Granblue Fantasy The Animation S2 (Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon) 2019
Only a few episodes in and I realised that the pacing of the series was going to really stretch.
I know it’s a big story, and I certainly don’t mind a few side-quests or the delving into backstory of characters (like in the Katalina episodes) but boy I do wish this season decided to check in with the main storyline more often.
Still, it’s not awful or anything, but it didn’t grip me either.
Having said that, I was able to dip in and out of season two without feeling that I’d be lost after a long gap and that was nice, and ultimately I enjoyed these new Granblue adventures but I’d love some more main plot progression next time. (I assume there will be another series, especially with the release of Relink coming closer and I’m certain, high engagement with the franchise all around.)
This time MAPPA handled the animation instead of A-1 Pictures and there is a noticeable lift in quality – I saw this mostly around the lighting. It seemed a lot more dynamic lighting was used this time, like with the ‘Noah’ episodes or again, the Katalina arc.
Having said that, I don’t think the show will win over any doubters – the final episode felt a little flat compared to last season too, but it’s still fun and I’m enjoying the way the confrontation between Eugen and Apollo is being built.