Anime Summer Season 2016 – Mid-Season Thoughts

This summer has certainly been something. Between depression, Pokémon Go, Fire Emblem Fates, and more recently No Man’s Sky, it’s been hard to keep up with everything. Yet somehow I have managed to not lag too far behind, so I don’t think this post is that late.

I am still watching more shows than I expected I would be, so there’s been no real option to reach into the maybe pile. While the mid-point has often been where a lot of shows lose their way, I can’t really see too many of the shows I’m still watching falling out that badly. Then again, I have been surprised in the past.

You can go back and look at my early impressions, but right now let’s get this started.

Edit: Realised I should probably add some trigger-warning info for Orange.

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Anime Summer Season 2016 – Early Impressions

The Summer season has started, and I believe I have watched everything that’s coming out. More or less. I might have missed something, especially among the shorts, but I did my best to compare the release list with what I actually watched.

My general impression so far: Not as strong as Spring, but definitely not as weak as I thought it might be. A lot of stuff that seems to be at least alright, if not necessarily good. I’m sure it’ll have its audience.

I’ve fallen into the habit of mentally dividing the shows into Yes, No, and Maybe, so I figured I’m going to reflect that more clearly this time. At least as a trial thing. Anything I mark as Maybe is something I might look more into if I have the time or hear good things, even if they technically count as dropped right now. The list will likely feature a lot of Maybes.

Oh, and as a heads-up! This season seems to be really gay. Seems to be a lot of shows that involve boy-boy or girl-girl. Personally I consider this a good thing, but your mileage may vary. How much of it is just baiting/teasing is hard to say yet.

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Anime Spring Season 2016 – Final Thoughts

I am not entirely feeling up to this, but I’m hoping it’ll get easier as I get into it.

Spring season is winding down, as Summer season is gearing up to get going. I’ve not looked at any spoilers or lists for Summer, so I have no idea what’s coming ( except a new Love Live that everyone has been talking about everywhere ). Should hopefully be exciting.

Spring season turned out to be quite exciting in and of itself, and I stuck to the end with more shows than I normally would. Maybe a new record so far? I’d have to go back and count, and it’s not that important.

Let’s just hop in! You can see the early impressions here, and mid-season thoughts here.

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Anime Spring Season 2016 – Mid-Season Thoughts

So we’ve reached the mid-point of what is possibly the strongest anime season in quite a long time. Actually a little past the middle, but I’ll get to that.

I have been watching more stuff than I usually do, and while shows have been steadily dropped as each week has passed, I still have an unprecedented number I enjoy.

Though keeping in line with “this season is not quite like the others”, the release schedule has been a bit odd. While I’m waiting for episode 6 of Sakamoto and Shounen Maid, certain other shows have already put out their episode 8. So I’ve changed my rules a little to adapt. While earlier I’ve held off watching beyond episode 6 of anything before I wrote up my mid-season thoughts, I realised that would just build up too much of a backlog, so I’ve watched episode 7 of a lot of things while waiting for the final 6s.

You can find my early impressions here.

With that declared, let’s dive into the mid-season update, and we’re starting with the bad news.

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Anime Spring Season 2016 – Early Impressions

The Spring season is upon us! And wow, what a haul it’s brought.

I can’t remember if there’s any season so far where there’s been so little I’ve felt like immediately dropping. I had to look more harshly at my list and decide which ones I cared less about, since the original list of “stuff I want to watch a bit more of” had 27 titles on it. So I had to drop stuff I normally wouldn’t have.

I suppose it’s similar to the “maybe” list I did for the Winter season, but then it was in part because of how low-energy I get in Winter. I feel much better now, but there’s still no way I can keep up with that much.

Update: I wasn’t able to cut as much as I expected. I have only myself to blame.

Things might be easier to judge once we’re two or three episodes in, but even with that in mind I decided to leave behind some things I was not quite as interested in.

All I’m missing is Big Order, which isn’t out for another five days at least, and I didn’t want to postpone the whole post for that. Will add that when it’s out.

With that said, let us begin:

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Anime Winter Season 2016 – Final Thoughts

Hahaha, I managed to catch up! Go me!

Ahem. Yes, we have reached the end of yet another anime season. One of the more interesting ones since I started doing this, even though I didn’t stick with any of the “interesting” shows for one reason or another. I appreciate their existence, even if I’m not able to watch them.

I also discovered another new thing that I assume is not new for other people: Short mini-series. Two shows I watched this season were just four episodes long, with about 10 mins to each episode. I’m not sure how common this format is, since I’ve not noticed it before, but I could just be bad at paying attention.

As always, you can go look at my early impressions and mid-season thoughts for this season.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X – Sorta Review

I’ve been pondering for quite a while what to actually say about this game. It’s been two months since I finished it.

A world of adventure.

Xenoblade Chronicles X devoured nearly four weeks of my life. The in-game playtime counter sits at 350+ hours. How do I collect my thoughts on the game that essentially swallowed all of January for me?

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Oxenfree – Sorta Review

I’ve been trying to remember where I heard of Oxenfree. I know I knew of it before it came out, just can’t remember where I learned of it. Most probable: I heard it from Felix Kramer, who was doing marketing for it, and whom I follow on Twitter.

Olly olly?

Regardless! We are here to talk about the game, not… whatever I was doing up there.

As usual I will do my best to avoid spoilers, though I will at the least have to talk about the set-up for the game. Other minor spoilers may occur.

I also have very few screenshots for this, so it might not be the most interesting stuff. I got a little too caught up in the atmosphere to remember to hit the screenshot button.

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Firewatch – Sorta Review

Firewatch has finally come out! Well… “finally”. Wasn’t it only like last year we first learned about it? Or was it the year before?

Who watches the firewatchers?

I do remember that meme that popped up really quickly. “But what is Firewatch?” People got reasonably excited about the game fairly quickly as well, and I admit I was one of the intrigued. It looked different, and when you’ve been gaming for a while that is often enough to at least pique your interest.

So now that I’ve played it, what do I think? The short answer: it’s good. It’s pretty good, but not great. The long answer:

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Anime Winter Season 2016 – Mid-Season Thoughts

We got there! Well, here.

I have not been feeling too well so far this year, so there was a couple of weeks where I simply forgot about watching anime.

However! I have now caught myself up to episode 6 of what I’m still watching. I probably ended up dropping more than I normally would, just because I didn’t feel well enough to actually handle watching some of it.

I have also noticed that I have developed trust issues towards some anime now. I have been betrayed- actually, that sounds rather dramatic, but at least there’s been several instances now where a show has broken the trust I had given it. Which has in turn made me more wary of future breaches of trust from other shows, and it’s like I’m both consciously and subconsciously picking up on warning signs that a show might be about to do something I really won’t like.

This opening has already gone on for too long, so let’s just jump into it, starting as usual with what I’ve dropped since last time. Early impressions here.

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