The winter anime season is practically upon us, and I’ve yet to wrap up Izetta, Trickster, and Flip Flappers. But, these shows ought to be finished and reviewed with the other fall anime choices of mine on or before January 7th, which appears to be the new season’s official start. And, I’ll have to reveal my favorite anime of last year!
Many upcoming shows caught my eye:
- ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
- Chain Chronicle
- Chaos; Child
- KonoSuba 2
- Little Witch Academia
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2
Of these, Chaos; Child, KonoSuba 2, and Shouwa Rakugo 2 derive from solid franchises. Chaos; Child is the fourth installment, which began with Chaos; Head and continued with Steins; Gate and Robotics; Notes. Any otaku worth his salt needs to watch Steins; Gate, Chaos; Head only ranks behind Welcome to the NHK for having a great hikikomori protagonist, and I myself need to remedy not having seen Robotics; Notes.
Of the other six, it would not surprise me to drop four or five of them. Little Witch Academia mainly finds itself on my watch list because it derives from Studio Trigger. Chain Chronicle and Spiritpact might be entertaining fantasy adventures. Onihei finds itself there because I can’t pass up taking a chance on samurai anime. (After all, the samurai genre made me an anime fan to begin with; though good samurai anime seem harder and harder to find.) Nor can I pass up a good dystopian anime, hence ACCA. (One never knows when one will come across another Psycho-Pass or Shinsekai Yori.) Lastly, who would not take a chance on a show with a dragon maid?
There you have my brief reasons for what I’m going to watch this season. Now, let’s move onto the resolutions half of this post! I took a long hiatus to recalibrate my writing and to give myself a little break from anime. For the future, I intend to include more posts on older anime, both from the recent past, the 90’s, and the old school years. (The 90’s will never be considered old school to me–no matter how much time passes.) So, you ought to see articles like “Notes to Old Anime” in addition to posts detailing my thoughts on currently airing ones. An essay on Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and the French Revolution is in the offing, and maybe essays on the following:
1) Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (aka Silver Fang) – Two articles are circulating in my mind: one on the over-seriousness of the series and another on why I liked the Jack London-esque beginning more than the Daniel P. Mannix-esque middle.
2) Legend of Galactic Heroes – I really want to write about what I see as the true inspiration behind the anime, and it’s not WWI.
3) Galaxy Express 999 – A true gold mine of compelling ideas, but I’ll try to not write too exclusively on it.
4) Ashita no Joe II
5) Denno Coil
8) Donten ni Warau (aka Laughing under the Clouds)
9) You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle
Then again, most of my essay ideas come from books, so I also want to revive my reviews of spiritual and Catholic books (a post on Fr. Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World and Fr. Basil W. Maturin’s Christian Self-Mastery are upcoming), medieval works and works about medieval times (I’m halfway done with Dan Jones’ The Wars of the Roses, a history on the wars which inspired George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books), and the Nihongo no Hon series of mine–a valuable exercise in Japanese. I’ve also set up the long shot goal on Goodreads of reading one hundred books this year. One down, ninety-nine to go. 🙂
May you all have a Happy New Year and happy blogging!