournaments known as “Festa’s” between the different academies, in hopes of using the reward offered to find his sister – the one who locked his power away, before she disappeared entirely. The people he meets through all this range from “oh my god let me cuddle it” to “holy crap, this guy is a whackjob”, but the ones that stick around through the story are easy enough to like, and I think Flora was the only character I can say I didn’t like. Seriously though, that girls voice makes me want to rip my ears off.
The characters in general look great, the art-style they used for this series is something I look forward to seeing more of, and while their personalities can be easily lumped into various anime tropes, there is enough to them that I feel they don’t fall completely into the stereotypes. The dialogue between them is enjoyable, and watching them fight is always a welcome burst of excitement. Seeing tiny Saya fire her enormous cannon while actually saying “boom” is adorable, but it still feels intense with how much power the thing actually has.
Overall, I enjoyed watching this quite a bit, and i’ll be looking forward to season three after the way season two ended. Cliffhangers suck, but at least you know more is coming.