Season 2 of One Punch Man already feels like a product of begrudging obligation

It’s kind of bittersweet. The first series of One Punch Man was go damn good. From it’s ridiculous premise, to it’s atypical hero to its mesmerising animation right to it’s absolute banger of an opening song which still finds its way into my rotation now. After literal years of waiting for a season 2 to drop… why you be dis way?

Coming right off the back of a phenomenal second season of Mob Psycho 100, it’s even more jarring to see the second season of the anime that got the writer of both properties into being a household name (Well, in my household at the very least) just nosedive.

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Mob Psycho 100 Still turns out great after its sudden turn

In pretty recent memory, I spent a significant portion of white space writing about connections between people and how they strengthen us as people. Well, I’d like to make a classy transition between that and talking about the second season of Mob Psycho 100. But let’s be real: that’s what all anime is about.

From Dragon Ball Z to Naruto and My Hero Academia, all of the best Shonen shows focus one one major thing; the main character kicking ass using varying degrees of the power of friendship to do it. Never before though have I seen a show take it’s primary character’s desire for personal growth over a desire for their growth of power.

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Kaguya-Sama is cute, frustrating and kinda Depressing, I love it

I’m actually way more of a big soppy romantic than I’d like to admit. Which is why, when I started watching Kaguya-Sama: Love is War as a goofy comedy featuring two of the most extra people you’ll ever see, I never thought it would grip me to the point where the ending almost had be blubbering like a baby.

Kaguya-Sama is cute, frustrating and kinda Depressing, I love it

And then it went and pulled the rug from under me, went on for another ten minutes and plopped me and all of the characters back to where they started. In essence, ripping my heart out  and throwing it around the room before hastily applying a few band aides and returning it with a red face and an apology.

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