In a shock to almost no one, the long forecasted demise of anime did not occur during the recently completed Winter 2019 season. Instead, we got another solid season of anime made more impressive because the winter season, like the summer season, is considered an off-season for the industry. And I almost missed it because of my shoddy time management skills and because of a certain slime-tastic video game.
Ten years ago the Reverse Thieves blog/podcast site started their Secret Santa Project and it quickly became my favorite annual anime blog tradition. I did not actively participate the first couple of years because I didn’t have a MAL or equivalent account which would have made it somewhat difficult for a stranger to pick a new-to-me anime. (Being able to participate was the reason I started using MAL). I missed another year because I made the mistake – after several years of doing it correctly – of sending my desire to participate message to the wrong email address and only realizing this well after it was possible to be included. So, this is the seventh year I am participating and once again I found myself eagerly trying to determine the best series to give my Secret Santa recipient and hoping for at least one good series from my Secret Santa.
My track record in receiving good picks has been very good. Will this year continue the string or did I receive a big lump of coal this year?
People are people.
Even in the best seasons, not every anime of the season will turn out positively and this season was definitely not one of the best. Before I turn my attention to the fall season, I want to highlight some of the anime that made this season slightly difficult to get through.
Since I have a little space to fill before we move onto my top 5 best anime of the summer season – which I promise will shock you – I might as well talk about some of the other reasons why I haven’t been around in months.
Hello, long time no see.
How y’all doing? I know there are precious few people out of the already precious few that read this blog that care what I’ve been up to since last April, when I last wrote something for The Null Set, so, I’ll keep this brief. Probably the biggest reason for this hiatus was the enthusiasm killing perception I had with the summer season. There were so few shows that I had any hope with that I found myself dreading the season in June and avoiding pretty much all anime in July then deciding in August that I shouldn’t skip the season and began forcing myself to watch all the mediocre shows that were on my backlog until September rolled around and I went back and picked up a few shows I initially passed over and realized I’d miss some of the best this season had to offer.
It’s these final pickups that turned out so good that have guilted me into writing this summary, even after pretty much everyone has moved onto the current fall season. And so, we’ll start with shows I felt were the best of the season and they just happened to number a nice round ten.