Anime watched: I watched my Sentai's BD copy of Gingitsune. I also decided to watch the first season of Chuunibyou with the English dub. And I am impressed by the great job that Sentai did. The flow of the script felt very natural, and the voice talent did a great job in general.
Anime bought: Koimonogatari and volume 4 (standard BD edition) of Kill la Kill.
Anime industry: Sentai is releasing Knights of Sidonia on DVD and BD. I think it is a great move by Sentai because a strong title can compensate for their lack of licenses of Winter titles. I also think it is brilliant to release standard BD and DVD sets in addition to a collector's edition BD/DVD combo.
Anime watched: I finally watched my Funimation's BD copy of Cowboy Bebop. And I have to say that this show looks great on HD, and the discs seem well made. I also watched Tsukimonogatari. It was creepy (in a sexually perverted way) and somewhat confusing, but it got the job done.
Anime bought: My Sentai's BD copy of Gingitsune arrived yesterday. I forgot to mention last week that I pre-ordered the Japanese BD box of Evangelion; I hope it has the English dub and/or at list English subtitles.
I am changing the way I write my weekly reports. I plan to report on what I watched and bought for that week. Also, I want to offer some commentary when something noteworthy with the anime industry occurs. Here is my report for this week. I plan to post them on Saturdays.
Anime watched: I was very busy this week watching Viz's release of the first season of Sailor Moon on BD. I watched all the 46 episodes, and I enjoyed them more than I anticipated. I am aware that those discs have video issues, but they do not bother me. After taking a brief breather, I continued watching more dubbed episodes of Fairy Tail in Funimation's PS3 app.
Anime bought: Disney's latest BD/DVD releases of Whisper of the Hearth and Nausica of the Valley of the Wind.
Anime industry: In addition to licensing a lot of simulcasts for the Winter 2015 season, Funimation is doing broadcast dubs for most of these. I am weary that Funimation might monopolize the R1 anime industry, but I wish them good luck. And when it comes to producing good quality English dubs, Funimation is the best to me.
I will not be able to watch anime from this Friday to all the way through mid January. This means that I will not watch the endings of some of my simulcasted titles from the current season. And I will also miss the start of the Winter 2015 anime season.
My plan is to catch up on my simulcasts after mid January and publish my final rankings for Fall 2014 by the 21st. After that I will keep watching my simulcasts that continue through March and explore new titles. I plan to post a special report ranking my continuing and new simulcasts by the end of January or beginning of February. Like this season, I will give more detailed reports on my top 7 series.
I hope things work out for me. Happy anime watching.
I decided to do some changes to my anime seasons reports. In addition to the simulcast list posted, I am actually following 3 more shows. I might have trouble being on top of every one of those shows. And because of that I plan to do two monthly reports per season, focusing on chunks of 3 or 4 episodes. To make things more convenient for me, the monthly reports will only rank the 7 shows I am more excited about.
Of course, I will have a final ranking for all the shows I have watched at the end of the season. I should post the first monthly report in a few days. Happy anime watching.
The Fall anime season is in full swing, and I am having a great time watching new titles like Yona of the Dawn and Parasyte and series continuing or sequels like Argevollen and Chaika AVENGING BATTLE. I cannot recall any previous season where I was excited to watch the newest episode from each of my simulcasts. I hope my simulcasts continue to be as appealing as they have been thus far.
In some other pleasant occurrences, the RightStuf is planning to release Turn A Gundam and Gundam ZZ next year. I am particularly happy that the former is being released because I like it a lot. Also, a new Monogatari arc is being animated and airing this December. I hope the rest of final season of novels is animated and airs next year.
Wishing for these positive things to continue, happy anime watching.
This has been another mostly slow week, but I was able to catch up with 4 Summer animes (Blue Spring Ride, Rail Wars!, Free!: Eternal Summer and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun) that I decided not to follow weekly, but rather watch them once the season ended. I should be able to finish them next week.
My plan is to post my final rankings for the Summer 2014 series I followed weekly on October 2 or 3. I will probably not post anything until then. Happy anime watching.
I feel like it has been forever since I posted something. I was waiting for Kabukimonogatari and the second part of From the New World to arrive. This week I finally re-watched From the New World with the English dub. I continue to like this series a lot. It has an appealing premise, good characters, and it makes me think. I am also glad that the English dub was well done.
Next week should be slow because I am not watching any series in its entirety; I am only watching my simulcasts. I should add another report before my wrap up post of Summer 2014. Happy anime watching.
I apologize for the slightly delayed post. I finished watching Cardcaptor Sakura. In general, I liked the last third of this series, but it dragged out things a bit too much. The ending was kind of sad, but it was good enough. I am still debating with myself on buying the recent DVD releases from NIS America.
And finally, here are the mid season rankings of the other two simulcasts I am following.
1. Terror in Resonance, episodes 1-6 (Good) - I was more excited about this anime after the first couple of episodes, but I am still liking the premise, especially its good, old school anime vibe. Terror in Resonance is a show that seems to significantly evolve with each episode. At the mid point it seems to be at an instance where the anime could end up being just a solid anime or become really memorable.
Needless to say, I am hoping for the latter.
8. Black Butler: Book of Circus, episodes 1-6 (So-so) - This new season continues the franchise's tradition of having attractive character designs, pretty visuals and being entertaining. The problem is that beyond those three characteristics, Book of Circus has been a largely uneventful anime with very little dept (including the new characters).
Until the next time, happy anime watching.
These past days I have been watching Cardcaptor Sakura for the first time. I am liking a lot the charming and lovable Sakura Kinomoto. The pace is leisure most of the time, but the story and characters can also be complex and intriguing. I will keep watching it, and I hope the last third of the series is as enjoyable as it has been thus far.
By the end of the week I plan to post reports of Terror in Resonance and Black Butler: Book of Circus. Until then, happy anime watching.