The first season of 2018 is wrapped up, at least for my part. It feels like a lot has happened in the month and a half since I last posted about this, and a lot of that has been not anime. I had to tear myself away from BanG Dream: Girls Band Party to actually finish this. The original plan had been to put this out on the day Overlord finished, but that didn’t happen, and then it kept being put off.
Though I whittled my list down to 8 shows (and 3 shorts) by mid-season, it turns out only five of those I actually kept up with regularly. Of the remaining three I watched two of them in a big catch-up at the end, one of them had its production break down in a very public spectacle.
See, I took it upon myself to start a large self-indulgent writing project, which ate a lot of my time, and I didn’t really want to set aside time for other things. Though with Overlord’s finale being a week after just about everything else, it gave me some extra time to get caught up with the rest, but I still didn’t quite get there by that time.
Minor notes: I’ve heard Violet Evergarden and Toji no Miko actually got quite good past the point where I left them behind, so those might still be worth a look. And I assume Kokkoku and Mitsuboshi Colors stayed good as well.
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.
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.
Somehow we have reached the end of another anime season, and the next one has already begun. I guess I’ll have to start on that soon after I’m done writing this.
This has been a pretty strong season, I feel. Though not everything panned out as well as it might have. There were several instances of missed potential, and lacking execution. But even among those there were often some decent results anyway. Like a sense of “this is quite good, but it could have been great if not for [X]”, you know?
I’ve been keeping up with my fiction writing, as you can tell by my messy blog, and consequently I’ve fallen behind on anime several times. Which has caused me to cut a few things I maybe wouldn’t have normally. Anything that was no longer sufficiently exciting me had to go. I just don’t have the same amount of time, and I’m hoping Summer Season won’t have too many good shows.
I have gotten somewhat used to the Winter seasons being fairly chill affairs, but this one has felt a bit weird.
Most of the shows I expected to be good let me down, and the ones I never would have expected much from beforehand turned into my favourites. And of course the one I really wished I could have gotten into and liked, but absolutely couldn’t get on with. Hopefully I can put that behind me now that the season is over and I won’t see people talking about it every week.
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.
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.
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.
It’s near the end of the year ( when I started writing this, New Year’s has passed us by now ), heralding the end of the Autumn Season, and the time for “End of Year” lists.
Now before I get to my “animes of the year” and “games of the year” lists, let’s wrap up Autumn Season 2015.
While I initially started hanging on to a lot of shows, a fair amount fell away during the first half of the season, and a few more in the second half.
With so much time freed up, and not really feeling like doing much productive with it, I went back and looked at shows I had missed. I caught up fully on Yuru Yuri, I watched S1 of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, all of Kashimashi Girl Meets Girl, made an attempt at Kämpfer, and I’m currently making my way through Cowboy Bebop.
Between those, and the newly released OVAs for Hibike! Euphonium and Locodol ( I was quite surprised at this one ), and the Love Live movie, I am going to add a bonus section at the end talking about what I’m done watching. So let’s just get started.
And so the summer season has come to an end.
Well, nearly. As of this writing, iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls has one more episode coming in about a week, but everything else I’ve been watching is done.
As always, I’ll add my impressions for that when it’s out, but a new season has started, and I feel a need to do things in the proper order.
There’s also been talk that the Kekkai Sensen finale has finally aired, but I’ve yet to see a subbed version go up. Perhaps that will also be part of next week’s update.
Talking in general, summer has definitely been the strongest season this year, I feel. Several really good shows, and a bunch of above-average decent ones. Though in fairness, neither winter nor spring were all that strong, so there wasn’t very strong competition as such.
Edit: Finally added my impressions for Cinderella Girls S2.