Anime watched: This week I watched my Shirobako BD's. My opinions of it remains the same. It is a show that I admired, and I am happy that it exists, but I cannot love it that much. I also had time to watch my BD's of the first part of Chaika: The Coffin Princess. It is a simple show, but it remains entertaining and fun to me. I am also satisfied with the English dub that Sentai made.
Anime watched: I first rewatched Planetes, and, like with the other great classic series I have rewatched recently, I was more impressed this time around. Its visuals and story are not that great, but the character writing and pace are very strong. Planetes might be the best anime series that Sunrise has made. I also watched my imported BD copy of Macross: Do You Remember Love?, and it is an over the top but enjoyable audiovisual experience.
Anime bought: Sentai's second part of Shirobako on BD and the latest Japanese BD release of Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Anime watched: I had planned to watch more anime this week, but I only rewatched Tari Tari, which I continue to enjoy and like a lot. I also watched Ajin: Demi-Human on Netflix, and it has potential to be good, but its 13 episodes are only the first part of a larger story.
Anime industry: Crunchyroll and Kadokawa have formed a partnership. It looks like a great deal on paper to me because this will allow Crunchyroll to have a steady source of anime, and Kadokawa will gain a bigger presence in the North American market.
Anime watched: This week I watched Ouran High School Host Club mostly to see if it continued to hold up for me, and it does not. It is still a very strong anime, but it is not for me anymore. I also had time to watch The Future Diary. It is very crappy, but I might never forget it.
Anime watched: This week felt hectic to me. It is probably because I do not watch any other anime besides my simulcasts on Saturdays and Sundays. But last Saturday I watched the Evangelion Rebuild movies, and I am a big fan of how 2.22 was constructed and executed. I then watched my DVD's of Gunbuster, and the anime still holds well. I finally watched Haruchika because I felt that I should have followed it in a weekly basis. And I was right because I liked it.
Anime bought: Aniplex USA's DVD volumes 1 ans 2 of Durarara!!x2.
Anime watched: I rewatched Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995 series) and the End of Evangelion movie this week. And this is going to sound weird because this series is one of my favorite animes of all time, but I feel that I gained more respect and appreciation for it after this rewatch. Also, for a long time I actively disliked End of Evangelion, but in this rewatch I finally enjoyed it and now see that it has thematic and spiritual continuity to the series.
Anime bought: I finally decided to buy the Bandai Visual USA's DVD release of Gunbuster. I also received the first part of Your Lie in April from Aniplex USA.
Anime watched: I do not have much to report. I only watched my simulcasts. But I am posting something in a couple of days.
Anime watched: This week I watched Honey and Clover. In this rewatch I found myself turned off by some aspects of it (mainly Shinobu). But at the end of the day I found myself crying over how emotionally devastating but satisfying the conclusion is. I also had time to rewatch Celestial Method, and I liked it better than the first time.
Anime watched: This week I watched the first Fullmetal Alchemist. I watched it once before years ago, but I had forgotten several things from it. The first nine or ten episodes felt quite tedious to me. Eventually things started to click, and it concluded at a high point. I have had a love-hate relationship with FMA mainly because I prefer Brotherhood. The 2009 series is my favorite Fullmetal Alchemist, but after this rewatch I have renewed respect for the 2003 show. Fullmetal Alchemist is a classic for good reasons.
Anime bought: The second part of Gundam Zeta on BD, Parasyte, part one DVD/BD combo, Celestial Method on BD and the Cowboy Bebop movie on BD.
Anime industry: Funimation's decision to launch a kickstarter campaign to produce a new dub for Escaflowne made news this week. I am cool with small companies crowdfunding anime physical releases but it seems wrong for a big company like Funimation to ask money from fans for a physical release. Even worse is that they are asking money to redub an anime show that is fairly popular.
Anime watched: This week I watched Fushigi Yugi. It is too long, has low quality visuals, but it has some nice emotional moments. It is not a bad anime, but as far as shoujo fantasy anime go, Escaflowne is the gold standard.
Anime bought: Funimation's BD release of Fullmetal Alchemist (standard edition).