Some rich girls kidnap an “average guy” and then… dammit, I’m sorry, I can’t even get through a description of this shitshow without scraping around for that exacto knife I picked up at Hot Topic.
Fuck it, I’m gonna drop this too. There ain’t enough time in a life for anime this bad.
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (AntiMagic Academy 35th Test Platoon )
Good character designs don’t excuse more of the blue-ball pacifism that infests nearly every shounen to come out of Japan since they realized people were stupid enough to like Rurouni Kenshin.
Turning what started out as an interesting character into another slack-jawed harem candidate doesn’t help things either. You don’t need to be a SJW to want characters that provide more than window dressing to limp-wristed MCs.
If Mekakucity Actors and The Rolling Girls had a kid, this would be the discarded afterbirth that somehow mutated into a full-fledged show of its own.
Concrete Revolutio is probably the only anime this season I will definitely not drop no matter how much I end up hating it — and I know I’ll hate it a lot. I ain’t a masochist; I just sure as hell can appreciate a good narrative villain.
Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou (Attack on Titan Junior High)
“Attack on Titan, but everyone’s chibi and in middle school” is the kinda joke you’d bandy around with your buddies for an hour or two after a couple drinks. But it gets much less funny when there’s real time put into it. 3-minute episodes would be tolerable, but a series of 12 17-minute videos? Eh…
Owari no Seraph S2 (Seraph of the End S2)
The first season sucked and the second does too. But I guess it definitively answered the question of “Will fujoshi watch something just cuz it has pretty boys in it?”
I just finished up a marathon of the first season, so I’m prepared to say this is gonna be 100% better since we don’t have to deal with another 6-episode marathon of Yukine being a whiny shitbag.
And it only comes at the cost of watering down Bishamon’s character like it was that fucking tap-water-and-cola “Long Island” I had at AMC last week. What a bargain.
Dance With Devils
It’s like Diabolik Lovers, but with less rape, better incest, and a cooler outfit for the MC. So yeah, it’s still mediocre, but at least it ain’t setting the human race back a century.
Don’t take Comet Lucifer’s placement in the meh section to be a heavy knock against the show. Rather, the first episode consisted of so much setup that it’s impossible to tell if the payoff’s gonna be worth it just yet.
I am actually gonna be a bit bullish on this one and say that it may end up being one of my favorites this season. Give me an episode or two before you ask me why, cuz I don’t want this to end up being another Galilei Donna situation.
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water)
The only thing that makes Gakusen better than Gakuen is… uh… I dunno, I guess I just like it more.
Gentlemen, I like war. And onee-sans. God, if only the show had something happen in the first episode, I could rate this higher. Japan, plz. I need my lung cancer.
Mobile Suit Gundam – Iron-Blooded Orphans
It’s a Gundam that doesn’t have 00 in the subtitle, so yeah, it’s probably gonna suck. Just hasn’t given me a reason to take much of a stance on it yet. ~_~
The entire first episode was spent pissing all over common tropes & popular anime. While that was enough to moderately impress me, I am quite worried that this series won’t have much to go on in subsequent episodes. Please, prove me wrong, Japan.
K – Return of Kings
Young Black Jack
Though YBJ is objectively trash, its formulaity is somewhat comforting. It’s basically the junk food of anime.
Top 5 6
6. One-Punch Man
OPM is the kinda anime that likely came straight out of a writing seminar prompt. Still, everything in the show is so intelligently taut that you can almost forget you’re watching a show where the premise is “a guy punches things once and they die”.
My nearest comparison for OPM is the manga version of Prison School — you don’t think think the series could last too long with a plot so banal, but then you realize you never watched shit for the story anyway.
That’s why Dai Sato is stuck writing the scripts for Gyrozetter, Kaitou Joker, and fucking Battle Spirits instead of another Ergo Proxy. You monster.
5. Utawarerumono – Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono – The False Faces)
What can I say? I’m into tail.
4. Subete ga F ni Naru (The Perfect Insider)
I’ll give Subete points for creating dialogue that could elicit a glare from me. And it earns even more points for having a heavy veneer of grimness covering the whole drawn-out shebang. That all adds up to about 8 out of 10, which is where I think the show will end up settling anyway.
A more critical person might have this around a 6, but pretentious garbage is sorta my wheelhouse, so~
3. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Beautiful Bones)
If this image doesn’t necessitate you finding a towel, you’re too casual to be swayed by my words anyway.
2. Lance N’ Masques
I’m too tired to figure out why I like this show, but if “it’s cute” cuts it for you, we’ll go with that.
1. Valkyrie Drive ~Mermaid~
This show is legitimately fantastic, not only for its social consciousness regarding sexuality, but also for its insightful examination & critique of traditional power structures. Females are the sole focus of the series, and the means by which they advance their agenda — through their own pleasure — is a masterfully positioned middle finger toward every series where the female characters exist solely as tools to be used.
Hate if you want, but I’d like to think I’m advancing the feminist cause with every stroke. And yes, I do legitimately have this as 10/10.
Guess this is where I’ll throw the rating table in coming posts if I can even be bothered. I have issues with following through on anything but my golf swing. And also my golf swing.