Winter 2012 Anime – Final Thoughts (Part 2)

April 22, 2012

Here’s my top seven series that ended last season! A less interesting post than Part 1, as there’s not been much change from my mid season rankings (aside from Danshi Koukousei’s plummet to 10th, which resulted in all the one place increases). Still, at least that proves these series are consistent!

7: Inu x Boku SS (Up one place)

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Winter 2012 Anime – Final Thoughts (Part 1)

April 20, 2012

There will be more of these daily posts to come, assuming I still have the energy to type by then, but rest assured I’ll be back to my usual, more relaxed schedule soon! Today, it’s time for my final thoughts on the series which finished over the last few weeks.

You may remember I stalled a few series halfway through the season – I ended up either resuming them weekly after a short break, or marathoning their final episodes near the end, as I predicted I would. 😛 The only series still stalled are Toriko and Mouretsu Pirates, both of which are ongoing, so they wouldn’t have been included in this post anyway. So starting with the lowest:

15: Shakugan no Shana III (Down two places)

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Winter 2012 Mid Season Impressions Pt. 2

February 20, 2012

Continuing from last time, here are my favorite nine anime series out of those I’m currently watching. One of which I won’t be watching any longer, for reasons that will be explained…

9 – Inu x Boku SS (NEW)

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Winter 2012 Mid Season Impressions Pt. 1

February 19, 2012

I’m not lying this time! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve finally formed an opinion of the series I’m watching, so it’s time to rank them, starting with the… less impressive ones. And this time, my completionist nature isn’t going to stop the weaker ones from being dropped!

18 – Toriko

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So, as I was saying about buddleia…

February 27, 2011

I lie, sadly I have no more tales of adventure and pruning to share with you google bots today. 😦 TBH I’m only posting because if I don’t post today or tomorrow, it would be the first full month without a single post in the just over a year that I’ve been blogging. Which would be sad.

So I promised something about the new season’s series. I held back on watching a load of first episodes because I had plans to watch them with friends, but nothing goes according to plan with me. I’ve got a presentation to memorize by tomorrow, and a draft dissertation topic to come up with, but instead here I am blogging and inviting friends over to watch Ayakashi… But I digress.

This season’s offerings have been interesting. No disappointments so far, which is good. The title of ‘best series of the season’ is very much still up for grabs; Mitsudomoe 2 has a slight lead so far, as it has to be one of the funniest series to air in the past couple of years, but Madoka Magika, Hourou Musuko and even Kore wa Zombie have been tough competition. The former two are currently held back by slow pacing, so may bounce back nearer the end, while I can’t decide how seriously I’m meant to take the latter. The action scenes in ep 6 and the dark theme of the main character trying to find the person who killed him show potential, but that was quickly brushed aside in favour of more mindless comedy in episode 7. There is one other series I’m watching, which is Fractale. Now that is slow moving. Again, there’s potential for a surprise rise to awesomeness in the series’ second half, but right now it’s just pretty and intriguing. Not a bad series, but it fails to stand out against it’s competition.

So what other series might I go back to? Kimi ni Todoke 2 is an absolute must, but I’d prefer to marathon it than watch it weekly when some weeks barely anything happened in season 1. The title I hear most people raving about is Level E, which I overlooked because I mentally associated it with the abysmal Code-E. I should stop doing things like that. After reading the series’ synopsis properly I have to say I’m interested. Beelzebub was another one I glossed over, thinking ‘shounen = avoid’, but high ratings and the comedy tag should be enough to bring me back to it. More tentative 4th and 5th series to maybe revisit would be Yumekui Merry and Gosick, where the synopses seem interesting enough, but other people currently watching them don’t seem impressed. Chances are I’ll find good points in them all. 😛