I love the winter: the dark nights, the crunch of snow, the icy chill. It’s a season that encompasses our reflections on the old year and our hopes for the new one. I’ve only been watching anime for two years now, but I feel like it’s been part of my life for much longer than that. It’s even stranger to think that I only just started following current anime at the beginning of this year.
Before then, I had been slowly and steadily working my way through a long back list of everything I had missed in the prior decade. I watched classic anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop and Now and Then, Here and There. And I watched recent hits such as Mawaru Penguindrum, Houro Musuko and Madoka Magica. Whether or not you personally enjoyed them, you cannot deny that these are all generally respected and praised by the anime community. With that in mind, I entered into each of these anime with understandably high hopes for them, and that affected what I thought about them for better or worse.
Now I find myself in uncharted waters. The anisphere is beginning to predict the best and worst shows of the season, but they are just that, predictions.
They We have been wrong before, and they we will be wrong again. It is now my sole responsibility to pick and choose the most promising anime of the season. I’ll have help along the way for sure, but the final decision lies with me and me alone. I still regret not watching Hyouka and Sengoku Collection during the summer so to make up for that I picked up a huge number of shows this season. It doesn’t seem to have paid off nearly as well as I had hoped though because I ended up watching mediocre shows like Btooom! and Code:Breaker. It’s a risky gamble between time and enjoyment, and I’ve lost for the first two seasons I’ve ever followed.
But there is a silver lining to this dark cloud, and that is the feeling of adventure in each new season. In the absence of knowledge and certainty, we have potential. Any of these new shows could be that hidden gem we’ve been waiting for. Maybe somewhere beneath that superficial synopsis there is something wonderful and intriguing that will keep the anisphere talking for months. Despite what the pessimists say, it has happened before, and it will happen again.
I might be a rookie in the anisphere, but I’d like to think that I’ve already left my mark on some of your blogs. A few of you have definitely left your mark on me. I look forward to reading your future thoughts, and I hope you all participate in the Twelve Day’s of Anime. I think it does us all some good to just sit back, relax, and chat about whatever comes to mind. And while you’re at it, have a wonderful holiday!