Spring 2017 Mid-season Mega Post Part 2

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku

Yet another sequel, but this is one that I looked forward to greatly, because Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my favourite series of all time. It was, however, at its time of announcement, quite a surprise to me that Season 6 would air only 3 months after Season 5 ended, considering there were 4.5 years between Seasons 4 and 5. The dramatic change in scheduling is probably related to the fact that Seasons 5 and 6 are handled by a different studio than the first 4 seasons, but in any case, I’m extremely happy to have more Natsume to watch.

Natsume Roku 1

I’m also surprised by how different Season 6 feels compared to Season 5. While Season 5 felt more like a continuation of the worldbuilding established in Seasons 3 and 4 where many of the stories connected to each other, Season 6 has so far been much more similar to Seasons 1 and 2, that is to say it has consisted mostly of episodic stories. And I really prefer it this way. Season 6 feels like the show is returning to its roots, and that’s wonderful.

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Spring 2017 Mid-season Mega Post Part 1

Well, it hasn’t even been 2 weeks since my final regular post was published, and already I’ve come crawling back to the world of blogging. I really have no self-control, do I…

Just kidding, I do this because I love it and, to be honest, I’ve really wanted to write about this new anime season, but I unfortunately didn’t have time to stop writing lab reports. Now, however, I’m basically free for the summer (though I should also be working on my bachelor’s thesis, and people keep telling me to get a job), so I have all the time in the world to write about new and old anime alike.

For now, though, I’ll focus on the newer stuff:

 

Atom the Beginning

Which is apparently a prequel, originally written by Makoto Tezuka, to Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy. I don’t know much about Astro Boy so this connection doesn’t have much significance for me, but I really appreciate it as its own thing. Some of the story and visual elements feel pretty archaic compared to other contemporary anime – some of the character names seem unusual, one of the main characters has a comically sized nose, and the romance element feels pretty blatant – but as a whole it’s definitely a show that functions in the modern world of anime.

Atom 02

It looks great (not just the OP), and the themes surrounding intelligence in robots are interesting. The (literal) little sister character, Ran, is also a great touch. As a storyteller she’s much more engaging than the two main boys. In some ways she, and some other elements, make Atom the Beginning feel like a children’s show, but I mean that as a compliment. It’s really fun to watch, even though the story may not be the most interesting thing ever.

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Winter 2017 Spotlight: OP and ED of the Season

I had some preconceptions about possible choices before I started writing this post. At first I expected that picking the winners would be difficult due to a sheer lack of good options (because I’m watching so few shows right now), but this turned out to be wrong. Then I thought that the choice would be easy due to there only being a few good theme songs this season, but after a bit of thinking, I realised that was incorrect too. There are actually several OPs and EDs that are so good in their own ways that it’s genuinely difficult for me to choose between them. But let’s try anyway!

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Winter 2017 Spotlight: Surprise and Disappointment of the Season

This is going to be a pretty short one, because as you may remember, I picked up very few shows this season. And while my surprise of the season will end up being an actual honest to god surprise, I did not have to think twice about the disappointment. It’s funny actually, because you’d think that the fewer shows one picks up, the more difficult it is to find one truly disappointing show, but fortunately that is not the case for me, at least not this particular season.

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Winter 2017 Preview Mega Post

Due to a combination of real life obligations, a need for vacation, the fact that the winter seasons are usually more modest than other anime seasons, and because this time there were very few shows that drew my interest based on the synopses, this post is probably going to be unusually short. I only picked up 10 regular TV shows (I will be checking out Fate Grand Order and Dragon Dentist as well), so let’s hope at least some of them are good.

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Fall 2016 Spotlight: OP and ED of the Season

Last season I ended up giving no award to both the OP and ED of the Season, because while there were a few OPs and EDs I thought were catchy, none of them really struck a chord with me. Now, when I wrote last season’s spotlight post I was afraid that the problem lay with me and that next season wouldn’t inspire me to give awards either, but fortunately that turned out not to be the case.

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Fall 2016 Spotlight: Disappointment and Surprise of the Season

This season has actually been a carnival for me, because there are so many different shows that appeal to me in different ways. Nyanbo is a cute mix of CG and live-action, Shuumatsu no Izetta scratches that alternate history universe itch (though the boob jokes are pretty stale), Gakuen Handsome is a visual marvel (of sorts) and Yuri on Ice exceeded all of my uncertain expectations (way to go, Sayo Yamamoto). Among the other new shows that I like are also Flip Flappers, Girlish Number, 3-gatsu no Lion and Fune wo Amu. They too have their unique charms.

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