It’s (Back)log!

Despite the relative lack of activity on this blog recently, my anime hobby hasn’t gone anywhere. If anything, it’s found a bit of a resurgence these past few months, being stuck at home most of the time now thanks to the global pandemic. With cabin fever eventually came the desire to add a new stack of titles to my already robust backlog.

But how much is there sitting on my anime shelf waiting for me to watch? I finally decided to find out. So here is a list of everything sitting on my anime shelf that I haven’t watched yet. Some I’ve had for literally years, and others I recently ordered and am still waiting for them to arrive. This list does not include my streaming watchlists. Since I don’t “own” those shows, they’re not part of my actual collection. I’m old school and still prefer buying discs whenever possible.

My current anime backlog as of this posting:

  • Beyond the Boundary
  • Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- Past
  • Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- Future
  • Brave Witches
  • Captain Earth
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun S
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
  • Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers
  • Evangelion 1.11: you are (not) alone.
  • Evangelion 2.22: you can (not) advance.
  • Evangelion 3.33: you can (not) redo.
  • The Familiar of Zero (Seasons 1-4 & OVA)
  • Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!
  • The Garden of Words
  • Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue
  • Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s Counterattack
  • Gundam Build Fighters Try: Island Wars
  • Hidamari Sketch x Special
  • Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
  • IDOLM@STER Xenoglossia
  • In This Corner of the World
  • InuYasha The Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island
  • Kase-san and Morning Glories
  • Lucky Star (TV & OVA)
  • Made in Abyss
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya
  • Metropolis
  • Momo, The Girl God of Death
  • Nobunaga the Fool
  • Nyoron! Churuya-san
  • Paprika
  • Rental Magica
  • Revue Starlight
  • Sailor Moon Crystal
  • A Silent Voice
  • Space Patrol Luluco
  • Steamboy
  • Strike Witches The Movie
  • Strike Witches 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off!
  • Tokyo Godfathers

…yeah, that’s a lot of anime. I don’t think I missed anything, except maybe a spinoff or two that might be included as an extra, but I tried to count all those, too. I think I’ll have plenty of new things to watch for the next few years.

By the way, if you feel compelled to chime in on any of these titles waiting for me, I welcome your thoughts, but please… absolutely no spoilers!

Bonjour Suzuki and Others

“Whiteout” performed by Riko Azuna

I’ve left this blog idle for far too long, so it’s time to get things going again, and what better way than with one of my new favorite songs?

“Whiteout” is the ending theme to the Boogiepop and Others anime series from 2018. It’s written by Bonjour Suzuki, who I know from her theme song for Yurikuma Arashi. Suzuki does not perform “Whiteout”, however. The singer is Riko Azuna, who I did not know about until this song. Between Suzuki’s melodies and Azuna’s voice, to me this sounds like it could have been a Kate Bush song! Azuna sings in a register very similar to Bush, and her inflections are even similar, despite being in another language.

It’s a great piece of music, and one of my newest favorite songs. And as a bonus, the music video has a long take in it… one of my favorite cinematographic techniques!

Meiling

My favorite supporting character from Cardcaptor Sakura has to be Meiling Li, Sakura’s friend from Hong Kong (and also Shaoran’s cousin). When she is introduced in the original series, she starts out as quite the brat, and a rival to Sakura, but they gradually become great friends. I was happy to see Meiling return for the Clear Card series, and she even featured prominently in one story arc!

Secure!

official series art

I’m just over halfway through watching the Clear Card arc of Cardcaptor Sakura, and it’s just as good as the original series, despite the sudden time shift of “present day” being the late 1990s originally, and now it’s suddenly the late 2010s with all of the technology advances that go along with it, even though only one year of series time has passed. Clearly, one of Sakura’s cards must have created a wormhole for them to suddenly advance more than fifteen years. But I digress.

It’s been a while since I watched a CLAMP series, and doing so has reminded me that if I am looking for inspiration for cute, frilly outfits for my own artistic experiments, I need look no further than the works of CLAMP. Often, their stories seem more like vehicles for their clothing designs. And I am totally okay with that.