Today’s post will be short-ish since I did not plan ahead enough to address the typical low battery feeling of Monday; so, I’m going to pick a moment that is well-known enough that it needs little introduction.
One of the things “everyone” knows about anime that is actually true (as opposed to the false ones like: it’s only for kids, it’s just animated T & A, it’s super violent) is that anime contains some very odd shows.
These odd shows don’t always work, but, often enough they do. I, therefore, make sure to check out these strange series at the start of each season. The question that I ask myself is – Is this show going to work? In the case of this year’s Ninja Slayer, the answer was no. For Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches the answer was kind of. For Show By Rock!! and Joukamachi no Dandelion the answer was yes.
Today’s moment is the moment where the most unlikeliest series convinced me that it was going to work. That anime was …
Continue reading Day 8 – Wait! This Is Going to Actually Work?! – The 12 Days of Anime
It hasn’t escaped my attention that when there is a genre of anime that I’m not a fan of there’s always a “but”. For example: I’m not a fan of magic girl series but my top anime of all time is Puella Magi Madoka Magica; I’m not a big fan of mecha series but my #2 top anime of all time is Gurren Lagann; I’m not a big fan of shoujo series but my #3 top anime of all time is Natsume’s Book of Friends; I’m not a big fan of sports anime but I love Cross Game and Chihayafuru (also a shoujo series) to death and recommend them whenever I can. Another example is idol shows – I’m not a fan but my #4 anime of 2012 was AKB0048.
The takeaway from this is, obviously, never make a blanket statement about any type of genre and to keep one’s mind open to trying something new (even if the chances remain high of disliking something). This thought ran through my mind after I heard something about Locodol that tweaked my interest and so, with a big sigh, I queued up Locodol to give it’s shot.
Continue reading Summer Anime Pickups – Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita: First Impressions
In the fall season preview guide I didn’t finish in time, I noted that, of the crop of sequels coming out, Phi Brain season 3 was the sequel I was most looking forward to. I’ve been missing my weekly dose of “Puzzle Time” and I was glad to see that it was coming back. With a couple weeks of the fall season now under our belts, I began reflecting on this new season and I realized two related things. One, I still feel most excited about Phi Brain and, two, I should be most excited about Little Busters. These two thoughts gave rise to this post.
Read on to see five reasons, in no particular order, why I’m more excited about the Phi Brain sequel vs. the Little Busters sequel.
Continue reading 5 Reasons I’m More Excited About the Sequel to Phi Brain then Little Busters
Looking at the 9 new spring series I have watched and still haven’t written a first impressions post for yet, I notice two distinct camps. The first are series that don’t evoke much of a response, either positively or negatively, and include three of the series I’ve dropped. If I can muster the energy I’ll write that first impressions post next. The second group of series are ones that I’ve liked but have needed some reassurance from the anime that it won’t go south later on. It’s this group of series that I’m going to pull from the pile of new series and write about here.
Continue reading Spring 2013 Anime First Impressions – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, Red Data Girl, Shingeki no Kyojin, and Valvrave the Liberator – Cherry Picking
I wanted this to be a single post but when I finished, a quick word count showed roughly 3000 words which is just too much to ask people to read in one sitting and also, who wants to scroll through such a long post? So a hasty cut was in order and here we are.
Let’s pick up where the last post left off with number 11 …
Continue reading Winter 2012 Mid-Season Anime Report – Part 2: The Top Eleven
And just like that, we’ve already reached the halfway point of the winter anime season. Normally, I’m with the other early adopters that have already cast their glance forward to the spring season at this point because I’m sick of everything remotely related to winter; however, this year the weather has apparently forgotten what “winter” means, sticking to a more early spring feel, and as a result I find myself feeling oddly worried that winter is slipping by too quickly. Heresy, I know.
The halfway point is a good place to rest for a moment and examine the season’s anime series. It’s been long enough that the slow-starting series have had time to find their own rhythm and long enough to see if those anime series that promised the moon in episode 1 have the stuff to deliver.
Continue reading Winter 2012 Mid-Season Anime Report – Part 1: The Bottom Eleven