What does it say about me as an anime fan that I remember being excited when KyoAni’s Kanon came out because of how good it looked and now, when I look at it, I think about how dated it looks? Probably volumes and in ways I couldn’t even fathom myself.
The limited slice of this question I’ve been pondering is how fans of anime for a longer period of me (~13 years) handle this slow shift of style over such a greater degree of change – many I think don’t, having been imprinted on an earlier style, and either stop watching the newer stuff or complain about the new airing anime loudly – is it something that’s only noticeable when looking back at older, watched, anime or is it a sudden and jarring thing that takes a conscious decision to embrace time and again.
I’m curious to know, though, I guess if I’m patient I can find the answer out myself over the next decade or two. :)
Enough introspection, introspection is apparently nowadays a bad thing, so let’s hit the streets and make a mess with the answers to this week’s quiz.
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Another sign that spring is on it’s way is this week marks the first anime I’m watching that will finish it’s run for this winter season. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso has been airing since the fall season but it’s only been during this winter season, with the extra time for the story to gather up a head of steam and the reduced competition for my attention, that I’ve come to appreciate how good this anime has turned out to be. I think the anime community’s collective flip-out over the abusive mother at the start of the series also affected how I watched the series since I started focusing on the question of the mother’s behavior and not how the show was using this realistic character for it’s plot and storytelling.
Two cour is long enough that when I watched last week’s episode and the preview said this week’s episode was the last I was shocked that it’s that time again. It’s always a bit sad to have to start saying good-bye to all the good series that have been airing. The end of Shirobako is particularly going to be tough but I’m already telling myself that being the top selling series from fall with sales of over 10,000 per volume means that Shirobako 2 is a no-brainer.
Before I depress myself more here’s this weeks quiz of anime knowledge.
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I did something that I hadn’t done in awhile – marathon an anime series. The anime in question – Kaitou Joker – was recommended in a comment by Jim D. and I decided to give it a try. It aired during the Fall 2014 season and was almost completely overlooked because it was a kid’s show and the animation was handled by Shin-Ei Animation, who also animated Tonari no Seki-kun, and the quality was on the same level – merely adequate. Why watch it then? The guy handling the screenplay and series composition to Kaitou Joker was Dai Saito. That name should ring a bell; he’s written for a number of well-known anime series including Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo, and Eureka Seven. Is Kaitou Joker in the same league as though anime? No, but the story to Kaitou Joker kept surprising me with how well done it was and how well thought out it was.
Kaitou Joker can be summed up as saying it’s like Lupin the Third minus the fan service plus a professional thief rivalry with a childhood friend and the attention of a evil villain who wouldn’t mind killing Joker while going about his evil plan. However, that sells the series a bit short because it tackles stories that one never sees in Lupin. One example is Joker planned to steel a treasure that was on display in a high-rise building but the building caught fire while he was in it and the episode became about how Joker was going to get a group of stranded people safely out of the building.
A second season comes out this spring 2015 season and I’ll definitely be watching it.
Now, on to this week’s answers.
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It’s amazing how quickly I can switch from winter mode to spring mode :) . There’s still more then a foot of snow on the ground; however, it’s been above freezing for two days and with Daylight Savings there’s suddenly an actual evening to look forward to, so my switch has been flipped and I’m eagerly looking for more signs of spring. Once there’s actually visible dirt to look at I expect the crocuses to start popping up next.
I’d like to say this week’s quiz has a spring theme but, sadly, I wasn’t thinking that far in advance.
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I’ve fallen a bit behind on Yoru no Yatterman and Rolling Girls due to my preferred method of viewing – cough, cough, Cthuko, cough, Cthune, cough, cough – sorry, I seem to have gotten a frog stuck in my throat. So, I might be completely disproved at this point but I’m starting to think that the main characters of Rolling Girls might never get their stones of power because I feel the theme of this anime could be about the strength of normal people vs. that of “superheroes”. Which is an interesting way for this series to end up going, then again, if they received their stones in an episode or two I wouldn’t be surprised either. Whatever happens both Yoru no Yatterman and Rolling Girls have helped make this season a stronger one then I initially thought it would be.
Now, let’s find out the answers to this week’s quiz.
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2014 was a good year for anime. It’ll take several years to see how things settle out before one is able to compare it to earlier years but I think it’ll rank just fine in comparison. The death spiral that the doomsayers say is neigh still hasn’t kicked in yet and that probably bothers them, just like a certain pause does for another group of people.
I intended this year’s look at anime to be slimmer and more focused. To that end I trimmed 17 categories but now that we’re at this last part a quick word count check reveals that I’ve written almost the same amount this year, ~13,000 words, as I did back in 2012. :)
Before getting to the top 10, if you need a refresher here’s the links to other parts.
The Best Anime of 2014: Part 0 – The Worst Offenders
The Best Anime of 2014: Part 1 – Cast and Character Awards
The Best Anime of 2014: Part 2 – Genre and General Story Awards
The Best Anime of 2014: Part 3 – VMA Awards
The Top 15 Anime of 2014 – #15 to #11
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