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Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Grisaia:

Grisaia no Kajitsu is getting lots of goodies in 2015.  The kickstarter project for its visual novel trilogy to be released in English has succeeded.  In addition, a new season of the anime has been announced, which will cover the remaining two visual novels in the series.  I know Grisaia has cut a lot of corners to squeeze a lot of material into a very small box, but this extra season is a godsend in terms of unpacking that box and bonding more seriously with the cast of characters than we've been allowed to do so far.  With this, Grisaia jumps up to 107 in my anime rankings list, just behind To Love Ru which also got a new season lately.  Grisaia will have a proper ending, one of the best things an anime series can claim to have, since it's so extremely rare.  I wish I could say the same of To Love Ru.

Meanwhile, Miyuki has been fully translated by the good folks over at 'Frozen.'  Even though the show came out decades ago, realistically speaking it too is a 2014 series that received its ending just in time before the apple dropped, since no English group had bothered subtitling it up until now.

Other good series have just recently come to an end, like Yuuki Yuuna and Yama no Susume, while still others are going to forge ahead into the winter season, like Shirobako and Akatsuki no Yona.  Random Curiosity has its winter preview post up, so everyone can get hyped over the start of the New Year.

I'm just going to guess ahead of time what my viewing schedule will be, since these series look eminently predictable even without watching the first episode --

Kantei Collection, Assassination Classroom, The Idolm@ster: Cinderalla Girls, Jojo's, Durarara, Sengoku Musou, Princess Pretty Cure, Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Shirobako, Akatsuki no Yona and Fairy Tail will be the watchable shows.

In a mysterious coincidence, Saimoe 2014 has finally come to an end with Saki Miyanaga's trademark plus-minus 0 result.  She tied Nodoka Haramura, her best friend, to become the first ever co-champions in Saimoe history, each receiving exactly 187 votes.  Life reflecting art has never been more true than this seemingly divinely ordained fate.  I predicted Nodoka would win Saimoe a couple years ago, so it's good to see that prediction bear fruit, if a little late.  Yet again the voters of Saimoe know what they're about and have continuously chosen very well the beauty contest winners of each year in anime history.  I hope Saimoe continues next year as well, with fewer hiccups along the way.

Strike Witches operation victory arrow, the Yama no Susume ova, and two episodes of Dragon Ball have come out subtitled since my previous post.  However, that still leaves a backlog of two Dragon Ball eps, 1 Ao Haru Ride ep, 4 Prince of Tennis eps, one Hayate ep, 1 Yuru Yuri ep, two Little Busters! eps, and a Tari Tari special.  12 more episodes have to be subtitled before we're all caught up, and the new Tales of Zestiria special is only a couple days away.  So much good anime is just being left on the table like an unfinished Thanksgiving feast.  Oh well.  *Sigh*

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