Spring 2016 Overall Summary

No summary post this Sunday since it’d only have three anime and maybe one live-action show, so instead I’m just going to rank this season’s stuff and give some quick thoughts before heading off to Expo. 

1. Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song

2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

3. Ushio & Tora 2

4. My Hero Academia

5. Kiznaiver

6. Bungo Stray Dogs

7. Macross Delta

8. Kurumukuro

9. Big Order

10. The Lost Village

11. Joker Game

12. And You Never Thought There Was a Girl Online?

13. Sakamoto desu ga?

14. Hundred

15. Twin Star Exorcists

16. Re:Zero

17. Ace Attorney

18. Endride

****

Ignoring the sequels because that’s cheating, I’d say this season was on par with last year’s Spring when only Euphonium really came out of it with any dignity by the end of it. Kabaneri was pretty solid, but whilst you could definitely tell it was made by the Guilty Crown team, they couldn’t muster up the same level of specialness with this show that made their previous work so fun to watch. Academia and Kiznaiver ended up with unfulfilled promises, and it’s all downhill from there.

Live-action show wise, Game of Thrones and The Americans continue to go on, and Preacher turned out to be an utter bore. Gotham ended up shitting the bed again, and I’m not sure if I’m going to continue it when the next season comes. Not much else to say, and I’m really tired as is, so let’s move on, shall we?

20 responses to “Spring 2016 Overall Summary

  1. ConRevo is quite the hipster favourite this season. I don’t mean that negatively, just that the series lacks an immediate hook and lots are scared of by it’s dense nature. I’d like to finish it, but the nature of my life prevents me from binging and I kept feeling lost at the beginning of a new episode. How do you think this stacks up against last season?

  2. For me, the most disappointing anime of the season was probably Kuromukuro because it was directed by Okamura who I like, and PA Works were doing something different, and it was their 15th anniversary special project. I expected it to be at least decent with some sort of interesting storyline, but it ended up just being a very boring show with good animation.

    The surprisingly-not-terrible-show for me was Super Lovers, which I think that if it wasn’t Yaoi, I would have been able to get into it a bit more. I think the actual writing and pacing of the show was a lot better than many of the other shows from this season, but that’s just me.

    Like you, I think that Mari Okada is a lot more interesting when she doesn’t do school/romantic comedy dramas, and although it wasn’t fantastic I think Kiznaiver may have been her best work since Fujiko Mine.

    Not that it really matters, but I’m very happy that you ranked Hundred over Re:Zero. At least the former made me laugh.

    What did you think of GoT S6? Many people thought it was better than previous seasons, because it was more ‘fast-paced’, but I found the middle part of the season to be extremely boring, and it only really picked up in the last few episodes.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • You actually watched Hundred? Brrrrrrrr.

      As for GoT S6, I sort of lost track of what the conflicts were actually about after a while other than the females are getting into business.

  3. All Hail Biba-sama! God darn it.

    That dude ruined the show for me. At least we saw Ikoma made a train fly (I honestly thought that was awesome).

    As for the others, uhh.. I haven’t seen Big Order but can it make me laugh like Mayoiga did? I mean, I am pretty sure it will be bad but I hope it’ll be entertaining at the least.

    • What the fuck is up with people’s issues with Biba to the point they consider him a deal breaker? Did he piss in their cereal or something?

      Also, neither Big Order nor Mayoiga are funny or entertaining.

      • Uhh.. My take is the very jarring transition of the series from adventure based to character driven show… Unfortunately, Biba is not a good antagonist and darn his motivations. Yeah. The half baked drama he caused is too much for me to ignore.

      • That seemed to be the case for me. Granted that the arc was geared towards the end of Kabaneri. (Teehee, that’s just the kind of watcher I am).

        I do not see the whole show as bad though granted that the zombie vampires are too cool to hate.

        … and for Jojo, I am still not watching the show. I cannot muster any enthusiasm. Do you find it good?

      • I think those who don’t understand Biba didn’t understand Ikoma’s characterization in the first place. The prefix that comes with ‘antagonist’ ought to point people to a need to consider what they’re ‘against’ in the first place, but alas.

      • I don’t understand why people put so much emphasis on Biba as a character whilst ignoring the development Ikoma goes through as a result. It’s not like Whiplash from Iron Man 2 where the villain is random and Tony has no particular chemistry with him.

      • I loved how Biba made me see Ikoma in a new light. From the first episode it was just ‘science’ vs ‘superstition’, but seeing how Biba and Ikoma handle and distribute technology differently and feeling what that’s saying about what’s ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in science has been a highlight of the series for me.

      • It wasn’t overlaboured at least, and there was a clear sense of ‘science’ in how he helped upgrade the weapons of everyone and how he permitted Ayame to share his blueprints. Contrast that to how Biba kept all his enhanced mobility, firepower and intel on the enemy to his own select elite. Part of why the train was let in in the first episode is because the guards would have had no idea the Kabane could run a train. Later they’re surprised one can even hold a sword.

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