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.
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.
Kyoukai no Rinne aired from Spring 2015 to the end of Summer 2015, so it’s a quite recent show. And in fact, at the time that this post is published, the second season should have already started airing. But don’t worry, that should in no way affect my opinion of or my thoughts on the series in general, because I expect Season 2 to be basically the exact same as Season 1. You see, Kyoukai no Rinne is not one of those shows that have plot twists, evolving stories or even character development. It’s just an “endless” supernatural school romcom.
There’s probably symbolism here but all I see is two dudes lamenting the fact that roses are not nutritious.
I will start this off by admitting that I really didn’t pay much attention to the first episode of this sequel. I guess you could say it’s a bad thing in the sense that the show isn’t really interesting to focus on for 20+ minutes. And in that sense, it’s not an improvement over the first season. Actually, it doesn’t improve upon any of its aspect. But, that’s about as much as I expected, and I managed to finish the first season after all, so it’s not too horribly. There’s some new characters and new plot points (the contract between a shinigami and their black cat), but other than that it felt exactly like an episode of the first season. The reintroduction of the characters meant that there was less snark and deadpan reactions than in the later episodes of season 1, which was unfortunate, but I expect it to pick up with the next episode. And the translation is still pretty funny as well. That’s about all I can say about it.
Verdict: Same as the first season, basically. Continuing, but I’ll probably never be able to focus on it.
Last time I did this I felt like my writing was getting excessively formulaic and repetitive, so this season I’m going to insert some more facts(date of premiere, studio, director, etc.) and maybe shorten my opinions a little bit. It’ll probably make for a shorter post in general, but I hope it’ll still be somewhat entertaining to read.
EDIT March 22 2016: Re:Zero airdate now known, removed section on Manaria Friends due to lack of information.
I know, I know, I said I wasn’t going to write something like this, but screw it. It’s not like retrospective posts have to come out either on January 1st or never.
Note: I’ve tried to link to as many as possible of the songs I mention, but some of them may be unavailable, of bad quality or had their pitch changed. But I tried my best.
It’s not like I hadn’t been paying attention to OPs and EDs in 2013 and 2014, but I really only started taking my internal rankings of them seriously in early 2015. The reason for this was probably that Winter 2015 featured so many good OPs that I had a very difficult time trying to decide which one I liked the most. And, because I had not yet started blogging at that point, the decision was left unmade. It also doesn’t help that since Winter 2015 ended I’ve listened to and really liked a few more of the OPs from that season. And when it comes to the EDs, you guessed it, most of the shows with good OPs also have good EDs, at least in my opinion. But, maybe saying what I actually think out loud(or on paper, or on a blog) will help me make a decision, so let’s try that.
In retrospect, the Spring 2015 season was pretty good as far as theme songs went. Yuki-chan, Shokugeki, Rinne, Owari no Seraph, Kekkai Sensen, Kinmosa, Euphonium, Sidonia and Yamada-kun all had OPs and EDs that I really liked, and Arslan had a great ED.
Then the season changed, and because Shokugeki, Rinne, and Arslan are multi-cour shows, so did their OPs and EDs change. My opinion of these changes happens to reflect my opinion of the Summer 2015 season as a whole: Shokugeki’s new OP and ED are nice but forgettable, Rinne’s new theme songs are both awful, and I can’t even remember what Arslan’s sound like. Basically, I just can’t bring myself to care about most of the OPs and EDs of this current season. Note, however, that the main reason for this may be that I’m watching so many shows, not necessarily that an unusually large amount of theme songs are forgettable this season.