Here’s just a brief summary of what I’m watching this season. Also, I just finished the first draft of a short story. A nice piece set in a familiar fantasy world of mine. Once I have it edited and checked over by certain readers, I intend to hit the 2014 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market and see who might take it. If no one wants it or the publication doesn’t mind me publishing it in other venues, I’ll post it as a page here for those of my dear readers who like fantasy.
At any rate, my favorite anime this season has been Noragami, a fantasy anime set in modern times. It follows the episodic adventures of a daemon (i.e. low level and unnoticed god. I can’t resist using classical terms.) named Yato and two people who meet him in his quest to become the most important god in Japan. The episodes tend to be quite funny. The animation is the most beautiful I’ve seen this season. Episode four promises that a main plot might develop down the road, but I’m enjoying the crazy adventures and references to other anime. In particular, elements of this series remind me of Samurai Deeper Kyo, Hell Girl, and Rurouni Kenshin. I’d place it as my clear favorite for this season.
Witchcraft Works stands as my second favorite. It deals with a young high school boy who learns that a class of witches want to steal a magical component in him, but Kagari, the most popular girl in school and a puissant witch on the side of law and order, takes him under her wing. The two protagonists tend to be rather straightforward in their relationship, which is rather refreshing. The show is incredibly lighthearted, all the characters are extremely likable, and the episodes get better every week.
Next, I highly anticipate episodes of Tonari no Seki-kun. These shorts are always incredibly amusing and carry the zany ambiance of the manga. It’s a comedy that covers the ridiculous games a school girl’s classmate, Seki-kun, plays on his desk. You absolutely must make time to watch these shorts!
Then, Wizard Barristers edges out The Pilot’s Love Song by dint of being more original. I’ve never seen an anime where a lawyer is the main character. Several things annoy me about the plots in Wizard Barristers, but it has the chance to become more interesting. If not, I might drop this one. Similarly, The Pilot’s Love Song needs to become a little more original. Something needs to separate it from Last Exile, but we’ll see.
Of the shows I would still like to check out, Strange+ and Magical Warfare make me the most curious. (Then again, I still need to see Unbreakable Machine Doll. No one I know really blogged about this show, which could be why I failed to pick it up.) I might give Nobunaga the Fool a second chance, but everything I’ve heard about the Nobunaga of history has rather made me despise him. So, there’s only the slimmest chance of me identifying with this hero. (I’m more likely to cheer for his opponents.) Lastly, certain bloggers have written good things about D-Frag, so I might watch that.