Journey to Spring: A Dogpile of Band Girls and I Miss Shounen | #8

I’m startng to realize the weirdness of my titles for this series. I can see how an outsider looking in would be a little…put off. What’s new?

Anyways, before we proceed with the typical routine, a miniature rant about shounen. I love the shounen genre much more than I probably should for my demographic. The thought of blood-pounding soundtrack mixed with ear-shattering screaming really boils the blood, y’know? Anime like Naruto or Dragonball embody the blood-boiling action and joy I’ve loved. Hell, I’ve even re-watched Naruto and we all know how long and tedious that thing is. The same could be said about shounen movies like Promare or shorter anime series like Fire Force. They may be linear and predictable but damn, are they fun!

Sadly, it’s been too long since I’ve seen a shounen. I mean, I finished Fire Force a month ago but still! It’s been way too long and I sort of miss those annoying shounen tropes and vulgar screams of the genre. They just grow on you. I might as well have a tree carved SHOUNEN sticking out of my shoulder at this point. If you have any shounen on the vaguer side of the spectrum since I’ve pratically hit all the mainstream ones, I’d love to know what you’d reccommend. As of now, I’m stuck in a rut of band girls, band girls and band girls.

Speaking of which…

Strikethrough means completed, Bold means there was a change in its status (progress, completion, etc) and underlined means they were the original goal.

  • Good Night Punpun
  • Mawaru Penguindrum
  • Bokurano
  • Usagi Drop
  • Girl’s Last Tour
  • Bakemono No Ko
  • Paprika
  • Masturbation Master Kurosawa
  • Madoka Magica
  • Rec
  • Our Happy Hours
  • Three Days of Happiness
  • Annarasumanara (Webtoon)
  • The Enigma of Amigara Fault
  • Uzumaki
  • K-on!
  • K-on!!
  • K-on! The Movie
  • What are you doing at the End of the World? Are you Busy? Will you Save us?
  • Carole & Tuesday
  • Bloom Into You
  • Citrus
  • Asagao To Kase-San
  • Sakura Trick
  • Yuru Yuri
  • Sound Euphonium!
  • Sound Euphonium 2!
  • Jojo’s Bizaare Adventure: Golden Wind
  • The Promised Neverland
  • Kaguya-Sama: Love is War
  • Fireworks
  • Nino Kuni
  • Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?

Okay, I may not have watched that much band girls but it feels like too much! I’m sure if we add all the females from both K-on! and Sound! Euphonium together, we’ll have a pretty large dogpile…


K-on!! (26/26)

K-On!!

You could honestly watch this second season without context and you’ll stil have a great enough time. It’s basically season one. Take out one exclamation mark and you have the same first season we know and love. For deeper thoughts, you can check out my first season review with a lame title or my long-ass rant why K-on!! hits harder than K-on! and potentially why it’s score on MAL is higher than it’s first season. I don’t mention the latter though but hey, now you know! Quaint first season, quaint second season. Overall status? Quaint. Solid 8 if you care for numerical system like I do. No review.

K-on! The Movie! (1/1)

K-On! Movie

I actually suggest you watch this with a smaller amount of context than usual. Like, maybe finish half the second season or 3/4 of it. I thought this was a chronological-type movie so I went ahead and watched the OVAs and everything in a row, then went to the movies and was sorely mistaken…I think. I didn’t do much research before watching. Throughout the movie, I was struggling to figure out the time frame this was taking place in. Was this after the second season’s OVA? If so, why are the four already in college in the OVA? Did I mishear the dialogue yet again? If I’m right, then this can’t be after the OVA because it’s taking place in the events prior to surprising Azusa with a no piece of music…I was a convoluted mess all throughout. I can understand Evangelion’s non-linear storyline yet I can’t even figure out the timeline to this movie. Most likely all because I misheard something in the OVA. Lesson learned: Always do research. Man, oh man, I could’ve swore I heard something like that from my bajillions of teachers I’ve had.

Ahem, quaint first season. Quaint second season. Quaint movie. Overall? Quaint. No review.

Sound! Euphonium (13/13)

Hibike! Euphonium

This one wasn’t very quaint. First of all, d-r-a-m-a. There’s a lot of it. It’s not Stars Align drama-packed but it’s pretty well stuffed but to a decent extent. All our characters are super likable including the renowned “blonde hair bitch”. She’s not as bitchy as she seems, okay! There’s really nothing bad to say about Eupho except for the tortorously slow beginning it brought up. I’ll dive into more in my review. If things go well and I don’t procrastinate, it should be out Wednesday.

I’m not satisfied with ending this section like this. Reina is best girl and you cannot convince me otherwise. Ahhh, now I’m satisfied. Maybe I should write a post dedicated to her? I can’t just let such a high quality waifu like this go to waste!

Sound! Euponium 2 (7/13)

Hibike! Euphonium 2

I’ll be honest with you guys. I’m not liking this second season as much as the first. Unlike the first, the drama is leaning on the heavy side and it’s beginning to steer the show away from it’s primary focus, the journey and hardships through band. We’re too heavy on the melodrama. Thankfully, the exhuasting melodrama streak ended an episode ago and we’re starting to get back into the groove of frustrating band. I have a feeling we’ll be greeted with more melodrama sooner or later though…Asuka seems up to something and I don’t like it. Depending how negative/positive Eupho’s second season concludes, I may or may not include it in the review.

Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? (13/13)

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka

Ah, yes. The question I’ve been wondering since I was a child and sadly, we’re not given an answer in this first season. Wow, this brings me to tears. This outrageously long title or, as I like to say and hear, DanMachi is a sturdy show yet, a lackluster one. It creates a solid foundation for itself and builds from there with it’s Hestia-Bell character dynamic and touching mini-character arcs but other than that, nothing makes DanMachi a special series. Yes, it has anime bewbs. That’s a huge plus. Yes, Bell is not an over-powered Kirito-kun and he does have an existing flaw forecefully and constantly pushing him forward. The flaw’s consequence pays off decently and only decently. DanMachi’s word isn’t filled with mystique, it’s characters don’t have me on the edge of my seat and to be honest, Bell could die tommorow and I wouldn’t care. It’d be a waste of such a well-built up charater but would I genuinely care for his existence and the weight of his death? Unfortunately, no. Nothing ties this series to me and although it may be objectively decent, ultimately, my and DanMachi’s relationship is the equivalent to this:

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I had my doubts on whether this was a GIF or not…

So far, my watching progress has been my best in all my years of watching anime (It’s been five but still!). We have two more weeks till the last one and so far, I’ve read and watched 23 in total. Well damn Inskidee. Got nothing better to do with your time I see! I’m still deciding on what to do for the finale…maybe I’ll rank all of them? That’d be a lot of work. Eh, I’ll challenge myself! Let’s see what I’ll come up with…Yikes, I’m already scared of the terror my mind potentially holds…As always, thanks for reading!

11 thoughts on “Journey to Spring: A Dogpile of Band Girls and I Miss Shounen | #8

  1. Wow, that’s more anime I’ve seen recently. Funny you mention shonen stuff since I just finished binge reading a shonen manga series just today, but I don’t want to say what it is because I’m going to review a long anime series that’s going to be a huge surprise. Hahaha! There’s some good stuff in that genre even though I’m still out of the loop when it comes to anime. =

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    1. Woah, I can’t wait to see that review! I’m super interested! Last night, I was looking through my endless PTW list and I discovered that I actually had a ton of shounen series stacked up in there. Turns out the whole paragraph on missing shounen was baloney. Now I know what I’ll be binging tonight!

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      1. Yup, it’s going to be a while because it’s going to be part of my “review an anime series longer than 52 episodes” goal. The longest anime I’ve reviewed on Iridium Eye was Kimba the White Lion with 52 episodes, so I wanted a bigger challenge. So far, I finished the first season of said anime and I’m a few episodes in the second season. The series isn’t that popular, but one of the creators worked on a VERY popular anime series, and that’s all I can say about that.

        Oh, wow! That’s pretty cool. What shonen stuff was on your watch or read list that wasn’t mentioned in this post?

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      2. Ooh, you’re definitely hitting a curious bone in me here, I’m dying to see what this mysterious series is. Waiting a while longer couldn’t hurt!

        Considering I was searching for series of the action tag and not specifically shounen (even tho finding a shounen in there would be jackpot), I found a movie called Sword of the Stranger in my plan to watch list. I have no idea where I found it but the time frame it’s set in (Sengoku Period) is head-turning. I have no idea how popular it is but count me in!

        The other two headturners I firmly remember from last night were the Knights of Sidonia of the action mecha tag (I’ve also never heard of this) that rocked a killer synopsis and Texhnolyze of the action drama tag. Ive heard split opinions on Texhnolyze and I’ve also heard good about it around the aniblogging community. That’s one I definitely want to get to soon!

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      3. Hahaha! It’s going to be a very fascinating one and I have a long history with this series in question. Also, this series is something I’ve never covered on my blog before.

        Sure thing and they can really go hand in hand. I’ve heard of that movie, but I’ve never seen it. I’ve heard good things about it.

        I haven’t seen Knights of Sidonia yet. Weirdly enough, I’ve read part of the manga Blame! which is from the same creator. Yes, I’m aware that there’s an OVA and a movie remake out there. Texhnolyze! YES! That’s my second favorite ABe series next to Haibane Renmei. If you want an avant-garde edge with your sci-fi or cyberpunk, then this will be up your alley. However, don’t watch Texhnolyze if you’re feeling depressed. Trust me, the last few episodes get VERY dark. I did review that one and I also put Kano in my Top 7 Underrated Anime Villains list. Feel free to check it out. That list was really fun to make. https://iridiumeye.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/top-7-underrated-anime-villains/

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      4. Oooh, I didn’t know Blame! Was from the same creator. It just makes me want to watch Knights of Sidonia more!

        I’ve heard so much of the impact of Texhonolyze’s famous last episodes, now I’m just dying to see them! An avant-garde edge does sound like something I’d feel I’d enjoy. Can’t wait to get to it now!

        Oh yeah, I also found Haibane Renmei in the depths of my PTW list! I thought it’d be inappropriate to mention it here tho considering there was no action tag in sight 😅. I believe I found out about it from AlsAnimeBlog’s mini-description of it in a Blogger Award. The prompt was “Name an Anime that Got You Thinking” and her answer from there just got me sold on Haibane Renmei. Added to the PTW list immediately.

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      5. Yup. You can see that with the art style over there. Also, am I the only person who wants to listen to Muse after seeing the name of Knights of Sidonia? Okay, I know their song is spelled differently, but it’s something I think about as I try bursting out into that falsetto part of the bridge where the instruments drop out before building up again.

        Oh, yeah. Those last few episodes have so much gravity in its tragedy. Yeah, it’s artsy, cerebral, but gritty all at the same time.

        Awesome! Yeah, there’s no action and barely any violence. Sure, there’s some blood, but it’s from Rakka getting her wings. That’s not a spoiler because that happens in the first episode. That anime does make you think and it’s such a beautiful series with amazing characters and one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard in Japanese animation. Ko Otani deserves a Grammy for that soundtrack. He’s the same composer who worked on Outlaw Star and the game Shadow of the Colossus, by the way.

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      6. Muse as in the rock band, right? There were too many times I misread Knights of Sidonia as Knights of Cydonia. I’d like to think of it as more of a coincidence though because Knights of Cydonia’s cyber Western tune sounds like it’d sooo fit with this show off it’s premise. Maybe in some reality, the similarity was deliberate?

        Okay, now you and Al are just torturing me with Ranmei’s presence. I’m gonna die of curiosity at this rate! I better pick this up fast before I have a system malfunction…

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      7. Exactly. I’m not the only one who had that feeling with the title. Haha! Interesting points with that song with the cyber-western sound. I wouldn’t be surprised if people made AMVs with that song mixing with Outlaw Star or Cowboy Bebop. Makes you wonder about the title.

        MWAHAHAHAHA!! Yes, you should definitely watch Haibane Renmei at some point. That is a very unique anime in and of itself.

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      8. Don’t mind me, just casually slinking around in search for those AMVS…

        Also, your evil plan in making Haibane Renmei tempting is going too well! I guess I will just have to watch it sooner than planned. After all this great building up, it’d be criminal not to!

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