Wowee, the new anime season is upon us! And I…well I didn’t really watch enough of last season to really comment on it! Oops!
Truth be told, this season I’ve really only finished Citrus. Sora yori mo tooi basho was my actual Winter 2018 front-runner, but my little sister was really enjoying Citrus and Pop Team Epic, so I made more time for those shows instead so that we could watch them together.
Even though I didn’t actually watch that much of Winter 2018, I still want to join the fun in doing a little “best of the season” countdown. Except…I didn’t watch enough to really declare a best show or best director, or even best opening. I don’t even know enough to declare a best girl. I watched enough to get a feel for, um, what some characters in some shows look like? I can’t even remember most of the names of most of these characters… but for some reason, I do remember their eyebrows. I don’t know what it is, but whenever I’m watching an anime, the first thing I notice about a character is their ‘brows.
I just love it when they’ve got those thick nubby brows instead of a simple thin arc, you know what I mean? They’re more expressive, more elegant. Think about it – don’t you dig an anime girl more when she’s got some big ass caterpillar brows up there? I’m very passionate about thick anime brows…I even have a soft spot for scruffy old man anime brows, too.
So without further ado, here is my top 10 anime eyebrows of the Winter 2018 that I felt the need to put together, for some reason.
Citrus is like, half good. When it’s fun, it’s fun, and sometimes it’s even close to being touching and poignant, but gets drowned out by trashy lesbian drama before it can ever reach the point of being, well, fully good. The finale perfectly encapsulates this issue of being so close, yet so far.
Since I run the risk of repeating everything I’ve said in all my other Citrus posts, I’m going to try to keep this mostly to the last episode.
If there’s one thing I’m struggling with as I stumble into adulthood, it’s time management. Seriously, how am I supposed to balance socializing, hobbies, and a full-time job? And have time to cook a well-balanced meal once in a while, and hit the gym? It’s baffling to me. When do adults have time to liiiiiive? I don’t understaaaaaaaaaand!
I’m exaggerating a bit. Now that I’ve gotten into the routine of my new job, I have been able to carve out more time for myself. It’s easier to go with a new flow once you’ve been flowing that flow a couple of months. You know?
Mainly, the way I’ve been managing to keep up with hobbies, work, and health is by combining them. I’ll draw while I watch anime so I can keep up on improving my amateur art skills, or listen to Japanese music/audio lessons on the drive to and from work to squeeze in some study time. My biggest health n’ hobby mashup, though, is watching anime at the gym. I go to a little rec center that’s near my house when I have time, and I’ll hop on the treadmill with my phone and catch up on some shows.
The problem is, watching anime in public can be a bit of a…risky endeavor. You know what I mean. Even “normal” shows will throw some surprise titties at you, and those titties always show up at the worst times. Like when you were in middle school and Naruto was always busting out the Sexy Jutsu when your mom was around, or when your roommates come home with a group of their cool friends and then suddenly there’s an underage girl getting sensually squeezed by a snake on your living room TV…
When you’re at the gym, you especially have to be careful, because not only can someone look over and catch you watching something that looks pervy, they’ll see you working up a sweat to something pervy-looking. Plus, not all anime is exactly good for a work-out motivation – as much as I love slice of life shows, they don’t exactly hype you up. All that being said, my journey to finding The Perfect Work-Out Anime has been a rocky one. Let me treadmill-run you through some of my public anime watching mistakes, and show you what anime ended up being best for working out. The anime workout quality will be rated in plewds (💦 ). I was going to say they would be rated in sweat drop emojis, but then I learned that an alternative name for this emoji is “plewds,” so guess what I’m going to forever call sweat from this point onward?? Continue reading “Anime Workouts: What’s The Best Show To Publicly Sweat To???”→
Citrus, I don’t know how you do it, but you manage to both exceed my expectations and fail to meet them at the same time with each passing week. While watching just about every episode, my thoughts have been equal parts, “wow, this is surprisingly poignant for a show about stepsisters in love” and, “wow, this is surprisingly trashy, even for a show about stepsisters in love.”
You can tell a lot about what kind of yuri fan you are by whether or not you were excited about Citrus. If your taste is a little more sophisticated (a.k.a., your favorite yuri isn’t Sakura Trick), you were probably disappointed that this super fetishistic manga was one of the Lucky Few yuri to recieve an anime adaptation. On the other hand, if your appeal to yuri is strictly, “I wanna see some boobies touch,” you were probably pretty hyped for this one.
Or, you were somewhere in the middle, like me. I wanna see some boobies touch, but like, in a more ~sophisticated~ way.
But I’m desperate for content so I’ll take whatever the Gay Anime Gods are willing to throw me. It’s like, I want a full-bodied four-course yuri meal with a diverse range of flavors, but instead I’m getting a Taco Bell party box – still fun and satisfying, but it’ll really make you hate yourself for consuming so much of it.
I don’t actually dislike Citrus. I’m actually really, really enjoying it, despite all of its pesky issues like romanticizing abuse and swerving pretty darn close into sister-fucker anime territory. That stuff is where the “hating yourself for watching” feeling comes in.
Warning!! This post contains spoilers up to episode 6, and a not-very-spoilery screenshot from episode 7. Be careful in there, kids!