Well, Toonami had a fairly decent year. Even with 3 1/2 hours, we still had a lot of good stuff (and Dimension W) come to the block. And a bunch of good stuff (and Akame ga Kill!) leave the block. But we’ve had a ton of good news, and I’m gonna go over everything that happened this year, and my thoughts about what each show has brought to the block.
So, 2015, eh? You guys realize that we are now officially in the future, a future that Back to the Future got mostly correct. Well, except for the self-lacing shoes… and the food hydrator… and the Cubs winning the World Series. Why the hell don’t I have a flying car and a hoverboard?!!!
As for anime: This year was a fairly decent year and it easily beats out last year in terms of decent anime. Wanna know why? I’ll give you 10 reasons why 2014 was garbage:
- poopa (That’s pupa)
- Magical Borefare (That’s Magical Warfare)
- No Gamers with a Life (That’s No Game, No Life)
- Attack on Lolis (That’s Black Bullet)
- Mahoukrap (That’s The Irregular at Magic High School)
- Super AIDS Online II (That’s Sword Art Online II)
- Akame the Edge! (That’s Akame ga Kill!)
- GlASSlip (pretty self-explanatory)
- Aldnoah.0% chance of ever surpassing Gundam (That’s Aldnoah.Zero)
- Crass Ange (That’s Cross Ange).
OK, the latter two ended in 2015, but started in 2014. Honestly, if we can go any lower than 2014, then I’d be really surprised.
Seasonal Thoughts: My goodness, I don’t think I’ve seen a season this bad in a long while. Like the only things worth watching this season in my eyes were One-Punch Man and Gundam. If it were up to me, I’d have dropped everything that started in this season except for those two. It’s no longer OK for me to say Fall 2013 was the worst anime season, especially since this season and every season of 2014 except Fall happened.
And let me tell you something: These generic harem/magic high school junk needs to have a moratorium on them, alongside “OW THE EDGE” and “You’re in the game!” anime. Asterisk War, World Break, Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Absolute Duo, Sky Wizards Academy, Infinite Stratos, and what have you. You’ve seen any one of these, you’ve seen all of them. You have hundred of other possible settings yet you choose a school because how else will the teenage males insert themselves onto the brain-dead protagonists? You get two or three of these per season. Stop it.
And what else should stop is showing the spoiler-y parts of the film in movie trailers? Batman v. Superman, I’m looking directly at you. If there was a trailer that derailed even the slightest interest I’ve had in this movie, it was definitely this one. Terminator: Genisys did the same thing, and that was a deal-killer. And don’t even get me started on Batman having a gun. Yeah, at this point, I’m not regretting my choice in only sticking with Marvel Cinematic Universe and X-Men movies, so that leaves me with 4 superhero films in 2016, 5 if Gambit is still on track.
So what did I think of The Force Awakens? Well, there won’t be any sugarcoating here; I’m going to be blunt about it. IT WAS AMAZE-BALLS! J.J. FOUND A WAY!!!
It seems Fall is the season for superheroes. So let’s pop in an anime that caught my eye because the main character is essentially an anti-Gary Stu: An overpowered character who isn’t boring. Take notes, Kirito and Tatsuya Shiba.
One–Punch Man, a Madhouse adaptaion of ONE and Yusuke Murata’s manga, follows Saitama, a salaryman who decided to become a superhero-for-fun afer completing an incredible exercise regiment for three years to become extremely strong and invulnerable to the point that he lost all of his hair. As a result, he is so strong that he can destroy anything with a single punch. That’s a problem for Saitama as this means absolutely nothing on Earth is a threat to him. And with the forces of evil gathering to destroy the world, Saitama’s journey to find an opponent worthy of his strength begins.
Yep, One-Punch Man was one of the few shows that I was really looking forward to this season, and the first episode does not disappont one bit. It really pokes at the question on how you can deal with a overpowered character in the setting well, which is a surprise since characters like Saitama would only end up being a blank slate that exists for the sake of wish fullfillment and all that stuff. Yeah, One-Punch Man is definitely something to keep an eye on this season