Anime Lookout | Winter 2018

Going into this season, I was not expecting to be pleasantly surprised. After the last few years of winter anime being mostly dry and boring, I found it hard maintain any kind of optimism for 2018’s first anime offerings. Yes there were some exciting returning shows, and even a new effort from the ever talented Masaaki Yuasa, but in terms of overall quality I wasn’t expecting much. And yet, I came out of this season with a fuller slate than I could have ever anticipated. Very few of these anime could be considered top tier sure, but the amount of solid slice of lifes isn’t exactly a kick in the pants either. There were some definite stinkers (this is a winter season after all), but considering my initial worries I couldn’t have asked for a more solid turnout.

Anyways, that’s enough with the preamble. Let’s get on with the show! Continue reading

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Anime Lookout | Fall 2017 Part 2

You know considering how few anime I ended up finishing in the spring and summer seasons, I’m kind of shocked by how strong this year ended up being overall. In a lot of ways, the fall season salvaged 2017’s anime line up, with a whole bunch of franchise favorites dropping alongside a fresh slate of fantastic adaptations. In fact, I ended up dropping a lot of shows because there was just too much for me to reasonably keep track of. As such you may notice a lot of otherwise decent shows like Mr. Osomatsu 2 and The Idolm@ster: Side M aren’t featured here. If this had been a lesser season, I would have watched all of them to completion, but alas my motivation for them faded.

That being said, this leaves us with a list of shows that are frankly pretty fantastic. I hope you’re ready for a lot of compliments, because there isn’t going to be much negativity in the following entries. Anyways, let’s get on with the show! Continue reading

Anime Lookout | Fall 2017

Welcome back one and all to another season of Anime Lookout! As per usual, today we’ll be taking a look at a bunch of seasonal premieres, and boy oh boy, what a season this is. After a good few seasons of mixed to uninteresting preview content, we have a truly packed season filled with prestige titles, fan favorite sequels, and potential new blockbuster titles. To say I ended up watching a lot this season would be an understatement.

Enough with the preamble though, let’s get on with the show! Continue reading

Anime Lookout | Spring & Summer 2017 Part 2

Wow, I can’t believe it’s… October. Now I can already guess that many of you may be wondering what’s going on here. After releasing the very delayed Winter 2017 Part 2 post, some of you may have been expecting the Spring and Summer posts to come out sooner and not be combined together into some unholy word loaf. Well honestly the answer to this conundrum is shockingly simple: I just did not watch enough shows from the spring season to justify creating two posts.

Yeah, it turns out that in spite of my long current slate listed at the end of my first Spring 2017 post, that most of the shows I ended up watching were not one cour. I only ended up watching four shows from the season, and out of those four, three of them were two cour productions. As such it seemed like the best option would be combine two seasonal posts into one. Like killing two birds with one stone, you know?

Anyways, with that out of the way, I figure we should drop this rambling and get straight into the meat of things. Let’s get on with the show! Continue reading

Anime Lookout | Winter 2017 Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first installment of what I hope will become a regular feature of Anime Lookout. That’s right, after all these years of posting first impressions, I’ve decided to create a follow up post where I can annoy you with more of my pithy anime opinions! Great news am I right!?

In all seriousness though, I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while, and considering how far behind I was on my winter anime, I decided this would be the perfect time to try this out!. Below you’ll find some follow up blurbs on the shows I continued watching after I first wrote about them. In case you’re wondering where some of the shows I listed at the end of my Winter 2017 post went, well the answer is simple: I didn’t watch them!

Most of this can be chalked up to apathy, which is often the main reason I drop shows. An anime can be incredibly bad and baffling, but if it starts to make me shrug, then boy oh boy is it going to drop off my radar fast. I know there are probably a lot of good shows I didn’t watch (Konosuba 2, cough cough), but frankly I don’t have all the time in the world, and if I’m not feeling it, well then I’m not going to watch it.

With that preamble out of the way though, let’s get on with the show! Continue reading

Anime Lookout | Summer 2017 BONUS ROUND

– BONUS ROUND –

The Reflection:

Even before it was released, The Reflection was a pretty controversial title. Despite the staff including some incredibly talented names, this show received instant ire from some hardcore fans due to the involvement of Stan Lee. To many his creative direction was enough to sour them on the series. After all, a lot of people watch anime to escape traditional American comic book and animation storytelling. However other fans remained hopeful, since both its director Hiroshi Nagahama and character designer Yoshihiko Umikoshi cited this series as a passion project of theirs. With both being such big names in the industry, working on shows like Mushishi and My Hero Academia, it seemed a little ridiculous to brush off the entire project due to just one producer.

Personally, I was somewhere in the middle. On one hand I thought the Stan Lee hate was a bit over the top, but on the other I couldn’t help but be somewhat cautious. I mean, as much as I wanted to trust the staff, superheroes have just never been my thing. So in the end, I decided to reserve my judgement, and after waiting a few extra weeks for this first episode to premiere, I can finally cement my opinion on it. Continue reading

Anime Lookout | Summer 2017

Ah, summer time! The time of year when the sun shines down and students are free to relax on vacation. I know I’m enjoying my free time! That being said, even though early July would seem like the perfect time to release a whole bunch of new and cool anime, the summer anime season is rarely ever impressive. They’re never quite as dry as the winter season, but for the most part they tend to lack a lot of pazazz, featuring a few noteworthy titles here and there alongside some relatively forgettable genre shows.

Still, it’s always nice to dig through it all to find the gems, which is what I aim to do with these posts. So with that preamble out of the way, let’s get on with the show! Continue reading