Another season down, another season to go. This upcoming spring looks a bit less stacked in comparison, but it’s not time to focus on that just yet. No, here Yata and Haru are back to wrap up their takes on the best this past winter had to offer…and a few other shows. Which ones were our favorites despite the stiff competition? Which ones ultimately let us down? How do they all stack up? Find out below in our winter 2019 final thoughts.
It’s the dead of a…surprisingly mild winter for each of us, but there is still time to get trapped indoors and watch anime, and what a bountiful selection of shows we have to choose from! Between the two of us there’s only one drop below—everything else we’ve been watching ranges from “good enough” to a potential highlight of the year. Which series are Yata and Haru digging most halfway through our first season of 2019? Find out below!
We’re both back now! The Great Great Justice Hiatus is over, and what better time to return than the start of a new year? From the looks of it, this will be a pretty average season of anime, too: some favorites are back with new installments, some titles that slipped us by have started off on the right foot, and…uh…there’s plenty of unrepentant garbage floating around too, but all in a day’s work, right? No point beating around the bush, let’s jump right into our first impressions on this winter season!
Spring is just around the corner (if not already here), but the Megalo Boxes and Special Weeks and Tri Hero Academias can wait just a while longer: first things first, winter has ended, and what a winter this season was. This seasonal transition period was a bit tight, though: Yata and Haru both watched more than what they had time to cover here, but hopefully the quality will outweigh the quantity. The outcomes probably won’t surprise you either, but find out below what For Great Justice loved and simply put up with as this noteworthy winter anime season came to a close!
Hello, everybody, and welcome back for this mid-season update on For Great Justice! First things first, sorry for the one-week delay: Yata got the flu a short while ago and had to catch up academically, and Haru got bogged down at work and had to catch up on anime itself (some of which he just dropped, and frankly, that’s probably a good call). But better late than never! This season’s still managing to impress overall, and we’re excited to finally check in on how everything’s faring. What are our favorites? What’s falling short? And is Citrus good, actually? There aren’t too many hot takes this time, but there are a few down there, and now’s as good a time as any to check them out before we reach our final thoughts next month. Read on!
It’s a new year, but here at For Great Justice, we’re the same old us. For our first post on the subject of 2018, Yata and Haru did the usual, watching a ton of this new winter season’s premieres and whipping together some initial thoughts on them. In a season defined by popcorn shows, how did the ambitious hypetrains fare? Which said popcorn shows are the best? And will we ever stop cringewatching the problematic content of the season? The answers to all those questions and more below! Let’s kick off the new year right!
Welcome back, everybody! Spring’s already encroaching on the end of the winter season, but when it comes to jotting down some thoughts about anime, we’re better late than never. It also couldn’t be helped that Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid didn’t wrap up until a couple hours ago, so while we’re kinda down to the wire here with the seasonal overlap, what would be the point if we didn’t include all that we enjoyed? And what a surprising season it was, with several speculative picks taking off strongly, a couple solid sequels under its belt (2017 truly does look to be sequel heaven), and even our first 10/10 rating in about 2 years. What took that crowned spot? Where did everything else we watched stack up? And most importantly, what’s already contending for the most ridiculous surprise of the year? Kick back and read on as Yatahaze, Catche, and Harubruh run down their winter 2017 final thoughts.
Well, I was right in predicting we’d get a new update article out in February. Guess I just underestimated how long it would take. But hey, for the first time in a while now, Yata, Catche, and even Haru were all able to dump together some thoughts on what they’ve stuck with this winter 2017 anime season. Some of the highlights are clear, some are…not quite what you’d expect, and there’s a fair bit of gray area in between. What shows have been doing great justice for who, and of course, the juicier question: what’s getting dropped? Read on to find out!
Hey everybody, welcome back to For Great Justice. Coming off a strong fall 2016 season, there seemed to be one thought front and center as the anime community approached the start of the new year:
“Ugh, this looks bleak.”
And while for the sake of getting some kicks, we’re bound to agree with that to an extent, there are also some gems in the rough this season worth keeping an eye on. The rest of the world may be entering a scary, unforeseen era which has partially inspired an ongoing scandal within the anime-osphere too, but here at For Great Justice, things remain the same as ever. Below, Yata writes far too much, Haru watches stuff but isn’t able to jot anything down in time, L-K is still floating in the aether somewhere probably, and newcomer Catche makes his return. This first impressions round-up is a bit slimmer than usual, but the world’s mitigating circumstances and a generally below-average season seem like worthy explanations. What’s worth watching? Read on and find out!
Hey, folks. Yatahaze here. In 2013, back in the pre-FGJ days when me and the crew primarily conversed through Facebook and forums, I made a list of my favorite 25 OPs from that year. At the time I thought – and still do think – that it was a spectacular year for anime openings, with several great entries nearly on par with each other vying for the top handful of spots. Since we’ve been a bit slow this spring (and also because those OP lists of mine seem to do pretty well for site views), I decided to revisit that old list and see if I could tweak some things around and write about them in more detail. This is the one that started it all, so it only seems natural to actually post it to the website where anyone can find it.
For those of you new to my OP ranking methods, here’s a reminder for what counts and what I consider:
- The OP must have debuted in the year in question (so for this, 2013). It can belong to a show that started before then as long as the OP itself debuted that year. In other words, 2012 shows that carried over into 2013 and used an OP that only aired during that year are acceptable entries.
- If an OP has multiple versions (either different animation set to the same music or different music set to the same animation) and all those versions are available online, I’ll choose the version I like the most. Multiple versions of what are otherwise the same OP won’t take up multiple entries. For entries with evolving credits, whatever’s available will be used.
- If a show has multiple OPs, they are all eligible as long as they fit the above criteria. This never came into play for my 2014 and 2015 lists, but this old one will show why that rule exists in the first place.
- I don’t need to have seen a show to include its OP, though shows I have watched are much more likely to be on the list, seeing as I’m more familiar with them and the in-show significance of their OPs’ contents. Doubly so for sequels or long-running series.
- Unlike the many YouTube channels dedicated to ranking OPs based solely on music, I judge OPs on a sliding scale combination of their music, visuals, audiovisual sync, relevance to the show (when able), and my personal enjoyment, with regards given to what I feel the OP was trying to stress or accomplish most.
As always, don’t fixate on the exact numbers too much. The rankings are loose and (for this list especially) really close, meaning there are a couple solid OPs still absent here, but to stick with the precedent, I’m cutting this list off at 25 numbered entries and one honorable mention. If you’d like to see my lists from 2014 and 2015 first, you can go ahead and click on those. Otherwise, I hope you all enjoy this old but revamped and finally-published installment of Yata’s Yearly Top 25 OPs. Let’s jam.