One of the problems animation studios face is never having enough time to do their work. Just about everyone knows this feeling in their respective areas of activity, including anime bloggers trying to finish their Saturday 12 Days of Anime post while it’s still Saturday somewhere in the world. Some people will froth at the mouth if a series misses it’s weekly broadcast or a movie that should have come out years ago keeps getting pushed back but, I try to cut these overworked studios as much slack as possible.
Even so, this perpetual rush-rush negatively impacts the general quality of anime series with the studios that best handle it being the ones that generally make the best anime. Most of the time it’s the animation that obviously wasn’t given sufficient time. More rarely, it’s the writing of the series that has been impacted. These series will often feel like they’re almost great or maybe they start great then slowly lose it or were a mess before miraculously finishing really strong.
Often, there is a moment where the viewer realizes that the anime they are watching genuinely had the chance at being a great series but needing a little more something, probably time and maybe a bit more talent. Today’s moment is the moment in 2015 where I most strongly felt that.
Continue reading Day 6 – In An Alternative Universe Somewhere Else – The 12 Days of Anime
I could entitle today’s entry as “Getting Buzzed on Anime: Part the Third” because this will be the third year in a row that I’ll make mention of what I feel is the year’s moment of best animation but I don’t want people to think I’m a lazy anime blogger. (Yes, I can just hear you, all five of you, if I really cared about that then I’d’ve written a few more posts this second half of the year 🙂 .) The first year saw a moment from Little Witch Academia picked and last year it was a fight scene from Yozakura Quartet – Tsuki ni Naku.
Continue reading Day 5 – O Glorious Animation – The 12 Days of Anime
It would be nice if it was possible to watch every anime that comes out and that each anime would be worth watching but that is an impossible possibility. (Maybe in a Twilight Zone sort of way it is possible if only one anime a year gets made and only after it gets the approval of everyone in the world.)
Therefore, a person naturally develops criteria to decide what to watch and continually refines this criteria. I’ve been watching anime for over 10 years now and have watched close to 700 anime series in that time, so, I’d like to believe how I evaluate a potential show has gotten fairly accurate. However, there are still times when a bad apple slips through; exceedingly rare, though, is a series I finish before I realize I’ve wasted my time watching it.
Continue reading Day 4 – I Regret Nothing Except When I Do – The 12 Days of Anime
I think I’ve discovered what my aim for this year’s 12 Days of Anime will be; namely, to pick moments that were the “best” or the “most” or my “favorite” in some way. (Sorry, I couldn’t think of a fourth adjective to include, blame it on my public education.) These moments are something I’ve wanted to include in my yearly review of anime but haven’t because there’s just too much overlap. Hopefully, focusing on it this way will also spread the love around a bit more to series I wouldn’t include otherwise.
Further, I feel like covering something lighter (as opposed to say, the moment that was the biggest emotional gut punch of 2015, which will come at some point). So, for today, I’m picking the moment that I saw the best reference in an anime this year.
Continue reading Day 3 – I Didn’t See That Coming – The 12 Days of Anime
Is it wrong to be more hyped and excited over the Independence Day sequel than the impending Star Wars sequel?
And will all that hype and excitement ultimately hurt my appreciation of Independence Day and help the Star Wars movie when I eventually see it (probably on rent from Netflix or Redbox)?
Continue reading Day 2 – Yep, I’m Going to Enjoy This Anime – The 12 Days of Anime
I was so happy with the posts I wrote last year for the 12 Days of Anime with zero preparation on my part that I decided to see if lightning will strike a second time. Throw in feeling rusty-ish with blog writing and I’m sure this will end well 🙂 .
Continue reading Day 1 – There’s No Crying in Anime: The Returning – The 12 Days of Anime