Of late, my interest in anime has grown less as I’ve turned more to history and literature–especially fantasy fiction. Anime used to be the last thing I did before hitting the hay. Now, I find myself devouring Frank Herbert’s Dune, Douglass Hulick’s Among Thieves, or The Lord of the Rings. It’s the fourth time I’m reading the Lord of the Rings, but Tolkien never gets old. In the near future, I’ll probably pick up E. R. Eddings The Worm Ouroboros and Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin, which one of my friends tells me has inspired him to finally start writing fiction.
And so, Caraniel’s Winter 2015 Preview delighted me by revealing that the upcoming season is as bland as steel cut oatmeal. You ask why I’m delighted? Because only two new shows, Rolling Girls and Aldnoah.Zero 2, have sparked any interest in me, which encourages me to catch up on my backlog. In particular, I find myself excited for the following three shows:
1) Angel Cop
This very violent and anti-Communist show was recommended to me by my brother. I usually don’t care as much for the style of animation seen here, but episode one was exciting and pleasantly diverged from the tone, characters and plot lines we see in contemporary shows. Essentially, our heroes belong to an anti-terrorist force which tries to foil the leftist Red May terrorists.
2) Urusei Yatsura
A friend of mine in college frequently recommended this show to me. He would always say that recent stories from the pen of Rumiko Takahashi paled in comparison to shows like Ranma 1/2 and earlier. I have been enjoying manga from the Rumic Theater, so it seems like the time is ripe to try Urusei Yatsura (literally, “Noisy Guys”).
3) Ashita no Joe
Man! What a great opening set of episodes! The male protagonists actually have character! The animators actually know how street fights work! It’s amazing! Concerning the fighting, I was shocked to see out main hero, Joe Yabuki, actually run away in order to gain a more favorable position in order to deal with large groups of opponents! How often do we see our hero standing in the middle of a mob and somehow managing to deal with all of them coming from all sides rather than positioning himself so that he only has to deal with one or two at a time? And the fights are hard-hitting to boot!
You can tell that I’m all in on watching the transformation of Joe from a roguish thug to a world class boxer. If Ashita no Joe continues to be so entertaining, the show shall surely enter my top ten.
In the meantime, I need to finish Denno Coil, El Cazador de la Bruja, Hyouka, and Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water. Once that happens and I finish all the shows which I think will end this season, my watch list for the first quarter of the new year should look like this:
- Akatsuki no Yona
- Aldnoah.Zero 2
- Angel Cop
- Ashita no Joe
- I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
- Psycho-Pass 2
- Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
- Urusei Yatsura
Of course, I could not find accurate information for the projected length of certain of those shows. So, if any of my dear readers notices that certain shows of the present season which will not run into the next, please tell me. If I find more time or if any of the above shows have a shorter broadcast period than I thought, I’ll add The Flying Ghost Ship and Captain Harlock to this list. What winter 2015 shows grabbed your attention? Anyone else so disappointed with the upcoming season that they will end up watching shows on their backlog in preference to new shows?