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 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
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
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
With exam season approaching quickly for many of us (including myself), I’ll keep this week’s post a little on the shorter side so I can get back to studying (I hope)! This week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on White Album 2 episode 9, Golden Time Episode 9, and Monogatari Second Season episode 22.
White Album 2 – After their performance at the culture festival, we could see the group (especially Touma) show tension being around each other. Setsuna has been trying to keep the three of them together but it is obviously difficult for Touma since she doesn’t want to hurt Setsuna but she hasn’t gotten over her feelings for Haruki as well. As we saw in the last episode as well, Touma was trying to distance herself from Haruki so that perhaps if he was madly in love with Setsuna, she’d feel like she has no chance with him and then she’ll be able to move on. Haruki on the other hand seems to be wavering a bit regarding his feelings for Touma. Leading up to the performance, Haruki lived with Touma and practiced with her all day while getting to know her better which is why it felt a bit odd to me that he would accept Setsuna’s confession. Continue reading
We’re now into week 7 of the Fall 2013 season! The end is approaching for many shows but at the same time we a lot of two-cour shows as well that will carry on into the winter season. I’ll do a series of post within the next few days to share my mid-season impressions on all the shows that I’m currently watching since I don’t really have enough to write about them on a weekly basis. Anyways, this week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Monogatari Series: Second Season episode 20, Samurai Flamenco episode 6, Kill la Kill episode 7, and White Album episode 7.
Monogatari Series: Second Season – Okay while this show technically is a summer 2013 series, it was two-cour and continued into the fall season. With that said, I didn’t really discuss about it in the past because I didn’t feel emotionally involved or anything based on the first few arcs (weren’t my favourite characters). However, this past episode just blew me away completely. Hachikuji’s interactions with Araragi were always my favourite part of the show, just the way they go back and forth with witty comments, or their affection for each other. I was expecting this to be a more Shinobu focused arc since her name was in the title so I was not expecting this outcome until mid way through the episode. Hachikuji and Araragi’s final conversation was very heart felt and showed how much they meant to each other. You could hear Hachikuji’s voice breaking more and more as Araragi’s voice showed more desperation as the conversation progressed.
You can watch Monogatari Series: Second Season on Daisuki (May not be available in all regions) Continue reading
So now that we’re about a quarter of the way into the anime season, I thought I’d just share my opinion on series that I highly recommend to watch. If you’ve been following my posts in the past, then you should have a general idea of which series I found to be on top for the season.
Unbreakable Machine-Doll – I feel that Unbreakable Machine Doll is one of those series that combines many different aspects or types of anime into one series but manages to execute it very well. There are comedic moments, drama, battles, action, romance, and even some dark elements to it as well. It seems that battling with familiars is a common theme with the Fall 2013 season but I just feel that Unbreakable Machine-Doll offers the most captivating premise compared to the others supported by well designed characters (a MC who isn’t clueless and can take action) Continue reading