The Return of the Recap 34

Since it's Cinco de Mayo, may as well throw in Mexico's greatest anime character.
Since it’s Cinco de Mayo, may as well throw in Mexico’s greatest anime character.

Yet another week has passed in the world of animation from Japan, as well as real time of course. It’s safe to say that we are now firmly entrenched in the middle of the season. Typically, I find that this isn’t a very interesting part of the season. Usually, the really terrible shows have been weeded out by now. Those that do fail in the end will be known about 5-7 weeks from now. So what we are left with is a bunch of shows trying to make things interesting. So how did they do this week?

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Spring 2006

Behind this facade hides a vicious personality...just kidding.

The spring of 2006 is one of my favorite seasons of the decade, or at the very least one of the most interesting. For the two years prior, the number of new series had been climbing slowly, until this one, which was the real start of an explosion in production numbers. There’s quite a few popular shows from this season, and I probably didn’t hit them all to be honest.

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Fall 2004

I can't really describe the basic structure of Grenadier better than this.

The first half of this decade ends with the massive series dump that was the fall of 2004. Things were starting to pick up from a production standpoint. No longer was I limited to just a few fall series of which 1 or 2 would be good. There were now a bunch of options of which…a few would be good. The visual novel adaptations were also increasing in number, and that could only be good…right?

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Winter 2006

Evidently this scene was controversial to some people, Matsumaru is clearly within the "1/2 + 7" rule. Oh, it was something else wasn't it?

Fortunately, I never said anything about these posts being in any sort of chronological order. Yesterday’s post aside, the next 38 of these are in random order culminating with the current season on New Year’s Eve. The second post marks the beginning of the second half of the decade. While there are signs here of what was to come in what got green-lighted, my tendency to miss quality while dropping everything in sight probably began about this time.

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