In this very article last year, I wrote about how 2014 had rebounded from the relative disappointment of 2013 with a new emphasis on original, creator driven shows and a willingness to branch out into new territory. It appears though that anime is very much like Star Trek, since we were definitely on the downswing in 2015. The industry felt in flux, torn between its commercial and artistic passions, and the result was a messy slate of shows which lacked cohesion or a level of overall quality to match last year’s riches. I must admit that these last 12 months have been a difficult time for me to be a fan, and I’ve fallen slightly out of love with the medium as a result. Why is that?
We flash back to Lulu’s life before she came to the human world, where we discover she was a princess with some pretty serious jealousy issues.
Kureha has no memories of the night before. The next day, a funeral is held for Sumika. Another bear shows up, jealous of the President’s infatuation with Kureha. The president tries to fend off Ginko and Lulu, but has a secret of her own. The next day, The Invisible Storm is used to target Kureha. Unable to control herself, the President makes an attack of her own.
In a world where humans live in fear of bears thanks to a magical meteor shower, Ikuhara does his crazy stuff.
Winter 2015 is bringing us lots of big name sequels, a few intriguing anime originals, and a dumpster fire full of light novel adaptations with awful sounding premises. Part 1 of our guide is headlined by Lily Bear Storm, the latest work of the delightfully insane Kunihiko Ikuhara and, while I’m loathe to admit it, the anime based on the phenomenon that is Kantai Collection.