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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 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 12: Going Nuclear or The Reason for the Season

And with the above picture, I give my leave and wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Just kidding. Not about the Merry Christmas part.

Because this project is really 11 Days of Advent and 1 Day of Christmas, I like to end with something related to Christmas. So for this year I’m picking a moment from episode 126 from Hunter x Hunter. With the Chimera Ant arc, Yoshihiro Togashi has done a wonderful job pulling apart – deconstructing – the shounen action hero genre. In today’s moment the strongest fighter humanity has produced is attempting to stop humanity’s biggest threat – the king of the Chimera Ants. In the end he is successful, not because he’s a better or stronger fighter, but because humans play much dirtier then our villain thought possible.

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Hunter x Hunter 116 – You Won’t Believe How Far Back You Need to Go to Find a Better Single Episode of Anime

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My brain broke a few days ago and I hope talking about the cause – Hunter x Hunter episode 116 – will start the healing process because I have a slew of mediocre to good anime series I’m watching right now that I’d like to finish and, right now, I have utterly no desire to do so.

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