I just finished my last exam, and summer break is officially here for me. I’m sure there are at least a few of you who are in similar situations. Although I’ll still be working 40 hours a week and then some, I’d like to believe that I’ll have a bit of extra time to work through my extensive anime backlog. Some of the shows I plan to watch are understandably on the back burner, but there are a few that leave me absolutely speechless when it comes to an excuse for holding off on them. Here are just a few that are currently collecting dust on my HDD.
Considering how much I enjoyed Bakemonogatari, you think I would have jumped on this the moment I had a chance. Unlike Bakemonogatari, which has its detractors, I’ve only ever heard good things about Katanagatari. If I had to guess the reason why I still haven’t watched it, I’d probably say that the hour-long length can be rather intimidating. I know. It’s an awful excuse, but what else can I say? This isn’t a show that you can idly slip in between classes or study sessions.
Unlike with Katangatari, I do have a semi-legitimate reason for not watching this when it was released, and that is the lack of good fansubs. The Monogatari series has always been notoriously difficult to sub with its insane amount of typesetting and humor based on wordplay that is all too often lost in translation. Even months after the initial airing, there still aren’t any great subs for Nekomonogatari, but I don’t think its going to get any better, so I’ve decided to take the plunge (at least I get a pretty BD release).
This is another anime that just screams my name. A solemn atmosphere and intriguing mystery are just what I need to balance out the energy found in the rest of my watch list.
Serial Experiments Lain
See above. It shares the same creator as Haibane Renmei, so I imagine it must have a similar style. To be completely honest, I don’t have a clue what the actual plot is beyond what I read in the incredibly vague synopsis. Still, I’m confident that I’ll draw a fair amount of enjoyment out of this.
Revolutionary Girl Utena
This series has been on the edge of my radar since I first started watching anime a few years ago. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it with some saying it’s 37 episodes alternating between confusion and boredom, but reviewers I actually trust consistently give it a strong recommendation. I love picking apart the symbolism in a series and unraveling mysteries, so this seems like my cup of tea.
On a side note, does anybody know a good source for this? It’s next to impossible to find a quality download for a series this old. Out of curiosity, I did a quick Google search, and it turns out that they released a remastered BD box set earlier this year. At this point it’s probably worth it to hold off on it and see if any group decides to release it. Fingers crossed.