Spring 2014 Set Menu

Spring is in full swing, the sakura have long since bloomed, and I’ve got a bustle of new shows to fill my spare time. Happy Spring, everyone! New shows include:

  • Baby Steps
  • Black Bullet
  • Blade & Soul
  • Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
  • Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?
  • Haikyuu!!
  • Hitsugi no Chaika
  • Kamigami no Asobi
  • Kiniro no Corda: Blue Sky
  • Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season
  • Mushishi Zoku Shou
  • Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin
  • Selector Infected WIXOSS
  • Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
  • Soul Eater NOT!

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Summer 2013 Set Menu

*GASP!* Choices, choices!

Is it just me, or are there a crap-ton of interesting shows this summer? I don’t think my menu has had this many entries in a single season for, well, ever. I thought I was doing pretty good clearing out my watching list with the close of the spring, but then I started trying out summer shows and found myself loathe to drop any of them. Most of them were an immediate “Yes” after just one episode, but we’ll see how many are still around midway through the season.

Menu overview:

  • Free!
  • Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear G
  • Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyo
  • Tamayura: More Aggressive
  • Love Lab
  • Servant x Service
  • Silver Spoon
  • Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu
  • Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!
  • Fantasista Doll
  • Kiniro Mosaic
  • Uchouten Kazoku
  • Monogatari Series: Second Season
  • Genshiken Nidaime
  • Dog & Scissors
  • The World God Only Knows – Goddesses Arc
  • Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
  • Brothers Conflict

Also included are some brief thoughts on backlogged shows and ongoing anime.
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Spring 2013 Set Menu

Now that we’re five weeks into the spring season, I’ve finally settled down on which shows I’ll be sticking with, and have enclosed my thoughts on the anime of my choice to date.  Favorites so far include Shingeki no Kyojin, Hataraku Maou-sama!, and RDG. As usual, if you don’t see a show here that you think I really should be watching, let me know!

It took me longer than expected to choose since quite a few were impulse additions to what used to be a short list:

  • RDG: Red Data Girl
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
  • Sparrow’s Hotel
  • Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
  • Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
  • Hataraku Maou-sama!
  • Shingeki no Kyojin
  • Valvrave the Liberator
  • Arata Kangatari
  • Suisei no Gargantia
  • Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge 
  • Karneval
  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.
  • Aku no Hana

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Fall 2012 Set Meal

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!

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Marina’s Summer 2012 Set Meal

Summer’s fabulous menu has me adding on ten new shows to my weekly anime, joining the already airing series Hyouka, Hunter x Hunter, Polar Bear Cafe, Poyopoyo, Space Brothers, Area no Kishi, and Phi Brain.  OH MY GOODNESS.

Joining the party are Arcana Famiglia, Dog Days’, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, Moyashimon Returns, Muv-Luv Alternative, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Rinne no Lagrange 2, Sword Art Online, Tari Tari, and Uta Koi.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it already, check out my spiffy new summer banner, which I’ve added to the rotation.

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Initial Impression: Sakamichi no Apollon on Fundamentals and Improvisation

They stand back to back, Jazz and Classical, fully pressed against one another.  Although they face in different directions, a fundamental connecting line runs between the two.  There’s an undeniable relationship between Jazz and Classical music that many musicians have the misfortune of never acknowledging, but that nonetheless is ever present in every note and beat.  I was one such musician.

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Initial Impression: Tsuritama, Hemingway, and Angler as a Role

The scene flashed by, but if you were paying attention, you may have caught the nod towards Ernest Hemingway.  The renowned author was also a dedicated angler who devoted quite a few of his writings to the art of fishing.  You may have even read some of his works in school; the first one that came to my mind was The Old Man and The Sea.  ajthefourth wrote a fascinating piece on the first episode over at Altair and Vega, complete with her own personal experience with fishing, and I would like to jump from that into my own views of this new anime and its aquatic theme.
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Initial Impressions: Natsuiro Kiseki, Phi Brain 2

I’m going to push these two out quickly so I can place together my next three spring shows into one post of awesome sauce.  That’s how spectacular the schedule for Thursday really is.  The following two anime, Natsuiro Kiseki and Phi Brain 2 aren’t bad per se, but when compared to many of the shows airing this season as well, the odds aren’t so much in their favor of staying on my already busy viewing schedule.  Regardless, I’ll stick it through for a few more episodes each to really decide whether or not I want to keep them.

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Initial Impressions: Sankarea, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Jormungand

Sankarea
Undecided

Like with Shirokuma CafeSankarea wasn’t even close to being on my radar after my season preview.  I’m just not feeling the whole anime zombie craze.  I was good with Highschool of the Dead‘s rampant sexuality and gore, but dropped Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? after just one episode.  Sankarea looks to be riding on their coattails with its generic pretty girl and cat-haired male lead.  And yet, I read a few reviews, notably from The Cart Driver and Guardian Enzo, that tempted me to ignore the warning bells going off in my head.

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Initial Impressions: Shirokuma Cafe, Fate/Zero 2, Saki: Achiga-hen

Shirokuma Cafe
Watching

Thanks to the kind prodding of bloggers Riyoga and Foxy Lady Ayame, I picked up this show that I had previously dismissed.  Shirokuma Cafe is an odd cross between slapstick humor and clever commentary.  The main laughs stem from the oddity of seeing these exotic animals, including a polar bear, empire penguin, panda, sloth, and several others, acting like humans amongst humans.  I’m not sure how long the novelty will remain entertaining through out the rest of the show, but I’m willing to give it a chance after the success of this first episode.

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