oprainfall’s Week in Anime: Sep 19-25

Sunday, September 26th, 2021

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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.

Currently Airing:

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ScreenFollowing Jahy’s attempts to restore the dark realm was this week’s episode where she takes a bit of a unplanned break from her mission. It’s been a few episodes since we’ve seem her former minion Druj and, once again, we see how she’s been doing quite a bit better in the human realm. Even though we’ve come to know the struggles of our favorite second-in-command, she still sees Jahy as her former glorious self. Once again we also get to have some nice moments of Jahy with the manager and landlord, this time at a public bath. I always enjoy the dynamic between the two sisters with Jahy, who still struggles at times with day-to-day life. The party with Jahy and Druj was also nice, once again showing how Druj – even with how well she is doing – misses being an underling for Jahy. I’ve been liking The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! a lot this season and the episode had a lot of moments of Jahy not suffering a number of failures like they tend to. While it’s humorous to see her setbacks, it is nice that she gets a win in every once in a while. – Walter

– You can watch The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! on Crunchyroll.

My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia MidoriyaSo after our jaunt into My Villain Academia, it’s back to form with the U-A kids. This was definitely just a decompress/setup episode after everything that happened with Shigaraki, but it was some welcome downtime. We got to see some new skills from Midoriya and crew, as well as some insight into how All Might has been feeling. Something’s going on with Eri-chan, but we won’t know what for a bit, it seems, and Hawks is still on the trail of Shigaraki’s benefactor. Overall this was just a nice reset after the conflict between the League of Villains and the Liberation Army as we gear up for what looks like an even bigger fight to come. – Leah

– You can watch My Hero Academia on Crunchyroll.

The Case Study of Vanitas

The Case Study of VanitasI admit, I’m a bit late to the party on this one, seeing as the last episode of this season’s first cour just aired, but better late than never, amirite? I’m not the biggest fan of vampire stories, but The Case Study of Vanitas is a major exception. I’ve been interested in this one since I saw the first PV and absolutely fell in love with the aesthetic, but just hadn’t had the chance to sit down and take a peek at it in action. Well I can definitely say that after two episodes, it’s worth a watch. Noé is the exact blend of lovable idiot and competent badass that I love, and Vanitas is a precocious piece of shit who I cannot stop rooting for. The fight animation isn’t the best and it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on, but the locales are great and the animators really went out of their way to realize this alternate reality steampunk Paris. Also the voice acting is seriously great. Check this one out if you haven’t yet! I’m very much looking forward to seeing where it all goes. – Leah

– You can watch The Case Study of Vanitas on Hulu.

Old Shows:

Yu Yu Hakusho:

I’m so absorbed into my abundance of games I have to play these days, that I don’t make enough time for anime. However, this new weekly article we’re doing gives me a reason to start watching more often. Coincidentally enough, I’ve been slowly building up a very modest anime DVD collection these last few years, out of a desire to always have a good selection on hand when I do want to relax with some anime. For this week’s article, I went back to Yu Yu Hakusho. About a year and a half ago now, I got the first season as a gift and then went and bought the remaining three seasons so I would have the full series to watch. I haven’t gotten super far into it yet though. This past Saturday I went back over episodes 11 through 13 of season 1 to refresh my memory of what I most recently watched last year before putting it down. Those episodes, in particular, cover the final bit of Genkai’s tournament to discover her successor.

Yu Yu Hakusho is one of those anime I wanted to own purely for nostalgia and out of a desire to finish it having never gotten past the Dark Tournament Saga. It’s not the very first anime I have faint memories of watching as a kid but it is one of the oldest. While the show mostly revolves around fights between Yusuke and various opponents, it’s the overall story between him and his friends that always kept me absorbed. I’m pretty sure I even saw the very beginning of the anime, him dying and coming back to life, more than a few times on TV back in the day. Despite Yu Yu Hakusho being so old, I’m finding I have no problem getting back into it today. Not only is it still enjoyable to watch, but I also love having it on DVD. The season 1 DVDs have some really good background music in the menu (featured above) which makes it even better than if I were simply watching it online. – Jenae

– You can watch Yu Yu Hakusho on Hulu.

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

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.