With the advent of streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, summer has been the prime time to watch shows and movies during those months when major network shows are on break until the new season starts up again in September. Even though there’s now an overwhelming amount of options of shows and movies to add to our watch lists, I do like the accessibility and ease streaming sites give us to watch very specific genres at any time. This particularly applies to anime, and I’ve been using much of my summer to watch a handful in the past few months.
Anime, new and old, have made up my queue list on Crunchyroll. While I started off only watching brand new shows Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card and How To Keep A Mummy, both I have since finished, there have been others that I have been regularly watching on my down time.
1. Steins;Gate 0
The sequel to the original 2011 anime, Steins;Gate 0 began simulcasting on Crunchyroll since April. When I first wrote about my first impressions on the new anime, it was still too early to tell how this sequel, set in an alternate world line, will hold up to the nearly perfect Steins;Gate. Four months later and 16 episodes in so far, Steins;Gate 0 is proving to be a very worthy successor to the original anime. New mysteries and dangers abound in Steins;Gate 0, and if you thought Steins;Gate was a thrill ride full of hairpin twists, turns, and surprises, then you haven’t seen nothing yet with Steins;Gate 0. The sequel is currently my top priority anime after Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card finished its season, and I’m eating up every minute of this show.
I recently started Orange after perusing my Crunchyroll queue one night to figure out which semi-newish shows I should start watching from the list. Okay, Orange isn’t exactly all that new. It came out back in 2016. Orange has always been filed in the back of my mind as a show to watch, especially when I learned of it from Marina of Anime B&B through her glowing review of it. Overtime, I either couldn’t find it available on the streaming services I did have before I purchased a subscription of Crunchyroll earlier this year or I simply forgot about the show. When I finally did remember this show, I added it to my queue and here we are.
Orange tells the story of high school girl Naho Takamiya who receives a strange letter from herself ten years into the future. Each episode details events about to happen to Naho that specifically involves recently new transfer student Kakeru Naruse. The future Naho explains actions that high school Naho will want to take, but tells her what to do differently instead. Orange has somewhat of a time travel, predict the future element to it. I’ve only completed the first 4 episodes out of the 13 the show has at the time of this writing. I don’t usually watch many slice-of-life anime, and I found the first few episodes of Orange to be very slow at the start. But the more the episodes uncover why future Naho is so desperate to change her decisions and actions in the past, the more compelled you feel to understand just as much as high school Naho is trying to make sense of her current predicament. It remains to be seen if Orange will be another gem I have discovered from the slice-of-life genre, next to the exceptional Clannad and Clannad After Story.
3. Cardcaptor Sakura
This may be an odd one to toss into my current anime viewing list. Haven’t you seen this already with all your waxing poetics in the past about how great this anime is and how much you gush about Sakura and Syaoran as a couple? Yes, but since this year’s release of Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card I have been feeling very nostalgic for the original series.
I mentioned in a prior post how I decided to go back and slowly rewatch the series from the beginning. Not only did I want to relive how Sakura Kinomoto’s journey as a cardcaptor all started, I also wanted to remember how past episodes played out when Clear Card included them as callbacks and memories in certain episodes. The animation styles between the two series may have changed slightly since the original aired, but I certainly delighted in the fact that Clear Card seamlessly connected the two series together. It also pays to have been a diehard fan of the show since the beginning because you appreciate the history and the now continued development of these characters. It’s almost unthinkable to dive into Clear Card without having watched Cardcaptor Sakura first, though it’s still very possible to do it. The only problem is you’ll be missing out on the backstory that has been built in the course of 70 episodes plus OVAs. By rewatching Cardcaptor Sakura, I also get to bask in the cute development of Sakura and Syaoran’s relationship from rivals to friends to lovers. Sakura and Syaoran are still one of the best developed romantic couples in anime history in my opinion.
That rounds out my current anime watch list at the moment. What are you currently watching? Are there any other shows you think I should be watching?