Summer Season 2014 Review

14sum13The summer makes room for the windy fall season. How did the summer season perform this year?

The summer season has been two things for me. One: it was a disappointment as Tokyo Ghoul and Glasslip didn’t live up to their expectations. Two: it was a surprise as Zankyou no Terror and Gekkan Shoujo were unexpected treats among the series I’ve selected.

14sum12Zankyou no Terror tells the story of two young men who try to change the world by playing cat and mouse with the government. Lisa’s life gets turned upside down as she joins the two in their fight.

Zankyou no Terror was a real surprise to me. I was skeptical at first and didn’t have it on my to watch list for the fall season. Luckily I picked this one up and could I enjoy one the better stories in this anime season. The emotional development was terrific and the accompanied soundtrack made the story very immersive up until the finale. I won’t spoil too much of the story as you have to discover this for yourself.

14sum17Gekkan Shoujo tells the of Sakura as she pursuits the love of her life, a shoujo manga artist called Nozaki. An interesting romance anime is sure to arise.

Gekka Shoujo was a pleasant surprise as it gave me some honest laughs. The humor wasn’t really clever or dark, but it was lightweight and the timing was often spot on. The story itself could use some more background or deserving an episode one or two more. But true to the slice of life genre, it gave us a glimpse in Sakura’s pursuit of happiness.

14sum16Tokyo Ghoul tells the story of Kaneki who through unfortunate events becomes a Ghoul himself, driven by the desire to eat human flesh.

This show started off as one of the most promising shows of the summer season. But after the first episode Tokyo Ghoul quickly lost its audience engaging touch and started to focus on mediocre aspects of the story. Tokyo Ghoul could’ve explored racial differences and psychological development. Instead it chose focus itself on fighting without any back story. It’s a shame this show has come to this.

14sum15A group of girls trying to form a Yosakoi club and along the way discovering the magic of dancing and friendship.

Hanayamata didn’t do anything special in particular. I like to draw the comparison with Chihayafuru who also took a traditional sport as its main theme. Chihayafuru stood out because it told the history of Karuta in combination with fluent visuals. This method created depth to the theme and engaged the viewer with the game.

Hanayamata failed in this respect and wasn’t able to convey the magic of Yosakoi to its viewer. At missed opportunity as the graphic design of the show was suitable to create a magical experience.

14sum14Touko discovers she has the ability to see fragments of the future when she looks through the distorted view of glass. With her new friend Kakeru she learns to cope with her ability.

I don’t understand what Glasslip is about. There seems to be no real direction the series is heading and it might even be a metaphor for the more recent works of P.A. Works who seems to be losing some its magical touches. While the subject at hand in Glasslip is original to say the least, the theme is familiar, even cliché, and doesn’t really deliver escapism for the viewer. I hope the following P.A. Works project will be less disappointing.

14sum6The adventure of Illya continuous on in this second season. Her goal remaining collecting the magical cards that will grant special powers.

Fans of the previous season will like this second installment, but fans of the more fleshed out and more mature Fate/Zero franchise will be disappointed. Fate/Kaleid Illya remains a spin-off and will do no justice to the original franchise.

Fate/Kaleid itself consisted of two arcs in which the first one was the better of the two. The second arc became tedious and left a bitter taste at the end of the series. It felt like the producers tried to hastily put together and ending to make sure there would be enough material for the following season.

14sum5Following a calligraphy artist that has lost his inspiration and is being exiled to a remote island. During his stay he learns how it is to make new friends and leave the busy lifestyle of Tokyo behind him, rediscovering himself.

Barakamon was a good example how a person can find himself/herself again when he is pulled out of a hectic daily environment. It is easy to get caught up in the daily habits of the city and forget who you really are. Slowing down for once will probably help you realize that small things in life is what ‘life’ is all about.

14sum9A romance story about Futaba and Kou who discover their feelings for each other.

As I mentioned in the Summer season standings post, Ao Haru Ride gives a take on romance from a Shoujo perspective, which can be breeze of fresh air among most romance series. My opinion remains that Kou is a jerk as his attitude towards his peers isn’t justified in any way. They didn’t do anything negative towards Kou.

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2 thoughts on “Summer Season 2014 Review

  1. infinitezenith says:

    I think I’ve got a handle on what was going on in Glasslip, but for what it is worth, one shouldn’t have to think that far to understand what they were trying to convey. I’m still going through Terror in Resonance, but I concur fully that it is an excellent journey. from what I’ve seen so far.

    • ninetybeats says:

      I didn’t have a clue, it was vague and told sloppy. As I mentioned in another post, I think P.A. Works had some budget issues. You’ll enjoy Zankyou no Terror for sure.

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