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I've been keeping up with some of the that's being aired on , but only three are standing out so far. Two are anime I'm not surprised I love while the other was something I put on because...the word was in it.

Yes, yes I do have a strange obsession with foxes. I blame you .

Saiyuki Reload Blast

Having gone MIA for the last several years, the lovers of were abandoned with an unfinished plot. With four lovable hooligans left out to dry, those who were loyal followers of their adventures got dumped with them.

Now they're back! The wonderful thing about this "reload" is that the tone, characters, and voice actors (at least for the main characters) are the same as the original. The relationships we grew to love haven't changed, the personalities are still as rambunctious, chaotic, and quirky as ever, and their mission hasn't changed.

Because it's taken them forever just to get to where they are now.

acknowledges the unnecessarily long journey throughout the new season (and it's long absence) in the bloody, dramatic and exciting first episode. The demons the characters slay make mention that they thought the " Party" had "disappeared and were rumored to be dead". This is what the boys had to say to that...

: Hey, don't kill us off like that.

: Come to think of it, there haven't been too many guys yelling, "Curse you, Sanzo party!" and attacking us lately.

: Perhaps... they didn't recognize us because we were so filthy?

-Saiyuki Reload Blast, Episode One

And then they continue to banter about how they've been in this same situation over and over again and complain about .

Yes, the dialogue between and his four demon followers is awesome.

Saiyuki Reload Blast, Episode 1: Goku, Sanzo, Hakkai
Saiyuki Reload Blast, Episode 1: Goku, Sanzo, Hakkai

Through this, the writers are letting the viewers know that, even though there haven't been any episode for a while, the journey has been ongoing.

I'll admit, I haven't finished the first two seasons of Saiyuki. But I've been enjoying it and didn't want to fall behind on Reload. Some might be hesitant to watch the new anime because it's a continuation. Fear not! The writers have been doing an excellent job filling you in on the most important details, so it's not necessary to go back and watch the first two seasons before starting Reload.

It's fun, the characters are bratty and lovable, and now--they've been fired. So what happens when you've got a mission no one wants you to finish?

If I know Sanzo and the boys, they're going to stick it to the man and do it anyway. And when they do, bloody and beautiful chaos will ensue.


Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, Episode 8: Unit Two
Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, Episode 8: Unit Two

It's evident in my previous articles that I love this anime. The above all is stunning. Not only that, but it has some of the best ever to be animated. The will give you chills while gracing your screen with colors to emphasize its beauty, and music to move your soul. This one should be watched simply for the value.

But if that's not enough, I have more.

is turning out to be not only an amazing anime, but a heart wrenching as well. And there's no love story!

Yes, yes you can have excellent drama without a couple causing it.

And already we've had the rug pulled out from under us with one of my favorite characters getting into dire trouble. I had a panic attack.

Seriously, don't watch episode 5 without knowing you can go to 6 right after it. I don't think I've made so much noise over a show in all my life. The ending of episode 5 stopped with this quiet sober eerie feeling that just makes you sit there in disbelief. After a good two minutes of shock, I freaked out. It was the most dramatic I'd been all month, and I can be pretty dramatic.

Katsugeki is becoming a powerful and moving tale about and loyalty. Even now I'm waiting in anticipation for the next episode because the stakes have risen higher than I think any of us thought possible, even though the foreshadowing has been there since the beginning. We just didn't want it to happen.

Catch up on this one now! And get sucked into the world of these sword masters with me. It's pretty.

Fox Spirit Matchmaker

I'm not going to lie. I wasn't expecting much from this anime. The animation didn't take my breath away and sometimes gets a little obnoxious, the main character is a freaking weirdo too... and yet I kept watching because... foxes.

For the first couple of episodes, I was still on the fence. But by the third or fourth, I got hooked.

It's really the song that kept me coming back, and the more videos I watch on , the more excited I'm getting. I'm a sucker for , and this opening showed to have three with some intense action! And the ones I've been really waiting for have started to emerge.

The idea is that if a and human fell in love and bound themselves at a tree, then they could be reunited in their next lives. Our first couple was an introduction to how it all worked, but now, things are getting interesting.

With two young men paired up with their female yōkai, their stories from the past are starting to be revealed even as their new ones are being written.

We have a gorgeous and incredibly sweet spider-girl being rejected by the man she loves simply because he hates yōkai in this life, and a fox-girl who's so silly she's almost stupid but just might be the most powerful fox-spirit of her clan.

Huyao Xiao Hongniang, Fox Spirit Matchmaker
Huyao Xiao Hongniang, Fox Spirit Matchmaker

Why they'll end up with these two loony men is something we'll have to see. But despite the boys being dunces and fighting each other all the time, I ship them with their girls anyway. Go figure.

Hats off to the writer for convincing me they deserve them. Let's be honest though, they come across way cooler in their previous lives.

But really, the spider-girl is just so sweet that I want her to be happy. Even if her choice of man is annoying. At least in this life.

And as for the fox-girl, her true form seems like someone who isn't going to get pushed around. And that commanding and fiery spirit is something her man absolutely deserves. And it seems she already had him under her thumb in their past life--even if neither of them can yet remember.

So, if you're looking for an , , and interesting , get past those first handful of episodes, because this one is really starting to get spicy.

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