Brand New Animal is the only anime this year that interests me (not a fan of the isekai and slice of life/moe shows that are dominant these days) and I absolutely loved it. Anima City was a cool setting and there were a lot of fun episodes (the baseball one is my favorite because of how it brings Trigger's usual over-the-top insanity to baseball; it's a fun episode). Also the color palette is really nice, almost Promare-ish. I'm wondering if Trigger's going to move to that 80's-ish neon pink and blue color palette for their future productions; I wouldn't mind that at all. The one problem I have is that it's too short. Like, there's so many stories they could tell and I'm sad that Trigger doesn't do multiple seasons of their shows, otherwise we could see a lot more from it.
Overall BNA gets an 8.75/10 from me. Trigger's always good wrt character design and animation and all the characters in this show were fun.
Also Marie's human form is pretty cute
now to go back to not watching any new anime for the rest of the year and just rewatching old stuff like gurren lagann, little witch academia, pop team epic and jojo and finally getting around to cells at work
Have you watched Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken? Eizouken is my anime of the year right now, and it's not even close.
Basic pitch is that three high school girls form a film club.
Fun characters, lively Yuasa motion, and a great look at the process of making an anime. It's also easy AND breezy!
Sadly, this year's other Yuasa anime, Japan Sinks isn't the same level of quality.
No, that's not quite what I meant to say. Arguably, they're even at the exact same level of quality on an absolute scale. By which I mean that Japan Sinks is every bit as crap as Eizouken is good. (Which for those keeping track, would make it very crap indeed.) I've talked about Eizouken elsewhere, so I'll leave it at "Watch Eizouken", but Japan Sinks is... just so very bad. And worse, it doesn't feel like it has heart, which is deeply weird for something with Yuasa's name on it. The show feels more like it's just trying to bottle that Crybaby lightning again above all else. I mean, yeah, Miki Makimura was one of the best characters in that, but that doesn't mean I want the next anime I see from Saru on Netflix to be about a half-Japanese track star who speaks fluent English. Most Yuasa shows are distinct even as they share the same spirit. You wouldn't mistake Ping Pong for Eizouken, or Kaiba for The Tatami Galaxy. But Japan Sinks desperately wants you to mistake it for Devilman, even as it loses the stylistic flourish that made it so memorable. It's the flaws without virtues.
It's not worth the watching.