12 Days of Something IV: I Wanted It To Be Good But…

Every year watching anime you start to notice patterns where very little is surprising in terms of quality. Just do a little research on a studio and director and your own tastes and 9 times out of 10 it will be exactly what you expected. This post is going to focus on those few shows that failed to live up to my expectation where tomorrow’s will be about those that exceeded them.

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Golden Time: A Quick Take

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Tada Banri’s first day at a Tokyo law school begins by getting lost on the way to the opening ceremony only to find himself sucked into the misadventures of others by the time the day is up. He first finds a new friend in Mitsuo, who like him is also attending the university to get away from something. That proves to be a girl who sees herself as Mitsuo’s fiance called Kouko, who introduces herself by slapping Mitsuo in the face with a bouquet of flowers. She later appears in the same lecture as the two of them since there was absolutely no way she would let Mitsuo get away. Banri is eventually left on his own and runs into two other girls while thinking about his real goal of falling madly in love with a girl. Will he manage to get there?

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A Look Ahead to the Fall and Why it Doesn’t Really Matter

There's the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.
There’s the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.

I will get this statement of fact out of the way quickly. There are 47 series airing in the fall. Only 2 of them are continuations of series that began in the summer. One of them is Kingdom which doesn’t really count. When you have that many shows I think it’s kind of pointless to write a lot on each and every series. I think I wrote about 3000 words on 20 organizations engaging in a competitive business against each other over the course of 9 months. That’s the most distant description I could write of describing sport I could think of by the way.

Not even having a popular voice actor can make minor characters popular.
Not even having a popular voice actor can make minor characters popular.

I’m still going to look ahead to the coming season for the reason that it presents an interesting case. There is a hell of a lot of noise when it comes to looking at what’s being released. Light novel adaptations, sequels, sports anime, game adaptations and combinations of those 4 are the dominant shows. I think one can’t go wrong with a known quantity with this much going on. I don’t blame anyone for that because inevitably there’s going to be a ton of crap. Hidden gems are extremely unlikely because everything is known beforehand in this blogosphere. When a series is announced, it seems like a perception takes effect based on just a few facts about it and its either terrible, great or forgotten entirely. I’m still going to watch most of these to get an impression of where they are coming from and I present these to you knowing that I’m just as biased as everyone else. I’ll try to keep it short since I don’t think you want to 5000 word walls of text.

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