2016 Anime Top 5 List and Thoughts

I live blog! The last season of 2016 saw me watching the least amount of any season I can remember. Moving back to my once and future(?) adopted hometown of Pittsburgh has made 2016 a great year for me, even as the world outside lights itself on fire. And part of that has meant some less time for anime lately, and I fell below the amount of shows I’d like to keep up with this last season. That said, I don’t think there were any contenders for my Top 5 list in the winter season anyway. For me, this year was fairly front-loaded in terms of the shows I enjoyed the most. But a few others deserve mention too.

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Welcome to 2017

The feels to start the year with.

So we’ve left 2016 behind. Personally, it wasn’t a bad one after the suffering of 2015, as I found my way back into the gentle embrace of corporate life and an inch away from the intoxicating pleasure of steady monthly income. I also started to get into photography more seriously after 2015 curbed both my inspiration and budget, finally starting to process film on my own and experimenting with things like very long exposures and shooting outside of daylight hours in general. Having to reboot the blog also kicked me back in gear for writing animu opinions again.
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Closing Thoughts on Stella no Mahou – Doujin Games and Chill

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Stella no Mahou exactly, because its setting had promise to take on at least three different paths: Light school club comedy, a healing type cute girls coding games and eating cake, or a more down to earth depiction of doujin game production using elements from the former two. Turns out the show itself wasn’t too sure either.
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Closing Thoughts on Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku – Madoka, inc.

Being Snow White is suffering.

I was actually hoping it would keep going a little longer, but all good things come to and end, like my sister’s marriage. Mahoiku seemed like a poor man’s Madoka attempt, but turned out to be among the most entertaining shows on my seasonal list along with Girlish Number and Occultic Nine.
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After Work Beer Time Rebirth Edition: Dunning-Kruger Chitose

I love Girlish Number. While Shirobako showed the sunny side of working life with passionate people striving their best at the thing they love, Girlish Number delves into the flipside, the underbelly of the ignorant, the arrogant, and the incompetent. Much of these qualities are exemplified in its female protagonist Chitose, a young voice actor whose incompetence is only overshadowed by her gigantic ego. While many see her as a particularly nasty person with the combination of worst possible traits, I see her in a more metaphorical sense whose role is to embody the theme of the entire show, while the secondary characters serve to highlight individual aspects and personalities typical of an industry gone wrong.
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Reset and Ready to Roll

Ever since my life hit the dumps in early 2015, I’ve been neglecting this site. It just got incredibly hard to bring myself to write anything anymore. Even once I got my shit more or less back on track, I found it difficult to get back into the hold habit of writing 120% correct anime opinions, even though I still follow seasonal shows. Don’t think I haven’t felt bad about it, my conscience has been nagging on me for months now. I wanted to get back to writing, but I needed some kind of a push, and what happened to Jinx! a few weeks ago may have been just that. As you might know, a hacker managed to take over the site due to my lack of oversight, by brute forcing an old admin account which I should have deleted. The damage was minimal but to be on the safe side I nuked the entire site down to the databases from the server panel. I had taken a backup XML recently, so I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to restore things once dust had settled.
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