As we come near the end of the season, I think it’s a good time to cast back at the beginning of the season or even a show you loved, and remember why. I think it’s fitting after writing why sometimes we don’t end a series, to writing about what encapsulate us so from the start.
There are too many reasons why sometimes a series doesn’t get picked up from a terrible synopsis down to the art. I’ve seen too many great series get brushed off, season after season and maybe this is an ode to them but instead I’d rather discuss how maybe we, or myself personally sometimes get swept off my feet, and mostly captured by the show.
I feel that in this day and age, we don’t allow or give things a chance, we instead read maybe 4 lines of a summary or dismiss a genre or an aspect of the show and it’s understandable, that it might just be a waste of time to watch something you might not enjoy. In this media I feel like it has so much to offer now, with tropes now being broken (Maoyuu Maou Yuusha) or some excellent writers are getting their projects funded (the excellent Gen Urobuchi) and we should embrace the new, daring and most of the time bold, or maybe we should finally watch a genre that we never understood why it was so popular like a slice of life?
Starting with one of the show that finished recently and with the mention of slice of life, this show is simply an excellent warm show. The brilliant chemistry of British school girls coming over to live in japan and study in a Japanese high school is a great breath of freshness. Here’s what set it apart from the rest for me was how they introduced the series and the characters, with a lovely editing and cinematography. Albeit only for one episode, the use of black borders on both top and bottom giving this sense of a cinematic experience. Contrasting with the vivid colours of the English meadows and pasture generating this vibrant and warm English scenery. The creators dedicate 20 minutes or so, just to show how deep the friendship and connection between the two characters are. By doing this they allow us, the viewer’s greater insight closes friendship. I have to say in my opinion this was one of the greatest way I’ve seen to introduce characters. Allowing us viewers to have a bigger connection with them and ensures we have that greater understanding of the characters we’ll be watching for the next 11 episodes. I can’t stress enough how happy the show is in general. How they went about hooking viewers in with their first episode was exceptional since a lot of viewers tend to judge a series on how good the first episode it is.
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
I have to talk about this show; it sets viewers few and far between. This series is one of my all-time favourites because it’s one hell of an exotic cocktail of every extreme, which in my opinion works. What can I say that doesn’t make my fanboyism apparent? Shall we start off with the rich background that is oozing between the seams of the show? Or maybe it’s the way the writers has constructed what is a maybe a clichéd plot but with the adventure of the greatest tale to be told. I won’t gush and write forever, but let me express maybe one or two points that make this show so unique. The way this huge ensemble of characters interact with one another, from their everyday lives to their most private and innermost thoughts, makes us care about these characters. Subsequently caring for these characters we want to care about their goals and dreams. Now that we are viewers are invested to all these characters, we suddenly are invested in the plot and this is where the writer fully realizes his imagination, with no boundaries to hold him and composes a beautifully intricate story. One more thing, what these wonderfully unique and brilliant characters need? An equally unique and brilliant setting and plot, with a sprinkle of some of the best “antagonists” (Using this word loosely) to combat our wonderful protagonist. What seems on the surface a simple goal, is really a web of politics, economy, history and social standing, I personally love it all, and just is dazzling. I have to stop myself here or I could go on for hours.
Sound of the Sky
I could’ve of easily discussed another themed military show like Girls und Panzer, however this is show just as easily overlooked. Seriously one of the most enchanting series I’ve ever laid my eyes upon. It’s similar to perfect characters in the imperfect setting. Military slice of life, a story of a group of girls (what did you expect?) tasked with maintaining a fortress of an isolated town after the ceasefire of a long war. Of course there are some classic slice of life comedy type episodes, but when the military aspect of the show reveals dark horrors of war, it changes the dynamic of the show and fully realizes how disruptive and cruel a war can be. From the get-go, this show was charming and the sweet melody of Amazing Grace was able to clamp me down and hold me in its glamour. Utilising the theme and characters’ background, the comedy is stellar, allowing this natural chemistry and a sense of camaraderie between soldiers. Without giving too much away, how the series goes about telling their story is simply magical, the way it ended as well, just takes away my breath. It’s truly an eye opening on the expanse of the world and shows us what the series really is.
There are of course many reasons why we could all get hooked from the beginning. Maybe it was that super catchy opening song which made us smile or change our moods. Rather it is that the characters are so interesting or affectionate. It simply could have been the shock value of the story progression or the sheer plot line itself that makes us to carry on watching.
Maybe I’m too easy to please, but I’d rather say I love, loving things. I’m sure some people have felt like this, when you’ve unearthed a gem of an anime only for people to dismiss it when they’ve only read the synopsis or watched the single trailer. I feel like there’s no need to only watch what might be considered the next classic big thing , I feel like we should explore and take the leap into something new and interesting next season, or go back a season and pick up a series you thought might be interesting but left alone. I simply it seems we need to give some series a chance to really shine.
Be great to read what you think is a great show that other people might not have heard of or haven’t watched. Even could tell say what aspect of a show you love (no spoilers though)