Anime Secret Santa 2019: Wasteful Days of High School Girls

hisui_icon_4040_round There is something oddly freeing about now having the pressure of having to do the links for Anime Secret Santa. It was always a stressful task of hunting down people’s reviews on the already hectic day of Christmas. Thankfully All Geeks Considered is doing it this year I can just be a lazy participant which is a welcome change of pace. Also because my main PC died this would have been a ROUGH year to be in change of Anime Secret Santa. So maybe everything has worked out in the end. Or more like my miserable luck is more just terrible instead of disastrous. (He says as writes the post the day before Christmas on a tiny notebook in an apartment where the sewage is currently mixing with the hot water.)

So as per tradition, I break down why I picked the show I did from the three choices I got. My picks were Wasteful Days of High School Girls, Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor, and Two Car. Two Car mostly just seemed like a series about the asses of racing girls with some story to explain why you were watching them all the time. Theoretically, there might be some Keijo!!!!!!!! level brilliance hidden underneath I did not really feel like rolling those dice unless it was absolutely necessary. A Country Doctor was my “I ran out of time but still want to review something worth talking about” fall back. I thankfully finished my final choice early but I was still glad to have a fail-safe just in case. I went with Wasteful Days of High School Girls mostly as it felt the most in the spirit of the project. It was a show I had completely missed when it was first on the air and it felt like a show I could go either way on.

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Secret Santa 2018 Project Reveal

hisui_icon_4040_round It is once again time to learn the identity of your Anime Secret Santa. Where they a kindly Befana who left you an undiscovered anime gem or a wicked Frau Perchta made you watch My Sister, My Writer. Hopefully, either way, everyone involved had a good time and hopefully learns a little about their fellow anime fans.

Or if nothing else has made a bitter rival whose destruction will give them strength to carry on even in the darkness times.

One quick question for everyone to think about as they look over the list below: What could we do next year to make this even better. At this point, I think the Secret Santa Project is a fairly well-oiled machine. This is the 10th year for this exchange so I think we have worked out most of the major kinks. But is there something we have missed? It is entirely possible. This is also the time to innovate. 2018 could be a fun time to try a little twist on what he have done in the past.

If you have an improvement, variant (other than Manga Secret Santa), or a bit of advice for next year just kindly let us know below.

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Secret Santa Project Review: KonoSuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

hisui_icon_4040_round If you were curious my three choices for Anime Secret Santa this year were both seasons of KonoSuba, both new parts of FLCL (FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative), or both seasons Blood Blockade Battlefront. For some reason, my Secret Santa seemed hellbent on me watching two seasons of whatever I picked.

I passed over FLCL mostly because while I was interested in watching the series I heard it was extremely disappointing. It was not horrible, or even worse, it just was a pale shadow of the original. It felt like something that would produce a rather limp review. Blood Blockade Battlefront seemed the safest choice. At worst I might find the show dull but it would have to go some really bad places to be hard to watch. KonoSuba seemed to be the show most in the spirit of the Secret Santa Project. It was a show I avoided because it seemed like more of the same isekai nonsense that has been flooding the market. But along with Re:Zero it is one of the few transported to another world series that I actually saw good reviews for. It seemed like a title I might have wrongly prejudged as another wannabe part of the Sword Art Online wave.

To be perfectly honest I also had I plan that if KonoSuba was Texhnolyze bad I could just hit the eject button and review the far safer Blood Blockade Battlefront. I’m not going to suffer THAT much for this project. Once was enough. I’m not that much of a masochist.

Clearly, since this is my Secret Santa review KonoSuba was not total unwatchable trash like The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar but that does not mean it was good. Does KonoSuba rise like cream to the top of the isekai barrel? The short answer is: It’s complicated.

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