Seasonal Impression Mashup (Take 2)


Instead of posting my first impressions (who cares about first impressions anyways? LOL an exercise at judging books by covers), I’d just like to reflect how this time of the year was this year and last year, and hopefully those things will chime with you and give you some idea what the hell I’m talking about. For one, I’m tired of being judgmental about anime. It’s not healthy to do it all the time, y’know?

But like last year and every year before that, some anime are more interesting than others. I remember last year I was reading a few blogs about Canvas 2, and heard about some long ass dumb debate on Animesuki forums regarding Canvas 2’s controversial ending. “Well, isn’t that interesting?” So I embarked to marathon it, finding it fairly compelling to watch. Or maybe those things happened out of sequence? I recall waiting for the last fansubs to come out in order to hold back from the full impact of the first impression of the ending would have on me.

I imagine some time this past year a lot of anime viewers took the same trip with many other shows. Simoun, Suzumiya Haruhi, and many others? But in the larger scheme of things anime companies are looking to expand their territories in the minds of its viewers: to grow more fans, to grow more people who’d give their shows a try, to grow more marketing opportunities and foreign interests, and of course, clamoring and accolades and $$$.

It’s no surprise that the big guns get out this time of the year. Shows like Saiunkoku Monogatari is wrapping up its year-run (3 cheers for Shuurei~) but what will take its place? It’s probably licensed, so a job well done. Gainax’s Gurren Lagann looks to capture a similar sort of thing, in a totally different way, on a different TV channel. Will it run a similar path? Or even a more lucrative one because of Gainax’s leverage and the genre itself? I don’t know. But that’s hardly the only player in the field. If there’s grass, you can play ball–even if that grass is made of dead people. Gonzo earns its name by resurrecting William Shakespeare himself in their adaptation of Romeo And Juliet, so … all is fair in an anime about love and war?

But no, it’s not fair. I have less time than ever to watch all these new shows (yet I do it anyways?) and that’s not counting a couple other shows that I’m dying to catch up from last season (Nodame most notably). Time is a cruel mistress indeed. On top of my obligations as a somewhat responsible human being, do I have to stress through plowing through countless raws, one show trying to outdo the other, appealing from one genre to the next and across and all over? It really pays to be an elitist asshole right about now.

We even have a space conquest anime about various alien races … at the same time with a doomsday anime with Shoji Kawamori mecha designs. Grah. Plus a new Bones anime. It’s like being a bee buzzing over a lovely meadow during springtime [insert Bee Train joke here]. The serial nature of anime means you’re really making an investment now to follow a show, which sort of locks you in for some time. Maybe that’s why first impressions are so important?

But blah, having a compelling pilot episode, as important as it may be, is not of what good shows are made of. Darker than Black, for example, calls on you to wait for episode 2, and I get the feeling of what makes that stuff good is all there.

It’s a frantic time of the year, but also a good time of the year. It’s just that I’m way too busy to celebrate?

7 Responses to “Seasonal Impression Mashup (Take 2)”

  • Sagacious C

    Man, it didn’t always be like this. I’d normally pick up a series or two a season, but over the course of the last couple years, I’ve been forced to follow an absurd amount of titles now. Of course, having an greater influx of quality titles is obviously a good thing; however, time is a commodity I’m currently lacking.

    That’s why I love “First Impression” posts, because they save me the trouble of having to sift through everything – the good and bad included. While it’s obviously not a good practice to judge books by their covers, I’d take the risk of missing out on a quality anime now and then, than having to waste time sitting through crap.

    Sigh. Even so, my current list of “Anime-to-Watch” is still a bit overwhelming: Darker than Black, SKULLMAN (I’m willing to give anything BONES makes a chance), Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, Hayate no Gotoku!, El-Cazador, Kiss Dum – Engage Planet, Claymore, Sisters of Wellber, Romeo x Juliet, Seirei no Moribito, Terra E, Bokurano, and Lucky Star.

    Good grief.

  • TheBigN

    It sucks for me a little bit more, since the serious stuff will happen once I’m on summer break. Then catching up becomes something of a chore (I still haven’t finished Simoun or Ouran, for example). But I like that shows seem to be getting better and better, making a lot of things potentially watchable.

  • TheBigN

    Oh yes. And that’s an awesome picture. ;D

  • omo

    One thing I forgot to research on is that, lol, more Saiunkoku Monogatari will take its place with the second season.

    Re: Sagacious C: First impression posts are a good way to sift through things, nine times out of ten they don’t work for me. YMMV, but generally speaking it’s not the first impression posts that will point me towards a show that I should watch, but those “ZOMG AWESOME” posts people make after they’re 2/3 the way into the series.

  • BluWacky

    I’m curious as to what your comparison between Gurren Lagann and Saiunkoku is supposed to be – I can’t imagine two more different shows, personally!

  • Impz

    You do know that Saiunkoku monogatari is having its second season and I am already blogging on the first episode ^^

    There’s just so much good stuff coming out that I am dizzy just trying to catch up ^^

  • dm

    Makoto jumped too far?

    Dragging the wrong folder to the trash freed up 90GB of disk space the other night. So much for my backlog! I get to start fresh!

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