Holy crap this new anime season... so I have been watching a few lately as they come out.... and I gotta say, I got some you guys might enjoy but you're enjoyment of them might depend on how much you want to deal with themes of emotional trauma. That said, seeing as many of you like XENOSAGA, these first two might totally be your jam.
I'm gonna start with the one I feel is good but maybe a little less powerful with the theme, great concept though.
Otherside Picnic is a new one about a girl with no friends (at the start) meeting another, much more confident and happy girl in a place that's basically apocalyptic urban legend manifestation land (or kinda Mementos if you like persona) and kinda finding purpose in life as she helps this girl find her missing friend. It's been kinda monster of the week format so far but the meat of the show is more the relationship between the two building and coming to terms with losses. The characters have a pretty fun dynamic. I don't want to spoil too much but they're great. Give it a shot if you like how that sounds. Lots of fun little made up urban legends with their own wacky rules too.
Wonder Egg Priority is really beautiful. It's also very disturbing and horrific in a way at times. It's hard to justifiably even describe it but the premise is that a girl who is a shut-in going through emotional trauma finds a gatcha machine that sells eggs containing 'friends'. She's told that by buying and helping these 'friends' she can build up points to save the life of someone she lost. Everyone of the people she encounters when she goes into the world via these eggs is a person dealing with some sort of demon and she has to help every one of them overcome that demon. This typically plays out via fancy action sequences with keyblade-like weapons but only really ends when the victim comes to terms with things. I don't want to say anymore but it's really something and I can't wait to see where it goes. It can be pretty heart wrenching so watch at your own risk.
On a lighter note, but honestly also kinda one that deals with similar themes at times, is Mushoko Tensei, which is an isekai, so if you're not into that I get it but I have really enjoyed this one's approach a lot seeing as the guy in it is basically growing up throughout and has all his old memories still. It's a bit on the gross side at times with it's sexual humor (honestly some of those jokes hit though) and it's main character is shaping up to be pretty overpowered but I think the attention to detail is really good. Plus I kinda like the hopeful message it's sending. It can actually be a surprisingly sweet show at times.
I now understand why people like Jujutsu Kaisen so much. It's been a pretty awesome shonen so far. Characters are all super fun and it's made me laugh almost as much as it's insane action scenes have stunned me. Very much fits the shonen action formula but it's done super well and might have my favorite mentor character in Gojo. That dude is cool af. Plus that end theme totally slaps. Oh yeah, body horror warning though with that one. There's kind of a lot.
Other than that I have been watching a lot of sequel seasons to older stuff. I may make another post on those later anyway.