My mid-season review for the winter 2024 season.

My Mid-Season Review – Winter 2024

Time for another mid-season analysis. Or, “analysis”, really. Not really in-depth enough to be real analysis, but meh. Okay, here’s my take on the winter 2024 season so far.

Highly Recommended

Kusuriya no Hitorigoto (Saturdays on Crunchyroll)
The Apothecary Diaries is good in so many ways.

The Apothecary Diaries was not on the list, technically, and I had left it off my fall 2023 list, but it has been one hell of a good anime. The humor is good, the characters are great, and the plot is gripping. Really worth watching.

Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu, 2nd Season (Mondays on Crunchyroll)
Probably my most anticipated anime this season, TsukiMichi is back!

I still love the heck out of Tsukimichi. If you enjoy the power fantasy isekai, then I still continue to recommend it.

Boku no Koroko no Yabai Yatsu, Season 2 (Saturdays on HiDive)
Boku no Kokoro season 2 is one of the most hype anime coming this anime winter 2024 season.

The amount of progress that’s happened in season 2 of Bokuyaba is crazy. Like, there’s been more progress in their relationship than other series get in like double the seasons. An absolutely great romance.

Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasare ta node, Henkyou de Slow Life suru Koto ni Shimashita 2nd (Sundays on Crunchyroll)
Can't wait for more Rit and Gideon!

I feel like this is getting better as we go. After the end of season 1, I wasn’t sure where the story would or even could go. I should have just trusted it. Either way, good characters, plot continues to keep me interested, but keeps the more laid back atmosphere.

Hikari no Ou, 2nd Season (Sundays on Crunchyroll)
Hikari no Ou is such a fascinating series, despite the awkward animation sometimes.

The animation is still as strange as season 1, but the still frames are still amazing. It’s a bit hard to follow the story sometimes, I admit, but it’s still super interesting and creative.

Sokushi Cheat ga Saikyou sugite, Isekai no Yatsura ga Marude Aite ni Naranai n desu ga. (Thursdays on HiDive)

This series is everything I was hoping for. It’s so silly and ridiculous, but I love it so much. Go into it expecting this, because the title says it all.

Dosanko Gal wa Namara Menkoi (Mondays on Crunchyroll)
Hokkaido Gals will likely have one of the cutest girls in the anime winter 2024 season.

I really like this rom-com. It doesn’t do anything outstanding, really, but I like the girls a lot. Maybe it deserved to be in the moderate recommendations, but meh.

Oroka ga Tenshi wa Akuma to Odoru (Mondays on Crunchyroll)

I figured this one would be good, but I was blown away even still. The humor is on point, the romance is cute as hell. The story is interesting enough and the characters are fun. Like, I can’t think of any negatives for this series. Go give it a watch if you enjoy rom-com.

Yubisaki to Renren (Saturdays on Crunchyroll)

A Sign of Affection is such a sweet romance series. To this point, it’s been a lot of good feelings (though I do feel like we’re getting some drama coming, as romance tends to bring). The deaf aspect is interesting too, and adds another degree of complexity to the relationship in ways I hadn’t expected. Really good and worth a watch.

Sasaki to Pii-chan (Fridays on Crunchyroll)

I feel like this one’s punching above its weight class. I’m surprised at how much I enjoy this one. I can’t even say what it is I like specifically, just that it’s good overall. Reminds me a bit of Iseleve, with the going between the fantasy world and our own. So I guess use that as a comparison? Less in-your-face in our world though, and for some reason our world is as fantastical as the fantasy world. Maybe more so?

Akuyaku Reijou Level 99: Watashi wa Ura-Boss desu ga Maou dewa Arimasen (Tuesdays on Crunchyroll)

Honestly, I really look forward to this one every week. Her apparent lack of emotions is so funny, given the situations she brings about. Definitely moe as hell. Not much else I can say about it.

Loop 7-kaime no Akuyaku Reijou wa, Moto Tekikoku de Jiyuu Kimama na Hanayome Seikatsu wo Mankitsu suru (Sundays on Crunchyroll)

While I expected this to be a pretty typical “girl conquers the villain” type of romance, there seems to be a lot more depth to this one. Really interesting story and characters. And romantic moments, of course.

Moderately Recommended

Urusei Yatsura (2022), 2nd Season (Thursdays on HiDive)
Always happy to have more Lum in my life.

I do still enjoy Urusei Yatsura, but definitely not one I could recommend to just anyone. If you appreciate its humor, then give it a watch. If not, probably won’t be your cup of tea.

Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari (Saturdays on Crunchyroll)
Love romantic harem anime like Tales of Wedding Rings.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put this here or in the highly recommended section. In the end, I settled for here. Much like Urusei Yatsura, Tales of Wedding Rings will be very polarizing. The story is pretty simplistic, even by isekai standards (thus far, at least). It does get bonus points for the harem aspect for me though, and the ecchi is exquisite (I did NOT expect it to be uncensored, that’s for sure). If these elements intrigue you, give it a watch. If not, probably not for you.

Mato Seihei no Slave (Thursdays on HiDive)
Chained soldier is an interesting anime, but it fell a few slots in this mid-season review.

Chained Soldier also has a great degree of ecchi, which was expected when they made the announcement regarding it being left uncensored. The series is interesting as well thus far, but I feel like the action aspect has been working against it more than helping. Maybe I’ll feel different as the story continues to pan out, but right now I’m leaning heavily on the characters and ecchi components.

Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ouji (Fridays on Crunchyroll)
Lot of shoujo series in the anime winter 2024 season, but I love it. Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi should be outstanding.

It feels bad to put this down here, but I feel compelled to at this stage in the season. I do like it, make no mistake about that, but it just seems they’re avoiding the bigger plot points. If they get to it in the second half, then I’ll be all for it. I’m just frustrated by the lack of any relationship depth and the episodic nature of it to this point. I hope it finishes strong.

Chiyu Mahou no Machigatta Tsukaikata (Fridays on Crunchyroll)

This is better than I expected but still not amazing. That being said, we’ve basically seen his training. If we get more character interactions, this could end up being pretty good. Just have to wait and see, I guess.

Gekai Elise (Wednesdays on Crunchyroll)

I almost put this up top, but decided against it. Doctor Elise is interesting and has enough character moments, but it still feels like I’m watching a medical drama. It’s also a bit weird how advanced that world’s medicine is, but I guess it could happen.

Hime-sama “Goumon” no Jikan desu (Mondays on Crunchyroll)

I’ve stated on social media about how “the most wholesome anime this season is about torture”. Pretty much sums up this anime. It’s completely absurd and hilarious, but has some of the most touching moments. Why the heck is that in a series with a premise like this?

Take or Leave It

Sengoku Youko (Wednesdays on Crunchyroll)
Sengoku Youko might be on my watch list for THREE WHOLE COURS if it's good. I hope it is.

I feel like this one won’t stay here for long, honestly, but for now it goes here. To this point, we haven’t gotten to anything particularly interesting. Feels like most shounen action anime. I’m hoping to see more character progression as we go through this. We do have three cours to work with, so I’ll be patient.

Saikyou Tank no Meikyuu Kouryaku (Saturdays on Crunchyroll)

I figured this is how it’d play out. Started the manga up again, and we do see more harem aspects, but overall the series is just kind of whatever. If you like fantasy anime with very clear game elements, you could check it out. Don’t expect anything ground-breaking though.

Wrapping Up

So there we go, my updated list for winter 2024. I will say, the only honorable mention I’m actually watching is Hime-sama Goumon. Just haven’t had much time for the rest. That being said, the lack of chatter I hear about them may mean I made a wise choice. Though, Majo to Yajuu might be worth a watch…

I won’t take any more of your time. Catch you in the next one.

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