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.
Recently there was an article recommending LGBT YA books. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the source. However, it definitely impacted my reading in the month of June.
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.
Askeladd’s band is on the run with Prince Canute as their hostage, but their pursuers are not who they expected. When facing down certain death, everyone has to make their own decisions about how they will live–or die.
Paradox recently started his first play-through of Persona 4 for the PS2. With it on, it’s hard for me to put my attention on anything else (unless he happens to be level grinding), so I haven’t been consuming very much media of any sort (except perhaps music while running). There’s been a fair amount of rain, not to mention pollen, in the air so I’m finally getting back into my reading ways.
K-ON! is one of those shows that everyone talked when it first came out (and when it was finally released in the U.S.), but it’s not one that seems to have had a lot of lasting impact on anime fandom (or at least not in my circles). However, it was well-received initially, so I blind bought it awhile back, and finally took the time today to check it out.
I probably overindulged in the number of anime I attempted to keep up with this season. Given that I never got around to a part 2 of the mid-season review, it’s apparent that I struggled to keep up with a few of the series that didn’t draw me in completely in the first episode or two, even if I did like them well enough to keep them on the watch list. All that said, I was quite impressed with several of the entries to the Winter Anime 2015 season. Overall, the season was a mix, but of the shows I stuck with, the majority will probably be purchased if they receive physical releases, and many will also be re-watches with Paradox down the road.