We’re at the half-way point of the year, so as promised I’m giving my readers another chance to pick what I should watch next (from a small selection from my existing backlog, not out of any series ever, otherwise we’d be here until next June). 😛
The winning series will be reviewed here once I’m done; I may also get around to some of the others afterwards, but there’s no guarantee, so be sure to vote and make sure your favourite comes out on top!
It feels a lot longer ago than 5 months since I watched Mahou no Stage Fancy Lala… great series.
My pile of unwatched anime is huge, I am spoiled for choice. Usually, I create shortlists based on the length/genre of series I’m interested in, then roll a die to pick between those on the list. This time, however, I turn to my blog readers to make that decision for me. 😀 And whichever series wins will get reviewed here.
The poll to decide which series I’d end up watching next has now closed… with no clear winner. At the end of the first day of voting, all six were tied for first with one vote, which was a little worrying! That didn’t last long though, as two series started to pull away from the rest of the group. They were neck-in-neck for virtually the whole fortnight, and were still tied at the end. They are Pretear and Koi Kaze.
Believe it or not, I’m actually better at hoarding anime than I am at watching it. If I suddenly lost internet access, I’d still have enough on hard drive or DVD to last the rest of the year, even without revisiting old series. Which is all well and good, except it makes the task of choosing what to watch next very difficult.
For the past half a year or so, I’ve picked out a shortlist of 12 from this backlog that best fit whatever genre/series length I feel like watching at the time, then (in a proudly nerdy fashion) roll a d12 to choose for me.
I expected this post to be about how awesome Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei was, complimenting the animation, music and overall quirkiness of the first episode. But while it excelled in all those areas, it also had a main character who spoke at such a ridiculously high speed that reading subs was virtually impossible. I tried at first, but it just left me raging out loud. Don’t ask me what was actually happening on screen at the time either, as all my attention was on the subs. So by the end of the episode I’d given up entirely, and was just sitting back looking at the pretty pictures. And (unlike some, more straightforward series) there was no way I could follow what was happening just by doing that.
And so, I’ve picked up Shin Koihime Musou ~Otome Tairan~ instead. Just the type of thing I needed to recover. If there’s any series this season that I could understand even without subs it would be this. Searching for rare items is a common theme in many games and game adaptations, though maybe the ‘belly button lint of a Nanban elephant’ is a bit weirder than your usual quest item… Anyway, it’s more or less the same crazy antics as in the last couple of series, but somehow it manages to avoid becoming repetitive.
Other anime I’ve watched today include the ending of Read Or Die (which wasn’t bad BTW), a couple of episodes of One Piece (the fight against the Mr 4 pair, crazy stuff), the third episode of RAINBOW (*rages at file size* dark series is dark) and the first episode of Toradora (WTF?). A really mixed bunch when I look at them together like that. 😛
However, my anime supplies are running on empty. The 10 or so series I have on my hard drives won’t last me long at the rate I’m watching them. There’s loads out there that I want to see, but with my lame internet connection getting hold of even one series will be time consuming. Therefore, I’ve put together a shortlist of anime series that I consider top priority. I say shortlist, but it’s got 42 titles on it. A little bit excessive maybe. And so I’d like to ask a favor of the few people who read this blog: here’s a poll with two series, so please pick the one you’d most want me to watch.