I’m going to do something a little different. I have been seeing a lot of gripes about how anime is getting repetitive lately, and to be honest, that is true on a basic, oversimplified level. While the industry does favor anime with similar stories and themes in terms of being “safe” choices for viewers, there are others that enjoy making fun of tired tropes in the form of parodies, or completely deconstruct their genres. These kinds of shows are the ones that fans and critics alike will talk about the most, whether they liked or disliked them.
However, I’m more interested in a handful of “middle tier” anime: shows that weren’t necessarily bad or good, but altered their themes slightly where they felt original to me, but also maintained important aspects of their respective genres. Some of these have become popular, but I thought that they were very creative in offering something different. For limitation’s sake, these are anime series that I have already reviewed on this blog. By the end of this post, I hope you’ll appreciate the idea that no two anime are alike.
I know quite a few people who love idols. Japan has a thing for setting very high standards for their entertainers, especially for those of the female kind (although there is also a push for male idols to meet similar standards). I admit I’m not one to follow idols as closely as others, but I do appreciate an anime like this one. And while this series didn’t get nearly as much attention in North America as it did in Japan, I think there’s a good reason for that. This anime is not just about the idols, but a group of girls from a small, suburban part of Japan who promote their town on a national scale, while never forgetting their traditions and roots.
The Summer season of anime is almost over! But before we wrap up and move on to Fall, let’s revisit some of the great moments of the season from some of the shows you might have watched, and plenty more from shows you haven’t! Like I said in my Funny Moments review, I watch a lot of stuff that doesn’t get a lot of hype as others; and honestly, I prefer it that way. I had a lot of trouble coming up with just a few great moments from all the things I watched; but in the spirit of cutting back, I limited the length from 14 (which is what I would normally do) and compromised at 11 instead.
So without further ado, let’s check out some of the best cheers and tears of the season!