Let’s Talk About Next Season
Mainly because I’ve felt lousy the past few days and don’t have the goods to do a real post that requires actual writing.
Y’all have seen that info-collage that tells y’all which series are airing during the winter season, right? The one that half of the other anime blogs have posted? If you haven’t seen it, you can go to this joint to check it out.
Yeah, I think the site’s name is stupid too, but what can you do?
Anyway, I the only anime I can all but guarantee myself I’ll like is Durarara! (or DRRR! or however else it’s supposed to be spelled in English). It’s a spiritual sequel to Baccano!, since it’s by the same novel writer and has a similar big-cast-loosely-involved-with-each-other plot. That alone caught my attention, since Baccano’s one of my all-time favorite anime series. The blurb also appealed to my tastes, which I’ll paraphrase below:
“…an ensemble cast of *insert normal-ish people* and a headless Irish fairy.”
Headless Irish Fairy. Awesome.
I know nothing else about this series beyond a few pictures, the above blurb, and the preview that’s been floating about for a while that’s imbedded above. I hope the song they used in that preview is an indication of the direction they'[re heading with the music. Jazzy horns with some Arabian fused into it. Not that every bit of music needs to sound like that, but I hope they’re going for a modern jazz score. Beats generic electric and squeaky-voiced J-pop crap any day.
Other than DRRR!, Vampire Bund sounds interesting. The plot sounds like it has potential, and SHAFT’s visual style is always good, but I’m concerned that it’ll be yet another “cool premise ruined because it’s about some cute girl doing cute suff and nothing else.” With current trends, I wouldn’t be surprised if a secret war to reveal vampires to the public is turned into another pseudo-slice-of-life borefest. Hell, reading the description for SO-RA-NO-WO-TO, it looks like they’ve taken an interesting war scenario and turned it into K-ON. I’m sure the next full-on Gundam series will be about four high school girls who live in a Gundam universe but never see a Gundam and only talk about Gundams once every couple of episodes. That’s the sad direction we seem to be heading towards, and I’m not even a Gundam fan.
Nothing else on tap for next season looks interesting, and some of the series make me want to cry. A series like Qwasar makes me want to cry in the corner and never watch anime again, likewise with Chu-Bra.
Yeah, I’ll head over to that corner right now.