New season, new anime. New batch of first impressions. These are always fun as you watch me get excited for new anime that will ultimately let me down, dismiss a future classic because I don’t think it will go anywhere, and feel disappointed after anime I was excited for limp into view. Also sexual bullying via the medium of marshmallows.
After an experiment where PA Works decided to make something that adults not mentally stuck in their high school years would enjoy, it looks like they’ve settled back into what they do best: Making shiny-haired slop about teenagers with mundane problems enjoying their youth in a way that only adults with regret could do. Well okay, that’s not entirely fair—there are also shiny eyes in Haruchika. Read More
You mean…the new season starts tomorrow? Oh dear, I better finish that season preview then.
Welcome to The Cart Driver’s Legendary Anime Season Preview, winter 2016 edition. The new season doesn’t air its first anime until tomorrow so it’s all good, I’m still on time. This is officially the latest I’ve ever gotten a preview done, with the last one being way back for the winter 2009 season back when I wasn’t even writing at The Cart Driver so the formatting is all wrong and I get so much wrong I can feel myself physically retract inside my body in pure embarrassment. I have matured since then though and I totally won’t get any of these predictions wildly incorrect and be proved wrong within a week of this going up as the first episodes all air and my enthusiasm is dashed against the rocks of disappointment. Fun fun fun!
WAIT FUCK I HAVE TO MAKE A LIST WHEN I PROBABLY HAVEN’T WATCHED EVERYTHING THIS YEAR CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP
My watching habits took a sharp turn in the second half of the year for personal reasons. I am rarely able to watch most of the shows in a given year that I might enjoy, but this year in particular I’m certain there are gaps in my experience. Despite that, I have a surplus of TV series/OVAs/movies I feel comfortable putting on a top 10. People will always say “[x] was a bad year for anime,” but frankly, this year seemed about the same, quality-wise, as any other year. I found plenty to enjoy!
Honorable mentions: Little Witch Academia 2 (didn’t grab me quite as strongly as the first, but I enjoyed it), the Love Live! movie (tons of fun to watch in the theater; don’t think the movie itself will stick with me), The Boy and the Beast (a good, straightforward family movie), Death Parade (wish I got more out of it, but the good parts are real good)
Here’s the poll for folks to vote for their Anime of the Year for 2015 before we all tell you why you’re wrong and we’re right. Unless you vote for what we chose, then in which case you are right and good. The same rules apply as last year. It’s specifically for anime that ENDED in 2015. Any anime aired as a split cours (where there is less than a 4 month gap between seasons) is counted as one season. This means anime like Osomatsu-san or Gate are not eligible as a second season has been planned that is less than 4 months after the first season ended.
Poll is below the line. By all means comment and tell us your choices. You will still be wrong, but it’s still nice to know how wrong you are.