Like many others, I was initially disappointed when I found out Yuri on Ice was named for two guys named Yuri and not girls’ love. It made sense, too, because Sayo Yamamoto could totally make that show. In retrospect I feel very silly, however, because Yuri on Ice ended up exceeding all of my expectations anyway. Together with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu it’s only one of two shows that I considered for Anime of the Year 2016, and I still haven’t actually decided which one I like more.
For three quarters of a year, all the way from January until October 2016 – which is when Yuri on Ice started airing – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu was the only real contender for my Anime of the Year 2016. This didn’t necessarily mean much back when it aired, it was the first season of the year after all, But as time went on and I realised that no other show (aside from the aforementioned Fall 2016 show Yuri on Ice) was coming even close to Rakugo in terms of both my enjoyment and my appreciation of the production side of things, it was becoming clear to me that Rakugo really was something special to me and not just a product of its circumstances (the only other Winter 2016 show I really liked initially, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, ended up flopping pretty badly). I don’t want to jump the gun and say it was an instant classic, but yeah, that’s kind of what it felt like.
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.
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.
The first episode of the second season of Hibike Euphonium contained everything that I loved about the first season: The beautiful art and animation, the music, the (in my opinion) interesting characters, and the direct continuation of the story that Season 1 ended in the middle of. And it was a double-length episode to boot. I don’t think I could have possibly been happier about it. It was like candy (the magical kind that doesn’t make you nauseous no matter how much of it you eat).
After a two-year-long break, I’ll be going back to university this semester, and so I am afraid that I may not have much time for blogging anymore. I haven’t yet decided whether I’ll be going on a hiatus or not, but I want to inform you that the possibility exists now that I’m no longer a NEET. However, because doing this is so much fun, I’m probably going to spend a lot of time blogging about the Fall season anyway.