2017-03-05 02:35 pm

2016 media sum-up

Totals: 38 books, 27 movies, 12 seasons of TV, 50 volumes of manga, 72 seasons of anime, 4 anime movies. Zero video games, yipes.

The standout was obviously finishing up Star Trek TOS + animated series + TOS movies. It's not life-changing or anything but mostly solid, very forward-looking, and I think more sophisticated than its reputation. There's some good TV there. Also on the movie front, The Barkley Marathons really is as good as everybody says and worth the time for any runner.

On the anime side, Heavy Object is maybe a bit heavy on "competence porn" but a very well put-together (except the hastily-assembled conclusion) piece of military sci-fi. Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou gets this year's "this could only work in anime" award. Orange was probably the manga highlight, a fairly simple story but very well put-together and pretty sweet.
2017-03-05 02:14 pm

Media log, December

Shadow of Victory, Shin Sekai Yori, Anatomy for Runners, Inventing the Charles River, A Walk in the Woods, Keanu, Trinity Seven, My Wife is the Student Council President 2, Mahou Shoujo Nante Maouiidesukara 2, Keijo, WWW.Wagnaria!
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2016-11-13 01:18 pm

Media log, September

The Barkley Marathons, Margin Call, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Star Trek movies I-VI, DamNation, Shadow of Freedom, Cauldron of Ghosts, Buffalo 5 Girls, Piacevole, Koe no Katachi, Shokugeki no Soma Second Plate, Orange, Bananya,
Sweetness and Lightning, Alderamin on the Sky.
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2016-10-09 09:44 am

Media log, July

Mardock Scramble, Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia, Rewrite, Qualidea Code, Berserk, Amanchu!, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, The Morose Mononokean, New Game!, Heavy Object, Buffy season 3, Energy: The Subtle Concept, The Meaning of It All, Containment
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2016-09-11 10:59 am

Media log, April

Police Squad! + Naked Guns, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Treecat Wars, Genius, ERASED, Ojisan and Marshmallow, GATE Season 2, Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara, Konosuba, Joker Game, Re ZERO, Space Patrol Luluco, Twin Star Exorcists, Crane Game Girls, Bakuon!!, Cerberus, Hundred, The Lost Village, Endride, High School Fleet
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2016-09-10 12:38 pm

Media log, March

I Am Legend, Sirens S2, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, The End of All Things, Lock In, Unlocked, Fire Season.
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2016-08-27 09:23 am

Media log, January

The Menace from Earth, Revolt in 2100, Expanded Universe,
Double Star, Beyond Blame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Independence Day, Burn After Reading, Hakone-Chan, Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation, AOKANA, Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn, Living for the Day After Tomorrow, Active Raid.
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2016-06-09 06:20 pm

Media, 2015 sum-up

66 seasons anime (including dropped, of course), 5 anime movies, 20 volumes of manga, 3 digital manga, 71 books, 2 plays, 20 seasons of tv shows (including drops), 10 movies, 1 concert, and 3 games.

I'm not going to do "best" in every category. The standout in anime was (surprisingly) Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, which compressed the sprawling manga into something a little more focused and still awfully charming. Book nod goes to The Human Division for The Feels, although The End of Eternity is still excellent. Although I only got to two plays, the production of Doubt stuck out above all other other media, too. And on the other end of the spectrum, for TV, there's still something oddly special about Archer.
2016-01-31 09:29 am

December media

Ranma 1/2 OVAs, FMA: Brotherhood, Ramen Fighter Miki, YuruYuri 3, Working!!! Lord of the Takanashi, Appleseed 1-4, Ghost in the Shell 1/1.5/2, The Great Book of Amber, The Man Who Sold the Moon, The Green Hills of Earth, Doubt, Master of None, Man on a Ledge.
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2015-12-24 06:43 am

November media

Still doing these things, although guessing nobody reads them now.

The Mallet of Loving Correction, Redshirts, Lifeboats, Orange, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Ani-magic Academy, Everything Becomes F: The Perfect Insider, Quantico.
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2015-11-11 02:41 pm

October media

Gryphon in Glory, Gryphon's Eyrie, Zarsthor's Bane, Horn Crown, The Art of Agile Development, The Android's Dream, The Human Division, Seveneves, Shimoneta, Heroic Legend of Arslan, My Wife is the Student Council President, GATE, Working!!!, Hackadoll, KAGEWANI, Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, The Asterisk War, Gunparade March, Shomin Sample, Gotham Season 2, Supergirl.
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2015-11-11 02:28 pm

September media

Trey of Swords, Year of the Unicorn, The Jargoon Pard, The Crystal Gryphon, Lloyd Alexander documentary, Game of Thrones season 2-4, Love Live Season 1, Btoom!, Oremonogatari, Shokugeki no Soma, Comical Psychosomatic Medicine, AnoHana movie, Ellis Paul concert.
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2015-10-18 10:01 am

August media

Witch World, Web of the Witch World, Version Control With Git, Lost Lands of Witch World, The Tempest, Ranma 1/2 movies 1 and 2.
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2015-08-02 11:41 am

July media

Neverwhere, The Odyssey, Runner's World Guide to Cross-Training, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Amagi Brilliant Park, Classroom Crisis, Myself; Yourself, Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-, Monster Musume, Actually I Am, Jinsei - Life Consulting, Bikini Warriors, Chaos Dragon, Snow White With the Red Hair, Sabagebu, Megazone 23, Charlotte.
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2015-07-03 06:54 am

June media

Python Projects, Python High Performance Programming, The Tale of Genji, Triage X, Ranma 1/2 season 7, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, Takamiya Nasuno Desu!, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (anime), Song of the Sea.
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2015-07-02 09:03 am

May media

May: HUGPUNX, Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure, Shin Sekai Yori anime, Mikagura School Suite, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Tale of Princess Kaguya, Elementary season 3, Castle season 7, New Girl season 4, Big Bang Theory season 8, Gotham season 1.
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2015-07-02 08:46 am

April media

April: Moon Shot, Black Star, Bright Dawn, PySide GUI Application Development, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Usagi Drop manga, Yurikuma Arashi, Kirameki Project, ETOTAMA, PUNCH LINE, Wish Upon the Pleiades, Kiminozo: Next Season, Gunslinger Stratos, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, Plastic Memories, Re-Kan, Archer Season 4 and 5, Red 2
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2015-06-28 11:27 am

March media

These things sit around in draft form far too long. You can tell I was sick a lot in March. The Grey King, Silver on the Tree, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chaos:Making a New Science, Network Security Through Data Analysis, Spice and Wolf 11 and 12, Matplotlib for Python Developers, The First Three Minutes, How to Write A Lot, The Last Three Minutes, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Flag, Testament of Sister New Devil, Sailor Moon, Rumbling Hearts / Kiminozo, Akatsuki no Yona, Saekano, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Bicentennial Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Last Man on Earth, Shin Sekai Yori manga 5-7.
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2015-05-24 06:33 pm

February media

Continuing with the posting backlog, February was The IT Crowd, Mountain of Storms, The Race Underground, Snow Sense, Company Men, A History of Pi, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, Maga-Tsuki, Ranma 1/2 Season 6.

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2015-05-24 06:23 pm

Media, best of 2014

Writing getting ahead of the posting again, I did want to put up the best of last year. If you skip the rest, do skim this one.

The best read this year, hands-down, was Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation saga. Not every volume is fantastic, but none is bad, and the sum is impressive. I admire Asimov's ability to grapple with big ideas while keeping a great story going, rarely degenerating into Philosophical Position as Character. Other standouts include Reading the Forested Landscape for nonfiction and The God Engines in really disturbing short form.

Best manga: A Town Where You Live. I don't know what nonsense keeps Crunchyroll from sharing the first eleven volumes, but it needs to be fixed. Volume 12 picks up after a huge turning point that's heartbreaking and makes everything following so much more significant. I keep harping, but it's both the high point of the series and an example of the greatness that permeates the entire: nothing's storybook perfect, but people find their way.

I couldn't call In Search of Lost Future the best anime of the year. But it got under my skin, and is particularly anime rather than a story that would work well in another medium or with a different cultural background. It's not quite a love-it-or-hate-it series, more of a love-it-or-meh, but man. It's the one I'd most recommend people give a chance if they're on the fence. And I've got to throw in Encouragement of Climb for simply making me smile every time a new episode came up. Really high honors as well to Space Brothers, Silver Spoon 2, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, all three worth a watch. It was a very good year for anime (of course, I watch a lot, so there's bound to be good stuff in there somewhere.)

Wreck-it Ralph wins for movies on the makes-me-smile basis. It's funny, it's cute, it's heartwarming without being (too) smarmy, and yes I saw the twist a mile away but so what? Honorable mention to Argo for keeping me completely engrossed from start to finish.

Elementary Season 2 continued an excellent show. It's a remarkable balancing act: updating the character and situations, not simply copying the stories and premises, yet feeling true to the spirit of the original. And such, such good chemistry between Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. I think it helps that both have stage experience. Archer gets an honorable mention for being so funny and making me inhale the whole series in very few days.

Video games are a short list again this year, so Metroid Prime 3: Corruption wins with little competition. The series is a great combination of exploration and shooter, with controls (on both platforms) that brought the console shooter to excellent refinement. I don't intend to replay, though, because of the occasional teeth-gnashing frustration.