Let's talk anime.

Gremlin wrote:

So I'm a Spider, So What? - The protagonist continues her struggle. Continuing strong as I'd expect from a solid adaptation of what I consider to be the best isakai novel series. I'm curious how far they're planning to go with the adaptation, because I suspect they won't get to some of my favorite bits. But I'd rather they take their time instead of rushing through it, so that's fine.

Book 5 seems like the natural stopping point, and I'd say it looks to be on track to end there.

Ok, I've checked out a bunch of shows this season, so here are some brief thoughts (in alphabetical order):

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - From the same author as Konosuba and by the second episode it really shows. I could see several of the characters fitting right in with the Konosuba crowd. I expect it'll be as enjoyable.

DON'T TOY WITH ME, MISS NAGATORO - I was expecting something along the lines of Teasting Master Takagi-san or Uzaki-chan Want to Hang Out, but Nagatoro's bullying was terrible and mean spirited. I'm told it gets toned down and that there is some great character development, but I did not enjoy this first episode.

Dragon Goes House-Hunting - This one seems like a silly way to spend some time on. It's certainly an odd series, following a dragon around as he tours different houses, dungeons, and lairs to find a place where he can live safely and comfortably.

Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even sh*ttier than Real Life! - A gamer is tricked into buying one of the most advanced, and lowest rated, games ever created. He immediately screws things up. I guess it is trying to be an edgy, shocking game isekai... but I'm just wondering why he will stubbornly continue to play the game!

Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway - The first of the older man with a high school girl fantasy anime I've seen this season. Umm, Mr. Protagonist, I believe you are committing a crime! Doesn't matter how aggressive she is!

How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω - The first season was a guilty pleasure. I'm looking forward to more.

I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level - I really enjoyed the novels. A rather nice story of an overpowered character trying to live a peaceful life and creating odd family of characters, in spite of problems caused by her unwanted reputation. I couldn't help but smile throughout the first episode.

JORAN THE PRINCESS OF SNOW AND BLOOD - A moody, supernatural action series with plenty of intrigue. Has some interesting visuals. Is trying to coat itself is a story thick with betrayal and revenge. I'm interested, but not sure if it will really sink it's teeth into it's story and setting or if it will just run the course similar shows.

Koikimo - Our second of the older man with a high school girl fantasy anime this season! This time the man is the harasser. It's told is a sweet, loving style which would be great, if it wasn't a mean going after a high school girl ten years younger than him.

ODDTAXI - A slowly unfolding mystery told between humorous, dry-wit conversations. So many questions and already so many twists. So far this is one of the most intriguing shows of the season.

SHADOWS HOUSE - This might be the most visually interesting and certainly one of the more unique settings this season. So many question brewing about the world, but the first episode primarily focuses on introducing us to the main two characters, and establishing their relationship. It's fascinating, creepy, and cute all rolled into one.

SSSS.DYNAZENON - Our next anime from Trigger and set in the same universe as SSSS.GRIDMAN. How and if they are connected isn't certain yet, but it's more of Trigger's over-the-top characters and fun, so I'm in!

Super Cub - Cute-girls-doing-cute-things with motocycles/scooters... again. There were a few moments in this one that made me think I was rewatching Bukon, even though this one is much more laid back and steeped in moe. I expect it to be a nice, enjoyable watch, but one episode in, I doubt it'll be all that memorable.

The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent - Overpowered isekai go! Trying to live a laid back life in her new world, our main character's overpowered abilities keep preventing her from staying out the limelight. Wait, isn't that the same plot as Killing Slimes? Well, this one has a much different energy, dropping much of the comedy and warmth for a more series, reverse harem tale.

The Slime Diaries - A spin off of That Time I was Reincarnated as a Slime, which I really enjoy, so I'm happy to have more. This show is a series of vignettes about Rimuru and co's lives. But honestly I felt it a bit dull in full length format. I think I would have preferred it broken up into a number of smaller episodes, which is probably how I'll watch it going forward.

The World Ends with You The Animation - Loved the game, so seeing it come to life in an anime is a real treat. They did a great job capturing the art style, although it bugs me that Neku isn't using pins to unleash his attacks. I know it wasn't meant to be the theme of the show, but Twister just sounds right for twewy.

Those Snow White Notes - A talented shamisen player loses is ability to play after his grandfather's passing, moves to Tokyo and gets wrapped up in a cast of colorful characters. The first couple episodes had plenty of emotional moments, great music (if you don't hate the sound of the shamisen that is), and really set up what might be a great slice-of-life/coming-of-age/overcoming-grief story.

To Your Eternity - Fascinating setting, brilliantly paces, moody, lots of heart, and just a dash of suspense, this is an anime to check out!

Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- - An original anime by the author of Re:Zero. Knowing that, it's easy to see his style in the heavy moody atmosphere, mixture of cute and violent, shocking twists of tragedy, and desperate bouts action. Still the setting is different enough that you might not realize it was the same author.

ZOMBIE LAND SAGA REVENGE - Tae still cracks me up, just knowing who she's voiced by.

I don't know who still needs to hear this, but I just finished Deca-Dence and it is the good stuff. I blew through the final four episodes today.

As of the third episode, To Your Eternity may be the standout series of this season for me. Such good story telling.
Other stuff I'm watching this season: So I'm a Spider, So What?, 86 Eighty-Six, Dragon Goes House Hunting, Combatants Will Be Dispatched, and I've Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level.
The other ones I haven't begun to watch yet but want to are Tokyo Revengers and Vivfy(?).

On Eldon's recommendation, I checked out "To Your Eternity". (it's Fumetsu no Anata e if you want the Japanese version.)

The first episode should be enough to set the hook. I can't imagine watching that and not wanting to see more.

There are plenty of great shows this season, To Your Eternity is certainly one of them. 86 Eighty-Six has a lot of potential, and I have a soft spot for I've Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years.

I think the two I'm most taken with this season are both mysteries, although in very different genres: Odd Taxi and Shadows House.

Odd Taxi is a drama centering about a missing girl. Although where that girl is ends up revealed very early, there still a plethora of questions left open as danger continues to get drawn in around the main character. The non-linear way it weaves around the story can be a little confusing, however.

Shadows House has one of most interesting settings this season, but is largely a "girls do cute things" anime with a touch of horror. The mysteries of the shadows house are slowly unfolding as our main character can't help but innocently wonder about the things she is warned not to think about. There are certainly big revelations coming up and likely none of them will be good.