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Early Season Impressions: Spring 2015 – The Revenge of the Sequels

People seem to have a love/hate relationship with sequels. Chances are if the sequel is to a show they watched and liked then the sequel is looked at with either happiness or cautious hope. If the sequel is to a show they did not like they complain about how sequels are killing creativity and anime in general. I think anime, as a whole, is better off that sequels are made over not having sequels; I just wish we’d get more complete stories as a result.

Sequels don’t normally rate too much attention in these impression posts because people pretty much know if they’re in or out by the time the sequel comes out; however, this season features a pair of sequels that are clearly outperforming their predecessors and I wanted to make sure I mentioned them. This also gives me a chance to cover a significant chunk of the series I’m watching this season.

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Spring 2013 Mid-Season Anime Report – Part 1: #25 to #17, The Bottom Nine

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Much like the cycle of memorization and forgetting that plays such an important role in Karuta, the ability to catch, hold, then release anime series as the seasonal cycle of anime rotates is an important one. No one is perfect at this ability. At the beginning of the season, one has to struggle with forgetting the prior season’s anime so as to not trample on the tender new anime. At the end of the season, one has to struggle with letting one’s attention stray to the upcoming season and all the awesome series it must surely contain. It’s only at this, the mid-point of the season, that the echoes from the past and future can be silenced and our focus fall solely on the present.

Which makes the halfway point a good place to rest for a moment and examine the season’s anime series.

This is also a good time to re-examine the various new anime series because 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 had the stuff to deliver.

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