Pointless Debate #32: Remembering the Malaise Era

This just about captures my feelings for the time.

It’s certainly been a long time since I used the term “Malaise Era” to refer to anime. Actually it goes back to that terrible idea of writing 40 posts in 40 days about the anime of the 00s. I can’t help but do a lot of revisiting that time period since much of the terribad anime actually predates the period I’m talking about. I’m referring specifically to the period from roughly 1997 through 2005. Continue reading

Pointless Debate #3: Second Season Syndrome

Have you ever gotten to a stage in life where you have reached a goal and then complacency set in? There are plenty of examples of bands making second albums that are garbage or the exact same in comparison to their first, athletes playing hard on a contract year and then mailing it in once they have their money or politicians ignoring their constituents with re-election seemingly in the bag. This being an anime blog after all, there are plenty of examples from that world too. Continue reading

40 Seasons in 40 Days: Summer 2003

You know a series is bad when this is the most memorable moment, and no one even remembers the buildup to this

Today I wrap up my look at the year 2003 in the 25th day of this retrospective. I also have to start by saying 2 of the 4 items examined today are candidates for personal worst anime of the decade. Perhaps this season was the absolute rock bottom of the malaise era. I certainly hope so.

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Fall 2001

A long time ago, this would have worked as high-level service material. Now, it's probably not worth noting.

The fall of 2001 was an eventful time for multiple reasons. With this being malaise era and all, there wasn’t all that much to watch. The number that follows pretty much falls in with other seasons.

I begin this week with Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, which had unfortunate timing when it came to its release. The opening credits are a sort of slice of life look at a city that is practically New York for all intents and purposes. The major plot line of the movie revolves around a terrorist plot with a chemical weapon. Oh and the release date was September 1st of that year. Though it took a while for me to see it here, a few weeks later via a fansubbed version of something that was shot using a camcorder, it still had a lot of impact. It’s a good movie, irregardless of the fact it never actually had to be made, it just was a little unfortunate.

Mahoromatic is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me if I’m completely honest. While nearly everything in my brain tells me that there are problems with the story and how such a seemingly inept organization could remain a secret from the public doesn’t even make sense. Yet, I keep coming back to it often enough to make it one of my favorites. Even the fanservice which makes up 80% of a lot of episodes doesn’t bother me.

Hellsing supposedly has an epic quality dub that I have never watched, though that might be because they hired a bunch of English people to do it. Anyway, this is a vampire story which does not follow the traditional vampire canon, but this was always more action-oriented. Much more Blade than Twilight obviously. There aren’t very many weak characters in this show, which I thought was a major plus, though Seras does step into that role when convenient. Ultimately, I wouldn’t call this anything more than a good action series with dated animation and copious amounts of blood.

Highlights from Unseen or Unfinished Items

Millenium Actress seems like quite the interesting little story, at least as far as the story of a character’s life goes. X seemed a little strange to me before I dropped it, but it was right at the point where a certain event changes things. Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 probably doesn’t include the bit about getting dumped out by Turkey in the 2nd round. The Prince of Tennis ran for a long time, and has plenty of fans. I might have been more interested if my own experience of tennis wasn’t being mercilessly killed by private school kids in high school. Hikaru no Go never struck me as something that would be popular either.

40 Seasons in 40 Days: Fall 2002

Fourth wall? What fourth wall?

Part 3 of this 40 part series takes a trip back a little over 3 years from yesterday’s post. The best way I can think of summarizing it is the season of sequels. There were a number of shows in their second season, or would go on to have multiple seasons made…eventually. Again, I could have chosen better over the years and that will come up in my unseen section at the end.

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