The final part of my look at the best of the spring season is the countdown of the best titles of the season. This is always a difficult process since I enjoy so many different types of shows and there’s no clear-cut way of comparing a slice-of-life show to a shounen action show to a thought provoking SF drama set in the near future. But it’s also fun because it helps me focus on exactly why I like certain shows.
For the spring season I discovered that I had four shows that where the cream of the crop and that made it especially hard to order them. So even though a show at only number 3 or 4 might imply there’s a significant difference between them and the top ranked show there really wasn’t this time. And I stopped the list at 6 7 shows because these where the only shows that I felt deserved special recognition. I dislike when a system is in place that unduly rewards people or groups that don’t really deserve it (like the NFL playoff system – plenty of teams make it that shouldn’t). For those curious, the next two spots would probably have gone to Sengoku Basara and K-ON! . Watching the final two episodes of Sengoku Basara made it clear that it would be unfair to leave it off so I expanded my top shows from six to seven.
And with that, let’s head to the countdown.
Continue reading Top Seven Anime of the Spring 2009 Season
The final set of awards before going to my top shows of the season cover the music, vocal actors, and animation aspects of this season’s anime. Or the three parts to anime that are heavily dependent on the preferences of the individual viewer. 🙂
The reason I put these awards third is that in the grand scheme of things, the areas that were covered in the first two parts are much more important in making a good anime then what’s covered here. They’re important in their own way but if the voice work or music or animation is a little shoddy or average, it’s still possible to make a good show. For an example, look at Pandora Hearts, it’s animation quality is very poor but it’s still been a good watch because the story and characters have been above average. But I won’t deny if the animation quality had been higher – say if Bones had done it using a style similar to Soul Eater – it wouldn’t have been a better show.
Continue reading Top Picks – Spring 2009 Anime, Part 3: VMA Awards
As I’m writing this, I’m half-surprised to see no one mention a certain show not gettingany awards and I’d be even more surprised after this part so I figured I should mention it’s lack of showing. The show in question is the Full Metal Alchemist remake. The reason why it hasn’t shown up and won’t today is that as a fan of the earlier adaptation (at least for the first 25 or so episodes) I appreciate that their trying to rush through the material that overlaps both series but the compression has made for a much weaker series. As a result, the show just can’t shine against the competition this season though next season might be a different story. So, while I won’t mind terribly if a reader still feels the need to post a comment saying that FMA deserved to win a category, know that I have watched the show and I find this remake inferior to the original at least for now. (Now if it has a good ending, I’ll be a very happy camper since I rather disliked how it ended the first time.)
With that out of the way, let’s head to the next batch of awards.
Continue reading Top Picks – Spring 2009 Anime, Part 2: Genre and Misfit Awards
With the spring season winding down, it’s time to look back and reflect upon the great moments of the season.
Back at the beginning, I thought this was going to be a very weak overall season with only a few noteworthy series but it turned out to be a much stronger season. To help reach that point it took a few unconventional shows which reinforced my belief that a show shouldn’t be judged before watching it. I’d’ve missed good shows if I let generalities dictate what I watch. Even so, this season new shows were light in the comedy and slice-of-life genres and heavy with the medieval-esque fantasy setting. Next season seems to contain more shows of the comedy and slice-of-life feel so I’ll probably be complaining about something else next time.
Continue reading Top Picks – Spring 2009 Anime, Part 1: Cast and Character Awards
Probably due to crazy amount of work that’s always accompanies the end of school, I’ve noticed the pace of releases for several spring shows that I’ve been following has slowed. I’m not one of those people that get angry when a sub shows up “late” – I realize people have lives; however, I still start to miss my weekly fix.
So last night, I found myself rewatching a couple of episodes from series I was really wanting to see new episodes from and then I went to a couple other shows that I just felt like rewatching. After the third different show, I realized my random watching of episodes from the different series were not random at all.
Continue reading When an Anime Becomes a Keeper
The impetuous behind this post originally was to collect in one spot the scores of all season’s new shows and link back to the individual impression posts so non-frequent readers could see at-a-glance all the shows that I reviewed. This time around, I’m going to do that and add a bit more information about the season as a whole.
Continue reading Spring Anime Impressions – Meta Post and Further Thoughts, Dropped Shows and Rough Rankings