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Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Attack on Titan: The Final Season

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Season Overview

Attack on Titan: The Final Season (Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season / 進撃の巨人 The Final Season) is, surprisingly, not the final season of the Attack on Titan anime series. I’ll explain that later on in this review, but just know this is the fourth season.

So, what does this season cover? Well, for starters, there’s a four-year time skip between the end of Season 3 Part 2 and the start of this season. It then begins with the Marley arc before moving into the War for Paradis arc.

Now, one of the best and worst things about this season of the series is that the majority of the main characters have new character designs. That’s great because they all look fantastic (except Mikasa, honestly). But, this also causes some issues.

The primary issue with these new designs is that the two arcs this season cover also introduce a lot of new characters. So for the first few episodes, it can be difficult to tell who’s who. Specifically, I know a lot of people got Armin and Yelena mixed up.

I should also point out that this isn’t just an issue in the anime. I read the manga before this season aired, and it was difficult to differentiate between characters in that at first too.

Another thing to keep in mind about this season is that it does have a significant tonal shift from what came before. That’s nothing new for this series though. Each season of the anime does this. But, I think this season is the most different from the earlier seasons because both the story and characters change drastically.

I’m not sure if this season is my favorite from a story perspective. However, I think the characters in this season are the best they’ve ever been.

Source Material vs. Anime Execution

I don’t really want to get into the debate surrounding whether the anime or manga is better. Normally, I prefer anime adaptations rather than manga. But with Attack on Titan, I think both mediums have their pros and cons.

I think that some of the use of CGI wasn’t the best at the start of the season, but it gets phased out later on. The real issue I had with the anime visuals actually came from a really strange use of rotoscoping for some scenes that didn’t need to be dynamic.

And so, this brings us into what I actually want to discuss in this section, which is how the anime makes use of the source material. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it’s the source material that really carries this series, especially later on.

Gabi Braun from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Gabi Braun

Questionable use of rotoscoping aside, I think the anime adapted the content it covered in this season quite well. I was a little disappointed in the adaptation of the War Hammer Titan. But at the same time, I’m not really sure what they could have done to improve it because it was just like the manga.

My biggest issue with the anime is actually a relatively minor detail. If you read my weekly episode reviews, you may recall that I complained about the color of Eren’s eyes being green — especially when they glow green due to his control over the Founding Titan.

Yes, I know that Eren’s eyes have normally been green. And yes, I know the manga is in black and white. However, the manga covers are in full color. And in the manga covers, we see Eren with silver eyes to represent the Founding Titan just as we’ve seen with all the other Founding Titan wielders.

I think the silver eyes look way better and more intimidating than the alien, glowing green ones. Check out the alternate cover for Volume 30 to see what I mean.

What Comes Next?

I touched on this a bit in my review of the final episode of this season, but there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the future of this series — mostly from the anime-only community. Luckily, it’s not really that difficult to understand once you have all the information.

First of all, these 16 episodes of this season covered chapters 91 – 115, so 25 chapters. The final chapter, 139, comes out in just a few days as of the posting of this review. So, there are another 24 chapters that still need to be adapted.

Because the next part of the season (this is why I said this isn’t really the final season) was only revealed as “episode 76,” people are assuming that we’re only getting one more episode. That makes absolutely no sense.

Eren Yeager from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren Yeager

Now, while we don’t actually know how the rest of the series is going to be adapted, there are two ways that make sense. Either we’re going to have another roughly 16 episode season, or we’re going to have an 8 – 10 episode season followed by a movie.

As I said, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. However, I think the shorter season followed by a movie makes a lot of sense within the context of this “final” season.

So, what is that context? Well, you may recall that this season was actually delayed by two months and therefore didn’t begin airing until December 7th. Two months is the same as 8 episodes, so we can assume that this season was originally supposed to have an additional 8 episodes.

My guess is that this second part of the season will be those 8, 9, or 10 episodes that had to be delayed. And if we consider those, then a movie would be the perfect length to finish out the final few chapters of the manga. Also, the end of the manga is like 100% action, so it would work well as a movie.


Attack on Titan: The Final Season definitely isn’t my favorite season of the anime despite covering some of my favorite content. I’d have to give it an 8/10, which places it squarely in the middle of the series as far as I’m concerned.

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Bloom Into You

Bloom Into You

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Bloom Into You

Series Overview

Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru / やがて君になる) is a shoujo ai anime that’s probably considered one of the best of the genre by a lot of people. If you’re wondering what the difference between shoujo ai and yuri is, I went over that in my review of Adachi and Shimamura.

Now, going back to the part about this being considered one of the best shoujo ai anime, I’m not someone who believes that to be the case. As you’ll see throughout this review, I think Bloom Into You is quite a bad anime.

Bloom Into You follows a fairly straightforward structure. The series takes place over the course of a year and follows the developing relationship between two girls. However, with this, the anime already runs into a problem: It doesn’t finish the series.

While the series as a whole takes place over a year, the anime is only about 6 months. And what that results in is the anime not really getting to the meat of the series. By the final episode of the anime, the relationship has barely begun.

Now, why is this such an issue? Well, I’m not really interested in the vast majority of the content from this series that isn’t focused on the relationship between the main girls. I could watch any other, average slice of life anime to get the same content.

And further, because the anime ends at the halfway point of the series, it doesn’t resolve anything. It doesn’t end at a good stopping point. It just kind of ends without tying up any of the major plot points built up throughout the season.

It’s not a satisfying anime to watch, and it doesn’t even end in a way that made me want to read the manga to find out what happens next.

Main Characters

The two main characters of this series are Yuu Koito and Touko Nanami. These characters are the next major issue I have with Bloom Into You simply because they’re not very likable. If I’m watching a romance anime, I want to like the characters.

But before I get into the characters’ personalities, let’s take a moment to look at their appearances. The character designs in this series are extremely boring. They’re bland, they’re flat most of the time, and the girls just aren’t cute.

Yuu’s and Touko’s personalities aren’t all that much more interesting than their character designs. And in fact, for both characters, their lack of personalities is used to further the plot. But, since the series ends before their personalities actually develop, it just leaves them being boring.

Yuu and Touko from the anime series Bloom Into You
Yuu and Touko

Yuu Koito’s defining personality trait is that she’s indifferent. She doesn’t reciprocate Touko’s love for her and instead just goes through the motions because that’s what’s expected of her. Yuu doesn’t know what it means to be in love, and frankly, she doesn’t care to find out.

Touko Nanami’s defining personality trait is that she doesn’t have a personality of her own. Her personality is acting how she thinks other people expect her to act. This could have been interesting if the anime didn’t abruptly end.

But, the worst part of these characters is actually the dynamic of their relationship. I’ll go into it in more detail in the following section, but it’s a very one-sided relationship with a prominent power differential between the two characters. In a lot of ways, I would say that the relationship between Yuu and Touko is more suspect than that of Yuzu and Mei in Citrus.

How to Groom a Boring Girlfriend

To understand why Yuu’s and Touko’s relationship is so problematic, we need to look at the power dynamic between them, their personalities, what they’re each seeking from the other, and both their actions and words.

Things start off rocky when you realize that Yuu is a first-year student within the student council while Touko is a second-year student who’s the student council president. Already, we can see that Touko holds some amount of power over Yuu.

On top of that, there’s the fact that Yuu is unsure of herself because all of her peers have experienced feelings of love, but Yuu hasn’t. This leads Yuu to search for someone else who doesn’t know what love feels like. And she thinks she found someone she can relate to in Touko.

Touko kissing Yuu in the gym shed from the anime series Bloom Into You
Touko kissing Yuu in the gym shed

The problem is that Touko isn’t like Yuu at all. When Yuu confides in Touko that she feels comfortable around her because she thinks they’re the same, Touko immediately takes advantage of this and confesses to Yuu.

While Yuu was seeking someone else who she could share in her misunderstanding of what love is, Touko was seeking someone who she can love unconditionally who won’t love her back. So not only is she taking advantage of Yuu but if Yuu ever does develop feelings for Touko, the implication is that Touko would no longer be interested in her.

And then, of course, comes the most suspect part of all. Part of Touko’s forcing of her feelings onto Yuu includes doing so physically. She knows that Yuu isn’t romantically or sexually interested in her, and yet she touches and kisses her without her consent. There were even times when Yuu explicitly stated that she didn’t want to engage in such acts.

Basically, this whole series is about how the student council president grooms one of her underclassmen into being her romantic slave. She forces herself onto Yuu both physically and emotionally and for some reason, people see this series as a wholesome romance.

If Touko was a male character, I think people would immediately try to “cancel” this series for promoting rape culture and I think they would have a valid case for doing so.


I know some people are going to try to argue that Yuu develops feelings for Touko over the course of the series. But what you’re not understanding if you argue that is that Yuu is being groomed and manipulated into having those feelings.

For me, Bloom Into You is a 4/10. I really can’t think of anything I thought this series did well. The fact that it stops arbitrarily without resolving anything is bad. The character designs and characters themselves are bland. And the relationship featured in the series is based on emotional manipulation.

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Cells at Work!!

Cells at Work!!

Cells at Work!! anime series cover art
Cells at Work!!

Season Overview

Cells at Work!! (Hataraku Saibou!! / はたらく細胞!!) is the second season of the Cells at Work! series. You can tell that this one is the second season and not the first because it has two exclamation points at the end of the title instead of one.

If you’ve watched the first season of this series, then you’ll already have a pretty good idea of what the second season is like. This season doesn’t really do anything different compared to the first, but it does explore a few different parts of the body, such as the scalp.

One thing I found interesting about this season is that a few of the episodes, such as the one about the scalp, aired at the same time as their Code Black counterparts. This allowed viewers to easily see the contrast between a healthy and unhealthy body.

Platelets from the anime series Cells at Work!!

The biggest difference between this season and the first is probably that rather than Red Blood Cell being the protagonist, that role shifts to White Blood Cell. And beyond that, Red Blood Cell is pushed into the background for the majority of the season after the first episode.

In Red Blood Cell’s place, we get a Normal Cell that travels around the body with White Blood Cell. It’s definitely a different character dynamic than what you’ll be used to from the first season.

This season also introduces the idea of both good and neutral bacteria rather than just the bad bacteria featured in the first season. One of the major themes this time around is that the line between what’s good and bad for the body is blurry. Bacteria can be good and body cells can be bad depending on the circumstances.

A Downgrade in Every Way

Here’s the part of the review where I stop tip-toeing around how I really feel about this series and season in particular. I’m not a huge fan of Cells at Work! I gave the first season a 6/10, and this season is worse than that one was.

Don’t get the wrong idea though, it’s not a bad anime. The first season was enjoyable, but it got old pretty fast. And since the second season doesn’t really change the structure of the episodes in any way, it didn’t do anything to re-grab my interest.

As an example, let’s take a look at the episodes that focused on the Normal Cell returning the good bacteria to their families. These were three or four episodes in an eight-episode season that all followed the exact same story structure.

Normal Cell and good bacteria from the anime series Cells at Work!!
Normal Cell and good bacteria

First, the Normal Cell would lose track of the good bacteria. Then, while trying to find it, something bad would happen to the body. And finally, the lost good bacteria would show up again with its family at the end to save the day. That’s fine for one episode, but not three or more.

And that takes us to one of my biggest issues with this season: It’s not episodic enough. I know a lot of people dislike episodic anime, but there are certain types of series that benefit from that structure. This is one of them. I think all of the best Cells at Work! episodes are the self-contained ones.

Lastly, I think both the OP and ED of this series are downgrades from those of the first season too. I know that some people like the second season’s OP more, but I’m not one of them. And the ED for the first season is far superior.

I’m not the only one who thinks the first season is better, though. The average scores of both seasons on MyAnimeList indicate that most viewers agree.

No Season 3

You may have noticed that I mentioned this season is only eight episodes long. That’s because there simply wasn’t enough source material content to make the season any longer. The Cells at Work! manga is complete, and with these last eight episodes, everything from the manga has been adapted.

This means that we won’t be getting a Cells at Work!!! — at least any time soon. I guess there’s always the possibility that the manga will be rebooted because there are a lot more stories that could be told about the human body. But I don’t see that as being likely.

If you’re a Cells at Work! fan who’s disappointed that the series is officially over, there’s actually more Cells at Work! content for you to consume. Airing at the same time as this season was a spin-off called Cells at Work! CODE BLACK!

There’s going to be a separate review of that series, so I won’t go into too much detail about it here. But basically, Code Black is a grittier version of the series that takes place within an unhealthy body where everything that can go wrong does.

In the end, I think it’s probably for the best that the main Cells at Work! series ends here. You can definitely have too much of a good thing. And while I don’t necessarily consider this series to be “good,” I think it would certainly become “bad” if it dragged on for too long.

And even with this second season, I think the series started to overstay its welcome. One season of Cells at Work! was enough for me and I never really felt the need for there to be a second.


Cells at Work!! is a 5/10 from me. It was still somewhat enjoyable, but I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as the first season. And as I mentioned, it got very repetitive and began to drag on despite only being eight episodes long. If you weren’t a huge fan of the first season, there’s no reason to watch this one.

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Taiso Samurai

Taiso Samurai

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Taiso Samurai

Series Overview

Taiso Samurai (Taisou Zamurai / 体操ザムライ), or Gymnastics Samurai, is a MAPPA original anime about a gymnast who doesn’t know when to retire. But, before I get more into what this anime is about, there are two things I want to touch on — the title and the studio behind it.

I’m not sure why the Japanese title went with “Zamurai” over Samurai. And what’s weirder is that it’s written in katakana rather than kanji. Katakana is often used to write non-Japanese words. So does whoever came up with this title think that Westerners call samurai “zamurai?”

And as for the English title, dropping the “u” at the end of “taisou” makes sense because a lot of English translations do that. But why didn’t they just translate “taisou” to “gymnastics” since they also changed “zamurai” to “samurai?” There seem to be some inconsistencies here.

Regarding the studio behind this series, MAPPA, it’s pretty sad that I feel the need to point this out, but MAPPA has been around for a long time and has made a lot of good anime. It’s really weird to see people either dismissing everything the studio has worked on because they’re disappointed with the final season of Attack on Titan or patronizing them by using stupid hashtags on social media like #ThankYouMappa.

Anyway, back to the actual point of this review. Taiso Samurai follows a gymnast by the name of Joutarou Aragaki, who’s getting a bit old to still be competing. However, gymnastics is all Joutarou has ever known, and other than his family, it’s his one love in life.

This series chronicles Joutarou’s rebound within the competitive gymnastics world and how the support of his friends and family are what made it possible.

Main Characters

As I mentioned, Joutarou “Joe” Aragaki is the protagonist of the series. The anime starts off with Joutarou in the twilight of his career. He’s not as young as most of the other competitors, and his decades of gymnastics are finally catching up with him — primarily in the form of a shoulder injury.

Joutarou Aragaki from the anime series Taiso Samurai
Joutarou Aragaki

Rei “Rachel” Aragaki is Joutarou’s daughter. I believe she’s in middle school, which gives you a rough idea of how old Joutarou is. Rei is her father’s #1 fan and always supports his gymnastics career even when it means making sacrifices of her own. She also loves ninja, so I like to think she’d be a Naruto fan.

Leonardo “Leo” is the third and final main character of the series. He’s a Westerner who claims to be a ninja but is actually a ballet dancer. Joutarou is his hero, and he wants to do everything within his power to support Joutarou just like Rei does.

Some supporting characters include Mari Aragaki (Joutarou’s mother), Britney (Joutarou’s acupuncturist), Noriyuki Amakusa (Joutarou’s coach), Tomoki Takizawa (Joutarou’s teammate), and Tetsuo Minamino (an up-and-coming talent in the gymnastics world).

But, the most important of all the supporting characters is Bigbird “BB” Aragaki, the Aragaki family pet. Bigbird is probably the best character in the series despite what I’m going to say in the next section of this review. He’s a large, talking bird from South America — and whenever he acts up, Rei threatens to send him back.

I don’t know why, but Rei telling her pet bird to shut up or she’ll send him back to South America is extremely funny to me. It’s probably the absurdity of the situation and her threat combined with how she suddenly snaps and yells it at him.

A Bit Too Wacky

Now, despite what I literally just said about Bigbird being amazing, my biggest complaint with this series is probably that it’s a bit too wacky. Though, considering how much of the series is like that, that’s not really a problem with the series — it’s just what the series is.

My complaint about the wackiness of Taiso Samurai is almost like if someone watched a drama anime and complained that there was too much drama. It’s not a real complaint in that sense. But at the same time, I think there were other aspects of the show that suffered because of the focus on these crazier parts.

Taiso Samurai is fundamentally a sports anime. And I would have preferred it if it focused a lot more on the sports side of things. Yes, this series gave us Bigbird. But I think it would have been better without all of that wacky stuff thrown in for seemingly no reason.

Joutarou, Rei, and Bigbird from the anime series Taiso Samurai
Joutarou, Rei, and Bigbird

The absolute best parts of this series were the gymnastics competition scenes. Unfortunately, there weren’t all that many of these in a series about competitive gymnastics. This is very similar to what I had to say about Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls.

Both of these series have very enjoyable competition scenes that were exciting in different ways. However, everything else was a bit boring. I laughed a few times at Bigbird, but I really didn’t care about Leo’s subplot at all. Taiso Samurai isn’t like Ping Pong the Animation, which keeps you invested with all the interesting character development.

If you’re into well-animated and choreographed “action,” I would recommend at least watching the competition parts of this series. I don’t know exactly how they animated it, but some parts look like rotoscoping of actual gymnasts. And there are some cool first-person POVs as well.


Overall, I gave Taiso Samurai a 6/10. I enjoyed it, but mainly because of Bigbird and the competition parts of the series. Other than those two aspects, I don’t think anything else about it was particularly special. The best way I can describe it is that it was good enough.

The opening of the series is alright. It’s definitely not one that I would go out of my way to watch for either the song or visuals. However, I did enjoy the ending quite a bit. I downloaded the ending song on Spotify, and I think the visuals were pretty nice as well despite being fairly basic.

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One Room 3rd Season

One Room 3rd Season

One Room 3rd Season anime series cover art
One Room 3rd Season

Season Overview

One Room 3rd Season (One Room サードシーズン) is simply an improvement on the seasons that came before it. I enjoyed the 1st Season well enough, but I thought the 2nd Season definitely improved upon it. And now this 3rd Season raised the bar once again.

I’m not sure why you would be reading this review of the 3rd season if you don’t know what One Room is. But just in case, allow me to explain. One Room is a series made up of roughly 4-minute long episodes that are (mainly) viewed from a first-person perspective.

I think the entire 1st season was from a first-person perspective if I’m remembering correctly. But one of the improvements that came from the later seasons is that other shots are mixed in.

But this isn’t just a first-person anime. It’s a first-person anime about spending time with cute girls. Each episode or group of episodes focuses on a single girl who’s the only character aside from the viewer. Basically, it’s a dating simulator but in anime form, which is a pretty unique idea.

Saya Orisaki from the anime series One Room 3rd Season
Saya Orisaki

This 3rd season breaks away from the formula of the previous two seasons just a bit, though. In the first two seasons, there are three girls who each get four episodes, adding up to the total of 12. In this season, however, there are five girls, so the episode count can’t be divided up in the same way.

So, how are the episodes divided among the girls? Well, three of the five girls are returning characters, so there are four episodes split between them. Two episodes go to the “main” girl of the series and the other two girls get one episode each. Then, the two new girls each get four episodes just like the previous seasons.

Returning Characters

Natsuki Momohara is the first of the three returning girls. She was last seen in the 1st season, having been left out of the 2nd. I think she was my favorite of the three girls in the 1st season, but the 2nd and 3rd seasons have since introduced more girls who I like more.

It’s been a few years since I watched the 1st season, and Natsuki only got one episode in this season, so my memory of her is a little hazy. But I’m pretty sure she’s supposed to be the viewer’s younger sister. Whether she’s related by blood or not I don’t remember.

The second returning girl is Minori Nanahashi. Minori was first introduced in the second season and was almost the best girl of that season. Unfortunately for her, the final girl introduced in that season was the best one.

Minori’s family owns a bathhouse which she hopes to one day run despite her father encouraging her to find a more modern job. I believe her one episode in this season takes place after she’s taken over her family’s business — with your help, of course.

Yui Hanasaka is the final of the three returning girls and has been featured in both of the previous two seasons. She’s effectively the “main” girl of One Room considering she’s the only one to be in every season and that she got two episodes in this season instead of one as Natsuki and Minori did.

I like Yui, but she’s also the vanilla girlfriend character. All of the girls in the series are “girlfriends,” but Yui is the girlfriend character if that makes sense. Being the viewer’s girlfriend is her defining character trait, unlike with the other girls who all have some other trait as well.

New Characters

Honestly, both of the new girls introduced in this season are high-tier. I’m not really sure which one I prefer between the two. They both have good qualities despite being opposites in many respects.

The first of the new girls to be introduced is Akira Kotokawa. Akira is the viewer’s kouhai, or underclassman, who joins the gardening club the viewer is a member of. Younger girls are cute, so Akira already gets some bonus points for that.

But, what I also like about Akira is that she seems to have joined the gardening club for the express purpose of getting to spend time with the viewer. She knows a bit about gardening, but she’s no expert. So it’s very obvious that she’s interested in something other than the plants. She’s also just a very wholesome kouhai.

Akira Kotokawa from the anime series One Room 3rd Season
Akira Kotokawa

Saya Orisaki is the second new girl to be featured in this season of One Room. She’s an older girl who accidentally makes her way into the viewer’s apartment rather than her own after a night of drinking. This is why you should always leave your door unlocked. You never know when a cute anime girl will come drunkenly stumbling in.

But, what makes Saya a choice on par with the aforementioned Akira? Saya is the perfect blend of reliable, older woman and cute, shy girl. She helps the viewer out as their senpai but also gets very flustered whenever the subject of romance is brought up.

For example, in the Saya scenario, the viewer is a college student and Saya is a “working” adult who decides to help the viewer study for their exams. But, she really just wants to spend time with the viewer as Akira does. However, Saya is also less straightforward with her feelings than Akira is.


Despite thinking the 2nd season was better than the 1st, I gave them both the same score. With One Room 3rd Season, I think it’s finally earned a higher score, so I gave it a 7/10. The 1st season of this series can be a bit cringe-inducing, but it’s pretty nice once you get to the later seasons.

Have you watched this season of One Room? If so, do you prefer Akira or Saya? And which girl is your favorite from the series as a whole? Let me know in the comments.

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