2014 In Review: Fall 2014 Season

I’ve spent the past three days looking back at what I watched during the Winter 2014 season, what I started watching during the Spring 2014 season, and what I started watching during the Summer 2014 season. Today’s post will look back at the anime that I started watching during the Fall 2014 season.

Log Horizon 2: This is the second season of Log Horizon that I’d been looking forward to seeing since the first season ended at the end of the Winter 2014 season. I can say that as of right now, I have not been disappointed with how the series has progressed. From what I’ve seen so far of Log Horizon 2, we’ve gotten great character development for both Akatsuki and Shiroe. I’m looking forward to seeing how this series will progress as it continues in the Winter 2015 season. This will definitely be a title that will be featured in retrospective blog posts for 2015!

Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road: This is the second season of Yowamushi Pedal that I’d been looking forward to seeing since the first season ended at the end of the Spring 2014 season. I can say that as of right now, I’ve been enjoying Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road as much as I did the first season of Yowamushi Pedal. From what I’ve seen so far, there have been some great character development episodes for both Midousuji and Arakita. We finally got to see who won the second day of the Inter-High, and the race is on during the third and final day. A new team from Hiroshima was also introduced, but it seems like their importance was limited to just a handful of episodes during the Fall 2014 season. I’m looking forward to seeing how the third day of the Inter-High will progress as the series continues into the Winter 2015 season. This will definitely be another title that will be featured in retrospective blog posts for 2015!

World Trigger: This is a series I decided to watch because it’s a title I’m familiar with from Weekly Shonen Jump. I didn’t start reading this digital publication until sometime earlier in 2014, so I jumped way ahead into the story. I wanted to see World Trigger because I thought it would help fill in the gap that I have in the story so I could maybe better understand what I was reading in Weekly Shonen Jump. At the point I’m at in the anime, I’ve felt like there has been strange choices made in how episodes are structured, which has helped lead to a glacial pacing for the series as a whole. Also, the animation hasn’t been as strong as I had hoped it would be for an adaptation of a Weekly Shonen Jump title. It was recently announced that World Trigger is scheduled to run for 50 episodes, but I’m not sure I’ll be sticking it out all the way. At this point, I have decided to continue watching it through the Winter 2015 season; at that point, the series will be at its halfway point. If I still feel at that time that the series hasn’t gotten better, then I would consider dropping it in order to free up space on my viewing schedule.

Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE: This is the second season of Chaika –The Coffin Princess-, which I had been looking forward to seeing since the end of the Spring 2014 season. I have to admit that it was a little more difficult for me to get back into the story than I thought it would be, since no recap was included at the beginning of Episode One. However, by the end of the episode, I had pieced a lot of things together and was starting to get back into the story. The series also seemed to be off to a decent start. Episode Two built nicely off of the story that was established in Episode One. At the end of Episode Four, there were just as many new questions being asked as the questions that were being answered. At the time, I hoped that the series would answers those new questions and tie up all the loose ends satisfactorily. After seeing the entirety of Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE, I can say with certainty that it did. I was able to predict some of the events and revelations that were made over the course of this series. However, there were also twists that I hadn’t anticipated, so that helped to make the series an enjoyable viewing experience. Now that I’ve seen both Chaika –The Coffin Princess- and Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE, I can say that I enjoyed the journey that it took me on as a viewer. From Chaika’s introduction and the setup of the series, there were always questions for the viewer to ponder and make the viewer anticipate learning the answers to the questions. I really came to care about many of these characters over the course of both of these series, and in some respects, I’m a little sad to see that their adventures are over.

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: This is a series that starts out with the main characters mysteriously getting supernatural powers as well as hints of an overarching story. There were also signs that this could probably be a “harem” series as well. As the series has progressed, it became more and more evident that this is ultimately a harem series and that the supernatural power element was something thrown in to make this more than a typical harem series. At least I have to give this series credit for creating actual characters for the members of the harem and not relying simply on having them fall into various character types. While I’m a little disappointed that was a harem series, I can at least say that this is better than Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara was.

SHIROBAKO: This is a series that starts out seeing a group of friends in a high school anime club producing their own short anime for their school festival. They make a promise to get together again someday to make their own anime. Two of the girls now work for an animation studio; one is an animator, while the other is a production assistant. Another member of the group is trying to break into voice acting, and a fourth one is working in computer graphics. The fifth one was younger than the rest, so she’s still in college; however, it’s her dream to become a writer. The series primarily focuses on Aoi, the one who is now a production assistant. Through her, the audience gets to see all the chaos and pitfalls that can take place behind the scenes of an anime production. And SHIROBAKO will be continuing in Winter 2014, so this will definitely be another title that’s featured in a 2015 retrospective!

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