Fall 2013 Anime Preview: A Reckoning

Anime Opinions, Anime Preview, Article — By on December 30, 2013 9:37 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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Time to actually compare my Fall 2013 Anime Preview thoughts to what I thought of the shows after having watched 10 eps of each. Why? Because.

Fall 2013 Anime Preview link: http://www.crymore.net/2013/10/01/fall-2013-anime-preview/

Do note that some of my information in that post was wrong — Pupa did not air, and White Album 2 was a standalone series, not a sequel. I also didn’t watch Gaist Crusher, as nobody subbed it. (Please don’t inform me if someone actually decided to get on that show, because I’d rather pretend it never even existed.)

 

Predictions vs. Reality

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I should note the focus for these is all on me. I don’t care if you thought Coppelion was good; reality is what I make it. So deal.

Predictions

Spoiler:

Excellent (9-10/10)

Yuushibu
Yowamushi Pedal
Kill la Kill
Yozakura Quartet Hana no Uta
Kyoukai no Kanata

Good-ish (7-8/10)

Nagi no Asu Kara
Kyousougiga
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio
BlazBlue Alter Memory

Okay (5-6/10)

Tokyo Ravens
Coppelion
Log Horizon
Walkure Romanze
Meganebu!
Unbreakable Machine-Doll
Samurai Flamenco
Galilei Donna
NouKome

Shit (0-4/10)

Diamond no Ace
Golden Time
Outbreak Company
Gingitsune
Strike the Blood
Non Non Biyori
Gundam Build Fighters

 

Reality

For this, series are listed in order of favorite to least favorite. Individual scores in parentheses.

Spoiler:

Excellent (9-10/10)

Kill la Kill (10)
Yozakura Quartet (9)
Kyoukai no Kanata (9)
Samurai Flamenco (9)

Good-ish (7-8/10)

Outbreak Company (8)
Unbreakable Machine-Doll (8)
Golden Time (8)
NouKome (8)
Kyousougiga (8)
Yuushibu (7)
Strike the Blood (7)
Nagi no Asukara (7)

Okay (5-6/10)

Yowamushi Pedal (6)
Tokyo Ravens (6)
Blazblue – Alter Memory (5)
Gingitsune (5)
Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Ars Nova (5)

Shit (0-4/10)

Non Non Biyori (4)
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! (3)
Walkure Romanze (3)
Coppelion (2)
Galilei Donna (2)
Log Horizon (2)
Gundam Build Fighters (1)
Ace of Diamond (1)
Meganebu! (1)

 

 

Matches

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Yeah, I ship them. So what?

Here are the shows that aligned with my predictions:

Excellent (9-10/10)

Kill la Kill
Yozakura Quartet
Kyoukai no Kanata

Good-ish (7-8/10)

Kyousougiga

Okay (5-6/10)

Tokyo Ravens

Shit (0-4/10)

Non Non Biyori
Gundam Build Fighters
Ace of Diamond

That’s a 31% success rate. Not bad! And people said flipping a coin would result in more accurate predictions~

 

 

Buzzer Noise

It doesn’t matter much to me if I predicted something would be Okay and it actually ended up Good-ish. Let’s just focus on the shows where I really swung and missed.

Thought would be good, but sucked

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!

Sekai_de_Ichiban

In my defense, I like tits. Quite a bit. But I did not anticipate that every episode would have 10 minutes of girls screaming and crying like they just discovered what’s in my basement.

My kimochis, during every fucking episode.

My kimochis, during every fucking episode.

Plus, no lesbians. In a show about female wrestlers. What gives, Japan?

 

 

Thought would be bad, but wasn’t terrible

Samurai Flamenco

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The first episode met my original expectations for the series, but the introduction of Flamenco Girl brought the series from Kick-Ass-tier to Super-tier.

Nobody told me that a sexy sadist was gonna steal the show, so I blame humanity for this score discrepancy.

 

Golden Time

Throwing supernatural bullshit into a fucking romance anime is a great idea! The more forced drama the better!

Throwing supernatural bullshit into a fucking romance anime is a great idea! The more forced drama the better!

To be fair, Toradora fans, this isn’t even close to as good as you were hoping it to be, so we both fucked up a bit on the expectations front.

We’ll call this one a wash on account of your failure. You’re lucky I’m letting you off easy.

 

Strike the Blood

In two months, you won't even remember this anime ever existed.

In two months, you won’t even remember this anime ever existed.

About the only thing Strike the Blood is is not terrible. I’m gonna chalk this one up to Japan sucking and Strike the Blood being honorarily bad.

 

Yowamushi Pedal

"Help! I missed the character development flag 5 episodes ago!"

“Help! I missed the character development flag 5 episodes ago!”

Although it certainly missed my “Excellent” mark, it’s not that bad. Just another generic entry to the sports genre that falters when the pacing is locked to 24-minute episodes rather than one’s reading speed.

And shame on Japan for making me only read one volume of the manga before the show came out. How was I supposed to know the show would be a sausagefest?

 

 

Takeaways

The only good part of Gundam Build Fighters

I’d like to take her away if you know what I mean.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my original predictions were, in fact, divinely inspired and accurate at base. The only person to blame for any inaccuracies in my Fall 2013 preview is everybody but me.

So fear not, I’ll be taking nothing into account for the upcoming Winter 2014 Preview (other than, of course, my own mental perfection) — the only lesson learned is that I have nothing left to learn.

Expect greatness.



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18 Comments

AnimeNOW says:

>Kill la Kill
>10
When did you join the entry level club

Dark_Sage says:

More like the bestry level club. That show is the only thing that kept me out of a catatonic state of boredom this season.

Justinnnnnn says:

As much as I worshipped KlK at the beginning, it’s started to lose steam. The only thing that could redeem last episode was if Ryuuko killed Mako or something like that, but no, power of friendship saved the day. I’m tired of the ‘oh but it’s a parody’ argument, because this clearly wasn’t.

I’ll give Trigger a pass for this being their first TV series and need to play it safe, but c’mon, really :( ?

Dark_Sage says:

We have 12 more eps.

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Foxy says:

Did he ever leave?

Akatsukin says:

>Judging anime by fanbase

Not on my watch.

AnimeNOW says:

Enjoy your Fisher Price Starter Pack

Humanity says:

Yeah, sorry about the whole Samurai Flamenco thing…

Dark_Sage says:

I’ll forgive you this time, but I’m watching you.

shcboomer says:

We were lied to. ;(

dutchah says:

“But I did not anticipate that every episode would have 10 minutes of girls screaming and crying like they just discovered what’s in my basement.”

Oh good, I’m not the only one who felt less aroused and more fucking uncomfortable while watching this.

dteric says:

Soo what were your thoughts on White Album 2 (I’m assuming you’ve seen it)

Dark_Sage says:

It’s a solid 8 so far. I’ll see how it turns out when I finish, but I’m not seeing it vary wildly from my current impression.

sangofe says:

Your tastes really suck, Dark_Sage. How can you give Ace of Diamond 1?

Dark_Sage says:

Probably because I didn’t like it.

I despise the characters, and the plot is incredibly predictable and boring. I don’t see how anyone who’s a fan of the genre could see this as anything other than a phoned-in attempt at entertainment.

El Huesudo II says:

To be fair, AoD is a REALLY DAMN OLD franchise. I bet it wasn’t predictable and boring back then.

But on the other hand… Why even animate it when audiences have evolved a ton from how it was back then? One thing is retro feel and nostalgia and another is trying to watch old stuff that doesn’t pass the test of time.

Dark_Sage says:

I honestly had no idea it was just bad because it was old. I thought it was some stupid low-budget cash grab written by an unpaid intern that never ended up getting a job offer from the company.

Well at least the genre’s come quite a way from where it used to be.

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