How are my dear readers enjoying the new anime season? On my side, I’m enjoying all my picks, though one show notably falls short of the rest in quality. At any rate, these kinds of posts tend to run long, so let’s jump right into the anime.
1) Aoharu x Machinegun
Here’s a lighthearted comedy with just enough seriousness to make the plot interesting. The first episode featured our heroine, Hotaru Tachibana, being dragged into an airsoft team after picking a fight with an innocent host, who happens to be her neighbor. The matches thus far have been quite suspenseful. Even though the characters are not terribly original, the anime manages to immerse the viewer in their struggles and keeps the viewer eager to watch each new stage in our heroine’s journey. Another plus is how much it reminds me of my favorite show of last year: Sabagebu!
For some reason, American mob films have never appealed to me; however, I’ve yet to run across a bad yakuza anime. Curiously, of the shows Anime-Planet users recommend to fans of Gangsta!, I’ve seen all except Michiko to Hatchin and have enjoyed the rest. Gangsta! sets itself apart from other yakuza anime in having better world building. Only Gungrave comes close to it in this regard. The heroes fascinate one by how they try to live in a world of violence and exploitation with some honor. The sword vs. gun fights are utterly unrealistic, but most of the fights are very exciting. However, fans who don’t like bloody violence, sexual situations (the show has eschewed explicit sex thus far), or nudity should give Gangsta! a wide berth.