I know not every show has aired yet, but since a week of the season has already come and gone, I feel this is an appropriate time to bring this feature back. Plus, I know I didn’t keep up with this during the summer, but there were extenuating circumstances. Anyway, I’ll try my best to get through the fall season intact.
I’m also well aware of the fact that others have been doing a power rankings thingamajig of their own for a while now — and I’m sure they’re doing a fabulous job — but I’m not trying to horn in on anyone’s territory. Basically, I’m only doing this to talk about the shows that do not and will not interest me enough to get a dedicated post (this also mean I won’t be writing extra words for shows I’ve already covered elsewhere). Let’s face it, I’d be very hard-pressed to write a thousand words on something like Ixion Saga DT, Brain’s Base’s bastard series.
One last thing: I rank these shows by how much I’m looking forward to them week-by-week. In other words, this list is not meant to be an accurate reflection of how I would rate these shows’s quality, which is something I’d never be interested in doing anyway. What can I say? Bad shows can be interesting too.
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17. To Love Ru Darkness
The first episode features an attempted zombie rape scene.
16. Busou Shinki
A kid in high school owns a bunch of sexy, fighting dolls, and they all call him ‘Master.’ Yeah, enough said.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this show. Well, I guess it’s well-animated. It’s just that nothing about it really captures my fancy. I guess I would appreciate it more had I ever read One Thousand and One Nights, but I haven’t so that’s that. Plus the tiny hero who just wants to be everyone’s friend makes me want to gag.
14. Ixion Saga DT
I think this show wants to poke fun at the fantasy genre, but the jokes fall woefully short. From time to time, Kon, our hero, tries to break the fourth wall as if to suggest, “Man, is this fantasy setting silly or what?” Unfortunately, none of his observations have any bite to them. Plus, who still thinks it’s funny anymore to accidentally grab a trap’s junk? And since we’re apparently so obsessed with dicks and balls, the hero literally saves the day by kicking the villain in the balls. Ixion Saga DT is already aggressively ugly — this must be the B-team from Brain’s Base — but it’s also just aggressively dumb. And yes, those are giant, 3-D letters assaulting my vision in the screencap above.
13. Little Busters!
Yawner. Friends having fun with friends? You’re boring the tears out of me already. Baseball only makes it worse. Supposedly, there’s a harem underneath the bland leading the bland. I can’t wait to get to know more of Key’s midget heroines with oddly-shaped heads. As much as it pains me to admit it, KyoAni probably made the previous Key adaptations palatable. J.C. Staff, on the other hand, is clearly on a mission to invent a substitute for Valium.
12. Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
I see what you’re trying to do, anime: make it seem like the sister is the pervert. Oh, poor innocent oniichan over here totally doesn’t want to fuck his sister at all. She’s the one who keeps insisting on it! Meanwhile, we’ll just have naked sister ass bounce up and down all over the screen.
It’s like a nuclear arms race to see which anime can offend us most. Our hero isn’t just a socially awkward character whose actions might carry overtones of promoting rape culture. He is self-professedly evil. How evil? He snaps a dog’s neck in front of the heroine who, by the way, almost got raped. Alright, to be fair, Ogami thinks the dog is done for and he wants to end the poor animal’s suffering. ‘Think,’ however, is the operative word here.
Furthermore, it isn’t just about what the characters onscreen are doing. We have to question the decision-making of those behind-the-scenes as well. Why on earth do you think it would be cool to write in a scene where a dog gets its neck broken in half? Not to mention, this is preceded by a lengthy scene of a bunch of hoodlums kicking the shit out the dog. I mean, do we really need any of this? Do we? Does this sort of brutality actually improve the story? Oh yeah, the first episode didn’t end with a kiss. At least there’s that?
9. Kamisama Kiss
This first episode, however, did end with a kiss. Also, the heroine is annoying, the main love interest is annoying, and the two attendants are definitely annoying. On the other hand, sounds like they are all destined to be one happy family.
8. Sukitte Ii na yo.
Even though this shoujo isn’t quite as hardcore as its sisters, an animal still had to die. Are you ladies out there so cold-hearted that only animal sacrifices will suffice?! Anyway, I was so awestruck by how this show managed to be so structurally similar to Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun that I couldn’t resist mocking both of them for it. Now, whether or not I’ll keep this up will depend on what the second episodes bring. But look on the bright side: between him and Monster-kun, Skrillex is coming out of this smelling pretty rosy! Who would’ve thought that? Obviously, his best friend can be a big enough creep for the both of them (see the screencap above).
7. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures
It’s alright. I mean, parts of it are entertaining, but overall, it’s just not something I’m dying to watch every week. Plus, another dog died. C’mon anime, stop killing poor, defenseless dogs.
6. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!
5. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
4. Sword Art Online
Wait, wait… I still want to say a few more words about this show…
2. Shinsekai Yori
1. Zetsuen no Tempest