Yet another season ends, while another begins! Quite a few of the anime this season were late add-ins either because they were backlogged or because I overlooked them the first time around. Many thanks to the people who convinced me to pick them up and catch up with everyone! So you see, I do take your recommendations into account any time through the year :)
While there isn’t really an order to the shows as I discuss them here, I do want to highlight Shirokuma Cafe, Minami-ke Tadaima, Shin Sekai Yori, and Girls and Panzer as being my personal favorites through these cold months.
Anime in the order that I discuss them:
- Boku no Imouto wa Osaka Okan
- Mondaijitachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
- Tamako Market
- Love Live!
- Shin Sekai Yori
- Girls und Panzer
- Bakuman 3
- Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
- Zetsuen no Tempest
- Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
- Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
- Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
- Minami-ke Tadaima
- Shirokuma Cafe
“It’d be interesting if 2.0 surpassed the original, but unlike Ashirogi Mutou, I can’t see the author’s face!” (Niizuma Eiji, Bakuman. 3, “Confidence and Resolve”).
I find the ideal workshops–be they writing, music, or other–are the ones with lower seat counts. As valuable as an outsider’s opinion is, it’s important to never lose your sense of self. There’s a balance that must be struck between pleasing the audience and creating a piece unique to yourself that warrants the attention paid to it. The current arc in Bakuman. 3 questions this argument, that a work created by the input of many deserves to stand on the same stage as a work produced by one. And given the popularity and seeming perfection of the group work gathered by Nanamine, who’s to say that his methods and final product are not every bit as justified as the old standby collaboration of artist and editor?
Now a full month into the fall season, I’ve finally settled on which shows I’ll be watching from week to week. I actually would like to include a few more, but my busy schedule means that some of them will have to be reserved for a slower time of year. For now, I’ve got nine new series to add to my watch list, and boy is there a lot of fluff and romance in the air!
This winter review includes thoughts and ratings on Ano Natsu de Matteru, Another, Bakuman 2, Black Rock Shooter, Brave 10, Chihayafuru, Danshi Koukousek no Nichijou, Inu x Boku SS, Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, Mirai Nikki, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, Persona 4 The Animation, Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle, Rinne no Lagrange, Senki Zesshou Symphogear, and Zero no Tsukaima F. Spoilers are included for many of them, so tread carefully.
I was enthusiastic about trying Bakuman when I first heard about it, but upon reading some initial impressions–always a dangerous thing to do before actually trying it yourself–from die-hard manga fans, I lost my excitement and pushed off watching it during its original airing season. I’ve just now recently completed watching the 25-episode anime and am glad I waited, glad for good reasons.