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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Going Down The List: Tari Tari

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The first and (so far) only time I watched Tari Tari I did so on a whim. I had activated a 48-hour Crunchyroll Premium Pass in order to be able to watch all of Saki. I marathoned all of it in less than 24 hours, and because I didn’t want to waste the other 24 hours, I picked up another show at random. That show was Tari Tari. It was one of the best impulsive choices I’ve made with regard to anime.

GDTL Tari Tari 1

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Going Down The List: Starmyu

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Starmyu, also known as High School Star Musical, is a weird show to me. At first, about halfway through the show (and again after finishing it), I thought I liked it because I just happened to like those kinds of idol shows, regardless of the genders of the characters. However, 6 months later, the Summer 2016 anime season proved that theory to be wrong, because I loathed Tsukiuta and B-Project. I watched one episode of both and then promptly forgot about them, because they were extremely boring. So, Starmyu ended up being a unique case, but why?

GDTL Starmyu 1

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2015 In Hindsight: Most interesting shows of the Year

I’ve wanted to do a post like this for a long time, ever since 2014 actually, and I’ve started writing one many times, but for one reason or another I scrapped them all after a few paragraphs or so. The first few times were on New Year’s Eve 2014, when I decided to write a retrospective about the anime that aired in 2014. That time, the problem was that I set an unnecessarily brutal deadline: I wanted to get all the research and several thousands of words done in one evening so I could get the post out just as 2015 began. I failed, and I felt bad about it. I scrapped my first draft and started again, but this time I failed even sooner. That was a dark moment for me, because it was the first time in a long time that I had felt motivated to do something, but I ended up being unable to do it.

The next time I started was around September or October 2015, when I started writing a similar retrospective post for 2015. This time I didn’t scrap the draft, but I stalled and just kind of forgot about it. When I started this attempt, I thought I had fixed my deadline problem by starting the project 4-5 months before New Year’s. It sounded like a smart idea at the time, but it ended up spawning 3 new problems: First of all, the Fall season hadn’t started yet, so I couldn’t write about it at all. I had to leave gaps that I could fill in with comments about the Fall season. Secondly, because of the difficulties caused by the first problem, I didn’t feel motivated at all. And finally, I had no idea how to explain which shows I thought were “interesting” or why.

The first two of those problems are the reason why I stalled and forgot about the pre-Fall 2015 attempt. They’re no longer relevant problems, but the third and final problem definitely is. What is “interesting”? How do I select a list of shows to write about and then justify why I picked only those shows and no others while simultaneously making sure that the list doesn’t get too long(what’s the point of writing about it then) or too short(not enough reason to write the post in the first place)? Now, however, I realise that this doesn’t have to be a problem at all. I don’t need to conform to any a priori definition of the word “interesting”, I can just write about a bunch of shows and then describe them as “interesting enough to write about”. Clever, huh? You hear me, Nasu? Write me into the next installment of the Fate universe! I want to give long pseudo-philosophical monologues like Kirei!

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Index: Fall 2015 First Impressions

 

  • Part 2

    • Miss Monochrome: The Animation 3, Hacka Doll The Animation, Kagewani
  • Part 3

    • Young Black Jack, Heavy Object, Noragami Aragoto
  • Part 4

    • Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou, Owarimonogatari
  • Part 5

    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, One Punch Man
  • Part 6

    • Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou, Comet Lucifer, Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!
  • Part 7

    • Teekyuu 6, Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!, High School Star Musical
  • Part 8

    • Kowabon, Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
  • Part 9

    • Garo: Guren no Tsuki, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??, Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen

Fall 2015 First Impressions: Part 7

Teekyuu 6

…Goddamnit Teekyuu.

Teekyuu is Teekyuu. There’s not a lot to say beside the fact that I think I spotted a few new characters in the OP. Knowing the show, however, those could very well be red herrings… or literal red herrings, or whatever the Japanese equivalent of that idiom is. Anyway, the gags are still the same, and they’re still kind of funny. How does Teekyuu keep doing it?

Verdict: It Teekyuu.

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