As always, 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’ quality, which is something I’d never be interested in doing anyway.
18. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo / To Love Ru Darkness / Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! (Prev: 12)
See Harem Hill… whenever I get around to it.
17. Robotics;Notes (Prev: UR)
This show is so boring.
16. CODE:BREAKER (Prev: 11)
15. Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de (Prev: UR)
It’s the video game anime… y’know, the show about the war between the Segua Kingdom and the Ninteldo Empire. I think the problem here is that the show isn’t quite ridiculous enough. It has its moments… like when the general lady seemingly creamed her pants at the sight of Gear defeating her strongest men:
But the more you watch the show, the more it reuses the same gimmick of girls being put into uncompromising situations. I guess if you can’t come up with a funny joke, fanservice is the way to go. When girls aren’t losing their clothes or getting groped though, Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de pulls its punches. Go for it, man. If you’re going to be retarded, go full retard! Just showing me a super-serious Mario and his Yoshi though… why is that funny?
14. Magi (Prev: 15)
13. K (Prev: 10)
Okay, this exchange at the start of the third episode was kind of funny:
Munakata: “Suoh, let’s get straight to the point. Your buzzword is pushing its limit. If the buzzword should fall, we’ll have a repeat of the buzzword. If you insist on drawing more power from the buzzword, I will have to kill you.”
Suoh: “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Unfortunately, the rest of the episode bored me. As a result, I’ll keep an eye on the show, but I can’t stand to blog it weekly anymore. On another note, the show has a pretty low opinion of females thus far. We’ve already seen the naked catgirl. Even cop lady here can’t help but wear a skirt so short, her ass is hanging out. There’s also this bizarre perspective… her left breast is just jutting out for no reason.
12. Little Busters (Prev: 13)
Every time I watch an adaptation of a Key visual novel, one of the love interests is always incredibly stupid, whiny, and childish. In the adaptations by KyoAni, the main character’s sarcasm cuts through the stupidity a little bit… a little bit. The main problem here is that the main character is your generic nice guy, so I get to listen to the idiot loli coo without any repercussion. Naoe’s too ineffectual to redeem just another boring show about friends having fun.
I was led to believe that the story isn’t just about a guy and his haremettes, and while this is somewhat true, the main character’s exchanges with his Little Busters group aren’t exactly dynamic. The guys are distinguished more by exaggerating a single aspect of their personalities rather than actually being three-dimensional. To be fair, it’s still early, I guess.
11. Ixion Saga DT (Prev: 14)
Remember the villain who got his balls kicked hard by the hero at the end of the first episode? He also got them hammered in last week’s episode. The third episode thus begins with the doctor telling the villain that they had to remove his balls. This was the villain’s reaction:
Meanwhile, I’m sort of enjoying the show’s subversion of the generic RPG mascot. There’s nothing grand or complex about the show, and I still think the aesthetics are incredibly ugly and garish. But despite these complaints, my opinion of the anime is improving week by week. Ixion Saga DT still isn’t a show I’d look forward to watching, but I don’t dread the experience. I’d say it’s more entertaining to than something like K.
10. Kamisama Kiss (Prev: 9)
I’ll talk more about this show in my weekly feature on shoujos.
9. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! (Prev: 6)
There’s maybe a single good joke a week. For example, Yuuta’s dream at the start of the second episode. Everything else is just too childish, which is why I decided not to write a dedicated entry for the show every week. Plot twist: every KyoAni show nowadays must involve the formation of some dinky little club.
C’mon, KyoAni… just make your pretty mahou shoujo show and be done with it. And as of the third episode, things are getting a little too moe for my tastes.
8. Sukitte Ii na yo. (Prev: 8)
Mei got lame super fast. Same with Kamisama Kiss, I’ll have more to say about this later.
7. Zetsuen no Tempest (Prev: 1)
The storytelling is falling apart.
6. Sword Art Online (Prev: 4)
The melodrama was fun to mock while it lasted, wasn’t it?
5. BTOOOM! (Prev: 3)
It’s not that I like the show. I think it’s plenty flawed and plenty stupid. But as with Sword Art Online, there’s a perverse fun in seeing a trainwreck in action.
4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures (Prev: 7)
3. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (Prev: 5)
As with Sukitte Ii na yo, I’ll just save my thoughts on this show for later. For what it’s worth though, I think this is the best shoujo of the few that we have… for now, anyway.
2. Shinsekai Yori (Prev: 2)
1. PSYCHO-PASS (Prev: UR)