What anime am I watching now?

In the last post on this topic I highlighted Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans and Tower of God. Since then, I’ve completed the first season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans and I caught up with the Tower of God release schedule (you can see my review of the latest episode here). This has allowed me to open up my schedule for another anime. The anime that I chose to begin watching again was Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. You can probably tell that by my recent anime reviews of episodes 1-2 and 3-4. I watched Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba when it originally ran and have good memories of it so I decided to give it a go again.

Thoughts So Far

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans

I got through season 1 of this anime. It was rough but not in a bad way. It’s war so there is going to be casualties. That means that characters you come to love will end up dying and one of the main characters, Biscuit, bit the dust. His plight highlighted the struggle of many in the anime. He joined a mercenary company in order to allow his grandmother and sisters to continue farming. Not only did this anime highlight his struggle in battle but it also highlighted the mental battle he had to go through there at the end. All of the emotion that Tekkadan went through was summed up by the final order that Orga gave after they had successfully completed their mission. All Orga wanted was to have his Tekkadan “family” make it through the fight.

Orga's message going out to Tekkadan
Orga’s message going out to Tekkadan

I started season 2 of the anime and already there’s a different feel. The kids who were fighting for a right to exist in the universe are now trying to build and maintain the hot new mercenary company they put on the map. Tekkadan’s success against Gjallarhorn and the exposure of Gjallarhorn’s corruption has caused a universe in flux. I’ll be interested to see how the story goes as Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans now has to introduce new characters, continue the story line for old characters, and give us more awesome mobile suit action!


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

The hard part about watching this anime again is that I’m trying to be more cognizant of strengths and weaknesses so I can highlight it here. I don’t consider myself a critic at this point, I’d rather view an anime on whether or not it was worth my time watching. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is an anime that I thoroughly enjoy if it’s only for the unique art-style used during the fight sequences. I love the Water Breathing Style and how it’s depicted.

Water Breathing Style
Water Breathing Style

With what I said above about not really being a critic, I do want to take a moment and talk about what I think Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba does well. Besides the praise I’ve already written about the art style surrounding the Water Breathing Style, and the other Total Concentration Breathing styles, I feel like this anime does a good job on the animation front. I don’t feel like there is drop off anywhere in the episodes I’ve watched so far.

Culmination of Sabito vs Tanjiro
Culmination of Sabito vs Tanjiro

The story telling is easy to understand and get behind. The anime does a good job of getting you invested in the lives of Tanjiro and Nezuko. It’s nice to see a family that loves one another and two siblings who are a positive influence on those around them. That’s probably why it was so difficult to see the Kamado family savaged like it was but that’s the story. You can’t help but root for Tanjiro as he tries to find a way to turn his only surviving family member back into a human.

One other plot device that this anime does well is Tanjiro’s interactions with the demons he defeats. In reality, they’re victims of Muzan Kibutsuji as well. So far they’ve been shown to be lonely, scared people who benefit from Tanjiro’s caring hand as they pass on. It’s a touching way to develop Tanjiro’s character. He’s not just a vengeful killer of demons. Tanjiro is genuinely empathetic to others, even people turned into demons.
So that’s what I’m watching now.

Now go have fun and watch some anime!

-Nathan

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