There's some responses for pwhodges and justacrazyguy sprinkled all over the text.
Your Lie in April seems like melodramatic telenovela romp featuring an impossibly pure-hearted waifu, and after reading the synopsis and what happens at the end (and listening to the cringe-inducing one-liners in the trailer), my worst fears were confirmed.
(Over the years I've gotten extremely fed up with cheesiness in media...)
Also, while there was obviously put lots of care in the visual presentation, the overuse of bloom and the weird shading of the lips makes the show very hard to to look at.
On the other hand, I really loved Beck back when I watched 10 years ago. While the animation is reeaaally wonky, the tone of the show has this refreshing grungy earnestness to it, that is so rare in Anime. Yes, the EngRish is cheesy af, but endearingly so, almost MOE-inducing. The OP is one of my favorites in Anime as well. I generally am a huge fan of this direcotor's work; Paradise Kiss ist just amazing, one of the best romances in Anime (up there with Kare Kano, which I detested back when I watched it in 2013, but now I think it's a masterpiece, lol. I was heartbroken at the time). Also still need to finally finish March comes in like A Lion, it was shaping up to become a 10/10, but I fell off when I caught up to the currently airing Episode.
I don't have any fucking time for anything right now. How is it possible that I, of all people, have grown up to have responsibilities. #sadface
I remember Kids on the Slope as being quite good as well. What I like most about Watanabe is how he manages to induce everything with this laid-back attitude, he somehow manages to make cartoons feel like I'm watching real people. I'm really bad at handling Clannad or Kimi no Uso style presentation... My eyes just keep rolling backwards, which makes it impossible for me to watch the show. (lol) On the other end of the tone-spectrum, there is the overly-mega-cool and hard-boiled teen-romp steeped in sarcasm and cynicism. Many American productions suffer from this, especially indie movies, I feel like. Either way, despite being about teenagers, Watanabe knows how to strike a tone that doesn't annoy me. Which makes it automatically better than most media.
Tone is something rarely gets discussed, but it's something I greatly appreciate when done well. Ikuhara is a master of crafting complex emotions in the narrative. As I mentioned above, I really dislike shows that slap the drama into my face and scream "AND NOW FEEL THIS".
So yeah, I still need to get around watching Mob Psycho 200, Carole and Tuesday and Sarazanmai. I've sampled the first Episodes and all of them have the potential to be great. I have read that Carole and Tuesday seems to have a rather poor presentation of Trans People (something Japan still struggles with generally -> Atlus), but I'd have to confirm myself, if it's just the usual SJW hyperbole or if it's just Japan being Japan.
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