oprainfall Week in Anime: Jan 16-22

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We here at oprainfall don’t just love video games: we’re big fans of anime, too. So in celebration of the medium, we’re here to give you our thoughts on what we’ve been watching each week as we watch it. Old, new – anything goes.

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My Dress-Up Darling

My Dress-Up Darling | Episode 3

The show has been living up pretty well to what I was hoping for the series. Gojo’s attention to detail proves invaluable to getting ready for Marin’s Cosplay. On the other side, Marin continues to show why so many people like her in this episode. The work done for some of her facial expressions are just great. The dynamic between the two continues to be good, such as how Marin saying she’s surprised Gojo actually played her game recommendations. A memorable part is when the two are talking in public getting some random people’s attention. I’m excited to see how it’ll play out once they make it to the part where Marin actually gets her outfit. – Walter

Kitagawa would be lost on what to do for this cosplay without Gojo. Seeing Kitagawa’s choice for the cosplay materials and then Gojo chiming in with his choice and explanation really hit home how much effort and thought he’s putting into this cosplay. I loved seeing these two interact, and I found the whole sequence of Kitagawa hunting Gojo down really hilarious. Animation is still gorgeous, especially the parts where they zoom in on Kitagawa’s face. This show has been a joy so far. Once again, I can’t wait to see what happens next. – Patrick

You can watch My Dress-Up Darling on Crunchyroll.

Princess Connect! Re: Dive

Princess Connect: ReDive! Idol Outfits

The new opening animation is pretty good, there are quite a few moments where you would want to pause to see all the characters and little things they throw in there. I’m glad they kept the series’ theme as the opening song, in my opinion changing it would just make it feel off. This episode introduces Nozomi, Tsumugi, and Chika and their idol themed guild. The other main focus is on Karyl and her conflicting feelings with what she’s been sent to do and the Gourmet Guild. The episode definitely gives some good moments such as Tsumugi offering new outfits for the guild and the Carmina fans. I was a bit surprised at how Karyl got quite a bit of focus and interaction with others. She had a good exchange with Tsumugi and somewhat of a surprising team up with another character. The introduction of the other characters is something I’ve been waiting on. On the negative side, the episode’s title included antipasto and there was none shown (to my knowledge) in it. 1/10. – Walter

Unlike the previous episode, there are a lot more serious moments mixed in with the comedic elements. The introduction of Carmina (Nozomi, Tsumugi, and Chika) was chaotic and hilarious, and seeing the Gourmet Guild members (including Yuuki) in idol outfits was a treat. Karyl and her activities were pretty much the focus of this episode, which comprise the serious moments I mentioned earlier. I enjoyed Carmina’s concert and the song performed was quite nice. Other than that, we got to see the opening and ending animations for this new season. The opening theme was kept the same which I think is great. As they say, “don’t fix what ain’t broke.” The ending animation has the Gourmet Guild looking through an album of their adventures, which was very nice and cute. I liked the first season of this show, and so far I am enjoying the second season as well. – Patrick

– You can watch Princess Connect! Re: Dive on Crunchyroll.

In the Land of Leadale

In the Land of Leadale Cayna & Mai Mai

The series was something I picked at random at the start of the season, but I have been finding it enjoyable. Cayna once again gets a terrible hangover and says she’ll never drink again (wanna see how long that sticks). After a bit of a build up from the last episode, the other two of her children finally reunite with her. First is Mai Mai, who at the sight of her long unseen mother acts very childish and affectionate. To dissuade her from acting this way and keeping a more professional look for her at work, Cayna threatens some pinches. From there she meets Mai Mai’s husband, who more or less throws her under a bus to show a class how she makes potions, as she does it in a way the current world doesn’t follow. I feel there are quite a few more frequent humorous moments this episode, such as Cayna making a potion very quickly using the game’s UI only to be asked where the items came from. She takes a quest where she meets Primo again, the child she caught from the last episode. She also summons a Cerberus, which drools continuously on the boy. Meeting the “ghost” of the quest, Cayna realizes she may not ever see another player, which she had been hoping for. The episode ends with Skargo, the last child, going to meet her. He has the strongest mother complex of all the children and has wonderful effects when doing anything, the fact he’s voiced by a voice actor of a JoJo (along with Kalego from Iruma-kun for double cultured) makes it better. The oddness of his complex is not lost on Cayna by the way. – Walter

– You can watch In the Land of Leadale on Crunchyroll.

What anime are you watching? Let us know in the comments!

You can read previous Week in Anime entries here!