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Monday, October 13, 2014

What the Winter 2015 Season Should Be:

As for the fall season, I'm already reducing my watchlist by one -- Inou-Battle Everyday Life or whatever it's called.  In episode two a girl fell in love with a guy for no reason, the boy failed to turn her down properly for no reason, and then everyone was a jerk to everyone for no reason.  There's a limit to irrational bad behavior and this single episode more than crossed that line.  It reminds me of Aldnoah.Zero and the random princess murder.  Ugh.

Hopefully Yuuki Yuuna Yuusha will fill in the gap, but it's still not out yet.

Even so, now that the fall season has more or less settled into place, it's time to look ahead to the winter season.  This winter we're getting Assassination Classroom and Idolmaster Cinderalla Girls, so that should be decent.  Jojo's and Durarara also resume, though I'm not very fired up about either of them.

But the season we're getting is not the season we need or the season we deserve.  What the next winter anime season needs to have is a list more like this:

Sword Art Online - Alicization
Clannad - Tomoyo After Story
Umineko Season 2
Kud Wafter
K-On! Season 3.
Major - World Series arc
Da Capo III S.S. (second season)
PapaKiki season 2
Index season 3
Seikai no Senki IV + V
Hayate no Gotoku -- the missing manga arcs
The World God Only Knows -- before and after the Goddess arc
Full Metal Panic! Season 4
Ranma 1/2 -- the final third
Haruhi Suzumiya Season 3
Maria-sama ga Miteru Season 5
Bleach -- 1000 Year Blood War
Rurouni Kenshin -- Enishi
Baka to Test Final
Claymore -- Timeskip to end.
Berserk -- let's get past the golden age arc shall we?
Outbreak Company Season 2
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku Season 2
Guyver Season 2
Broken Blade Season 2
Kenichi Season 2 -- starting where the ova's left off.
Spice and Wolf Season 3 -- let's reach the northern city this time.
Flame of Recca Season 2
Hataraku Maou-sama! Season 2
H2 Season 2
Negima! Remake from the beginning all the way to the end.

33 shows isn't unreasonable.  The fall season has at least that many shows running around.  As such, animation companies should drop everything they're doing and focus on these actually good series people want to watch instead.

The only flaw in most anime is that they're too short, they aren't fully adapted, they lack a conclusive ending or the ending is no good even when it comes.  The answer to all these issues is greater length.  Virtually every single series could benefit from just more length.  Length is the panacea to anime.  In the words of Patrick Henry, Give me length or give me death.

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