I've ended up watching a lot more tan I expected to this season.
Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden had a rocky start with its first few episodes, but I think it's been getting steadily better (episode 7 was a particular doozy). The challenge seems to have been finding the right way to balance Violet's personal growth with the independent character stories she interacts with. The production values are through the roof, though - which is especially impressive since, apparently, .
Speaking of rocky starts, I feel bad I almost forgot about Darling in the FranXX, Studio Trigger's new collaboration with A-1 Pictures. Once again, this show is having some trouble finding solid footing amidst its overt metaphors and trope-heavy plot; but in this case, the show seems to be taking a more deliberately patient route, prioritizing charater dynamics and development over direct world-building scenarios. Production values are also really strong for this show, so I have modestly high hopes for it.
I really wasn't expecting to watch Pop Team Epic, but at this point I think I have to admit to enjoying it. What an absolute trip of a show it's been, though...
Mr. Osomatsu season 2 continues to be entertaining, although at this point I'd say they've definitely been ramping up the vulgarity since last season. I continue to be surprised and amused, though.
The Ancient Magus Bride is about to surpass where I've read in the manga, so I'm getting excited to see what comes next.
I've also ended up watching Mitsuboshi Colors, a show about three gradeschool girls who go around playing "heroes" in their town. It's a quaint, colorful, and cute show that has some real .
Oh! I went to see Studio Ponoc's Mary and the Witch's Flower last night. It's not a Miyazaki film, but frankly it's close enough: a thrilling children's adventure that's gorgeously animated.
Today I also took a lot at Discotek's release of Lupin the IIIrd: The Castle of Cagliostro, and it was delightful. This was my introduction to the Lupin franchise, but now that I've seen all of the original series and much of pt. 2, I feel I appreciate the film even more now. Discotek's presentation is terrific to boot.