Aoi Hana (Merry Days of Anime 2021)

For the final anime of the 2021 Merry Days event, we have Aoi Hana. Obviously, this is the most well-known anime of all-time, among the levels of Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, or Astro Boy. A legendary series that is guaranteed to bring the fans to my blog to chatter about its well-documented history and analysis among the community. I just had to end the month with a bang.

Ah, apologies. I had set my sarcasm gauge to high levels. This is a semi-obscure Shoujo-ai story that a lot of people seem to find very boring. My friend liked it quite a bit, though, so that’s good enough of a recommendation for me. Plus, a pleasant foray into a slower story consisting of interpersonal relationships with a gentle touch can be nice. Really, I tend to gravitate to these plots more than, say, isekai or grand-action series. People are interesting.

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Arakawa Under the Bridge (Merry Days of Anime 2021)

Won’t put too much into this post. With the Christmas season approaching, I’ve got bigger fish to fry. Also, wanted to put it out there that Arakawa Under the Bridge will be the second-to-last anime I watch this month. The last one might be a film, just because of the time constraints.

Anyway, this is something of a momentous occasion: This anime was actually brought back from the dead. After a long wait, Arakawa Under the Bridge finally got the recognition it rightfully deserved within my mind. Not that I was particularly vouching for it beforehand, but I was assuming it wouldn’t be terrible!

(Quick disclaimer: This is just the first season of the series. I did not watch its second season: Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge.)

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