The year of Our Madokami two-thousand and fifteen has come to a close, which means bloggers and critics across the internet have an excuse to post countdown listicles! And being incredibly lazy myself, I am no exception. Overall, 2015 was a huge improvement over 2014. Last year I struggled to even round out a top ten list, and ended up with some of the lower spots going to the few shows I’d actually finished that weren’t actively bad. This year, I struggled to trim the list down to just ten. I said in last year’s post that you’d have to stay tuned for Parasyte and UBW, but it turns out I’m a liar. After some late-game stumbles and a stacked Winter season, neither one is making a showing after all. Woops. Even KimUso and MonMusu, shows I thought were rather solid, didn’t make the cut this year. It feels a little like watching your favorite sports team end a losing season with a blowout win. Anime really needs to spread the good shows out a little better. Anyways, before we get into the nitty gritty, I’ll go over the typical disclaimers: First of all, this is my list; my totally biased, inherently subjective list. If Your Favorite Anime didn’t make the cut, I probably didn’t see it, or didn’t like it. Sorry. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am down in the comments. Second, only series that ended in 2015 were eligible for this list. This list also does not include films, as I find they are just too different in terms of structure and production to be meaningfully compared to TV series. OVA series will be counted, but on-disc bonus episodes will not be considered in the rankings. Lastly, there may be stray Spoilers wandering about these paragraphs, so read with caution. With all that in mind, let’s get started with…
Sorry again for the late post, but I had something of a small emergency this week. But enough about that. Nobody actually reads this section of the post anyways, do they? Let’s just get to the cartoons. Seeing as this is right after mid-season, most shows were busy setting up new conflicts this week, and it was honestly kind of dull. I had a hard time even remembering most of these episodes after I watched them. The problem with plotty-plot episodes in anime is that they are rarely graceful or exciting. Well, let’s run down this week’s episodes while I try to remember what the hell actually happened in any of them.
First of all, sorry about the late post and also the missing post from last week. But it’s been kind of a crazy fucking month for me! My home team won the Super Bowl, my entire state has been basically crippled by record snowfall, I’ve had to temporarily move out of my room because of water damage, and for my birthday I got a winning lottery ticket. It’s a wonder I managed to even catch up on shows at all this week. And even then, new episodes are popping up as I type this. Don’t they know I’m behind enough as it is?!
Anyways, it’s mid-season! Which means it’s time to arbitrarily rank shows based on half-completed evaluations! So rather than listing shows in the meaningless order I happened to type them up in on the first week, this week they’ll be in order from best to worst. With the obvious caveat that I don’t think any of the shows I’m still watching are actually “bad”. If I’ve stuck with them this long, they’re probably doing things mostly-right, but some contenders are obviously stronger than others or resonate more strongly with me. On with the breakdown!
This week’s crop of episodes was actually pretty solid all-around, with the exception of Rolling Girls failing to find any real footing now that things have gotten uh… rolling. One mediocre showing in an otherwise solid week is nothing to scoff at, though. It’s especially fortunate considering good ol’ Mother Nature decided to paint all of New England a healthy shade of Snowy Cataclysm this week. There was even a 24-hour travel ban in effect at one point, so I actually didn’t have much difficulty getting through the frankly absurd number of shows I’m still watching. It’s not like I could actually go anywhere. I even managed to dig into my backlog for once! So, weather aside, it was a pretty good week. Let’s take a look at it.
Welcome to the very first official installment of my weekly anime overview. I will quickly go over some thoughts and opinions of all the stuff I watched this week, in no particular order. Pretty straightforward. That being said, it was kind of a weirdly mixed bag of episodes this week. With the Fall leftovers putting in some mostly middling episodes and a few of the Winter shows striving to make the cut at as this is the general make-or-break point of the season. All told though, I’m still watching a kind of ridiculous number of shows this season and that number seems distressingly stable at this point. Which sets up a dangerous precedent, as I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with this kinda workload forever. But I’ll cross that bridge as I get to it. Let’s get things started!
The new year is upon us, and so is a brand new anime season! Well okay, mostly new. My grandmother went in for surgery on Tuesday so it’s been kind of a fucking madhouse around here lately. I did manage to watch some new shows, though. Obviously I won’t be covering everything, as I am still working out the logistics of my plan to become a mighty wizard unbound from space and time. I didn’t get to everything I wanted because again, Real Life Stuff kinda threw a wrench into my cartoon-watching, but I may or may not post a follow-up at some point. With a handful of strong contenders like Parasyte and KimiUso left over from Fall, and a few potential new gems, this is looking to be an overall strong Winter season. As always, the following is just my terrible opinions and you are free to correct me in the comments. So with out any further delay, let’s get started!