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Monday, January 16, 2017

Cowboys Lose, but not all is lost:

The Cowboys lost against one of the finest quarterback performances I've ever seen in Aaron Rodgers.  I knew he was good, but not that good.  Poor clock management was our undoing in the end.  We would have taken it to overtime except for that.

Now I'm officially neutral on the four remaining teams, I'm cheering for them all.  Whoever wins I'll be equally happy.  Except for the Steelers.  I want the Steelers, at least, to lose.  They have a habit of doing dirty, violent hits on defenseless players for no damn reason, but just because they're mean.  Plus they've already won the super bowl a record 6 times, the last thing they need is another trophy when four NFL teams haven't even played in the super bowl yet.  (Browns, Lions, Jaguars and Texans)

Meanwhile, I'm no longer enamored with Idol Jihen.  The latest episode wasn't nearly as good as the first episode, and it looks like this show's highest potential will merely be good, not great.  That leaves Seiren as my only remaining greatness candidate for the winter season.  Even if Seiren is great, it won't get a separate listing, though.  Like Baccano/Durara, Seiren is in the same world as Amagami SS, with characters who are connected to Amagami SS, with a plot and method very similar to Amagami SS, made by the same people who made Amagami SS.  All Seiren can do, then, is burnish the legacy of Amagami by joining it on the top stage.  My rankings will remain at 187.

I finished listening to Tales of Xillia's music.  Next up is Tales of Zestiria's.  It's kind of fun that I'll be listening to the music and watching the anime at the same time now.  Xillia's music is my favorite out of all the Tales games.  It's probably just my favorite Tales game straight out.

I'll listen to Berseria's soundtrack after I beat the game.  The same for FF XV's soundtrack.

I'm reading God Emperor of Dune (a fitting book for Trump's inauguration.)  The fourth book out of Frank Herbert's original six, so I'm over halfway finished.

I read Index's latest book in a single day, but it wasn't actually any good.  Oh well.  In such long series, it tends to have ups and downs.  The previous novel was very good, so you just never know.

Looking ahead to the spring anime season, 2.5 months from now, things are going to get really crazy.  If you thought this winter season was good, you ain't seen nuttin yet.

Continuing Series:

Naruto (in the form of Bolt)
One Piece
Kira Kira a la mode Precure
Dragon Ball Super

Sequel Series:

Berserk 2
Danmachi Sword Oratoria
Kyoukai no Rinne 3
Shingeki no Kyojin 2

Known Good new Series:

eromanga Sensei

Probably Good new Series:

Clockwork Planet
Rokudenashi Majutsu

Possibly good new series:

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism
Granblue Fantasy the Animation
Hinako Note
Renai Bouken
Sagrada Reset
Sakura Quest
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? blah blah
Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho

In the next couple months, there will likely be more announcements for more spring shows as well.  There's a lot of good anime coming out this winter, but there will be a lot of well known great anime coming out this spring.  All the big guns are going to be unleashed at once.

In the slightly shorter term, the end of January/beginning of February will include Da Capo 3, Tales of Berseria, the remainder of the NFL season, and the resumption of The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow.  Reading the Dune series is great and all, but things are going to steadily amp up towards true excitement starting from next week and then going forward all the way into the summer (when Game of Thrones returns!)

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