January is finally behind us. Good riddance, you cold bitch! However, we did discover some gems in the icy bleakness, and February will prove no warmer around here, weather-wise.
This month, let’s do something different, and see if we’ve actually learned the lessons we listed in last month’s rundown:
1. Don’t stick with a show that may look and sound great but seems to be perpetually stalling.
Uso and Parasyte have slowed down, but remain watchable, for now. GARO is its usual episodic hit-or-miss self, and Gundam G is just a joke we keep around to point and laugh at as a shining example of how NOT to make a Gundam, a mecha anime, or a television show in general.
2. Avoid shows you can’t say anything nice about.
We’ve dropped eight shows to date, all of which you could probably say one or two nice things about, but not much else.
3. Don’t keep reviewing shows you can’t say anything at all about, aside from providing a summary.
4. Shows that air bi- or tri-weekly have a much greater chance of falling by the wayside.
5. Don’t judge a book by its cover…
(Also, if you so desire, whisper KanColle from the basement.)
6. …Unless the cover is obviously representative of the book.
Seiken Tsukai no World Break, Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha, Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD, Juuou Mujin no Fafnir, and Sengoku Musou were pretty much what we thought they were.
Koufuku Graffiti also didn’t hide what it was on it’s cover, but both cover and book are splendidly delicious, so Check!
7. Drop shows quickly and focus on giving the shows you really love the attention they deserve; don’t drag things out.
Check and Check, thanks to Franklin’s bracket. We’ve managed to keep our total show count down while giving everything a relatively fair shake.
8. While it’s nice to run comparisons between two similar shows, it’s probably best to pick one or the other in a busy season.
9. Don’t automatically commit to sequels. They might end up stinking.
Tokyo Ghoul Root A has had moments that have surpassed the original, while Durarara!!x2 Shou was a little harder to get back into after a few years, but it coming along just fine. Aldnoah.Zero has mostly recovered from its unfortunate first season finale. Everyone here can agree, none of these sequels “stink” anywhere near the way Chaika did. God, that show still makes Preston steam.
10. Have fun!
We added this new lesson to this rundown, because RABUJOI was started so we could sharpen our writing and critical skills while enjoying anime we love. If there’s no RABU or JOI in it, what’s the point?