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Welcome to 2015by Panadero - January 13, 2015 5:34:46 PM MST
Now that the holidays are over, we have our first update of 2015! It's a mix of older and newer stuff this time, so let's get it laid out:
First up we have the recent Kyoani series Amagi Brilliant Park. I really enjoyed this one, though it did drag for a bit in the middle. But the story of a pompous high school student being enlisted to save an amusement park from a real magical world had a lot of charm to it.
Next is Dance in the Vampire Bund, a Shaft series in which the vampire race emerges from the shadows to establish their own capital. While it had its faults (including its apparently limited budget), I found some of the more political aspects interesting and Mina herself is a smart and cunning character.
Third is Dusk maiden of Amnesia, about a supernatural club's efforts to help the ghost of a girl discover who killed her and why. Though it had some appropriately dark moments, the series ended up being a little lighter than I expected, and I was lukewarm on the ending.
Fourth is Girls und Panzer, the story of a group of girls who participate in the recently reopened Tankery elective at school. While I know nothing about tanks, I found the series completely charming on the slice of life side, and the tank battles to be unexpectedly engaging. It was a really fun series I hope to watch again at some point.
Then we have SaiKano, which I came into anticipating being crushingly depressing, and I wasn't disappointed on that front. The series was an amazing look at love's persistence through all sorts of tragic events, and it's highly recommended for those who can stomach sadness and blood.
Lastly, I added two characters who appear in the second season of Sword Art Online. If you saw the first season, you know what to expect from the second. Let's just say the ending of the first arc aggravated me to no end, but I knew what I was getting into when I started.