The Octave of Anime Christmas – Day 3: The Eagle Has Landed

Even with my opinion of Bones thawing into something resembling positivity, I almost passed up My Hero Academia aka Boku no Hero Academia because it reminded me too much of Heroman. (I’m sorry if that name just made your gorge rise and doubly sorry if you had just been eating as you read that name.)

I don’t remember when I consciously decided to give My Hero Academia a chance; though, I have a feeling seeing the character designs mightily helped it’s cause.

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The Octave of Anime Christmas – Day 2: The Proto-Shounen Hero

At one point, if asked, I would have said that I wasn’t much of a shounen fan (the action series type that tend to get long anime adaptations).

I didn’t get into anime until I was well past the targeted age group, and, of the major long-running shounen anime series the only one I liked was Bleach and only until I realized the author had no clue how to tell a good story. Obviously, there were shounen series I liked but I figured they were the aberrations. Then Hunter x Hunter came along and provided a most compelling argument as to why I was wrong about shounen series (as well as the perceived weakness of longer series).

Though my feelings towards shounen series thawed, Hunter x Hunter provided an unreachable mark that no shounen series could approach, much less, equal or best. Actually, I’m not sure if I’ll ever see another anime, of any genre or demographic, that will raise the bar any higher than Hunter x Hunter, but, 2016 finally saw the conclusion of a shounen series that is a true worthy shounen follow-up to Hunter x Hunter. That show is Ushio and Tora.

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The Octave of Anime Christmas – Day 1: May the Season Set You on Fire

Merry Christmas!

Those familiar with The Null Set know that I normally watch somewhere north of 80 series of anime a year. At this point, I’ve finished less than two dozen series from 2016. There’s various reasons for this and I won’t waste the time recounting them; as a result of this, though, I decided I didn’t have enough “moments” of anime this year to do a full 12 Days of Christmas series of posts. I began thinking of a way to trim the number of moments down and realized/decided, on Christmas Eve, I could use the Octave of Christmas as my inspiration.

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Secret Santa Project Review – Memories

Surprise!

It feels like an age has passed since I’ve last written something here to justify the “and anime with a little written SF thrown in blogger” part of the mental description I have for myself. Actually, it has been an Age since I last wrote here – meaning – just a few months ago, in September, was a time when Hillary was going to be the next President and now we’re living in a decidedly different future age. And just think, 2017 could turn out to be even more absurd than 2016. Thank goodness there will be Natsume Yuujinchou season 6 to turn to when 2017 gets too crazy.

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The Bitter Taste Left by the Second Season of Food Wars!

There were only a few anime series that I was able to watch this Summer season. That one of them was Food Wars! The Second Plate (Shokugeki no Souma 2nd Season) should be of little surprise, since, the first season ranked at #7 in my top 15 anime for 2015 post. That the second season is the favorite to win the title as most disappointing anime of 2016 shouldn’t be a surprise, at least, to anyone who watched both series.

In hindsight, I should have seen this coming.

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The Project Itoh Anime Movies and Reading Foreign SF

This summer hasn’t been kind enough to leave me with as much time as I’d like to watch/read/write about anime – with the passing of Labor Day and the gathering momentum towards winter, I’m not complaining, just explaining why it’s taking me almost two months to respond to a piece one of my favorite blogs wrote. The blog – Medieval Otaku – wrote back on July 25 this post: “Interest in Project Itoh: Empire of Corpses, Harmony, and Genocidal Organ”.  In it, he links to a very enlightening Youtube video and asks if anyone was interested in the noitaminA produced animated movies of Project Itoh’s books.

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