I like what I like… Until…

There is that genre that we tend to avoid. You know when the story sounds pretty cool then you see that it’s a certain genre… It can be an automatic pass. You know there is no judgement from me since I am a serial abuser of the “I don’t like_____ .”

Mostly it has to do with harems. I really don’t like them. I also should mention that I am a super hypocrite since I like some reverse harems. So I’ll just lay it all out there that I am a super hypocrite. Or I could argue that there is a bit of difference and that to me it is the personality of the main character… blah blah blah.

But I’m actually want to write about those few harems that snuck through my instant reject and turned into something that I enjoyed.

Something that frustrates me is my own lack of research. So I’m the only one to be blamed here. When I’m watching an anime and it is okay but I stop watching once girl number two falls in love with potato boy. At that point I’m done. The anime already failed me in the fact that the main character is not a believable love interest. For any harem to work (for me) I have to believe that one person would be awesome enough to have multiple love interests… (I had to rage quit Accel World)

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He is cuter as a pig but the constant crying… Thank you, next.

So it in the end I’ve only watched very few harem anime all the way to the end. Also if I see one male surrounded by women in the picture I tend to pass.

Now for the ones that I found myself enjoying. These I guess have a darker themes and I think a way stronger male lead.

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This anime will be getting a second season soon which I’m pretty excited about. However, Re: zero was a hard sell at first. When I first watched it I didn’t make it through the first episode. Then for some reason I tried it again and I think the darker elements really drew me in. I also started to like the how the main character grew with each rebirth. He didn’t stay the same and and that really sold me on him as a harem leader lol.

I did also like that he had to earn one of his love interests loyalty. He never knew if they were going to kill him or not. Pretty fun. Nothing like keeping your man on his toes.

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The Rising of the Shield Hero is a recent anime that I’m really enjoying. For me Naofumi is a great character. He is a bit refreshing to me as an harem lead. For one I don’t see him crying all the time and also he isn’t awkwardly blushing all the time. I really like that. He was the typical nerd but I like that he is more hardened and that he really changed and grew as a character.

It really is a story line that makes sense. Normally I would be done at the first lollicon (something that makes me insta quit… sorry just not my thing) but the story and mc (for now) is overriding something I really don’t like … Now that is a powerful story to do that.

I think it is also due to the fact that he is acting more like a father or brother figure and that may be what is working for me.

So these two harems broke my own standards and I’m really happy that they did. It is hard to put out a blanket statement saying that you don’t care for a genre. In the end though, life is too short to watch something you don’t like. But I guess you have to stay open to finding that next thing that will bring you joy.

Any anime that changed your mind about a genre?

Happy Watching!

 

 

 

Re: ZERO – Starting Life in Another World

There are many reasons to return to an anime. Sometimes you watch a first episode and you like it but you aren’t in the mood for it, so you wander, find something new, and then come back later. I watch the first episode of Re: ZERO last year and I wasn’t drawn into it. I usually give new anime a good 3-4 episode try (heck, I’m still give Black Clover a chance) but I never went back to Re: ZERO until I saw that my Akibento box’s theme this month included Re: ZERO. That put the nail in the coffin, I didn’t want to have Re:  ZERO merchandise if I hadn’t watch it or at least tried it, and whoa was I surprised.

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When I watched the first episode last year I was expecting more of a light hearted comedy about an idiot in a new world something like “Konosuba” that came out last spring. Subaru the main character does give off the idiot vibe but when you witness the first blood bath you kind of sit in front of your TV in shock and the phrase, “Well, that got real dark” crosses your lips.

From my other reviews/opinions so far it is evident that I am attracted to darker anime this one was almost a bit much for me towards the end. Mostly from the shock factor, I think in my mind I was still expecting a cute little anime about someone being transported to a different world. Even though again and again the body count rose and people died in horrible ways.

The frustrating thing about this anime is that none of the major plot points are resolved and this desperately needs a season two or at least I need to go find the light novel to read. We don’t know why he is in the world which strikes me as strange since that seems like something we would have found out at the end of season one. We do know some of what the witch wants but it seems that she needs Subaru to accomplish it and we don’t know why. Which I’m fine with not knowing that yet since from reading various articles there does seem to be news of a season two.

Some of the times when he came back I didn’t understand certain side plots, like the whole whale side plot but I guess they explained how it was necessary but to me it wasn’t that believable. Just when you think things are going well for Subaru they escalate quickly and everything goes wrong real fast. It is hard as the watcher to take a breath and believe that things are actually going to progress and move on for him. Thankfully that they have new restart points because if he went allllll the way back, it would get real old.

I noticed in all my research that people think Subaru should be with Rem. She does get more time in season one to be awesome, but from the start you could tell that he was into Emilia so it wasn’t really a shock to me that he “chose” her. In love triangles like this there never really seems to be a choice to me since it was evident that Emilia is the heroine and that he was always more into her. Rem is the more interesting character in season one and gets waaaay more backstory. Maybe if there is a season two it will give the watcher a chance to connect to Emilia since honestly I don’t think her character was very interesting in the first season. However, there is a whole episode of Rem and Subaru talking and that episode drags on and on and on. It is painful to watch how long it is dragged out and I think I lost focus with all the “Oh I like you but” nonsense going on. Seriously it was like the whole episode of them talking on a roof.

I do want to know if in the future if they are going to be facing different archbishops with different “sins” we meet sloth in this one and I didn’t understand *spoiler* how he survived the knights attack but died when Subaru wrote in his “Bible” with blood. Maybe I just missed something.

In the end I did enjoy the action, the concept, and the character growth of  Subaru and Rem. There are a lot of unanswered questions and plots that don’t make sense so I do hope there is a season two. This was a surprising anime to me and I’m happy that I finished it.