Weekly Rundown: Winter Week 7

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.

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Weekly Rundown: Winter Week 6

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!

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Weekly Rundown: Winter Week 4

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.

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Weekly Rundown: Winter Week 3

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!

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2014 Top Ten Anime Rundown

Welcome to the inaugural post here at Redundant Colors! My resolution for New Years was to finally start a blog, and so here it is! To usher in this hopefully productive new year I’m going to start off by talking about well, last year, naturally. 2014 was kind of a middling year for anime, and I didn’t quite finish as many series as I’d intended to, but I still saw plenty of good stuff. Before we get into the nitty gritty, I’ll go over the typical disclaimers: First of all, his 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 in the comments. Second, only series that ended in 2014 were eligible for this list. If you want to know where I rank Parasyte and Unlimited Blade Works, you’ll have to come back next year. Lastly, this list does not include films, as I find they are just too different in terms of structure and production to be meaningfully compared to series. OVA series will be counted, but on-disc bonus episodes will not be considered in the rankings. With that in mind, let’s get started with…

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