Free: Eternal SummerFree! - Iwatobi Swim Club, which I reviewed here, continues the story of the five swimmers, plus Rin's new team. With the series' screen time split between the Iwatobi Swim and Rin's team at Samezuka Academy, it is able to both give the characters from the first season satisfying character arcs, as well as introduce some new and fun characters. Eternal Summer has the tone and feel that fits the sports genre more so than the previous season, while still retaining the fun slice-of-life drama and comedy elements. It is not necessarily superior to the first season, but I enjoyed it at least a little more than the first season overall. The humor was even better, and since the audience already knows the characters, everything can move at a faster pace. Of course, the series' drama is not always perfect, with one or two episodes retreading previous material. Despite the minor flaws, Kyoto Animation's work on the series is still stunning, and the swimming sequences are even more fun and thrilling! Overall, Free: Eternal Summer is a satisfying season with top notch animation, and good character development. Even though it is unlikely, hopefully there will be another season following the guys after school, like Clannad: After Story.
Ao Haru Ride
Plot Summary: "Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to "reset" her image & life as a new high school student. Because she's cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn't get her feeling across to the one boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun. Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won't be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?"
Space Dandy 2
Sword Art Online 2
Plot Summary: "The story centers around Saburou, a high school boy who time-travels to Japan's Sengoku Era. He must become Nobunaga Oda, the famed warlord who helps unite Japan."
Did you watch any of these series? Are you interested in any of them? Please comment below and let me know, and do not forget to check back tomorrow for my review of Nobunaga Concerto.
Below are links to the previous parts of my summer review, as well as my fall impressions.
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