RECOMMENDATION 1: YAKUZA’S GUIDE TO BABYSITTING
Despite an upsurge in new anime this season, only one truly caught my eye, and I was not disappointed. Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting is an anime that follows a member of the yakuza learning to take care of a five year old at the behest of his boss, with the help of those around him, as well as said boss learning to connect with his daughter. It’s shaping up to be equal parts sweet and funny, and is unlikely to disappoint if you have half an hour and a love of found family and yakuza shenanigans.
RECOMMENDED BY : CHARLIE, ACE, FEN
RECOMMENDATION 2: YUREI DECO
The best way I can describe this one is like DECA-DENCE if it took place entirely on the side of the cartoony pill guys. It’s a colorful, hyperkinetic cyberpunk spectacle that may or may not end up being at least a little gay on purpose. The main character is cute and charming (and not only because she has the same name as one of my turtles) and the side characters are fun, too. And yes, I can’t give this one as strong a recommendation I like, mostly because it’s a bit too colorful. It can be a bit of a bludgeon of sensory input for the kind of guy who likes to spend as much time as possible in dark and quiet places, so I find I have to kind of gear myself up to watching each episode.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the ones I have thus far, though, so I still urge you to give it a try. It’s not like there’s very much better on this season, after all.
RECOMMENDED BY: ACE
HONORARY MENTION: CLASSROOM OF THE ELITE SEASON 2
Way back when season one finished I wrote a review complaining about the last second twist that the main dude is as much of a shitty bratchild as the other shitty bratchildren, but I also mentioned that if there was ever a second season, I would probably still watch it. Well, there’s a second season, and I’m still watching it.
It picked up right where the last one left off, with nary even a recap to acknowledge that it’s been a few years since season one, but if you’ve been looking forward to having more misadventures of shitty children being shitty to each other for the benefit of shittier adults, it certainly is more of that.
Oh, though trigger warning for a non-explicit threat of sexual violence in episode three. Our Hero, everybody.