Somehow, we are still here after 10 years! After a look back at how things looked in our first season (all the way back to Summer 2012), we begrudgingly give our first impressions of the Summer 2022 season.
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3:52 Is anime actually worse than 10 years ago? – a look back at Summer 2012 season
27:50 RWBY: Ice Queendom
33:45 Tokyo Mew Mew New (feat. BASTARD!!)
42:32 Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun
54:03 Lycroris Recoil
1:10:59 Call of the Night
Handy screencap for anyone watching Call of the Night:
1:21:13 Yurei Deco
1:31:23 The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting
1:35:18 Engage Kiss
1:40:49 Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer
Jel’s attempt to upgrade the Biscuit Hammer soundtrack:
2 thoughts on “The GLORIO Chat Episode 115: Summer 2022 Anime First Impressions”
I think Tokyo Mew Mew New is absolutely for kids, and adults who watch it for some nostalgia. It’s absolutely not the same case as say, Nanoha (whose first season was basically “lolicon: the anime” at the time), or even PreCure or LoveLive for some more innocent shows with more cross-demographics appeal. It makes no attempt at either appealing to male viewers with updated character designs skewing closer to current Cute Anime Girl/moe aesthetics that you see in male-targeted shows, or adding fanservice or anything. I don’t think it’s the same case as Sailor Moon Crystal either, I think the primary target of that is absolutely adult Sailor Moon fans (just look at some of the insane merch). Tokyo Mew Mew is kind of endearingly but embarrassingly old-school, from the time when magical girl stories were in fact made for girls and not adult men. 😀
As for You-0 Deco, I’m so relieved to hear that I’m not alone with just not liking its vibe. On paper I should be all over it, but actually watching it it’s just kind of… too much? (And I’m saying this as someone who loved Gatchaman Crowds and Insight.) In a way I’m reminded of that pretty boy detective club show by Shaft, that had so much visual flair and opulence, so many animation and vocal quirks, etc., it was just exhausting, especially since all that opulence was just thrown on the screen without any particular artistic purpose. I’m kind of having the same feelings here, although at least the visual direction is better.
I would agree Gatchaman Crowds is a better example of how to do that kind of obnoxiously loud, colorful art direction. It probably helps I found it a lot more interesting thematically as well, that was a great series.