One of these times a seemingly weak anime season will actually be as bad as it looked going in. I thought the streak might end with the Summer 2017 season; however, once again, I missed several quality series in my initial estimation and this season turned out to be a pretty decent one. It was far from being one of the best but it also was far from being the worst. Of the fifteen series that I watched this season, six were good enough to warrant inclusion on a best of season list. How did your favorites fair? Read on to find out.
Every time I think an upcoming season of anime looks terrible there turns out to be more than a couple of surprise hits that save the season. The Summer 2017 season was no different. It wasn’t a perfect season by any measure. Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul finished well below expectations and the storytelling of Re:Creators never was able to match it’s inventive setting, to name two disappointments. Who knew, on the other hand, that a show with a name like Princess Principal was going to be so good or that Nana Maru San Batsu, a show about high school quiz bowl, would so quietly become a title I looked forward to watching week after week. This season was also the first time in about two years that I was able to watch every currently airing anime that I wanted to as it aired.
To celebrate, I’m going to do a pair of season in review posts. The first will feature my picks for the season’s best in a number of categories like Best Characters, Best OP/ED, and Best Animation. The second post will feature a countdown of the top shows of the season and will be published once all the possible placing shows have finished airing for the season and I’ve had time to write it.
Now onto the awards.
If you’ve been keeping track of where the already covered anime series have placed then you’ve noticed that none of the top anime series have been covered. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Now, if you’ve realized that this season’s last place anime hasn’t been covered as well then you deserve a gold star and feel free to head down to the nearest office supply store and buy one, just one. So, here’s the best and worst of the Spring 2014 anime season.
It used to be that once an anime series sunk below a certain level of quality I’d automatically drop it – I didn’t have time for series like that. Slowly, though, my policy drifted to one where an anime had to do something seriously wrong and/or convince me that it had already shown me all it was capable of and there was little point in continuing before I drop it. This shift is evident in the anime series I cover today; one finished near the very bottom yet I finished watching it and others that finished near the middle were dropped hard. Read on to see which anime is which.
Next up is part 2 of this final look back at the Spring 2014 anime season. Every season has them – anime series that disappointed; they’re the flip side of anime series that were surprisingly good. This season had only a few surprising good series. Read on to see how many anime series disappointed this season.
Since I was in the mood, I had planned on writing a post about the best of the spring season like I’d last done a couple years ago but I quickly noticed that every category from Best Male Main Character to Best Seiyuu Cast to Best Animation to Best Action were being won by one of four anime: Tonari no Seki-kun, Hunter x Hunter, Ping Pong, and Knights of Sidonia. Sure, I thought to myself, this might hammer home how good these four anime were but it leaves the other 21 anime series I watched this season completely neglected and there were some terrible stinkers I wanted to call out for being so awful.
And there’s no better to start at then …