Glancing Upstream: Summer 2014 Retrospective and Review

This season defied all kinds of initial expectations, for better and for worse.

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Panning the Stream: Summer 2014 Midseason Review

If I had to pick a single word to describe this season, it would have to be “eclectic.”

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While this past Spring was dominated by very good sports series, and this past Winter was dominated by, uh… kami, I guess? (it was a pretty weak season), this Summer seems to have taken a cookie out of every genre jar. Action flicks, thrillers, rom-coms, satires, school dramas, period pieces, mysteries, Gothic horrors… you want it, this season has got it. And while none of them have been quite as jaw-droppingly perfect as Spring’s Ping Pong or Mushishi, on the whole I’d say there are a lot of solid, B-range shows on the schedule. It’s made it very hard to trim titles off my watchlist, that’s for sure.

And now that we’re six (or five, in Nobunaga Concerto’s case) episodes into the season, I figured I’d pop back in with some quickie reviews to talk about what’s still working, what reeeally isn’t, and everything in between.

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Panning the Stream: Glasslip, Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-, Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen

We’re diving in!

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Summer Premiere Week is upon us, and that means it’s time to pan the simulcasting stream for gold. Here’s hoping we find more than a few old boots along the way.

In the interest of NOT clogging you tumblr feeds with a 15-page post, I’m going to be doing the premiere posts in trios, plus any notes about sequels if they’re airing but I’m not watching them. I’ll get at least one of these posts out per day, and in some cases more, in order to keep up with the deluge.

So let’s get right to it! The first round of meet ‘n’ greets is below the jump.

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