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9Jul/140

Summer 2014 – What are you watching?

Well the Summer 2014 season has started and already people are saying shows "suck" or are "the best anime in years". With any new season, anime or not, I've always played by what I call "the rule of three". I'll wait for the first three episodes of whatever show to air before I watch any so I can be sure I get a good feel for the show before passing judgment. While not foolproof, it has saved me from abandoning good shows before based on only a lackluster first episode.

So while I haven't seen anything yet, I'll go ahead and list my plans so feel free to share any opinions, positive or negative.

  • Akame ga Kill
  • Ao Haru Ride
  • Barakamon
  • Hanayamata
  • Jinsei
  • Tokyo ESP
  • Zankyou no Terror

Hesitant about the following, but I may watch depending on what's said about them.

  • DRAMAtical Murder
  • Glasslip
  • Momo Kyun Sword
  • Nobunaga Concerto

Then of course, the sequels.

  • Fate/kaleid
  • Hanamonogatari
  • Persona4 Gold
  • Sword Art Online 2

Looks like way too many shows, but I'll probably only wind up finishing some. Have to wait for a few episodes to air before I can start though.

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4Jul/140

Ghibli Films Tracker

So after the release of Spirited Away on Bluray my attention has been focused on Ghibli for the past little bit. It got me thinking, sure I've seen pretty much every Ghibli film, but what about the works that predated the studio's founding. So much like the Lupin watch order spreadsheet below, I've created a Ghibli Films Tracker sheet. It lists the early works of both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the two founding members of Studio Ghibli. (There are more but as far as the creative-types go it was these two)

The sheet lists both of their early works, then the feature films of Studio Ghibli, then the shorts of Studio Ghibli. They are listed by the years they were released. You may not need the whole sheet to fit your needs, but do with it what you will. Download the file here.

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26Jun/142

Lupin III – Watch Order

Believe it or not, I've never actually seen any Lupin besides The Castle of Cagliostro. Well, with Spring season over and my Yawara days coming to an end, I decided it was about time to pick up another classic. With so many specials and movies, however, it's nigh impossible to figure out how to watch it.

I'm told that for the most part it doesn't matter what order you watch, but I have OCD or something and it matters greatly to me. So I made a spreadsheet, a mini-MAL for just Lupin if you will, that shows the correct order by air date, gives you the option to track your episodes, and even colors it as "Watching" or "Finished".

lupin

Green for finished, blue for watching. It gets a bit confusing around S2 and S3. The first number is the total episodes before a movie airs, while the second is the total number of the entire series. Clicking the "up" button will update both at once.

Download

Hope this helps some people. If you have any suggestions for changes, or if you've made any yourself, leave a comment.

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23Jun/141

Spring 2014. What I watched. What you should have watched.

I definitely watched way too many shows this past season. I can't remember the last time I've concurrently watched so many. I even went back mid-season and added a couple more. The following list is what I watched, and I'll take a few moments for some of my favorites to explain why you should have watched them too.

  • Akuma no Riddle
  • Black Bullet
  • Fairy Tail
  • Hitsugi no Chaika
  • Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
  • Isshuukan Friends
  • Mekakucity Actors
  • Mushishi Zoku Shou
  • No Game No Life
  • selector infected WIXOSS
  • Soul Eater Not!

Black Bullet

Although not over yet, the show has been an enjoyable ride each week. The cast is plentiful and each has a pretty distinctive personality that doesn't get lost in the shuffle. The story is fairly dark, but it is handled well so as not to become a supremely depressing show. The characters have lighthearted moments and put smiles on trying to make it through, much like people do in real life. It's had a few moments that have surprised me, and I think there will be a couple more before it's over. Definitely something that would be easy to marathon, and I recommend it.

No Game No Life

I really didn't know what I was getting myself into with this show. I'd be surprsied if anyone did, assuming they haven't read any of the source material. Sure getting sucked into a game world is no stranger to anime (Monster Rancher, Sword Art, Weiss, etc.), but this feels like so much more. The world itself isn't one big game, but rather a world where a variety of games decides the outcome of all conflicts. The art is beatiful, the relationships deep, and the laughs keep coming. A short block isn't enough to fully describe why I recommend this show.

selector infected WIXOSS

This show definitely has to be the dark horse from this past season. I honestly had no intention of watching it at first, writing it off as another crappy advertising scheme for the latest card game. Boy was I wrong. The main character can get a tad annoying at times, but it's necessary to truly display her growth. The show is much less about the card game, and more about the relationships that it creates and destroys. The battles are about as lively as a card battle can get, being transported into a closed space and having your main card come to life and fight. I thought I had the show figured out, then they through in a twist. I thought I had it figured out again, but they twisted again. I'm excited to see where this show will wind up.


As far as the rest go, I enjoyed most but I wouldn't recommend them to an entire audience. Short summary of my feelings for each:


Akuma no Riddle

Fun for the action but the story wasn't very engaging. Done in a very episodic manner.

Fairy Tail

Seems to be darker than the first season, but still the power of friendship wins.

Hitsugi no Chaika

I liked Chaika (character) at first, but that's sorta all the show has. That won't carry the show (but I will finish it...)

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

Exactly what you expect. Short episodes, quick jokes, and some lesbianism. I'd recommend, but most probably wouldn't watch.

Isshuukan Friends

The story progresses slowly, and due to a certain character, sometimes actually goes backwards. Enjoyable at first, tiring at the end.

Mekakucity Actors

Lots of head tilting. No real story emerges until like episode 9. It reaches back and pieces together a story, so if that's your cup of tea go for it. Oh, and lots of head tilting.

Mushishi Zoku Shou

Sequel to the first season. Exactly like the first season. If you liked the first season go for it. I recommend this, but I don't really count it as a new show, so it's down here.

Soul Eater Not!

If you were expecting anything like regular Soul Eater turn away now. There were a few jokes, but overall it was pretty boring. Much less focus was on the mystery and more on the girls daily lives. I wouldn't mind an adaptation following Kim though.


This turned out to be a lot more work than I thought... I have Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou and Blade and Soul downloaded, but hesitant to start either. Think I missed something? Is there a show you highly recommend from this past season? Agree/Disagree with any of my findings? Leave a comment.

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