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The shows I was following weekly were:
- A Place Further Than the Universe
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
- DARLING in the FRANXX
- Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Katana Maidens
- Laid-Back Camp
- March Comes in Like a Lion season 2
- Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles
- Overlord season 2
- Record of Grancrest War
- Space Battleship Yamato 2199
- Today's Menu for the Emiya Family
- Violet Evergarden
My favourite anime this season is probably Laid-Back Camp as it was so relaxing and was just about a bunch of girls having fun camping and eating good food in the outdoors. A great show with great art that makes you want to camp too. I was pretty much hooked by the first episode and all of the joy that went into eating a curry cup noodle from Nadeshiko. Second up would be March Comes in Like a Lion season 2. The arcs where Rei goes to play in the Shogi match (and ends up stranded) and the Hinata being bullied arc were just amazing. Great characters and storytelling with great art again.
After these two shows, A Place Further Than the Universe, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, Katana Maidens, Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles, and Overlord season 2 were pretty darn good shows. Katana Maidens was the weakest of the bunch here with a kind of so-so start, but it developed in depth and story from the typical magical girls show. Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles was fun too as it gave some ramen history and showed several restaurants I had been to. Hakata Tonotsu Ramens really reminded me of Cowboy Bebop in many ways from character traits to art direction, especially in the credits and ending. Overlord has been a fun fantasy romp all along and the second season is building the story nicely. A Place Further was a really nice friendship story about a group of girls who dream of joining an Antarctic expedition. One of the characters lost her mother there and it does a nice job of finding closure for her with the support of her friends.
Finally, Netflix has a couple of great original animations in the form of Violet Evergarden and A.I.C.O. Incarnation. AICO is a pretty good science fiction anime with just a slightly deux exed kind of ending, but it was consistently good all the way through. Violet Evergarden was a great character show about Violet who starts as a unemotional child super-soldier who need to find her place in the world. She becomes a "Doll," a member of a profession that acts as ghostwriters with typewriters that can channel the emotions and true messages of people into text. She discovers her emotions as she learns this job.
I'm enjoying Cardcaptor Sakura too with the clear cards. It is a simple anime that captures the spirit of the original nicely (now with smartphones which didn't exist for the first series as it was so long ago). Last up, is Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (similarities to In Another World With My Smartphone). Death March is pretty much a harem anime with another programmer trapped in a gaming world with super abilities. This show is fun to watch, but not exactly something that will be a classic.
That's all for now, enjoy the new spring anime season starting now.