krpalmer: (anime)
The start of a new year meant, among many other things, the start of another season of anime series, but in the first days of the year I watched the list of streaming announcements accumulate without quite seeming grabbed by any of it. (Exclusive licenses to streaming services I don't have subscriptions to or which hold episodes back until they're good and ready to pull in "binge-watchers" were a side note, but not quite a crisis in themselves.) This might have bothered me more than it did given I'd had the same problem for most of last year, but in its last three months I'd managed not just to start but to stick with a fair handful of streaming series. I could watch other people muttering about how thin the new season seemed while thinking my own anxieties had somehow reset; in any case, I still wasn't lacking for things to go back to.
Returning to start off: Planetes and Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans )
Two different catch-ups: Princess Tutu and Sound! Euphonium )
A standout catch-up: Flip Flappers )
More getting around to things: Full Metal Panic! and Lupin the Third series 2 )
Finishing up: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU )
krpalmer: (anime)
Over my last few "quarterly reviews" of anime watched I did start dwelling on how, for all that these three-month intervals correspond to the way new anime series roll out, I was playing less and less of the modern game of watching those series through online streaming. It wasn't the obvious and oft-proclaimed tragedy of "falling out" with anime itself given the slightly-older to "older" series I was watching, but the whole situation of "this first description didn't grab me the way it did others; this description did seem sort of interesting but I don't have a subscription to the service it's on; the stiff price I know this series will be ultimately be sold for if at all somehow still places a shadow over it; I took a chance on this show but it's not much fun watching it when everyone else winds up complaining a few episodes in" felt far from ideal.

If not in the very nick of time, though, the past three months were different at last, as several descriptions caught my attention. The new alliance between the online streaming service Crunchyroll and the more traditional disc-producing company Funimation could have helped put more options within my casual reach. More than that, I managed to stick with the shows I started, even if there were still problems with "the real jackpot is when your sagacity is shown by everyone else liking what you do," and added ambiguities about how slow the particular message board I've focused on for a long time has become, at least when it comes to week-by-week discussions. It is somehow different to "watch a show by myself at my own pace" (even if that pace may only be twice as fast as "once a week"), anyway.
Streaming, part 1: WWW.Wagnaria and Izetta: The Last Witch )
Streaming, part 2: Brave Witches and Keijo!!!!!!!! )
Two different takes: Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans and Turn A Gundam )
Two takes on something else: Animation Runner Kuromi and Shirobako )
Catching up to the crowd: One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100 )
To round things out: Symphogear G and Princess Tutu )
krpalmer: (anime)
I've led off my last few "quarterly reviews" of anime watched by dwelling on how few brand new series of late I've managed to even start viewing, much less stuck with, but in the three months just past I suppose I hit rock bottom, not watching any brand new series at all. One weak defence I could offer was that I knew I'd be going on a vacation in the middle of those three months; to be oppressed by memories of other vacations that had meant not just enforced breaks from watching weekly series but dwelling on how negative the opinions of everyone else on them had become until I'd convinced myself to abandon them seems to have its own small problems, though.

Being oppressed by that did at least point out how I wasn't quite facing "no capsule descriptions even appealed to me," however. It was a bit of a surprise to see the anime adaptation of a manga called "orange" had begun, but it just so happened I had started buying the manga itself without thinking about the upcoming anime, and hadn't quite finished it yet. "Starting with the manga" does seem to get in the way of "getting to the anime" for me these days; I at least wound up hearing the adaptation had hit some pretty rough patches along the way, and the "a future tries to help the present" manga had wound up more appealing to me than, say, Erased's "the present tries to change the past." It was that much more of a surprise to hear Funimation had licensed the new Love Live spinoff. That might have overcome the general uneasiness already mentioned and provided the push for me to sign up for their own streaming service at last, except for one more bit of casual contempt from someone else towards that service run into at the exact wrong moment adding to the nagging, half-irrational fear that since the animation studio Sunrise produced both Love Live and Gundam, the mere fact of Love Live Sunshine being a "spinoff" meant it would end up under the precise cloud of opprobrium most of the Gundam "alternative universes" seem weighed down by. A few months after that, though, the sudden announcement that Funimation and the streaming service Crunchyroll would start cooperating was a somewhat more pleasant surprise, if one I had scarcely even conceived of before with the impression Crunchyroll was where "everyone else" promoted their content. Whether this will mean in turn "everyone else" will start striking exclusive deals with still other services I don't have subscriptions for either is another question, however, and I suppose I don't even know if Love Live Sunshine (which seemed to be received with at least some positive reactions) will wind up part of the shared content before it's available for sale on discs over here anyway.
Continuing: Turn A Gundam and Giant Gorg )
Manga preparation: High School DxD New and Nichijou )
Short efforts: She and Her Cat and Inferno Cop )
One-shots: Girls und Panzer, Under the Dog, The Ancient Magus' Bride )
Revisiting: Iria and Shirobako )
krpalmer: (anime)
Three months ago, I suppose I was thinking not just of the latest season of anime series starting up to be officially streamed, but also how in the past few seasons I'd had trouble watching new series that way. Any possibility of making more of an effort to join the crowd this time, though, might have gone by the wayside when I got sick just a few days into April; recovering I didn't seem to have the motivation or opportunity to at least take in lots of first episodes the way so many seem to. While a few series had sounded more interesting than others, exclusive licensing deals and the sudden promise of English subtitles on the expensive Macross Delta Blu-Rays leaving me with the feeling that to watch the show "fansubbed" would somehow obligate me to shell out for importing it (an obligation, I fear to admit, that seems much more broken when it comes to series being sold for premium prices over here, even if those seemingly steep costs are less than in Japan) chewed away at them. With all of that I did pick up a few shows and stick with them a bit longer than with some others from seasons just past, but further developments just a little later on took their own peculiar tolls until I was once more hardly following any discussion threads.

Despite that accumulation of small misfortunes, though, I didn't lack for anime to watch and grow interested in as I watched it. While a good number of series I was watching were older ones, the newer series I did watch seemed to fit in. While I did think at times how I wasn't watching quite as much anime even that way as I had been at the start of the year, I was also aware I'd added an additional competition to assorted long-running hobby projects by putting a fair bit of time into the Love Live School Idol Festival mobile game, which does have a definite connection to anime.
Efforts made: Gundam Unicorn re: 0096, Kiznaiver, and Space Patrol Luluco )
Finishing up: Lupin the 3rd Part 4 and Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact )
On the weekends: Creamy Mami, Gyrozetter, and Sally the Witch )
From days gone by at last: Turn A Gundam and Giant Gorg )
krpalmer: (anime)
As another new year got under way, I was looking at all the anime DVDs and Blu-Rays I've piled up over long years of buying them faster than I can watch them (although I've been conscious in the months just past of seeming to have just about cauterized any internal urge to buy the expensive "quasi-imports" that reassure executives in Japan cheap fans over there won't be tempted to "reverse import") and contemplating just which of them to open, but also hoping, with a feeling that might have had a first, slight resemblance to desperation, I'd be a bit luckier this season at taking interest in new shows streaming everyone else wouldn't sour on straight off. In the first three months of this year, however, a few surprises affected both of those intents.
Starting off: Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact )
Weekend diversions: Creamy Mami and Gyrozetter )
An unexpected discovery: Paranoia Agent )
The lone survivor: Erased )
The next surprise: Love Live! series 2 )
Continuing on: Lupin the Third series 4 )
krpalmer: (anime)
I've spent slices of this year just sort of reflecting on having watched anime for quite a while, and made a proper anniversary of it by watching several series from "decades past." Looking the other way, though, could trouble me a little. I kept having trouble finding new series streaming online (on the limited number of streaming services I do subscribe to) that sounded interesting to me; for some reason, I'm not as eager as some to play the modern game of just starting to watch everything available and pruning my viewing list mere weeks later with a shrug. With all the series I've bought over the years (and sometimes for slim enough reasons) I never lacked for things to watch anyway, but I can think that at some point the series I'm not watching now will be what's for sale.
Starting off: Your Lie in April, Another, and Mazinger Z )
Some effort made: Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans )
Moving along: Hidamari Sketch Honeycomb and Angelic Layer )
Finishing off: Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Bodacious Space Pirates, and Wagnaria )
krpalmer: (anime)
Three months ago, even as I made up my second "quarterly summary" of anime watched in what's for me a multifold "anniversary year," I did dwell a bit more on one continuing development. While I'd pretty much liked the shifting mix of older and recent shows I'd just seen, I'd also sat out altogether the modern game of watching that season's new series week-by-week streaming. A complex mix of feelings had gone into that, and while they might all have been plain irrational, I suppose I could wonder where straight lines might point.

Straight lines can also bend, though, and just like in last year's summer I did manage to pick back up on streaming. While I wound up seeing a few people complaining the season felt thin for them, starting from zero makes anything more a plus. I suppose it helped that some sequels to series I'd seen were showing up: that's good for avoiding "not getting grabbed by the initial summaries" and at least did a bit to hold down the fear of "starting to watch something the discussion of turns to condemnation." I even managed to avoid being completely discouraged from beginning some series at all by thoughts that, despite even sounding sort of interesting, they'd only be available for later purchase as take-it-or-leave-it "quasi-imports" twice the price or more of any seemingly comparable amount of video sold on this side of the Pacific. With all of that, though, I was still watching plenty of "older and recent" series, taking them at my own pace and perhaps freer to let my reactions be my own with the majority opinions already set and not discouraging, at least in some cases.
An odyssey again completed: Gundam Seed )
Rounding out the anniversary: Psycho-Pass and Mazinger Z )
Back to streaming: Knights of Sidonia, Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Wagnaria 3, and Classroom Crisis )
A progression of sorts: Princess Jellyfish, Genshiken Second Generation, and Outbreak Company )
One-shot experiences: Little Witch Academia 2, Shirobako OVAs, Robot Carnival, and Mighty Atom )
One more to finish things: Symphogear )
krpalmer: (anime)
Three months ago another new season of anime series was getting under way, but I didn't seem quite able to join in the general anticipation. In half a month I'd be leaving on a vacation, and while I was preparing to bring an assortment of encodings to stay on the self-imposed schedule for the antique series I'd started watching at the beginning of the year as a sort of commemorative project, I suspected I'd have neither the connections nor the time to keep up with streaming too. That had me remembering years past when I'd left on other vacations chased by the feeling the series I'd been watching streaming now seemed burdened by fine cases of contempt from what seemed everyone else on the message board I follow, and in the enforced break from routine found myself mentally rehearsing seemingly clever explanations for why I was dropping the series until not returning to them on getting back was pretty much automatic. Even if I did think at times I'd be leaving so early in the season negativity might not have had the chance to really settle in, with all of that in mind it just seemed none of the capsule descriptions in the licensing announcements were grabbing me. That might not have even taken into account how, once I'd got over the uncomfortable feeling the series Funimation licensed for streaming were disproportionately represented among those I'd dropped, the seemingly wide-spread disdain for its private-label streaming service kept me from watching anything on it at all for the simple fear I might see the point of that negativity, or the troubling sense I'm developing a distinct taste of preemptive "sour grapes" towards the series licensed by Aniplex of America and Pony Canyon USA because of how expensive their video releases will be.

In any case, a new season was under way, and I wasn't watching anything from it. I was completely aware this followed from the season before, where I'd only started watching one "all-new" series, and that on a last-moment whim only to drop it three episodes in. I was a bit less aware of missing the first episodes of the old reliable Ace of the Diamond in its new time slot until all of a sudden I was concluding I wasn't that interested in seeing its high school baseball team start to climb the greasy pole again. Still, as often as I've worried about those who sit around and complain to anyone within earshot how anime has abandoned them, the older series to watch before and during my vacation and the stacks and stacks of DVDs and Blu-Rays to open something from once I got back (there didn't seem quite time to get through even a short series before leaving) kept me from dwelling too much on that.
Getting to a conclusion: Sailor Moon )
More old stuff: Cat's Eye and Mazinger Z )
Starting into the new: Strike Witches 2 )
A daring return (at length): Gundam Seed )
A second experience: From the New World )
One more old milestone: Dallos )
The new replacement: High School DxD )
Finishing things off: Amagi Brilliant Park )
krpalmer: (anime)
This year will mark thirty years since I first happened on Robotech on TV and became so interested in one story (even if certain people might put quotation marks around "one") told through animation that I eventually (if not nearly as fast as some) pieced together it hadn't been just a singular achievement from a vanished time and indistinct place; it'll also be twenty years since I went off to university and started going to the anime club showings there, primed by that old interest (even if I hadn't had the cash or the courage to seek out and watch more animation from Japan in my last years at high school) and ten years since the tempo of my purchasing anime DVDs picked up to where I wasn't taking breaks in between watching series. I know there are anime fans older than I am, and certainly fans who know much more than I do, but I do still feel like there's a certain patina of experience on me by now. That longevity still surprises me at times, though, and all I can say is that I got over realising how the "limited animation" gets parcelled out among "standing around and talking," "stock sequences," and "things that do look pretty good," and then got over what a lot of other people seemed to wind up fixating on as "fixed settings" and "fixed characters," to contemplate the possibility that after everything the character styles appeal to me and that's a good part of that. I've also wondered if coasting on memories of Robotech until I got to university might have helped in its own way, too: I might have avoided the feeling that something picked up in the teenaged years would be left behind with them.
Starting off way back when: Mazinger Z )
The continuation: Clannad After Story )
More revisiting: Cat's Eye and Sailor Moon )
Continuing on: Ace of the Diamond, Gundam Build Fighters Try, Parasyte, and Shirobako )
Challenges and responses: Aldnoah Zero, KanColle, and Strike Witches )
Finishing off: Steins;Gate and Hidamari Sketch SP )
krpalmer: (anime)
Looking back every three months at the anime I watched in them doesn't seem to demand remembering too many opinions, and it also happens to align with the way new series show up. Introducing one of these summaries, though, always seem to suggest saying a bit more. Some of the old standards for building an introduction around, however, weren't quite as ready to come to mind this time. If we are on a fixed track towards "paying appropriate amounts for appropriate releases on disc--don't you know things are different in Japan?", it's all happening at a comfortable remove from sight right now. As for an older concern I would set up quarter after quarter only to knock down every time, at the start of the past three months I took interest in the brief preview summaries of enough new series to start watching them through official streaming so that my "once a week" slate stayed pretty full with the series continuing from the previous season, with time left to watch some shows on disc that I'd managed to miss the first time around only to notice everyone else getting interested in, and therefore not inclined to dwell on old worries about "having to accept one day I might have to find something else to occupy my time." It therefore took a little while to get the introduction just right.
Starting off: Attack on Titan )
Continuing: Argevollen, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, and Akame ga Kill! )
Two different takes: Gundam Build Fighters Try and Reconguista in G )
Happened on: Parasyte and Shirobako )
Getting to: Girls und Panzer and Love Live! )
Revisiting: Clannad )
Finishing theatrically: The Garden of Words and Patema Inverted )
krpalmer: (anime)
At the start of this year, I looked at the big "season preview" images and the announcements of what anime series would be streamed and where, and wound up not watching any new shows. I didn't worry too much about that; I was carrying some series forward from the previous season anyway. Three months later, though, I looked at the preview images and the announcements again and only started watching one new show, and that a series I was just hoping the opinions of others wouldn't be too relentlessly negative towards. That did get me thinking ahead to when these latest series would eventually be for sale on disc, and whether extending the trend forward would make me far too much like those people who seem to be complaining all the time about how "they didn't abandon anime" (as much as a few other people perhaps wish they would), "anime abandoned them."

Certain straight-line projections into the future end up looking foolish in the face of unexpected changes, however, and three months ago I looked at the preview images and the announcements for the third time this year and surprised myself by filling a respectable slate of new series to watch through weekly streaming and thinking a few more shows would've been interesting to watch too if only I'd had the time. That might, though, have replaced one worry with another. As much as I hope I'll "hit the jackpot" with another show like Puella Magi Madoka Magica or Kill la Kill, where the excited reactions and speculation builds in a virtuous cycle week by week, the risk seems greater that less positive reactions will reinforce each other and drag down my own feelings before I quite seem to reach that point myself.

In any case, all these new series to watch might have been the push needed to do something I'd been toying with for a while. Finding my cheap home office desk chair uncomfortable to just sit back on and watch, I bought not a more expensive chair but an economical wireless router and the cheapest streaming video TV add-on on the store shelves nearby to watch from the improved comfort of my downstairs armchair. The setup has worked pretty well. In reducing the old distinction between "watching anime streaming on my computer upstairs" and "watching anime off discs on my TV downstairs," though, I may have increased my distance from the old thought that streaming is just a waypoint to owning discs with the series on them to eventually watch again. Always aware of how I buy anime faster than I can watch it, though, I'm not too troubled by that. There are also those intimations and worries the Japanese companies of the "anime industry," convinced there's more money in these later days in concentrating on an irreducible core of "cost is no object" collectors, will cut out the middlemen and "harmonize" prices over here, just happening to protect their home market in the process; with that in mind, becoming content with watching series streaming doesn't seem bad at all. (After that thought, though, there's another thought that the streaming back catalogue will be pared back much faster than it is now in the same "because they can" spirit...)
Starting off: Captain Harlock and Super Robot Wars )
First up, first off: Glasslip and Sailor Moon Crystal )
Mecha mayhem: Captain Earth, Argevollen, Aldnoah Zero, and Knights of Sidonia )
Also streaming: Akame ga Kill and Ace of the Diamond )
The last addition: Sasameki Koto )
Shifting gears: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu )
The late replacement: Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun )
Finishing off: Eden of the East and Mach GoGoGo )
krpalmer: (anime)
I continued to watch a considerable amount of anime in the past three months, but as it seems I always have to find something to be concerned about somewhere with respect to it, I was aware in the first days of April that while new series were being announced for release through official streaming, I would look at those announcements and not feel compelled to watch them. This divergence from "the way things have worked out now" could get to me; for all that I have stacks and stacks of things still to watch I suppose I was projecting ahead to the future when the series now streaming were available for sale on disc over here and wondering. For the moment, however, I didn't seem to be lacking for interest in the things I was watching.
The *other* dose of nostalgia: Dairugger XV )
Hopeful impulses rewarded for once: Haganai )
Not quite out of the loop: Captain Earth and Ace of the Diamond )
Spun off and spinning up: A Certain Scientific Railgun )
On to a sequel: Wagnaria 2 )
The whole thing now: Mardock Scramble )
Preparation: Macross Frontier )
Another whole thing: Gundam Unicorn )
A sequel speedily arrived at: Haganai Next )
Conclusion: the Macross Frontier movies )
krpalmer: (anime)
As the new year started, I had a new plan for how to keep chipping away at the heap of anime DVDs and Blu-Rays I've managed to pile up. Where I'd spent most of last year picking out "sequels" and "spinoffs," now I was beginning to think of how I'd bought some series on disc and then, before getting to them, also begun picking up their manga versions with the thought they'd continue the story beyond what had been animated. However, also thinking manga might look "better drawn" or be "less toned down" than the anime does keep me from reading it until I've put in the more considerable investment of time necessary to watch the anime, and as volumes piled up I did get to feeling the stakes of finding out I didn't quite care for a story in the first place were rising. I therefore decided that this year I'd start off concentrating on the series I had both anime and manga for. Then, though, the conviction also hit me I can't let all the things still to be opened quite defeat me when it comes to going back to things every once in a while.
An imposed nostalgic return: Golion )
Starting to work towards manga: Highschool of the Dead )
A theatrical side note: Evangelion 3.0 )
More on its own: Sweet Blue Flowers )
More manga preparation: The Sacred Blacksmith and A Certain Magical Index )
Continued streaming: Golden Time, Space Brothers, and Ace of the Diamond )
Continued personal standouts: Gundam Build Fighters and Kill la Kill )
A discovery: Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions )
Wrapping up with movies: K-ON! and Wolf Children )
krpalmer: (anime)
As this year rolled to a close I was still watching a good number of new anime series through online streaming and still chipping away at the discs I've piled up. Along with that routine, I also had the chance to try a strategy I've been waiting a while for, ordering anime from the end-of-year sales of the online store I've long frequented in quantities grandiose enough to meet their raised free shipping threshold. All of a sudden, I wasn't lacking for "shows I wanted to get," even if some part of that might have either having forgotten or plain managing to ignore the reasons tossed out on the message board I frequent to disdain an assortment of domestic releases.
Leading off: El Cazador de la Bruja and The Rose of Versailles )
Adventures in streaming: Beyond the Boundary, Golden Time, and Ace of the Diamond )
Fallen by the wayside: Infinite Stratos 2 and Galilei Donna )
Personal standouts: Gundam Build Fighters and Kill la Kill )
Along the way: Space Brothers and My Otome )
Rounding things out: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and Lupin the Third )
krpalmer: (anime)
With another three months gone by, once again I'm taking a look back at the anime I watched in them. I seemed to keep up a pretty brisk pace of viewing, but even a brisk pace just chips away a little faster at the DVDs and now Blu-Rays I've accumulated over time. When thinking of that, though, I can at least contemplate with a little more equanimity the end of an era where I made regular orders from the online store Right Stuf because everyone else on the anime message board I follow the closest seemed to order from it too and manage to get free shipping just by putting together pre-orders, regardless of whether I had a strong interest or just sort of an idle curiosity in each title. In waiting for a sufficient number of series to buy at once, though, I might be worrying about my buying intentions corroding in the face of regular crises on the board over "domestic" releases fallen from the audiovisual excellence of the Japanese originals. I've known for a while now that some of the most vocal figures there just buy the Japanese originals, but for just as long now I'm stuck with the reluctance to spend that much money for those releases that do have English subtitles, not to mention the reluctance to go to lengths to become fluent in Japanese and then spend that much more money on untranslated releases, to proclaim some measure of moral superiority. Even with all of that, though, I did manage to put one order together recently, in advance of the end-of-year sales no less.
Continuing on: K-ON!! and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood )
Back into the stream: Servant x Service, Gatchaman Crowds, and C3 Club )
Still more streaming: 'Watamote,' Genshiken Second Generation, Space Brothers, and AKB0048 )
More sequels: Dirty Pair Flash and Hidamari Sketch x365 )
Rounding things out: The Rose of Versailles )
krpalmer: (anime)
In the middle of the past three months, I went off on a vacation, and that meant something of a break from watching anime too. I could remember, though, occasional worries "taking breaks" might somehow amount to "breaking habits," and even in the face of that I'd gone to the lengths of trying not to leave series to be continued, but in this case I came back feeling invigorated and ready to get back to viewing. Then, however, I did have my parents staying over at my place for a while, another enforced pause of sorts, although when they looked at one shelf and asked me if I thought I'd ever get through all the videos on it I was able to tell them it was actually "books" in the form of manga volumes. As a matter of fact, anyway, I did finish off these three months with no anime preorders impending, thinking instead of end-of-year or perhaps in-stock sales. I suppose being away did mean missing the official beginning of two new online streaming sites with their own varying attempts to stand out in the field. In any case, though, when I did back to regular viewing that sense of invigoration did stay.
Finishing things off: My Otome and Transformers Victory )
In brief: Gundam Unicorn, Patlabor OVAs, and Little Witch Academia )
Outliers: Space Brothers and Voltes V )
Starting off: Aria the Origination and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood )
krpalmer: (anime)
Three months ago, I led off my look back at the anime I'd watched in the three months previous facing the new wrinkle of the online store I'd got into the habit of ordering all my anime from having raised its free shipping threshold, and in the three months since then I may have had to face compounding consequences. It's one thing to be establishing a fresh habit of "waiting until what I want to get can meet that still higher threshold," but perhaps not pre-ordering may accentuate the deadening effect of the constant complaints on the message board I frequent about how Blu-Ray releases over here don't sound as good or look as good as releases over in Japan, or worse yet have subtitles that can't be turned off, with the blame always pinned on the companies over here for not being able to negotiate adequate terms. The line between "I'll wait," "I'll wait and see," and "I won't get it at all, then" can seem to get pretty fine. Still, I hardly lack for DVDs to open yet. There's also the small yet interesting note of this being fifty years since the first television anime series premiered in Japan, as explained through year-by-year summaries by well-known anime weblog writers (although in my case at least I've made a few discoveries).
Starting off: Mobile Suit Gundam and Jubei-chan 2 )
Seeing what it's about: Hayate the Combat Butler )
Nostalgic modernity: The Garden of Sinners )
Up to the minute: Space Brothers, From the New World, and Vividred Operation )
Differing follow-ups: Transformers Victory and My Otome )
Added in: AKB0048 and Voltes V )
Movies, too: Madoka Magica and The Castle of Cagliostro )
krpalmer: (anime)
Every time I start one of these quarterly looks back at the anime I've watched in the past three months, I seem to wind up dwelling on some fear of being cut off from it in the future, if only to make a show of geting over that concern. As soon as I wasn't worrying quite so much about losing interest in anime the way so many other fans on certain message boards made a great deal of, I replaced that worry with the uncertain future of all the companies that translate it for consumption over here. I may not be dwelling quite so much on that right now, but after thinking about that for so long something I hadn't quite been expecting (but perhaps should have) did happen. I had got into the habit a while ago now of ordering from one particular online store, in large part because everyone else on a notable message board talked about it. To save a bit of money with free shipping across the border (which at least compensated for never quite facing up to what the exchange rates and cash-on-delivery fees added up to), I had to make what seemed very considerable orders, and while I wouldn't say certain titles in my "backlog" wound up there just to get free shipping, my interest in getting to them might have been somewhat less strong than other series. At last, though, faced with rising shipping costs, the store had to raise its free shipping threshold still further. After toying with the idea of ordering "just what I really want to see" and dealing with the shipping fees as they come, the thought of waiting for the end-of-year sales also happened to me, and I made some still larger orders at the end of this year with the thought that they, and of course my "backlog," would have to serve me for quite a while to come.

There was one interesting new thing I managed to do in the past three months, though. Happening to learn the anime club at my university was holding a special twentieth-anniversary showing, that there would be a "flea market" to sell DVDs and other merchandise at, and that alumni were welcome, I decided to make the journey back with a fair load of old DVDs, most of them series I had since bought newer releases said to be at least somewhat upgraded in video, but a few (alas) ones I was reasonably sure about being not that interested in going back to. While I spent most of my time at the showing behind a sales table, there was indeed something interesting about being among "fellow fans," seeing those in costume and talking a bit to some of them. I wound up selling quite a bit of what I'd brought, and despite some uneasy feeling at first about standing out as an alumni, I did notice some people who'd been in the fandom for a while, and talked with them a bit about how the club had changed over the years. (Things definitely seem more social now than they once were in the days when it wasn't so easy to come by anime...)
Once more, now with more: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya )
Finishing something off: Strawberry Panic )
Up to the minute: From the New World, Bakemonogatari, and Space Brothers )
Something old anew: Lupin the Third, first series )
A rare find (thankfully, perhaps): Strike Witches )
An evaluation: Angel Beats! )
Another visit: Martian Successor Nadesico )
In at the last minute: Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Alien Nine )
krpalmer: (anime)
Heading off on vacation in the past three months did give me a chance to take a break not just from work but from the pastime of watching anime DVDs. I had gone to some small lengths to not leave any series half-finished over the break where I could, but I suppose that did combine with the habitual feeling "so what is it going to be like this time?" as I start into something new to leave me with uncertainties about having "broken habits." That uncertainty might have lasted for an episode or two, though, so just perhaps the anxieties I do seem to shake off (or make a show of shaking off) every time I start another one of these looks back weren't so bad this time around.
Polishing things off: Transformers Masterforce )
Once again: Puella Magi Madoka Magica )
Movies: Project A-ko, Rebuild of Evangelion, and Dirty Pair )
Up to the minute: Total Eclipse, Rinne no Lagrange, and Space Brothers )
Fansub follies: Giniro no Olynssis )
Back into the swing: Wagnaria, Strawberry Panic, and Gundam Unicorn )
krpalmer: (anime)
These regular looks back at the anime I watched in the past three months can also provoke looks forward. I don't seem to have worried for a while about "burning out" without warning to be left with shelves full of unopened regrets just as I once kept noticing other fans seeming to make a big deal of. There are certainly series due to be released I'm interested in getting, and maybe even some tentative comments from some about there being some fairly respectable series being made these days. At the same time, while there's no immediate mood of overwhelming crisis in the North American anime-releasing industry, I suppose I did get to wondering "what if there were no anime discs being released over here one day, and what if larger forces lock down the internet to the point of 'fansubs' being stamped out at last just as collateral damage, and what if I'm stuck with a pay-per-view model when it comes to online streaming short of spending large sums to import discs from Japan that only might have subtitles"... which might mean nothing more than that I can let my worries run away on me.
Starting with continuations: Utena, My-HiME, and Aim for the Ace! )
Up to the minute: Bodacious Space Pirates, Space Brothers, and Kids on the Slope )
In the middle: Gundam Unicorn )
Getting back to some things: Squid Girl and Dirty Pair )
Getting on to some things: Hidamari Sketch and Transformers Masterforce )

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