The 10 Best Anime of Summer 2018, #10 – #6

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.

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Mahou Shoujo Site – First Impressions

There are various reasons that can convince me to try a new anime. Probably one of the most dubious reasons is because I picked it for my team for MAL’s Fantasy Anime League competition; I learned long ago that my tastes in anime don’t often jive with the best scoring series. I picked Mahou Shoujo Site for my team this season based on it’s high plan-to-watch number, did the numerous MAL users steer me to a good series or not?

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Gegege no Kitarou – First Impressions

The Spring 2018 season is here and there are plenty of anime series vying for attention. I’m not sure how many I can get to, but, there are a number of interesting (both in a positive and in a negative sense) new shows that I’d like to cover. The first is Gegege no Kitarou, a supernatural comedy shounen series produced by Toei Animation.

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Spring 2018 Anime Preview

The Winter 2018 anime season was amazing. Violet Evergarden, Yuru Camp△, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni, Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, and 3-gatsu no Lion 2 all presented convincing arguments why they were not only the season’s best shows but deserved to rank at the top of the year’s best shows. And that was not the extent of the good shows from this season. Others worth mentioning included Kokkoku. It was a weird Seinen series, but, I liked watching the family interactions and was glad to see the show end on a happy note. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens turned out to be a decent clone of Durarara!!. And Darling in the FranXX has been slowly creeping upwards as the show teases the mysteries behind it’s strange world; I’m expecting this show to explode in it’s second half and compete for the title of best spring anime.

In lieu of spending time being depressed about the passing of the Winter 2018 season, I decided to get a jump on trying to figure out what new series will be the worth watching in the upcoming Spring 2018 season.

The eleven series I list below are the series from the upcoming season that I believe will be worth watching.

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The Anime Recap Episode – # 7: February 2018

I don’t know about those reading this, but, I thought February really flew this year. Maybe it was the strong anime lineup that kept me interested or maybe it was because I’m getting old or maybe it was aliens playing mind games on humanity. Whatever the reason, I’ll take it because I hate how long and dreary February normally feels. Though, March hasn’t slowed down and, as I finish this post, I’m surprised to see we’ve almost halfway through the month. If it wasn’t for a very solid month of anime that I’d like to talk about, I might be tempted to forget to post this since it was supposed to go up weeks ago.

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Returning to Video Games After 11 Years

A decade ago, I never intended to go so long without playing video games. I had dozens of PS2 games and had spent hundreds if not thousands of hours playing them. My favorite genre was Japanese RPGs and games like Final Fantasy X/X-2, Xenosaga, Dark Cloud 2, and Dragon Quest VIII probably helped my get ready to enjoy anime when I would discover anime during this time period.

Looking back, it was a combination of my burgeoning interest in anime/manga with a poor start to the PS3 that caused the initial break and that was further solidified when I started this anime blog. It also didn’t help that the only video games that seemed to get made and talked about were shooter games which was a genre that I wasn’t interested in. Then, somewhere along the way, the idea of getting back into video games just fell by the wayside.

And that likely would have been how things stayed if two specific wires didn’t get crossed before the most recent Christmas.

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