I’ve fallen a bit behind on Yoru no Yatterman and Rolling Girls due to my preferred method of viewing – cough, cough, Cthuko, cough, Cthune, cough, cough – sorry, I seem to have gotten a frog stuck in my throat. So, I might be completely disproved at this point but I’m starting to think that the main characters of Rolling Girls might never get their stones of power because I feel the theme of this anime could be about the strength of normal people vs. that of “superheroes”. Which is an interesting way for this series to end up going, then again, if they received their stones in an episode or two I wouldn’t be surprised either. Whatever happens both Yoru no Yatterman and Rolling Girls have helped make this season a stronger one then I initially thought it would be.
Now, let’s find out the answers to this week’s quiz.
One of the great resources in anime fandom of late has been this guy. His charts have become almost indispensable when trying to figure out what to watch in the upcoming anime seasons. Recently, he’s started to compile these charts for previous years and the information that can be gleaned from these charts are extremely interesting and a real eye opener.
A slowly increasing pile of shows awaiting their series review has been on my mind lately. I’m tempted to brush them under the carpet since I could rightly reason that hardily anyone will care (and click on) what I thought of Toradora or the third season of Minami-ke or Rideback at this late date and my time could be better spent on other, more relevant posts. However, I remember that I enjoy when other bloggers review non-current series and remind me of past experiences – just the other day, I got the warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia when I read someone’s review of Dennou Coil. And since I’d like to think that I’m not an extreme oddity, I figure other people think the same way.
So, here’s my review of J.C. Staff’s Toradora and hopefully I’ll be following this up with other reviews.
About two weeks ago, I started penciling in the picks for the previous three parts as well coming up with the top shows of the season. In the time between the preliminary picks and the final picks there was a few shows that went all out to make me reconsider them. Changing my picks was most apparent in this part, the top seven anime of the season; I revised this list 6 or 7 times before finalizing. I’m satisfied with this list and how the shows are ranked. Since we’re so near the end of the season the only thing that can really upset this list is a catastrophic failure of an ending.
The first part looked at the characters within the show and now this group of awards (minus one misfit) looks at the series as a whole. I used many of the same categories from the 2008 best awards but I trimmed a few because there was not enough competition. For example, the category of best slice-of-life show had only one anime that really fit, Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou. It’s good enough to be worthy of getting cited but without any competition, I just don’t feel right in doing so.
The winter season, as conventional wisdom goes, is one of the weaker seasons for new anime. Oftentimes this generalization has some truth to it but this time a combination of sequels to good shows and a handful of new hits made this a pretty strong season. I’d go so far and say that between the carryover shows and the new shows, I think it’s going to hard for the spring season to have as many good shows.