Spring 2017 Anime – First Impressions

With double the Shingeki and one half the Naruto, Spring 2017 was a season that I inevitably couldn’t help but write about. The unheard cries of anime fans clamoring for a sequel to Attack on Titan (Shingeki anime number one) are finally getting their prayers answered. In addition, the legendary Naruto is starting a new series with the younger, scrappier Boruto as the main character. While those two definitely caught my interest, it’s the return of Shingeki no Bahamut that had me quivering with anticipation for this season to roll around.

Now every anime season always has a lot more to offer than the blockbuster highlights. That’s why I’m here, returning from a 1 year writing hiatus, to devote my time across a dozen of this season’s new anime. As for what has become tradition, I’m going to put the worst foot forward, and start with the disappointments, then work my way up to the Spring 2017 delights. And spoilers do lurk in the shadows. If you are really curious about the story of episode one, then don’t read past the opening paragraph. The first one’s spoiler free, after that, it’s a minefield. Have fun reading, folks, and it’s good to be back.

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Anime Fan Art – March 2016

Hello folks. I do intend for these to be in the first week of each month, but it was my birthday yesterday. Upon aging another year, I took a breather for a few days! I’m not old yet, reaching the lofty heights of 26, but I definitely feel the extremely early signs of becoming senile. Anyways, here’s the March edition of Anime Fan Art which will basically encompass everything I came across throughout February. For those stopping by for the first time, I get this art from Zerochan where I subscribe to every anime I like. Whenever a new season ends I subscribe to the ones that pleased me which just constantly expands the amount of fan art I see every day. Here’s my personal favorites for your easy perusal. If you want to see more I highly implore you join Zerochan or another like-minded website! Click the image for the full size and there is a link to that artist’s profile in each caption! Continue reading

Winter 2016 Anime – Midseason Impressions

We’re now six or seven episodes into each of this season’s selection of anime. Normally at this point, the number of anime I drop roughly equals the number of anime I choose to keep up with. I’m pleased to say that between the ones I dropped during the premieres and the time of writing, I have only dropped one additional anime! That was Prince of Stride, the free-running anime that free-ran out of steam way too quickly for my taste. What¬†is continuing to flutter my fancy with the anime I’m still following includes the gorgeous art of Grimgar, the endearing, yet pulse-pounding Erased, and the masterful, mature Shouwa Genroku. That’s just to name a few. There’s plenty more detailed below! From their current status of worst to best, here’s what I’m still watching this Winter season. Continue reading

Anime Fan Art – February 2016

I follow Zerochan, an anime art community, quite religiously and I have always wanted to share the artwork I come across. I thought that because others may love anime fan art but don’t have the time to meticulously scour Zerochan’s vaults like I do they would at least like to see what fan art is really worth looking at. So this is a new series I will be posting regularly. Just click on the image to get the full size version and a link to the artist’s page is in each caption. I hope this satisfies some of the art appreciators among my followers.

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2015 – Anime of the Year Awards

How did 2015 treat you, anime fans? To assist with your reflection on that, I’m here to dish out my “best of” in all manner of categories to celebrate and honor the anime that made the most of their time and effort. The anime that boldly demonstrated just what this industry is capable of, and perhaps more specifically, what it has never been able to do before. With our usual four seasons, each with dozens of anime on air making up the selection pool, just selecting the nominees was a difficult process, but that laborious task is finished and it’s finally time to reward 2015’s very best anime.

Let me explain how this whole award thing works. I’m not omniscient, therefore, I haven’t seen every anime that aired this year. I tried to watch every anime that I feel like would make a difference in the awards but there may be a couple that I just haven’t gotten around to watching yet. That being said, I have watched the breadth of what was both popular and critically acclaimed this year so that should hardly be an issue. I¬†debated a lot between doing this impartially like I did last year, meaning I try to take out my own bias and logically think what anime were the best. Then I realized, you know what, this entire blog is to represent me, not to show me trying to represent everyone else, therefore I decided, laughing at my last year’s self, to make this strictly what I liked about anime in 2015. So…I have a few types of awards:
Medals – These are jokes, or just things I appreciate. There is no nomination or “winner. ” Only special things I want to shout out.
Special Awards – These are targeted to smaller things that don’t necessarily reflect the anime themselves, but do play an important part in what I love about anime.
Production Awards – These are targeted toward the staff behind each anime and the skills they use to bring the anime to life, culminating in the Best Director and Best Studio awards.
Overall Awards – These consider the anime themselves as a final product and the things they offer to their audience, concluding with the anime of the year. Continue reading

Winter 2016 Anime – First Impressions

Twenty anime, people. I’m kicking off the new year strong with renewed vigor and bigger things in store, so I figured why not just load my plate with as much anime as possible? This season didn’t seem to have any immediate blockbusters when I was scrolling through its offerings, but that’s the point of digging deep into the selection. I’m here to lay out what anime surprised, delighted, and repulsed in Winter 2016. If you are looking for new anime to follow, then I hope something on this list can appeal to you. I’m starting with what I dropped and will work my way up to the most memorable!

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Fall 2015 Anime – Final Review

The final season of 2015 fared well for anime enthusiasts and distant onlookers alike with anime breaking new ground in popularity and mainstream appeal. This season’s selection seemed to be carried by a mighty few. I say that because normally there are a lot of anime that are hovering on greatness but jump in and out of that tier throughout the season. This time, however, all the anime were easily identifiable as terrific or mediocre right from the start with hardly any change in their quality.

I dropped a lot of anime later in this season, which is unlike me. There felt like such a lack of potential in so many of them that my inner-completionist didn’t even have the patience to see them through to the end. That’s rather foreboding, but there’s still fantastic stuff to talk about because what started good, stayed good, and that’s very rare these days. Save for this first entry in this season review… Continue reading