Anime bought: Discotek's BD version of The Castle of Cagliostro
Anime watched: I planned to rewatch two shows this week, but in the end I only watched Flowers of Evil. And yes, I continue to appreciate and admire what this show does. It is a shame that more anime content will probably not be produced.
The new Summer anime season is around the corner, and these are the titles I am most excited about: Snow White with the Red Hair, Over Lord and more Durarara!!x2. There are a few other shows that look promising, but I need to check them out first. Summer is shaping up to potentially be a strong season.
Anime industry: This week the big news is the distribution partnership between Funimation and Universal. And by most indications this is a good deal that will allow more Funimation products to be in more stores. I am going to trust that all parties involved will benefit. I especially hope that this makes Funimation an even stronger anime distributor.
Anime watched: I watched a lot this week. I watched Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne. I had trouble getting into season one, but I ended up liking it. Unfortunately the second season was too convoluted to enjoy. Black Bullet was doing some nice things, but its ending pretty much betrayed the spirit of the show. Finally, I had a good time watching Soul Eater Not!
Anime watched: Not much this week. I only rewatched the first season of Non Non Biyori.
Anime watched: I watched my BD copy of Noir, and I can say that the visuals are better looking in this version compared to the DVD version. I also had time to sneak in Yuki Yuna is a Hero. It is a fine anime, but throughout it I could not stop comparing it to Madoka Magica; they are very similar.
Anime industry: Toonami is airing Akame ga Kill! this August. I think this is news worthy because this is the first Sentai title to air in the anime block. And even though Sentai has few titles that fit the Toonami criteria, I hope more titles from this company air on the block.
Anime bought: Funimation's Noir BD and 3 Japanese imports: Gundam: The Origin, Part I (regular edition BD); the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 movie, Odyssey of the Celestial Ark (Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune); and the second part of the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet OVA, Far Beyond the Voyage (Meguru Kouro, Haruka).
Anime watched: I watched my newest Japanese imports. The Gargantia OVA was good enough; the 2199 movie was well produced and enjoyable; and I was very impressed and pleased by the Origin. And I was able to finally watch all the 12 episodes of Amagi Brilliant Park available on Crunchyroll.
Anime watched: I started watching Soul Eater. This is my second or third attempt at watching it, but even though this anime tends to drag things, I think I will be able to watch all of it this time. Crunchyroll also added Amagi Brilliant Park. I have been able to watch only 3 episodes, but I like what I have seen.
Anime watched: This week I finally watched Death Parade, and I came out impressed. I consider this anime to be of very high quality, but I do not love it. I still plan to buy it when it comes on BD/DVD though.
I also rewatched my BD's of Kill la Kill, and I liked it even more than the first time; I also bumped my rating of it. And I watched Tokyo Ghoul √A, which took me by surprise because of how emotionally touching it ended up being.
Anime industry: I think it is worth mentioning that AnimEigo is planning to Kickstart a BD release of Otaku no Video. I am not a gigantic fan of this movie, but I plan to support this campaign with the hope that this could help AnimEigo or other company to release Gunbuster on BD.
Anime watched: Another busy week. I watched Xam'd: Lost Memories for, I think, the fourth time. This gorgeous-looking anime is one of my favorite series, despite having a weak story/plot. In this latest rewatch I started to get nervous when I saw that the story was making even less sense than I remembered. Thankfully things stabilize in the last two thirds. The story/plot is more or less still problematic to me, but the show's internal logic and conclusion made more sense this time around.
Anime bought: Aniplex USA's copies of Hanamonogatari and Kill la Kill volume 5, standard BD edition.
Anime watched: I rewatched Kokoro Connect with the Sentai dub, and it was solid. The casting choices were adequate, but it took me a couple of episodes to get used to Greg Ayres' annoying voice. I expected Luci Christian to do a solid job, and she delivered. The best part of the dub was Monica Rial with her spot on and emotional interpretation of Iori.
Anime watched: I rewatched Noein: To Your Other Self, and I did not like it as nearly as the first time.
I should post the first report of Spring 2015 in a few days,