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: ★
★★★

 

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 top 4 Anime of 2013

First up, why 4? Well easy, because a year has 4 seasons and I will pick my favorite anime of each season, which I obviously also recommend you to watch.

Winter 2013

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru


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Let me get one thing out of the way first. Yes this is a generic Harem, but […] excuses. No but really, I don’t mind harems if they accomplish to entertain me, and OreShura did so. It was basically Chuunibyou as an actual ecchi harem and not the lukewarm shit KyuAni feeds us. It’s the same premise, we have a regular high school boy who used to be an awkward chuu2 back in middle school and meets a girl (who is basically Senjougahara from Monogatari) who turns his life around. The main focus of the show is comedy and you shouldn’t want anything more from it but comedy and light ecchi. I personally had a blast watching this and there wasn’t really any competition to be honest, so it is an easy favorite anime of the season for me.

Runner ups: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
(for being a decent Arms show, but the ending was too rushed to be actually good) 
Greatest disappointment: Kotoura-san or Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
(for both not leading anywhere. Kotoura-san even baited you with boo-hoo sad backdrop and then did nothing with it…)
Worst of the season: Amnesia
(for being terrible fujoshi shit with ludicrous character outfit designs)

 

Spring 2013

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S


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While everyone was hyping Attack on Titan, JC Staff for some reason thought it was a good time to make a fucking good anime for once and delivered us 17 amazingly good episodes of the second season of Railgun. If you are not familiar withe the Index franchise, it is basically your typical LN beta male with super powers saves a bunch of girls shit you’ve probably seen at some point in your life. However, Railgun is the manga spin off written by someone who isn’t mentally a teenager anymore and actually knows how to write in the first place. Railgun S actually just shows you an arc again which was already covered in the first season of Index, but not only do we see the whole spectacle from the point of view of Misaka, but this time it is actually fucking incredible! The way they captured the drama, the action even the strategies in battle was just so mind-blowing that I couldn’t believe that JC Staff was responsible for this. I mean usually they just focus on fan service and crappy LN or Manga adaptations, sometimes you even get a decent RomCom like ToraDora, but with Railgun S they really created 17 amazing episodes with good animation, soundtrack, voice acting, plot and characters. Sadly the show did end with a bunch of “filler” in the end, which if you’ve seen the first season of Railgun was probably more what everyone was expecting it to be like.

Runner ups: Attack on TitanHentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko, Aku no Hana
(well I actually like Attack on Titan. HenNeko was simply adorable and Aku no hana was special in its own right.) 
Greatest disappointment: OreImo 2Suisei no GargantiaYahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
(OreImo went for incest and was trying to be serious which didn’t work. Gargantia was boring as hell and then went stupid plot twist nosedive, OreSeishun was boring and besides the MC had nothing to offer)
Worst of the season: Kakumeiki Valvrave
(for simply being really fucking bad)

 

Summer 2013

Monogatari Series: Second Season

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Yes I like the Monogatari Series. While I thought that Nisemonogatari wasn’t all that good and Nekomonogatari pretty lame I didn’t expect the second season of Bakemonogatari to be so good. But I was mistaken. Going with no high expectations really helped me appreciate the show more. Not only did the first arc accomplish to make the two characters I liked the least to be pretty good (Senjougahara and Hanekawa), it also was surprisingly well written in all parts. It was like it was deconstructing itself – its characters (the meat of the show). The drama was actually really good, no arc was bad and the last arc was probably the best in all of Monogatari history period. Being such a great show was not the only fact it is my favorite of the summer season, there was literally NO competition.

Runner ups: Servant x Service
(I like Working! and Servant x Service is basically Working! minus the annoying characters) 
Greatest disappointment: Kamisama no Inai NichiyoubiiGen`ei o Kakeru Taiyou
(High hopes for both, yet both failed along the way. I finished Genei Taiyou however and thought it was just horribly executed but not horrible in itself)
Worst of the season: Free! 
(Fujoshi shit)

 

Fall 2013

Nagi no Asukara

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One: I am a Buriki fan (the character designer). Two: I love coming of age and romance shows. Three: Lolis. Those are the three major reasons why I love Nagi no Asukara and why it is my favorite anime of last year (even though it ended 2014). It has good characters, lots of development, an interesting setting, romance, drama, great soundtrack, good visuals (even though I hate PA Works character design adaptations) and was overall a very enjoyable show. If you like slow SoL/Drama/Romance I highly recommend it to you. I was laughing, crying, cheering and raging. This show has all the feels and became one of my favorite anime of all time.

Runner ups: Golden TimeLog Horizon
(Golden Time was decent but nothing too amazing. Good watch. Log Horizon was better than expected but needs way better budget in the second season!) 
Greatest disappointment: Kyokai no KanataCOPPELION
(KyoAni fucks up as usualy. I mean they just have to drop the fucking Moe in shows where it doesn’t belong, please! Coppelion done by Go Hands no wonder it sucks.)
Worst of the season: Kill la Kill
(Not that I bothered much with it, but I just hate random stupid shows like KLK and anything Imaishi does.)

 

So this covers the entire year. Overall I think 2013 wasn’t half bad. I got enough good shows out of it and a couple of more decent ones. Sure it had some really shitty shows but which year doesn’t.

So far 2014 doesn’t look half as good as 2013, even though Spring is filled with watchables.

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!