Summer Anime Pickups – Ao Haru Ride: First Impressions

[Commie] Ao Haru Ride - 01 [F7550EDB].mkv_snapshot_14.11_[2014.07.28_00.29.06]One of the reasons I keep chugging along with this blog is that it enriches my experience with anime. Yes, I sometimes feel forced to watch series I’d rather not – cough, cough SAO II – to stay aware; but, that’s more than balanced out by the positives. For example, a hesitant recommendation by a commenter on my summer season preview post convinced me to give the shoujo series Ao Haru Ride a shot.

Given the title of this post, I can’t pretend the result of this trial is a surprise but pretend anyways and read on to see if watching Ao Haru Ride ended in success or failure.

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Summer Anime Pickups – Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita: First Impressions

[FFF] Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita. - 01 [BAD09C76].mkv_snapshot_13.06_[2014.07.12_22.30.28]It hasn’t escaped my attention that when there is a genre of anime that I’m not a fan of there’s always a “but”. For example: I’m not a fan of magic girl series but my top anime of all time is Puella Magi Madoka Magica; I’m not a big fan of mecha series but my #2 top anime of all time is Gurren Lagann; I’m not a big fan of shoujo series but my #3 top anime of all time is Natsume’s Book of Friends; I’m not a big fan of sports anime but I love Cross Game and Chihayafuru (also a shoujo series) to death and recommend them whenever I can. Another example is idol shows – I’m not a fan but my #4 anime of 2012 was AKB0048.

The takeaway from this is, obviously, never make a blanket statement about any type of genre and to keep one’s mind open to trying something new (even if the chances remain high of disliking something). This thought ran through my mind after I heard something about Locodol that tweaked my interest and so, with a big sigh, I queued up Locodol to give it’s shot.

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Summer Anime Pickups – Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: First Impressions

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Now that I finished up with the spring season final impressions, it’s time to move on and begin focusing on the new anime of summer.

When I did the preview post for this season, about a month ago, I focused on series I thought would be the best. By and large these ten titles (nine, actually, Kantai Collection seems to be MIA) have performed as expected. Aldnoah. Zero has, indeed, been as good as I thought it could be and is sitting comfortably at the top. Free! Eternal Summer has been the closest to being a surprise from the list by being so much more enjoyable this time around.

Most of those anime have been given plenty of attention by everybody and there’s little point to piling on now; so, instead, I want to call attention to those anime series that I did not intend to watch but have and found pretty good. The first series is Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun or Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.

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Final Impressions of the Spring 2014 Anime Season, Part 4 of 4

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If you’ve been keeping track of where the already covered anime series have placed then you’ve noticed that none of the top anime series have been covered. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Now, if you’ve realized that this season’s last place anime hasn’t been covered as well then you deserve a gold star and feel free to head down to the nearest office supply store and buy one, just one. So, here’s the best and worst of the Spring 2014 anime season.

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Final Impressions of the Spring 2014 Anime Season, Part 3 of 4

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It used to be that once an anime series sunk below a certain level of quality I’d automatically drop it – I didn’t have time for series like that. Slowly, though, my policy drifted to one where an anime had to do something seriously wrong and/or convince me that it had already shown me all it was capable of and there was little point in continuing before I drop it. This shift is evident in the anime series I cover today; one finished near the very bottom yet I finished watching it and others that finished near the middle were dropped hard. Read on to see which anime is which.

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Final Impressions of the Spring 2014 Anime Season, Part 2 of 4

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Next up is part 2 of this final look back at the Spring 2014 anime season. Every season has them – anime series that disappointed; they’re the flip side of anime series that were surprisingly good. This season had only a few surprising good series. Read on to see how many anime series disappointed this season.

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