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If you could go back in time, would you correct past mistakes? Or would you take the opportunity to relive a year of highschool? Your answer will lead you to one of two anime freshly reviewed by Reckoner.

In Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, the protagonist’s ability to do-over may not always be the blessing it seems to be, but when you’re in a new world you probably need all the chances you can get. The lead in ReLife takes a different track, returning to highschool in the hopes of sorting himself out. Either way, the wisdom of experience is what these characters must work with to get ahead.

A Double Dose of Fantasy

Although the 2016 Olympics have been all over the news lately, that hasn’t stopped us from watching some more anime. To get away from all the sports talk, we’ve taken a look at two recent anime filled with fantasy and entertainment.

First, if splashy action scenes and style over substance in a show is what you’re looking for right now, check out Kabaneri of the Iron FortressAC found it highly suspect in terms of its content, but it won’t let you down aesthetically.

Second, I gush over how much I loved Snow White with the Red Hair and its lovely protagonist. If you’re a fan of shoujo anime, Snow White should definitely be on your watch list if you haven’t seen it.

Superheroes and Volleyball Heroes

Our newest reviews today are loads of fun to watch and both unified in their theme of heroics.

For our first new review, My Hero Academia is what AC calls a return to form in terms of shounen anime for BONES and a recommended watch even for those who aren’t into the superhero genre.

Next, Kaikyaku takes a look at the second season of one of the more memorable sports anime of the last several years in her review of Haikyuu!! 2. If you’re a fan of the first season, the second season is well worth the time.

Something Different

If you’ve been looking for some recent anime that are different from what you’re used to, here’s two fantastic anime from the last few months that are definitely worth a look.

First, we present a review of the excellent rakugo-themed anime Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. Kaikyaku found the character-driven show to be a delight with impressive visuals to backup its complex character development.

Second is a look at the newest entry in the Gundam franchise: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. While the show has a few holes that it wasn’t able to fill up completely, Kavik Ryx argues that it’s a welcome update to a franchise that was starting to feel a bit dated.

Eight Plus Two Equals Ten (Or, One Awesome and One Horrible Anime for Your Viewing Pleasure)

Don’t let the long title of this post put you off — today we have a wonderful pair of anime reviews that highlights the best and worst of anime that ended over the first few months of 2016.

To give you the good stuff first, check out Kavik Ryx‘s thoughts on a surprise hit from Winter 2016: Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. The setting may be familiar to most of us that watch anime, with its main characters suddenly transported into a mysterious land where the struggle to survive, but it’s definitely got more to it than you would guess by its cover.

In addition, we also review a pretty horrible anime by all standards in Heavy Object. It’s so lackluster that it makes last year’s Aldnoah.Zero look like a masterpiece.

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