Summer power rankings no. 1: Luck for our unlucky goddess

I’d call it “Week 1’s Power Rankings,” but I’ve already watched the second episode for several shows. Now, what’s the motivation behind this post? You can thank Arcana Famiglia. Its second episode was not only bad, but it was also barren of anything remotely interesting to write about. I personally don’t want to struggle blogging it, but had I even succeeded, you guys obviously wouldn’t want to read something half-assed either. So I’ve decided that a rankings format might just do the trick. I can vocalize my thoughts on a plethora of shows — good or bad — that I would not have otherwise blogged.

Now, someone’s going to quickly glance over this list and assume it’s a reflection of this season’s quality. Actually, I’m ranking these shows by how much they interest me. In other words, how much am I looking forward to a show’s next episode? Naturally, even under this judging criteria, bad shows will tend to gravitate to the bottom of the list and vice versa. Still, I want to make it clear that just because one show is ranked above another doesn’t mean I think the former is better than the latter in terms of overall quality.

Finally, this list will only cover the anime series that I’ve watched. I’m never going to touch the likes of Yuri Yuri, and as a result, it’s never going to touch this list. With that said, let’s begin.

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Someone please buy these assholes a lightbulb.

16. Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
A commenter tells me that the show poses an interesting question. Maybe so, but all I see are boobs, poorly-choreographed action and more boobs. To top it off, I find the main character’s personality rather grating.

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15. Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
H ga Dekinai only manages to edge out Estetica because I find its characters slightly more interesting to listen to. The plot also happens to be much less of a mess to sort out.

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14. Joshiraku
Predictably enough, Fin enjoyed this. It can be clever at times, but I struggle to see why this needed an anime adaptation. Of course, you could say that about a lot of shows….

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13. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
I have to admit that I couldn’t even finished the first episode. The second episode is almost non-stop action, but with that comes a lot of over-the-top gore, which, unfortunately, does nothing for me. The rampant 3-D CGI only serves to make me think I’m watching a cheap Saturday morning cartoon. And to be quite honest, I’d feel more for the characters if they weren’t all shiny-boobed, doe-eyed shoujos. These things only serve to distract from what should be a grim, dark sci-fi story about mankind being hunted to extinction by an enemy it does not understand. I must commend the BETAs, however, for having such perfect sets of teeth! Helluva dental plan, guys. That’s how you keep labor happy.

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12. Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Give me a show where only geriatrics can pilot mechas. Give me a show where the shounen undergoes a fabulous mahou transformation sequence. Only then will I reconsider giving Oda Nobuna no Yabou a fair chance. Plus, if we’re really talking Japanese history, I’d much prefer starting from the Meiji period and going from there. Of course, I can imagine why anime might not want to dip too often into Japan’s imperialist days….

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11. Moyashimon Returns
People might actually think I’m trying to troll by sticking Moyashimon Returns this low, but again, I’m ranking the shows by interest and not by quality. I like the characters here, but the anime just feels too much like edutainment at times. I’ve got nothing against anyone who wants to learn about the fermentation process of making soy sauce. I, however, am not personally interested. Someone asked me what I think of Kei, but I’m still undecided.

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10. Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
I’ll admit that “Ave Maria” added a nice touch to a scene of flying, headless chickens. The rest of the show’s humor, however, doesn’t do anything for me. In fact, until the girl meets the boardroom of chickens, I found the second episode rather sleep-inducing.

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9. Arcana Famiglia
Step one: set the stage in beautiful Italy. Step two: cast a bunch of mobsters albeit (for the most part) well-intentioned. Step three: give them mysterious arcana powers just like in those popular Persona games! Step four: have them chase a cat for an entire episode. I’ll let you decide for yourself where this week’s Arcana Famiglia went wrong.

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Sorry anime, but saying “omoshiroi” over and over won’t make it fact.

8. Campione!
Of all the harem shows this season, at least this doesn’t have its protagonists attending high school… yet. Unfortunately, Campione! is also the type of show that loves to bombard its viewers with concepts and terminology. The kiss at the end of the first episode was somewhat unexpected if only because anime is oftentimes too shy even for hand-holding. Overall, however, the anime feels uninspired.

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7. Tari Tari
Nothing in this show gets me excited. Almost all of it is technically well-crafted, but nothing gets me to sit up in my chair and pay attention. So far, boring characters, boring premise, boring execution of said premise, so on and so forth. The show’s saving grace, I suppose, is that its characters are very pretty. Unfortunately, I’m not the HNNNGing sort.

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6. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
There’s a short scene about halfway through the first episode that’s an indictment of how political parties in Japan will brazenly attempt to buy votes. There’s also some intrigue about bureaucratic corruption and election-rigging shenanigans. A little more about politics, and a little less of everything else could take Love, Election, Chocolate a long way. More often than not, however, the first episode was a snooze.

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5. Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Granted, I don’t really like any of the show’s characters thus far. Hazuki seems like a jerk and Rokka is way too passive and dull. All of that can change, however, and therein lies the potential. Having said that, the show can also potentially turn into a massive train wreck. I can imagine Rokka coming out of her shell, but I can just as easily see her as nothing more than a prize on a pedestal for the two male rivals. Still, I’m very interested in seeing how it all shakes out, and that’s what really counts for this list.

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4. Sword Art Online
I like MMOs so I’m interested in seeing how the show will portray one. That’s it; my interest in this show is as simple as that.

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3. Kokoro Connect
There’s so, so much potential here. At the very least, compelling interpersonal drama between our five close friends must be looming on the horizon. The show, however, could take it even further and use the body-swapping between the sexes to explore gender roles and expectations. Of course, I don’t actually think that this has a very high chance of happening, but I’m nevertheless interested in seeing what the next episode has in store. Just do me a favor and tone down the porno-esque soundtrack.

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2. Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
This will likely turn out to be a bad show, but there’s just one tiny glimmer of hope that has me hooked for now: the harem lead’s mysterious sister comes off as a total creep. We even get unsettling music when she calls him near the end of the first episode. Will this continue? Oh man, I sure hope so. I mean, it won’t, but a man can dream. I hope she becomes the anime version of the Overly Attached Girlfriend. I hope she actually makes people cringe at the idea of romancing imoutos. After all, they’re our sisters.

P.S. I’m also operating under the notion that Cream Puff Girl is a touch bit deranged.

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1. Binbou-gami ga!
In my honest opinion, this is the most entertaining show of our young season. Comedic timing is very difficult to perfect, but I think the anime’s first episode totally nails it. I just don’t blog this show because what is there really to discuss?

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31 thoughts on “Summer power rankings no. 1: Luck for our unlucky goddess

    1. E Minor Post author

      The top and bottom shows are easy to determine. The ones in the middle are a bit of a toss-up.

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  1. Ryhart

    I’m surprised by your no.2, didn’t think sister harem would make it up there. Haha, my no.1 would probably be sword arts, I like the music + drawing but that’s about it

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    1. Shinmaru

      It’s because the sister harem show is hilariously dumb. Like E Minor, I hope the sister character continues being serial killer creepy. That should be the next great light novel adaptation, actually — My Sister Is a Serial Killer!

      Really hoping Binbougami ga! continues being fun. Loving the energy of the slapstick and how thoroughly awful the mains act toward each other. My one greatest fear is that the show tries to make Sakura sympathetic.

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        1. Shinmaru

          Hm, I guess I mean more like sympathetic in a more “traditional” way … like showing her giving up some of her luck to keep the butler alive. It’s noble, but also the weakest part of the episode for me because the melodrama isn’t nearly as enjoyable as the comedy. I’d rather watch Sakura cling to her luckiness and battle it out with Momiji.

        2. E Minor Post author

          Yeah, I know what you mean. I don’t want it to devolve into an anime version of The Rainbow Fish either. I’ll give the anime credit though, because as soon as I turned to my friends and said, “The humor better pick up again,” it did.

  2. KizukuKanshi

    As someone who’s introduction into MMOs was an anime about MMOs, SAO definitely takes me back to seeing .hack//roots and then going and playing the .hack//G.U. series. I literally had never heard of an MMO before then and while it might seem strange, I really hadn’t even heard of exactly what World of Warcraft was, (thus it didn’t even cross my mind past hearing the name constantly.) I’m glad, however, that despite how it’s going to get constantly compared to .hack, it’s already taken a different sort of route earlier on by adding the danger first episode and more importantly, explaining why and having a clear antagonist (for now.)

    As far as Binbou Gami ga goes, I’m definitely with you on it being the funniest this season. Granted, there were some bouts of surprise laughter from Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita yet also there’s that whole thing about it seemingly taking an entire 2 episodes to set up one joke with little to keep the interest in between….But hey, it’s only been an entire two episodes. I’ll give it ’till episode 5 or 6.

    With Imouto ga Iru, I don’t any particular reason to believe they won’t go the generic route. It likely got the original material sales, so they probably don’t have a reason to abandon the formula and make it remotely interesting.

    Chocolate annoyed me half the time, but half the time it didn’t and in fact did interest me. As of now, the characters in the useless club group are literally all annoying so far, but I’m hoping that can at least somewhat change as the show seems to have a bit of a dark side to it. Crossing my fingers for more deaths (not excessively, but….)

    I do find it interesting that when I was saying with Arcana Famiglia that I was hoping they’d deviate from the boring tournament path that they go find a lost kitten….I do marvel at how they felt comfortable as a story to go straight to filler after the first episode, whether it follows the original story or not. (I don’t really know since I didn’t read the original whatever-it-was.)

    Nobuna no Yabou was…sigh inducing. It also kept bothering me that they would welcome him and barely question him when he would probably be thrown in jail or executed for crazy talk and disrespect. That and his clothes…need to change. The whole point is his anachronistic placement into the time period, I get it, but for some reason it bothers me.

    Campione….Yeah. I don’t wanna stick around to see what other nonsense this random guy gets into with this random girl. I’m not really all that invested into the situation so far and I’m not sure much could change it. Woohoo. Giant monsters.

    Hagure Yuusha no Estetica is kinda acting like a strange parallel to Dog Days if you remember that one. I mean it had that whole “hero sucked into another world thing” too. You were right when you said it’s more of a question of “who cares” but I guess I’m invested enough in these kinds of situations that I find it interesting enough to continue. Who knows? Maybe he could lose an arm and the girl could die….

    Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai kinda mirrors my feelings about Campione. Who cares if he’s gonna die? I’m completely not convinced that I should care about the fact that he was going to die. Why shouldn’t he die anyway? Until it answers those questions I don’t care.

    With Kokoro Connect I didn’t actually think much about what could happen until you said your thoughts, so now I’m a bit more excited about what could possibly be coming. I wouldn’t have picked up much about it before now, ’cause I kinda glazed over it with expectations of it automatically being insignificant and boring just due to association by animation. It’s a bit unfair to write it off just because of something like that, of course, so I’ll keep watching with your observations in mind.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      What really gets me about Nobuna no Yabou is how pretty the main heroine is, ’cause, y’know, warriors are really the sort to primp and preen. Had they made Nobuna resemble Boudicca or Joan of Arc, the anime might have been slightly more palatable. The moment she suddenly changed into a kimono and stunned everyone, however, any chance I might have given the show went out the window.

      With Imouto ga Iru, I don’t any particular reason to believe they won’t go the generic route. It likely got the original material sales, so they probably don’t have a reason to abandon the formula and make it remotely interesting.

      They don’t have to make it blatant or explicit. If the phone call from the imouto at the end of the first episode didn’t remind you of a horror movie, then I don’t know what to say.

      Arcana Famiglia

      The amazing thing to me is how the heroine instantly lost any edge. I never bought into the idea that she had a personality capable of transforming the reverse harem into anything interesting.

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  3. Justin

    *Reads Arcana Familgia description* Yeah…guess it was a good thing I jumped ship…

    Otherwise, list is ok. Well, except for one thing: Why isn’t the Imouto show #1 in your heartrankings? You know you want to put it there! Yes, Binbougami was hilarious, but Imouto may never be as high as you have it right now!

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  4. Marow

    “Just do me a favor and tone down the porno-esque soundtrack.”

    T-the what? O_o I even had to check out the episode again. Do you mean the OP/ED, if anything?

    You don’t watch Hunter x Hunter, do you?

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    1. E Minor Post author

      T-the what? O_o

      I meant the scene with Fujishima.

      You don’t watch Hunter x Hunter, do you?

      I don’t like neverending shows.

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      1. Marow

        “I meant the scene with Fujishima.”

        Can’t say the soundtrack is porno-esque there…

        “I don’t like neverending shows.”

        But it’s a good one! Not like any other longrunning show. But oh well, can’t force you. At least look at this gorgeous clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znEu-FxJ7Xw (though, perhaps slight spoiler-ish if you ever want to watch it)

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        1. E Minor Post author

          I dunno why you linked this video. Is it supposed to convince me to watch the show? >_>

  5. Mira

    Pleasantly surprised with your number 1. I enjoyed Binbougami so I’m hoping it keep gaining momentum as the season goes on. There’s too much shouting in certain scenes but I can live with that. Sometimes I feel Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita would be much better if it didn’t have so much internal monologue and did something more creative with the scenarios. It has some great ideas though.

    HxH is actually pretty good but yeah the length’s insane. It’s a shame because every arc is like a different series. You’ve got the shounen exam, the mafia thriller, the mmorpg and a bunch of other stuff from the manga that the anime hasn’t covered yet. And…yeah I’ll stop now.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      Pleasantly surprised with your number 1.

      Why is everyone so surprised? What did you guys think would be here instead? Kingdom, obviously.

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      1. Mira

        I dunno, it’s just that I don’t see a lot of people talking about it. Not that I’m complaining though, Binbougami’s pretty good.

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      2. Mira

        This is probably inaccurate but I’d say Sword Art Online, Tari Tari and /maybe/ Jinrui or Muv Luv (mainly for the VN players) are the shows getting a lot of attention this season.

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        1. E Minor Post author

          Muv Luv seems to be the surprise hit. I’m not sold, personally, but maybe it can be what Blood-C should’ve been, i.e. satisfy a hunger for gore, without all the pretentious “We’re being very sneaky!” nonsense.

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