At this point in the season, there’s just Studio Arms (actually Arms Corporation if we are being completely accurate) series Isuca left to air. So for the most part we can consider that all of the good shows have already started to air. That’s mostly good news for the anime fans out there that aren’t me. What lies ahead is probably one of the most sad first impression posts of the current season that you will read, but that’s mainly because this season has been so meagre from my point of view.
Every season lately it seems as though I’m able to find some flaw in anything new, which then goes on to ruin the experience. Maybe it’s a distinct lack of “must watch” feel to anything airing right now, but then again others would disagree with that. Maybe the last time I experienced that was watching one of the bad seasons of 24 and laughing off plot absurdity and disrespect for constitutional law like nothing. What follows is pretty much unfiltered rant material on everything I have watched this season.
Maybe this weekly update needs to be fine tuned a bit. The 5th episode of Durarara!! was my favorite episode of the week, but in the process of writing a post I found it quite difficult to actually put something together. It could be the echoes of James Joyce that I find in the series narrative that I find interesting, it could also be the fact that it isn’t too hard to find certain Ikebukuro landmarks in the series on Google Earth or a number of other things. Trying to put that together in just a single weekly update would probably be cheapening it up a bit. Whether I will ever get around to writing that particular post is an open question. Anyway, this will be more of a standard weekly update.
After watching the 2nd episode of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, I felt extremely frustrated to the point where I had to take a little break from watching anything new. The experience of watching Space Runaway Ideon while purely paying attention to body count suddenly had me clamoring for something where civilians weren’t being blown up out of fear. So a shorter post for this entry, really with just thoughts on the episode since anyone reading this probably would have caught the episodes or read somewhere else anyway.
Another 2 more series debuts today, which can have taglines like, “from the makers of Baccano!” (Durarara!!), and “from the mind of Shinbou Akiyuki” (Dance in the Vampire Bund). So there’s actual known qualities on the production side which, as someone who really should pay more attention to those details, qualifies as a bonus. Which means my season rankings get shifted down a couple spots in the end.