oprainfall Week in Anime: March 20-26

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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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Girls’ Frontline (Dolls’ Frontline)

Girls' Frontline

I caught up almost with all the episodes so far of the Girls’ Frontline adaption. The series – if you’re not familiar – is about a world where androids called T-Dolls have become prevalent in warfare after a number of catastrophic events for humanity. For the most part it follows the dolls of the Griffin & Kryuger PMC, who are named after whatever weapon they wield, and their new commander. I’m a bit familiar with the series using the mobile game as something to kill time at work, and it does follow the source material’s main story so far. It starts to differ with Gentiane, who fills the role of the new commander that the player would. I would say she isn’t a bad addition. I did like how they would try to flesh out the other T-Dolls outside of the AR Team who are a big part of the series. The inclusion of the other Griffin commanders was another good touch, though they don’t stand out too much (though I do like Kamolov and his interactions with PPK).

I feel a bit mixed on the adaption overall though. It has some issues, one is the animation at times. The opening is really good, but the actual show isn’t as stylistic as it. I wouldn’t say that it’s bad at all, but the problem is there are frames where things are animated poorly. They’re usually real quick and if you’re not paying attention might not notice it, but there are times when something’s are very off. Quite a few of those are of M4’s weapon, which at this point you might have seen screens of. Other times there are odd little mistakes with a weapon or some character design changes. This was pretty apparent with Negev’s Squad (Uzi got nerfed in my opinion). One thing that bothered me was the sound of the Sangvis weapons, it’s the most stock sounding effects for laser/beam weapons. Might not be a bother to others, but to me personally it was kind of off-putting to hear. That being said, I did like it enough to not drop it. I do like aspects of the story and some of the action. Though I can see why others would drop it. If you compared this to the adaption that Princess Connect: Re:Dive! received, it isn’t hard to see which one is stronger, at least to me. That being said the opening and ending themes are a plus. – Walter

– You can watch Girls’ Frontline on Funimation.

Princess Connect! Re: Dive

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Eriko Returns

Each of the last few episodes have been really pushing things further than the last. Everything seems to go for the worst with Yuki, Kokorro, and some of the other residents on the run from shadows. Then, there is Pecorine as she is facing the final boss who won’t make things easy. Lastly, there is the new addition of Twilight Caravan when they also face a seemingly invincible enemy. Kokorro gets to finally meet someone who has known about her for a long time, plus a throwback to the first season ends up saving Yuki and the others. The fight with Christina was the highlight, which although we all know was very in her favor. Eriko gets to really shine in this fight, not to mention the inclusion of the rest of her guild that weren’t there when they first were introduced. I would say the biggest part was Pecorine’s continual fight. Her first one gets her injured in a pretty harsh way, but she breaks through. The second with her and Jun as she really goes all out was the biggest for me. Things are ending so soon however, and Yuki finally makes it to Pecorine. Seeing how they close this will be interesting. – Walter

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

In the Land of Leadale

In the Land of Leadale Hangover again

Like in the previous episode, things are winding down for the last episode. We get another rough morning for our lead after a night of partying. Cayna builds a home for Luka, servants, and herself. From there she also ends up being a teacher for Luka and Lytt. There is a nice moment where Luka accepts Cayna as her mother. A lot of the episode was how things have calmed for them all and their peaceful life in the village. While a bit of the story is stuff we’ve definitely seen before, there was enough for me at least to keep going with it. There’s quite a bit that still hasn’t been explained and I’m sure a lot more to explore. Seeing Leadale again would be something I wouldn’t mind. – Walter

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

My Dress-Up Darling

My Dress-Up Darling

It’s been such a long time since an anime made me feel this light and giddy, but looking back on this season of My Dress-Up Darling, it’s hard not to just grin from ear to ear when I think about what Kitagawa and Gojo have gone through. In several ways it’s been very typical rom-com style hijinks, from comically-timed bathroom walk-ins to clothing malfunctions to bonkers set ups that get our protagonists a bit closer than they ever expected. But it’s also been genuinely sweet and charming, with an emphasis on diving into the hobbies and skills our cast love, and giving those time to shine in their own right. My Dress-Up Darling has been a vehicle for showcasing love in so many different forms, and it’s been wonderful. But every season should end with a bang, so what better way than with a festival and fireworks? We get some more stunning animation cuts and adorable facial expressions, as well as some heartfelt interactions between Kitagawa and Gojo that just melted my insides. I am so excited to see how their relationship continues to grow. – 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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