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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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

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

Fall 2015 Anime – Midseason Impressions

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Goodness, I have been itching to write! My pet project is almost ready to start blogging about, and unfortunately it’s not anime related, but it’s definitely the nerdiest thing I’ve done this year. Anyways, you’re here for anime, I’m here for anime, and we have some definite “anime” stuff to talk about. I have rarely felt so spoiled in a single season, and to top it all off, Crunchyroll rewarded long-time Digimon fans with the airing of the first movie in the new Digimon series just a day or so ago. You’ll find impressions for that below as well.

But first, we have some mid-season drops coming. I have a convention coming up that I really need to prepare for as I’ll be hosting my panel again, and as such my time is even more scarce. The bar has been raised and some anime just haven’t been keeping my attention in check well enough. On a more barren season I may have continued these, but this is fall. Things crumble by the wayside that normally would have legs of their own in this mega season. Continue reading

Fall 2015 Anime – Premiere Impressions

We’re a couple weeks into a brand new anime season. The familiar yet never-tiring feeling of having dozens of new wacky stories to experience has yet to wane even with three weeks having gone by already. As I was penning my first week impressions, there were certain anime that I just didn’t have enough to go off of, so instead of writing a bunch of indecisive opinions relying on future episodes to clarify, I waited until now, with multiple episodes aired for each anime in order to give a more founded first impression of this season’s anime.

This season is ripe with action fantasies in school settings, strange mysteries, and even a musical. But the most exciting among these fresh prospects is the triumphant return of a personal favorite as well as a brilliant execution of bringing a classic manga to life. This season definitely has some keepers, and others are still trailing around possibly being highlights of the season. Continue reading

Summer 2015 Anime – Final Review

Summer is over, marked by a rather appropriately timed lunar eclipse to beckon the coming of another season. The tides swell yet again bringing another selection of anime from overseas to a halt. This summer was a bit of a different writing schedule for me, or more like, basically there was a lot less of it, but a lot more behind the scenes. Keeping up a weekly blog makes some more ambitious projects fall by the wayside so for the foreseeable future I will only be dropping seasonal updates every month or so. The idea of a premiere, midseason, and finale blog seems to be the slowest I’ll get these things up.

This season proved that a summer drought is just a figure of speech, because there was plenty to entertain everyone including anime I’ve heard good things about but didn’t think to try. That might be the word of the season: Entertaining. Nothing really struck on a profound art-form level, but there was all sorts of completely enjoyable treats to choose from.

So with the last breaths of summer air in my lungs, here are my final thoughts on the anime I watched this season. A lot of good stuff, with something cracking my top 50 which always means the season wasn’t a waste. Let’s start from worst to best, yes? Continue reading