lorekai: Summer Anime 2014 Final Thoughts

As most of the series I’ve been following are coming to a close I thought now would be a good time to express my thoughts on this season’s anime I watched, just as a warning though there may be some mild spoilers.

 

Akame ga Kill:

This anime is brutal, very brutal, it is however an enjoyable watch, it’s almost a pleasant change to know that no character is safe. While the story is a bit lacking, the character designs are great and they stray enough from their archetypes to remain fun, and interesting. Aside from that this anime has some really nice action scenes, and a pretty decent soundtrack, definitely worth watching, especially as it’s only halfway through.

Also (here be spoilers) I don’t care what happened or what anyone says Bulat will always and forever be “best girl”, Esdeath is a pretty close second though. 

 

Aldnoah.Zero:

THAT SOUNDTRACK!!! I love this show, everything about it is fantastic, the characters, the story, the animation, the soundtrack, even the mech battles, the only thing that’s not fantastic is how long we have to wait for the next half. I’ll admit that theoretically it’s not that long a wait, but with a final episode like that, it’s going to seem like an eternity. I can’t recommend watching this anime enough, it’s genuinely great.

 

Ao Haru Ride:

I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, after the first episode I didn’t think I’d continue watching, but the consistently nice animation, and the well written, if a little typical for shoujo, story, were enough to keep me coming back each week. It’s a very well put together anime, and it approaches some fairly common and relatable issues, that are very rarely tackled within the genre, and handles them well. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re a fan of shoujo, or just looking for something pleasant and fairly light to watch.

 

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal:

It’s Sailor Moon, if you’re not watching it, why the hell not? I’m very much enjoying this adaptation, and it’s still got so long to go.

 

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!:

I’ll be honest, I dropped this very early on, it’s the biggest disappointment of the season, and I cannot in good faith recommend this to anyone. It’s a decent series, it has nice animation and an interesting story, but it is far too happy to sexualise underage girls, and I find that truly reprehensible.

 

Free! Eternal Summer:

I love Free! it’s one of my all time favourite anime, and another series that I cannot recommend enough. I was a little disappointed with this season, especially when compared to the first, but that largely comes from the mishandling and generally rushed feeling of the last episode. This season did however sort my shipping dilemmas, which is exactly what I hoped it would do (for anyone who cares, HaruRin, Reigisa, MakotoKisumi, SousukeNitori), so I’m happy about that at least. I’d definitely recommend watching this, it’s awesome.

 

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun:

So soon after I found it and it’s already ended, I really hope there is a second season.

 

Love Stage:

Another series that I ended up enjoying much more than I thought I would, reiterating my statement from the beginning of the season,  I’d forgotten how vaguely plausible and actually enjoyable the early parts of the series were, and it ended in the right spot, even if it did mean it was only ten episodes long, so it didn’t have to face the illogical mess that the manga becomes. If you’re a fan of the yaoi genre, it’s definitely worth a watch, though I do question their decision on turning one character into weird glowy clouds as a means of censorship.

 

Sword Art Online II:

This season seems to be a test in how unlikable can they make Kirito before they lose all their fans, he was a little annoying before, but now his only redeeming feature seems to be that he makes a pretty girl. I have quite mixed feelings about this season, it has nice animation, a good soundtrack, and the story is interesting, I love a lot of the concepts used, but the characters, and the slow pacing are really letting it down, all I can hope is that it starts improving going into the second half.

 

That’s all, overall I’d say this past season was a very strong one for anime, lots of great shows, with very few disappointments. Thanks for reading.

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