Everything Else, Summer ’14, Week 3: Some shows are already beginning to choke…

Everything Else Week 3

Yay, it’s time again to rank all the shows I’ve watched in the past week. Y’know, just for fun.

21. Rokujyoma no Shinryakusha!?

The most boring thing I’ve watched in the past week. Hell, the most boring thing I’ve watched in a long time.

20. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

19. Sword Art Online II

Somewhere along the line, SAO seems to have forgotten that it’s supposed to take place in an MMORPG.

18. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Somewhere along the line, Mahouka seems to have forgone–… wait, no, this show has always sucked. I mean, it wasn’t a good sign when when ardent fans had to pre-emptively defend the show long before it even started airing.

17. Free! Eternal Summer

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You mean I can have both my friends and my dreams?! Wow!

16. Akame ga Kill!

Could’ve been worse, I guess. Could’ve been Mahouka.

15. Rail Wars!

So bad, it’s the best of the worst… but honestly, it’s still pretty bad.


14. DRAMAtical Murder

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The piss-poor animation in this week’s episode is hilarious. It’s almost Rail Wars! bad, actually.

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It’s like the studio ran out of time and just aired whatever it could scrap together at the last second.

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Holy shit, they’re not even trying. The animation was so bad, I couldn’t even pay attention to the plot. I think some guy kisses the main character, but other than that, I’m completely lost.

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Oh for the love of God, will somebody just put this show out of its misery already?

13. Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen

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The anime keeps introducing new characters to the story, but they all look the same. So try as I might, I just can’t muster up a damn. I think the third episode even tried to throw in some fanservice, but uh…

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…it excels at nothing. Nothing whatsoever. Not even fanservice, which should be anime’s forte. The anime’s so bland, Captain Samonji looks bored out of his fucking mind every single time he’s onscreen. I feel you, bro, I feel you. I mean, what can I say? The third episode’s plot might as well be a carbon-copy of the second episode’s plot.

We’re pulling the troops out!

Wait, the Argevollen is still out there!

We can’t let the main force through!


But guess what? The Argevollen makes it out anyway. Gasp!

12. Glasslip

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Man, nothing ever happens in this anime. Nothing. So alright, the circle of friends go hiking, and this gives Touko the chance to talk to her friends. Sadly, Kakeru’s not included ’cause I guess he’s not friends with anyone yet. Great. Right off the bat, one of the show’s more interesting characters isn’t even included. In any case, Touko and Yana proceed to hash out their differences, thus reaffirming their friendship. This basically amounts to extra pickled vegetables for Touka’s yakisoba. Our heroine then tells Yuki she can’t date him. Finally, the other guy — I don’t even know his name — confesses to the weak, nerdy girl — I don’t know her name either — that he likes her, but of course, we don’t really get to know how she really feels about it. And that’s it. That’s it for the entire episode. It’s so fucking boring, I honestly think I’d rather watch someone blow glass for an hour. I don’t mind that the show isn’t dripping with melodrama, and I’m glad Touka has the courage to tell her friends how she feels. But c’mon, this episode barely even registers a pulse. Oh well, what can I say? It’s yet another classic slice-of-life offering from P.A. Works. To its credit, Glasslip is better than, say, Tari Tari.

11. M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane

The sad thing is, as soon as this show is over, the sequel to selector infected WIXOSS will begin airing. As a result, we’ll never rid ourselves of Okada and her current obsession with emotionally torturing her characters. Alright, alright… who ran over her cat?

10. Ao Haru Ride

One of these seasons, I’ll find a shoujo that I can enjoy. One of these seasons, I swear I will. But knowing my luck, I’ll probably be on one of my extended hiatuses from blogging when a decent shoujo actually appears.

9. Captain Earth

Well, it has action… I guess. Stupid action, but action nonetheless. Sadly, most of its action involves watching a mecha expand for the umpteenth time.

8. Bakumatsu Rock

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Like with Free!, I watched both the third and fourth episode. I’m sure fans must have been thrilled when the boys showed off their rock-hard abs and sang to a steamy bathhouse full of men with equally rock-hard abs. No skinny or fat people in this universe. Still, this sort of campiness trumps faux-drama any day of the week. Bonus points for making me laugh with the screenshot above even if the humor here is unintentional. It’s just too bad everything else about the past two episodes have put me to sleep.

7. Re:_Hamatora

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The situation’s the same as always. The main story involving Art is somewhat interesting. The side plots involving the various Minimum Holders are definitely not. This week, some guy’s paintings can turn people into murderers. I was dozing off until Art showed up, and I suspect I’ll keep dozing off like this until Nice and Art have their final battle. Sadly, this probably won’t take place until the very last episode of the season. Ah well…


6. Tokyo ESP

Perfectly ho-hum. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing good with it either.

5. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Why is this show all the way up here? By default. This week’s episode wasn’t very amusing, though.

Thigh gap.

4. Persona 4: The Golden Animation

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Yeah, yeah, I realize the show won’t bother with the main plot. I also realize I’ve seen or experienced the main plot multiple times already. But without it, Persona 4 is reduced to a slice-of-life comedy albeit with slightly more charismatic anime characters. This week, Yu tries to find enough time to spend with his friends, and while his antics are still somewhat amusing, this still feels like unimportant, inconsequential fluff. I just don’t think Marie’s addition to the story is significant enough to make me watch scenes after scenes of the characters doing nothing. In the original story, these slice-of-life scenes worked because they served as a breather from the game’s more serious or grindtastic moments. It’s like whipped cream, I guess. Whipped cream is a nice complement to a complete dessert, but you wouldn’t eat a bucket of it by yourself, would you? Actually, don’t answer that.

Big Gap.

3. Tokyo Ghoul

I still enjoyed the third episode, but after a strong start, it felt kind of subdued.

2. Aldnoah.Zero

1. Terror in Resonance

Your moment of zen:

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13 thoughts on “Everything Else, Summer ’14, Week 3: Some shows are already beginning to choke…

  1. sonicsenryaku

    Interesting list; And thank goodness someone has taken note to how bad rail wars animation can be sometimes…its like they dont even care. They will literally have moments of dialogue where it blatantly shows that the characters mouths are not even moving. Not to mention the lack of animation in general in half of the episodes..yet oddly i still find some fun in watching the series….Im too forgiving :)

  2. flamerounin

    M3 is still too high in this list.

    To be honest, I really wish that Glasslip is dripping with melodrama by now. Cause, at least, there would be something to talk about it. At its current, the show is just a bore, with very uninteresting characters.

  3. Gene

    Dmmd would be a better show if every episode looked like that, at least it becomes entertaining. The dog’s walk was incredible.

  4. Anon

    I noticed that anything that isn’t top 3 you generally doze off :P. Every week most shows change places but the top 3 still seems to remain the same for now.

    Just a note on Argevollen, I just wonder how long can they keep the ‘disobeying orders is the right thing to do’ ideology Xebec is trying to convey. So far all 3 episodes have the main characters disobeying a direct order but coming out better for it. Not sure if they are trying to say soldiers who adapt on the fly are generally better off or what.

  5. Rae (@CSrae)

    It’s like the studio ran out of time and just aired whatever it could scrap together at the last second.

    Yes, that’s what happened actually according to their official twitter. They did issue a apology to their fans and audience for the drop is quality. They also indicated that it was going to be redone and aired later this month along with some changes to eps. 1-2. Not like I care or anything.

    I just don’t think Marie’s addition to the story is significant enough to make me watch scenes after scenes of the characters doing nothing.

    TBH, I’m just watching it because I don’t own a VITA and I did always wonder about the extra content added in P4G. Completely skippable if the viewer didn’t care much about the original P4 anime.

  6. elior1

    everyone you better prepare to female kirito becouse it will be funny to see him act girly in the game in this week episode


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