If asked, that would be how I would characterize this season so far. Look at this line-up: Noragami Aragoto, Haikyuu Season 2, Owarimonogatari, and One Punch Man – aka sequel to my #11 anime of 2014, sequel to my #5 anime of 2014, sequel to my #2 anime of 2009 ~ #7 anime of 2012 ~ #7 anime of 2013, and an anime that seems destined to finish at least in my top 10, if not higher for 2015. Sequels can be a bit touchy but all of these three sequels have started very strongly and seem set to be worthy additions to their respected franchises. Or looked at from another direction we have series from Bones, Production IG, Shaft, and Madhouse; we’re short just Kyoto Animation from being able to say this season has basically all the established top quality animation studios. (Waiting for the Sunrise fans to say something 🙂 .)
Then in the next breath, I’d also say that my opinion should really be taken with a grain of salt because I’m only watching those four anime series plus Peeping Life TV: Season 1?? (which is a good enough series that I’ll allow it’s irregular punctuation here). I’m still trying to catch up with last season – I explained why in my last post – so I have not had time to wade through the pool of mediocre series and the other potentially good series that fill a season up and weigh these against the prior seasons.
I’d like to one day try to “objectively” decide what season of anime was “the best”. (It’s on the pile of projects I’d like to get to for The Null Set but can never seem to find the time.) I always knew this task was a very subjective enterprise but this idea of how broad one samples a season influencing the impression adds yet another additional layer of objectively to any such enterprise.
Part of me wants to stop here for this season, no more new shows; that way, I don’t have to sully this good vibe I’m having about this season. Is this the feeling certain people cling to when they only consume books/TV/internet sites/etc. that they know ahead of time that they’ll like and agree with? Luckily – I believe, a bigger part of me likes the search for that next great anime series; I’m also open to trying new types of show and let the merits of the show decide how I like or dislike it. So, I’ll be plunging into the new fall anime series, though, I haven’t had the chance to research which other shows I should get too. I will update my feelings later on when I have a more comprehensive view of the season.