I know of the man. You know of the man. It’s Yutaka Nakamura, people. He’s had his hands in virtually everything anime.
Memory is a fickle thing. And while I enjoyed my time with Gamers well and good, there wasn’t that many moments that stuck out to me as something I could point at and say “That’s a highlight of the year, right there!”. I still don’t think I can say that about any of them now.
Marathoning this show (for the first half or so of it, until I succumbed to weekly followings) was an enjoyable experience, but also one that makes it harder upon reflection to single out a particular moment from the show that I could consider as close to perfect as I might have when I was watching it.
One of my best cinema-going experiences this year, and perhaps ever, John Wick Chapter 2 did not disappoint. In fact, I’d argue it was an improvement upon the first in almost every way (minus the lack of Dafoe, but that’s a given).
The first season of KonoSuba left quite a mark on me when it came out. But its second season from this year left a much bigger impression, being one of the most rewarding experiences as an anime fan this year.
This post isn’t intended to be a thorough reading of the text or its characters, concepts, and themes; but rather a light examination of those things. More specifically, the idea of heroes at odds with themselves.