We’re almost halfway through the fall anime season and what a season it has been! I picked up 15 shows this season! What a record! I haven’t watched this many shows in a very long time. It’s not like anime has suddenly turned into a medium where all projects are artsy and experimental, itsjust managed to produce a diverse list of shows.
2 minutes of jokes I don’t really get but Mamoru Miyano voicing a perverted rabbit is good enough for me.
Me every episode.
13. Sword Art Online
FAIRIES. This show is so bad. It’s like A1 Pictures decided not to make a good anime and purposely sabotaged themselves. How do you do that? By bringing in fairies and incest, of course! I still think it possesses a lot of great ideas, but it all ends there. Episode 1 was actually a preview for an upcoming show that is NOT Sword Art Online.
Why the fuck not?
I have no idea what the fuck is going on but C:B is so cheesy I can’t help but tune in. There’s this guy who has tea everywhere, a rejected cast member of K-on! I believe.
11. Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai
It’s a fun show with very physical comedy. As you can see, I’m not forced to think too much when I watch this show and sometimes that’s okay. Sadly, most of the girls aren’t very smart and the MC is better off being a chuuni. Oh and the jokes are starting to wear thin but hey, I watch it for the FIGHT OF THE WEEK. It’s like K but with less speculation and mystery.
10. Shinsekai Yori (ON-HOLD)
SSY fell last in the rankings because I’m putting it on hold. In the event that things come together, I will watch it…eventually. It’s not a series I find fitting to watch on a weekly basis and yes, I’m not that impressed by it. Why? Hamfisted exposition, ‘world building’ and characters all destined for ruin…oh wait– that sounds a lot like Fate/Zero but with a severe lack of Rider! Don’t get me wrong, I love depth and substance. But I like being entertained too. And these kids are eye rollingly annoying at times. The best character is Mamoru because all he does is cry. That says a lot, actually.
09. Kamisama Hajimemashita
The only shoujo show to survive my impeccably shounen taste. This is essentially Natsume Yuujinchou: The Shoujo Romance aimed at 14 year old girls. The comedic timing is fantastic and the cast share a great chemistry with one another. Mind that Akitaro Daichi is also great with doing very emotional scenes, something I look forward to in the series.
08. Ixion Saga DT
I have no idea why I enjoy this show as much as I do. It’s just such a great breather. The ball jokes tend to get old, but somehow this show just makes it work.
Magi didn’t exactly have the best start, and it’s only last week when the anime starting showing its potential. I hope it explores the political strife in its world. The characters aren’t that great, but shounen shows tend to start off that way.
It’s the same old Gintama and it’s still funny.
05. Zetsuen no Tempest
Now, this show has the best premiere and all, but dammit all this talking needs to go away. It hampers down the show A LOT. The good thing is that I really like Mahiro and Aika, that’s enough to keep me watching.
K is the victim of its own hype. I do not understand the hatred for this show, not at all. It seems more like an unfortunate scapegoat rather than a genuinely bad show. Beautiful art direction, fabulous music score, fun characters and a very compelling mystery. I want to know what’s going on. I want to find out why Tatara was killed, who Shiro is and why Kings are only allowed to use their powers to a certain extent. And man, I sure am glad it’s not doing some overt kind of social commentary which instantly makes it the least pretentious show of the season.
03. Psycho Pass
Psycho Pass is just– my kind of show. It’s what I like to see in anime. I like dystopian futures but I like them even more when they reflect the current world we live in. That’s what Psycho Pass does and it does it competently. It’s no Un-Go, but it’s pretty neat.
02. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
DIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I wish this show had more than one episode a week. It’s glorious.
01. Hunter x Hunter
Sometimes I wish I didn’t have HxH in these ranks because it almost feels unfair. Good thing it won’t be included in my 2012’s best because it’s an ongoing show. It did such an amazing job with the Requiem scene, I had goosebumps watching the whole thing. There’s just something about how visceral this remake is. I love it. The characters are so well crafted and this arc in particular shows us how it slowly breaks down Kurapika’s noble character. Again, what a difference what a strong source material makes. You can see the strength of Togashi’s writing with these little nuances. Madhouse has yet to disappoint me and the best is yet to come!