If you could see my face when I looked over the Fall’s Anime lineup and saw that we were finally getting a continuation to one of series I followed heavily back in the day, you would have thought it Christmas morning. I immediately ran to the interwebz to find a preview trailer. My reaction pretty much looked like this…
And why shouldn’t it be? The original series aired back in the fall of 2008, which kinda makes this return to form a ten year anniversary of the anime series. But to put that into perspective, I was in high school when I stumbled upon this series. I had just discovered that more anime existed outside of Cartoon Network’s block of Adult Swim once Bleach was removed from their lineup for a while. If I am not mistaken, this was the show that introduced me to the term “waifu” and “best girl”. We were so torn between Misaka and Kuroko back then.
But after all the excitement faded and I was able to think clearly, I could feel the something tugging at the back of my brain. Ten Years. I feel another Kingdom Hearts 3 rant coming along…
So before I go on a tangent, let me give you a brief history of the series. After the season one aired, we were introduced to Toaru Kagaku no Railgun which was a spin-off series set in the same universe as Index that aired a year later. This show was told from the perspective of Misaka and followed through some of the events that took place before the beginning of Index. Next came season 2 of Index which aired in the fall of 2010 which picked the series up right where Index ended. At this point, I was riding the series wave. I fell completely in love with the characters and the story. I even bought some merch! (Which is rare for me. That story will be coming soon.) But then everything went dark. No word from J.C. Staff studios. Nothing.
Until 2012 which it was announced that Index was getting a movie called Toaru Majutsu no Index: Enymion no Kiseski . Unfortunately, I knew nothing about this movie as I did not follow anime news and seasonal lineups back then. Especially when the anime movies barely limited feature runs in the US back then. We still have to watch that movie… perhaps it might be time to revisit the series as a whole. Sometime after the movie released, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S aired in July marking the first series to break away from its usually fall debut. Now realize that for me, that was two years and then suddenly discovering the season of Railgun on the various free anime sites that hosted shows. But from there, everything went silent again.
And it stayed silent until now.
And here is where my problem comes in. For as much as I am excited about the series, a part of me believes that I have been too far removed from the series to care now. It has been nearly five years without any word that I know of.
After doing a bit of research on the J.C. Staff, the studio has been hard work producing some of the more premier anime of the last few years. Shokugeki no Souma, Prison School, Dungeon ni Deai Wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, and one of my all-time favorite anime Toradora was worked on by then during the hiatus on Index. They are even set to work on the season of One Punch Man should air in April which is nothing short of awesome considering their wonderful animation when it comes to action.
And I know I shouldn’t be complaining. No Game No Life season 2 is rumored to be shelved with Madhouse working on their next big series after releasing No Game No Life Zero. Most non-mainstream anime get the one and down treatment to get views to turn to the manga or light novels after grabbing their attention. Some might even consider this a miracle that the anime is continuing. I should be happy that a series that I enjoyed is continuing after all this time. But something just feels off.
A series that is popular and riding the train of popularity and hype loses something when it goes on an extended break. For as much as people would like to say Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan ) didn’t lose steam when Wit Studios took four years to come out with the second season, the buzz around the series just didn’t feel the same to me. Most of the people I knew that loved the series turned to the Manga to get their fix. Some waited patiently until their patience ran out. I find myself wanting to watch the series but it I don’t have the same urgency that I had during season one. Almost as if I am waiting for the episodes to build up. Yep… waited seven long seasons to finally watch Game of Thrones and now look at you… foaming from the mouth like a wild animal for the last season just like everyone else.
In the same light but in a different medium, Kingdom Hearts 3 is supposed to be one of the grandest releases of this console’s generation. One of the Square-Enix’s most beloved franchises and one with worldwide appeal. But the audience that grew up cherishing this series is ultimately completely different people now. Most of us are now full-fledged adults with families and newly tempered perspectives on life from our youthful counterparts. The nostalgia is there in spades but there is a disconnect in terms of its relevancy in the present.
In the end, I have no doubt that I am going to enjoy the series. You don’t know that… you should say that you hope you will enjoy it. It should be fun looking at this series from an adult perspective and being able to recall how I felt about the series when I was younger. And with the release of a new season of Index, we should be getting another season of Railgun.
How do you feel about this series return? Are you looking forward to it or do feel like too much time has passed? Do you have any series that are currently on hiatus that you would like to see return with another season? No Game No Life! It was such a cliffhanger! We were just getting started and I don’t want to read the light novel!!! I would love to talk about it below in comments.
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