We’re back up to a full 18 series this week, the first time at this early point in the season that everything has aired when it’s supposed to. I have to say I prefer the way the episodes are spread out over several days, as opposed to in the Spring where two-thirds of my watching list was out within a day of posting the previous week’s rankings. :razz:
The Summer season continues its patchy start, with Shokugeki no Souma airing a recap episode, and Tribe Cool Crew taking the week off entirely, bringing my list down to 16 series. All the more opportunity to focus on the new series I guess, and how my thoughts have changed since their first episodes. :)
Welcome to the start of twelve more weeks of personal anime rankings! I cannot believe how strong this Summer’s lineup has been, I’ve ended up dropping genuinely good series to narrow the list down to 18. And having to put them in order means that something has to come last… there’s not a lot in it, so hopefully it’ll be a dynamic season!
As usual, I start things off by focusing on the all-new, non-sequel series. There are a few things I should mention before anything else, though: Firstly, the latest airing episode in this season’s lineup (Gakkou Gurashi!) comes out on a Thursday afternoon. Hence why I’m posting this on a Friday, instead of the more convenient Sunday I’ve kept to for most of the year, because I’m keen to make a start on the second episodes! But Thursday and Friday aren’t always ideal days for me, so don’t be surprised if I fail miserably to keep to a regular schedule. I’ll try my best.
Secondly, this week’s Arslan Senki was a recap episode, and I don’t normally include those in my lists. However, I like to start each season with a full lineup, and in the case of Arslan Senki I feel it’s even more important that it be present – that way, you can get a sense of how the new offerings fared in comparison to one of my most highly ranked Spring series. And so I decided to throw in episode 13, which aired in the gap between seasons. Next week I’ll rank episode 14, and it’ll be like the recap episode never happened.
Thirdly, today marks the 10th anniversary of my becoming a fan of anime and manga, and since that milestone coincided nicely with the start of the new season, I decided to throw in a series that would have been newly airing in Summer 2005 as an experiment. That series is Tide-Line Blue. I’ll be watching one episode a week, and ranking it alongside the others as though it were just another newly airing series. Will it be able to hold its own against newer, shinier anime? Or is there a good reason why I’d never even heard of it until I looked up that specific season? Only time will tell…
I can’t remember the last time I made a post on here that wasn’t a weekly rankings post or end of year Top 12 list… Hopefully this won’t be the last, but as ever I make no promises, since I’ll only end up breaking them!
So I was given the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by Medieval Otaku over a month ago, and while I won’t be nominating anyone else for it since I’m not a big fan of chain letters and the like, I still greatly appreciate the gesture, so will be fulfilling the ‘share 7 things other bloggers may not know about you’ part of the award. :)
Here we go, the final post of the season! Usually, these Week 12 posts are extra long, as instead of picking six shows from out of my list to talk about, I instead cover everything that finished. How many series finished this week? Six. Ah well, at least there’s the average rankings at the end to bulk it out a bit. :razz:
Unfortunately, most of this week’s final episodes failed to live up to the high standard set by JoJo’s and Ansatsu last week… let’s get the worst of them out of the way first.
I can’t remember the last time I agonised so much over my Top 5. :o Two good episodes missed out on places they’d have easily earned had they aired any other week, and I’m not entirely happy with the order of the five that did make the cut… but I’m not going to resort to joint positions. That’s a cop-out, and I know full well that if I did it one week, I’d keep doing it.
Guess that’s the one advantage of the new editor messing up my posts if I try to edit them – once I’ve made a decision and published it, I can’t go back!