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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: “The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Dragons are some of the most powerful mythological beasts ever imagined; they are gigantic creatures that breathe fire and have strong scales. Whether depicted in movies or video games, they are massive beings that are not to be trifled with. In today’s anime, things are slightly different. The dragon in this anime is still powerful and can bring destruction down on people, but she can also transform into a human maid with horns and a tail. Instead of an expressionless demeanor and urge to attack anyone that comes close, she instead has fallen in love with a human girl. And, of course, she has a ginormous rack. All in all, it could be worse.

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Saga of Tanya the Evil: “The Devil of the Rhine” (Season 1, Episode 1)

I absolutely love tales of characters that are unapologetically bad. It is refreshing to see the story being told from the perspective of someone who is just not a good person. The material is tough to do because if the person is not likable, no one is going to watch; however, if they are too soft, it lessens the impact of the character. Dark comedies in particular do a good job of presenting tough moments that you just cannot help but smile or laugh at.

Saga of Tanya the Evil (Youjo Senki) sounds like a title that is trying too hard, but it was a show that I had my eye on from the beginning of the season. Anime can do a good job of gut punching you when it presents something well. After watching the first episode, I feel that Tanya is definitely capable of doing that and more.

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Fuuka: “Fuuka!” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Kōji Seo has created some very interesting manga series. A majority of the ones that I have read have been about growing up and the difficulties that one faces in life, especially when it comes to love. His characters can be frustrating to watch at points, and it would not be a Kōji series if you did not want to try and punch one or more of the characters at some point in the story. It is not because they are bad people. It is because they are people. They make mistakes, they act out when hurt, they do not always know what they want. That is the beauty of Kōji’s stories. Even when everything is said and done, you can look back fondly on seeing these characters live their life because they feel realistic.

I have not seen any anime adaptations of Kōji’s works, but I have been following Fuuka for a while, so I was looking forward to seeing how it translated into an anime series. Would it capture the same feelings that the manga does so well? Would it be able to convey the emotions that the characters go through?  Would it make their personalities shine? Well…

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Masamune-kun’s Revenge (Season 1, Episode 1)

Ever been fat? Made fun of for being fat? Maybe want to get some revenge by getting jacked and showing those people how good looking and awesome you are? Or maybe a crush dissed you when you were fat and you want to show them how hot you can truly be? Well, have I got the anime for you.

Lets face it, we have all at one point thought about bettering ourselves in order to get revenge on those that ridiculed us and made us feel terrible. The problem with these scenarios is that our emotions tend to change after a while. Maybe we are motivated for a time, but we either lose interest or the situation changes. In the world of anime, however, we can see someone take that sweet revenge that we all yearned for at one point. This is Masamune-kun’s Revenge.

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Interviews with Monster Girls: “Takahashi Tetsuo Wants an Interview” (Season 1, Episode 1)

There was an anime in 2015 called Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, about a young man who lived with a bunch of different monster girls and their daily lives together. The show was a straight up ecchi anime that concentrated on pure erotic situations. The one good thing that the show had going for it were the different monster designs. Even though the show had one thing on its mind, it was still interesting to see the different creatures that would pop up.

Almost in the same vain—minus the ecchi—Interview with Monster Girls takes the premise of a world filled with these types of beings and how society would interact with them. It is an interesting idea that hopefully gets fully fleshed out as the show continues. As of the first episode, it has me intrigued, even if it does fall short on a few aspects.

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Season Review: Magical Girl Raising Project (Season 1)

Magical girls and anime seem to go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. When thinking of anime clichés, “magical girls” is on the top of overdone scenarios that have been capitalized to death. Every season we get one or more of these shows that have the basic premise; girl—usually young and naïve—gets magical powers, teams up with other magical girls—all of which have different one-note personalities—and through kindness and believing in her friends, saves the world.

To be fair, the genre of magical girls has evolved over the years, especially with shows like Puella Magi Madoka Magica which showed us how dark the genre can go. Magical Girl Raising Project aims to be just as dark as Madoka Magica but does not quite hit the same highs that Madoka Magica reached. It still has plenty to offer for people interested in a different take on the genre, and it will even entertain the others that roll their eyes whenever they hear the words magical girl.

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