I must be getting old because it does not seem like a year has passed since writing The Null Set’s seventh anniversary post but the calendar says otherwise. To the frequent readers/commenters, the one-timers, and everyone in between – Thank you! I’d like to promise (and deliver) more content and better content but I am who I am and all I can do is try.
I feel a rambling bit of introspection coming on, so, if reading that doesn’t sound appealing to you then this should be the last sentence you read before going – I don’t mind, you won’t hurt my feelings …incidentally, I’ve often wondered if I’d read my blog if someone else wrote it (look at me stretching this sentence out, anyways :) ) – thanks again for visiting.
Continue reading The Null Set Is Now 8 Years Old
Since it’s Christmas time, for this last moment I’m going to choose the moment from 2015 where an anime most reinforced my faith.
Continue reading Day 12 – I Choose You Jay-C – The 12 Days of Anime
Once a show has been on the air for awhile it is often possible to accurately gauge the future quality and what the show’s return on time invested by the viewer will be to a very narrow degree. This applies to very great series, very bad series, and everything in-between.
(For me, if it feels like a series could maybe, potentially get better in the future – above the level it’s currently at – then I will often stick with it to see if this potential is realized. This accounts for probably most of the bad series that I actually finish.)
Continue reading Day 11 – Surprise! – The 12 Days of Anime
If Grisaia no Rakuen is remembered for it’s use of trauma and drama as a sledgehammer in the hands of an old muscleman whose been blindfolded, spun around seven times, and told to split a watermelon 20 feet away to succeed in getting the viewers to feel for it’s characters then School Live (Gakkou Gurashi!) will be remembered as being the wet noodle in the hand of a little kid, similarly blindfolded, spun around, and then tied to cinder blocks who nonetheless splits that watermelon into perfect little squares.
This is a long winded – I’m getting close to my bedtime – way of saying that I frequently had more than a few tears in my eye as I watched Gakkou Gurashi!. What could have been a lowly one-trick “what a twist” series or a generic knockoff of better series turned out to be one of best series of the year.
Continue reading Day 10 – In Shambles and Shambling Along – The 12 Days of Anime
I am a horrible human being.
Sometimes how I respond to an anime is all I need to remind myself of this. For instance, I spent the entire run of Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story) worried that I wasn’t going to entertained enough because there was no way having the main couple stay together through the run of the series was going to be provide enough story and tension to fill up a two cour series. Yes, I’d feel twinges of guilt whenever I wish something “dramatic” would happen between Takeo and Rinko but that didn’t stop me wishing it at least once a week during the airing of Ore Monogatari!!. That I was proven wrong – that it was possible to construct a romantic comedy series where the main couple got together at the beginning and was largely drama free – was one of the good highlights of the year.
Continue reading Day 9 – Mea Culpa – The 12 Days of Anime
Today’s post will be short-ish since I did not plan ahead enough to address the typical low battery feeling of Monday; so, I’m going to pick a moment that is well-known enough that it needs little introduction.
One of the things “everyone” knows about anime that is actually true (as opposed to the false ones like: it’s only for kids, it’s just animated T & A, it’s super violent) is that anime contains some very odd shows.
These odd shows don’t always work, but, often enough they do. I, therefore, make sure to check out these strange series at the start of each season. The question that I ask myself is – Is this show going to work? In the case of this year’s Ninja Slayer, the answer was no. For Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches the answer was kind of. For Show By Rock!! and Joukamachi no Dandelion the answer was yes.
Today’s moment is the moment where the most unlikeliest series convinced me that it was going to work. That anime was …
Continue reading Day 8 – Wait! This Is Going to Actually Work?! – The 12 Days of Anime