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KiraKira Precure a la Musings – Part 1

With me trying my best to catch up on KiraKira Precure a la Mode before the release of Hugtto Precure, I wanted to write a bit about it along the way. I watched the first cour before I went on my over half a year long break from the show, so now I figured I’d do a 3-part series of short posts, where I write down my feelings on how things are progressing after each cour.

Lots of sweets.

So part 1 is going to be about episodes 13-25, part 2 will be episodes 26-37, and part 3 will be the rest: episodes 38-50. Warning: Will contain spoilers, though I’ll try to keep them light.

Last time I wrote about this show was back in my Spring mid-season post, meaning the middle of May. The sum up my thoughts as I just re-read them: A good show that feels like it’s missing something that holds it back from being a great show, and that keeps it lagging behind Go Princess and Maho Girls. That’s a decent summation of my thoughts on the first cour. Have my feelings changed after the second cour? Well…

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Anime Winter Season 2018 – Early Impressions

New year, new animes! We’ve finally put 2017 behind us, though there is of course no guarantee 2018 will be any kinder to us. I feel like we’ve said “surely it can’t get worse” for quite a lot of years in a row now.

But at least in terms of entertainment media we’ve been doing alright, and 2018 seems to be off to a strong start with its anime line-up. While it is far too early to declare that any of the new offerings are definitely better than the best of last Winter, it does seem like there’s a larger number of good shows this time. Who knows, maybe a significant number of them will turn out to be absolute bunk by the halfway mark, but I’m at least allowing myself a bit of hope. It wouldn’t do to become completely jaded.

Maybe among this season’s collection the Anime of the Year lurks. There’s certainly a few that have the potential to be strong contenders.

Let’s get the early impressions going then. As a reminder: All of these comments are from only watching the first episode of each show. That’s how I’ve done it in the past 3.5 years, and I’m not about to stop yet. I’m still keeping the recent segmented structure, with only a summary in this post, and links to pages that contain the full text.

But before all that, let’s start with what ended up on my ban list for this season.

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Yuuki Yuuna And The Second Season

I promised I’d do this post, so here it is.

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru, or Yuki Yuna is a Hero, came out in 2014, and was my anime of the year back then. Not the first deconstruction of the magical girl genre, but personally my favourite. I have watched Madoka, shortly before I started Yuuki Yuuna actually, but it didn’t grab me in the same way. And the way Yuyuyu wrapped up was beautiful, and left everything on a note of hope.

Good girls that deserve to be happy.

So when official talk of the second season surfaced, I feel like I can claim with some certainty that the general reaction was: “What, why?” That was every reaction I saw, at least. Including my own. Sure, the ending hinted at a few mysteries still remaining, but how do you follow up something so expertly put together? Everything in the original fit together amazingly well to create the full picture of the narrative that would unfold. Everything that happened was in service of the greater whole, including what the “camera” would focus on during otherwise hectic scenes.

Following that up would be a daunting task regardless. So how did they do? Eehhh… I will try to not go into too many spoilers, but I might not be able to avoid it entirely. So consider yourselves warned.

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Wulfy’s Year in Anime 2017

Disclaimer: I’m sorry for how long this got. You may want to take a few breaks if you want to get through it all.

Well, this has been a hell of a year. In a lot of ways regarding a lot of things, but in terms of anime it’s (mostly) not meant in a negative way. There’s been a lot of good stuff out this year, and it was harder to decide what wasn’t worth bringing up, rather than what to include. There’s still a lot I can’t in good conscience leave out though. Last year’s post was long, and this one is unfortunately not any shorter.

It’s not all been good though. This is the anime industry we’re talking about, and like any entertainment industry, there will be some absolute garbage. The difference this year is that some of it was so bad that it made me change my rules for how I engage with a new season. I allow myself a small ban list now, when it’s things I’ve heard enough about to not even want to attempt to look at. Heck, sometimes seeing the title is enough. But we’ll get to the reason for that soon enough.

I’ve also become more open to doing separate posts detailing something for a single anime, like if I want to get into something spoilery, or there’s something special I want to highlight. Instead of just shoving it all into the lists. That trend might continue going forward.

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Anime Autumn Season 2017 – Final Thoughts

It’s the end of the season, and also the end of the year, but as per tradition that means two separate posts rather than one collected one. So we’ll start with the season wrap-up. Considering LL Sunshine ended the day before New Year’s Eve, I barely managed to get this one out before the end of the year. The best of the year list is coming a few days into the new year.

Though with Yuyuyu getting delayed a week, I’ll make a small separate post with my final thoughts on that. So it won’t be appearing on the end of year list either. Heck, depending on how it wraps up, maybe it wouldn’t have made the cut even if it finished on time.

I would say there was another surprisingly strong lineup this season like the one before, which is going to make said end of year list a pain to put together with all that good stuff to consider. But for now let’s just give this season its send-off.

I guess that’s all the lead-in I’ve got. You can check out the season’s early impressions here, and my mid-season thoughts here. I know a lot of you wait until a season is done so you can watch the shows without having to wait for the next episode to release.

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Locodol – Underrated and Just That Good

So back in 2014 a little show called Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yattemita, or just Locodol for short, aired. Highly underrated show, and one of the first darlings I came across when I first started doing this anime shenanigans “full time”. While a second season is (most likely) never happening, they managed to make two excellent OVAs that aired in 2015 and 2016.

I love Nanako and Yukari together so much.

Why are we talking about this? Well, I decided to re-watch the show earlier this month. In part to prepare for a fic I wanted to write, and in part because I was curious to see if it held up. Three years could be enough to give me some rose-tinted glasses about the whole thing, and I kept unfavourably comparing Action Heroine Cheer Fruits from earlier this year to it. After the fact I wondered if that was unfair, since the two were probably about as good, and I just had big nostalgia for Locodol.

But after re-watching the whole show and the OVAs, the conclusion I came to is that Locodol is just that good. I enjoyed myself so much that I feel confident in saying it’s even better than I remember.

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Anime Autumn Season 2017 – Mid-Season Update

Aha! For once this is at the exact midpoint, the middle of the month of the middle month of the season! Assuming I manage to finish writing today.

Things have been trundling along pretty well. I’ve had some disappointments, but the stuff that’s good is very good. I’ve even found time to finally watch all of Symphogear G, GX, and AXZ. So you’ll get my thoughts on those.

Don’t really have much more to say for the opening. I want to get this done so I can watch the new Konohana Kitan that’s out today.

You can find my Early Impressions here, if you’re looking for everything running this season.

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Anime Autumn Season 2017 – Early Impressions

Autumn season is steadily rolling along, and I’ve discovered I was wrong about Overlord. S2 isn’t until Winter 2018. Well, at least that means I have an extra slot this season.

I’m not sure I dare make any judgements about whether this season seems strong or weak, considering how wrong I was about Summer. I have certainly found several strong-looking shows, and some that might grow strong. I suppose it will be easier to judge by mid-season.

There appears to be a lot of shows though, but I seem to remember from previous years that Autumn is the most packed season, with Summer coming not too far behind.

Not much more to say, so I guess we might as well get started!

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Anime Summer Season 2017 – Final Thoughts

Thanks to moving to a new place, and various other things happening throughout September, I once again managed to fall behind on my anime watching. I think I did a decent job of catching up though. I’m not that many days behind the last show ending, I think.

For once I actually didn’t drop any shows between mid-season and the end. They were a good (or good enough) bunch of shows I had ended up with. I think the general consensus is that we had a strong season. At least the few comments I’ve seen indicate as much. So if you’re looking for something to binge on now, there’s probably something for you here.

I sadly don’t have anything new to report on the Symphogear or Precure front. I’m in a state where I could use about a month of peace and rest just to stabilise, so it’s a little too easy to procrastinate on things in favour of just doing nothing productive for a whole day.

There’s also no shows I’ve watched that are continuing into the Autumn season, so that segment is unnecessary. Certain things clearly have an S2 coming a little later, but no direct continuations right now. I have however watched a few extra things besides what just finished airing (yes, instead of what I keep saying I need to catch up with), so there will be a bonus section afterwards.

As always, you can check out the early impressions, and mid-season update, if you’re not up to date on what’s been running this season.

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Re:Creators Is Good But Could Have Been Better (Spoilers)

We’re not quite out of the Summer season yet, but Re:Creators, the new original series from studio Troyca, wrapped up about a week ago.

I still feel like the capitalisation is unnecessary, and a space might be, but it's their creation.

Overall I’d say it’s quite good. Maybe even very good, though that is more contestable. It played well with the concept of what would happen if the characters we created became aware of, and even entered into, our world. The world of those who created them, their “gods”. Which also provided justification for why all of these vastly different characters would/could be in the same place. Seeing characters from different worlds with entirely different backdrops and values interact was interesting. The episodes that were heavy on dialogue and interaction were just as, if not more, interesting than the action-heavy ones. It painted an intriguing picture.

Yet we’re not here today to talk all that much about the strengths of the show. Past the break the Spoilers are soon to start, so I assume that if you keep reading you have already watched the show (or just don’t care). Let’s instead talk about the shortcomings that resulted in this show only being good, when it could have been great.

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