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.
Continue reading The Octave of Anime Christmas – Day 2: The Proto-Shounen Hero
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
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 …
Continue reading 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
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
Continue reading The Top 15 Anime of 2014 – #10 to #1
There’s a running joke in Shirobako about how the director will tell every department involved in making the anime that they are the most important in ensuring that the anime turns out good. They play it for laughs but the director is more right then not; each department and person is needed to give their best or else it will show in the final product somehow. It’s tempting to call the awards here – the Voice, Music, and Animation Awards – the icing on the cake awards, implying the quality of the underlying cake is unaffected by these VMA categories, but that’s just wrong. The easiest way to show this is if one had a magic wand and could change the anime series who will win the awards below with an “average” or even a “poor” level substitute and see how the series would have fared.
Or maybe the ability to jump to alternative world lines would be easier 🙂 .
So, let’s see who’s won this year’s VMA Awards.
Continue reading The Best Anime Of 2014 – Part 3: VMA Awards
Characters, even the most excellent, need something to happen around them to give them an opportunity to be excellent. So, as we build towards the countdown of the best anime of the year, we next turn our focus to those anime that excelled in a genre format and/or general story way – Most Entertaining or Best Drama, for instance.
And another small change that I made to this year’s awards really helped me here. Before, I’d always pick the nominees for each category by season (to mean that they won their respective category for that season) which never presented much of a problem in the character awards because there’s always good characters to find each season. However, for awards like “Best Action” or “Best Slice of Life” there are oftentimes seasons where there is no standout example to pick. The trying to pick something for each season for each award would often take a long time as I tried to figure out how to put square shows into round award categories. The solution – which totally took way too long for me to figure out – was to just list those nominees that I truly thought excelled in the category with no regard to what season they belonged to.
K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple, stupid! I can’t tell you how often this little saying has been proven true – thanks 7th grade shop class. (Do they still offer shop class anymore? Do the Japanese have shop class and if so, where is my cute girls making stuff in shop class anime?)
Continue reading The Best Anime Of 2014 – Part 2: Genre and General Story Awards