I have a question for you:
What if a great anime suddenly got a sequel after 4 years. What then?
Here's a story. Having next to no expectation for the latest boring, trivial anime news, I was scrolling up the aniPodium news thread to find out what the most recent comment on someone called Sawamura is about. Then I read something about Ippo getting a third season. That was ashock. Quite a big one. Froze me. Naturally, I clicked on the link to verify things because boy, no way that couldn't be an outright, despicable jo-
A: "Hey, guys, I kinda pity that poor Zaku fellow. Only crappy anime get released these days and nothing he likes ever seems to be doing well."
B: "Yeah, I kinda agree with that. But what should we do about it?"
A: "Well, you see, he keeps sending in Christmas wishes for Santa Clause each and every year anew, it's almost getting obnoxious. Why shouldn't we fulfill one of his them?"
B: "HE'S NOT GOING TO GET THAT UMINEKO SEQUEL. NEVER. EVERYONE HATED THAT SHOW."
C: "Well, considering the hatred it would get, he'd probably hang himself anyway. Wouldn't want that to happen. Besides, Chiru would be fucking hard to adapt."
A: "Then how about that DenYuuDen sequel?"
C: "Eh, people like that show but that didn't even do well sales-wise. Besides, that would mean that ZEXCS ever produced more than one good show and we can't let that happen."
B: "Ah, right. I see where you're coming from."
A: "Well, any other ideas?"
B: "He did seem to like noitaminA before Fractale and its bastard friends happened. Why don't we save that and produce a sequel to a show he liked?"
C: "noitaminA's dead, boy. It's practically the new Anime no Chikara. Besides, there's Silver Spoon airing right now and the next two shows might actually turn out to be decent."
A: "Oh. Isn't there any other way to help him?"
B: "What other things does he like?"
C: "Eh, well, let's see. His MAL account says he took a liking to stuff like TEXHNOLYZE, Mouryou no Hako, Gankutsuou, Bokurano, One Outs, Le Chavelier D'eon and such. Maybe we should produce more of those?"
A: "This is not 2007, dude."
B: "Yeah, good niche titles like that no longer get produced."
A: "Does he like any popular anime?"
C: "Well, he thought DEATH NOTE was great."
B: "That doesn't help. That thing's finished and the author has practially spend the last years being too busy drooling over how awesomely manly and cool shounen manga are."
A: "Eh, doesn't he like Yoshiura's anime?"
C: "Oh, yeah."
B: "Nah, no good. That one's going to have the Patema movie which Zaku doesn't have too much hope for. But hey, at least he's getting his own Anime Mirai project."
A: "I guess this is looking bad for him then. We just can't produce unprofitable anime an-"
C: "GUISE GUISE! I FOUND SOMETHING!"
C: "Ippo! He likes Ippo!"
A: "Ah! Now that's a deal!"
B: "Oh, brilliant!"
C: "Now that would be great!"
A: "Correction: It WILL be great. Next season even."
And that's probably how things happened.
Thanks, A, B and C. You have my utmost gratitude.
I guess this is where capslocks come into play so bear with it: ONE OF MY FAVORITES? GETTING A CONTINUATION? WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT? SEASON SAVED, YEAR SAVED, ENTIRE MEDIUM REDEEMED. FOREVER AND EVER. ZUTTO, ZUUUUTTO. NEXT SEASON EVEN.
Maaaaan, the next season is going to be a fest for fans and lovers of sports anime, that's for sure.
Also, I like how, even in its weakened state, MADHOUSE still beats every other studio out there at producing decent or good stuff:
Time for me to watch S2. And time for you to watch season one if you haven't already.