Summer power rankings no. 4: the quest for anime gold

Enough about Guilty Crown. Let’s talk current anime. Before I start, however, I should add that Moyashimon Returns and Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita are done from this list. I just can’t get into either show. You might find this odd since a anime like Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate maintains its presence in the rankings, but that’s only because I have to watch it for the sake of Harem Hill. Since I’ve already watched the episode, I may as well include it on the list. On the other hand, I have no reason whatsoever to keep watching a show like Moyashimon Returns.

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13. Koi to Senkyo to ChocolateLast week: 13
Are you a fan of election strategies? Boy, have I got an anime for you! But wait, there’s more! For the low, low price of twenty-four minutes of your sad, pathetic life, you also get ham-fisted, panty-stealing drama!

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12. Dakara Boku wa, H ga DekinaiLast week: 12
DekinaiDekinai never changes. Ever since the dawn of anime, it has been boobs, bewbs, and more b00bz. I don’t expect the next episode to be anything but more of the same. Even so, I find its stupidity just a touch less boring to watch than Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate‘s tribute to blandness.

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11. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total EclipseLast week: 7
I’ll give the show one more week. If I don’t see BETAs tearing people apart in the next episode, Muv-Luv is dropping off of the list. Nothing else it’s doing is remotely interesting enough to carry the show.

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10. Campione!Last week: 10
A fight happened. It had a lot of glowy swords. I can’t really look forward to another episode of this anime when I really don’t have anything to look forward to. More of the same fights? God, I hope not. More “omoshiroi” bantering? Forecast says, “Likely.”

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9. Hagure Yuusha no EsteticaLast week: 11
Estetica can be slightly funny from time to time, I guess. I mean, where else are you going to get a hero shoving his gigantic sword through an equally gigantic cock?

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8. Arcana FamigliaLast week: 9
A good sixty or seventy percent of this week’s episode is a demonstration on how to get to a man’s heart: through his stomach. Yay for gender roles! Don’t let the absence of bento boxes in Italy convince you that you can’t make lunch for a man. Nope, a woman can always find the time to cook. Meanwhile, there’s some intrigue at the end of the episode, but that’s just not enough to convince me Arcana Famiglia is worth looking forward to.

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7. Tari TariLast week: unranked
Some of you might feel bad for Wakana, because she lost her mom at such a young age. Hell, she might also lose her pet cat as well. Others might actually enjoy the fact that she got her comeuppance, so to speak. I approach the melodrama from a different angle: I feel sorry for Wakana because the show feels the need to contrive a conflict between her and her mother in such a fashion. Having seen Hanasaku Iroha, these transparent attempts to tug at the heart strings just stick out like a sore thumb.

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6. Eureka Seven: AOLast week: 4
Although the series is no longer a “Secret of the week!” affair, I just can’t connect to Ao the same way that I found Renton’s earnest naivete genuinely charming. Without that, it boils down to whether or not I find the main conflict compelling, and I’m having a hard time mustering up much of an effort to care about all the brouhaha surrounding the Scub Coral, Truth, Naru, etc. I should probably admit that I didn’t care too much for the original story either. I mostly watched Eureka Seven for the characters, which just isn’t nearly as strong this time around. As a result, I’m not as excited for future episodes as I should be.

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5. Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!Last week: 1
It turns out that those Imouto calls were nothing more than a pathetic prank, which has really taken the wind out of the anime’s sails. I really liked the subversive nature of turning the Imouto into a creepy stalker. I suppose it’s possible for the show to replace it with something equally unsettling, but I have my doubts. As a result, the anime takes a plunge in the rankings.

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4. Sword Art OnlineLast week: 6
Just really poor execution all around. No one has to believe that MMOs are important and “srs biz,” but SAO is failing to even convince detractors that it’s possible for others to find solace in a virtual world.

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3. Kokoro ConnectLast week: 3
On the one hand, I don’t think the show is living up to its promise. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to the next episode because it looks like Iori’s going to commit suicide. For these rankings, that’s all that really matters.

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2. Binbou-gami ga!Last week: 5
For the most part, this episode felt like a return to form.

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1. Natsuyuki RendezvousLast week: 2
Dun dun dun, who will do body-swapping better: Kokoro Connect or Natsuyuki Rendezvous? Well, I suppose Hazuki doesn’t have a body to swap to, but that’s a mere technicality. In any case, I’d bet on this horse.

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13 thoughts on “Summer power rankings no. 4: the quest for anime gold

  1. Justin

    Well, it finally happened. Imouto is not #1. I really should have watched Ep 4 already. I feel bad. I think. On the other hand, I caught up with Muv-Luv (On your drop list) Kokoro Connect, and Natsuyuki. I now can actually attempt to read your Natsuyuki posts. Er…yay?

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    1. E Minor Post author

      Bro, you gonna take her comment lying down? She just called you a moe lover. Wait… are you a moe lover?

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      1. A Day Without Me

        Aww, bro, I didn’t say he was a moe-lover, but that for some people – which may or may not include this Justin chap! – you do write in another language because they love moe.

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        1. E Minor Post author

          No, they don’t think I write in a different language. They think I’m delusional and ludicrous.

  2. Andmeuths

    By the looks of the SAO PV, I’d say the next two episodes disappoint, it wouldn’t be through poor pacing.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      Wouldn’t know! I only watch the PV if it somehow precedes the credits. I like to avoid forming any preconceptions.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      Nah, that won’t happen. I never burn out because of bad anime. To be frank, I usually stop posting when I feel the reception isn’t worth the trouble.

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