Before I start getting into this, I should mention that I originally didn’t want to do a review on this show, I wanted to do a “Why You Should Watch” on it. However, I very quickly ran into a problem: this show is fucking impossible to cover without going over spoilers just by its nature. And I mean spoilers even by my parameters, so you should probably stop here if you haven’t watched the show to completion. As I just said, I wanted this to be a “Why You Should Watch”, so know that it’s a show I recommend watching simply because of how interesting it is, I don’t guarantee whether you’ll end up liking it in the end or not, I just simply believe it to be a show that should be experienced regardless.
With that bit out of the way, I should also mention that this review will be slightly different from normal. Typically when I start writing a review I know ahead of time what my general opinion on the show is and which scenes and such I want to talk about.
The problem here is that I still have no clue what I think of Samurai Flamenco.
I already mentioned I think it’s something that should be watched, but that’s because I know it’s fascinating. What I don’t know is whether it’s the greatest thing ever written or a complete and utter train wreck. Hell I don’t even know if it’s anything in-between.
So I have no idea where this review is going to go. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if things get philosophical or even existential. I’ll still cover events and such like I usually do, but this is going to be a lot more of a stream of consciousness than usual. Just my brain spilled out for all to see. If you’ve ever wondering what goes on in my head before and during the review process, this will basically be the closest you’re going to get.
Then again, considering my style of writing, there may not even be much of a difference.
Back when the Winter season was starting, quite a few people got hyped up for Golden Time. After all, it was an adaptation of a novel from the same author as ToraDora, and that’s a show that’s beloved by many people. So hopes were high that Golden Time would be able to recapture even a bit of that magic.
I would know, I was one of those people hyping it up.
So now that it’s over, everyone wants to know: was it any good? Though a surprising amount of people consider a different question to be even more important.
Which is better: ToraDora or Golden Time?
Well to figure that out, it… it’s ToraDora. There’s really no point beating around the bush when the more important question to answer is why. It’ll be easy enough to answer by reviewing Golden Time.
(Way back when it ended, I did a review on Star Driver. I don’t really like it, so I decided to use at as the first show for this new series of posts I’ll occasionally write. It’ll essentially function as a replacement review.)
When I do reviews, I typically don’t care much about spoilers. I’ll avoid events that alter your thoughts towards events or characters, but if it’s just something “surprising” that happens, I don’t refrain from talking about it all. While I consider this fair game, I’m well aware most people don’t, which is why you could say my reviews are aimed more towards people who’ve already seen the show, rather than people wondering if they should watch the show or not.
However, there are shows out there that I want people to watch, and they won’t know which ones those are unless I at least meet them halfway. So that’s exactly what this new series is for.
As the name says, it’ll be for shows that I think should be watched. That means I could even end up covering shows that I don’t personally like, but have something worthwhile enough to offer that I think they should still be seen. It also means that I’ll avoid mentioning spoilers at all, or will at least do it in a roundabout or out of context way so that I don’t ruin anything.
I won’t be doing these types of posts for every show I like or anything, as I mentioned, this is just for shows that I think have something interesting or special enough to offer that they should be seen regardless of even my own opinion on the show overall. I guess one way to put it would be that I’ll do these for shows that I find more fascinating rather than good or bad, and so I want people to experience them, no matter whether that experience ends up being positive or negative.
Basically, shows have to be pretty special to end up in this series, so it’s only natural that the first one I cover is one that I pretty much adore.
In regards to the anime community, there are actually very few shows that are almost universally panned. The community is mostly full of praise for various shows – such as Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, the big three, etc. So when a show comes along that invokes the ire of nearly everyone, you know it had to have done something truly awful to rile everyone up.
It puts me in a bit of an awkward position when I think said show is brilliant.
For a while now, I’ve actually been covering shows that I at least found to be decent. It’s a little weird considering what started getting me attention in the first place were me just tearing into Tonari and Clannad. I suppose the infamy made me not want to be known as “that guy that hates everything”, which I’m definitely not. Hell, I’m probably the most lenient “harsh” critic out there. Those are the people that desire excellence from every show, while I’m fine with it just hitting the check marks, so to say.
However, it has been a bit too long, so it’s time for another installment of Riyoga’s Unpopular Opinions.
Whenever a new season rolls around, I always use a chart to decide what shows I’ll watch based on a promo picture and short synopsis. It works well enough, but it never determines how much I’ll like or hate it, just whether I want to give it a shot.
So I figured I’d start up something new. After all the shows I’m watching from the new season have aired at least three episodes, I go over them and mention which are good and which are not. To be fair, bad shows could get better and good shows could get worse after this point, but a good show becoming bad is just disappointing whereas a bad show getting good is too little too late since most of the audience will have dropped it already.
Also, I won’t be saying a whole lot on each show, just something short and to the point (though my definition of “short” doesn’t typically line up with a normal person’s). I’d rather save long spiels for reviews, and I have no idea which shows may end up getting one.
Anyways, let’s get this started. I’m going in airing order according to the chart since I figured that would be the fairest.
Unlike most people, I’ve never been too fond of Kyoto Animation. Their shows are okay, and they certainly know how to animate well, but they’ve never really made anything that stood out for me. That’s why I was interested in Kyoukai no Kanata when I saw the preview for it. It looked like they were going to go outside their comfort zone and do something that focused more on magic fights rather than romance. Actually, turns out it was still mainly focused on romance by the end, but it was still decently different from their previous works. Though the question is, was it any good?
Well, it was nowhere near perfect, I wouldn’t even really say I’d recommend it to people. But I suppose I can say that Kyoukai no Kanata is now my favorite KyoAni work.