Fall 2017 Set Menu

Now that everything I’m interested in has finally aired, I can finally discuss all of the shows I’ll be watching this autumn. I decided to go back to an older style of organizing these season previews by arranging them by priority. Don’t be too thrown off by the lower shelving, though, since those shows still comprise of stories I find intriguing, even if I’m uncertain about keeping them on my watch list. Let me know if this presentation doesn’t work for you, or if you like it.

This season includes plenty of sequels, from guaranteed classics like March Comes in like a Lion to guilty pleasures like Food Wars! There are also a surprising number of big idol anime sequels. If sequels aren’t your thing, then rest assured that this fall brings with it a handful of promising new works whose stories not only sound unlike anything I’ve seen before, but whose characters and backgrounds also look phenomenal on screen.

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Summer 2017 Set Menu

Summer has arrived in full force, slamming us not only with heat and humidity, but also with an endless supply of shows, many average and a couple extraordinary. Made in Abyss and Princess Principal top the lot, but shows like Nana Maru San Batsu and New Game!! follow closely in ranking. We are still at the start of the season, though, so my opinions are subject to change.

I ended up with far too many, as usual. I’m at 29 shows this summer, including hold overs from the spring, so hopefully I’ll have plenty of material for topics of interest and maybe even get back to the kitchen! If there’s anything in particular you’re interested in seeing me blog about, please let me know.

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Spring 2017 Set Menu

What have I gotten myself into? Don’t, just don’t, count the number of new shows I’ve picked up. It’s a bit ridiculous. It’s a lot ridiculous.

There are many wonderful sequels airing this spring, and I am also pleased with the amount of interesting new series. Below are my choices four weeks into the season. Let me know what you think of these shows, and to what you’re most looking forward!

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Winter 2017 Set Menu

20 anime, only three of which are ongoing! Ackkkkk! Somehow I’ve overloaded myself again, despite my excitement for the year dimming at the winter’s less-than-groundbreaking offerings. The good news is that I have more time now to devote to analysis and blogging, so you can look forward to more frequent editorials and, hopefully, some recipes. While there are no food-centric anime this season, I have faith that delicious dishes will still make their appearance. This is anime, after all, where the Japanese devotion to the culinary arts reveals itself whether you’re looking for it or not.

I did try a handful of other winter shows and dropped accordingly. Most notable drops include Hand Shakers and Fuuka, each of which I kicked after only two minutes. Let me know what you’re excited for this season, and if you think I’m missing out on anything!

  • ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
  • Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
  • Demi-chan wa Kataritai 
  • ēlDLIVE
  • Gabriel DropOut
  • Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  • Kuzu no Honkai 
  • Little Witch Academia (TV)
  • Masamune-kun no Revenge
  • Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
  • Onihei
  • Seiren
  • Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
  • Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season
  • Urara Meirochou
  • Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

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Fall 2016 Set Menu

Here comes my favorite season, with its cooler weather perfect for cozy hats, mittens, and scarves and its turning colors of purple, red, and yellow. This season is also when I start craving soups and stews, and my hot beverage intake skyrockets. We also have our fair share of rainy weekends leading up to the winter months, so that hopefully means plenty of time for anime and gaming.

Right now, KWoo and I are working our way through the final portions of the PS3 version of Tales of Graces F. I had played it several years ago, but never finished it. He’s liking it much more than Tales of Symphonia, which we completed earlier this year. I actually found a rough draft for my initial review of Graces F, so I’m hoping that I’ll have the time this second play through to actually write about it.

But back to this season’s choices in anime. As usual, this “set menu” is subject to change as the weeks progress. For now, this is what I have chosen:

  • 3-gatsu no Lion
  • All Out!!
  • Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season
  • ClassicaLoid
  • Gi(a)rlish Number
  • Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou
  • Hibike! Euphonium 2
  • Keijo!!!!!!!!
  • Long Riders!
  • Magic-Kyun! Renaissance
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd Season
  • Natsume Yuujinchou Go
  • Occultic;Nine
  • Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
  • Shuumatsu no Izetta
  • Stella no Mahou
  • Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
  • Watashi ga Motete Dousunda
  • WWW.Working!!
  • Yuri!! on Ice

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Summer 2016 Set Menu

Better late than never, right? This is less of a start-of-the-season round-up of my choices, and more of a progress report now that we’re a little more than quarter of the way through the summer. My list is woefully long despite my crazy summer schedule that includes a ton of family and friend events in the weeks and days leading up to my wedding. I’ve only been able to keep up thanks to my daily commute which takes up almost two hours of my time every work day. There are plenty of gems this season across multiple genres to pick from, and below are my choices in alphabetical order:

  • 91 Days
  • Amaama to Inazuma
  • Amanchu!
  • Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu
  • Battery
  • Cheer Danshi!!
  • Days (TV)
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!
  • Fukigen na Mononokean
  • Handa-kun
  • Love Live! Sunshine!!
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin
  • New Game
  • Orange
  • Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume
  • ReLIFE
  • Servamp
  • Shokugeki no Souma – Ni no Sara

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Spring 2016 Set Menu

This is essentially my face right now as I realize that I am once again biting off way more than I can possibly chew through the spring season. To make it even more difficult, the good majority of them are new series, not continuations or spin-offs. We’re already into week two or three for the season, though I’ve mostly only seen one each of the twenty shows I’ll be talking about. As usual, please do let me know if I’m overlooking something you’re loving!

  • Anne Happy♪
  • Bakuon!!
  • Boku no Hero Academia
  • Bungou Stray Dogs
  • Endride
  • Flying Witch
  • High School Fleet
  • Joker Game
  • Kiznaiver
  • Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
  • Kuma Miko
  • Kuromukuro
  • Kyoukai no Rinne 2nd Season
  • Macross Δ
  • Mayoiga
  • Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?
  • Sansha Sanyou
  • Shounen Maid
  • Sousei no Onmyouji
  • Ushio to Tora 2nd Season

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Fall 2015 Mid-season Menu

With my all-too-long summer list and my recent personal announcement, I hope you can forgive the late menu offerings. Consider this more of a mid-season review of where I am so far. Not all the shows are up to date, so there still stands a chance that some of them may be dropped before the end of the season. There’s also the fact that I’m looking forward to the upcoming Anime Secret Santa recommendations (all three of which are excellent) and the 12 Days of Anime.

  • Comet Lucifer
  • Dance with Devils
  • Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
  • Garo: Guren no Tsuki
  • Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
  • Haikyuu!! Second Season
  • Heavy Object
  • Noragami Aragoto
  • One-Punch Man
  • Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
  • Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
  • Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
  • Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
  • Starmyu
  • Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
  • Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen

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Summer 2015 Set Menu

I could seriously use a honeydew melon creamsicle almost every day this time of year–Seattle is undergoing another record hot summer with days frequently climbing into the 90s. I’m an Alaskan at heart! Take away this oppressive heat!

Thankfully, we have a ton of new shows to fill the time spent cowering in the shade in front of the fan (because no air conditioners here!), along with a handful of continuing series from the spring. We’re about four-five weeks into the summer, and I’ve mostly chosen the ones I’ll be watching either week-to-week, or all at once at the end of the season.

  • Working!!!
  • Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2
  • Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
  • Gangsta.
  • GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
  • Joukamachi no Dandelion
  • Rokka no Yuusha
  • Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
  • Junjou Romantica 3
  • Charlotte
  • Aoharu x Kikanjuu
  • Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
  • Gakkou Gurashi!
  • Durarara!!x2 Ten
  • Overlord
  • Ushio to Tora
  • Gatchaman Crowds Insight
  • The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Season
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz!
  • Danchigai

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Spring 2015 Set Menu

We’re into the third and fourth weeks of the spring season, and I’ve finally decided upon my line-up. They’re not in any real order, other than viewing order, and span a variety of genres. Many of them are sequels, the majority of which retain a very similar feel to their prequels. I’m also noticing more and more CG these days, sometimes tastefully inserted during actions scenes where characters are smaller and less unnatural-looking, and at other times overwhelming (see my dropped list). Anyways, have a look-see and let me know what you think and what shows you’re watching that I’ve skipped this time around!

  • Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works (TV) 2nd Season
  • Shokugeki no Souma
  • Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken S2
  • Hibike! Euphonium
  • Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
  • Daiya no Ace 2
  • Baby Steps 2nd Season
  • Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
  • Hello! Kin-iro Mosaic
  • Owari no Seraph
  • Arslan Senki
  • Kyoukai no Rinne
  • Ore Monogatari!!
  • Gunslinger Stratos
  • Kekkai Sensen
  • Koukaku Kidoutai: Arise – Alternative Architecture
  • Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
  • Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku
  • Plastic Memories
  • Houkago no Pleiades
  • Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyuu Wakusei Sen’eki

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