This Series is wonderful
While objectively this series isn’t anything special, i don’t really care. Something about this series really struck a chord with me, and even though i just started watching the series in late november, I have already caught up to the latest chapter of the manga and am avidly waiting for chapter 260. The characters are the selling point of this series and i can’t bring myself to even slightly dislike any single one of ‘em. They each feel real and believable as people and have many flaws that all work towards fixing and growing from. Like, if you did/do not cry even a bit after watching Ban’s backstory, I wholeheartedly believe you have no soul. Going onto the story, while it is a pretty generic shounen plotline, at it’s best it can be handled with emotion and complexity. Especially in the later bits of the anime, and recently in the manga. The series as well does not shy away from the morally gray and (again) in the recent arc of the manga it can be very difficult at times to tell who exactly you should root for. The animation has a few dips in quality, most notably around episodes 17-20, but aside from that it is extremely good. In relation to the last point, the action is greatly choreographed and very fun to watch. On the subject of fanservice... first of all it’s a shounen anime, so obviously it’ll have fanservice. Second of all, i didn’t think it was as bad as some people say. Like, i’d be perfectly okay showing this to 5 year old. It’s just some cleavage and groping(which by the way, Elizabeth states she’s okay with). If you are raising your child correctly it should be common sense to them to not do that(the groping). And the violence is the same as something you’d see on Power Rangers, but instead of sparks flying from the impact of a hit it’s blood, which i’m sure every child has seen at least once. Overall, the series is great. The only reason i would mainly recommend it for the 10+ range is just so that they’d understand the messages and themes of the show better. But again, i’d show it it to a 5 year old if they just wanted to watch something colorful and fun. This series is amazing, you should most certainly watch it.