This new season has several promising shows. I do not remember seeing another season as strong as this one before. I am sure this strong lineup is also due to the fact that several shows are sequels. I am very excited about the list of simulcasts I have compiled. Hopefully this excitement will remain strong throughout the season.
1. Psycho-Pass 2 - The first season is one of the top animes from 2012, and I have high expectations that this new season will keep providing great stuff.
2. Chaika: The Coffin Princess - AVENGING BATTLE - The first season was highly exciting and entertaining. I hope AVENGING BATTLE offers a strong conclusion to this franchise.
3. Your Lie in April - I also have high expectations for this Slice of Life anime that appears like a coming of age story of good quality.
4. Argevollen - I hope to continue to enjoy this pleasant surprise from last season.
5. Parasyte: The Maxim - This anime took me by surprise. The premise looks very strong, and I am in.
6. Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) - I expected to not be attracted to this anime, but I have a soft spot for emotional, character driven series.
7. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works - Not a real big fan of the Fate franchise, but I want to know if this new stay night can complement the terrific Fate/Zero.
8. SHIROBAKO - This is a comedic show that appears to have potential to be a touchy, charming story.
9. Sword Art Online II - I will keep watching it.
10. Sora no Method - This started as a pleasant looking series with cute characters; I hope it is worth it.
This season had a varied selection of shows, but they were not very remarkable. There were nice ideas behind these animes, but underwhelming and/or incomplete resolutions were a theme. Nonetheless, Summer 2014 was a good and mostly enjoyable season, and I would not be surprised if it ends up being my favorite anime season for the whole year.
1. Terror in Resonance, episodes 7-11 (Good) - In the end this is a solid, but not memorable, show. The old school vibe continued to be enjoyable, but the resolution became a bit predictable and clichéd. I am glad risky animes like Terror in Resonance continue to be made, but I am a bit disappointed that the talented staff behind it was unable to produce a better work.
2. Glasslip, episodes 7-13 (Decent) - I am still not sure how much I really liked Glasslip. The second half appeared to be ready to tie the loose ends. And to a certain extent, the series did that. But the ending was disappointing because it was cryptic and pseudo-philosophical to the point of vagueness.
3. Captain Earth, episodes 20-25 (Good) - I must say that I am very impressed by how exciting and emotional the ending of this series was. I had few expectations about how good Captain Earth could be. But I am glad that I hung in there, and my patience was rewarded with a satisfying, entertaining and feel good experience.
4. Argevollen, episodes 7-12 (Good) - This series began with plenty of exposition on the armed conflict, but it lacked meaningful character development. But it has started working on the latter in the last few episodes. With its first half concluded Argevollen appears to have been set up to have a second half full of revelations and resolutions. I look forward to see if this show continues to be solid.
5. M3: The Dark Metal, episodes 17-24 (So-so) - The show returned to some of its bad habits, causing its positive momentum to slow down. The conclusion was fine, but I feel that this series could have been better if instead of 24 generally inconsistent episodes, it instead had 13 more focused episodes. The premise was decent enough.
6. Ace of Diamond, episodes 44-50 (Decent) - With one game to go in the regional tournament, Ace of Diamond went into an enjoyable set up and remembrance arc before the big final begins. I hope the additional 25 episodes are enjoyable to me.
7. Sword Art Online II, episodes 7-13 (So-so) - This season continued trying to impress audiences with its pretentious, but ultimately faulty premise. Things were going smoothly by SAO standards, but the last episode seems to be going to a place that might mess the consistency displayed by this second season so far.
8. Black Butler: Book of Circus, episodes 7-10 (So-so) - Along with some welcome character development, the intensity and revelations continued to intensify in these last episodes. Unfortunately, this series as a whole feels like disjointed episodes without a clear structure. I continue to be captivated by the Black Butler anime franchise, but Book of Circus has to be the weakest entry.
9. Baby Steps, episodes 20-25 (Decent) - This anime continued to have nice characters interaction that I truly appreciate. I also continue to like the premise, but I feel that 25 episodes have somewhat exhausted me. It is a good thing to me that this series has ended, but the best thing is that another season of Baby Steps is airing next year; I should be recharged by then.
10. The Irregular at Magic High School, episodes 20-26 (So-so) - What do you know, this piece of shit became a somewhat endearing anime to me. The last arc was engaging because the action went up, and revelations started to pop up. I am not saying that I like this series now, but I will actually look forward to a second season if one is made.
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.
I have changed my mind, and I am ready to post my mid-season report. I am still liking more this season than the previous one. There are 3 shows that are kind of boring, 4 are okay and satisfying enough to keep watching weekly, but my top 3 appeal to me a lot to want to buy on home release. Here is my ranking.
1. Terror in Resonance - [I will give my report of it at a later date because I am 2 episodes behind]
2. Glasslip, episodes 1-6 (Good) - Like other original series from P.A. Works, Glasslip is a light drama with teenagers living in a idyllic, small town. I am enjoying this anime a lot. The characters are likable, there is enough drama and comedy and the visuals are very enjoyable to look at. The story is developing a bit slowly, but I trust that it will pick up in the second half and end in a good note.
3. Argevollen, episodes 1-6 (Good) - This anime is my surprise of this season. I was initially drawn to this show because it has very nice visuals, but I am starting to like the characters more. The premise is not that interesting yet, but it has potential to develop the characters nicely and have a strong story. I got more excited about Argevollen when I found out that it will be 24 episodes long.
4. M3: The Dark Metal, episodes 11-16 (So-so) - This anime continues to have a positive momentum that has resulted in an overall improvement. M3 has solved some mysteries from previous episodes, but it continues to introduce new, intriguing elements. I look forward to see how things get solved.
5. Captain Earth, episodes 14-19 (Decent) - Captain Earth has kept improving with each episode. I am happy that some issues among the characters were solved, and the show has given clarity to several questions. I am very excited about this anime, and it looks like the resolution will be explosive. I hope things end in a positive note.
6. Sword Art Online II, episodes 1-6 (Decent) - Much like the first season, Sword Art Online II is also an often mediocre written and pretentious show, but it is at least consistent. It is too early to make a judgement on this season. The series is appealing enough so far, and I will keep watching.
7. Baby Steps, episodes 14-19 (Decent) - I am still liking this show in general. It can be a bit of the drag when two or more episodes focus on a single tennis match, but the characters' interactions are still nice.
8. Black Butler: Book of Circus [I will give my report of it at a later date because I am 2 episodes behind]
9. Ace of Diamond, episodes 38-43 (Decent) - The tournament arc continues, but the last two episodes have been more exciting. I look forward to seeing this positive momentum continue.
10. The Irregular at Magic High School, episodes 14-19 (Not really good) - This anime is still boring, but the arc that just began seems less boring than the previous one. I plan to keep watching this stupid and, at times comically, pandering anime.
It has been a while since my last post. I have not been particularly busy. I am keeping up with my simulcasts, and I should have a mid-season report in about two weeks. Last week I received my copy of NISA's new Toradora! release. I finished watching it today, and I enjoyed it with the English dub. I plan to post another update next week. Happy anime watching.
I was going to wait to watch at least one episode of two of my simulcasts (Terror in Resonance and Black Butler: Book of Circus), but I am confident that I am going to like the former, and I already now the franchise of the later. I am continuing watching five simulcasts from last season, and I am adding five new ones from this season. Summer 2014 is looking good, and I have a few more series that I hope to watch once this season is over. Here is the list.
1. Terror in Resonance (Zankyō no Terror) - A very interesting looking premise with great pedigree behind it.
2. Glasslip - I like original animes from P.A. Works, and this new work has appealed to me so far.
3. Argevollen - This well-animated mecha show came out of nowhere. I am excited about it.
4. Captain Earth - I seem to be enjoying this wacky show more and more with each episode.
5. Sword Art Online II - I have mixed feelings about the first season, but what the heck. This is a sexy and good looking anime franchise.
6. M3: The Dark Metal - This anime has gotten more intriguing, and I am curious to see how it ends.
7. Black Butler: Book of Circus - After a disappointing season two, I hope this franchise bounces back nicely.
8. Baby Steps - I still like the characters, but the story has slowed down.
9. Ace of Diamond - I am ready for the arc tournament to end and hopefully have a good conclusion.
10. The Irregular at Magic High School - I will be strong and finish this boring piece of shit.
The World Cup is ending soon, and I can focus on watching more anime. I have been able to keep up with my simulcasts and been able to take a look at some titles from Summer. I am pleased with how this new anime season is turning out. I will keep exploring a few new titles, and I hope to have a simulcast list by the end of next week. Happy anime watching.