Media Fatigue

Top 25 Best Short Anime Series Of All Time (To Binge In A Day) – FandomSpot

AKA: I haven’t been able to focus on shows this year.

It has been a weird 12 months (as we all can attest to). One would think with all this time at home I could spend a lot of time catching up on every show I have ever wanted to watch.

However….that is not what happened.

Faced with all these choices (on Netflix, Hulu, Funimation, Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime, Disney +, and HBO Max) I ended up watching much less than I would think. I could spend half a night being indecisive and just end up rewatching Futurama episodes I have seen a dozen time (which is still worthwhile).

Is it too much choice? ADHD? Pandemic related brain fog? Something I ate? Who knows…

I have managed to watch a few things, but often not to completion.

Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb

I have seen a couple of arcs of Higurashi When They Cry . Based on the visual novel of the same name, it is a fun, brutal, not for young kids, show. It has a compelling story and is well done. Hopefully I will finish it soon.

Attack on Titan - Final Season OP - My War by Camika

Attack on Titan: Final Season (4). I have been watching along on this one. I was a little lost at first, not realizing the time jump and diffeerent character focus. It’s been good so far. I am more forgiving than some people and realize the show does get some hate because of it’s popularity, but I find the story enjoyable enough.

The Mandalorian (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb

Like everyone else, I watched The Mandalorian. I had heard everone going on about how good the second season is, so I watched it. I am not a Star Wars person, but grew up with the original trilogy. I figured what the hell. It was excellent. Much of the Disney Star Wars stuff has been underwhelming. Rogue One was awesome and Solo was fun ( a candy show).

What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb

I love this show. It has been the highlight of lockdown viewing for me. This is so worth the watch. The movie was fun too, but the show killed it for me. Definitely worth watching. Do yourself a favor and watch it if you haven’t already.

Maybe I will be less diffuse in my focus later and manage to finish an anime or 2 to write about.

I hope you all have been able to focus on some good shows. If you have recommendations, send them my way!

Until next time: Happy viewing!!

Well….It’s Just Cute.

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You.

Long time gone and thought it was time to check in again.

I have been slowly watching anime here and there, but during the pandemic my ability to focus on a particular show has been kind of diffuse.

I decided to commit through and give Tonikawa a watch based on the recommendation from a friend of mine at work. He described it just as a cute, slice of life, romaince show. And that’s what it is. It is pretty basic and nothing groundbreaking to my eyes. Just cute and sweet. Enjoyable way to pass some time.

The basic gist of it is: the main protagonist, Nasa Yuzaki, gets hit by a bus and is saved by Tsukasa. He declares he wants to date her, which she declares she will if he marries her… and he agrees and then passes out. She disappears, time passes, and she shows up again. They get married and begin their time together.

It is sweet. The show chronicles their new relationship and love for each other. There’s not much beyond that aside from their relationships with family and friends and how their marriage impacts those relationships.

The animation style is basic, but not bad. Sound track is nice. There’s some mild innuendo, but nothing that is really objectionable. It’s just cute.

I would recommend it, as long as you aren’t expecting anything beyond a cute, sweet story. If you are looking for a cute, feel good, innocent, romance: go for it. This is for you.

Dad Advice: Stay Hydrated

Always stay hydrated.

Numerous health benefits!

    • carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
    • flushing bacteria from your bladder
    • aiding digestion
    • preventing constipation
    • normalizing blood pressure
    • stabilizing the heartbeat
    • cushioning joints
    • protecting organs and tissues
    • regulating body temperature
    • maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.

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Now if I would just follow this advice myself…But I’m a dad! Do what I say, not as I do! 😀



Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden

It’s back! The Madoka universe has returned in this new show inspired by the popular mobile game and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Just three episodes in, and it’s showing promise. To be honest, it took me a couple of starts to get through the first episode (ADHD running wild in my brain). I loved the great background animations and direction from Shaft, but I was having a hard time engaging with the story. After sitting down with my 16 year old son to watch it, I finally finished the first episode. By the end, you get your hook to engage you further in the story (or at least I did). I am looking forward to see where it will take us.

From a parenting point of view, I have no idea if there will be any offensive themes/ things….my guess is probably not if it follows a similar style/ content of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica, It won’t have fine service, be crude, or violent. However, there may be potentially disturbing moral or ethical themes. Something that would make for an interesting discussion.

Excited it’s back on and super excited to see Shaft’s animation again.

Let me know your thoughts on the show.

Until next time: Happy Viewing!

And it’s got a great OP!

Recent Anime that I’m Enjoying

Showing up for my annual check in. Lol. Too much life and too lazy to write. I could make excuses, but I have none really.

Carole and Tuesday

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The show is pretty lighthearted and one could accuse it of being corny even…but I loved it. It was sweet, kind, and hopeful, and sometimes that is just what someone needs.

The animation is wonderful and soundtrack is great. Please watch it.

Parents: Really only one questionable song…but it is hilarious.


Astra Lost In Space

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A really fun adventure, sci-fi show with many twists.

Nicely animated, well paced, good character development. An all around surprising winner. One of the best of the new season.

Parents: Nothing really objectionable yet.


Mental Health Minute…Anime Edition

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Sometimes you are not alright. Sometimes you struggle.

We all do.

Some more than others.

Some people face everyday as a struggle.

I hope you find that thing that helps you hold on.

For some that is music, or books, or anime….people have things that inspire them to keep moving. I hope you find yours.

Just remember: Even though it doesn’t feel like it right now, things will get better. And even if you can’t see it, you are not alone.

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Do you like Sci-fi? Do you like metal?

Then I have something for you!

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Seventh Wonder: Tiara.

Seventh Wonder’s 5th studio album released in October of last year and is well worth a listen. It is a great progressive metal/ hard rock album with incredible performances. Seventh Wonder is a progressive metal band from Sweden. Their singer, Tommy Karevik, also sings for the metal band Kamelot.

It is a concept album. It follows the story of humanity suddenly facing judgement by an alien race who has watched us throughout history (the Everones). The Everones have decided that humanity has squandered their gift of life and are destructive and indulgent, so therefor must be destroyed. Humanity’s fate lies with Tiara, a young girl prized for her honesty, and she is sent to plead humanity’s case to the Everones.

While there may be holes in the story, do remember it is not a full on book.

The musicianship and vocal performances are outstanding and well worth your time.

Give it a listen and see for yourself.



What’s in a song..

Oh so many nerds love our music…anime fans love their OPs and EDs. Yuri on Ice was a gift of music…I think on some level that is one aspect of that show that made it so memorable.

I, loving music and loving anime, admittedly have a few anime related songs mixed into my playlists of heavy metal, electronic, and 80s music.

The “Theme of King J.J.” came on the other day in all it’s cheesy glory while I was driving home one day.

I was sing along….don’t judge…you do it too…

I got to thinking.

The “Theme of King J.J.” is like an 80s hair band ballad…it’s stadium rock…it’s got the same kind of soul those songs have: unashamed, cheesy, egoistic, posturing. But you love it anyways.

 Here’s to King JJ!
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