My Anime Matrix

So over the past days during my weekend I was thinking about what I want to talk about, until I came up with (at least to me) interesting idea how to categorize anime in a way it doesn’t tell you simple black and white good and bad but a more nuanced way.

The Anime Matrix

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Based on a similar matrix called the political compass, I thought of a way to put anime into perspective.

Beginning with the Y axis you have a spectrum going from (top) a serious tone, to (bottom) a less serious or light tone. This refers to the intentions of the creator. A movie like Ghost in the Shell would be very high at the top of this spectrum while a lighthearted comedy like Nichijou would be closed to the bottom. This doesn’t tell you about the quality however which is why…

On the X axis you have a spectrum on how well the anime was executed. The more left the less well executed the anime was, the more right the better.

Which brings us to the 4 squares.  The red one says ‘Pretentious‘, meaning the show tried to be serious but failed because of something making it a poorly executed serious anime. An example could be Mars of Destruction which is one of the worst anime ever but tried to be serious.
The green square south west is called Trash and just generally refers to any anime which is just mindless but fails to be entertaining. I don’t have an example for now (but will add some candidates of mine here later) so just think of any show that didn’t try to be serious but also wasn’t good in being light hearted. (well maybe something like Vividred Operation could be considered here)

On the right side we have both Art and Fun. While fun is easy to pin point, it is basically just shows which are very entertaining but also well crafted at doing so. Example could be Baccano which is more on the light end of the spectrum but was also very well made.
Art is something that might not be easy to pin point at first but it is basically something that takes itself very seriously, has a consistent tone and also is well crafted. A good example would be Mushishi, which is not particularly fun to watch but is more a piece of art.

 

Now to some of my picks this season:

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Wixoss clearly tries to be serious and also does it quite well. It is not perfect and also not super serious. Chaika also falls into the “art” category, while ‘art’ surely doesn’t suite all as a description it basically means well executed serious show. Chaika is less serious however than Wixoss but is pretty well executed. Unlike Mahouka which lies in the realm of pretentious. Not that ‘pretentious’ is the one and suite it all description but you get the idea.
Akuma no Riddle lies somewhere between absolute trash and absolute pretentious. While it tries to have this serious tone, it throws in all those stereotypical shit and ecchi and fan service and fetishes etc. It just does it all very badly.
Dragonar is a guilty pleasure. You know it is shit, but you still kinda like it. It is somewhat serious as it tries to have a plot but also throws all this fan service at your face. Similar is No Game No Life, which is better executed than a mediocre show like Dragonar however is also less serious as it does not only rely on ecchi fan service but otaku pandering, breaking the 4th wall and reference humor. On the furthest right is JoJo as is encompasses everything you have to do in order to create a “fun” show, a show which relies more on entertainment than on deep thought. It’s so over the top and campy but also extremely well made in its own right.

This all of course is debateable as this is merely a beta version of this Matrix. Feel free to use it yourself, expand it and put in your shows!

MAL and Bad Taste

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On Hummingbird someone posted the recent ratings for all airing Spring shows based on MAL uservotes. Here is a link.

And here is the list, I also took the time and ordered them from lowest to highest score.

#32 Kenzen Robo Daimidaler Score 5.93
#31 Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Score 6.11
#30 Kamigami no Asobi Score 6.81
#29 Blade & Soul Score 6.84
#28 M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~ Score 6.87
#27 Selector Infected WIXOSS Score 6.93
#26 Kiniro no Corda: Blue♪Sky Score 6.94
#25 Seikoku no Dragonar Score 6.98
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#24 Captain Earth Score 7.13
#23 Soul Eater Not! Score 7.18
#22 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka? Is the Order a rabbit? Score 7.29
#21 Hitsugi no Chaika Score 7.37
#20 Akuma no Riddle Score 7.40
#19 Baby Steps Score 7.47
#18 Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii Score 7.55
#17 Sidonia no Kishi Score 7.56
#16 Gokukoku no Brynhildr Score 7.56
#15 Break Blade (TV) Score 7.58,
#16 Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin Score 7.59
#13 Mekakucity Actors Score 7.69
#12 Ping Pong the Animation Score 7.73
#11 Date A Live II Score 7.75
#10 Black Bullet Score 7.79
#9 Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season Score 7.81
#8 Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou Score 7.83
#7 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Score 7.92
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#6 Isshuukan Friends Score 8.03
#5 Haikyuu!! Score 8.27
#4 No Game No Life Score 8.53
#3 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Score 8.59
#2 Fairy Tail (2014) Score 8.75
#1 Mushishi Zoku Shou Score 8.90

Okay first the obvious. Second season shows always get good/better scores (unless they really suck) because all the fans are continue watching it while the people who hated the first season don’t and thus don’t vote bad scores. So no wonder Mushishi2 has a higher score than the first one. Same is true for Fairy Tail, Love Live and DAL.

Secondly. Marvel Disk Wars is fucking shit, no wonder it has #31.

However now to the parts that piss me off.

Akuma no Riddle is #20 and scores better than: Wixoss, Captain Earth and Chaika.

Okay neither Captain Earth nor Chaika are outstanding anime. (Though both are also waaaaay better than Soul Eater Not!)

But Akuma no Riddle is the fucking worst shit of the season.

I mean look at this shit. Scissors fall from the sky (closed!) and cut throw 4cm thick ropes. That is fucking impossible! Not that it is the only retarded thing about the show, but seriously – Alone for that it deserves not more than a 2/10.

Next thing that pisses me off. Wixoss is fucking low? It’s #27? What the fuck? I mean I can see why people might not like it, but it is fucking better than most of this seasons shit. It is certainly better than DAL and DAL is #11 (granted it is second season).

Also No Game No Life #4? Are you kidding me? I mean I like the show kinda, but it is fucking bad! The show makes no sense. They don’t even bother with rules they just make shit up and rely on comedy instead of actual strategies or realistic people. It’s fucking 5/10 at best. Same for Mahouka which is far more serious but also far more generic (5/10).

It is just frustrating to see how people have no taste and vote for stuff that is obvious fanservice, pandering and wish fulfillment. I colored the ones that I feel are way too high in the list red and the ones I thought are too low green. I of course will also give you an actual list and actual scores when I am finished with the shows.

Oh and the list is missing Kanojo ga Flag. So I add it here:

#25.5 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara Score 7.01

My favorite Openings of Spring 2014

Captain Earth

Hands down my favorite opening this season, really catchy, good voice. What more is there to add? Just check it out, it’s good!

 

Jojo Stardust Crusader

Fuck yeah METAL \m/ That riff is really nice, and the double bass kicks tight. Jojo delivers in music as usual (even though Walk like an Egyptian isn’t even close as good as Roundabout)

 

Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

Kanoflag wins cutest opening of the season. Reminds me a bit of one of my most cherished opening of all time.

 

Selector infected Wixoss

The singers voice is kinda wonky at some points but this gives it a special sound, which turns it to one of the most interesting openings this season.

 

Blade & Soul

Blade and Soul for some reason has a pretty decent opening. Nothing too fancy or special but catchy nonetheless, especially considering what shit the actual show is…

 

Mushishi

I’m not even finished with the first season but I already knew from it, that Mushishi “2” will have a good opening as well, and I was right. Good melancholic acoustic song. Also japan could take actual english songs more often from time to time...

 

Did I miss something? Let me know!