Anime Adaptations 2009-15

After looking at the most recent anime adaptations, I am going to look a little bit further into the past and analyze adaptations from 2009 to 2015.

The methodology is the same as in my first article:

I’m researching only nonH TV series (no OVAs or movies) that started that season (no continuing anime, like One Piece, but I count second seasons).

As to why I chose 2009 (and not the nice round start of the decade) creating a rather lopsided interval, I have a number of reasons. For North Americans, the main milestone would be Crunchyroll going legal and thus bringing about the beginning of the legal anime streaming era. And that’s a pretty big deal.

Elsewhere around the world, we relied on less legal sources to watch anime. In 2009, a number of what will someday become classics or at least time-tried paradigms of quality came out. In Spring Season 2009, K-ON! aired. I’ve collected a number of reason why that would be a turning point in the fandom – some call K-ON! the peak of moe culture; it’s a milestone of the cute-girls-doing-cute-things genre, as well as the directorial debut of Yamada Naoko, the lady who went on to direct Tamako Market (and Tamako Love Story) and Sound! Euphonium.

And that’s not all! The second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which contains the legendary Endless Eight, came out. The first season of Bakemonogatari started airing. From movies, 2009 brought us Summer Wars (highly recommended). And if you like girls falling in love with other girls, then you can be grateful for Sweet Blue Flowers (青い花 [あおいはな, aoi hana, blue flowers] in Japanese) and Whispered Words (aka Sasameki Koto). Continue reading

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Sighing

Did you know every time you sigh, a little bit of happiness escapes?

— Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari, episode 6)

My fiancé catches my sighs and either eats them or stuffs them into my ears.

In what order should I watch Monogatari anime?

August 20, 2017: This post is currently up-to-date.
Please let me know if you find mistakes or inaccuracies.

op1206_bakemonogatari

I took it upon myself to settle the simple question posed in the title of this post: “In what order should I watch Monogatari anime?” Just to be sure, by Monogatari anime I mean the several series of various lengths adapted from Nisio Isin’s (a palindrome and a pen name) light novels by studio SHAFT under the direction of Akiyuki Shinbō. For those unable to bear the suspense, my short answer is “In the order in which either the anime or the novels came out or chronologically.” For a longer and more detailed rebuttal read on. Continue reading

The -gatari Series

This post was originally written for my friend’s CyborgCommunist’s blog and published on July 6th, 2012. Since that blog is largely inactive by now, I’ve decided to archive the post here in its entirety. The original post: http://interestsoap.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/the-gatari-series/

With the start of the long-awaited summer holidays for many, let’s learn something about the -gatari series instead of mathematics or literature for a change. In essence we’ll be talking about Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Katanagatari and maybe a bit about the planned Kizumonogatari movie.

Nisemonogatari

Of course you have probably seen at least a couple of episodes and know what all of those series are roughly about, but that won’t be the focus of this post today. We’ll look into their origins, some differences between the originals and their anime adaptations and lastly touch upon the way the works have been handled by their respective animation studios. Continue reading