Anime I’m Watching (August 2023)

 

 

Lately, my life has been incredibly hectic. To relax, I’ve turned to an old friend, anime. Since I’ve been slacking on my monthly wrap-ups, I thought I’d share some of the anime I’ve been watching lately and why you should watch them!

 

1. Bleach : Thousand-Year Blood War

Where to watch: Hulu

Episodes: Ongoing

 

“Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki spends his days fighting against Hollows, dangerous evil spirits that threaten Karakura Town. Ichigo carries out his quest with his closest allies: Orihime Inoue, his childhood friend with a talent for healing; Yasutora Sado, his high school classmate with superhuman strength; and Uryuu Ishida, Ichigo’s Quincy rival.

Ichigo’s vigilante routine is disrupted by the sudden appearance of Asguiaro Ebern, a dangerous Arrancar who heralds the return of Yhwach, an ancient Quincy king. Yhwach seeks to reignite the historic blood feud between Soul Reaper and Quincy, and he sets his sights on erasing both the human world and the Soul Society for good.

Yhwach launches a two-pronged invasion into both the Soul Society and Hueco Mundo, the home of Hollows and Arrancar. In retaliation, Ichigo and his friends must fight alongside old allies and enemies alike to end Yhwach’s campaign of carnage before the world itself comes to an end.”

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Bleach has always been one of my favorites. This show, which I happened to catch on Adult Swim one night back in the day, singlehandedly got me back into watching anime and reading manga in college. So I was always disappointed that the original anime wasn’t finished. So you best believe I’m watching the long-awaited conclusion with all of my favorite familiar faces, like Ichigo and Rukia, and the ultimate showdown between Quincies and Shinigamis. The fights are more epic than ever before and the stakes are higher than ever, with Ishida, Ichigo’s longtime friend and former ally joining forces with the enemy. I’ve absolutely loved returning to the world of Soul Society again and learning more about the origins of Ichigo’s powers and the animosity between the Quincies and the Shinigamis. If you’re a fan of the show already, this is absolutely a must-watch.

 

2. Jujutsu Kaisen

Where to watch: Crunchyroll

Episodes: 24 (season 1)

Ongoing (season 2)

 

Yuji Itadori is a boy with tremendous physical strength, though he lives a completely ordinary high school life. One day, to save a classmate who has been attacked by curses, he eats the finger of Ryomen Sukuna, taking the curse into his own soul. From then on, he shares one body with Ryomen Sukuna. Guided by the most powerful of sorcerers, Satoru Gojo, Itadori is admitted to Tokyo Jujutsu High School, an organization that fights the curses… and thus begins the heroic tale of a boy who became a curse to exorcise a curse, a life from which he could never turn back.

 

The only problem with watching Bleach again, is that I have to wait for a new episode every week. That left a very big Bleach-sized hole in my heart, so I had to find a show that was similar to it. That led me to try Jujutsu Kaisen. Though I was skeptical that anything could come close to Bleach, I quickly grew to love this show. The magic system revolves around curses and those who wield their own curse magic to protect those who have no magic. Somehow, this magic system manages to feel completely new. I really like all of the main characters and was especially thrilled to find a shonen anime with not just one, but multiple powerful female characters who can take care of themselves. The main trio of the group, consisting of Itadori Yuji, Fushiguro Megumi, and Kugisaki Nobara, puts me a lot to mind of Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke, but without the two boys having to carry their female team member through everything. Plus, the show, especially in the second season, deals with a lot of moral themes, which is something I find very interesting.

 

3. Black Clover

Where to watch: Crunchyroll

Episodes: 170

 

In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of fifteen, both receive grimoires, magic books that amplify their holder’s magic. Asta’s is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent’s spells. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option!

Well naturally, I ran out of episodes of Jujustu Kaisen, so I had to find yet another show to fill the new void. I had watched Black Clover before, but I didn’t remember it all too well, so watching it again has basically been like watching it for the first time. Black Clover revolves around a world filled with magic and magic users of different skill levels, but features an orphaned protagonist, named Asta, who is shockingly born without magic. Despite being born without magic, Asta eventually gets his own unique abilities of anti-magic and is still able to join the Magic Knights, albeit part of the eccentric Black Bulls squad, in his quest to become the most powerful magic user, called The Wizard King. What I really like about Black Clover is that it’s just dark enough to be interesting without feeling overpowering, like Fullmetal Alchemist, which while a great show, jumped from one dark thing to another and often had me feeling sad.

 

Another thing that really stands out to me in Black Clover is the character development. This anime really takes the time to develop even the side characters. I especially enjoy the dynamic between Asta and his fellow member of the Black Bulls, Noelle. These two are like opposite sides of the same coin, with Asta completely unable to utilize magic, and with Noelle being absolutely brimming with magical power, but unable to utilize it with any control. I think it’s rare to find an anime that does such a good job of making the male and female leads equally powerful and to have such a healthy bond.

 

4. Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke’s Mansion

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 12

Living inside a fairy tale may sound like a dream, but for this heroine, it’s more of a nightmare. After her mysterious death, Rinko is reborn as Raeliana—a loved and wealthy character in a novel. But she knows the ending: her murder at the hands of her fiancé. So, she hatches a plan to stay alive, one that involves a devilish duke and a phony engagement. Can she rewrite her story?

I picked up Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke’s Mansion because I read a little bit of the Webtoon and enjoyed it. Plus, I’m really a sucker for Isekai (where a protagonist is reborn into a new world), stories. Raeliana retains all of the memories of her past life, right up until her very untimely death, and the plot of the story she read in which she finds herself living. Knowing Raeliana’s doomed to die, she refuses to die yet again in this new world, and will stop at nothing to keep herself alive. I really liked this anime because Raeliana is such a strong protagonist and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep herself safe, including using her knowledge from the book, her past life’s education, or her feminine wiles. It’s a breath of fresh air to experience an anime where the female lead isn’t selfless and is not determined to sacrifice herself at the earliest opportunity. The only downside to this anime is that it comes a very abrupt end and doesn’t feel quite finished. Still, it’s worth watching for the heroine and the plot, in my opinion.

 

5. Sugar Apple Fairy Tale

Where to watch: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 12 (Season 1)
Ongoing (Season 2) 

Anne Halford is on her way to fulfill her dream of becoming a confectionary artisan, a Silver Sugar Master—however, the road to her destination is filled with a world of danger. To protect herself, she reluctantly buys Challe, a fairy forced into a life of servitude, but she seeks friendship more than a lackey. Torn between his freedom and her needs, she must confront what the sweet life is worth.

Not going to lie, when I first saw a clip of this anime on Tiktok, I decided to watch it purely based on the fact that the male lead looked like Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia. However, I quickly fell in love with this anime for reasons beyond the appearance of the male lead. Sugar Apple Fairy Tale takes place in a world with fairies, but not in the typical sense of fairies living in woods or in another realm. Instead, the fairies of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale co-exist right along side humans, which sounds nice, but actually isn’t in reality, as the fairies are enslaved by humans. Anne, the female protagonist, feels that fairies should not be enslaved, but remorsefully ends up buying one, called Challe, to help her accomplish her dreams of becoming a Silver Sugar master. Turns out, Anne will need every bit of his help to accomplish her goal, as she’s confronted time and time again with misogyny in a male dominated field and with deadly jealousy of her superior skills. Along the way, she is forced to confront even more harsh truths, such as the treatment of fairies at the hands of humans. Though Anne has a lot to learn about the world at large, she faces every challenge that comes her way with determination and perseverance and it’s impossible not to root for her.

 

 

What anime are you watching lately?

 

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Posted August 24, 2023 in Anime, Watch

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4 responses to “Anime I’m Watching (August 2023)

  1. I need to check out Raeliana! It sounds so fun, definitely something that I would like~ Hope you enjoy all the other anime as well!

    • I really like the premise of Raelianna myself. I am really hoping that they will make a second season of the show. If you watch it, I hope you enjoy it! And thank you!

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