Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2: Episode 3 – “Two Brothers”

Wow! This episode was intense!

The first half of the episode focuses a lot on the fighting, and we see both Zeke and Eren’s Titans take a beating. But things really take a turn when Colt, Falco, and Gabi come running up to Zeke, and Colt beginning Zeke not to scream until Falco can get away (since he had accidentally ingested some of the wine with Zeke’s spinal fluid in it). While Zeke sympathizes with Colt, Zeke still screams anyway… and suddenly, Titans are popping up all over. But seeing Falco turn into a Titan in front of Gabi and going after Reiner’s Titan was the part that really grabbed me when characters were turning into Titans.

The body count gets high in the first half of the episode. Both unnamed characters and characters that the audience has come to know are among those numbers. And to go along with the body count, the animators made sure to highlight the blood and gore. While I did see the occasional still shots or camera panning over a shot to mimic the appearance of movement, what stood out to me was the blood and gore. The animators really wanted to emphasize the brutality and the chaos of the action.

But then, something shocking happens right before the commercial break. Gabi gets a hold of a gun and shoots at Eren, and her accuracy with her shot creates a shocking moment to end the first half of the episode. Since I haven’t read this part of the manga, I had no idea that this scene was coming. Let’s just say that it threw me for a loop.

At the beginning of the second half, it retreads a little bit of what we saw leading up to the shocking scene, but everything is done in slow motion. I thought this was effective, and made sense to do in order to lead up to the next scene.

We see Eren standing in the sandy area where the Founder Ymir resides. Zeke is next to him, sitting on the ground in chains. Through Zeke, we learn that Eren passed away but that they managed to make contact with each other before his passing. Apparently, Zeke has been waiting a while for Eren to arrive in this location. At this point, Eren proves that Armin’s faith in him wasn’t misplaced, because Eren only pretended to believe in Zeke’s plan in order to make it to this point. But just when the tables seem to have turned in Eren’s favor, the Founder Ymir passes him by and goes to Zeke. It turns out Zeke learned some things while waiting for Eren, and that the Founder Ymir believes she serves those with royal blood. With what Zeke reveals, the tide turns back in his favor. The episode ends with Eren and Zeke butting heads.

The preview shows that the two of them will be seeing each other’s memories, and also seems to insinuate that the two will learn things. With the next episode title being, “Memories of the Future,” I suspect it’s going to focus entirely on this plot point.

But, wow! As I said at the beginning, this episode was intense. There were times that it seemed like the story would be close to ending, but I knew that the story can’t end here since we’re only three episodes into this season. I’m curious to see how the story is going to be able to progress past this point and how the story will ultimately come to its end.

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Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2: Episode 2 – “Sneak Attack”

The episode opens by tracking back slightly to Armin, Mikasa, Jean, and Conny being released from their cell and debating whether or not to help Eren. We got to see Armin and Mikasa’s answers in the previous episode, and in this one, we get to hear what Jean and Conny have to say. Jean admits that even though he’s always thought of Eren as trouble since their academy days, he doesn’t want to see Eren die this way. Conny adds that if Eren dies now, he won’t be able to punch him in the face. Even though Armin keeps trying to reassure Mikasa that Eren lied about some things and is acting differently to try to convince Yelena that he’s cooperating with her, Mikasa doesn’t seem to buy it. At this point in the anime, we’ve reached a point where I haven’t read this in the manga, so I have no idea which way this is going to go. A part of me wants to believe what Armin is saying, but there’s a part of me that’s just as skeptical as Mikasa is.

Before the group can go to Eren’s rescue, though, they have to convince the Jaegerists to let them leave so they can help Eren. Once they make it past the Jaegerists, they unlock all the cells and let everyone out. Which includes Falco, who has made friends with one of the Eldian soldiers.

Meanwhile, Colt and Gabi go to rescue Falco. When the Eldian soldiers are released and head outside, both Falco and the Eldian soldier he befriended see them. The soldier makes up a story that he’s going to tie Falco up in one of the houses, but instead of doing that, he delivers Falco to Colt and Gabi and tells them to run. The final scene we get of these three characters sees Colt asking why Gabi trusted the Eldian solider, and after a bit, she tearfully admits that the people on Paradis Island are people and not the devils as they were taught to believe. Sasha’s family comes by, and while most of the family wonders what happened to “Mia” and “Ben” (the names Gabi and Falco went by when they stayed with them), the sister who had initially befriended Gabi can’t forgive her for killing Sasha. Near the end of this scene, Falco confesses his feelings to Gabi and why he wanted to become a Titan candidate. While this seems awkward, Falco admits that he could become a Titan since he ended up getting some of the wine with Zeke’s spinal fluid into him, so he needs to say this now in case he turns into a Titan. Gabi rips off the armband that shows he drank the wine, and Colt believes that if Zeke learns that Falco could turn into a Titan, that he won’t scream. This is the last we see of these characters in this episode. It was interesting to see Gabi’s change of heart here, especially since she was the one who believed the Marley propaganda about the inhabitants of Paradis. While there had been hints that her views were starting to change in earlier episodes, I appreciated finally seeing her admit that what she had been taught all this time was wrong. This was a great piece of character development for her.

There’s also a focus on Eren in his Titan form as he battles with Reiner and Galliard. But just as all hope seems lost, Zeke arrives in his Beast Titan form. Zeke takes over the battle as Eren starts heading toward Zeke. The Marley soldiers are desperate to stop the two from coming in contact, and near the end of the episode, Pieck pulls off a feint that allows Zeke to be shot. Unfortunately, the angle was off, and being shot and falling actually gets Zeke closer to Eren.

At this point, it looks like the stage is being set for Zeke and Eren to meet, but considering this is only the second episode of the season, I have feeling that whatever’s going to happen isn’t going to be starting right away, that there are going to be obstacles to slow things down. It’s going to be interesting to see how the remainder of this story is going to progress, especially since it’s obvious from how the story is being portrayed that the climax of this story is getting closer.

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Top 20 Selling Manga for December 2021

These were the top 20 selling manga in December 2021, according to NPD BookScan:

  1. Chainsaw Man Volume 8 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 13 by Gege Akutami
  3. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  4. Chainsaw Man Volume 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 by Gege Akutami
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 by Gege Akutami
  7. Chainsaw Man Volume 2 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  8. Attack on Titan Volume 34 by Hajime Isayama
  9. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Aidairo
  10. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
  11. Chainsaw Man Volume 3 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  12. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 2 by Gege Akutami
  13. Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  14. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  15. Deserter: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito
  16. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 3 by Gege Akutami
  17. Kaiju No. 8 Volume 1 by Naoya Matsumoto
  18. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 2 by Aidairo
  19. Haikyu!! Volume 1 by Haruichi Furudate
  20. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 4 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Source: The Fandom Post

SiM Is the Artist Behind the Opening Theme for the Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Anime

©Hajime Isayama, KODANSHA/”ATTACK ON TITAN” The Final Season Production Committee.

The TV anime series Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 started at 00:05 (JAPAN TIME) on January 10, 2022 on NHK General TV.

With the TV series on air, the artist of the opening theme song has been revealed. Viewers found out that reggae and punk band, SiM made the song, which is titled, “The Rumbling.” The vocalist MAH read through the original story and created this song. The title was picked from the strong impression they got of the scenes in this TV series season. This TV Size song has been released at 00:00 (JAPAN TIME) on the January 10, 2022 through various music streaming and download services.

It was also announced that SiM has officially moved to PONY CANYON label.

SiM started their new year with this big news about the amazing collaboration with Attack on Titan and their transfer of music label.

Information on “The Rumbling”

  • “The Rumbling” is the opening theme for for Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
  • Artist: SiM
  • Lyrics: MAH
  • Musical Arrangement: SiM
  • The song first aired as part of the series on January 9, 2022 at 24:05 (JAPAN TIME)

SiM’s “The Rumbling (TV Size)” has been released through various music streaming and download services:
https://lnk.to/therumbling_tvsize

Special site for the song:
http://sim2022.ponycanyon.net/

SiM’s homepage:
https://sxixm.com/

Chainsaw Man Is #1 on the NPD BookScan Adult Graphic Novels List for December 2021

Manga volumes occupied 18 spots on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for December 2021:

  • Chainsaw Man Volume 8 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (#1)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 13 by Gege Akutami (#2)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#3)
  • Chainsaw Man Volume 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (#4)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0 by Gege Akutami (#5)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 by Gege Akutami (#8)
  • Chainsaw Man Volume 2 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (#9)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 34 by Hajime Isayama (#10)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Aidairo (#11)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#12)
  • Chainsaw Man Volume 3 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (#13)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 2 by Gege Akutami (#14)
  • Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (#15)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#16)
  • Deserter: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito (#17)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 3 by Gege Akutami (#18)
  • Kaiju No. 8 Volume 1 by Naoya Matsumoto (#19)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 2 by Aidairo (#20)

Source: ANN

Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2: Episode 1 – “Judgment”

This episode jumped right back in where the end of the previous season left off. Unfortunately, since there had been a significant gap between the end of this season and the beginning of this one, I was having to spend some of the early part of the episode trying to piece together and remember what happened to lead up to this point.

This episode opens with Hange finding a bloodied Levi and saying that he was killed by a Thunder Spear. Floch keeps trying to insist that Hange let him take Levi’s pulse to prove that he’s dead. However, he’s interrupted by Zeke reappearing. Hange uses this distraction to jump into the nearby river with Levi, but this is all we see of Hange and Levi. As of the right now, Levi’s fate is truly unknown. Is Levi really dead, or is Hange trying to making it appear that he is?

After this, Floch approaches Zeke and asks him what happened, because it certainly had looked like Zeke had died. Zeke tells him that he was taken to a place he didn’t recognize and saw a girl rebuilding his body with sand. When the opening credits appear after this scene, we do see a brief shot of the girl in the opening, so I assume she’s going to somehow be important later in the season.

After the opening credits, the rest of the episode sees Marley coming to Paradis and attacking. Gabi and Pieck, who are chained together, are freed after Porco (in Titan form) cuts off Pieck’s hand. Pieck falls over the side of the tower, but she changes into her Titan form. In Titan form, Pieck helps Gabi to get away, and they reunited with the Marley troops.

Meanwhile, other Marley troops are coming down in parachutes from the zeppelins, and among them is Reiner. Eren, who is in his Titan form, jumps off of the tower and going against Yelena’s protestations. At first, it appears Eren has the upper hand when he traps Porco and Reiner, but Pieck’s Titan form appears with a gun attached… and the gunners get in a couple of good shots on Eren.

A panicked Onyankopon goes to release Armin, Mikasa, Conny, Jean, and the others to try to get help for Eren. At first, Conny is extremely pissed off, and his reaction is very understandable. They definitely felt betrayed by Yelena and her group. It turns out that Onyankopon hadn’t known the truth about Yelena’s plan, and Armin believes he’s telling the truth. By the end of the episode, both Armin and Mikasa express a desire to help Eren. It’s not clear if the others will assist them or not.

As I said earlier, I was spending the earlier part of the episode trying to remember what had happened in the first half of Attack on Titan Final Season, so it’s a lot harder for me to have reactions to what happened in this episode because of that. But this episode definitely had a lot of excitement (and a lot of blood) during Marley’s invasion and Eren’s fight with Reiner and Porco.

I’m interested to see what happens next week to move the story forward, and hopefully I’ll have an easier time with a writeup next time as well.

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Crunchyroll Announces Additions to Its Manga Library

Crunchyroll has announced new additions to its manga library, which include the first three volumes for the following titles: Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Fire Force, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and In/Spectre. They are available in English to Premium members worldwide except for Japan, with the first chapters free for all to read.

Crunchyroll was doing a simulpub for the Attack on Titan manga, so those readers who are almost caught up can see how the story ends.

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll Announces Simulcasts for the Winter 2022 Anime Season

Crunchyroll has announced its anime simulcast lineup for the Winter 2022 season.

Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
Airtime: January 9, 2022
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
Airtime: Sundays at 8:00 a.m. PST
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Ranking of Kings
Airtime: TBD (Episodes 1-10 are coming soon)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, MENA, and India

The Case Study of Vanitas
Airtime: TBD (Episodes 1-12 are now available)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, MENA, and India

Orient
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Blade Runner: Black Lotus
Airtime: Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. PST
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Platinum End
Airtime: Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. PST
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Akebi’s Sailor Uniform
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, MENA, and India

Cue!
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

In the Land of Leadale
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

The Irregular at Magic High School – Reminiscence Arc
Airtime: TBD
Available in: United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand

Life With an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout
Airtime: TDB
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note -Special Episode-
Airtime: TBD
Available in: United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

Love of Kill
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

My Dress-Up Darling
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, MENA and India

Princess Connect Re:Dive Season 2
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Sabikui Bisco
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Tokyo 24th Ward
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, MENA, and India

World’s End Harem
Airtime: TBD
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Airtime: Sundays at 1:00 p.m. PST
Available to: Crunchyroll members worldwide excluding Japan, and Premium members in French-speaking territories

Case Closed
Airtime: Saturdays at 4:30 a.m. PST
Available in: United States and United States territories, Canada, the United Kingdom and United Kingdom territories, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand

Digimon Ghost Game
Airtime: Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. PST
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
Airtime: Fridays at 6:00 p.m. PST
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House
Airtime: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. PST
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

One Piece
Airtime: Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. PST
Available in: North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, American Samoa, Guam, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, US Minor Outlying Islands, Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa

Tropical-Rouge! Precure
Airtime: Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. PST
Available in: North America, Latin America including the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon – The Second Act
Airtime: Saturdays at 2:00 a.m. PST
Available in: United States, Canada, LatAM, and EMEA

Source: Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Winter 2022 Anime Season Simulcasts

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the following simulcasts for the Winter 2022 anime season:

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc – This ongoing simulcast will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
  • Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 – The simulcast begins on January 9, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Information on the SimulDub is forthcoming.
  • Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 2 – The simulcast begins on January 13, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man – The simulcast begins on January 11, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom – The simulcast begins on January 8, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Case Study of Vanitas – The simulcast begins on January 14, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Sabikui Bisco – The simulcast begins on January 10, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt – The simulcast begins on January 11, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • My Dress-Up Darling – The simulcast begins on January 8, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Tribe Nine – The simulcast begins on January 10, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Tokyo 24th Ward – The simulcast will begin on January 5, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Fantasia Sango – Realm of Legends – The simulcast will begin on January 10, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Akebi’s Sailor Uniform – The simulcast will begin on January 8, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Irregular at Magic High School: Reminiscence Arc – The premiere date for the simulcast isto be determined, and it will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Lord El-Melloi’s II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note -Special Episode- – The premiere date for the simulcast is to be determined, and it will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Sasaki and Miyano – The simulcast will begin on January 9, 2022, and will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad – The simulcast will begin on January 20, 2022, and will be available in the United States and Canada.
  • One Piece – This ongoing simulcast will be available in the United States and Canada. It is also available in Germany and Russia on Wakanim.
  • Ranking of Kings – This ongoing simulcast and SimulDub will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is also available in France, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia on Wakanim.
  • Platinum End – This ongoing simulcast and SimulDub will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is also available in France, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia on Wakanim.
  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon—The Second Act – This ongoing simulcast and English dub will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Crunchyroll Will Be Adding All Eight of the Attack on Titan OADs to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it will be adding all eight of the Attack on Titan OADs on December 19, 2021 at 8:10 a.m. PST. The OADs will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, LATAM, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. English-dubbed versions of the episodes will arrive in 2022.

The Attack on Titan OADs include:

  • Ilse’s Notebook: Memoirs of a Scout Regiment Member
  • The Sudden Visitor: The Torturous Curse of Youth
  • Distress
  • No Regrets Part 1 & Part 2
  • Lost Girls: Wall Sina, Goodbye Part 1 & Part 2
  • Lost in the Cruel World

Source: Crunchyroll