Anime Season Winter 2014 ~ thoughts

January 3, 2014


The Winter 2014 anime season begins.

January means it is time for another preview post, although I am not genuinely excited about the anime series this season is offering. (Maybe I am overly obsessed with the thought of Elder Scrolls Online coming out on 4/4/14; by contrast nothing in the new season seems as epic and engrossing).


Take, for example, Hamatora. On paper it sounds pretty good: people with psychic powers investigating a serial murder who is hunting their kind. The preview, however, just didn’t work for me. It looks more like a bishounen show than an action or a mystery.

Wizard Barristers

Every time I start watching a preview for this show, I think, “hey, this looks pretty good!” The action looks exciting. There are older characters. The idea of “Wizard Barristers” is intriguing. Then, about half-way through the protagonist gets introduced and I think, “No. No. No. There is no way I am going to be able to put up with this series series.” I’ll probably check it out anyways. Then hate myself for it.

Inari Kon Kon Koi Iroha

This is the RomCom that looks the most interesting of the season. A girl falls for some guy and gets the power to shapehift by saving a fox. I like shows about supernatural beings at temples. Unfortunately the artwork seems a bit lackluster. Still worth a shot.

Houzuki no Reitetsu

Speaking of supernatural beings, the most promising comedy seems to be about the everyday life of a demon.

Space Dandy

Normally I would be immensely excited for a show by Shinichiro Watanabe. I certainly will be checking it out, but the trailer (and premise) has me thinking it is going to be too campy to hold my interest.

Why you so dissatisfied, dog?

I think it is a fair question for someone to ask me why, with all the shows I just mentioned, I’m just not feeling it this season. I just don’t feel like there is anything substantial this season. I read about some old favorites over on Metanorn last month, as people were writing up their Secret Santa posts, and it just left me thinking, when was the last time we had something really substantial, like Serei no Moribito? My top three favorite series are Haibane Renmei, Twelve Kingdoms, and the Crest/Banner of the Stars series. I don’t expect every show to be that great, but series like Dennou Coil have deep world-building, unique characters, mystery, action, comedy, and innovative art styles. I just don’t see anything from this season reaching that level (although I would be happy to be proven wrong).


Enjoy 2014 (and get ready ‘cuz Elder Scrolls Online is coming)

6 Responses to “Anime Season Winter 2014 ~ thoughts”

  1. DCZ Says:

    I am totally with you on your sentiments about this season, and maybe even a couple of years back (not to say there hasn’t been quality shows, but they seem less frequent and maybe even not on the same level).

    I really, really crave a show with extensive world-building and good atmosphere that will cater to my type of escapism..

    But here’s to the new year, hope you enjoy TES:O. I’m not much of a MMORPG guy, myself.

    • Joojoobees Says:

      Yeah, I know every season can’t have a gold star on it, but the stuff on display this season just seems to be thinking small.

      • DCZ Says:

        Scrap my last comment.. Apparently I got invited to the stress test of the beta this weekend. Maybe I will see you there? 🙂

      • Joojoobees Says:

        You have GOT to be kidding me.

        I didn’t get an invite, but if I did, I would definitely meet up with you in Tamriel to say hell.

        Aaaargh, curse my luck. (But, seriously, have a good time. I think it is going to be a good game.)

  2. genokiller Says:

    Higschool dxd. When..

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