Spring Season 2014 Update

So now that spring season has reached it’s half I will update my impression list, change the ranking and will then, when the shows are finished, rank them one last time.

Also I only go over shows I still follow and will ignore the shows I have on hold or just dropped. Furthermore I will use Starts to indicated my overall impression in a sort of numerical fashion.
☆ = half a point, ★ = full point
★★★★★ = Best score

Warning this post contains at least one NSFW picture, you have been warned!

#11 Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin

Let's be all preachy and shit and forget about it in the next episode.

Let’s be all preachy and shit and forget about it in the next episode.

Still not too happy with the tonal handling in this anime. Mixing together too many genres, styles and tones is a really hard thing to accomplish and certainly Kanta Kamei isn’t up for the job. He did a good job in shows which have no serious tone, but the seriousness is just way too overblown especially contrasted with the lighthearted rest of the series. While I certainly cannot hate it and it does some things right, the hick ups are actually too bad for me.

Episode: 6
Ranking: ★★

 

#10 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Seriously I this is all my face can express.

Seriously, this is all my face can express.

I already talked about Mahouka here. And this is why the show took a big hit from where it was before (#4). I got nothing more to say than what I haven’t already said in my last post about it, so now I just wait for the next arc to end or something stupid (or good) to happen to mention it here.

Episode: 7
Ranking: ★★

 

#9 Seikoku no Dragonar

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No magical light beams or fog for once +★

Remember me talking about how censorship helps plot? Yeah but if the plot is bad you can at least fap you know? I was pleasently surprised when they showed these amazing nipples in the TV version not just the BD version. I was expecting everyone to have no nipple tits in this show, however I was proven wrong and I appreciate that. On the other hand the show is still just below average.

Episode: 7
Ranking: 
★★

#8 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

He will create an army of one dimensional female characters and take over the world.

He will create an army of one dimensional female characters and take over the world.

To be honest I don’t even have anything to say about this. The formula is easy. Each episode you introduce one to two new girls, make them fall in love with Souta-Kun and splash some plot in here and there. It is overall still very innocent and lacks ecchi which I like because it plays on the cute factor more than on the sexual factor. This way it isn’t just like Dragonar, however it’s no where near anything amazing. I think I also am being pretty nice to it giving it 2 and a half stars.

Episode: 7
Ranking: ★
★☆

#7 JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders

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Maybe I just don’t like fabulous?

JoJo is almost on my on hold list. For some reason it just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe it’s because of the long stupid explanations duing battle or the almost nonexistent animation during an episode. I mean really everything is still frames most of the time with some Kana thrown in there say menacing!. I don’t know maybe I drop JoJo and just give up on it.

Episode: 5
Ranking: ★
★☆

#6 Captain Earth

Delicious Loli-Belly-Button.

Delicious Loli-Belly-Button.

The anime I was most lazy with is Captain Earth. I mean I don’t like Mecha that much, and so far this show was pretty generic. It’s not bad it actually has a lot of cool things in it, but is just not great eiher. It clearly is Bones high budget show this season even though, as you will see later, I think it doesn’t deserve it. Cute red head girls however always give bonus points.

Episode: 4
Ranking: ★
★★

#5 Black Bullet

Cower before me, for I am a generic SAO-esque villain!

Cower before me, for I am a generic SAO-esque villain!

Last Episode really disappointed me in Black Bullet. While everyone was calling it a train wreck right from the start I was giving it the benefit of the doubt. However with rushed pacing, quality in every episode now, and simplistic predictable story elements Black Bullet has also me on the ‘fuck man I really don’t know how I can defend this’ fence. At least Guilty Crown had the budget, but Kinema Citrus has proven themselves to be actually one of the shit studios…

Episode: 7
Ranking: ★
★★?

#4 No Game No Life

News Flash: Loli-Incest Kiss saves anime industry!

News Flash: Loli-Incest Kiss saves anime industry!

Yeah I must say I am not overall pleased with this show and I could probably complain about it without end, but I also am entertained by it, so I just leave it at that. NGNL is the most hyped show of the season, and while I see why people hype it, I don’t think it deserves it. It’s just not that great, just a typical escapism story about over-powered protagonists. It’s basic wish fulfillment with ecchi, but it is well done so I give credit for that.

Episode: 7
Ranking: ★
★★

#3 Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Well I actually think she is kinda cute.

Well I actually think she is kinda cute.

I read the manga (well I mostly skimmed over it) and it is not good. But yet here I am enjoying the show. I don’t know why, maybe the hinted romance, the harem, the ecchi, the conspiracy or the genuine curiosity how they get out of this (and I couldn’t even tell from skimming through the manga). The show has all sorts for problems but maybe this is my Elfen Lied, since I never wanted to watch the original one and I hate it based on what I saw and know. So yeah this will pretty much stick to this place till the end, unless they make some really stupid anime only ending…

Episode: 7
Ranking: ★
★★

#2 Hitsugi no Chaika

Chaikas are a miracle of the universe.

Chaikas are a miracle of the universe.

Every episode so far has been good. Seriously this show is Bones latest decent anime, and I cannot even say when the last decent was they were creating. Maybe FMAB, maybe something else. However if anything is an issue with Chaika it is the animation quality. I guess animating 3 anime at the same time (Chaika, Captain Earth and Soul Eater please NOT!) has lead to the overall shitty quality of Chaika. I wish the money spend on Soul Eater ROT(inhell) would have been used to pay the animators for Chaika more so they could either work better or longer to ensure this show looks awesome. However if it wasn’t for my number one this would be my number one.

Episode: 4
Ranking: ★
★★☆

#1 Selector Infected WIXOSS

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Meguca infested Weaksauce!

Yes it defends its throne. I just finished watching episode 8 an hour or so ago, and damn did it impress me. The twists are mind crushing and the tone is consistent. The characters all(most) have more than just one trait and go through all sorts of phases. The side characters mean something to the plot and it goes at a decent pacing. Really this show is what I would like from a good psychological show. It is everything Madoka should have been to be honest. Or at least this show does everything well Madoka couldn’t get right.

Episode: 8
Ranking: ★
★★★

 

The ‘mannikin’ at magic high school

Tatsuya Shiba has proven himself to be the blandest character of recent anime history with an equally bland and uneventful anime to go with him.

Shiba Sameface

Shiba Sameface

Tatsuya Shiba is the overpowered (gary stu) protagonist of ‘Mahouka’ animated by studio Madhouse in the current spring season.
At first I didn’t mind his stoic personality but ever since last episode it really annoyed me. Not only that but also the tensionless events which go on in this extremely generic Light Novel adaptation. No amount of blood and cool animated fighting scenes can make this show good.

Despite his non existent personality or varied facial expressions, Tatsuya apparently can do anything and is unbeatable (at least so far) which steals any amount of tension from any encounter with his enemies. I mean the enemies are also completely incompetent. A terrorist organisation easily gets destroyed by a handful of teenagers who apparently all have immense fighting experience and strategical thinking skills which allow them to take down an entire terrorist hideout without any trouble.

Weapons how do they work?

Weapons how do they work?

Maybe I am just spoiled by shows like Hunter x Hunter which relies heavily on strategies and planning out before taking on tough enemies, but seriously this is neither cool nor exciting. What is with these over powered Main Characters in bullshit Light Novels anyways? I mean this guy is worse than Kirito, because at least Kirito had some charisma. Tatsuya just ‘samefaces’ the entire time and talks in this extremely pretentious fashion like he is some super euphoric gentleman. He only needs a fedora and he is president of the teenage gentleman club.

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I mean I usually like the calm, collected and smart characters but this one has just no soul, no passion, he simply does things and is so predictable, always keeps the same demeanor, no fuck ups, no glitches, too perfect and boring.

His voice actor also acted for a similar character which I liked a lot on the other hand…

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Shiba stole my face

Oreki from Hyouka actually had charm. He was smart but blunt and had no social skills. While Tatsuya both is smart, charming and the girls like him. It’s just too many good qualities at once, while Oreki was actually a flawed person.

Overall last episode (episode 7) actually damaged the entire image of the series for me. The second something happens it is over so quick even the anime itself notices it…

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Hopefully with the introduction of Suzaku…erm I mean Crimson Prince the show gains some tension and we see characters actually struggle to gain what they want. I mean what is the point of a story if everything is a piece of cake and there is no struggle at all? You could also show people eating a slice of bread instead and it would have the same effect (I bet Shiba would look the same eating a slice of bread as when he fights evil terrorists).

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!

Spring Season 2014 Impression

Each season I check out most of what is airing and give my impressions after a couple of episodes in. I used to post these on my MAL account but I thought having a blog would make it easier to keep record and share my thoughts. So here it is, my Spring Season 2014 impressions.

 

#18 Blade & Soul

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 Gonzo comes out of the woodwork and adapts a fighting game into an anime. It’s mindless ecchi action, my least favorite anime genre of them all.

I dropped it within the first 5 mins and never came back to it.

Status: Dropped Ep1

 

 

#17 Atelier Escha & Logy ~Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi~

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Studio Gokumi plays it save again and adapts also a video game into an anime. I was always interested in playing the series but never did. The show however is boring as hell. I tried to watch the first episode 2 times but just couldn’t get into it.

Status: Dropped Ep1

#16 M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~

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Satelight comes out with a mecha which sadly couldn’t impress me in the first ep. There is already a second one out, but I haven’t gotten to it, I also heard it was boring just as the first episode.

Status: On Hold Ep1 

#15 Akuma no Riddle

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Akuma no Riddle rivals Mirai Nikki in its stupidity but fails to be entertaining. It is by far one of the worst anime I’ve seen in a while. The premise alone makes no sense. A school class full of girls, who are all assassins but one, out to kill the none assassin? And the MainCharacter assassin goes yuri on the poor victim and protects her from the other ones? Not only that but these so called assassins are incompetent as hell. And the victim girl wants to make friends with them… yeah sure.

Status: watching to bash it, Ep4 – 1/10

#14 Mekakucity Actors

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Shaft keeps shafting, this time apparently something that in its original form is nothing like what shaft made out of it. I’m not too keen on it so far. The only shaft I like is Monogatari Series so I probably end up dropping this at some point.

Status: On hold Ep2

#13 Date A Live II

 

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I watched DAL 1 and kinda liked it, even though it is shit. But here I am again watching the second season of it and must say. It is even worse than the first one. I might end up dropping it this time.

Status: On hold Ep3

 

#12 Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin

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Man A1 really fucked up this one. It started out so good in the first 3 episodes.  SoL, Adventure, Romance. Yay I thought. But then episode 4 came along and totally shifted the tone to dark and serious, even though it didn’t fit with the show so far. Put me off real bad. I will continue this, it might get better again, but I doubt it. I didn’t mind the tone shift in Fractale but this time it was just bad.

Status: Not sure if want Ep4

#11 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

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There isn’t really much to say about Goochumon, but cute and moe. There is at least one of these kinds of shows in each season and sometimes I watch them. Like Kirino Mosaik or Mikakunin de Shinkoukei last season. I usually lose interest along the way but pick them up again when I just need something relaxing.

Status: On Hold Ep1

#10 Seikoku no Dragonar

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Silver Link gives us Zero no Tsukaima clone. Rie Kugimiya voices a tsunere DFC and we have a lame protagonist doing some random stuff + ecchi. I must say however, even though it is one of the most generic things I’ve seem in a long time, I have fun with it. Don’t recommend it however, unless you really can get something out of generic ecchi fantasy stuff.

Status: Weekly badness Ep 4

#9 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

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Another generic Ecchi (Harem in this case) is Kanojo ga Flag […], it isn’t good by any standards, but it is like Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! which back then (summer 2012) I kinda enjoyed. It really does nothing spectacular. It even looks bad, but has cute girls, simple plot and fanservice. What else would you want from a harem?

Status: Weekly enjoyment Ep 4

#8 JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders

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First of all I am not a JoJo fanboy. I didn’t even finish the first season, but this one got me interested again. Yet I already feel the disengagement kick in… I have to force myself to watch the show every week. The episodes aren’t bad but I just don’t feel the hype.

Status: Not sure if drop later Ep 4

#7 Captain Earth

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Bones is busy this season. Three shows at once,  though one of them is Soul Eater Not which is 100% shit and no one should watch it! Captain Earth however is a pretty decent Mecha so far. Kinda generic in terms of Mecha but good production Values, the best Opening song so far and overall not too bad. I am just not a big fan of Mecha or else this would be scored higher.

Status: Pretty good show but have to force myself to watch ep 3

#6 No Game No Life

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One of the two Madhouse shows is No Game No Life, an otaku pandering and escapism show with a loli imouto who together with her neet brother go into the world of games to change it. Yay the premise sounds like pandering, and it is pandering. The games don’t even make sense, they are just random. However it has ecchi and comedy in it which make it very enjoyable. Also it looks nice and I just love lolis.

Status: loli/10 Ep 4

#5 Gokukoku no Brynhildr

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Who would have guessed I would like an anime based on the manga of the elfen lied guy. I mean I fucking HATE elfen lied. However, Brynhildr so far is interesting. It is bad I know, it is filled with out of place SoL moments and fanservice, but has these over excessive  gore scenes. Yet it keeps me wanting more. I even started reading the manga of it (with the hope it is uncensored but it isn’t really).

Status: Weekly entertainment Ep 5

#4 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

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Madhouse No. 2 is a LN powerfantasy adaptation and I like it, sue me! It is somewhat like SAO, but not with Kirito as a main character and incest right from the start. But hey I like OP, OP is fun. Visuals are nice too and it has this Code Geass feel so far. Not sure where this will go but so far it is one of the few madhouse shows that I actually liked since 2010.

Status: Weekly Entertainment Ep 5

#3 Hitsugi no Chaika

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Bones second show this season (ignoring the abomination that is Soul Eater Not!) is  Chaika. It has everything I want from an anime.  A plot, no schools, decent characters, action and a loli. So far it is a pretty good fantasy show and has still room to either go bad or be better. Chaika is also one of the cutest lolis of the season.

Status: Weekly Entertainment, and actually good? Ep 4

#2 Black Bullet

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I feel like I am the only person who likes BB. In short it is Guilty Crown with lolis, and by now you should know I love lolis. Also considering this is done by Kinema Citrus I was fairly impressed by the budget that went into this show. I mean the only other shows I know done by Kinema Citrus look like shit (Code: Breaker, Yuyushiki). So this one is maybe the first decent show made by KC. So whether you like it or not, you can give credit where it is due. Other than that, yeah action, no school, likable characters and lolis. Also Enju is love Enju is live!

Status: I love it, sue me! Ep 4

#1 Selector Infected WIXOSS

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Who would have guessed that JC staff makes a serious show for once? I mean I  love Railgun and JC has proven to use they are capable of making really good shows. But this time they tried a bit more than usual and went into Madoka territory. I’m pretty sure this show is not just some cheap marketing trick to sell cards to kids, like Yugioh does it. But it is an actual show which has its own merits. The only way they can ruin it so far is by making the ending shit, which I hope they don’t do. I mean Mari Okada writes it, not sure if I can trust her… Other than that, we have really nice looking backgrounds, great soundtrack, decent opening song and really interesting plot. The characters are kind two dimensional but they do their job. Kinda too melodramatic but if you can stomach it, they are good.

Status: Pretty damn good. Can’t wait for more! Ep 5