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You know what – the summer season this year was low-key a really good season. Sure, I dropped a fair bit, but everything that aired really did leave a strong impression on me. It was never a drag, I was excited to watch every new episode, it was just great.

But, ah, it’s over, and once again we cast our eyes forward to the 3 months that unfolds before us… or has already started unfolding, because this is a couple of days late to the start of the season. I was busy! I often am. I was busy not only with writing reviews (god damn I managed to stay on top of everything this time!) but with Netrunner! Netrunner is a good, deep, complex cyberpunk asymmetrical expandable/living card game and you should play it if you like card games or if you are curious about card games. I’ve gotten really into it. It’s good!

Oh yeah, cartoons or something.

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Custom chart kinda courtesy of anichart.net, but their image generation server was down so this was stitched from screencaps

  • 3-gatsu no Lion
  • Bloodivores
  • ClassicaLoid
  • Drifters
  • FLIP FLAPPERS
  • Fune wo Amu
  • Girlish Number
  • Hibike! Euphonium 2
  • Long Riders!
  • Lostorage incited WIXOSS
  • Luger Code 1951
  • Nanbaka
  • Natsume Yuujinchou Go
  • Occultic;Nine
  • Shuumatsu no Izetta
  • Soushin Shoujo Matoi
  • Stella no Mahou
  • Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
  • WORKING!!
  • Yuri!!! on ICE

Gosh that’s a lot. Would you believe this was culled quite heavily from the original list?

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91 Days

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For whatever reason, serious, mature, thoughtful anime about actual adults is pretty uncommon. Rarer still for it to not be couched in excessive violence, and even more so for it be grounded in actual history. Joker Game from earlier this year was a solid attempt, being about Japanese spies in World War II, but failed to leave a strong impression due to inconsistent episodes and no over-arching narrative to tie it together. It wasn’t bad by any means, and with that impression left so recently 91 Days was approached with cautious optimism.

Set during the prohibition-era United States, in the fictional city of Lawless (established to be near Chicago), 91 Days draws an immediate comparison to Baccano!. However, it is far more grounded, far more serious, and not even close to being hyperviolent; 91 Days takes full advantage of its setting to tell a story that’s inextricably tied to the period in a way Baccano! could never have been.

A mafia crime drama, 91 Days follows Angelo Lagusa 7 years after the Vanetti mafia family killed his family when he was just a child; he only survived by hiding and fleeing. He receives a letter naming three of the four murderers. Angelo leaves for Lawless in pursuit of revenge.

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