Everything Else, Summer ’14, Week 2: The struggle continues…

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Let’s make this a bit more fun by arbitrarily ranking these shows according to my whims. Hey, what could go wrong?

21. Everything Else…

Just shows I’m not even interested in watching.

20. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

The worst of the worst, basically.

19. Akame ga Kill!

18. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

17. Sword Art Online II

16. Rail Wars!

15. Rokujyoma no Shinryakusha!?

I guess this show has the honor of being the best of the junk heap…

Sizable gap.

14. Free! Eternal Summer

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I went back and watched the entirety of the first season yesterday, because people insisted you can’t watch the second season without the first. Nope, I still find this anime boring as hell. I still think there isn’t any meaningful tension in the second season’s first two episodes. Oh no, Sousuke’s mean to Haruka about Rin! Whatever… let’s just be honest. Certain people are willing to turn a blind eye to the anime’s faults when they would’ve been chomping at the bit to criticize the show had it been about girls instead, i.e. like every other KyoAni show. After all, who the fuck talks like this: “At this rate, we’ll have no choice but to run naked through the halls… What’s more important to you: getting naked, or getting zero new members?” Of course, the character is only even asking this particular question to plant the image of hot, naked guys running through a school hallway in your mind. But it’s still an image of hot, naked guys in high school. Just sayin’…. we’re always bitching up and down about the sexual objectification of young schoolgirls. “So this is a nationally ranked swimmer’s perfect body!” Haha, sure…. Then the guy who uttered that sentence proceeds to squirm and squeal like some stereotypical anime shoujo.

13. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen

12. M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane

I haven’t dropped this show yet. I’ll cover the last two episodes later today.

11. Bakumatsu Rock

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Boring. I mean, it was kind of funny when the main character yelled at the pop singers for lacking passion, then proceeded to play the most generic rock ballad ever, but otherwise, this was just as boring to watch as the first episode. Nothing crazy ever happens. There’s something wrong when I remember the different Italian dishes being served more than anything else about the anime. I could really go for a pizza margherita right about now, though…. What was even worse was when they started babbling about the Peace Souls or whatever. I just wanted to go catatonic. Plus, the main characters randomly going 3-D was rather off-putting and ugly to look at. Like all of a sudden, I was playing a cheap PS2 game.

10. DRAMAtical Murder

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The main character was losing… until he was not. But other than the Rhyme battle at the start of the episode, nothing else really held my attention. In fact, I just had a hard time staying interested in the plot. It’s still all over the place. Wait, no, it feels like something that would make sense if you’ve played the visual novel before. With a game, you get to advance the story at your own pace by exploring the city and talking to the characters whenever you so choose. For an adaptation, the anime just loses me. The characters allude to people dying constantly, but we don’t actually see anyone die. As a result, the mystery feels distant and far off, i.e. something that’s constantly talked about but never experienced. To compound matters, the animation took a huge hit this week. Aoba’s facial expressions are definitely something else in this episode. As an aside, Ren might’ve been cute if it didn’t sound like a 40-year-old man.

9. Glasslip

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At one point, Chopin’s “Nocturne In E Flat Major” is playing in the background as the camera slowly zooms into Kakeru’s face. It was like something out of a generic movie about a serial killer. Then I remember that this is a P.A. Works anime, so I’m in for a snoozejob. When Touka and Sachi go to meet Kakeru at some designated place and location, Sachi springs to her feet and stands between the other two characters as if there’s something dangerous about Kakeru. It’s just ridiculously dramatic for no reason. Kakeru’s character has been a bit… rude, but there’s nothing to suggest he’s a physical threat to anyone on the show. As a result, Sachi just looks stupid.

But anyway, what is this brouhaha even all about? What is so special about Touka that Kakeru will repeatedly insist on seeing and speaking to her? Apparently, she can see into the future! And so can he! Okay, so what? After all, this by itself does not make for an interesting story. Unfortunately, Glasslip refuses to tell us. So instead, the scene comes to the end, and the rest of the episode is all about the other kids and their silly love troubles. For example, Yukinari sees our “David” as a threat to the nonexistent relationship between him and Touka’s, blithely ignoring the fact that Touka has just met Kakeru. But since Yukinari is all jealous of Kakeru, then his own sister is jealous of Touka. Meanwhile, Hiro’s in love with Sachi, but Sachi is bizarrely overprotective of Touka–… ah, who the fuck cares?

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Yanagi tells Touka — oh yeah, the latter’s blissfully unaware of Yukinari’s feelings towards her, by the way — that she intends to confess to Yukinari, but if it doesn’t work, she’ll have to leave the group. Oh no, not the group! It’s just the second episode. I have no fucking clue who these kids are, or why I should even care about them. As such, why would I give a fuck if the group splinters? There’s like no character development whatsoever here. We’re just jumping right into the middle of a potential drama bomb, but without any proper build-up, I don’t see why I should care. In fact, go back to the future-seeing thing. At least that was sort of interesting… not really, but still, it’s better than what the rest of the episode is peddling.

The problem is, Kakeru’s the catalyst who sets everything in motion, but he’s barely in the show. He has like three short appearances. For the majority of the time, I have to sit here and watch eye-rolling moments like when Yukinari confesses his feelings to Touka. Thanks, but no thanks. By the way, Touka runs off when she gets his confession. Just your average P.A. Works heroine. Confessions are scary, after all. She then calls Kakeru, because she wants to see into the future, i.e. she probably wants to find out what will happen to her group of friends. If that’s really the case, that is probably the biggest waste of foresight ever.

8. Re:_Hamatora

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I don’t get Nice. Why is he still clinging onto the hope that Art is still a good guy? Who else could’ve gassed the entire room full of children. That’s right, an entire room of children got gassed. No, they didn’t die. Art seems to be going around, stealing people’s Minimums. Whereas Moral wanted to level the playing field by giving everyone superpowers, Art wants to make everyone normal by stealing those superpowers back. Y’see, the Minimums are equivalent to human sins in his mind, so he’ll be a Jesus figure if he carry all of their sins for them! Except, y’know, this makes him practically invincible, especially for a guy who has had to live with the special distinction of being the only person to graduate from Facultas without any Minimum. After all, he doesn’t just have every Minimum at his disposal. He also has the Regeneration Minimum! He’s practically invincible! Of course, if he can steal anyone’s Minimum, why didn’t he just just steal Nice’s Minimum instead of Paper’s? ‘Cause plot armor, that’s why. Anyway, the episode was dull up until the last five minutes or so when things finally happened. As a result, I wouldn’t say the anime is a decent watch just quite yet.

Another sizable gap.

7. Tokyo ESP

6. Captain Earth

5. Ao Haru Ride

I mean, I guess there’s nothing really wrong with it…

4. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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The anime’s nothing revelatory, but it makes me chuckle from time to time.

The biggest gap ever!

3. Aldnoah.Zero

2. Tokyo Ghoul

I still think this anime has the biggest potential to bust, though. Hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong.

1. Terror in Resonance

20 thoughts on “Everything Else, Summer ’14, Week 2: The struggle continues…

  1. ax_v

    Dude our lists are completely different. Akame ga kill and sword art are number 1. They’re the best shows of the year. Everything else sucks.#yoloswagattackontitanswordartonlineakamegakill

    1. Boytitan

      Do not group us attack on titan fans with those shit animes.For one attack on titan has no marry sue really it always gives off the feeling that anyone could die. Fo2 2 the character interactions for the most part are very realistic and organic, For 3 it has a very interesting plot every answer leads into a bigger world. 4 it has a very big and intertwined world only anime world I have seen more developed and larger in scale is hunter x hunter but that is for the most part a adventure series. For 5 The fight scenes play out naturally no power ups, No I win because I am the good guy. 6 As a giant monster fan and guy who trains in mix martial arts. Seeing giants use mma is borderline porn for me. Finally the good guys don’t always win nor do they always loose. Every action has a consequence which can be good or can be bad and after said action is done they will have to make a decision on what their next course of action will be. Btw I am talking about the manga can’t really remember the anime much plus the manga is so far ahead.

      1. Ax_v

        You say not to group “you” Attack on Titan fans with those shit anime, then you only talk about the manga? Dafuq? Regardless of what you said, you can’t deny that those shows are getting popular because the same people keep hyping it up. I’d also tell you that I am being sarcastic, but most likely wouldn’t believe me anyways.

  2. Gene

    I think your comment on certain groups being more forgiving of Free! due to it’s male cast is spot on, really. The kind of fandom it has loves to over analyze these basic archetype characters but they aren’t different to the boring slice of life girls in nearly every anime they’d ignore. It’s surreal.
    This format is pretty good though. I’d personally put Rokujyoma last because it was just hurt me so bad.

  3. Anonymous

    SAO 2 and M3 are way too high on the list but that’s just my opinion (can’t wait to read what you have to say about M3, I expect it to drop considerably), have to say like this format it ciuld give us more insight into how good each is in your opinion and I’m guessing like me many would agree with it.

  4. Anonymous

    Free is like female K-on!, thought with more fanservice but a bit more harmless.
    I dunno, I admit it’s my guilty pleasure. But the kyoani nerds that continue to bash the show simply because it’s about guys…well, it’s kinda funny.

  5. Anon

    Wait, I thought…you kinda I dunno, really didn’t like Captain Earth…? Well at least, that is the impression I get from reading your episodic reviews of that show. I mean, I doubt you’d have given it the 6th place on your list -which is waaaay higher- than Mahouka and SAO2 based on artistic merit alone right?

    And wow, to think you’d prefer Rail Wars and Rokujyoma over SAO2. Kinda says a lot for how strong a 1st episode SAO is eh.

      1. Anon

        True, though it does have 2 sizable gaps and 14 shows beneath it which is why I asked. Does this despite all of the flaws present within the show you still can live with it -hence the weekly reviews- compared to the likes of the rest beneath it?

  6. Rae (@CSrae)

    >As an aside, Ren might’ve been cute if it didn’t sound like a 40-year-old man.

    That’s a feature not a bug :D We find out why Ren has a oddly deep voice for a small toy dog in this most ridiculous roundabout way. Yes, the dog even has a route in DMMD.

  7. Boytitan

    So why is captain earth so high ? I personally view it as just 1 step ahead ofM3. Its first episode was good but after that the show literally went no where.I picked it back up last week but kinda regret it, I might drop it again.

  8. Anonymous

    Well, Free! does get a lot of unfair criticism…from people who watched moe shows about female characters and liked them, it’s a double standard thing against fujoshis I guess.
    I still think Free! is a bit more tame that other moe shows.

    1. E Minor Post author

      I never said it’s as bad as, say, ImoCho. At the same time, however, it has similar flaws, e.g. sexualizing high schoolers. Plus, I’m not sure why you keep bringing up that moe-lovers are bashing the show. There aren’t any moe-lovers here as far as I can see.

      1. Anonymous

        Not here, but I was talking about reactions in other anime sites like MAL for example. Then again, MAL is pretty stupid. Yeah, I know your blog is moe-lovers free, that’s why I like it a lot, keep up the good work.


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