Anime Taste Testing: Fall 2015 (Part II)

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It’s been an incredibly warm October here in southern rural Japan, but the chill is now finally setting in, and as per usual I’m contemplating my plans for hibernation. Luckily, anime serves as the perfect distraction from life the cold, especially when consumed with copious amounts of Blendy Stick. So, now that at least four episodes of each show has officially aired, let’s take a look at the follow-up to part one of my taste testing line-up. Continue reading

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Anime Taste Testing: Fall 2015

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I put on my fluffy socks again for the first time this week, which must mean that autumn has well and truly arrived. While I mourn the loss of summer, I’m not exactly grieving for the end of the summer anime season – though I maintain that there’s not really any such thing as a good or bad anime season, simply more or less titles that appeal to my personal taste. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Winter 2013/14 (Part II)

40. picture1I stand by what I said in my first part of this post a few weeks ago – it’s hardly the best season of the anime year, but it’s a very consistent one. I think I actually prefer this to seasons that do contain that groundbreaking title but which have me dropping over half the shows I originally sample. To me, it makes for a more satisfying viewing experience overall. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Winter 2013/14

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You know, I really didn’t anticipate such a solid winter line-up. Based purely on the first versions of the charts that came out, I imagined something of a snooze-fest – and to be honest, I don’t think we have any truly ground-breaking shows here. However, there are also very few shows that I’m dropping. Normally I pick 10 or so titles and end up either disliking or losing interest in at least half of them, whereas this time around I picked fewer titles but am happy with nearly all of them so far. Perhaps it’s not a season of standouts so much as it is a season of surprising consistency. Continue reading