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The conclusion to this season left me a little more disappointed than the last few seasons. A lot of anime that seemed to have tons of potential just flopped and even the ones that had a strong story throughout the past three months often left me high and dry upon their conclusion. There were a few surprising gems that glittered amongst the mud, but metaphorically speaking, none of them were diamonds. Click here if you want to see how my final rankings differ from my predictions at the start of the season.
What made this series so strong was the priority it gave to its character development. Not a single second was wasted on little side characters, but at the same time their significance to the story was not ignored. This series also had the courage to go 100% CG, which made for epic maritime battles that flowed seamlessly with the rest of the animation.
The vision of this anime’s setting cannot be given enough praise. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s hard to imagine the complex clash of cultures emerging so organically from this simultaneously heartwarming and tragic story. We’re only halfway through, but if things keep going at this rate, I think I’m looking at a candidate for anime of the year 2014.
What an adventure these three young people undertook. Their talents and chemistry brought them together to have a ton of fun, which was a treat to watch and in some ways almost experience along with them. The real tragedy of this series is the ending that left nobody happy. I wonder if like the first season of this IP, when the season of White Album returns we’re going to get a sequel that will give a better conclusion.
I can’t think of many other recent series that understood what made the premise of their setting so much fun and managed to just keep the jokes coming one after another (Servant x Service did come close). It also had an amazing, underlying theme about salesmanship, economics racial equality that could be the cornerstone of any moral compass.
Oh Kyoto Animation. What will you come up with next? It’s one thing to take a bunch of random anime tropes and throw them into a blender–but this series takes nearly everything that I love about anime and sets it into a story that merges serious and ridiculous fun arranged into a complete piece that never failed to make me smile.
|October 20||Little Busters: Refrain Ep. 1 Something that had always bothered me about season one was the conspicuous absence of a Kurugaya story arc.|
|October 21||Little Busters: Refrain Ep. 2 Now this is an interesting twist. I wonder what it’s going to take for Riki to put an end to this endless eight.|
|White Album 2 Ep. 2 I was going to muse philosophically about how persistence pays off, but instead I’ll just say Haruki is a lucky idiot.|
|Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Ep. 2 This series is showing an excellent flair for military tactics. But the final scene worried me this might turn into a harem.|
|Unbreakable Machine Doll Ep. 2 Humans have an incredible capacity to attach personalities and emotions to inanimate objects so we can relate to them.|
|Kill la Kill Ep. 2 I’m not the biggest fan of fighting tournament anime or older aesthetic styles, but this series is a nice blend of both.|
|October 22||Kill la Kill Ep. 3 It would seem this anime won’t be able to measure up. At this rate of fanservice development, it may fall below Freezing.|
|Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ep. 2 I’m all for chasing your dreams, but there also comes a time when you have to be practical and think about your livelihood.|
|Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Ep. 3 I like Gunzou’s matter-of-fact take on life. He could be a model for many of us—someone who is comfortable being himself.|
|October 23||Outbreak Company Ep. 2 I expected this anime to be mostly comedy. But recent developments show it may be taking a more sociological path.|
|Outbreak Company Ep. 3 The plot may be a bit straightforward, but it’s got enough charm and challenges to give it a good amount of depth.|
|October 24||Freezing Vibration Ep. 2 I like the direction this second season is taking. In the face of a powerful threat, camaraderie trumps rivalry.|
|October 26||Freezing Vibration Ep. 3 The first season had a plot that was more focused on character development, making season two feel stagnant.|
|Nagi no Asu Kara Ep. 4 Throughout mankind’s history, cultures have disappeared through assimilation. Is the same fate inevitable for Shioshishio?|
|Kyoukai no Kanata Ep. 4 Too often we make the mistake of assuming we must cope with our problems alone because nobody else could understand.|
|White Album 2 Ep. 3 The characters’ backstories are very well devleoped, but I’m not seeing their current actions lining up with their pasts.|
|Little Busters: Refrain Ep. 3 I’m torn. On one hand I want Riki to choose a girl. But I’d also like to see Key tell a story without a couple.|
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After the ups and downs of the summer season, this fall season that follows feels really stable and full of a lot of smart, touching, comedic and action-packed series that manage to cover every possible genre with something worthwhile. I like to keep my watch list around ten or so and after viewing the first episode of everything that’s airing this season I expected that assembling this list into a reasonable number was going to be much more difficult than it actually turned out to be. With two solid years of blogging under my belt and my third year getting started, perhaps I’m finally finding my groove and getting better at determining what’s going to impress and what will end up flopping.
I’ve always found the way apocalypse stories explore humanity to be endlessly interesting. I’m expecting to see an amazing story about three saviors who enter a world that either isn’t expecting them or flat-out doesn’t want them.
I’m starting to look at this series as the true sequel to Bakemonogatari both in terms of spirit and style rather than Nisemonogatari, which in hindsight seems more like an offshoot side story.
Just when I think the anime genre has explored every conceivable scenario for a setting, I’m treated to something beautiful and—most appropriately in this case—immersive.
After making a seemingly endless stream of moe anime, I feel like Kyoto Animation is trolling us. Last season it was a yaoi-ish swimming anime with the first male-dominated cast I think they’ve ever made and this season they’ve gone dark and bloody.
Picking up EXACTLY where things left off last season, Little Busters continues the wonderful journey of a bunch of high school friends who have always been there for each other as only Key can tell it.
I’ve always loved the rogue hero. He’s the explorer that forsakes allegiances to live the life of a mercenary and wander the world pursuing the truth. And I’m pretty sure the last time a submarine was a central element to a military anime was Full Metal Panic. It’s been too long.
I think there’s really only two formulas that work for sequels. Either go the Little Busters route and just continue with no introduction or summary of what happened before, or take the White Album method and do a spin-off with a similar premise, but a whole new cast and setting.
Revenge story. Check. Steampunk setting. Check. Underestimated protagonist with a wealth of potential. Check. Love crazed doll that’s always making sexually awkward jokes…uh…check? …yes, check.
There was immediately something familiar about this crazy series. At first I thought it had been written by Nishio Ishin, but that wasn’t it. Maybe it was being made by Gainax. No, that’s not it, either. So upon closer inspection I discovered it was written by Kazuki Nakashima, the creator of Gurren Lagann. Hell yes!
Hero and demon lord anime have seemingly flooded the anime environment as of late, so each needs to put a new twist on the concept. That being said, I have a feeling comedy is going to erupt forth from this band of unsung heroes who didn’t finish their hero-ing fast enough and now must find ways to apply their adventuring skills in the service industry.
We just discovered a fantasy world. We need to send a representative. Who would be the best choice? Well, who knows fantasy better than an otaku? And while he’s there, lets get him to market anime and manga to the masses because clearly that’s the only viable export Japan possesses…uh huh. What could possibly go wrong?
Gingitsune • Galilei Donna • Non Non Biyori • Golden Time • Freezing Vibration • Magi 2
|October 6||Monogatari Ep. 14 Although Kana Hanazawa is well known for playing quiet girls, she’s a good enough actress to play any role she’s given.|
|October 8||Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen Ep. 12 Is it just me or is there a disconnect in fiction between people experiencing the supernatural and incredulity?|
|Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen Ep. 13 Although the endings was sloppily left open for a second season, I like the message that life is not a single path.|
|Unbreakable Machine Doll Ep. 1 This series is showing an excellent balance of comedy, action and drama—all of my favorite genres—plus a sharp art style.|
|October 11||Kyoukai no Kanata Ep. 2 Based on the flashback at the start and Mirai’s comments at the end, both protagonists have some demons to deal with.|
|October 12||Coppelion Ep. 2 Laying down your life to save a loved one never sits well with me. I think it’s better to find a way both of you can live.|
|Kill la Kill Ep. 1 Decrying the Nazis in the history class of this fascist school is laying the irony on little thick don’t you think?|
|Strike the Blood Ep. 1 I don’t have anything to complain about this series, but it had nothing compelling about it. It was just ordinary.|
|Yuushibu Ep. 1 There’s been a lot of hero/demon lord anime of late. I’m not sure if this’ll be better or worse than Hataraku Maou-sama.|
|Kyousou Giga Ep. 1 This is one of those anime that has an interesting style, but there’s absolutely no indication of what it’s about.|
|Nagi no Asu Kara Ep. 1 This is the most refreshing premise for an anime that I’ve seen in a long time. And Kana Hanazawa takes the role of heroine.|
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