I’ve seen a few folks comment that this was a particularly weak season, even for summer. At the surface, it could certainly seem like one, with what appear to be generic fantasy series, trite cute girls doing cute things, and try-hard drama, but after watching so many shows (including some I hadn’t planned to), there were certainly some very worthwhile shows to watch. Probably none of them will become classics or must-see shows, but I’m glad that I watched many of the shows that I did. Maybe not all of them, but certainly quite a few.
[Note: I had some trouble with the scheduling functionality on WordPress, so the first draft of this post went up a week early. Twice. I’m just not very good with the new WordPress interface. This does have additional content that wasn’t in that original incorrectly timed post.]
Tessie went running one evening, just like she always did. But Tessie didn’t return home. Instead, she was found with the bodies of other girls dumped in a shallow grave in a field of black-eyed susans. Remarkably, Tessie wasn’t dead. However, the innocent man who was convicted of the crimes soon will be unless Tessie can remember just what happened to her.
Rachel rides the same train every day from her flat to London for work. Everyday she gazes at the gardens of the houses on Blenheim Road and imagines a story for Jess and Jason, the couple she often sees when the train is stopped. Her imagination has always been rather active, according to her mother, but it goes much beyond that when her “Jess” goes missing and “Jason” becomes a suspect.
I started the season checking out 22 shows. I dropped 3 after the first episode, although I later picked one of those back up and added another that started streaming late. After getting through episode 6 of 21 series, I’m down to 18 that I’m continuing. There are 18 shows I couldn’t bring myself to drop after the first episode or even six episodes. Some are shows I’m truly enjoying, some are intriguing, and a couple I’m watching with a sort of perverse curiosity that I might end up regretting in the end, but not just yet.
Although I thought I’d watch a bit more anime at the end of last week (or perhaps even on Monday), final cosplay prep + recovery from Otakon kept me from getting through anything more until today. So a day later than I usually post on my weekly-ish schedule, but here are my final first impressions on the Summer 2015 season.
With final Otakon cosplay prep upon me, I didn’t get through quite as many shows as I had planned. Looks like there will be a First Impressions (Part 3) post next week–although only with a couple of series in it.
The ebb and flow of my interest in current season anime continues. During the Spring season I only picked up 1 series (My Love Story!!), and didn’t do a particularly good job on keeping up with those that continued forward (Ace of the Diamond season 2). However, for reasons unbeknownst to me, my mind/body wants to break the simulcast fast, and so I’m diving in to sample quite a few series from this season. Let’s see how many of them actually stick around for more than just the first couple of episodes–particularly those I decided to try out for the sake of morbid curiosity.
After three straight misses (two of which led to straight up dismissals from my anime collection), I was apprehensive starting up my next Backlog Sample: Red Garden. Aside from hearing about its unique setup for voicing the characters, there’s little else that I’d seen said about the series. There wasn’t much buzz when it was originally released, and it’s certainly not a show that people are still talking about. However, I’m happy to say I finally have a blind-buy purchase that works for me, at least to an extent. It’s about time.
Karluk and Amir are happy together, but face some struggles in their marriage when Amir’s anxiety over his safety leads to him feeling as if he were still a child in her eyes. However, greater turmoil is just around the corner for this pair and their families.