Well, I hope those of you who have Thanksgiving, I have only the best wishes. This will serve as my last actual series review for this blog this year, though I still have 1-2 pieces to do for Anime Herald as well as a ‘special’ piece for next month. Anyway, I figure for November (and nearing the end of the decade), I would go over one of my personal favorites and perhaps one of the best TV Anime I have seen in this current decade. SO, without ado…….
So, yeah this review ends up being shuffled up to October. Not exactly how I planned it out, but you know that’s life. Also in part due to me and a friend heading to AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta) next weekend so best to get this done before then. Anyway, this review and the next one I am covering share a common link, that being a director: Masaki Tachibana. He caught my attention with a recent TV series (which I will get to next time), so I decided to check what other work he helmed.
So, for this month, I am doing something a bit differently. While I will cover a TV anime series, I will do so through a more specific lens then a more generalized approach I tend to take with reviews. I want to see how that would be received and maybe take that approach moving forward with my review work. With that being said, here we go…… (also SPOILERS incoming)
Before I start off with my Sound Eupho Season 2 discussion, I would like to bring up how I got into this series, aside from the Kyoto Animation connection. I have been a big fan of classical music since middle school back in the early aughts, mainly the big Late Romantics (like Mahler, Richard Strauss and the like) with some early modern/20th Century composers like Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Also in middle school, I participated in the string orchestra, playing viola and then keyboard piano for a while. I even wrote some music pieces in middle and high school, even winning a contest one year (thought by default as it was the only entry for that category). I have seen stopped playing or writing music (though I keep the piece scraps in a bin somewhere), though I still read up on and study the music of that time period as its quite fascinating to me. That is what draws me to Sound Euphonium, in that music has a special ‘attraction effect’ to me.
So, yeah, with my 8th anniversary I made plans earlier this year to cover a series from one of my favorite anime studios of this decade, Kyoto Animation (KyoAni). Then of course, in July Kyoto Animation Studio 1 was struck by a sudden and senseless arson attack. When I found out about it, I was shocked, much like everyone else on AniTwitter and other online platforms. Such a tragedy is going to be one that it will take time to heal, especially with such a beloved studio that has put out of some of the best anime this decade. Here for this special occasion, I am covering one series they have done that speaks quite poignant to me.
So, the middle of summer comes my birthday. I had a rather low key day: took care of errands, nabbed a nacho dinner and hung out with a buddy who was able to chill out. I also tried some tropical sake screwdriver (sake mixed with orange pineapple juice) which was quite good. Anyway, as customary, I am covering a series that recently got my attention as a ‘guilty pleasure’ though over time I found myself questioning that particular distinction…….
Momocon 2019 Report
Now I will admit, I don’t go to conventions. The last full con I attended was back in November 2007 Neko-con in Virginia while I was attending college up there. Since then, I have attended single day events (like Atlanta Anime Day or going out for a day at Seishuncon 2013). But a situation came up where I had accrued enough vacation days from work to take off for going to Momocon and also get a few extra days off the following week as well.