this is a masterpiece i can honestly never hope to compete with

Winter Anime Final Impressions

I was supposed to do this like two weeks ago but with Gundam ending so late and me getting swept up with many things, I didn’t have the time, but here’s a quick rundown of the best and worst of the Winter season. I’m gong from best to worst and also since I watched very few shows this season, I ‘m not gonna break them down in best/meh/worst

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

A masterpiece to the very end, as heartbreaking as it was full of joy and love. There was this weird insinuation at the end that didn’t sit well with me at all and I’m not sure why they felt the need to do it, but I can overlook it because the rest of the picture is so wonderful and special and heart-wrenching. When Konatsu asked Yakumo to make her his apprentice, I actually cried. What a beautiful show. Don’t let the obscure antique Japanese art keep you from experiencing one of the best anime of this decade.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto-hen

I was a bit worried about this one because lately, when an “old” show gets a sequel many years after it last aired, said sequel turns out underwhelming and poorly done. See D.Grayman HALLOW (which also adapted my favorite arc from that manga) and Berserk (production values aside, the decline of this is due to Miura’s gross storytelling, so I guess it was inevitable). But I was more than surprised and ecstatic to see this rendition of the Kyoto arc did justice on the source material, with excellent production values, a good pace and wonderful emotional and action scenes alike. AoEx is one of the finest examples of the battle shonen genre and that translated wonderfully to this new iteration of the anime. I can only hope we’ll see Izumo’s and Shura’s arc eventually too.

ACCA-13-ku Kansatsuka

I was a Little on the fence on this one at the start, but once they laid down all the cards and tied all the loose threads, it became absolutely amazing. I’m sorry I ever doubted you Natsume Ono, your ability to craft smart and fascinating adult stories shall never be questioned again. Definitely worth checking out if you want to try something different to your usual anime genres. Helps that the visuals are really interesting and that Mauve is such a bae. I still feel Jean was the weakest link with his absolute nonchalance, but even that somehow worked at the end. Definitely worth going through the somewhat slow initial episodes.

Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

NGL i’m not a fan of Kaburagi, he’s so much like Naruko I don’t feel he adds anything to the team. But this is now officially the Teshima show and that compensates for the snooze that is Kaburagi because Teshima has become so fabulous and cool I’m just excited every week to see what he’ll do next. Also the First-year race was a true highlight and I’m very disappointed Sugimoto didn’t make the cut, they did a fantastic job in making him likable, so it was sad to see him lose. Hopefully he’ll get to assist Imaizumi when they’re 3rd years.

Originally posted by animagamefan

Little Witch Academia

This show’s a lot of fun, with really sweet animation and it also sports the Best Girl of the season, Sucy Manbavaaran, although I gotta say there were a bit too many fillerish episodes and it was frustrating to see them take so long to get the plot going. I’m not hating on the show, it is in fact extremely entertaining, but it’s a little lacking on the plot department. Hopefully we’ll get more of that on the second cour.

Classicaloid

I’ve never been happier of not quitting a show as I am about Classicaloid. By episode 3 I was on the verge of giving up because it wasn’t what I had expected, but I kept going and I ended falling so hard in love with this show I’m ecstatic it’s getting a second season. Once I embraced the absurdity, it became the best comedy of the season, and I honestly would watch Schubert’s fishy misadventures for 52 weeks a year. It’s an acquired taste for sure and not easy to recommend, but if you’re willing to let go of all reason, you’re sure to have a good time.

Originally posted by mimimochi

All Out!!

I have a lot of love for this show and its characters (and Sekizan’s ridiculous hair), but I’m afraid the pacing they chose basically doomed them because with the abysmal sales, it seems unlikely we’ll ever see a second season and therefore we’ll never get to see if Jinko does get to Hanazono. It’s a perfectly competent sports series, that does a really good job of developing its huge cast, definitely much better than the likes of Prince of Stride or DAYS, but its inconclusive ending is quite frustrating. I really do hope we get to see more of these boys, but Madhouse’s never been all that good with the whole getting-sequels-done so…

Originally posted by dexicon

Kuzu no Honkai

In spite of its low ranking, this is actually a really good show and a unique take on teenage female sexuality that you wouldn’t normally see in this mostly sexist medium. Hanabi made for a truly interesting protagonist and I liked seeing her explore herself and her relationships. I was however quite disappointed by how little focus we actually had for Hanabi and Mugi’s relationship. I felt there was more telling than showing in that regard, especially in the latter half of the show. The ending was pretty good and mature in spite of everything, and as always, I’m just really fond of all the vaginal imagery in the ED animation. Could’ve done without Moca though.

Originally posted by jyoshikausei

Gundam: Tekketsu Orphans

At the end of the Fall season, I expressed my concern about pointless, meaningless deaths. Clearly the Gundam writers thought I wasn’t concerned enough because the amount of characters that died pointless deaths went on to, I think, the double digits. I wouldn’t have minded the carnage if there had been some sort of payoff to the sacrifices. For example, if Shino hadn’t stupidly and conveniently missed his one shot because the show couldn’t afford to kill Rustal yet. I always felt Orga, Mika and Akihiro had a ton of death flags looming over their heads, but I certainly didn’t expect all three of them to get to the chopping block. Orga’s death was particularly random and pointless, but then again, what they did with Orga in general was very confusing. That he agreed to McGillis’s sketchy propositions to become “king of Mars” never made a whole lot of sense to me and that’s the result we got. I’ll also never get over how creepy and weird the whole Atra giving Mika a baby thing was. In short, I have very mixed feelings about it.

Originally posted by shokugekis

Hand Shakers

I could write thousands of words for everything that was wrong with this series but I think it wouldn’t make justice to the absolute experience that is watching this amazing trainwreck. Go watch it to see a masterclass of how not to anime. Honestly I had such a good time hating this show, it was so horrible in every possible way. Good job GoHands, even animate, who sponsored this show, won’t give it any publicity.

Super Lovers

I’m not sure of how this production team managed to put out 20 episodes of nothing actually happen. Like you just have to give kudos to the writers for managing to simply not do anything over the course of 6~ hours of content. No drama, no decent comedy, no character development, not even relationship development in a BL romance. It’s kind of amazing how pointless the whole thing is. The dog’s still cute and the relationship is still creepy and gross and that’s about all there is to say about this.

Although most of the shows I watched turned out great, it did feel like a weaker season because there wasn’t that much that was interesting (my Wednesdays were literally empty). Or maybe everything looks lackluster in this post-Yuri on Ice world D: But there was Rakugo and rakugo is good and I’m glad we live in an age in which such a niche, quiet and adult artistic show could be made and tell a complete story.

NOW THAT I’VE SOMEWHAT CALMED DOWN FROM EP 12 (MEANING I’VE MANAGED TO STOP SCREAMING AND HYPERVENTILATING) LET’S TALK ABOUT YOI SEASON 1

Okay so ep 12 BROKE ME and I am a train wreck right now but I really need to get this out of my system.

Just some general thoughts on season 1 (BECAUSE WE’RE FUCKING GETTING A SEASON 2) :


MAKING HISTORY

We all know that YOI’s OP theme is called “History Maker” featuring Dean Fujioka.  I’m pretty sure everyone has already had this song on loop for like 3 months and analysed every single line so I’m going to get into too much details about it.  However, the title and the lyrics of this OP both tie very closely into one of the themes of this anime, and that is “making history”.  If you haven’t already noticed, this show has had many firsts and isn’t afraid of breaking more boundaries than any other previous animes.

  • first anime about men’s singles figure skating
  • first time writing an anime screenplay for Kubo Mitsurou-sensei
  • first anime OP sang by an actor (I stand corrected, this was a mistake on my part, thanks to the anon for bringing this to my attention)
  • first gay canon relationship in a sports anime
  • first time having a professional sports commentator as a voice actor (I’m actually not sure about this one but I’m going to put it on there anyway.  I’ve seen my share of sports animes and have NEVER seen any of them go as far as this)
  • the only sports fandom that’s okay with the protagonist not winning gold cuz this means FUCKING SEASON 2
  • first time that a fandom united over a single ship
  • this fandom crashed both Tumblr and Crunchyroll because of episode fucking 12

And this is just in real life.  From an in-universe perspective we have:

  • first Thai (Southeast Asian) skater to perform to music from “The King and the Skater”
  • first Thai (Southeast Asian) skater to advance to the GPF
  • breaking national stereotypes (Canadians being assholes and Chinese hating hot pot)
  • first quadruple loop landed by Seung-gil Lee (JJ landed one in ep 12 as well)
  • Viktor Nikiforov as a fiive time consecutive winner of the GPF and World Championships (this has not happened in real life)
  • Yuri Plisetsky breaking Viktor’s short programme record
  • Yuuri Katsuki breaking Viktor’s free skate record
  • probably the first time that two skaters stripped and pole danced at the banquet
  • Yuri Plisetsky winning the GPF in his senior debut (first time in history in-universe)


ANIMATION

I keep hearing people say that YOI has great skating animation and I’m just like

Are you sure we watched the same anime?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on the animators or anything.  In episode 1 we did get that mind-blowing “Stay Close to Me” with stunning animation and choreography.  Then a few episodes in and here we have

This fandom has been very nice and understanding when it comes to the animation because we all know that MAPPA is probably running on a very tight schedule and low budget.  After all, this is like one out of a total of two animes about figure skating to ever exist, so they’re obviously not familiar with how much work each episode needs.  

Again, I’m not hating on the animators.  I know they work very hard every week to bring us the masterpiece that is YOI, but I do hope they fix the animations in the blue-ray.  I mean, this is a sports anime after all, we can’t have the critical athletic scenes like this, can we?

But I like how they animate the gay scenes down to the tiniest details


MUSIC

HOLY don’t even get me started on the music in YOI cuz it’s fucking amazing.  There are so many different genres of music compiled into one season.  There are orchestral pieces and rap songs and even an aria.  Honestly I never would’ve imagined seeing all these songs in the same album.  God bless Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba for composing all the programme songs in this season.


REFERENCES TO REAL LIFE EVENTS AND PEOPLE

Okay I know there’s like a million posts out there about the references in YOI, but I just wanted to point some out here again.

And that’s just a glimpse of all the effort the creators poured into this series.  You can tell that they really did their research and paid attention every single detail.  I enjoyed watching the new episodes every week and then finding out about where this scene and that scene takes place in the world because it makes the anime seem so real.  They may be just a bunch of animated lines and colours, but at the same time they feel so close to us and so connected to this world.


REAL LIFE FIGURE SKATERS JOINING IN ON THE HYPE

I think the fandom just all died a little when there was a very obvious homage to Johnny Weir and then Johnny himself began watching the series and loving it just like the rest of us.  Besides Johnny Weir, other skaters like Denis Ten,  Evgenia Medvedeva (reigning female world champion),  Deniss Vasiljevs, and his coach Stéphane Lambiel have also taken an interest.  Hell, Stéphane Lambiel just voiced himself in episode 12!

I love it when the professionals appreciate this show just as much as we do.  They’re the ones out on the ice and they know how the real competitions work.  This proves that YOI really did a fantastic job of recreating the figure skating world.


RELATABLE CHARACTERS

I don’t know about you, but most of the time when I watch anime, the protagonist is either

a guy (combined any of these tropes to get yourself a typical anime male lead character)

  • parents are missing/dead/never home
  • depressed/always happy and optimistic
  • no friends/extremely popular
  • lacks the ability to socialize/super charismatic
  • only takes interest in one thing
  • siscon
  • extremely attracted to the lead female character
  • tragic back story
  • hacked life
  • has the ability to do literally anything (like jumping off a building and surviving)
  • has an ultimate unrealistic goal that involves saving the world
  • weird hairstyles/hair colours and impossible eye colours

a girl (combine any of these tropes to get yourself a typical anime female lead character)

  • parents are missing/dead/never home
  • super cute with a high-pitched voice/super cold with a low voice
  • extremely attracted to the male lead character but NEVER FUCKING CONFESSES
  • has extremely supportive friends
  • gets into a misunderstanding deeper than the Mariana Trench
  • acts all innocent when she’s actually a bitch/is actually innocent and gets bitched around by the evil side character
  • SKINNY AND PRETTY AF
  • somehow saves the world
  • invincible and badass
  • weird hairstyles/hair colours and impossible eye colours

I’m sure a lot of us are tired of seeing the same characters over and over again in animes.  That’s why YOI was so revolutionary.  I’ve never related this much to an anime character.  Yuuri Katsuki is just your average Japanese guy that you might run into on the streets of Tokyo.  Sure, he’s one of the top skaters in the world, but off the ice, he’s so ordinary and real.  Many posts have already analysed how his anxiety is portrayed in this show, so I won’t go into details about that.  Instead, I want to talk about how I can personally relate to Yuuri.

Yuuri is one of the top skaters in the world, yet when he comments about himself, he’s extremely unconfident and insecure.  He knows he has the skills but his brain keeps telling him that he can’t do it.  Many times throughout this show, I can almost see myself in Yuuri.  I’ve been playing the flute for seven years and have performed many times in front of audiences.  I practice my butt off for competitions and exams, yet sometimes I just breakdown and fall into despair.  I know how much I’ve practiced, and how much they’ll pay off, but I’m just so unsure of myself.  Before I’m due to perform or compete, I always end up shaking very badly.  I can feel my whole body shivering, my teeth chattering against each other, my heart pounding in my ears, and my hands unable to hold my instrument.  I can always produce the sound I want when I’m practicing alone, but when I’m out there, I just lose it completely.  I wouldn’t say that I have an anxiety disorder like Yuuri since this only ever happens to me in terms of the musical aspect of my life, but I can understand and sympathize with Yuuri on just how hard it is to deal with that feeling of panic.  I’ve sobbed and yelled at my parents during one of my pre-exam breakdowns, and they comforted me by saying that they have absolute faith in me that I’ll do fine and it’s alright if I fail.

Guess what Yuuri asked Viktor to do in episode 7 after his breakdown?

Just have more faith than I do that I’ll win”

Also Viktor is marrying Yuuri even if he didn’t win gold


This leads into the discussion about JJ and his fall from the throne in his GPF short programme.  Personally, “Theme of King JJ” is one of my favourites from this soundtrack (it’s a close second, but first would have to be “Yuri on ICE”), with a catchy melody and motivational lyrics.  At first, I didn’t find him very likable or detestable, but decided to support him anyways because I’m Canadian and I will support my Canadian boy.  However, episode 11 was a turning point for my attitude towards him.  His failure seemed so human, like something that could happen to any one of us.  The overwhelming support he got from this family and fiancée and his fans is reminding us that even though we have our ups and downs, at the end of the day, our loved ones are always there for us.  He’s always so confident in himself and never backs down from a challenge.  I think this character really teaches us a lot about how to face failure with optimism, courage, and to never give up.

Shoutout to Minako-sensei and Mari-neechan for being the most relatable fangirls


AMAZING ART

Okay I know I just complained about the animation but can we take a moment to appreciate this


EVERY EPISODE IS FULL OF SURPRISES

I have never been more surprised about anything else in my life.  It’s amazing how Kubo-sensi and Yamamoto-san can surpass our wildest imaginations every week.  We all thought that this was going to be the biggest queer bait anime of the century, but damn were we in for a treat.  LIKE HOLY SHIT THERE WAS SO MUCH FANSERVICE BUT IT AIN’T EVEN FANSERVICE BECAUSE THIS SHIP IS FUCKING CANON.  This has been one hell of a ride, but I know it’s not going to end here.  These creators will never cease to surprise us and I’m certain they will continue to do so in the next season.


SEE YOU NEXT LEVEL!

Vivisecting Tommy Wiseau

I love the movie adaptation of Space Pirate Captain Harlock. It’s a glorified thirty-million-dollar tech demo, drunk on its own hubris and gluttony. Whenever I thought it couldn’t possibly get any more cheesy, absurd, or incomprehensible, it did. The story is an impenetrable mess of time-travel, space colonization, backstabbing, sibling rivalry, and aliens who all look like elven lingerie models. I love it because the creators are clearly not in on the joke: they honestly tried to make a dazzling space opera and wound up with a beautiful disaster.

My love for this movie got me thinking about cult classics, and how and why they attract such a following.

I expanded that thought into a grand unified system. Every movie, album, game, etc. has three main attributes: Technical Skill, Resources, and Creative Spark.

Technical Skill is the creators’ ability to put together a compelling work, making it aesthetically pleasing and achieving whatever stylistic goal they’re going for. It’s prowess in editing, production, or programming. It usually hovers around a middle value, rarely rising or sinking too much.

Resources covers more than just money [although that’s a large part]. There’s also star power, marketing, and an established fanbase. It’s having the right connections to get something distributed in the first place, and the power to get people’s attention.

Creative Spark can range from “completely phoning it in for the latest kid’s-movie tie-in game” to “there is no possible way you could ever think that this came from anyone other than its creator”.

There are some correlations among them. Resources and Technical Skill usually go hand-in-hand, but sometimes one of them is completely AWOL, like Waterworld or The Blair Witch Project. An enormous pile of one attribute can’t summon another out of nowhere. There’s tension between Resources and Creative Spark; producers are usually nervous about trusting a notoriously weird auteur with a giant pile of money, but there are people like Guillermo del Toro and Kanye West who have successfully maxed out both. Inversely, works without Resources are more able to explore some audacious ideas, since there aren’t any shareholders to disappoint.

Nearly every cult-classic movie has Creative Spark through the roof, but abysmal Resources and Technical Skill. For the best example, look at The Room: Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece couldn’t possibly have sprung from anyone else’s mind, and despite his bottomless bank account it was made on a shoestring budget with a total disregard for petty things like “structure” and “chronology” and “making an ounce of sense”.

Iron Sky, a personal favorite, has a similar profile. It’s audacious as hell, moderately well-funded by the internet, and has terrible acting and pacing. It delivers on its premise- Nazis on the moon!- exactly as well as I had hoped. It has better backing and competence than The Room, although that’s not saying very much.

My theory for why these movies become popular is that people like seeing raw creativity without limits of common sense or basic storytelling. It’s fascinating to see an eccentric director’s thought pattern laid out without anyone removing the terrible ideas. Anyone can make a fairly conventional movie, but a small handful of people have both bizarre ideas and the work ethic to bring them to life.

This kind of eccentricity is impossible to fake; people with high Resources and Technical Skill who act like they have none miss the subtleties. This is why Sharknado was a flash in the pan and The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still a beloved classic. People who know the basic rules of filmmaking still subconsciously follow them no matter how hard they try not to, but people with no idea how to aim a camera make fresh, genuine mistakes.

Another inherent problem with trying to reverse-engineer The Room is the impossibility of faking that kind of deranged, unfiltered creativity. No one with any kind of internal editor could ever create that movie. It needed Wiseau’s exact combination of surreal ideas and single-minded dedication to getting his movie made, things which the makers of Sharknado never had.

Delusional ambition keeps things interesting. A fantastic idea executed terribly will always be more fascinating than a mediocre idea with slick production values. The failures of cult classics become perverse successes and in-jokes among fans, since they at least failed in memorable ways.

The world needs a steady supply of windmill-fighters and ridiculous auteurs. Their work can’t be replicated no matter what, and they have some neat things to teach us. They give us weird in-group catchphrases, like every single line of Rocky Horror. And above all, they show us that Creative Spark can carry a project alone even in the total absence of anything else. I salute the dreamers doomed from day one; may they continue to keep biting off more than anyone could ever hope to chew.

Winter Anime: Final Thoughts

Finally I can sit down and write down all the stuff I watched through the winter. I’ll just do a quick rundown of the stuff that finished this winter (pmuch everything except for AssClass). The Spring season is trickling in very slowly, so I’ll post my final watchlist once it’s all out (for the time being JoJo and HeroAca have been great, UshiTora was nice and everything else’s been so-so).

The series will be ranked from worst to best >:D

Dropped series

Halfway through the season I found myself with even less time to watch anime than usual, which ended with having to drop a lot of stuff that I was honestly watching out of inertia:

BBK/BRNK: I watched all the way to episode… 5? When it became evident we were going into contrived one-on-one battles because of some very convenient rule of I don’t even care I couldn’t bring myself to keep watching. Funnily, ep 5 was the strongest the show had since the first one, and it still didn’t hook me. Consensus seems to be I didn’t miss out on much.

Originally posted by mayoiga

Divine Gate: God episode 6 was soooo stupid. I heard that lots of people died in ep 7? I don’t know, even the unintentionally hilarious narrator gimmick became tiresome at some point. I think I saw a bit of the start of one episode? 7? 8? When the boss dude had a flashback of his meeting Santa Claus or something? Dunno, it was just so dumb and not funny enough to warrant the braincells I was wasting on it. I’ll never forget the guy who put ice on his ramen tho, thanks show.

Originally posted by itadakimasu-letmeeat

HaruChika: Later episodes got slightly nicer than the first ones, with Haruta being just a little less pushy, something that really bothered me, but at the end of the day, the whole thing was really damn boring. I think I made it to episode 6.

Originally posted by gurikajis

(same, girl whose name I forgot, same)

Why did I watch this whole thing through?

Somehow I didn’t drop these shows, even though at the end of the day all I have left is this sense of hours of my life I’ll never get back

Garo: Guren no Tsuki: At the time of writing this sentence I haven’t watched the final episode, but I can bet all my Haikyuu Nendoroids that it won’t make up for the 23 weeks I waited for this show to get better. Now I’ve watched ep 24 (was it the ending?) I’m not even sure if that was the ending and I don’t care. God it was worse than I expected. Ugh, I hope the Honoo no Kokuin movie comes out soon. Hopefully we’l all forget this stupid waste of time ever existed

Originally posted by studio-arms

Dimension W: This show started okaaay-ish and it had some really interesting concepts… and then it crapped the bed, jumped the shark, shot itself in the eye, whatever you wanna call it. From the introduction of the “king of a nondescript African country in disarray” and the Easter Island nonsense everything went down the drain really fast. Like man, the whole thing turned out incredibly stupid, and that’s not even considering the asspull last minute villain. And it also left all the interesting concepts to die in a jungle of fake science gibberish.

Originally posted by mayoiga

Stuff that was okay

Shows that didn’t change my life, but didn’t waste it either

Ajin: The CGI is hoooorrrible. It started fairly weak too, but with the introduction of Satou and the reveal that Kei is actually a much grayer protagonist than it first appeared, I’m kind of intrigued to see where it’ll go. Not blown away by it, but my general impression improved quite a bit after Kei escaped the government facility. Would watch a second season if Netflix does more. Episode 12 was greaaat it kept me on edge the whole time. The last one hasn’t aired yet but my thoughts on this are pretty cemented 

Originally posted by 64bits

Grimgar: It was okay? It wasn’t as distasteful as it could’ve been? Went some interesting places in terms of grief and coping? The overall look of the production was very beautiful? I just don’t know if the character work it did was worth the 12 weeks, apart from Manato’s death episode I didn’t feel much of an emotional connection to the characters. Also Ranta is a sleazeball that never repents for the bullshit he does (just a little, at the end). Yume’s voice was very cute tho. But Haruhiro was so boring as a character. Idk, wouldn’t watch a S2 tbh. It’s weird because I think I like it more than Ajin (partly because colorful stuff>>> bleak stuff), but the story didn’t hook me? My feelings for this are very scattered

Originally posted by seieiryu

Prince of Stride: Look this show was fine and fun but the character development was overall terrible and it had some seriously bad shoehorned plot points (namely the main trio’s conveniently forgotten childhood promise and that Nana was somehow dubbed the Princess of Stride because her father was the King? Every time the announcer mentioned the King-Princess thing it felt so dumb and artificial, like no real sports announcer would say that). The finale was complete bullshit, I feel robbed of real resolutions in the characters’ relationships. But I did like the overall style, and I did come to like the characters, so I have more positive feelings for it than the other two.

Originally posted by tohsaki

(the gay, the gay of it all)

Fairy Tail: This makes me sad. I love the story of Fairy Tail. With a few hiccups here and there, the manga is overall fantastic and extremely fun. And the first year’s worth of episodes for this second anime series was pretty fine, they did a good job with the GMG and the Dragon invasion. And then I don’t know what happened, but between the muddy colors, the sluggish pace, the atrocious animation, the endless recaps and the people-talking-really-slowly to fill-in time, even my favorite moments in an overall lackluster arc (Tartaros) and an arc I love (Zero) were overall extremely lacking in weight and emotion all I felt was disappointment and boredom. I’m very sad this show became like this and I really hope however long it takes them to do a new series, they’ll give it to someone who can love the material and give it the treatment it deserves.

Originally posted by sansan9

Stuff I liked!

Not the shining stars of the season, but fun, entertaining shows that I enjoyed a lot.

Gundam: Tekketsu Orphans: This show started really strong and I overall like it, but when we reached the finale I realized I had no idea of how things had reached this point or why. There’s a S2 coming in Fall, and I’ll gladly watch it because I’m still deeply intrigued by the really unhealthy relationship Mika and Orga have, but I have no idea of where the story’s gonna go at this point. This feels like a more competently executed Aldnoah (not that it’s high praise, that show was a mess). It did a good job engaging me in the character relationships. As a Person who hates the original Gundam ™ I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this was.

Originally posted by mayoiga

Akagami no Shirayukihime: Definitely a step-down from the first half. The most remarkable thing about this season was the development for Obi and Raj, both characters becoming my favorites (interestingly both began as antagonists) and I really enjoyed every moment they spent on screen (Obi wearing formal clothing is so important to me now). I did feel that both Shirayuki and Zen became stuck and didn’t really evolve much, not in their relationship and not as individuals, so that was disappointing. Also, the kidnapping arc was very dumb. But the overall experience is pleasant and happy, I can’t really bring myself to hate the show. Would watch an S3 (that will never happen) if they promised me we’ll see Mitsuhide doing something about his very poorly hidden feelings for Kiki.

Originally posted by sarapyon

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi: This show peaked around episode 7-8 with Kayo’s story, achieving some true brilliance in how it dealt with abuse and how victims cope with it, and then it never managed to reach those heights once Kayo was written out of the show. The identity of the killer was disappointingly obvious, I wish they had been more overt about it or that they’d presented two equally viable suspects so it could be an actual surprise when the truth was revealed. Satoru’s final confrontation with the killer was laughably ridiculous and I can’t help feeling annoyed by the fact that the masterpiece hidden in Satoru’s soul and repressed by his regret was a generic teenage magicky craptastic looking thing. I’m sure he made more people happy delivering pizzas. Still a worthwhile watch, mostly for Kayo’s stuff.

Originally posted by izukumi

Assassination Classroom would go here but it’s only halfway through. It’s a really good show though, y’all should check it out! FukuJun’s doing a brilliant job as Korosensei too. Not a fan of the “taming” of Irina (I’ve never liked how she’s treated by this show in general) or the whole Shinigami storyline, but it’s overall doing a good job.

Lupin III: This was a damned good show! Its flavor is somewhat lighter than Fujiko Mine but more adult than Cagliostro, like a healthy middle ground. The last two episodes weren’t that great, but the rest of the show was very fun and unique, with a fantastic look, unique storylines and tricks –the midseason finale was brilliant!- and it did a great job integrating the new characters: Nix and Rebecca. I’m very glad I decided to give this one a shot.

Originally posted by buzz-kill

Best of the Season

(that should be self-explanatory)

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu: I’m honestly kind of amazed by how they wrapped everything up. These last three cours improved progressively and I was very happy with how everything was tied up. I adore Shinra and Celty, so their beautiful climactic reunion at the end (especially Shinra admitting to his own selfishness and risking his life for their love) made me so happy. I am however disappointed that Anri didn’t actually do anything or that no one actually punched Mikado for being a dick. Rokujo was a great character and I would’ve liked to see him in the epilogue too. My husbando Shizuo was his perfect beautiful self all the way through and I love him. I’ll miss this series. I think I’ll rewatch it actually, from season 1. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorites, even after all these years.

Originally posted by noisylovepatrol

Haikyuu S2: I have mixed feelings on this. I think the adaptation was absolutely beautiful in every sense, and we all know how much I adore these characters. However, I do absolutely feel they could’ve padded the games a little more (give Johzenji, Wakunan and Datekou more screentime) and leave the Seijoh match for Season 3. That way they wouldn’t be running out of material and we’d get more Oikawa and Iwa-chan (why did I have to develop such a huge crush on Iwa-chan just as his part in the series ended ;A;). I understand why they did it this way –to set the contrast between this finale and the ending of S1- but I still wish they’d made it a little longer and I can’t help feeling a little bitter about it. It’s still a show I love and that I can’t wait to get more of, and certainly my favorite sports anime up to date.

Originally posted by activeraid

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Hands down the best show of the season and a strong contender for anime of the year, I can’t imagine there’ll be much stuff to rival it. It’s such a unique and adult story with so many nuances, beautiful direction, well-rounded characters and that subtly deals with issues of sexuality and gender roles and just… ugh. That scene in the graveyard murdered me. I think it’s a must see if you’re able to look past the unconventional theme. I’m so happy to know that it’ll have a second season to cover the rest of the manga.

Originally posted by milky-holmes

(we could’ve had it aaaaalllll)

As an overall I think the season was weak, a lot of forgetable, mediocre shows and nothing “so bad it’s good” to make up for it. But bcause Showa was such a strong and unique offering, -the kind of show you only see a handful ot times every decade it makes the whole season worthwhile and I don’t feel like three months of nothingness (hello spring 2015)

What were your favorite shows of the season? Replies are bac so y’all con comment here directly about it