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
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
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
– BONUS ROUND –
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
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