This hot take will be a little out of date by the time it eventually goes up, but I’m sure that by the time it eventually does get posted, I’m sure some other nostalgically charged franchise will get a trailer for their surprise reboot or sequel. Just to pre-warn you all, this is going to be a little bit of a grumpy old man article, more-so than usual anyway, because I’m getting really tired of getting low balled by media companies going for these easy targets.
Of the small batch of anime from this previous fall season, one of the shows that jumped out at me was Ascendance of a Bookworm. A genre of show I don’t normally find myself drawn to; an Isekai. Ascendance was atypical of the genre though, as most Isekai I stumble across tend to be power fantasies, this show was not. At least that’s how it started out.
As the series went on, I started to get suspicious of the main character’s “illness” and how the series might take a sharp turn and start to lean into the very aspects of the genre that traditionally turn me off them. It drew me into a series full of warmth, character and charm and then pulled the rug from under me with a good old bit of Pope-choking.
I have a suspicion that there might be something wrong with my brain. Because when it comes to the Star Wars franchise, I find myself unable to dislike anything with that great black and yellow logo brandished over it. As a consequence, I’m unable to participate in this great fan experience that is dog piling onto the latest movie and getting super angry about Rise of Skywalker.
Wait, no. That’s not what I want…