In addition to Ace of Diamond I added four new Spring shows to my simulcast list. I wanted to add more new shows, but this season is shaping up to be weak. In fact, this is the weakest Spring season I have seen since I started following simulcasts two years ago. Okay, here is the list in the order I am most looking forward to watch each week.
1. One Week Friends - A romantic drama that seems both hopeful and painful.
2. The World is Still Beautiful - A somewhat strange European fantasy with an optimistic message.
3. The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior - An emotive and wacky comedic romance.
4. Baby Steps - A tennis anime with potential to have good characterization and a decent story.
5. Ace of Diamond - I have to finish it, but I will try to enjoy it.
The Spring season is underway, and I have a list of 7 animes I plan to follow each week. I am posting a list until I check the second episode of every anime in my list. I have checked 12 (and might check 3-5 more) new series, and the season seems weak for Spring. I hope that what I pick to follow is good enough to keep my interest every week.
As far as Inuyasha, I plan to start season 4 today. Hopefully, I will finish watching all of Inuyasha by the end of this month. Happy anime viewing.
I continued to watch a lot of simulcasts this Winter season. Most of the animes I followed in this season were second cours of series that began in Fall 2013. Interestingly, my top 2 animes for Winter 2014 actually debuted this year. I had a pretty good time watching Chuunibyou REN, Noragami, Kill la Kill, Nagi no Asukara and Strike the Blood, but the rest of my simulcasts often felt like a shore to follow each week. Here is my final ranking for the Winter 2014 anime season (with ANN ratings).
1. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! REN, episodes 7-12 (Good) - It rebounded nicely after a pretty uneventful first half. When this second season was announced I considered it unnecessary because the first season ended in a very high note and was very satisfactory. Thankfully, this second season was not a waste of time because it actually did some nice things. Chuunibyou REN is ultimately my favorite show from this season because of my love of the franchise, and the fact that Winter 2014 was not very strong.
2. Noragami, episodes 7-12 (Good) - This is the only series that premiered in Winter that I looked forward to a new episode each week. I like the premise because it is appealing with its aura of mystery and darkness. The characters were amusing but also had the potential of being more complex and deeper. I am content with what this season of Noragami offered, but I would like to see more anime of it in the near future.
3. Kill la Kill, episodes 19-24 (Very good) - The upward momentum continued, and Kill la Kill ended up being a very satisfying anime. I do not have much else to say other than that I had a blast watching this very entertaining work. Despite not being as strong in terms of story and characterization, I found myself feeling a lot of sympathy for the good guys and rooting for them.
4. Nagi no Asukara, episodes 20-26 (Very good) - The producers took a bit of a roundabout approach to conclude this anime, but I am pleased with how it turned out. This pretty-looking anime started in a very poignant fashion and maintained a very positive momentum all the way to the last third. I thought that Nagi no Asukara had the potential to be an excellent work, but I enjoyed most of it despite losing some momentum towards the end.
5. Strike the Blood, episodes 19-24 (So-so) - I continued to like my clear guilty pleasure of 2013; I dig the cliche set up and its cliche characters. Like I have said before, I never imagined how much I was going to like Strike the Blood. I am giving this series a low rating because it is unoriginal, misogynistic and silly, but it is very re-watchable. I hope it is licensed for a physical release in North America soon.
6. Wake Up, Girls!, episodes 7-12 (Decent) - My other surprise of the season continued to be a pleasant experience. I enjoyed a lot watching seven teen girls struggling to accomplish their dreams and becoming friends. I would not mind seeing another season of Wake Up, Girls!; hopefully the animation would be better. I know this anime is about singing idols, but I found plenty of honesty and freshness in it.
7. Magi, episodes 20-25 (Decent) - Once this series focused on a single arc for more than two episodes, and the action escalated, it improved a lot. Like the first season, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic is frustrating to watch. Frequent weak and uneven episodes continued to hurt what seems like an appealing anime franchise. Although, the last episodes of season two were very strong.
8. Silver Spoon, episodes 7-11 (Decent) - My disappointment of the season improved in the last episodes, but it rarely had the charm, story building and character development present in the first season.
Perhaps another season could fix the things that season two did wrong, but I doubt more Silver Spoon anime will be made.
9. Golden Time, episodes 19-24 (Decent) - This series finally ended, leaving me with the feeling that it could have been better. The premise of Golden Time was interesting from the beginning, but a third or so of series was plagued by unimaginative writing. It is definitely a nice drama and romantic comedy, but it did not leave a memorable impression. I will keep looking for a good romantic dramas/comedies in the world of anime.
10. Samurai Flamenco, episodes 18-22 (So-so) - The chaotic and nonsensical plot in this anime finally ended in this last quarter, and things returned to the relative normalcy of the first quarter of the series. The thing is that it was a little too late to make the inventive, initial premise appealing again. I will remember Samurai Flamenco as an anime series that had a chance to do something really cool, but the creators decided to go nuts and go in a very wrong direction.
11. Ace of Diamond, episodes 20-25 (So-so) - I continued to be dissatisfied with this series because the story and characterization have pretty much stopped developing. This should not be surprising because sports anime are monotonous by nature. I rather see Ace of Diamond end this season, but it is continuing into Spring. I suppose I will keep following this anime and hope that it can recapture some of the positive
qualities the first 12 episodes had.
I was hoping to post my final report for the Winter anime season today, but two of my simulcasts have not finished airing. I hope to post the report on Thursday or Friday. On the meantime I have been watching my Inuyasha DVD's; I am already in the middle of season two. I plan to take a break from it tomorrow and watch my Funimation BD's of Psycho-Pass. Until the next time, happy anime viewing.
I have been watching a lot of anime this past three days. I watched Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. I think it was well constructed and had several good moments. I liked it enough to give it a Good rating but not enough to want to buy a physical copy. I then watched Tamako Market. I was curious to find out why an anime done by Kyoto Animation and the people behind K-On! was not that well received. After watching it, I was charmed by the series and also gave it a Good rating; the presence of a very peculiar character did not bother me. I will consider buying a physical copy if Sentai releases it on BD.
I planned to watch online more anime series that Sentai has recently released, but I decided to finally buy Inuyasha, and my DVD's and BD's of it already arrived. 201 episodes and four movies is a lot of anime, and I plan to start watching tomorrow. I hope to end watching Inuyasha by mid-April because my copies of the third Madoka Magica movie and Nekomonogatari Black are arriving in the upcoming weeks, and I plan to re-watch them as soon as I am able. Hoping that I do not burn myself with so much Inuyasha to watch, happy anime viewing.
I finished watching Chihayafuru 2. The overall quality was pretty much in line with the first season. Although, season two had a better pace; I gave it a Good (ANN) rating. Both seasons of Chihayafuru were far from being the greatest story ever told, but I liked the experience for the most part. I wish more of the source material was made into anime because I want to know how the characters continue to develop. Also, I agree that it would be a good idea for a R1 company to license this anime for home video release.
For the rest of the week I will watch my simulcasts. Next week I plan to check out and watch online some titles that Sentai/Maiden Japan has recently licensed and released on home video. I also hope that my Psycho-Pass season one, premium set from Funimation finally ships. Until next time, happy anime viewing.
I watched the first season of Chihayafuru. I liked the beginning a lot because it had plenty of character development. I am a fan of romance, and the main love triangle in this anime is something I really liked. However, as the anime became more focused on karuta, it lost of of its initial luster. Still, the main characters continued to be appealing, and I wish they had been more fleshed out. In the end I gave the first season of Chihayafuru a Decent (ANN) rating.
I intended to watch the second season of Chihayafuru, but that was put on hold with the arrival of the second part of Robotics;Notes. I watched this anime between Wednesday and Friday. I had a great time re-watching it with the English dub. I was a bit worried about how Akiho and Kona were going to sound dubbed, but the voice actresses did a terrific job. The whole dub was very strong overall. Next week I plan to watch Chihayafuru 2. See you next time and happy anime viewing.
I finished watching my Blast of Tempest DVD sets, and I had a very good experience doing so. The first time I watched this anime I liked it, but I was not wowed by it. The best thing I found about it were some of the characters, but the story was not great, and the ending felt contrived. Also, the second half of the series felt weaker and way laid back compared to the first, more serious and dark, first part.
But in this re-watch, I suppose I went with a stronger conviction and more open-minded-ness. My opinion on the story and and characters did not change much, but the overall series made more sense this time. I also noticed that one half is not necessarily more serious and the other more laid back. The first half was more of a set up for the story. Whereas the second half was more of a resolution, and the creators let the characters flourish more. Finally, the ending and conclusion had more than enough closure.
After re-watching Blast of Tempest I bumped up its ranking from 75 to 68. Speaking of my rankings, I placed Patlabor the Television Series on 82. Next week I plan to watch Chihayafuru. See you next time and happy anime viewing.
I, indeed, finished watching the Patlabor television series this weekend. I enjoyed the whole series. I was just a bit disappointed that it was mostly episodic. Although, the last two episodes did a good job adding some closure. I am still not sure if this series can crack my top 100 favorites, but I can safely say that it is one of the most interesting anime I have ever seen. I actually watched a trailer (that came in the tv series volume 4 BD) of the original Patlabor OVA, and I think I am going to also buy it.
I finally have the two Aniplex USA's DVD sets of Blast of Tempest, and I plan to watch them this week. I have actually grown fond of this anime as time has passed, and I hope my re-watch of it is satisfactory. That is it for now. Happy anime viewing.
I finished watching Gurren Lagann on Thursday. I continue to like this anime a lot, and the conclusion actually felt more uplifting in this last re-watch. Unfortunately, my DVD set from Aniplex USA has a damaged disc. I have heard that when Bandai Entertainment released Gurren Lagann in an Anime Legends set, DVD 2 had a defect. And apparently that defect is also present in some Aniplex USA sets. I was a bit frustrated with this issue, but I will not exchange my set because the packaging is very nice.
Next week I should finally receive my Right Stuf order of Patlabor TV Series, part 4 on BD, the first half of Robotics;Notes and the second part of Blast of Tempest. I hope I have enough time next week to watch this Patlabor set and finally conclude the television series. Until next time, happy anime viewing.