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.
Here are, finally, my final rankings for the Spring 2014 anime season. I end this season feeling still underwhelmed by the lack of quality. I was going to only follow 5 shows, but for various reason I added 5 more. Spring has been in my experience a ver strong season. I hope that Spring 2014 is an anomality and next year is better.
1. Chaika: The Coffin Princess, episodes 1-12 (Good) - I pretty much hated the first episode of this anime because I found nothing appealing about it (besides the curvaceous body of a certain female character). Fortunately, some praise online got me curious, and I have completely come around. This show has some tropes typical of fantasy anime, but it has great energy and attitude. I am looking forward to season 2 this Fall.
2. One Week Friends, episodes 7-12 (Good) - The series continued to be consistent in terms of good quality and emotional payoff. There was a chance to do something more dramatic with the introduction of another character in the second half, but ultimately the status quo was more or less kept. The ending solved some issues and ended the series in a positive note, but it feels a bit incomplete.
3. The World is Still Beautiful, episodes 7-12 (Good) - I continued to like this coming of age story with comedic undertones. Ultimately the story continued to be consistent and evolved very little. The characters continued to be likable and easy to root for. I feel comfortable where the show ended, but it was not very remarkable.
4. Baby Steps, episodes 7-13 (Decent) - Not much has changed in these last seven episodes. I am still liking its premise and characters. I hope I can keep enjoying this sports anime going forward.
5. ME: The Dark Metal, episodes 1-10 (So-so) - I was not impressed with what this anime was trying to do at first; things felt confusing and dark for the sake of it. But for some reason I decide to stick with it. This appears to be paying off because the premise seems to be going somewhere. I hope the end result is of good quality because the premise is appealing and intriguing.
6. The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, episodes 7-12 (Decent) - Fortunately this series improved in the last third when it started focusing more on the two main leads. However, it was not enough to turn this anime with a wacky but attractive premise, into something very meaningful and special.
7. Captain Earth, episodes 1-13 (So-so) - This is a very nicely animated anime with an ambitious premise. Unfortunately, like some other Bones original animes, it is not very clear what is the ending goal of the production with this crazy but entertaining premise. I will keep watching, hoping for something nice.
8. Ace of Diamond, episodes 26-37 (Decent) - This series is still in the tournament arc doing a good job at keeping it appealing. I hope I can keep motivated to continue watching this anime in a weekly basis.
9. Blade & Soul, episodes 1-13 (So-so) - A weird fantasy/action/adventure with pretty women warriors that is mediocre, but has enough heart and conviction to earn a passing grade. I enjoyed some episodes, but I would not recommend it to anyone, unless they are interested in looking at pretty, fearless women.
10. The Irregular at Magic High School, episodes 1-13 (Not really good) - I intended to watch this anime when this season started, but dropped it when I saw how mediocre it looked. I decided to pick it up again essentially because I want to be in the loop and see how much of a train wreck it can be. So far I have been bored and dumbfounded with how crappy an anime, produced by industry giants, can turn out.
This week I re-watched El Cazador de la Bruja. It is a well enough done anime that I can enjoy, but I do not love it. Not much else happened this week. I am expecting the 7th volume of Gundam Unicorn to
arrive today, and I plan to watch it next week. Also, beginning next Thursday, I will watch very little anime besides my simulcasts because the World Cup is starting; I am a big fan of it. Until my next, eventual, post, happy anime watching.
I have caught up with all my simulcasts, and I actually added three more titles to my list: Captain Earth, The Irregular at Magic High School, and M3: The Dark Metal. These three animes are more bad than good, but they are at least entertaining. I also watched Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and I can saying that this is the first Hayao Miyazaki movie that I have truly liked. Finally, I watched The Princess and the Pilot film and Free!
In other occurrences, Aniplex USA announced a bunch of releases for July: Anohana: the Movie, the first 2 Madoka Magica movies with an English dub, Silver Spoon season 1 and the Gurren Lagann compilation movies. I ordered a copy of the Limited Edition of the Anohana movie. Aniplex USA also announced that they are releasing Kill la Kill in 5 volumes. I plan to buy them once all of them are out. I have not mentioned that Viz Media is also re-releasing Sailor Moon, which I also plan to buy.
Until the next time, happy anime watching.
I have watched a lot of anime this week. I first watched my DVD copy of Waiting in the Summer, and again I had an enjoyable time re-watching it. Then I decided to catch up with Space Brothers. This is a show that despite being kind of slow at times, I can like it a lot when the focus is in the characters. Then a funny thing happened to me. I read on Anime News Network that Chaika: The Coffin Princess is going to be a split cour series with the second season airing on October of this year. I was ready to scream at this announcement because the first episode I watched seemed horrendous.
However, other posters were very excited about the news and commented on how good the show is. I decided to go back to Chaika and was a bit surprised to see that it is indeed a solid show with potential to be better. I am adding it to my simulcasts list, along with the kind of crappy but entertaining Blade & Soul (I am not even sure why I came back to this series). Until the next time, happy anime watching.