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Screenshot: Fate/Grand Order

CHRISTMAS IS HERE, Y’ALL! A Merry Christmas to all, and Happy Holidays to the rest ;) Today is a day for giving, so to you, I give a series of thoughts, comments, opinions, etc., that don’t make up enough for articles on their own — that’s right, this is Matt’s Anime Quick Hits, Christmas Edition! (Apologies if you were looking for anything particularly serious, but, no, not today.)

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. …


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Col. Potter toasts the New Year (Series: M*A*S*H)

Boy, those words above from an episode of TV that’s 40 years old (and set in a war almost 70 years ago) really sum up the feeling that I’m sure pervades most of the world as the horror that 2020 has been comes to a close. So, to bolster our spirits, let’s take a look ahead at the anime scheduled to come in 2021.

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. …


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(Series: Tonikaku Kawaii)

While they say it’s best for married couples to have at least some interests apart from each other, one of the things I’ve introduced my wife to (after becoming more into it myself) is watching anime. She doesn’t watch all the anime series I do, but there are quite a few we’ve watched together so far, and will plan to watch together in the future.

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. …


Sword Art Online: Alicization — War of Underworld  —  A robot ships herself to the main character in the last episode
Sword Art Online: Alicization — War of Underworld  —  A robot ships herself to the main character in the last episode
Where “Robot waifu ships herself to Kirito in a box” barely even cracks the list of terrible things

So, I enjoyed the original Sword Art Online anime series, and even enjoyed season 2. I thought that the Gun Gale Online spinoff was also a fun look at things, if a little weird. The Ordinal Scale movie was “okay,” but frankly, the Alicization arc whose anime adaptation completed this summer was just disappointing.

Warning: There be spoilers ahead.

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. …


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Dat pout (Series: Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)

Today, I finish up my reviews of the 2020 anime series that I’ve seen, along with some of the older series that I watched this year for the first time, and give each one a rating / grade based on what I thought of it.

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. …


Image of Dino (dinosaur) wearing a ballcap and saluting (Series: Gal & Dino)
Image of Dino (dinosaur) wearing a ballcap and saluting (Series: Gal & Dino)
(Series: Gal to Kyouryuu)

For today’s article, I thought I’d get back to a more “traditional” approach with a “year in review” covering my thoughts on some of the 2020 anime series that I’ve seen, and giving each one a rating / grade based on what I thought of it.

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. …


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Eri Sasaki concert, Tora-Con 2019

Originally, I conceived of this whole set of articles as a single piece. Then, I decided it should be a ‘trilogy’, in which we’d already covered my favorite opening and ending themes from all the anime I’ve seen so far. Yesterday’s article turned into an extensive coverage of my favorite OST pieces from shows directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, and didn’t leave me room to finish discussing some of the my other favorite series’ OSTs.

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. You can find re-posts of my 2018 and 2019 series (posted originally on the late TAY and AniTAY Kinja sites) now here on Medium.


The Disco Dance-off from Space Dandy
The Disco Dance-off from Space Dandy
He’s a dandy guy… in space. (Series: Space Dandy)

Over the past two days, we’ve covered my favorite opening and ending themes from all the anime I’ve seen so far. In today’s article, I look to wrap up this mini-set and cover my contenders for “best overall music” for the anime series I’ve seen. (And no, despite the title, they’re not all shows from Watanabe-san. Although, spoiler: Yes, several of them are.)

Welcome to “12 Days of AniTAY 2020”, a writing challenge in which I look to have an article a day for 12 days leading up to Christmas, all centered in some way on anime or anime-related topics. …


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Previously on AniTAY: The Next Generation: Normally at this time of the year, I like to look back and pick my favorite anime opening and ending themes for each season of the year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), plus a set of Honorable Mentions, but as I alluded to in my opening post in this series, this year (especially in the second half) there’s been a real dearth of shows that I watched, let alone whose themes really stuck with me as “must listens.” …


Julie Andrews sings “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music
Julie Andrews sings “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music
With apologies to Dame Julie Andrews and Messrs. Rodgers and Hammerstein

Normally at this time of the year, I like to look back and pick my favorite anime opening and ending themes for each season of the year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), plus a set of Honorable Mentions, but as I alluded to in my opening post in this series, this year (especially in the second half) there’s been a real dearth of shows that I watched, let alone whose themes really stuck with me as “must listens.” …

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