Anime Autumn Season 2016 – Early Impressions

I am not sure whether I’m slow, or this season just has a lot of shows, but it’s taken me nearly a week to get through all of them. Even though I spent several hours per day watching the damn things.

Sorry, I shouldn’t sound so bitter. As always, this adventure into uncharted seas has been highly interesting. In spite of my looming burnout, there were very few shows where I weren’t able to even complete the first episode. Which might have contributed to how long it took to clear them all. Looks like this might be a decent season.

As I stated at the end of my wrap-up post for Summer Season, I am going to be limiting my picks this season. After some self-deliberation, I decided on 3 seeds, 4 new shows, and 1 short. I’ll also have a backup list for things I can swap in if my new picks don’t work out, or maybe just to watch if I have time to spare with nothing else to do. I’m not sure how likely that is, but it’s an option.

I will post my picks at the end, and drop my [Maybe] tags to try to keep some mystery. However, I fully expect my choices to be reflected in my writing, so it probably won’t be much of a mystery.

Read the rest of this entry

My Life With Bi-Polar Disorder

Hi. My name is Rita, and I am diagnosed with bi-polar disorder type II.

I missed World Mental Health Day on Monday, but since this is relevant every day for me, I might as well do a late addition.

I don’t know how much people know about bi-polar disorder, so I figured I’d talk about the illness in general, as well as what I personally have to do to live with it.

Read the rest of this entry

Regalia – The Three Sacred Stars and The Curious Restart

The summer season of anime 2016 contained a happening I have never seen before. An anime studio announced that they were not satisfied with the quality of what they had put out in the first four episodes of their show, so they were going to take a break for a month and start over from episode 1.

So they did. And that anime was Regalia – The Three Sacred Stars from studio Actas.

Apparently the red text says Regalia.

At the time I was quite puzzled. Heck, even after watching the four redone episodes I am still a little puzzled. I have never heard of anything like this happening before, and neither has anyone else I’ve talked to.

What I was left to ponder while they were on break was the meaning of what they had said. Exactly what quality were they talking about? Because I hadn’t been able to spot anything obviously wrong with the art or animation, so was it the story or dialogue they felt were lacking? Maybe I was just bad at seeing these things.

So after finishing off the last of the summer season, I sat down and watched all four first episodes of Regalia, original and redone side by side, to see what had changed. And to maybe understand why. Here is what I found:

Read the rest of this entry

Anime Summer Season 2016 – Final Thoughts

Summer has been quite a ride. Both good and bad.

We’ll get to the good once we start talking about the shows, so I’ll lay out the bad first: I am starting to feel burnout.

The gradual increase in difficulty of getting through certain shows, along with my eroding patience and tolerance, can’t all be blamed on growing cynicism. I’ve taken on too much for too long, and if I don’t dial it back I might go off a cliff.

I have abandoned anime completely for years before, but I don’t want to go quite that far. I simply need a new plan, or at the very least a break. I’ll talk more about what I have in mind in the ending paragraphs.

For now, on with the shows! Early impressions can be found here, and mid-season thoughts are here.

Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry

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:

Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry