In this part I will be discussing news, anime, and manga sort of information that happened throughout the year. However in this part it will only be what happened through January all the way to the end of June. So my main focus will be on the winter and spring anime seasons.
The Winter Season
The winter season I have viewed a little weird. I only really started watching a lot of anime the spring of the previous year on a season basis, although I watched very few shows that previous winter season, so this was really the first. I find it odd mostly because you are dealing with the shows that began to air in the fall as they enter their second half before reaching their climax. There is nothing wrong with that.
The shows that really stuck out to me during that time that finished were Kill la Kill, Golden Time, Strike the Blood, Tokyo Ravens, and Samurai Flamenco. Kill la Kill stayed solid all the way through. Golden Time was always a bit rocky, when it came to the relationship; I do not mean to make it sound like the show was bad, far from it. Strike the Blood and Tokyo Ravens, although a little generic, still managed to be the shows that I would look forward to on a weekly basis. Then there was Samurai Flamenco, I can get the fact that it was a parody of the superhero genre, but how it started did not make it feel that way. To me it just continued to go down a slope and was not stopping to make it worse and worse. I had hopes that it would get better, but to me it did not. It made its way to one of the shows I regret watching. At the same time it was the starting episodes that are really enjoyable, and wish the show just stopped after the second arc.
The Fall seasons leftovers continued on until they finished. At the same time new life was brought in the Winter line-up. Some brought out new energy, while others seemed to be as dull as the winter sky. With that first day of January it brought the announcement of Sword Art Online 2.
One of my favorite comedies second season began, Seitokai Yakuindomo, which brought the laughs on a weekly basis just as much as the newbies like D-Frag and Robot Girls Z. Others on the other hand, even with the comedy still brought forth a decent amount of action like Witchcraft Works and World Conquest Zvezda Plot.
There were far and few that were good that I wish I continued like Nisekoi and Noragami, but unfortunately I forgot about them, despite their decent stories. Then there were some in general that revolutionized how anime runs, having a dub before the sub like Space Dandy, was a mistake in missing.
Then there was one, Buddy Complex, the first mecha series I watched. Although I saw Code Geass, this was the one that got me into the mecha genre as a whole. Without that I never would have seen shows later that year like Captain Earth or the amazing Adnoah Zero.
There was also a plentiful amount of news as well, that made fans just giddy with excitement, the announcement for the Fate Stay Night remake as well as Akame ga Kill anime as well as many others as time passed on.
There were plenty more shows out there, some I saw, and some I forgot despite wanting to see. Some are forgettable, but there others that you wish you never forgot.
The Spring Season
The Spring season soon came with a complete batch of new shows and some old favorites, at least for myself, Date A Live 2 as well as Fairy Tail. Then some gave me a new favorite in terms of manga, Byrhilder in the Darkness, which the only flaw in the anime is that they try to shove a hundred chapters, thirty seven of which in the final two episodes, in the span of just thirteen episodes.
The Irregular at Magic High School came with a dull beginning, despite its original hype, and was easily dropped despite it being interesting. The same came for Black Bullet which also seemed a bit unsatisfying come the finally. The World is Still Beautiful and One Week Friends filled the void that Golden Time left me. The shocking Selector Infected WIXOSS, came and soon ended the first season. I might not have finished the show until well after it finished, but it is up there competing for one of the best originals this year. But who would have thought that Kanjo ga Flag o Oraretara’s main enemy would be a boat, sorry for that spoiler.
There was the resurrection of fans from Soul Eater getting the spin-off of Soul Eater Not! There were a few here and there that were surprisingly good, despite what one would first entail, No Game No Life and Chaika The Coffin Princess, both setting new spins on the fantasy genre in different ways. There is also the fact that the two can be some of the most unforgettable this year as well.
Despite the lovers of Bakemonogatari getting the news that the five new episodes getting moved several months there was still the majorly popular Mekakucity Actors. With the same director, more talking, and actually more action then one would expect, it was a highlight of this year when it came to shows about talking.
There was plenty more from the return of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, The File of Young Kindaichi Returns, and Mushi-shi. The spring defiantly left its mark when it came to returning old classics with new life. It was an excellent start to continue the year.
This Article will continue in Part Two on December 27.