Hey D_S Whatcha Watchin’? Winter 2014

v. Winter 2014

Archive: v. Fall 2013

Consider this just a way for me track my own thoughts in a regular fashion. I usually do this in a .txt .xls, but figured I may as well put it on Crymore and share it with the few of you that are interested.

Detailed “analysis” will be provided in weekly status updates on Crymore proper. But feel free to chat it up in this thread~

 

Current Show Ratings – v1.011

  • I’m sure you can figure out how this generally works on your own.
  • Scores are not based on the episode, but my overall impression of the series by that point.
  • If applicable, I will link the scores to the weekly anime update in which I talk about those episodes. Don’t expect things to match up perfectly; I don’t like being too predictable.

 

Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05 Episode 06 Episode 07 Episode 08 Episode 09 Episode Final
Buddy Complex 5 4 5 5 5 5 5
Buddyfight 6 6 5 5 4 3 Dropped
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 7 7 7 8 8 8
D-Frag! 7 7 6 7 7 7
Hamatora 8 9 9 8 9 8 8  8  7  7
HappinessCharge PreCure! 4 3 Dropped
Hoozuki no Reitetsu 1 1 1 1 1 1
ImoCho – Recently, My Sister is Unusual 9 7 7 7 7 7
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha 8 8 9 9 9
Mahou Sensou – Magical Warfare 8 7 7 5 5 5
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei 9 9 9 9 9 9
Nisekoi 7 7 7 7 7 7
No-Rin 7 8 8 7 8 8
Nobunaga the Fool 6 5 5 4 4 3
Nobunagun 8 7 7 6 6 5
Noragami 7 8 7 8 8 8
Sakura Trick 8 7 9 9 8
Sekai Seifuku – Bouryaku no Zvezda 10 11 10 10 10 10
Space Dandy 8 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6
Super Sonico the Animation 6 7 7 7 8 8 7
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta – The Pilot’s Love Song 9 10 10 10 10 10 10
Wake Up, Girls! 7 6 6 6 6 5
Witch Craft Works 6 7 7 8 8 8
Wizard Barristers – Benmashi Cecil 4 2 2 3 2 2
Z/X Ignition 6 7 7 7 7 6
Average: 6.84 6.68

103 Comments

Dark_Sage says:

Announcement post.

Humanity says:

\o/ Here we go again!

asterisk says:

Second!

Argon says:

Is there a special reason for this to be still a hidden post?

Dark_Sage says:

Mostly because it’s easier for me to justify the complete lack of useful content in the post by telling myself that only people who *really* want to come here will visit the page.

I suppose I could throw it up in the menu bar.

Edit: Kay, up.

Argon says:

“who *really* want to come here” == you have to remember or save/bookmark the link somewhere

<3

(I messed up my first attempt in replying to your comment, feel free to delete it)

Dark_Sage says:

I actually had to google the page name a few times to find it before I remembered to favorite it. Good times.

Kamica says:

5/10 is way too good of a rating for Buddy Complex.

Dark_Sage says:

What, you weren’t impressed by the bad guy’s inability to kill a random high schooler with his giant weapon of death? C’mon, that kinda scenario always has me on the edge of my seat. Sunrise is the best company ever!

Kamica says:

inorite.

Kamina says:

almost of that anime subs by watakushi, they’re good subs or not. afraid of downloading some shit.

Dark_Sage says:

What?

Kamica says:

He’s asking if the subs for Buddy Complex and Witch Craft Works are good.

Buddy Complex: Watchable
Witch Craft Works: Noticed a lot of errors with this one. Prolly not watchable.

Both shows suck though. Witch Craft Works slightly less so.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh.

Kamina, Watakushi is an English fansub group only in the sense that the guy who does all the subs kinda sorta knows English. Buddy Complex and Witch Craft Works are rather generic shows that are mostly understandable RAW, so I’d suggest going that route rather than dealing with the guaranteed mistranslations in the provided subs that fuck with your perception of the show.

Or you can wait for a decent release. If you absolutely *need* a translation, Witch Craft Works follows the manga very closely, so grabbing a manga translation and going through the show that way will get you everything you need.

Solaristics says:

Do you even English?

/a/non says:

>[shi0n] Witch Craft Works – 01 (1280×720 x264 AAC).mkv
>[Watakushi-Nameless] Witch Craft Works – 01 [Web 720p][B4ABBDBA].mkv

please make a full of sarcasm and entertaining review again D_S. i miss those times when you’re raging at hadena

shi0nmaku says:

lol, it’s all right with me if D_S would be the one to criticize me. I learn from his reviews, so I always leave a note on my script… hidden notes.

Dark_Sage says:

I’ll think about it. I’m a bit hesitant cuz it’s a pre-air so I doubt those groups will continue if Crunchyroll picks this up. And I don’t really do 01s.

shi0nmaku says:

Oh, hi D_S. I’ll definitely continue doing it, even if CR picks it up.

Kamica says:

If you want to get reviewed, you’ll have to give Dark_Sage permission to do your episode 01 release. Otherwise you’ll be at the mercy of the poll order.

/a/non says:

come on D_S, your blog is lack of lulz department.

XiaYixuan says:

It’s a pre-air so you can consider watakushi’s release (as) a v0. It’ll get v2’d when the show actually starts airing.

Dark_Sage says:

I would hope so. Watakushi’s Buddy Complex was a D- script on a good day.

Dark_Sage says:

Just watched Dandy. Would not suggest watching the RAW unless your Japanese is sugoi — the show is pretty dependent on dialogue.

As for the show… if you’ve seen the trailers, that’s exactly what you’re getting. So set your expectations accordingly.

I’ll give it a rating when I watch the dub, which will clearly be the superior version. ~_~

XiaYixuan says:

>Would not suggest watching the RAW unless your Japanese is sugoi—the show is pretty dependent on dialogue.
Is it correct usage to put a space before and after the em dash just as well as not using any spaces around it? (as in “Would not suggest watching the RAW unless your Japanese is sugoi — the show is pretty dependent on dialogue.”)

Dark_Sage says:

Either way works (spaces are preferred though). Technically, a semicolon would be a better option for that sentence, but I like my dashes.

Argon says:

“According to most American sources (such as The Chicago Manual of Style) and some British sources (such as The Oxford Guide to Style), an em dash should always be set closed, meaning it should not be surrounded by spaces. But the practice in some parts of the English-speaking world, including the style recommended by The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage and the AP Stylebook, sets it open, separating it from its surrounding words by using spaces or hair spaces (U+200A) when it is being used parenthetically.” (wiki)

Dark_Sage says:

Good info.

Sorry for misleading ya, Xia, it was actually the other way around then.

Argon says:

“misleading” sounds harsh. It’s not like space-style is 100% wrong/right.

Dark_Sage says:

All right, let’s just say that whichever way Dark_Sage decides to do it on any given day is right.

FalseDawn says:

Well, to add to that, you wouldn’t really use an em-dash the way you used it there, anyway, as in non-sub writing—like we’re using here—they’re generally used for asides. The semi-colon route would work better, indeed.

XiaYixuan says:

Ok. I’ll use spaces around it, then, since it just looks wrong to me without spaces.

shi0nmaku says:

So much for grammar.

Jark says:

From what I’ve seen, fansubbers have a nasty habit of using em dashes where commas would suffice. It’s almost like no one knows what an appositive is.

For example:

Jark, an up-and-coming editor, gets all the bitches.

This works perfectly fine. But people do the opposite a pretty frequently.

begna112 says:

>a pretty frequently
You tried so hard too.

Kamica says:

Recently, My Sister Is Unusual might turn out like To Love Ru Darkness in that it’s only worth watching if you wait for the BDs.

shi0nmaku says:

Not really, if you have this very broad imagination… oh wait, you don’t need it, it’s just a matter of censors. Though we all know that the BD is also superb, but sometimes, I get my hopes too high on the BD. So you should also watch the TV series, the censors are funny after all, unlike in TLRD, they’ve got this awful censorship, almost half the screen is gone… oh wait, not half, it’s almost the whole screen, especially on Momo’s naked scene in the bath.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah. Just watched it myself and it’s not all that bad.

The only problem I had with the show is that they’re definitely doing things different from the manga. I hope they have a destination in mind, but I fear this one ain’t gonna end well.

shi0nmaku says:

Well, I was hoping the same thing. It looks like that, it won’t be like the one in the manga. Also, to add the fact that it would also get a live action, full of yuri and all.

dutchah says:

Live-action yuri in Japan? Don’t hold your breath.

shi0nmaku says:

I’ll just leave the link here >> http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=702407
That’s for the MAL thread, while this is the website that announced it >> http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/20131208/gra13120805190000-n1.html

dutchah says:

I can safely say I wasn’t expecting that.

anon says:

So you don’t do fansub reviews of first episodes, but what about dubs?
On another note: ImoCho aired on AT-X with the same amount of censorship http://dobrochan.com/src/png/1401/FUKING_DROPPED.png

Dark_Sage says:

Dubs are not held to the same standard. :s

Loli_Daddy_1967 says:

Nobunagun a 8? lmaooooooooooo. lay off the crack.

Dark_Sage says:

I have my reasons. I’ll explain in the W2 post.

Solaristics says:

“Hamtaro season 2” ( ¬‿¬)

Kamica says:

So the Wake Up, Girls movie is a prequel to the first episode. That means that there’s 90 minutes total of the idol show to watch today.

Just finished with the movie and I think it was pretty entertaining.

Ash says:

The official subs for Nourin are terrible, even by Funi standards. It’s littered with typos, extremely bizarre word choices and sentences that don’t make sense. I really hope a fansub group picks it up, but it looks like I’ll pass out if I hold my breath.

Ash says:

Aaaand Chihiro and Damedesuyo just released their version. Every time I say something on this site I end up sounding like a bigger and bigger idiot.

dutchah says:

Wow, did Hozuki kill D_S’s dog?

raest says:

I’m sure that would have had more comedy involved than the actual show.

Dark_Sage says:

Indeed.

Dark_Sage says:

As soon as the anime fatigue sets in, I think you’ll be seeing quite a few more 1s. Hozuki just managed to bring me to that level in its first minute.

Kurt says:

I assume you’re planning to watch Sakura Trick, D_S? It’s AOTS, after all.

Dark_Sage says:

I’m going to watch everything. I managed it last season, so this one should work out too.

And yeah, it’s a solid show for what it’s going for. I liked it.

Anon says:

And what’s it’s going for is a bunch of girls kissing. On that front they’ve certainly executed well.

Kurt says:

But who would watch 24 minutes of cute little girls kissing and hand-holding, right?

LuneSave says:

Nisekoi doing surprisingly well for what it is. Dem Shaft sparkles, I tell ya.

Solaristics says:

I like it to be honest. Pretty sure I’d be pretty bored of the backgrounds if they hadn’t have done that kind of style.

Dark_Sage says:

The only thing I like about the show is the sparkles. I guess this adaptation was just Shaft’s way of trying to show the world that no matter how bad a source material is, Shaft can make it sugoi.

Smart business move. ETA till they make Cowboy Bebop watchable?

Solaristics says:

What’s this, you didn’t like Bebop?

Dark_Sage says:

I thought it was okay enough, but people treat it like such a sacred cow that I can’t help but knock it down a few pegs.

Solaristics says:

┐( ̄ー ̄)┌. One of those people in a way, though I don’t praise it like most people do. It’s one of those series I watched along time ago before watching anything else.

LuneSave says:

Nostalgia in full effect for most people. And tbh, it was good compared to a lot of stuff.

Solaristics says:

a long*. But yeah, it is good compared to a lot of the stuff that we see now a days and from the stuff earlier back.

fohfuu says:

It’s good, and the drama is pretty good for an action show, but it isn’t Madoka/EoE/Nichijou good.

Fuwaa says:

D_S: How do you feel about typesetting for things like nicovideo comments? I’m curious how it’ll affect grades for Sonico ep2.

Dark_Sage says:

Do what you think is right for your group and worry about the grades afterward.

shi0nmaku says:

The video looks really painful, after seeing many comments like that running through the video.

Dark_Sage says:

Minor format update.

LuneSave says:

Looks purdy. More work for you, less thinking for me I guess.

Dark_Sage says:

Glad ya like it. It’s actually easier for me this way, in terms of tracking my thoughts at least.

Though I would like to note that while I stand by my opinions, you shouldn’t use them in place of your own. Well, unless you somehow agree with my opinions on all anime, in which case we should probably be besties.

shi0nmaku says:

Nice format, makes it look more organized. 完璧!

Dark_Sage says:

Japanese words to you too!

shcboomer says:

Where is my MS Paint table?

Anon says:

Not watching Saki?

Dark_Sage says:

Didn’t watch the previous seasons all the way, so I won’t be watching this one.

It’s not that I don’t want to, but it’s a lot of time to invest in something I only kinda sorta want to watch.

letsgoal says:

what!? we have an anime that went past the 10/10 mark?

letsgoal says:

wait… actually is it out of 10? Cause I’m assuming it is.

Dark_Sage says:

My ratings are actually out of 100. I’m just very critical.

Humanity says:

So are you not gonna be adding the fall shows that run into the winter season on here then?

Dark_Sage says:

That would require me to not have silently dropped everything, so that’s correct.

SomeLoser says:

My thoughts on shows I’ve watched up to Ep. 2:

Nobunagun: The animation and plot seems to be direct from 1998 but when MC-chan gets her bloodlust on… ^_^

Zvezda: Lazy-chan is Best Girl. After introducing us to all the characters, can Ep. 3 introduce us to the plot?

Kill La Kill (Ep. 14) – KILL LA KILL CONTINUES TO BE KILL LA KILL

Kamica says:

This page indicates you’ve seen episode 4 of No-Rin. The only subs out so far are by Funimation. By your own definition of F-tier reviews, Funimation’s No-Rin is “unwatchable”. You’re ignoring your own advice. What gives?

Solaristics says:

I think you missed the part where he says “I’m only watching FUNi’s version for the laughs.” And the fact that he’s posting the amount of fail in each episode on his tumblr.

Dark_Sage says:

Yup. Though episode 4 was watchable (still not good, but not terribad like before).

I don’t know what exactly was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but they clearly did not like where the complaints were headed. Musta thrown at least one more staff member on it.

Dark_Sage says:

I’ll have to get to the W5 post when I sober up tomorrow. Should be… an okay one.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh man, Buddyfight is so bad I’m starting to think it was only created ironically.

Period says:

Are you not watching Tonari no Seki-kun, D_S?

Dark_Sage says:

I am (sort of), but including shorts in this list would clog it up.

Solaristics says:

>Rates episode 5 of Hamatora a 9.

D_S, please.

Dark_Sage says:

Well, I’m not really rating episodes so much as rating what I think, overall, of the series at that point (though some series I’m only enjoying in the “what a trainwreck” sense, like Buddyfight). So if a series gives me a relatively dull episode but then throws something crazy at me in the final minutes, I’m gonna be hyped as to the overall direction.

Of course, Hamatora 05 sucked me in with its bold characterization and plot development throughout. And that twist in the first minute of the episode was insane.

AzureHakua says:

I’m surprised you rated the first three episodes of Mahou Sensou so high. I thought the pacing was horrid on top of it being overly complex. The amount of terminology introduced into that show is just unnecessary.

Dark_Sage says:

It took me actually falling asleep during the fight sequence of this last episode to let go of all my hopes for the series (I’m a huge shounen nerd). I wouldn’t be surprised if it kept dropping.

Nova says:

>”I’m a huge shounen nerd”
>Dark_Sage 2014
Please kill me.

Dark_Sage says:

Don’t worry, I’m only a shounen nerd in that I rewatch Bleach’s Bount arc at least once a year. Top stuff.

Kamica says:

What are your thoughts on the ongoing Fall shows? Samurai Flamenco and Kill la Kill in particular.

Dark_Sage says:

The only one I’ve been keeping up with is Kill la Kill. It’s definitely good stuff. I dunno if I’d Top 10 it, but I’m all about it.

Everything else got dropped. I don’t have the time to finish series if they don’t align with keeping the site relevant. :P

Kamica says:

Too bad about dropping Samurai Flamenco. It gets better every single week.

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