Summer 2015 Anime Opinions – Weeks 1-3, Part 1: Insert Emo Lyrics Here

Anime Opinions, Article, Summer 2015 — By on July 25, 2015 2:06 am

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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First episode impressions only, cuz I committed to getting this post out today… and I’d only watched an episode of Dragon Ball Super prior to this mind-draining marathon.


Interest level: piqued

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace (9/10)

Koba yashi

With broken characters on display like a Tuesday-afternoon strip show, Ranpo Kitan certainly has my attention. It’s not quite as clever or grimdark as it portrays itself, but since I’ve been soured on the pretentious swill that was Zankyou no Terror, I’m inclined to give it a free pass for comparative subtlety.

Ranpo Cuttan Buddhism so peacefulHuman Furniture

Yeah, whatever. Admit you’re at least a bit intrigued. Just pretend it’s the sequel to a certain well-regarded series if you’re too tryhard to be honest with yourself.

Detective Best

I don’t even need to read that to know that I agree with you, Detective Hyobu. More insight, plz.



Charlotte (9/10)

The douchier the main character, the better the series will be.

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Then again, this is a Key show, so we already had MC-kun get knocked off his badass podium by the end of the first episode. Prepare yourself for a bunch of forced drama as we find out that everyone with super powers in the show has some super-sad tragedy looming over them. How many dead girls will there be by the end? I’m betting two.



Akagami no Shirayukihime (9/10)

If you aren’t already a shoujo convert, I don’t know if Akagami’s gonna be the show that fixes you. There ain’t a lot of genre crossing or oh-my-wow impact moments.

They're so ky together~~~

Shoujo fans, however, will get a lot of “that’s so ky~~~” moments.

With cute characters and a time-tested plot, there won’t be too many genre fans complaining about Akagami… which is enough for me. This is gonna be close to the top of my viewing schedule.




Optimistically cautious

GATE (8/10)

Gate MC

I’m already impressed by the world-building and the show’s only featured Japan so far. Then again, the show’s main draw is the otherworld setting…

Jury’s way out on this one. Episode 2, don’t let us down.



Gakkou Gurashi! (8/10)


Japan did the best possible thing here by not doing a straight adaptation of the shitty manga. The show pulls a Shadow Star Narutaru in episode 1 that’ll leave a wide grin on the faces of any of you whose souls have long since transcended normalfagdom.

Future episodes will need to do a lot more to keep the smile on, however, and I am not sure Gakkou Gurashi is up to the task. We’ll see.



Ushio to Tora (7/10)

Tora Ushio

Better than it has any right to be, this adaptation of a dusty old manga will still only appeal to fans of dumb shounen. As a part of that crowd, I’m sufficiently psyched.




I’d rather be organizing my figure collection

Aoharu x Kikanjuu (6/10)

Fluff isn’t inherently bad, but it must be paced appropriately. And Aoharu has a rather pronounced limp.

Aoharu x Yatta

Whatever a show’s core competency is should be at the forefront of the viewers’ attention. In Kikanjuu, that’s the character interactions:


(The one on the left is basically Haruhi from Ouran.)

Yet with all the slowly paced conversations and overly drawn-out “action” sequences (with gratuitous cuts to needless NPC narration), the show doesn’t have enough of its best feature on display to justify the 24-minute time commitment.



ChäoS;DRAGon (5/10)

I appreciate the courage Chaos Dragon shows in its willingness to have people die on-screen, but every dead body that hits the ground barely kicks up any dust. The heftless action and checklist plot go only as far as a series designed by committee ever could.

Funimation Sucks

Even worse, it’s a Funi simulcast.

About the only saving grace of the show is that it looks like named characters are going to die every fucking episode. Mostly cuz it’s an easy way for me to find content for my filler polls community outreach programs.

Chaos Dragon Spoilerz

Consistent content ahead? We’ll see. It’s far more likely Chaos Dragon will drag me too far into its cesspool of mediocrity for me to find any motivation to even put together a simple poll.



Dragon Ball Super (4/10)



Dragon Ball’s never been good and this episode’s time-wasting “content” just proves it. Fuck nostalgia.




Where did my life go fucking wrong?

OverLord (3/10)

24 minutes to accomplish absolutely fucking nothing.

Fill er up

Even Grandma Momonga’s delicious cucumber water couldn’t save the show.

I knew I should’ve invested in razor blade stocks, cuz half the people watching this nothing-fest are invariably gonna resort to opening their wrists each episode to keep their circulation from shutting down.

Don't be fooled by the hot chick. Kuroyukihime couldn't save Accel World and Albedo can't save OverLord.

Don’t be fooled by the hot chick. Kuroyukihime couldn’t save Accel World and Albedo can’t save OverLord.

OverLord is the kinda show hardsubs were made for. I recommend that if you’re deadset on watching this, you just grab the Funimation/HorribleSubs release and set the speed to double. Still, if my results with Hyouka are anything to go by, you’ll be better off pretending the show never existed in the first place.



Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (2/10)

Where have we seen this before?

Where have we seen this before?

All I could think about while watching this is how I should really finish Cross Ange. Not sure there’s an indictment more damning than that, so take this as a strong warning to skip Kuusen.



Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Dropped/10)

I’ve never wanted to jam a steel pole through a writer’s taint as much as I have while trying to suffer through Watashi sober. I don’t even wanna call this out as the shitty Princess Resurrection rip-off it’s desperately trying to be, cuz that’d mean associating Riza’s sexy-ass abs even tangentially to this mindrot.

I would kill for you, Riza.

I would kill for you, Riza. <3

Fuck this, I’m dropping Jitsu from Summer 2015 canon. It no longer exists. You’re welcome.




Current Tally

E.01 E.02 E.03 E.04 E.05 E.06 E.07 E.08 E.09 E.10 E.Final
Akagami no Shirayukihime 9
Aoharu x Kikanjuu 6
Chaos Dragon 5
Charlotte 9
Classroom Crisis
Dragon Ball Super 4
Gakkou Gurashi! 8
Gate 8
God Eater
Himouto! Umaru-chan
Joukamachi no Dandelion
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan 2
Million Doll
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
Non Non Biyori Repeat
Ranpo Kitan – Game of Laplace 9
OverLord 3
Prison School
Rokka no Yuusha
Sore ga Seiyuu!
Ushio to Tora 7

Part 2 up next. But I’m gonna need some sleep first.


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pi says:

LOL I misread Emo as Elmo and I was like wtf.

Kristen says:

When will people start to learn that all new anime sucks and that Aikatsu is the only good show from the past 3 years?

RacistPenguin says:

When will people start to learn that their opinion isn’t law?

Anon says:

He’s been saying the same shit for a while now.

PP says:

>Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
Funniest thing I read all Summer, nice.

Anon says:

You should know he’s got crappy taste by now.

Dark_Sage says:

It’s good tho.

Anon says:

>OverLord is the kinda show hardsubs were made for. I recommend that if you’re deadset on watching this, you just grab the Funimation/HorribleSubs release and set the speed to double.
Or just grab a softsub release and set the speed to double, you know?

Dark_Sage says:

Haven’t found a softsub that can keep up yet. There really isn’t a solution that works on both mobile and PC.

James says:

Would be nice to have the subgroup your using included in this kind of post, since I’m assuming your using the least-janky one currently available for each show.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh, you’d be assuming wrong. I mostly went with official subs for this.

I actually have one subgroup rec in my upcoming post, but the thing about recs is I like to be very thorough before giving out an opinion because I don’t want to mislead anyone, even accidentally.

James says:

Fair enough. I’m using officialsubs for Rokka, Gate, and Akagami so far, and I might add Shimoneta and Monster Musume to that.

Would be nice if decent subs came along for Gate, sometimes…idk the subs move to quick for me to be sure, but sometimes things feel off.

Koby says:

GATE now has Kantai doing it. They’re actually doing TLC and Edit apparently.

LFF, sushit, etc.. was just adding lyrics and retiming to raws.

sandoe41 says:

While I’m biased about it (did a minor re-edit of the OP & ED for them), I like LFF over Kantai for Gate.

Koby says:

It’s pretty easy to tell based on the sub styling the sources used. =p

Xavier says:



How is it possible that I find myself agreeing with Dark_Sage on nearly every show? For years I’ve maintained he has the worst taste of anyone I’ve ever seen, yet here I find myself reading this post which only contains correct opinions. How could this happen? I’m actually shocked. D_S, have you changed, or have I?

Only things I disagree with is I would bump Ranpo down one category and put Chaos Dragon with the other trash at the bottom.

Dark_Sage says:

The thing about me is that I’m pretty set in my ways. Crymore itself is designed to keep me in the same mindset I was when we started this thing, and I’d already seen enough anime by that time to cement my anime tastes.

So I guess I get to be the bearer of good news: you have become a person of impeccable taste. Isn’t the view nice here at the top?

Dave says:

Congrats, you too have shit taste.

Overlord a fucking best.

anonymous says:

I could see how you would say that when only the first episode has aired. But now after the fourth episode? The show is going nowhere and boring as fuck, I dropped it on ep 4 but even that was way too late.

poto says:

Oh cmon guys, Overlord isn’t that bad. The pace is a little bit slow but it is interesting.
I guess its still a matter of taste. I dropped Ranpo Kitan right in the middle of episode 1. That 10 years old detective was just annoying.

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