Dark_Sage here with the opinions you need to fix your anime game. Don’t say I never did anything for you.
Oh sorry, I should say not Death Parade.
If your game plan with this post was to scroll past the show titles in the hopes of seeing Death Parade on the list to affirm your good taste and quirkiness, I’m afraid you’re the casual this article is aimed at. Death Parade is the most popular non-sequel airing this season, and the second most popular “new” show overall, just behind Tokyo Ghoul Root A.
The show isn’t even that good; stop being so fucking basic. Here, I’ll help you.
Line ’em up, cowboy
I’ve included the ranks for these shows so the “you’re missing out on” piece in the title isn’t actually the clickbait bullshit you thought it was. Out of 17 “original” series airing this season, this is how many people are watching each one (MyAnimeList #s):
Yeah, Idolm@ster fans, it’s not pretty.
Yoru no Yatterman (Rank #15)
I know getting you to watch this one is gonna be an uphill battle, so let me just dumb the story down a bit and say the show is Team Rocket vs. Evil Robot Power Rangers.
Cool, right? But don’t get the wrong idea. This show’s dark; almost oppressively so. Which, compared to the now-industry standby of “cute girls doing cute things”, is a breath of fresh air.
Even though the show leads you to believe all’s gonna be smiles and rainbows just as soon as the main characters overcome that one final hurdle, there has not yet been an episode with a “good ending”. It’s like a whirlpool of angst.
I’m gonna be (relatively) brief. This is a dark drama about a goofy gang of thieves fighting against a fucked-up dystopia. If you ever felt like rooting for Team Rocket, here’s your fucking chance. If you’re tired of the same paint-by-numbers series where you’ve guessed the ending correctly after 5 minutes, this will also be up your alley.
Maybe this kinda show ain’t your style, and that’s fine. But you don’t have a right to bitch about how moe’s killing the industry if you don’t give Yoru at least a 2-episode shot.
Yurikuma Arashi (Rank #12)
There are people who swear by Mawaru Penguindrum and Shoujo Kakumei Utena — and they’re generally people who have watched more anime than any human should. Yurikuma Arashi is essentially those two series refined into pure, high-quality psychological shoujo-ai. So, you know, maybe the oldfags are onto something.
The only reason I can see for the show being snubbed in the west is that there are girls who get touchy with each other, and you may see some nipple-less breasts.
Yes, the show is sexual, but that doesn’t make it ecchi. And even if it was ecchi, who fucking cares? This is the only show this season with a plot you can’t fully pin down in one sentence. That’s reason enough to give it a try for anyone who wants their anime to be more than dumbed-down flickers on a screen. Try this one on for size, self-described brainiacs.
The Rolling Girls (Rank #8)
Produced by Wit Studio, the same people behind Attack on Titan, The Rolling Girls is basically an AoT reboot with an all-female cast. …basically. …uhh, trust me on this.
Remember how I blasted moe back in the Yatterman section? Well, this show is different. Instead of cute girls doing cute things, it’s cute, dumb girls doing cute, dumb things. But they’re so fucking genki — how could anyone hate that?!
Do I mostly just want this show to become popular so I can get some sweet cosplay shots?
Okay, you caught me. But really, watch it. I’m fucking tired of going to cons and seeing $50 Attack on Titan “cosplays” that people picked up from Hot Topic on day-of.
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Rank #5)
Awkward… cute… awkwardly cute. Oh god, I love this fucking show. Think Monogatari, but without the incest or action. Which, yeah, is the main reason anyone watches Monogatari, but maybe this’ll help sate you till the next one comes out.
Back to the awkwardness — it’s fucking hilarious.
I don’t know if I’d class this show as a comedy — since they don’t spend half their episodes on kanji puns — but it’s close enough that even those of you who watch shitty shows might like this. If I had to call Saekano something, I’d say… reaction drama? Since I spent half my time reacting to it like I was being paid. The show’s really good at bringing emotion out of ya. Or me, at least.
Plus, the characters are so cute together.
So sweet I need some fucking insulin.
~A conclusionary tale~
And there you have it. The top 4 animes to watch this season that you aren’t watching right now.
Hmm… I don’t think I convinced many people with those explanations. Oh well, I tried. Japan market your shows better next time. After about a paragraph I have a hard time writing anything seriously.
Neways, here’s where I’m at with the season (shows are ranked in order of my enjoyment):
Best taste, my taste.