There’s a lot of miscellaneous stuff I want to mention about certain anime that I never felt deserved a post of their own, so I decided to write about them all and slap them together in one post. This is going to come off as a bit unstructured compared to my regular posts, but bear with me.
Firstly, my thoughts on the Summer 2013 Anime. I’m not caught up with most of the current anime. I’ve put most of the season on hold so I can vainly catch up with my never-ending backlog.
There’s another reason for this, too. A lot of the stuff I liked and was interested in became incrementally less so as the episodes went by: Shingeki no Kyojin became dull and slow-paced (again!), Toaru Kagaku no Railgun is finishing with a filler arc, Watamote became repetitive, the campiness in Free! stopped being a novelty, Love Lab lost some of its earlier focus and spark. The only series I thought were improving as the season went along were Monogatari and The World God Only Knows – ironic because I am not that big a fan of either franchise. The only show I’ve kept up with religiously is High School DxD, but that’s because I have a blogging commitment to it.
I don’t think this was a bad season, however. Popular opinion has is that Summer this year is leagues ahead of the Spring Season and I don’t disagree with that. Most of the anime that air this season are genuinely interesting in concept, at the very least. My declining interest is also due to me prioritising my studies and writing over watching anime, which is why my blogging output remains the same despite me watching less anime than ever. When I do want to watch anime, I don’t want to feel as if I’m doing it to “catch up”, so when I finish this season’s anime (and I intend to) it’ll be at my own pace.
Anywho, here are some specific anime that I have opinions on:
Shingeki no Kyojin: Today, I had a lovely chat about this show.
Friend opens his mouth and says, “Oh, yeah, you know how the Female Titan is [name withheld].” I say, “What.” I had not watched episode 23, you see. Friend says, “Didn’t you know? It was REALLY obvious. You could see it from the way [name withheld] fights.” And I was like, “FUCK ME DEAD! I didn’t notice at all!” And Friend says, “Do you just turn off your brain when you watch anime?” and I say, “Yes,” and he says, “That explains a lot.”
After that, I was in depression because I really, really had no clue that [name withheld] was the Female Titan and now that the one good twist of the Shingeki no Kyojin anime has been spoiled for me, I have no reason to watch this show anymore. I therefore have no reason to live.
Gatchaman Crowds: I don’t particularly like Gatchaman Crowds. I can see that there’s an interesting story in there, but it’s lost amid a sloppy script, poor voice acting and overall half-assed presentation. However, my problem is not with the show but with the nature of the discussion around it. There are some militant fans whose attempts to defend the merits of this anime basically boils down to “Gatchaman Crowds is deep and you’re stupid because you don’t understand it”. I’m all for an intelligent conversation about the conceptual framework of an anime, but just because someone criticises the execution of the storytelling doesn’t necessarily mean they’re overlooking the ideas present in the work entirely. If you’re going to defend the anime against criticism (which you are free to do), you should directly address the argument at hand. Not accepting what to me seems like clear-cut logic is what leads to so many of the circular debates on the Internet in general.
Kimi no Iru Machi: I am disappointed with this. I thought it would make me rage but it only makes me confused.
Season Expectations versus Reality
It’s always interesting to compare what you wrote on a season preview to how the season actually turned out. Earlier in the year, I wrote a post where the OreImo characters stated what they were looking forward to in the Summer Season. I don’t intend to write a sequel to that post because the characters became horribly mutilated and unrecognisable in their own anime, which kind of makes them difficult for me to write with any accuracy. I can, however, quickly comment on what the OreImo characters may have thought of the anime that they had picked as their most anticipated series.
Kirino: Her choice was Futari wa Milky Holmes, but this turned out to be such a lifeless anime that I find it difficult to conceive anyone picking this as their favourite of the season. I imagine Symphogear G is more to her tastes. In terms of aesthetics and magical girl action, it’s improved heavily overall from the original.
Kuroneko: Her choice was Makai Ouji, which I’d assumed would be a ‘chuunibyou’ show in the vein of Kuroshitsuji and Pandora Hearts. I made a mistake in my forecasting: Makai Ouji ended up being a silly show rather than something very atmospheric. I think Kuroneko would prefer Rozen Maiden. It feels like a show that must have been one of her formative influences.
Kyousuke: His choice was Blood Lad, but having seen the anime, it did not feel “casual” enough to me. But since I think of Kyousuke as a sexual deviant rather than as a human being nowadays, I guess he would prefer Monogatari and sees Araragi as the man he wishes to become.
As for me, I said High School DxD New would be my favourite and it is indeed my favourite.
There was a poll on that post asking “Who has the shittiest taste in anime?” Kirino “won” by a landslide. Technically, you can still vote if you want, but here are the results:
The original post got some positive feedback and over 1,000 views – in terms of hits, it’s one of my most popular posts. It remains to this day my only attempt to directly combine fanfiction and blog post writing. It was a fun experiment; maybe I’ll try something similar in the future.
Fall 2013 Season Preview
I will be brief with this preview, since I try not to get hyped about anime in case crushing disappointment ensues. However, hype for Golden Time was unavoidable, with no thanks to appropriant and his talent for writing SODEEP posts about seemingly shallow romantic comedy anime.
Other than that, I only look at the season preview so I can pick out the sequels I’m interested in. Magi, Infinite Stratos, Little Busters, Kuroko no Basuke and Kakumeiki Valvrave are locks. I also watch every light novel adaptation and am particularly looking forward to Log Horizon (THIS DOES NOT SOUND LIKE ANY ANIME I’VE WATCHED BEFORE NOPE), Unbreakable Machine Doll and Outbreak Company. Everything else I’ve adopted a wait-and-see policy for.
The big question for next season is: What will I blog? I do want to be blogging one show episodically at any given time. But this season is so promising that I’m having difficulty restricting my prospects to one show. I’ve narrowed my top choices down to two, but I’m actually open to blogging anything from the next season, even stuff I’ve not mentioned in this post. So I’ll turn the question over to you readers. The poll is on the sidebar of this blog and will be up until the Fall Season starts, but here it is again:
Yeah, um, please vote. It’s not a hard poll to vote for.
That’s about it for all the miscellaneous blog/season updates. In the meantime, somebody convince me to pick up Shingeki again. I’m still depressed about that spoiler.