Looking back on 2014, appendix: the list

Although it feels like I’ve seen a lot more this year than in previous years, when I actually went and tallied it up, the total was about on par with what I covered in 2013. I’d like to proudly claim that I’ve added nothing to my backlog either, but that’s not strictly true, since I’m hoping to catch up on Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter [Sanzoku no Musume Ronja] and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works as their second halves get underway… There are also a few others that I’m still considering, such as Knights of Sidonia, so they might just show up on the backlog next year, unless I’m able to get to them…

Nevertheless, I’d definitely seen enough to have some difficulty in selecting my list this year: 9 were lock-ins, and three spaces were up for grabs. In fact, I was still mulling over them as I finished three series that I hadn’t been so sure about, over my first real Christmas ‘break’ in four years (i.e. I wasn’t working in retail this year!). In the end, in terms of anime, I still settled for series that I’d watched at a more leisurely pace over the year, even without interacting that much with other viewers on them; obviously, something about the way that I pick what to watch is still working for me. There are shows that I somewhat regret not keeping/catching up with, but even though I can’t see myself remembering 2014 as a great year for this hobby of mine, ultimately, I’ll be quite happy to look back and see these 12 memories.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who’s dropped by, hung around a bit, perhaps even taken the time to comment this year. Whilst I would probably be writing about my hobbies anyway, it’s the people I interact with who will always challenge me to read more widely, with the goal of always improving the quality of my writing and analysis. So thank you for your support and encouragement, and for challenging me to keep re-examining my arguments. And I look forward to seeing you again sometime this year, if what I write about still happens to interest you too.

And without further ado, here’s the list.

Series/Shows that finished in 2014 (season/s)

Silver Spoon [Gin no Saji] (Summer 2013, Winter 2014)
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (Autumn 2013–Winter 2014)
Hamatora (Winter 2014) and Re: Hamatora (Summer 2014)
Nobunaga the Fool (Winter 2014–Spring 2014)
Seki-kun, Master of Killing Time [Tonari no Seki-kun] (Winter—Spring 2014)
One Week Friends [Isshukan Friends] (Spring 2014)
The Irregular at the Magic High School [Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei] (Spring—Summer 2014)
Black Butler: Book of Circus [Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus] (Summer 2014)
Blue Spring Ride [Ao Haru Ride] (Summer 2014)
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun [Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun] (Summer 2014)
Terror in Tokyo [Zankyou no Terror] (Summer 2014)
Amagi Brilliant Park (Autumn 2014)
Gugure! Kokkuri-san (Autumn 2014)
Psycho-Pass 2 (Autumn 2014)
The Circumstances in My Home’s Bathtub [Orenchi no Furo Jijou] (Autumn 2014)

Feature length anime/OVAs seen in 2014

K — Missing Kings —
The Last: Naruto The Movie
The Wind Rises [Kaze Tachinu]
When Marnie Was There [Omoide no Marnie]
Hanamonogatari: Suruga Devil
Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll

ACG-related Live Action seen in 2014

Usagi Drop
Rurouni Kenshin 2 & 3

Older series/films I watched or rewatched

Genshiken Nidaime

Dropped (episodes watched — quick comments)

D-Frag! (2 — first episode was funny if stupid…but the second lost my interest)
Samurai Flamenco (11 — since it still didn’t seem to have a direction at this point…)
Sailor Moon Crystal (3 — I tried, honestly I did. But the CGI drove me nuts…)
Terraformers (1 — Kyojin’s better)
Akatsuki no Yona (3 — it still comes across as quite a generic fantasy to me…)
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (5 – I really like Kyouya’s problem…but episode 4 was painful…)
Hoozuki no Reitetsu (6 — some laughs…but on the whole, just not enough)

Commentaries

Gundam SEED

Continuing…

Aldnoah Zero (Summer 2014)
Shirobako (Autumn 2014)
Your Lie in April [Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso] (Autumn 2014)

Japanese Film

Like Father Like Son [Soshite Chichi ni Naru]

Western Film

12 Years a Slave
All is Lost
American Hustle
The Avengers
Blue Jasmine
Captain America: The First Avenger & The Winter Soldier
her
The Hobbit 1 & 2
The Hunt [Jagten]
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Lego Movie
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Prisoners
The Wolf of Wall Street
X-Men: Days of Future Past

TV-dramas

The Glass House [Glass no Ie]
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
Game of Thrones (season 4)
Sherlock (season 1)

Total

21 cours of anime (and 2 cours total of dropped series)
~3 cours of anime commentaries
4 anime features and 2 feature length OVA series
3 ACG-related live-action features
1 cour of J-drama
2 cours of K-drama
17 Western features
1.5 cours of Western TV drama

Backlogged (anime)

Kyouso Giga
Aoi Bungaku
The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
Ghost in the Shell movies
Gundam Unicorn
Hellsing Ultimate
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation
Jinrui
Joshiraku
Kara no Kyoukai
Madoka Magika
Mawaru Penguindrum
Moyashimon Returns
Natsume Yuujinchou San
Rozen Maiden (new)
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Shin Sekai Yori
Steins;Gate
The Tatami Galaxy

Backlogged (other)

The Big Bang Theory
Borgen (Danish TV Show)
Breaking Bad
Flowers for My Life (2007)
Gaksitai (2012)
I Hear Your Voice (2013)
Joseon X-Files (2010)
Master’s Sun (2013)
My Name is Kim Sam Soon (2005)
Nine: Nine Time Travels (2013)
Pasta (2010)
The Princess’s Man (2011)
Queen In-hyun’s Man (2012)
The Return of Iljimae (2009)
White Christmas (2011)

Oh, and for the record, here’s what I’ve been reading:

Manga

Naruto (fin.)
Strobe Edge (fin.)
Attack on Titan [Shingeki no Kyojin]
Bleach (on hiatus)
Magi (on hiatus)
Blue Spring Ride [Ao Haru Ride]
Chihayafuru
House of the Sun [Taiyou no Ie]
Your Lie in April [Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso]

About karice
MAG fan, freelance translator and political scientist-in-training. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

2 Responses to Looking back on 2014, appendix: the list

  1. Yeah, you should definitely watch Sidonia no Kishi!!! It’s a bit “different” but i love that kind of thing!

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