Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 3

So yes, I was ill for a while, and there was a period of 9 days during which I didn’t watch any anime as a result (Log Horizon 16 was watched on the day it aired and episode 17 was watched several days late, yet these were consecutive episodes watched). Consequentially the “week” has been pushed back by 9 days, and I am rather behind with my watches.

Episodes watched this “week”:
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 2
Dog Days” 2
Rolling Girls 2
Absolute Duo 3
Log Horizon 16
Log Horizon 17
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 3
Shirobako 16
Rolling Girls 3
Kantai Collection: KanColle 3
Kantai Collection: KanColle 4
Akatsuki no Yona 16
Yoru no Yatterman 2
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 5
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 6
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 7
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 8
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 9
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 10
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 11
Sengoku Musou 2
Shirobako 17
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 12
Haitai Nanafa 2nd Season 13 END
Isuca 1
Log Horizon 2nd Season 18
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! 3
Military! 4
Death Parade 3

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 2

Some anime redeemed themselves, while others have fallen by the wayside. Some stepped up a gear, while others were less than they had previously appeared. In other words, a typical week 2 of a season. Oh, and I’ve fallen back a bit. That’s typical of week 2 as well. Although not by much because there isn’t that much to watch.

Episodes watched this week:
Log Horizon 2nd Season 15
Military 2
6♥Princess (music) 1 END
Yoru no Yatterman 1
Junketsu no Maria 1
Absolute Duo 2
Yuri Kuma Arashi 2
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 2
Kantai Collection: KanColle 2
Akatsuki no Yona 15
Koufuku Graffiti 2
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 2
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2
Death Parade 2
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 2
Shirobako 15
Military! 3
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Weekly anime roundup – Winter 2015 week 1

It’s the start of a new season, and thus a relatively large post, with my first impressions of most series.

There’s unusually large gaps in terms of enjoyment between the series at the moment, in part because there’s fewer series, but also because there’s only a handful that really caught me so far. Of course, I haven’t watched more than the first episode of anything yet, so there’s still plenty of chance for the others to improve.

Episodes watched this week:
Military! 1
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata episode 0
Kantai Collection: KanColle 1
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 1
Log Horizon 2nd Series 14
Doamaiger D 1
Absolute Duo 1
Rolling Girls 1
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 1
Koufuku Graffiti 1
Akatsuki no Yona 14
Shinmai Maou no Testament 1
Yuri Kuma Arashi 1
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 1
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 1
Death Parade 1
Dog Days” 1
Shirobako 14
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 1
Sengoku Musou 1

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Winter 2015 anime watching intentions

I decided to move this over from my MAL blog. The list of series is taken from https://livechart.me/winter. As always, I will update this post as the season progresses.

This season I will be trying out most new things, but the vast majority of the unusually high number of sequels are from franchises which I am not familiar with. 23 things to watch in total, 4 continuing and 19 new.

Continuing from the current season:
Akatsuki no Yona*
Log Horizon 2nd Series*
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (may still drop this yet)*

Will try:
Absolute Duo
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!*
Death Parade
Doamaiger D
Dog Days”
Junketsu no Maria
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir*
Kantai Collection: KanColle*
Koufuku Graffiti
Rolling Girls**
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata*
Seiken Tsukai no World Break*
Sengoku Musou*
Shinmai Maou no Testament*
Yoru no Yatterman
Yuri Kuma Arashi

*These series are available in the UK on Crunchyroll

** These series are not available on CR but are available on in the UK on Viewster

Won’t watch:
Aldnoah Zero 2nd Season – never watched series 1
Durarara!!x2 Shou – haven’t watched anime of series 1
Go! Princess Precure – I’ve never tried a precure series and this doesn’t look like the one I would go with if I did.
Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders – Egypt Hen – not watched any Jojo series.
Kamisama Hajimemashita – dropped series 1.
Ketsuekigata-kun! 2 – I didn’t even know this existed and thus never watched the first series.
Kuroko no Basket 3rd series – Never watched earlier series
Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen SC – never watched the first series.
Pankis! 2-jigen – I don’t think I could bear to watch this.
Q Transformers: Kaette Kita Convoy no Nazo – not a transformers fan.
Shounen Hollywood – didn’t watch 49
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Exodus – not watched earlier parts of the series.
Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD – not watched earlier parts of the series.
The iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls – the original iDOLM@STER didn’t appeal to me so I don’t see this doing it either.
Tokyo Ghoul √A – didn’t watch the first series.
Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll – I kind of stopped caring about monogatari.
Washimo 2 – Completely put off by the art style.

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Durarara Season 2 – can history repeat itself?

Back in January 2010 something unprecedented began. The anime adaptation of a light novel series with fairly average sales started airing. Nothing unusual about that, you might think, although it was one of the lowest selling series to ever get a 2-cour anime adaptation*. That anime series then produced a boost to the light novel sales. Nothing unusual about that either. This sales boost was enough to get the backlog volumes to appear on the weekly rankings fairly consistently. That is unusual but nothing exceptional.

However, the end result of this is something that has, at least as far as there is data for, never happened either before or since. In the year end rankings, Durarara!! had four of the five bestselling light novel volumes of 2010. Sword Art Online managed the same in 2012, but in Durarara!!’s case it was all old volumes, and not newly released ones – in other words, volumes that were there purely thanks to the anime boost. When you consider that SAO pre-anime had sales that were many times higher than the equivalent for Durarara!!** this becomes even more spectacular (SAO’s sales boost for volume 1 was slightly larger in actual terms, though).

But the anime fans who picked up these books were a fickle lot, and sales of the series dropped away hard with every new volume – drops of more than 20% from one volume to the next being normal***. The latest volume (of the sequel series) sold just 31k copies before dropping out of the weekly rankings. If it weren’t for the relatively newly available monthly rankings, Durarara would thus be the only series on record where a later volume sold less than 10% of an earlier one (with both volumes ranking).

But now, in January 2015, we have the start of a second season of the anime. In the rather odd format of three split cours.

There are a lot of people out there sitting with the first few volumes of this series on their bookshelves, or stashed away in the cupboard or crate somewhere. There is thus, in theory, a huge potential market for the books to get a big sales boost without the series even gaining any new fans – a fairly unprecedented state. All the series has to do is remind the people who bought a volume or two before that it exists, and why they went out and bought those books.

5 years is a long gap between two anime series, though. Will that work against the series, on account of a lot of people who watched back then may have stopped following, or changed to liking a different type of story or simply forgotten everything that happened? Or will it work in the series’ favour, bringing in a new fanbase that wasn’t even around when the first season aired, and reminding people who had completely forgotten about the series’ existance that yes, that was a rather good series, wasn’t it?

Can history possibly, just possibly, repeat itself?

Personally, I think it has a fairly good chance of far exceeding any other sales boost from the second season of a light novel adaptation in history. Only time will tell, though.

*Tokyo Ravens is the only one in the last 3 years which did not have significantly higher sales before the 2 cours anime began.

**The actual sales data for Durarara!! before the anime aired is patchy, but from the data we have I would say that slightly under 20k sales per volume is the right sort of range.

*** volume 10’s first 3 weeks sales were 128827, volume 11’s were 100212, volume 12’s were 71412