Anime watched: Besides my simulcasts, I did not watch any other series this week. But I will take this opportunity to talk about what anime from Spring I plan to watch. First, there are 5 sequels that I plan to watch: The second part of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, and the second seasons of My Teenage Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Knights of Sidonia, Kinmoza! and Baby Steps. The new shows I am most excited about are Seraph of the End and Sound! Euphonium. The final 3 slots could be filled by Heroic Legend of Arslan, Blood Blockade Battlefront and Kyoukai no Rinne. Plastic Memories and Ninja Slayer are also possibilities.
Anime watched: Death Note. I still find this anime appealing, but it does not blow me away.
Anime industry: I think NIS America's announcement of their release of Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea) is news worthy. The inclusion of an English dub is obviously the big novelty; I am looking forward to it. But something else that caught my attention is the price: 134.99 at the Right Stuf ($179.99 MSRP).
Companies like Funimation and Sentai charge around $80 for 24-26 episodes dubbed and on BD. Looking at the Nagi no Asukara set, if you combine $80 for the BD's (and plastic cases) with the episodes, $20 for the soundtrack and $15 for the book, you end up with $115. It makes me happy to think that the remaining $19.99 are extra charges to cover the expense of the dub. Good, because typically North American anime publishers charge too little for dubs, which are usually the most expensive element of a release.
Anime watched: I watched a lot of crappy anime this week: Unbreakable Machine Doll, Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter and Karneval. A few weeks back I took a look at what simulcasts I might watch for Spring. I had a hard time trying to come up with even 5 attractive titles. Thankfully, after more titles have been revealed, I should have no trouble finding 10 appealing simulcast shows. I hope that I can find a couple of new gems among them.
Anime industry: Sentai made again big news with their acquisition of Parasyte. This is another grate move by Sentai because Parasyte is arguably the best anime series from 2014. I am rooting for Sentai to get as many AAA titles as possible they need them to compete with Funimation. It would be great if Sentai could do a deluxe release for Parasyte, but the most important things are to release it on BD and create a great dub for it.
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.