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Dated 20 October 2020: More more Autumn 2020 first impressions

Kyouko
The childhood friend has good hair.

In addition to the shows described in the first and second installments, I am also following Kamisama ni Natta hi (The Day I Became a God). I find its comic timing better than the jokes themselves, but that already makes it better than most other anime comedies. This is also a Key anime, so some sort of trauma is assured by the show's end. It's probably not for everyone, but it's one of the better offerings this season so far.

Rena
Rena seems sort of upset about something.

I only watched the first episode of the 2006 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime, and basically know nothing about the franchise except that it involves lots of murder and possibly time loops? However, I am willing to give 2020's Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Gou (Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou) a try even though its first three episodes haven't especially impressed me. I'm not even sure why the Gou part of the title needed to be hidden until after the second episode. In any case, it's an excuse for more Yukino Satsuki (see also YashaHime), and I'll presumably enjoy the show more as the mystery develops.

Yuna
I still don't know why specifically a bear suit, though.

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (localized as The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma in English because each Kuma is written differently in the original Japanese title) is a silly show. Events within the first two episodes occurred non-chronologically, but I think that made the first episode more interesting. It's not really fursuit One Punch Man, but I at least enjoy Yuna's unconcerned reactions to fairly absurd events. Incidentally, I'm also enjoying Kawase Maki as Yayoi in Major 2nd S2, so she could be a seiyuu to watch for in the future.

Lou
Chicks love handkerchiefs.

Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjou, Aruiwa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen (Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World) is sort of terrible. Like, I don't even feel motivated to point out the parts it really gets wrong. I will mention, though, that it cast Amamiya Sora in the sort of dignified princess roles she was initially known for (e.g., Asseylum from Aldnoah.Zero) before everyone realized Tenchan's true calling was loudmouthed shitbag roles (like Aqua from Konosuba). I'm pretty sure I'm only giving the anime a chance because someone on the Twitter said something nice about the light novels once, but there's also a good chance I've mixed it up with a completely different title.

Dated 7 June 2009: I'd probably like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood had I not seen it before

Winry
I want to say Winry saves Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,
but even that's not true.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist II, Full Metal Alchemist ~Here We Go Again~...no matter what you call it, it suffers from the nagging problem that it feels like a clip show of something I've already seen before. I'm told Brotherhood is supposed to be more faithful to the manga (which I have not read), and I'll even presume the manga is better than the first anime. Nevertheless, this retelling of Fullmetal Alchemist feels very redundant, and I can't help but enjoy it a lot less than I think I otherwise might. Then again, it's possible the show actually sucks, and I'm blinded from seeing it because I want to like it. In any case, I rank it below both Queen's Blade and Asura Cryin' this season—a rather sorry position for such an esteemed title.

Winry
IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME

The recast voices are only a small part of the problem. Not that many were actually changed, and since I don't really know the original voices of the supporting cast all that well, only Winry and Lust really sound wrong to me. I can't say the pace is off either, because although it is faster, it doesn't especially seem rushed. Most likely the biggest problem is that I have seen the original and this is just different. There's a good chance I'd be saying the same thing about the original anime adaptation now had the shows been switched. Chalk this up as a cautionary tale about how first impressions can cement dispositions and preferences, I guess.