Moments of 2015 postscript: looking backwards, and dreaming forwards

Osomatsu
SHEEEEHH!!

That wraps up 2015 in anime for me. Honestly speaking, I’d have to go against the tide and rate this as one of the stronger years in recent times. Besides the headache that the AOTY label was giving me, and putting aside sequels that I was already committed to purchasing, this is the first time since 2010 I was really tempted to buy more than one of the shows that I watched. In terms of this year ender, my enjoyment of 2015 in anime made it quite difficult picking a single moment for Aldnoah.Zero, Your Lie in April and Osomatsu-san in particular. Nevertheless, I was ecstatic to have encountered two series that will remain close to my heart: Aldnoah.Zero for putting the biggest questions in my field of (slowly growing) expertise on the screen, and Sound! Euphonium for capturing the frustration and opportunity that arise from Japan’s societal norms in its treatise on youth and music. A disappointment they may have been for some (many in the case of the former), but there are few series that I have enjoyed more.

I was also sorely tempted to write about what I found to be the most annoying and detrimental part of my viewing experience over the last year. The translations for many of the series I saw—including around half of the series that made it onto my year ender—were so badly done that I found myself cringing several times during each episode of the shows in question. I’m seriously considering watching anime without subs again, as I’d generally done a couple of years back—that’s how much they sapped the enjoyment out of my viewing experience. The one bright spot was the translation of the Osomatsu-san commentary, as I’d been thinking of translating it, a task for which I simply do not have the time to spare.

But let my ranting end there, for bad translations cannot prevent me from appreciating the inspiration and hard work that went into all the series I loved in 2015. I only wish that I had enough time to translate interviews and snippets from gigs such as radio shows and events, so as to contribute to a better understanding within the fandom of what goes on behind-the-scenes of their favourite series! I did manage to get a few of these out, and my post on Urobuchi Gen’s involvement in Aldnoah.Zero was easily the most popular offering on this blog this past year. But the other piece that stays with me was the brief summary I did on “Remembering Matsuki Miyu.” I would like to fully translate that final episode of the Cherry Bell radio show one day…even though it will leave me in tears.

Finally, thank you to everyone who’s dropped by, especially those who’ve taken the time to comment and share your own thoughts with me. I’ve gained more insight and inspiration from many of the discussions here and elsewhere, so I hope it’s been the same for you. I do apologise to all the Chihayafuru fans who are waiting for me to start covering the manga again—it’s on my “to do” list, but I’m going to have to rejig the format and frequency of the posts so that it’ll fit better with my own blogging goals. At present, I’ve got two broad projects in mind, one that involves a lot of translation, and one to do with a genre that has been one of the long-time staples of anime, so there will be a slight shift in the content I plan to put up. Whilst the latter will take place here, the former also involves another blog that I’ll formally launch when I am ready to begin. In any case, if you’ve found the commentary, discussion and translations here informative and fun, I hope to see you all again this coming year!

As usual, if anyone’s interested, the full list of what I watched and read in 2015 is under the cut.

Series/Shows that ended in 2015 (season/s)

Aldnoah.Zero (Summer 2014 and Winter 2015)
Parasyte [Kiseijuu] (Autumn 2014—Winter 2015)
SHIROBAKO (Autumn 2014—Winter 2015)
Your Lie in April [Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso] (Autumn 2014—Winter 2015)
Death Parade (Winter 2015)
Durarara!!x2 ‘Build’ [Durarara!!x2 Shou] (Winter 2015)
The Knights of Sidonia S2 (Spring 2015)
Food Wars [Shokugeki no Sōma] (Spring–Summer 2015)
The Heroic Legend of Arslan [Arslan Senki] (Spring—Summer 2015)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! [Oregairu. Zoku] (Spring 2015)
Sound! Euphonium [Hibike! Euphonium] (Spring 2015)
Braves of the Six Flowers [Rokka no Yuusha] (Summer 2015)
Durarara!!x2 ‘Twist’ [Durarara!!x2 Ten] (Summer 2015)
Rampo Kitan: The Game of Laplace (Summer 2015)
Seiyu’s Life! [Sore ga Seiyuu] (Summer 2015)
WORKING!!! (Summer 2015)
K —Return of Kings—(Autumn 2015)
Owarimonogatari (Autumn 2015)
Sakurako-san (Autumn 2015)
Subete ga F ni Naru —The Perfect Insider— (Autumn 2015)

Feature length anime/OVAs seen in 2015

Attack on Titan: Crimson Bow and Arrow
Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom
Sound! Euphonium 14

ACG-related Live Action seen in 2015

Seven Days Monday→Thursday
Seven Days Friday→Sunday

Older series/films I watched or rewatched

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth [Ikoku Meiro no Croisee]
K — Missing Kings —
The Knights of Sidonia S1
Monogatari Second Season (incl. Hana)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU [Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru]
Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen
The Wind Rises [Kaze Tachinu]
Tsukimonogatari
When Marnie was there [Omoide no Marnie]

Dropped (episodes watched — quick comments)

Assassination Classroom [Ansatsu Kyoushitsu] (4 — loved EP1, but really did not like episode 4…)
Seraph of the End [Owari no Seraph] (6 — some things of interest…but still a generic shounen)
Snow White with the Red Hair [Akagami no Shirayukihime] (1 — I’m kind of ‘off romance’ at the moment)
GATE (3 — I don’t like tropes…)
Heavy Object (1 — fan service, ‘nuff said)
Starmyu (1 — no, I just can’t…)
One Punch Man (5 — it just wasn’t quite funny enough)

Commentaries

Sound! Euphonium

Continuing

Ace of the Diamond [Daiya no Ace] 2nd Season
Durarara!!x2 ‘End’ [Durarara!!x2 Ketsu]
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Autumn 2015)
Osomatsu-san (Autumn 2015)

Western Film

American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Mr. Holmes
Ant-man
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief {documentary}
The Intern
Roman Holiday
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

TV Shows

The Big Bang Theory (Seasons 1—3)

Manga

Ace of the Diamond
Attack on Titan [Shingeki no Kyojin]
Bleach
Blue Spring Ride [Ao Haru Ride] (fin.)
Chihayafuru
Food Wars [Shokugeki no Soma]
House of the Sun [Taiyou no Ie] (fin.)
Magi
Your Lie in April [Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso] (fin.)

Backlogged (anime)

Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: UBW
Gangsta.
Ronia the Robber’s Daughter
(joining)
Kyouso Giga
Aoi Bungaku
The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
Ghost in the Shell movies
Gundam Unicorn
Hellsing Ultimate
Jinrui
Joshiraku
Kara no Kyoukai
Madoka Magika
Mawaru Penguindrum
Moyashimon Returns
Natsume Yuujinchou San
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Shin Sekai Yori
Steins;Gate
The Tatami Galaxy

Backlogged (other)

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)

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

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