Looking back at the Summer 2019 anime season
This turns out to be so extensively delayed that I only just noticed that I'd never written it. So, it's very past time for my traditional look back at what I watched in the Summer 2019 anime season, to follow up on my earlier impressions. Since it's almost a year since I saw these, my impressions are a bit faded.
- Symphogear XV: This was basically everything I could have reasonably
asked for in a Symphogear show, especially one that basically
wraps up the entire project (it may not stay wrapped up, in the way
of these things, but it's definitely over for now). Symphogear
unfortunately faced some structural story-telling issues in this
but it still did good work, was quite enjoyable, and did
some things to make the Symphogears not the sole saviors.
- Granbelm: This was generally well made and well put together, it had a bunch of characters that I liked, and for much of its run it was quite good. Unfortunately, it took its story in a direction I'm no longer a fan of, and so I can't really judge the show fairly as a result of that. I think the show took its story where it wanted to go and probably succeeded on its own terms (or mostly succeeded, there were some awkward bits), and it was a good spectacle. But the end result left me a bit let down.
I eventually dropped everything else that I was watching in Summer 2019. Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files and Isekai Cheat Magician both failed to sustain my interest, Fire Force was too typically shonen (and there was the horrifying Kyoto Animation tragedy), Astra Lost in Space lost me for various reasons, and I stopped being able to put up with the flaws in Cop Craft, especially in its writing surrounding Tilarna.
Written on 06 June 2020.