Winter 2018 Overview

Wow its a new year already! Flip Flapping! has been around for just over a year now. I thought about making a post discussing that, but decided not to. But just over 1 year ago the Flip Flappers Article Index went up. So cool that we’re still here a year later.

So, new year, new season. How are things going? Well, it turns out that this is one of the strongest seasons in ages, I’m currently watching thirteen shows, which is just ridiculous. A few notes about these posts. Going forward I’m going to use the S/A/B/etc tier system I used in the 2017 end of year post. I felt that worked very well and is a decent way of ranking things without going into too much granularity. S Tier is the highest tier for a season, SS Tier is reserved for the End of Year posts to recognize the best shows of the entire year. Within each tier, shows are listed alphabetically. So lets get to it!

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2017 Year in Review

Also the Fall 2017 Review because I don’t see a reason to do two posts on this. In the end, I finished 30 shows this year. I ended up dropping nine at various points in their run, including three from Fall season.

In lieu of numbered scores I’ve arraged the shows into a set of tiers. Inside each tier the order doesn’t matter, so shows will be listed alphabetically.  Anything in the top two tiers is an unreserved recommendation, while the three tiers after those range from “really good” to “ok”. Only one non-dropped show is not recommended at all. So lets get this started.

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Asahina Mirai: The Cure Who Was Left Alone

Anyone who has watched more than one iteration of the Pretty Cure franchise knows that there are many similarities from season to season. Consistent themes, structural repetitions, that sort of thing. When a franchise has a new entry every year for 13 years, it might not even be unfair to feel like you’ve seen it all before. However every Precure series brings something new, often in form of a new take on an old series staple. Last year’s series, Mahoutsukai Precure (aka MahoGirls), was in many ways the most unusual take on the franchise in a decade.

Lets talk about episode 49.

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