February 09, 2011
Macademi Wasshoi. There aren't any plot hooks hanging, to speak of, but it isn't that kind of show. It's about atmosphere, and engaging characters, and action, and fan service, and comedy, and warmth, and I really want to spend more time with those characters.
Chance? Very low. I think the show didn't do very well.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. I want to see Mikoto's side of the Sisters arc. And I want to spend more time with those four girls.
Chance? Pretty good, actually. The franchise is doing well, between books and anime and manga and, I presume, games. Index has a second 2-cour series running now, and the four girls are a bigger part in it than they were in the first series. (Uiharu and Saten were new in Railgun, and Kuroko was a bit part in the first Index.) Mikoto continues to be a fan favorite, and they thought the ratings were good enough to do a Railgun OVA.
Asobi ni Iku Yo. Lots of story telling potential left in this series. What happened to the doggy woman? Can she continue to put up a credible struggle after the events at the end of the first series? Will Kio get himself changed back? (Will he have to travel to Cathea to get it done?) Will the greek heiress call in her favors and get transformed? What's going to happen with the Christmas Tree? If the Catheans do succeed in establishing normal diplomatic relations with Earth, what happens when Cathean tourists start arriving?
Chance? Dunno. I'm not sure how successful it's been. I'm doing my part, anyway; my copy of the last BD will arrive in about 3 weeks, and I preordered the OVA. The fact that there will be an OVA so soon after the series was broadcast is a promising sign, though.
Aika. The story isn't finished yet. There's room in the timeline for one or maybe two more series, and we haven't yet been told how Aika got her bionic bra.
Chance? Hard to tell. Studio Fantasia (the five-bladed razor of panchira) hasn't been doing any production lately, and maybe Aika Zero didn't do all that well. And fan service fans like their girls young, and in Aika Zero Aika was already 19. In the original series she supposedly was 26, so if there's only one more she'd fit in there somewhere in between e.g. 22. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be nice if it could happen. I do love Studio Fantasia's work.
Saki. I want to see the rest of the story. Kiyosumi won the regionals and qualified for the national tournament. Saki's estranged older sister will be there. Lots of story telling; will they play twice, meet in the team tournament and again in the individuals? Why is Teru so bitter and cold? (I have some guesses about that. And how cool would it be for the individual final to be Teru, Saki, Nodoka, and Captain?)
Chance? Problem is that the manga is moving forward at a glacial pace, and if they wait until it's done, it'll be five more years, or maybe even longer. If they go ahead without waiting for the manga, well, many's the utter disaster which happened that way. I'm not getting my hopes up.
Isshoni. The mind boggles. What could we get next from Hinako the slightly-overweight-and-massively-top-heavy? They gave us "Training with..." and "Sleeping with..." and "Bathing with..." Could they go hentai and give us "Sex with..."? Princess Lover did it, why not Hinako? (And the less said about the unauthorized "sex with...", the better. NSFW)
Chance? Pretty high, actually. The entire concept has gone viral, and we've had two sequels already. So what would it be? My guess is "Swimming with..."
Unfortunately, instead of doing sequels for these worthwhile (ahem) shows, we'll get sequels to things like Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls or Fight! Ippatsu! Juuden-chan! And I wouldn't be surprised if Kampfer gets a sequel. Yeah, all three of them wrapped up their story lines, but when has that made any difference?
For Aika, what I'd really like to see is a Rion spinoff...
Posted by: J Greely at February 09, 2011 07:12 PM (fpXGN)
I wouldn't mind a Rion spinoff either, except that her seiyuu doesn't work any more. (Grumble; one of my favorites, too. But she kissed off the industry, or vice versa, before I even got into anime.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 09, 2011 07:37 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 09, 2011 09:38 PM (9KseV)
Bamboo Blade is another series that ought to have a sequel. At the end of the first 26 eps they hint that there's a new challenger for Tama-chan, someone who'll be as good as she is--but there's no new series in the works. (The manga, as of volume 7, has finally gotten past that point.)
I might as well wish for the moon, though.
...additionally, now that AnimEigo has given up Yawara!, you'd think the guys at Froth-Bite and LiveeviL would charge ahead and start subbing more eps; but unfortunately they peter out at 52. *sigh* I've been trying to get the whole series since 1999; at this rate, I'm going to be about 80 before I get to see it all.
Posted by: atomic_fungus at February 09, 2011 09:57 PM (7ovC3)
What do I want a sequel for? Well, Kimi ni Todoke, and I have that, and it is good. More Hidamari Sketch would be welcome too, but that's had a pretty good run already.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 09, 2011 10:34 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at February 09, 2011 10:46 PM (pWQz4)
On the other hand, I'm not as afraid of what would happen if she met one of the Mikasa's as I am of what might happen if she met Last Order. Kuroko, with a little sister version of Mikoto? The poor thing would be traumatized for life.
Sequels? Bakemonogatari. Chances are good, seeing as they're going back to do the origin story, in which we learn how Kisshot Acelora (?) Heart-Under-Blade came to be a little girl.
Posted by: ubu at February 09, 2011 11:29 PM (GfCSm)
After the "gotta kill 'em all" project is terminated, the ten thousand clones were sent to various laboratories all over the world. They aren't all in Academy City.
I think that one of the reasons why is that with Tree Diagram gone, the Misaka group mind is the most powerful computing factility available, and an individual Sister is a terminal to access it.
In overall terms, Mikoto does a lot of ass-kicking in that story line, basically finding laboratories which are involved in the project and trashing them. Ubu said that at one point the powers that be send an assassination squad after her, featuring another of the level 5's. (In the Railgun series, in ep 12 when Kiyama's second song gets played over the city's loudspeakers, there's a cameo of that lot, sitting in a cafe.) I'd like to see that battle, too.
And I'd like to see the events after Touma defeats Accelerator. So he lost. How does that equate to shutting the project down? What happened next? Was Mikoto involved in convincing him to give it up?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 10, 2011 01:01 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: muon at February 10, 2011 06:25 AM (JXm2R)
We will meet #2 in Index II before much longer. I have to say that Mikoto seems to be the best adjusted, most normal of the Lvl 5's; all the rest have been turned into psychos by Academy City experiments/use.
I really wish they'd go ahead with a Railgun II over an Index III, as Touma's lack of curiosity becomes increasingly hard to believe, and if I do believe it, then he has to be a total idiot with the cognitive power of your average tadpole. Also the author doesn't know basic science (G-forces don't come from flying at 7,000kph, they come from getting to that speed quickly!)
Posted by: ubu at February 10, 2011 07:13 AM (i7ZAU)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at February 10, 2011 02:44 PM (pWQz4)
Ubu, one of the nicer things later in the series is the way that Accelerator is trying to reform. The episode where he saves Last Order was penance for him, and his wound was a wound of honor. What Last Order said to him helped him get past his feelings of guilt as well as his memory of the sheer horror of the experience.
I understand that he comes to admire Touma and wants to emulate him.
But the only other Level 5 that I know anything about (Tokiwadai's "Queen") certainly is psycho.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 10, 2011 04:53 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 10, 2011 06:22 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 10, 2011 09:05 PM (9KseV)
ARIA, I'd be happy if it went on forever. I like the setting, I like the characters, and the overall atmosphere is just the right way to wind down from a bad day. I know the story is over and told, but darnit, I'd like to spend more time with Aika, Akari, Alice and all the rest.
AzuDai is a different case. I'm more than satisfied with how it ended, but I'd really like an OVA or movie of the girls' post-high school days. Chiyo in America. Sakaki as a vet. Osaka as... as... hm. Anyway, you get what I mean.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 10, 2011 09:17 PM (W8Men)
Posted by: Boviate at February 10, 2011 09:29 PM (C8t4z)
Although, there's something a bit sexy about the cover of Kino no Tabi 14...
Posted by: J Greely at February 11, 2011 08:16 AM (2XtN5)
Chiyo in America. Sakaki as a vet. Osaka as... as... hm. Anyway, you get what I mean.Osaka will become a teacher, and to everyone's amazement, she'll actually be really good at it.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 11, 2011 06:46 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 11, 2011 07:16 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 11, 2011 07:25 PM (9KseV)
"The 10th anniversary extensions..."
First I've heard of them. Where can I learn more?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 11, 2011 07:29 PM (+rSRq)
Probably should get the real thing. There were some places where I wished for the original.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 11, 2011 07:59 PM (9KseV)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 11, 2011 09:37 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 11, 2011 09:51 PM (9KseV)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 12, 2011 12:19 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Toren at February 14, 2011 03:29 AM (9/96A)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 14, 2011 05:33 AM (PiXy!)
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