The Fall 2013 anime season has now come to a close with the conclusion of White Album 2, Valvrave S2, and Monogatari Second Season (Carrying over from Summer). All of the two cour shows have taken a break as well and will resume in the new year along with the Winter 2014 anime season. This Fall season ended off on a good note, in my opinion, for most of the series. I’ll wrap up the Fall 2013 season posts this week by discussing my thoughts on White Album 2 episode 13, Valvrave S2 episode 12, and Monogatari Series: Second Season episode 26.
White Album 2 – This series was quite the roller coaster of emotions. Here we have Setsuna, Kazusa, and Haruki who made a major impact on each others’ lives but yet they can’t truly be happy despite how much they care about each other. There is no possible scenario where the three of them can truly be happy at their current state where one of the girls will be hurt while the other two will carry the feeling of guilt if they decide to pursue their romance. We can see how much this guilt is eating away at Haruki where he wants Setsuna to be upset with him. If Setsuna were to vent her frustration to him, he could feel more at ease since he knows he hurt her and wants some kind of punishment to help him cope with his guilt. Instead, Setsuna refuses to blame him since she’s still upset over her guilt of trying to force herself between the two of them despite knowing how they felt. Continue reading
With 2013 coming to a close, I decided to reflect on my past year on anime. This is my first full year of following anime on a season to season basis where I would pick up several shows that were currently airing each season. In hindsight, I probably picked up far too many series in the Fall 2013 season by trying to keep up with about 22 series. I found it hard to keep track of everything as well as keep interest in the series which made the shows less enjoyable in my opinion. With that said, I’m looking forward to a great 2014 anime season and will continue working on my backlog throughout the year as well. With that said, I thought I would reflect on two anime series that I watched this past year that really impacted me and gave me a new perspective on things.
With only 1 week left to go for the Fall 2013 season, many of the series have already concluded this past week. A couple of the two cour shows are also going to be taking a break next week I believe so it will give me a chance to catch up on my backlog before I begin the Winter 2014 anime season! This week I’ll be discussing my thoughts on Monogatari Series: Second Season episode 25, Kill la Kill episode 12, and White Album 2 episode 12.
Monogatari S2 – Another tense episode despite it being heavy on the dialogue. We’re left with even more questions regarding Ougi after the relevation that Oshino actually has no family. Why is Ougi using Oshino’s name and who are they exactly? I found it interesting that Kaiki said Oshino never had a family, he did not lose one or distanced himself from them, he stated Oshino never had a family to begin with. This leads me to wonder if Oshino is even considered human as well or if it was just a case of emphasizing that Ougi couldn’t possibly be related to Oshino. Continue reading
5. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) – Summer 2013
Gin no Saji is probably one of the most relaxing slice of life series I have watched to this day. Hachiken escapes from the city and the pressure of expectations of him by moving to a rural area and attending an agriculture based school. We get to see how he adjusts to this new foreign lifestyle and how he grows as a person from this experience. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a laid back series to relax!
You can watch Gin no Saji on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all regions) Continue reading
Since we’re approaching the end of another year, I thought I would list off my favourites from the 2013 anime season. The 2013 anime season is my first full year of watching anime on a season to season basis, scoping out anime lists weeks in advanced and then picking out which series to follow. This list will be the shows I enjoyed most based on my own personal preferences and I’m sure everyone has a different opinion on which series should make their list. I decided not to include the Fall 2012 leftovers and only included series that started in the 2013 anime season (no Psycho-Pass, Zetsuen no Tempest, Sakurasou, although I really enjoyed them).
10. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next (Haganai Next) – Winter 2013
Prior to watching the second season, I managed to marathon through the first season a few weeks prior to it. Overall it was a light hearted series that was pretty generic with an enjoyable cast and decent comedy. However, the second season added a clear story and direction to what everything was building towards. I feel that the first season was more devoted to the introduction of characters and just establishing their personalities through silly interactions while Next focused on developing the characters’ and deepening their relationships with each other. I’d recommend Haganai Next to anyone who enjoys comedies, drama, romance, and harem genres! Continue reading
Another week of anime has passed by us as we approach the end of the season. Many of the shows this week have reached a climax or are wrapping up their stories so it was quite a great week for many series in my opinion. NouCome was also the first show of the Fall 2013 season to end which saddens me since it was usually the highlight of my week. I don’t have much thoughts on the finale besides it was as ridiculous as the show always is and it was nice to see them bring all the characters back for an explosive finale! This week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on White Album 2 episode 11, Kill la Kill episode 11, Samurai Flamenco episode 10, Valvrave S2 episode 10. Continue reading
With the Fall 2013 anime season coming to an end in a few weeks, I thought I would share what I’m looking forward to as well as my initial impressions on the Winter 2014 anime season line up. In general, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of shows I’m looking forward too, this is probably due to Fall 2013 having quite a few two-cour shows carrying over though.
Buddy Complex – I wasn’t a fan of mecha series but Sunrise managed to entice me with Valvrave so I want to give this a shot. The plot sounds pretty cliche with an ordinary high school boy meeting a mysterious girl which ends up changing his life but the animation and art seem decent enough. The cast for voice actors/actresses is also pretty stacked with the voice actors of Kirito (SAO) and Ayase (OreImo) as main characters along with Hanazawa Kana, and Inoue Marina (Just naming a few) as supporting roles. Continue reading
We’re now into week 10 of the Fall 2013 anime season where many shows are entering their final stages to conclude within 2-3 weeks. This week I’ll be discussing my thoughts on White Album 2 episode 10, Valvrave S2 episode 9, Monogatari Second Season episode 23.
Valvrave S2 – This was one of the craziest episodes I’ve seen in a while, even for Valvrave standards. Bloodshed everywhere as the Magius continue to manipulate the humans to turn on the Valvraves and the rest of the JIOR people. It’s pretty weird seeing L-Elf in his depressed state, still torn over the fact that there was no way for him to save Lieselotte. Without him to make the decisions or to lead the JIOR nation, we can see that things are starting to fall apart. Haruto also continues to suffer with Shouko’s feel of betrayal towards him and ends up destroying their relationship. In addition, Haruto swore to take full responsibility for everything and end it all himself but yet we still see others being sacrificed for the sake of Haruto. Despite me coming into this after hearing that its “so bad that its good”, I actually really enjoyed the action throughout this series and found my adrenaline pumping while being emotionally devoted when watching this series. I’m hoping that this season of Valvrave will run two-cours since there is still so much to be answered and resolved. Continue reading
Here’s the rest of my mid (now late) season thoughts for Fall 2013. I apologize if some of my thoughts seem rather plain or not that insightful but since a lot of these series I just watch for entertainment, I rarely find myself constantly thinking and analyzing the series.
Outbreak Company – At first I found it a little dull, but the more I watched, the more I started to like the show. Myucel, Petra, and Shinichi really grew on me as they tried to learn more about the otaku culture. I think the point in the series when Shinichi stood out to me was (can’t recall the exact episode) when he saw Petra treating Myucel poorly but before judging her he took a second to remember that he was an outsider and that in their world (culture), this was what was considered acceptable. He did end up resolving their issues in the end but I appreciated that he didn’t just force his view onto these people since they already had their own established system and culture. Overall, this series is really an enjoyable watch and every week I try to spot all the anime parodies throughout the episode. Continue reading