With the spring season winding down, it’s time to look back and reflect upon the great moments of the season.
Back at the beginning, I thought this was going to be a very weak overall season with only a few noteworthy series but it turned out to be a much stronger season. To help reach that point it took a few unconventional shows which reinforced my belief that a show shouldn’t be judged before watching it. I’d’ve missed good shows if I let generalities dictate what I watch. Even so, this season new shows were light in the comedy and slice-of-life genres and heavy with the medieval-esque fantasy setting. Next season seems to contain more shows of the comedy and slice-of-life feel so I’ll probably be complaining about something else next time.
While the first season of Hayate wasn’t perfect, it was memorable enough that I’ve missed it since it finished up a year ago. Maybe the saying about absence making the heart fonder has some truth to it because when I heard news of a second season, I did a little jig. Another reason that made me look forward to this is a change in animation studios from Synergy SP to J.C. Staff. I wasn’t dissatisfied with Synergy SP’s efforts, outside of pacing problems in the middle nothing was really done wrong but with J.C. Staff, the show has the chance to be great (or terrible, depending on which part of J.C. Staff does it).
Just within the last few days, winter’s frigid fingers have finally loosened their grip around where I live. We had been experiencing high temperatures well below freezing and that’s not conducive to getting in the spring mindset. Yesterday we got into the 50’s and today our high was 65˚F (18˚C); I finally feel like spring is on the way and with spring, comes a new season of anime.
There’s definitely several good shows this season, but after two stellar seasons I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. Since I will probably end up watching a fewer number of shows, maybe I’ll get to some of my backlog. Or maybe a bunch of these shows will surprise me. My criteria for picking shows is the same as last time. I’m looking for which animation house is doing it, if the summary/source material sound very enticing and if one of my favorite seiyuus will be involved.
Last year I had a single award given to the most memorable moment of 2007. It went to episode 10 of Manabi Straight when it’s revealed that the school festival will be held. This year, I wanted to go a little further in depth to spotlight my favorite episodes and memorable moments. Since I don’t want to spoil a bunch of shows for those readers that haven’t seen them yet, I’m going to just list these without explaining why. First though, there’s a couple final awards that felt like they belonged in this part.
Time for my 2007 anime awards. I felt 2007 was a fairly strong year for anime – though not being a devoted fan for years and years it’s really hard to gauge this. These awards will go to series I have actually watched and (mostly) finished so some series I meant to watch like Hidamari Sketch / Code Geass and ones I meant to finish like Seto no Hanayome / Higurashi 2 won’t be showing up on my countdown. The write ups may contain spoilers so read at your own risk.
First up is my top 10 list starting at 10: