Clever loli strike again!
Title : Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen 2nd Season
Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy
If you havent watch this, i will give short summary of this series. Basically it is about an adult female who loved book so much that spent alot of time in library. Tragic struck, she died because falling bookshelf on her and she now reincarnated into a cute girl in fantasy world. With her previous life knowledge, how she will use it for her new life.
Season 2 continue from first season where she was brought into custody of a church in order to study her inhuman capability. Being mentored by head priest, she learnt her way up into society where it revolved heavily between normal & nobles. As her simple goals are simply want to read and study magic, she create her own group so that she will have full time access to the library. So now the challenges are to convert all helpers from the church's orphanage and turn their life around.
This is tale of heartwarming story same like first season. While sometimes it made question why doesnt just use all modern technologies into this world, it is kinda finally explained that she only have vague memories of her previous life. Her dream of creating her own book made her rediscover technologies into book printing. Season 2 focus heavily more on society difference compared first season where she merely want to live her life the fullest as she have quite fragile body.
Season 2 able to maintain quality of heartwarming feeling from first season. If you havent watch this series, I highly recommend you. Maybe just keep your mind about our protagonist is a still a child, so expect some weird behaviour from her.
Alternative : For some story about heartwarming female protagonist, you can watch series like Hamefura, Akagami Shirayuki Hime, Mahoutsukai no Yome, & maybe Spice and Wolf for some merchant story. As for child character, you can watch Somali to Mori Kamisama, Kakushigoto, Usagi Drop & Amaama to Inazuma.
Im sorry, but your princess in another castle.
Title : Hitsugi no Chaika
Chaika -The Coffin Princess-
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Im not sure what made me download this old anime (2014), but for sure I know it was famous for our main girl which is Chaika. Consider this era, I set my expectation accordingly.
The story is about girl who only know that she need to buried her dead father remains (hence why she carried a coffin) to set him free. Sudden encounter with mercenary group which looking for a job, she get tagged with 2 team members which gonna help carry forward her duty. Apparently her background is somewhat unique that even she herself didnt notice, making her a target by several other evil group. Without spoiler the whole story, lets just say she on her way to discover who she really is and what her true goal.
As anime from mid 2010s, this is the era where anime production is kinda perfected with fluid animation, I can say that this anime production by Studio Bones are pretty good although it is not something grand. Story wise, this is kinda fun adventure of small group running from evil guys until the revelations about Chaika background. The special effect also good, especially when it related to spell effect used by Wizard in the series as Chaika is one of the them.
If we judge from the score on MAL, this is pretty average anime with good production. For me, at least it was entertaining to see our main protagonist group. It just sad that the story could be something more grand in 12 episodes, but it just remained small scale (hence kinda feel flat)
Alternative : Actually Im going 2nd season atm, I will write alternative once I finish that one.
That kinda conclude abruptly.
Title : Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
Chaika -The Coffin Princess- Avenging Battle
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Continuation of first season until conclusion. Im not sure if this will be anime-only ending or something, but definitely it end of the ride.
It quite hard to explain the season 2 without spoiling whole plot. Lets just that all the build up on first season and stake are much higher here. Finally we got answer to all questions we have with the series with even more plot twist this time around. At the beginning of season we able to see our adventurer group traveling around while trying to find the remains of Chaika's father. Only halfway of season then we finally the into finishing storyline involving all others parties.
The only downside of this season are probably the ending. It felt like there have budget cut, and suddenly have to finish the series in just 10 episodes (which is weird if you ask me). As usual, the studio production quality carried forward with constant quality. The OP / ED are much more awesome this around that made me pumping watching each episodes. Personally I dont like the way story progress where it have some training & tournament in the middle of freaking war.
So the conclusion for 22 episodes? Definitely worth the time. It is not something grand like many better series out there, but it is done the story justice with proper albeit rushed ending. Definitely entertaining from beginning to the end.
Alternative : I think I will focus on anime with similar powerhouse female characters : Nanoha movie (1st & 2nd), Akatsuki no Yona, Madoka Magica & maybe Black Lagoon.