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The Disappointment of Re:Creators

I will not rage.

After 20 episodes I realized that Re:Creators was somehow going to find a way to under-perform even the meager expectations I had about it’s telegraphed ending. I can’t pretend I was shocked, surprised, or even offended about how poorly executed the creators of Re:Creators resolved the central conflict of the series in episode 21. In fact, the only feeling of surprise I had while slogging through episode 21 was finding out how little I actually cared about how the show was going to resolve itself; I thought I was more invested in this show than I turned out to be.

Then again, maybe if all the likable characters weren’t killed or completely sidelined from the show, I might have cared enough about Re:Creators to feel the need to rage about this ending. Instead, I feel disappointed that not even a decent ending could have been salvaged from this show.

So, I will not rage. I will, however, lay out some of the reasons why Re:Creators was a disappointment.

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The Anime Recap Episode – # 1: June 2017

“It lives and it’s starting a new monthly feature?! Impossible! I thought this blog had already died or given a wedgie and stuffed inside a locker at a magical high school or something,” is what I imagine is being thought by whoever is reading this right now. I know it’s what I’m thinking. As for an explanation of the mundane minutiae to where I’ve been, I’ll stick that at the end of this article; instead, let’s jump into what I hope to accomplish with new feature of The Null Set.

Over the last decade my anime viewing habits have slowly drifted away from the slavish week-to-week new episode watching pattern that provided the material needed to write a weekly recap article. Currently, the really good shows still get watched as soon as possible and the rest have shifted to an irregular pattern of filling in the time when I feel like watching some anime. That means some shows get 3 or 4 episodes piled up before I get to them now.

In hindsight, I should have switched to a monthly recap format but that obvious conclusion eluded me for the last several years.

So, what can one expect to find inside The Anime Recap Episode?

While I’m not going to cover everything I watched, I want each post to do a good job capturing the good and the bad of what anime I did watch – new and old – from the past month. I’m going to try to steer clear of writing here in formats that I already write in elsewhere: first impressions, mid-season report, season and series review. After all, I want these recap episodes to contain new content and not merely repeat already written material. If that leaves me with enough to write about is something we’ll have to see. I want to also cover what I’m looking forward to in the next month and then cover how my last month’s anticipated anime turned out. There’ll be other bits included, I’m sure, as the inspiration hits.

And with that navel grazing done, let’s get on with it.

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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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Day 1 – There’s No Crying in Anime: The Returning – 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 🙂 .

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The Sunshine Award – I Got Nominated For One of Those Blog Chain Letter Award Thingies But This One Is Pretty Cool So I’m Game

I wanted my next post to be about One Punch Man so I’d have all three of my stickied posts feature a screenshot from the show but Medieval Otaku nominated me for the Sunshine Award and … wait, I just had a good idea … continuing, Medieval Otaku is a great blog that I like to read. As a Roman Catholic, I enjoy reading a quality written blog that adds Catholicism into the mix of covering anime – I have never had the guts to do it much myself because I think I might have poor impulse control when discussing religion since we’d be dealing with something truly important (a person’s soul as opposed to anime) and I want my blog to remain a place that’s civil.

I also thought the questions were good ones so here we go …

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The Top 15 Anime of 2014 – #10 to #1

2014 was a good year for anime. It’ll take several years to see how things settle out before one is able to compare it to earlier years but I think it’ll rank just fine in comparison. The death spiral that the doomsayers say is neigh still hasn’t kicked in yet and that probably bothers them, just like a certain pause does for another group of people.

I intended this year’s look at anime to be slimmer and more focused. To that end I trimmed 17 categories but now that we’re at this last part a quick word count check reveals that I’ve written almost the same amount this year, ~13,000 words, as I did back in 2012. 🙂

Before getting to the top 10, if you need a refresher here’s the links to other parts.

The Best Anime of 2014: Part 0 – The Worst Offenders
The Best Anime of 2014: Part 1 – Cast and Character Awards
The Best Anime of 2014: Part 2 – Genre and General Story Awards
The Best Anime of 2014: Part 3 – VMA Awards
The Top 15 Anime of 2014 – #15 to #11

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