Final Thoughts on Anime Winter 2015/16

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Here we are folks, the end of another season. I can’t say it was better than the last season, nor that it was worse than the next season, and don’t even get me started on how it compares to the season before that season before this season’s season. But I think I had a good time.

Durarara!!x2

Well, that sure was…something. Honestly, I can’t say I’m not at least a little disappointed with how this season wrapped up, and I’ll get to that later. First I want to talk about the characters. Specifically, how many there are. I mean, there were already a lot, and then the show just kept dumping more and more on us, to the point where I would have to actually take notes just to try and understand what the hell is even going on (I didn’t actually take notes, and so I was extremely confused). What’s really bad is how poorly/under-used some of the characters are, to the point where it would’ve been better off not introducing them in the first place. Then there are these villainous plots that seem to lack any rhyme or reason, but perhaps they do and the show just presents itself so poorly that you can’t possibly understand why some characters do what they do. Now back to the ending *spoilers-move onto next paragraph if you don’t want to be spoiled*, Durarara!!x2 committed a most vile cliché, one so off-putting that some might consider it a storytelling sin. A gun is put to Mikado’s head, the trigger is pulled, cut to credits, come back next week, he’s not dead, and I shake my head. No, Durarara!!x2. That is a cheap, no-good, dirty, rotten, obvious, terrible low-hanging fruit that no one in the right mind should pick. But I don’t know, I just really hate it when characters are killed only to not be killed. And then Mikado gets stabbed in the streets later for no apparent reason and still doesn’t die. Okay.

Konosuba

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Ooh! I liked this show! A lot! It starts off in dangerously generic territory, only to become refreshing and original, as well as charming and satirical. The animation is cute and derpy sometimes, swift and action-y at other times, and overall pretty engaging. The characters are likable and the way they interact with each other is even more enjoyable. It’s a fun show and I’m definitely looking forward to season 2.

Erased

Erased started off as an incredibly promising show, so much so that there was almost no way it could deliver an astonishing ending worthy of it’s amazing setup and premise. Sadly, it doesn’t, at least not for me. The killer wasn’t a very shocking reveal as there were really no clues leading to him being the killer in the first place. He revealed himself, rather than Satou uncovering him. And that in itself, is fine. I won’t knock a show for taking a different approach to certain things. What I will say however, is that the killer was not a very interesting villain. Sure, he was maniacal and had a cunning plan as to how to kill and frame all these people, but the reason for doing those things just wasn’t there. He did it just because he could, and the show doesn’t really get into what was really in it for him. Some sort of satisfaction, I assume, but can’t really say for certain. Perhaps I’m just asking for too much out of our fictional serial killers. You do you, psychopaths. Oh, and a 15 year coma is a ridiculous amount of time.

GATE (season 2)

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I feel like I might be coming off this Winter season a little negative. Also, this show was awful. There’s nothing interesting about Zolzal as a villain. He is very much a brash, idiot rapist that has more power than he know what to do with, with no secret plan or chance in hell to take down the SDF, and his sex slave bunny lady easily manipulates him only to accomplish even more of nothing. She wanted to take down the empire, and then didn’t? Doesn’t she want to kill this dude that keeps raping her or something? No? And then there’s the SDF, who are even less compelling to watch. They trample over everything in their way with their superior might and technology. Fin. Oh, and then Itami goes back to being an otaku, because that’s his only defining characteristic that the show just completely ignores until the very end. And although I kinda like Rory, she was definitely created to cater to gothic lolita loving weirdos like myself, and I take full responsibility for her existence. And even then, I didn’t really care for the over sexualization of her.

Myriad Colors Phantom World

I’m not going to get too much into this show here, as I have written every episode review so far and plan to do a complete review once the show is completed (so come back next week for that ^-^). What I will say is that it’s my favorite of the Winter 2015/16 anime season. So uh, check out my reviews.

And what did you think about this winter anime season? What were your favorite shows? And what do you plan to do about the upcoming spring season? I plan to try and watch more shows outside of Crunchyroll, because as you can see, I’ve missed out on a lot. Thanks for reading! Hope to see you next week!

Konosuba -Where will it go from here?

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Now, for those of you that haven’t been keeping up with anime simulcasts in winter 2016, or perhaps just this show in particular, Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! is yet another show that lends itself to the ever popular trapped-in-a-game sub-genre…or at least, something close to that. You see, our main protagonist Kazuma Satou isn’t actually trapped in a video game. He died, and this typical mmo rpg-esque world is his afterlife.

Because of this, his goal never is to escape this place, but to learn to live and thrive in it. Furthermore, the show offers up a grander objective of defeating the Demon King, but the path to that is much longer than Kazuma expected. Just moving up from remedial labor to monster slayer takes several episodes, and then when he finally drops the tracksuit for a more adventurous look, Kazuma still finds trouble trying to move up in the world. This is mostly due to the never ending debt that his comrades keep accruing from their consistent and unintended destruction of everything around them.

So far, this has made the episodes end in roughly the same place they started. This lack of progression makes me wonder if the show plans to go anywhere. Konosuba seems to be more comedy-centric, rather than be focused on characters or plot. That isn’t to say they’re completely forgotten, however. There have been episodes that make callbacks to previous moments in the show, meaning there is continuity and an overall storyline here. Even though Konosuba relies on humor and has fun downplaying the serious moments in the show, those moments do happen, and a bond seems to be forming (or has already been formed) in this party of misfits.

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And this all just begs the question: Where will Konosuba go from here? Is this just the start of a grander adventure or the platform for a quest-of-the-week kind of show? Maybe it’s a combination of both, or perhaps it’s just a wacky and somewhat satirical take on the genre it lends itself to. Or it might just become something else entirely, as the show already seems to do whatever the hell it wants. Personally, I hope this show goes on for maybe another one or two seasons and that’s it, but that’s just me preferring my shows to have an end in sight.

But what do you think about this show so far? Any ideas on where it could lead us? And do you like Megumin as much as I do? I doubt it, but feel free to leave your comments below, and check back next week for another feature post. Thanks for reading!