(Scores and order readjusted since the accidental draft post)
Hey there. It’s been a while :D
Once again we’ve reached that time of year where one season ends and another begins. Guess it’s time to lay this season to rest.
13 series on my plate this season, which was doable. Much better than spring, when I tried to take on 17 shows and sputtered out towards the end—although to be fair, there’s much more free time available in the summer.
This season was a mixed bag of shows, with too fast pacing and too slow pacing, surprisingly good plots and plots which quickly crashed into the ground after a few weeks. It’s quite evident when you compare this priority list to my initial one. It’s not abnormal for a season to be random in quality (I don’t think I’ve had a “perfect” season since Spring 2011, really), but this season in particular had almost equal amounts of good and bad shows out of the ones I chose to watch.
I also think this is the first time I’ve ever dropped a show (Joshiraku) because of lack of project activity. I fully understand that it’s not the subbers’ fault for not releasing on time, since some of the jokes are hard to translate…and real life. However, I tend to drop shows if I backlog episodes of my own accord for more than six weeks, and Joshiraku is no exception. After a certain point, I just can’t be bothered.
I’m posting my final priority list with scores, with a mini-blurb of thoughts on each show. Why mini-blurbs? Well, because you don’t need me to write full length reviews on shows—that’s what sites like randomc.net are for. Besides, I like to be different. Note that priority is listed according to what I looked forward to seeing the most each week, and doesn’t quite correlate with its score.
A * denotes a series continuing into the winter season. A ** denotes a series on hold because of hiatus or because the following episodes won’t be on TV.
TL;DR—Final Score for the Summer 2012 anime season—7.92. ~B-. Average, but it’s not really indicative of how awesome the outliers are (since it’s an average! Excuse the pun). Then again, the good is only 25% of the list.
I’ll be writing an Anime Seasonal Quickie on the Fall Season after the first full week that everything airs, followed by a formal list when I definitively choose shows to follow after three weeks.
Spoiler: I try to pick up 21 shows (!!!)
Eureka Seven AO, Joshiraku, and NakaImo are delayed until August 16. KoiChoco is out until August 8.
Just a PSA for anyone wondering why their shows have gone quiet over the next ~3 weeks.
It’s that time of season again! With the first three episodes of this season having aired, I can clearly specify which shows I aim to watch this summer. Fortunately, it’s not as troublesome as last season with a more modest 13 on my plate this time around.
Once again, I’m taking these right off my MyAnimeList, but am listing them in order of descending priority (with 1 denoting the most anticipated).
A * denotes a series I’m very familiar with because I’ve read the original manga material.
A “ denotes continuing from previous season.
New to this anime list series, I’m also including two other subsects: Suspended indefinitely and dropped. I originally picked up twenty shows at the start of the season; three were on the fence and the other four were dropped faster than a burning hot piece of coal.
Suspended—Might pick up again if I hear anything good
Dropped—Dropped harder than the bass to…well, you get the point.
As one final thought, I think that this summer is a badly paced season. Most of these shows are going at a blazingly fast pace, the most notorious example being Sword Art Online (however, notice that I didn’t list it as a con in my watch list. I’ll address that in a future post). Hell, even Natsuyuki Rendezvous, my top tier, is moving slightly fast reaching first base on the second episode (I don’t find it all that bad, though).
Then you have shows like Hyouka, which has probably only moved about 4 centimeters total since its debut four months ago.
Personally, I think Kokoro Connect, even if not the best show, nails down the pacing better than most of the other shows this season. Simply put, it injects a lot of humor in the first episode and segues gracefully into each dilemma, while still maintaining some humor here and there.
There’s a lot more I want to write about this season, specifically my reasons as to why I chose to pick up some shows, as well as adress the badly paced season as a whole. However, as far as my personal watch list is concerned, this is it. I’m most likely going to write a follow-up to this post in a little bit, but since it’s getting late, I’m leaving this post here as is.
If anyone wants to question my thoughts on any of the series above, feel free to ask. I’m always willing to elaborate on my opinion.
As the Spring season comes to a close this week and the Summer Season starting right on its heels, it’s about time I bring this season proper closure.
I had a whopping 17 shows on my list this season. It’s a lot more than I usually take up which is normally 5 or 6. There were a lot of interesting shows in the Spring preview, so I thought it would be a good idea to check them all out.
…I’m never doing that again. While I’m an avid supporter of expanding one’s mindset (in this specific case, by watching shows with diverse elements and of various genres), keeping up with 17 shows was a burden which actually dulled my excitement towards watching anime as a whole. Most of the time I’d stockpile a specific show for weeks on end and then marathon later. Of course, most of this was due to the end of semester finals studying, but I never recovered from the three week backlog it caused.
This season was on the verge of being a hassle, which is what something done for enjoyment should never become. Fortunately, there were just enough interesting shows to keep my motivation up to complete the season on time (for the most part).
That said, I’m posting my final priority list with scores, with a mini-blurb of thoughts on each show in twenty words or less (not unlike my Spring 2012 watch list post). Consider this a follow up to the initial Spring 2012 post, and note how priority doesn’t always equal the highest objective score. A * denotes a series continuing into the summer season.
TL;DR—Final Score for the Spring 2012 anime season—8.176. ~B. Not half bad.
Stay tuned. I’ll have an “Anime Watch List for Summer 2012” in three weeks :D
?. Hyouka — ? (It hasn’t aired yet. Airs next week)
Not on this list is Mirai Nikki ** (—batshit, insane crazy), which ends its run this week. If I were to place it, it’d probably take the third slot.
To be honest, I’m slightly uneasy about watching 18 series this season. Normally I watch 3 or 4. However, the first four have such high potential to them that I can’t forgo them. The following four are adaptations of mangas I enjoy reading, so I can’t let them go either. The others are just icing on the cake. This is one hell of a departure from the norm.
Furthermore, I actually have a life in which I have to study for exams, so I can’t even watch most of these regularly (you’ve probably noticed the lack of activity during the beginning of every week. Mon-Wed are my hell days >.>)
Again, I don’t blog about what I watch during their run, so as to not create unnecessary spam (but I do post if I find something extremely noteworthy). Just thought I’d put up a post like this one just to show people what I think of the current season, and maybe convince them to check out ones they haven’t heard of before.