Everyone’s saying that the Summer season looks barren and for good reason: it does look barren. There isn’t anything that doesn’t look “solid at best” on those charts and I’m seriously considering minimizing my anime-watching time in order to finish up some video games I’ve been meaning to get to (cough Dark Souls cough). Also, the new True Detective and (I think) Rick and Morty come out this season, so there’s that. Nevertheless, I like to keep up with the big releases at least, so let’s look at ANN’s post regarding what Japan is looking forward to the most, shall we?
For the record, the only sequel I’ve seen the previous iteration of is Durarara and five episodes of Idolm@ster (which is pretty much nothing) so aside from Durarara, I’m not going to give attention to any of them. Although seriously, Working and Non Non Biyori’s fanbase is bafflingly large for their genres, aren’t they?
Notes and Observations:
– I’m not the least bit surprised to see Durarara!!x2 Ten so high. Despite the last iteration being as fun to watch as gorillas humping each other after taking medication and being regarded as one of the more disappointing Winter 2015 anime by a fair amount of people, it still has plenty of fans eager to see if the show can follow-up on its admittedly decent cliffhanger. I’ll never understand the appeal of baiting the audience with that last-minute shit, especially considering most anime don’t follow up on it, but whatever. I’m this far in, so I might as well see it to the end until I decide there’s nothing more to gain for me watching it. It’s not like its summer peers are putting up a better fight.
– Onto the non-sequel stuff, Charlotte is pretty high up there, isn’t it? PA Works has built up some goodwill from a good amount of people (not necessarily me) with Shirobako and despite the flak he gets from the blogosphere, I don’t think Jun Maeda is that bad (though that may be due to the fact that everyone else not named Urobuchi and arguably Uchikoshi who has jumped onto the scene since has been godawful). However, the director is new, those big-ass PA Works eyes will never leave me alone, and aside from Psycho-Pass, I’ve never really loved an anime where a VN writer was directly involved. Still, anything is possible, so I’ll give it a shot. I mean I certainly didn’t expect Plastic Memories to be as bad as it was even with the writer’s resume, but he sure showed me.
– Prison School and that Snow White thing are based on well-liked manga so it’s clear why they’re so high on the list, but I can’t really summon up any enthusiasm for them myself. The former is being produced by JC Staff with Tsutomu Mizushima involved, and by god does that PV look bad. Also, my friends who like it also like Jojo, which Prison School seems to have a similar hyper-stylized presentation to. If it’s in the same vein as that, it won’t even be worth reviewing. As for the Snow White thing, the director’s resume is fine, but the writer’s is hit and miss and I’m not even that big a fan of Bones’ last attempt at shoujo comedy. It’ll get a watch bar it become horribly repetitive like Ore Monogatari ended up being, but I gotta say that the studio in general has not done a good job of winning my favor in recent time.
– Less said about Dragon Ball (and Toei in general) on my end, the better.
– I tend to like Mappa shows, so I’ll be giving the Ushio and Tora remake a go. Can’t say I’m too excited given my mixed reaction to the OVA series, along with the fact that I don’t even know how long this series is going to be. Nevertheless, I’m glad that it got a relatively decent rank on the anticipation charts to begin with and hope that if the show does become as long as Hunter x Hunter, Mappa doesn’t make LN adaptations in-between to fund the project. I know they’re collaborating with Studio VOLN on this the same way they collaborated with Madhouse on Hajime no Ippo: The Rising, but unlike Madhouse, VOLN is a no-name, and I doubt they have much money.
– A little surprised that God Eater is as low as it is given how beautiful the PV looks, even with the obvious CG. Then again, so did Fate/Stay Night’s PVs and it turned out the show was shit, so meh. I don’t know anything about the game it’s based on anyways, so I shouldn’t really speculate too much. It definitely looks big and it’s not a Type-Moon show, so I’ll most likely watch it all the way.
– Forgot to mention Gatchaman Crowds on here the first time I wrote this. I had to rush this post out before I went to exploring Seattle’s Asian district and it’s not in the top 20 because Japan probably didn’t like how troubled its production ended up being and all that other shit, so these things happen. Long story short, I wasn’t a fan of the first season, but I didn’t think it was as bad as the detractors made it out to be. I’m definitely watching this new one to keep up with all the cool kids, but I’ve been burned on second seasons and Tatsunoko before, so I’m not expecting it to win me over.
– Disappointed that Gangsta couldn’t rank. What I read about it doesn’t look great, but it seems like a solid show and Manglobe isn’t exactly the most wretched thing out there, even by the usual standards of anime studios.
– Half-surprised, half-not surprised that Gate ranked at all. I wasn’t interested to begin with because I hate soldier fiction, but the reaction it’s gotten from certain fanbases has me curious. I didn’t stick with Mahouka, so maybe I’ll make up for that with this.
– Forgot to mention Symphogear as well even though I finished the first season and saw 1-2 episodes of the second. Pretty much shows how forgettable I find that shockingly boring franchise.
– It looks like most of the anticipated shows according to
the ANN crowd Japan are going to be a wash, huh? Can’t believe I’m devoting this many words to them in the first place given I’m on vacation right now, and regardless of my pre-feelings, I’m going to see them when they come out anyways. Ah well.