Fall 2015 Anime Review: The Late Edition!

Yes, yes it's super late. The story goes like this: I actually managed to finish it just as the season ended but when I went to maximize the window (I work with multiple windows on screen), the page crashed and I was left with literally nothing. Nada. Zip. Not even the labels or title stuck. The draft I saved? Gone. I was perplexed as much as I was horribly frustrated, and put it off until I felt like redoing all of that work. Thankfully, I made notes, so rewriting wasn't as painful as it could have been, but holy shit that was bad.

Anywho, I've summed up 7 series: 5 completed and 2 ongoing. I wrote about how I felt about them, and occasionally whether I'd recommend watching them, but I can sum it up here pretty concisely. Remember that this is purely by personal opinion and taste. Also, OPM good, but you know, not grrrreat.

Watch these, they're great: 

  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
  •  Owarimonogatari (only if you've watched all of the previous Monogatari series)

Sure, go for it:

  • One Punch Man
  • Ushio to Tora (not reviewed)
  • Is the Order a Rabbit? 2
  • The Perfect Insider 

I mean, I guess you could watch it?:

  • Yuru Yuri San Hai!! (only if you've watched season 1)
  • Beautiful Bones (not reviewed)
  • A Failed Knights Chivalry (not reviewed)
  • GARO: Crimson Moon (not reviewed)

Don't do it

  • Utawarerumono: False Faces

Watched with the Girlfriend: Bakemonogatari

My girlfriend and I recently finished watching Bakemonogatari, albeit skipping a few episodes and including Nekomonogatari (it's sometimes categorized into Nisemonogatari, but I find that it's best watched after Bake 11.) For her, this would be the frst time she's watched it, but for me, it'd be at least the third.While it generally reviews well, and it sold like hotcakes, it's a problematic series to recommend. Bakemonogatari is a collection of short stories - that's why it's broken up into 2-4 episode arcs that each have their own name. "Nekomonogatari", "Hanamonogatari", "Koimonogatari", each of these arcs is a short story. As each short story features a different character, themes between each story can differ wildly. In one, we have a murder mystery-esque story. In another, we might get an uncomfortable basically tentacle-porn spectacle, which I decided to skip for the time being.

Moving right along, I asked my girlfriend a bunch of questions and had her spill her thoughts on Bakeonogatari.

In general, she liked it. She thought the characters were written well and more dimensional than the average anime character (which tend to skew towards trope than personality). She thought the direction was great, handling potentially triggering scenes in  a way that maintains the scene's gravity, but not making it graphically objectionable. Lastly, a big win for the series, in her eyes, was how well it did things that the majority of anime don't usually do - like using SHAFT's distinct "weird" animation style to "censor" scenes, rather than going for an all out gore-violence shock factor.

All in all, she enjoyed the series, but is a bit wary of continuing on into the next seasons.

More details after the jump

2015 Fall Anime Reviews: Midterms

For 12 episode series, we're half way through the run. That calls for the mid-season review of where things have gone, the movers and shakers of the season if you must. 3 series have been cut, while two new ones join the ranks, bringing the new total series to 8. Dropped series are crossed out, while new additions are in bolded italics.

  • Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigations
  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight
  • Ushio to Tora
  • UTAWARERUMONO - False Faces
  • Heavy Object
  • Everything Becomes F: The Perfect Insider
  • Yuru Yuri 3
  • Is the Order a Rabbit? 2
  • GARO: Crimson Moon
  • Owarimonogatari
  • GUNDAM: Iron Blooded Orphans