Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 11 & Winter 2015 final status

Well it’s the beginning of the end of another season. In all honesty I probably did more reading than watching this week, but I still got a fair amount watched, including reaching the end of certain series.

One of these was the conclusion of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, which therefore also means that the Winter anime are now done.

Episodes watched this week:
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me 12
Urawa no Usagi-chan 11
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 7
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 8
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 9
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 10
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 11
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 12
Owari no Seraph 6
Owari no Seraph 7
Owari no Seraph 8
Owari no Seraph 9
Owari no Seraph 10
Owari no Seraph 11
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 12 END
Owari no Seraph 12 END
Teekyuu 4 12 END
Takamiya Nasuno Desu! 12 END
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 22 END
Ame-iro Cocoa 3
Ame-iro Cocoa 4
Ame-iro Cocoa 5 DROPPED (fansub rule)
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 11
Ichigo Mashimaro 6

Spring 2015 Status

Series rankings at present:
1) Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou
2) Hibike! Euphonium
3) Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (up 1)
4) Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (down 1)
5) Arslan Senki
6) Hello! Kiniro Mosaic
7) Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku
8) Owari no Seraph (up 2)
9) Teekyuu 4 (down 1)
10) Re-Kan! (down 1)
11) Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me
12) Etotama
13) Takamiya Nasuno Desu (up 1)
14) Urawa no Usagi-chan (down 1)
15) Kyoukai no Rinne
16) Show by Rock!!
17) Pikaia

Ame-iro Cocoa

Ame-iro Cocoa – if it were available legally in the UK I have no doubt that I would have watched this through to the end. But that is not the way the world works, unfortunately.

Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku – The ending of this series wasn’t exactly the best, but it was still fun. And fun this series was, more or less from start to finish. The thing that most appealed to me about this series were the characters, with Eruna appealing from the beginning. The light novels are still ongoing, and I picked up the first volume fairly early on in the season (although I havent started reading it yet). I placed the second to fourth on another order that should ship soon, but there seem to be stock issues, with volume 4 being removed and volumes 2 and 3 both currently awaiting availability – and with just 4 days left until the latest dispatch date for the order, there’s a good chance that none of the volumes will dispatch.

Owari no Seraph was a very different series, but also very much enjoyable to watch. I spent a lot of time thinking “right, and now this is going to happen”, only for it to not. The main character was somewhat frustrating at times – characters defined by extremely strong bloodlust aren’t exactly ones that appeal to me. His relatively weak character, though, just opens the way for Shinoa to take the well deserved spotlight. She’s probably the best thing about the series, and the best new character (to me) of the season’s anime. I’ll be watching the second part when it airs in the autumn.

Teekyuu continues to be Teekyuu – with the difference that this series was rather more stable in terms of enjoyment than the past ones were – missing out both the top end and the bottom end of the franchise’s fluctuations. I will, of course, be watching the 5th one over summer.

Takamiya Nasuno Desu, though, was certainly less than its parent series. Can we have a Kanae spin-off instead please? The last episode was great, though.

Winter 2015 Final Status

1. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
2. Kantai Collection
3. Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
4. Dog Days”
5. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
6. Koufuku Graffiti
7. Seiken Tsukai no World Break
8. Absolute Duo
9. Yoru no Yatterman (on hold)
10. Junketsu no Maria (dropped)
11. Sengoku Musou
12. Rolling Girls (dropped)
13. Death Parade (on hold)
14. Yuri Kuma Arashi (dropped)
15. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir (dropped)
16. Military! (dropped)
17. ISUCA (dropped)
18. Doamaiger D (dropped)
19. Shinmai Maou no Testament (dropped)

I really didn’t watch much in Winter did I?

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu really grew on me in the middle parts, and although the later stages of the series (as in the second half of the field trip arc) weren’t as good, the series as a whole was a pleasant surprise to someone who had largely given up on the idea of liking any newer shounen jump series, and had previously dismissed it as not worth my time. I’ll start on the manga sooner or later but I’m not sure how far I will get with it.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 11 (final)

Not much watched recently, in part due to the fact that the season had pretty much ended by the time I did the last post, and also in part due to being so busy.

Episodes watched this week:
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 11
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 12 END
Koufuku Graffiti 12 END
Dog Days” 10
Omakase! Miracle Cat-dan 1 (SPRING anime)
Dog Days” 11
Dog Days” 12 END
Sengoku Musou 11
Sengoku Musou 12 END

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 10

All my Winter watches other than the ongoing Ansatsu Kyoushitsu are now showing up as finished on MAL, although some of them still have some way to go, and I have 12 episodes left to watch in total over 5 remaining 1-cour series. All Autumn 2014 series are now finished, however, and as such the final status is in this post.

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Analysis post – sales boost for Winter 2015 anime adaptations of light novels

Coming into this season we had quite an interesting situation with regards to the light novel series getting adapted. We had one series (Juuou Mujin no Fafnir) at the bottom which had never quite managed to break 6k sales, making it a definite underdog. We had another (Durarara!!) which, as I mentioned before, had seen previously huge sales which plummeted over time, meaning that there was potential for the series both to explode or to flop. Either way, though, this was definitely the biggest name series with an anime this season.

And then there were four titles in between, all four of which had previously had remarkably similar visible sales figures, with all four being in the 15-20k sales range.

In such a situation it was always going to be interesting to see what came out on top and what fell behind.

Actually measuring and comparing the result, however, is harder. All four of these middle series (but neither of the other two) have seen their first volume rank precisely once in the main rankings. Two of these have seen sales resets at some point. There have also been a few new volumes released, which we will get to later.

Other than this we have the Oricon website data, but it is somewhat erratic whether or not something gets on here – for instance, SaeKano volumes 1, 5 and 6 are included, but volumes 2 to 4 are not.

In short, the Oricon sales data isn’t particularly useful.

However, we do have a data set that is useable: the POS bunko rankings. Bear in mind that this is separate from Oricon and produces slightly different results. It also doesn’t have any actual figures – it’s just a ranking. But it shows off quite nicely the fortunes of the various light novels over the week, and covers the top 500 bunko (Oricon only shows the top 50, although the other rankings mean we often get data for things well below that).

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 9

Episodes watched this week:
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 8
Absolute Duo 9
Shirobako 22
Koufuku Graffiti 9
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 8
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 9
Log Horizon 2nd Season 23
Koufuku Graffiti 10
Sengoku Musou 8
Akatsuki no Yona 23
Yoru no Yatterman 8
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 10
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 9
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 10
Absolute Duo 10
Absolute Duo 11
Log Horizon 2nd Series 24
Kantai Collection 10
Kantai Collection 11
Shirobako 23
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 11

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 8

My desire to watch stuff this week has been unusually low. I still got a fair few things watched though, and finally got so there was nothing left to watch from back in February.

Episodes watched this week:
Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi! (OVA)
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 7
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 7
Shirobako 21
Koufuku Graffiti 7
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 9
Dog Days” 7
Yoru no Yatterman 7
Koufuku Graffiti 8
Absolute Duo 8
Akatsuki no Yona 22
Dog Days”
Sengoku Musou 7

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 7

Episodes watched this week:
Absolute Duo 7
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 6
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 7
Sengoku Musou 6
Akatsuki no Yona 21
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 6
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 7
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 8
Kantai Collection 9
Log Horizon 2nd Season 22
Rolling Girls 7
Rolling Girls 8

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 6

Most of the way through the season now, and finally I’m catching up. Then again, there’s few enough things left that it would be slightly worrying if I weren’t.

Episodes watched this week:
Sengoku Musou 4
Junketsu no Maria 4
Junketsu no Maria 5
Dog Days” 5
Rolling Girls 5
Rolling Girls 6
Kantai Collection 6
Kantai Collection 7
Yoru no Yatterman 5
Yoru no Yatterman 6
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 6
Military! 7
Akatsuki no Yona 20
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 5
Shirobako 20
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 5
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 6
Sengoku Musou 5
Dog Days” 6
Koufuku Graffiti 6
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 5
Kantai Collection 8
Log Horizon 2nd Season 21

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 5

It seems every week something happens to interrupt my viewing. This time it was my headphones breaking (or, more accurately, the sound going in one ear). I bought myself a new set but they’re rather tinny so I’d rather not use them much. So I’ve also ordered a new pair of the same ones as I had before. I’ll keep these ones as a spare – even with the tinniness they’re a good deal better than the bass-enhancing pile of junk that I was conned into buying once and which form my current spare set. Seriously, why do people act as though a set of headphones that deliberately and significantly distorts the sounds they produce is a good thing rather than being a case of something inherently broken?

Anyway, enough about headphones.

I also read rather more manga than usual this week, catching up with Saki (which I had slipped behind on), Aizawa-san Zoushoku (which I didn’t read the latest chapter of when it came out due to it happening whilst I was ill) and Spirit Circle (which I only started reading last week)*. Despite that, the headphones issue, and not being around at all on Sunday or yesterday, I still managed to watch about as many episodes as there are series that I am following this season, so it wasn’t too much of a setback. Although I’d have liked to catch up a bit as well.

Episodes watched this week:
Log Horizon 2nd Series 19
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 4
Isuca 2
Shirobako 18
Military! 6
Koufuku Graffiti 4
Koufuku Graffiti 5
Yoru no Yatterman 4
Dog Days” 4
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 5
Akatsuki no Yona 19
Kantai Collection: KanColle 5
Absolute Duo 5
Absolute Duo 6
Shirobako 19
Log Horizon 2nd Series 20
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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 4

Posting this a day late due to the fact that I didn’t have time to post it yesterday. Or to watch any anime for that matter. Indeed the anime episodes watched during last week were pretty much entirely concentrated in the first half, and I haven’t watched a single episode since Thursday. I’ve been busy reading manga with the time I have…

Episodes watched this week:
Dog Days” 3
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 3
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 4
Absolute Duo 4
Yoru no Yatterman 3
Akatsuki no Yona 17
Junketsu no Maria 2
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 4
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 3
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 3
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 4
Military! 5
Koufuku Graffiti 3
Akatsuki no Yona 18
Sengoku Musou 3
Junketsu no Maria 3
Rolling Girls 4
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