Autumn 2020 First Impressions – Moeronpan #1

This season is gonna be a bit dicey unfortunately, for one thing, it seems a lot bigger than usual due to the number of shows meant to air in the previous season that got delayed due to COVID, and we’re also busy. It’s unlikely we’ll get the chance to watch everything (and not even most of everything) but we can at least try to see a selection. Stuff will also probably be late, so I’ll be doing small batch posts throughout October.

Azone? In my new anime season anime? It’s more likely than you think!
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As may be obvious by now, it doesn’t seem like I can keep up with blogging an anime this season after all – which is a disappointing decision to have to make. There’s a lot of interesting shows this season – especially Eizouken! – to the extent that I hope I still have time to do a round-up post at the end of the month, but trying to fit the reviews into my schedule has been causing me a lot of stress.
It’s been pretty difficult to figure out how to juggle reviewing on top of other things, because I do like doing it, and I like keeping this blog active. But I’m basically left with no other choice than to make some big changes to my reviewing process in order to streamline it. It’s something I plan to see if I can try out for the next anime season (which is already next month!).
Basically what I’m thinking of doing is paring the reviews right down to much shorter pieces of my thoughts and opinions and maybe removing the synopsis part entirely. The result will be that the reviews are shorter and quicker to write – which would also mean I can do more of them. The tentative idea is to do a weekly post with a bunch of thoughts of all the shows I’m currently watching. I haven’t decided if the First Impressions will also be pared down – that’s a decision for each reviewer individually.

At any rate, it’ll be getting a test-run soon. I’m sorry to anyone who genuinely enjoyed and will probably prefer my longer and more in-depth reviews, but it’s the choice between  having any updates and having no updates at this point.
(But maybe I’d make an exception for Case Files season 2 if/when it happens.)

The Evil is Defeated

Just a heads up that I finally decided to upgrade to a paid wordpress plan for Moeronpan! Despite the site nearing its 10th birthday, I was embarrassingly unaware of how many GODDAMN ADS are visible when not logged into a wordpress account – especially on mobile. Holy moly. To all of our readers who read the blog on mobile and swim through all those ads, you’re the real MVPs, and I don’t know how you could stand it. But now you don’t have to!

Here are some other upcoming changes to the blog (which hopefully arent too far off):
1) A new banner
2) A mascot
3) An update to the theme/blog appearance
4) More regular season wrap-ups from me (and, hopefully, mid-season reports!

Thanks for reading our blog as always.

A First Impression: Fruits Basket Episode 1

Well, this is kinda exciting! Fruits Basket is one of those series that anyone who has been an anime fan since at least the early 00s probably needs no introduction to – it’s arguably one of the most popular shojo series of all time. But while the manga was quite lengthy, the original anime was quite short. Not finishing the story wasn’t really the only thing the anime left a lot to be desired in, so after all this time it’s nice to have a brand new adaptation that promises to adapt the entire story. But there’s been an awful lot of anime reboots lately, and their quality is wildly inconsistent. So how does Fruits Basket 2019 look so far? Let’s find out.

Like visiting old friends.

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Yakusoku no Neverland Episodes 3 and 4

Just a head’s up from Junko – there were meant to be other First Impression reviews done this month that ended up not possible due to other personal commitments – but we can hopefully get them in some form eventually. Sorry for the wait!

As for me, I don’t really have an excuse for why this review is late, so let’s just get on with it.

Mama’s already judging me.

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