It has been a month since the summer season started so it’s time to do another round-up. With one exception, I’m only providing commentary on the new series (a whopping 27 this time), which excludes sequels, remakes, spin-offs, etc. If you aren’t familiar with my round-ups, this is where I offer my initial thoughts on new anime based on the first 1-5 episodes, followed by my recommendation and whether I thought it was worth watching.
On to the next speed-post, we have Megami Magazine Volume 161, issued back in October 2013. Some of you may be asking, “but Nopy, where’s volume 159 and 160?” Well, due to a little mix-up and me moving to Toronto, I didn’t realize that I hadn’t gotten 159 and 160 until a few months later. By that point, both volumes were already sold out so there’s nothing I can do about it now.
Back to volume 161 though, the cover features the two lolis of the Monogatari series: Mayoi and Shinobu. It’s a refreshing change from the usual sexy covers that Megami Magazine usually employs, and it’s a treat for Monogatari fans. As with the previous Megami post, this will be shorter in order to give me time to catch up with my backlog. Posters will have the titles of the anime they’re from underneath, followed with a brief overview of all of them at the very end.
This has been the longest break from Megami Magazine that Nopy’s Blog has ever taken, so to make up for it I will be making several Megami posts in the coming weeks. In order to do so and not kill myself though, these will be condensed. Rather than have commentary for each poster, I will just post the previews and have an overall summary at the end. Don’t worry though, I’ll still identify which series each poster comes from in case something interests you.
To start things off, we have Megami Magazine Volume 158, otherwise known as the July 2013 issue which was released last year. The cover features Girls und Panzer, which I’m sure some of you still remember.
While I hear that Girls und Panzer was a good series, I have yet to see it. At least I can enjoy the nice posters that come out for it. As with all of my Megami posts, any risqué images are not displayed directly on the page, but if you want to see them, just click on the links.
The summer hasn’t officially started, which means it’s still spring and there’s time to do another anime season round-up! Here I offer my thoughts on the anime airing this season and whether I’m watching them or not. I’ve left out sequels since it wouldn’t make sense to start a series in the middle of the story. Keep in mind that my opinions are from the point of view of a mid-20’s male who’s been watching anime since the mid 90’s so there are some biases.
For my regular readers who are wondering why this is so late, I have legitimate excuses: my program stuffed 16+ courses into 8 months so my final exams didn’t begin until everyone was done theirs; I had to attend a conference for a week after finals; I went to NYC for a week after the conference; I had to pack up and move back home for the summer, and I just settled back in to work. Enough about me though, let’s talk anime.
The other day I made this tweet with the following image:
It seemed to draw quite a bit of attention so I decided to write a post and ask the anime fans reading this to share any images you might have showing how your room has changed over the years. As with community projects I’ve done in the past, I invite anyone with a blog, webpage, social media account, etc. to share your experiences. Send me a link and I’ll make a list at the bottom of this post.
Well, the past 6 years have been fun, but I think it’s finally time to close up shop and bring Nopy’s Blog to an end. Doing an MBA has been more work than I anticipated and after 3 months without an update, I think it’s clear that I simply don’t have the time to update the site anymore. Let me just say that it has been fun being part of the aniblogosphere. I learned how to embrace my passion for anime and figures, met a lot of other bloggers who shared the same feelings, and discovered a whole new side of anime fandom. I’d like to thank everyone who followed me on this journey; you know who you are. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.
The site will be up for another month as my deposit for hosting fees dries up. In the meantime, if there are any posts that you enjoyed on my site, I encourage you to save them now. I recommend starting with this particular category.
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!
P.S. Look forward to this summer!
Another year comes to a close and it is time again to list Nopy’s top 10 anime girls. This is the fourth year in a row that I’m making this post, so you guys should know the drill by now. Any girl in a series that aired this year and that I watched is eligible for my list. I try not to select girls that had a shot at the list in previous years. My criteria for selection is overall likability, meaning it could be anything from they look cool, have interesting personalities, make me laugh, or are just pure awesome. Here are my top 10 anime girls of 2013:
10. Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)
Ryuuko just barely made it onto the list with the help of the last few episodes of Kill la Kill. With only one transformation, she was starting to get boring, but now that we know she and senketsu can change into different forms, it makes her so much cooler (not to say she wasn’t already cool). Her guts and determination to avenge her father make the battles worth watching and who could ignore that outfit.
I wasn’t able to get around to my Summer 2013 round-up post so it looks like now I’m doing a wrap-up post. For those wondering where I’ve been, doing an MBA is more work than I thought. I finished my finals for the first term on Friday and I have this weekend off before school begins again on Monday (yes, having a weekend now counts as “time off”). Its been a productive weekend with me being a shut-in by only going to 2 of the dozen or so networking/social events and spending the rest of my time playing Atelier Meruru and catching up on anime. These aren’t complete reviews, but as my professors all say, “you should be able to sum up everything into one sentence or a 30-second elevator pitch,” so these paragraphs will give you a good impression of how I saw each series.
Five years… that’s a long time for an anime blog to be on the internet; that’s how long Nopy’s Blog has been around now. I don’t have much to say for this year’s anniversary considering I’ve been out of the loop for a while. I’m finally starting to get back into the groove of going to school every day again and settling into my new home in Toronto. If anyone in Toronto wants to meet up to talk about anime or figures, let me know :)
Right now I have two Megami Magazines sitting in my drawer waiting to be reviewed along with a figure photo shoot I did before moving so you guys can expect those to be posted in a few weeks. If I can still remember what happened in all the anime from last season then I’ll be posting reviews for those as well. My next post will probably be the seasonal round-up though as we’re already halfway into the summer season.
As for how the blog is doing, I’m happy to say that the drop in traffic due to my absence has levelled off at 500+ views/day. Thank you all for continuing to support Nopy’s Blog despite me being busy with applications, moving, a recent computer failure, and getting adjusted to school again. Once I get back into the groove, you can expect to see more of me.
I have not been putting a lot of time into this blog over the last year or so. Long absences and erratic posting schedules have caused Nopy’s Blog to decline steadily. The source of these changes can be attributed to my efforts to get another degree, starting 1.5 years ago with packing my schedule with extracurricular activities and volunteer work. After many hours of work outside of work, studying, and writing, I am now winding down and relinquishing many of the responsibilities/commitments I’ve gained over the past year as I prepare to move to Toronto. The bad news is that I’ll probably be absent for a couple more weeks as I start packing and say my goodbyes, but the good news is that after that I’ll return to having only 1 major commitment (to school), much like the times when Nopy’s Blog was something to gloat about.
Now I do have a question for all you readers out there. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, but from my perspective, it seems anime blogging in general has undergone a major decline. I’ve removed more blogs on my blogroll than have added because many of them have disappeared. It could be that I’m just connected to the older generation of bloggers and haven’t had a chance to meet the newer generation, but I have not heard of many new up-and-coming blogs recently. Conversely, I’ve seen a growing number of social media personalities and 140-character anime reviews, perhaps a sign of changing times. I do have a Twitter account, but it has always been secondary to Nopy’s Blog, but I am wondering if that should change. So I ask you, consumers of anime thoughts and opinions, would you like to see more content on social media like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and so on, or would you like Nopy’s Blog to continue on the way it has?