Posts Tagged Ben-To
With the calendar of 2011 crowning our comically overfilled garbage bin following the holiday celebrations, there’s no better time than the present to take a moment (or however long it takes you to get through this mammoth of a post) and reflect on the anime from this previous Autumn, the final anime season of 2011.
One of my favorite things about blogging is making a list of all the anime I’m watching and putting them in order according to score and ranking. It’s a fairly unscientific and messy process but it helps sort out my thoughts and impressions of every anime and helps me visualize which ones are my favorites and which ones are simply ‘alright’. And it’s always fun to match these lists up with all the others, especially when there are major discrepancies between our favorites (and I’m fairly certain no one else has the same top anime as I do, so this ought to be fun). With about half the Autumn anime season already over, now is the best time to create such a list and have my Mid-Season Review for Autumn 2011!
These three anime were some of the most anticipated (or ones I’ve heard positive game/light novel reviews for) anime of the season. When I did my minimal amount of research on each series, Persona seemed like the only one to grab my attention with its story and characters while the other two seemed like fun, entertaining series with Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (shortened to Haganai) being the comedy and Ben-To being the fighting/action series. And that’s pretty much what I got from their first episodes, so it’s good there were no surprises. But were all three good enough to keep for this season?
The first bunch of shows for this Autumn season have aired and everyone is busily sampling what each have to offer. The first week of a new season is always the most active and pivotal since this is the time when people begin to decide whether to stay with an anime for 12+ weeks or not. Many allow each show to have two-to-three episodes before passing judgment but not me. One episode is usually enough to influence me one way or the other, so let’s see how these first few shows performed.
The Autumn season is always the most problematic for me. School returns, work continues, football devours my weekends, and my free time essentially evaporates. And to make matters more difficult, the Autumn is usually a busy and impressive anime season with numerous impressive shows and other ones deserving of attention. In order to get the most out of this season, it will require some skillful juggling and efficient time management and even then, I doubt I’ll have time to watch all that I want to. There may be some difficult verdicts to make this season, so let’s see what anime might make the cut in this season.