Spring Season 2015 – Closing Thoughts Part 1: The Dropped List; Ore Monogatari, Arslan & F/SN

Ore%20Monogatari%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2036While there are always people complaining about every season being a huge disappointment, this was easily the worst I’ve personally encountered in a few years. Thankfully there were two or three shining beacons of hope, but I was often left questioning my life choices. I’ll properly start the list of shows I did watch to completion tomorrow, but until then, here are the ones I just couldn’t finish (ignoring series dropped after couple of episodes).

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Fullmetal Alchemist, Arslan and the Death of a Fanboy

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It’s no great secret how much I loathe the self-proclaimed ‘super-fan’ attitude that having a greater understanding of the background, lore or supplementary material of any type of media product automatically equates to a more entitled & valid opinion over others. The Type Moon fandom is usually paraded about as the current poster child of this movement, but it can pretty much apply to anyone who twists an admirable passion towards a work or franchise into an excuse for elitism and exclusion towards anyone they feel aren’t on the same strata of knowledge. Saying that, I try to not give into cynicism and give most people the benefit of the doubt, assuming this mentality comes out of a genuine, if misguided form of affection & desire to promote something they care about, as opposed to deliberately and maliciously championing themselves as gatekeepers to ensure the so-called ‘casuals’ stay out.

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Spring Season 2015: Initial Impressions – Blood Blockade Battlefront, Heroic Legend of Arslan & Ore Monogatari

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Depending on how interesting a few outlier shows like Ninja Slayer or Yamada and the Seven Witches turn out to be, this will likely be the last initial episode post of this season. The series I haven’t mentioned are generally those I have nothing really to talk about (Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic, Houkago no Pleiades, Re-Kan!!), ones I couldn’t last an episode of (Etotama, Gunslinger Stratos) or simply the shows I refuse to touch with a ten-inch barge pole (Triage X, High School DxD, any more Nisekoi, etc). There’s also stuff like Babysteps or Gintama, that I’m still debating whether I want to want any more of.

Anyway, with that in mind, enjoy!

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