By Operation Rainfall / February 13th, 2022
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.
Goddamn am I kicking myself for sitting on this for as long as I did. An original anime from OZ, Sabikui Bisco is an absolutely bonkers ride that I am a billion percent here for. Here’s the basic premise: Sometime in the future, a huge explosion destroys Tokyo and unleashes something called the Rusty Wind, which infects humans with an illness that creates a rust-like rash across their body that eventually spreads into the organs and kills them. Society at large believes mushrooms spread the Rust and have outlawed their existence, but a group of people called Mushroom Keepers insist that the fungus actually eats Rust and will save Japan. One of these Mushroom Keepers, named Bisco, is on a quest to find the Rust Killer mushroom, and in the course of his journey enlists the help of a local doctor named Milo. The two must travel across post-apocalyptic Japan dodging law enforcement and surviving giant crabs and killer flying blowfish to find the mystical mushroom that can save their loved ones from their Rust infections. If you read all of that and aren’t immediately interested in this show, I don’t think we can be friends. Gorgeous animation, stylish character designs, great voice acting, killer soundtrack, and evocative environments make this an absolute must-watch, so what are you waiting for? Go check it out! – Leah
– You can watch Sabikui Bisco on Crunchyroll.
Princess Connect! Re: Dive
Picking up from the cliffhanger from last time, there was a lot going on this week. A lot things regarding the larger story was shown, something that has been more of a focus this season. Pecorine’s disappearance causes quite the trouble and is rough for both her and the others. Here we get to see Yuki and his backstory really start coming in. The mystery regarding the shadows gets more fleshed out too, not to mention Kasumi’s shadow getting more involved. Everything builds up well then finishes when Pecorine returns to face off against the shadows. It definitely doesn’t disappoint. – Walter
– You can watch Princess Connect! Re: Dive on Crunchyroll.
In the Land of Leadale
Cayna makes her appearance once it’s apparent the knights and her granddaughter are no match and very easily dispatches them. Moving on from them she comes to the conclusion that there is another player character in the area. Heading toward another tower, she finds the local bandits and deals with them. It’s here that she faces their leader who she finds out is a player like her. While he is a high level he’s no match at all with Cayna. From their exchanges, Cayna realizes that the player is a kid and doesn’t seem to think the same about the world like she does. Cayna actually becomes quite mad and gets close to just killing him. Stopped by her granddaughter, it’s actually surprising how quick she came to the conclusion that it would just be easier to kill him off. Though with how she describes it, it honestly would be the easiest thing to do in the situation. Even though she finds out he’s a player, I thought it was odd that there is wasn’t more questioning if he knows more about the situation with the game. Getting to the tower and finding a tsundere skeleton, Cayna finds out the tower belongs to one of her friends. She is gifted a little fairy that doesn’t speak and can’t be seen by others – though she seems to imitate whatever face Cayna makes, which is entertaining. Some interesting things happened, but I would like if it did go a bit deeper into what Cayna’s situation is. – Walter
– You can watch In the Land of Leadale on Crunchyroll.
My Dress-Up Darling
Following the end of the cosplay event, we see a bit of down time between Gojo and Marin. This is a part of the manga I was looking forward to. Marin coming to realize how she feels about Gojo is great to see – something that I feel that in most series usually takes forever to happen. While it is a few episodes in, it does feel like it gradually happened and wasn’t out of the blue as it built up to it. Gojo’s grandfather finally meeting her and getting to know more about Marin’s situation also had its moments. The other big part was the introduction of Juju. Making quite the first impression on Gojo, he finds out that she would like an outfit from him, too. It doesn’t take long for Marin to find out and show her excitable side to her since she’s a fan. I liked the clip of the anime that Juju wants to do a cosplay for, the detail they put in was a nice touch. The show’s been living up to what I wanted out of it from the manga. I’m looking forward to the next new character and cosplay for Marin. – Walter
My Dress-Up Darling continues toeing that line between wholesome and lewd with this episode and I’m so here for it. I can’t remember the last time a bathroom gag made me laugh that hard. But more to the point, watching Gojo and Kitagawa’s relationship continue forward is so fun, and seeing her get so flustered as she realizes she might be falling for him was heart-meltingly cute – doubly so because it happens while he’s talking shop with Grandpa. This episode also introduces us to Kitagawa’s favorite cosplayer, Juju, who stalks Gojo to ask him to make her an outfit. The comedy in this episode, especially with Juju and Gojo’s interactions, was great. It also avoided the trap of “the rival” that I immediately feared was coming with Juju’s introduction. Kitagawa is way too wholesome for that nonsense, though. So much of how this show deals with its love story is refreshing. Things might take a change later on (unlike Walter, I haven’t read the manga), but right now I’m enjoying the ride and how My Dress-Up Darling continues to surprise me. – Leah
– You can watch My Dress-Up Darling on Crunchyroll.
What anime are you watching? Let us know in the comments!
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