Anime bought: NIS America's A Lull in the Sea (Nagi no Asukara) Premium Edition BD set.
Anime watched: I watched a ton of stuff this week. Engaged to the Unidentified started promising, but it diluted through its run. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis was a nice experience. The second season of Knights of Sidonia was disappointing. And I had time to watch my Nagi no Asukara's BD's with the English dub, and I enjoyed it and liked it more than the first time around. I am very satisfied with my purchase of Nagi no Asukara.
Anime industry: Anime Expo is going on right know. Many exciting things are going to be announced, but I think that Sentai licensing Legend of the Galactic Heroes is the biggest highlight. I have not watched this anime, but it seems like a great thing; hopefully Sentai will stream it somewhere.
Due to the broadcast issues with Blood Blockade Battlefront, I will post this report without my final thoughts for that show. Fortunately, the final rankings should not be affected that much. I will post my final thoughts on BBB when I am able to. I am not happy with this situation, but I have to move on with the upcoming anime season.
1. Sound! Euphonium, episodes 9-13 (Very good) - My positive outlook for this series was maintained by these last five episodes. The characters and atmosphere were the best parts for me. The ending is more open ended than definitive, but I am content. In the final analysis I was pleasantly surprised because Sound! Euphonium seemed like a cute but shallow moe anime, but it instead had plenty of substance.
2. Blood Blockade Battlefront, episodes 9-12
3. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, episodes 9-13 (Very good) - This last third concludes the second season in an open ended way. And ultimately that is the best way to end a story about characters who feel like real people because life is also open ended. This second season of SNAFU was a roller coaster of emotions that will be remembered with fondness and a little bit of sadness.
4. Heroic Legend of Arslan, episodes 9-13 (Good) - These episodes continued to advance the story and develop the characters nicely. Although, the introduction of magic/sorcery has me wondering if this is a smart move. The first half ended with a bang, and I continue to enjoy and be pleased by this show. I hope the second half does not disappoint me.
5. Seraph of the End, episodes 9-12 (Decent) - These episodes continued the show's positive momentum. The much anticipated humans versus vampires war has restarted, and things should only get more intense. But I appreciate that episode 12 is a well done, reflective piece that also serves as a set up for the second half. This anime is not a Good work yet, but it is getting closer.
6. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, episodes 21-25 (Decent) - At the end of day this second season of UBW managed to be satisfactory for me. It is without a doubt inferior to the first half, but this reworking of Fate/stay night more or less wraps up the story started in Fate/Zero.
7. Plastic Memories, episodes 9-13 (Decent) - This romantic drama, disguised as a sci-fi story, ended in a logical way. I will forget this anime quickly. I am not disappointed that this show was not great because I never bought the hype that this anime was going to do something special.
8. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, episodes 9-13 (So-so) - In the end this is a fun fantasy series. It started with a positive momentum but was unable to keep it throughout its run.
9. Baby Steps 2, episodes 9-12 (Good) - At its midpoint I am still interested and engaged with this show. I hope the rest keeps going in his direction and that the story gets some closure.
10. My LOVE Story!!, episodes 9-12 (Good) - This sweet romance story continues to be well made. I plan to watch its second half, but I wish it was edgier.
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.
1. Sound! Euphonium, episodes 5-8 (Very good) - After two thirds the prettiest looking anime continues to be very solid. Unless something dramatic happens with the last few episodes in terms of story, this anime is about the characters' small nuances and the interactions with each other, and the comfortable yet uneasy atmosphere that Kyoto Animation has carefully crafted.
2. Blood Blockade Battlefront, episodes 5-8 (Very good) - There is not much I want or need to say about this exciting and enjoyable anime. I am still having a blast, and the recent revelations of what is the main plot/conflict should enhance the experience. Blood Blockade Battlefront continues to be a candidate for anime of the year. Very fun times indeed.
3. The Heroic Legend of Arslan, episodes 5-8 (Very good) - Wow, this anime is becoming very special. I continue to be impressed and pleased, and things are getting more interesting and intriguing. The plot continues to advance in a smart and solid way, and the main characters seem to be filled with all kinds of interesting nuances. I am very optimistic about where this title is heading.
4. Seraph of the End, episodes 5-8 (Decent) - I was leaning toward downgrading this series, but the last two episodes were exciting and have shown potential for improvement; I want to believe that all the dullness and wonky story-telling is behind. This is not a great anime, but I am still interested and look forward to new episodes each week.
5. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, episodes 5-8 (Good) - I was getting disappointed because the comedy and satire from the first season is mostly gone, but I think I have finally accepted that this current season will deal with the three main characters trying to come to terms with themselves and each other. Things continue to be well executed, and I hope for a solid conclusion.
6. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, episodes 17-20 (Good) - Things are starting to get resolved and Ufotable continues to spoil us with impressive visuals, but for some reason I am not feeling that pleased. This anime could be in a slump despite all the excitement going on. I am not really sure.
7. Plastic Memories, episodes 5-8 (Decent) - This is not a bad anime, but it is not a deep sci-fi show either. I have grown to appreciate this series over time, and I think that Plastic Memories works best if it is seen as a sweet romantic drama with small ambitions.
8. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, episodes 5-8 (So-so) - I am still liking it enough to not get bored, but I feel that its momentum has stagnated somewhat.
9. Baby Steps 2, episodes 5-8 (Good) - This series has returned to the quality and atmosphere from the first season. I am engaged and entertained with this title.
10. My LOVE Story!!, episodes 5-8 (Good) - This romantic comedy continues to be well made and sweet, but I am not that excited by it any longer. But I do not see this as a bad thing.
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.