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Will I remember this series in 5 years? This is a question that I find I don’t ask myself enough. For that reason, I thought it might be fun to set up a little experiment to see what I really remember from the shows I watched when I first started this blog. The idea is to pretty much go through the list of series that I wrote about in the past to see what left an impression.
The goal is to use what I remember from past series to get a better idea of what I’ll remember in the shows I watch now. To keep things fun, I’ve avoided looking up anything related to the series I’m covering to see what I truly recall.
Dantalian no Shoka
In the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should say that I read the manga version of this series at some point in the past two years, so I did refresh my memory a bit. Put simply, I remember this series as being about a man (was his name Humphrey or something?) who inherits his relative’s estate (grandfather, maybe?). As part of this inheritance, he meets Dalian, a strange girl who holds an entire library of magic books within her body.
Our protagonist is also given a key that allows him to unlock that library and make use of the books inside of it. From there, the series follows a bunch of short arcs where the protagonist and Dalian (who I believe was often bribed with sweets) investigate multiple strange occurrences that involve magic books.
As spoiler warning, I’ll be talking about the plot of one of the episodes in particular if you care about spoilers. It’s unrelated to any kind of overarching plot in the show.
There’s only one arc in this series that I can remember vividly enough to actually describe, and that’s probably because it was my first real experience with bad science in an anime. The episode focuses on a struggling author that Dalian really likes who is trying to write the final installment in a series of books. He’s watched by a deranged fan who repeatedly kills him and resurrects him with a magic book.
In the end, the author becomes “immune to death” through evolution after his repeated deaths and rebirths. I’m willing to concede that this is a world of magic, so it’s in the realm of possibility, but it seems to be a pretty gross misunderstanding of evolution. But hey, that’s what it takes for me to remember what happens. I think it’s safe to say that I still think positively about the series if I was willing to read the manga later.
Ikoku Meiro no Croisee
I saw a review for this series fairly recently, and I’m actually interested in watching it again. It’s not that the show is particularly noteworthy. From what I remember, it’s a pretty simple show, a slice of life show about a Japanese girl staying in a Western country (France?).
I can’t remember any names, but I recall that it takes place in a fairly unpopular shopping district. The male lead is the son of a famous craftsman who is attempting to scrape by after the passing of his father. I believe he’s aided by his uncle(?), who introduces him to the Japanese girl.
From there, it’s nothing special. The two learn about each other and the differences in their cultures. There was also another girl in the series who was obsessed with Japan. It’s definitely a show that I don’t think about often, but I would remember it if it’s mentioned. I’d say I have a positive impression of it.
Kamisama no Memochou
I pick this show to kinda prove a point. I say a lot that I enjoy watching mystery shows, but I honestly can’t say I remember anything from this series. I know it was a mystery series about a NEET girl who solves crimes without leaving her room. I just remember that she was really good with computers, but I think that much should be pretty obvious from cover art. I believe the main character was a generic male lead meant to interact with the world in her place. I really remember nothing about him. I feel like I should rethink the whole “mystery genre” thing.
I would have expected to remember more about this series because of how crazy it is, but I don’t really feel like I remember that much. I know that it centered around three siblings, the youngest of whom is terminally ill. I think she might have died, but gets resurrected by a penguin hat that periodically possesses her and forces her brothers to do weird things.
I’d say this is probably the most popular series in this post, but it was way too early for me to understand the symbolism or message that was in the series. My overall impression of the series is likely negative because I just didn’t get it at the time. Oh, and the series had penguins…that was a plus.
So how’d I do? Maybe I’m biased, but I thought I did pretty well.
Do you recognize the series I’ve mentioned? If so, what did you take away from them? If you watched them at around the same time, let’s compare notes.