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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo:

The last series of the winter season was definitely not the least.  This show has good art, a decent sense of humor, a fun plot and setting, and a warm nostalgic feel for anyone who enjoys gaming.  I doubt this will end up as good as Danmachi, which has the best goddess-human pairing you could ever ask for, but it has its own innocent charm.  There's far less risk of death in this world than there was in Danmachi, so the whole show just feels a lot more laid back.

Having watched just the first episodes of the entire winter season, here's how my viewing schedule looks like now, in order of the most anticipated weekly episodes to the least:

1.  Fairy Tail Zero
2.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
3.  Utawarerumono:  Itsuwari no Kamen
4.  Go! Princess Pretty Cure
5.  Dimension W
6.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
7.  GATE
8.  Musaigen no Phantom World
9.  One Piece
10.  Durarara Ketsu 
11.  Koyomimonogatari
12.  Nurse Witch Komugi-chan
13.  Assassination Classroom
14.  Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
15.  Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo
16.  Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
17.  Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu
18.  Luck and Logic
19.  Schwarzesmarken
20.  Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiideskura

Starting off the season with twenty shows sure feels nice.  I recall the summer season started with 32 shows, so 20 isn't the best we've ever seen or anything.  Even so, compared to the fall season, it's as gargantuan as anyone could wish for.

Meanwhile, Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 with the help of an onsides kick.  This gave the SEC an 82% win rate in the bowl season this year, victory in all of its major bowls, and the national championship.  Absolute dominance.  Does anyone feel like dissing the SEC anymore?  Thought not.

The NFL is relocating teams for the first time since 1997.  It never made since that America's 2nd largest city didn't have an NFL team, so this was a good move.

Love Live is getting a spinoff sequel, Love Live Sunshine.  The original cast has moved on and doesn't wish to do any more Love Live, but the franchise is still wildly popular, and the creative writers and choreographers and artists are just as good as before, so making a spinoff is the obvious right call in this case.  I suspect we'll fall in love with the Sunshine cast just like we did the originals.  Just as predicted, so long as Love Live and Idolm@ster keep getting these enormous sales figures, it just doesn't make sense to let the anime series ever actually end.

Something that is actually ending, however, is Shinryaku! Ika Musume's manga.  I've been hoping for this announcement for a long time, because I hate how nothing happens in this series.  Now that it's ending, all the loose plot threads will finally be allowed to come to an exciting conclusion, which will make for a much better story than what we've been suffering through recently.  I was considering dropping this series from my rankings, but now that it has an ending, it has cemented its place in history as a great manga and a great anime.

Western television will catch up with anime shortly.  In a couple weeks, Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow will be back airing again.  In a couple months, so will Daredevil and Game of Thrones.  Things are looking up across the board.

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