Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter Season, End of Naruto Fillers, Super Excited!

Disclaimer: this was written in a fit of fangirl excitement, rather late at night, and it shows. 

I'm so stinkin' excited right now! I mean, I literally cannot contain my excitement! Like, I just did a happy dance, I'm smiling like crazy, and I had to restart last week's episode of Naruto Shippuden because I couldn't concentrate on it.

Okay. Slow down, Annalyn. What kind of post would this be if you just rambled on? Deep breaths... that's good... *ten minutes later* ... There we go. Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

Until recently, I avoided watching anime that weren't finished. I did not like the idea of having to wait a week between episodes of my favorite shows. Of course, once I caught up with Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, I had no choice. But, other than that, I didn't watch any current anime.

That changed with this past season, Fall 2011. Between Shippuden, the new Hunter x Hunter, Chihayafuru, and Working'!!, I found myself dutifully watching four new episodes every week. I didn't plan to; it just happened. I usually had to wait a week after the initial airing (there was no way I was paying for premium membership on Crunchyroll - I like my money where it is, thank you very much). Someone kindly gave me a few guest passes, so I was able to watch some episodes right away, but not usually.

Now, the fall season is over, and the winter season has begun (or at least, it's begun for many of you. I'm waiting not-so-patiently). This time, I'm actually planning to watch some of this season's anime, and I've been pretty excited about it for a while.

First of all, Hunter x Hunter and Chihayafuru are continuing. I enjoyed the original Hunter x Hunter, and I'm enjoying this round of it, too. And I've loved Chihayafuru.

Secondly, The New Prince of Tennis is coming out! The Prince of Tennis is what introduced me to sports anime, which is now one of my favorite genres. So I was super happy to hear about the new season. Of course, it would be nice if Hulu or Crunchyroll would put up the entire first series so I could re-watch it, but I can't have everything. At least Hulu has the first fifty episodes.

There were other series that caught my eye, but I forget what they are... like I said, I haven't started watching this season yet.

But none of the above things are why I'm so excited right now. You see, as I started to watch last week's episode of Naruto Shippuden, a crazy thought occurred to me. It was a day dream, one that had me grinning, even though I wasn't sure. What if episode 242 was the last filler? What if the story line returned this week? It was a crazy idea, but I had to check. I clicked on episode 243, even though I couldn't watch it yet, skimmed the description, scrolled down to read the comments, and... jumped for joy. The fillers are over, people! After many months of agonizing wait, testing the patience of Naruto fans everywhere, the fillers are finally over! *Cue happy dance*

So that, my readers, is why I'm so excited for this season. Sure, Naruto isn't the most sophisticated show out there. But it's what introduced me to anime. It's had my attention for the past two and a half years. I love the characters, the fights (Pain arc, anyone?), the humor... I've even begun to think I might qualify as a Narutard.

What about you? Are you excited for this season of anime? Have you already started some promising new shows? (Does asking questions at the end of your post mean you'll get comments?)


  1. I didn't know you liked Chihayafuru - I'm really enjoying it as well. It's good to have it back after...2 weeks off.

    Here's the list of other anime I'm intending to give a chance this winter. After an episode or two, I'll probably watch only a couple, along with Chihayafuru (and maybe Last Exile, if I return to it):

    Area no Kishi
    Rinne no Lagrange <-- ALREADY dropped
    Nisemonotagari <-- REALLY looking forward to it
    Recorder to Randoseru
    Daily Lives of High School Boys
    Black Rock Shooter <-- Have not seen the OVA, so I may skip it
    Ano Natsu de Matteru

  2. I wasn't expected those 2 weeks off - I came onto Crunchyroll, looking forward to a new episode, and was met with the fact that Chihayafuru was on break. -_-

    Oh yeah - I forgot about Black Rock Shooter. I liked the OVA, so I do plan to try the series.

  3. Actually, the anime for Naruto got my brothers and me into the world of Japanese entertainment as well. However, after the first season, I quickly lost interest because of all the fillers. But my brothers have kept up with the series, searching all over the internet for recent Shippuden episodes, and my little brother [the devoted fan] has read all of the manga that has been translated so far. They'll be delighted to know that the fillers are over!
    Honestly, I just ask my little brother if Naruto and Hinata get together and if Sakura beats up Sasuke, because that's all I really want to know. On the other hand, I love the art and I often buy Naruto poster books to use as references for my drawings!

  4. @ Snickerdoodle
    I didn't know about fillers when I first watched Naruto, so didn't know I could expect any better than that. But your brothers have to search all over the net? Do you they know about Crunchyroll and Hulu? Those two places are consistent about updating Naruto and other anime.

    I want to read all the manga, but they're rather difficult to get through the library and buying them all would get expensive.

    But Naruto and HInata? That almost spurred another fan rave about who should really get together in that anime...

  5. Yes, they check Crunchyroll constantly. What I meant was that they try to find websites that let them see the new episodes without having to wait a week [we also don't have a premium membership].

    Ah, yes... I have so many pairings for Naruto... Personally, I think Hinata deserves better and should realize her potential... and Sakura should buckle down and go for Rock Lee, because, let's face it, he's the only character in that series that will stay committed till the end.

  6. If you wish to watch these anime series in your patio during the winter season, you should get a patio heater so that you wouldn't feel so chilly.


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