If you’ll recall, I put up a poll in last week’s post, asking people to name their three most underrated shows of the season. According to my readers, those three shows are Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (18% of the votes), Terror in Resonance (12%), and Tokyo Ghoul (8%). I can understand Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun‘s placement, because even though I have it ranked fourth every week, I rarely ever talk about the show. But the other two shows getting so many votes just doesn’t make much sense, especially Terror in Resonance. Don’t most people consider it the best anime of the season? And yet you guys still think it’s underrated? I mean, it’s okay to vote for a show you don’t particularly care for. As long as you think it’s underrated, it doesn’t matter if you like the show or not. If it’s underrated, it’s underrated. But whenever a poll like this shows up, people tend to just vote for the best shows. Ah well, I should have expected this. Oh, if you’re curious, Persona 4: The Golden Animation came in dead last with a single vote.
By the way, anything below fourth kinda sucks, so don’t make the mistake of thinking a show is good just because it’s sixth or something.
Dropped: Free! Eternal Summer
I’m just too lazy to bother.
18. Rokujyoma no Shinryakusha!?
17. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
Slightly less boring trainwreck is still superior to just plain boring.
16. Akame ga Kill!
The worst part about this week’s episode isn’t Seryu’s laughably stupid guns. The worst part is the show’s exploitative nature. Countless female characters are brutalized and tortured just to give our heroes a reason to go on their blood-filled rampage. Then when the dirty deed is all said and done, those brutalized and tortured female characters get nothing more than a throwaway line: “Oh, some doctor will take care of them.” That’s beyond messed up.
15. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Surprise, surprise: the new arc fellates Tatsuya just as hard as the first two.
14. Captain Earth
The latest episode had unbelievably bad storytelling. It was so bad, I’m embarrassed for Bones. The show still tops Mahouka, though, because the latter has always been an embarrassment.
13. Rail Wars!
Every single week, readers tell me how stupid this show is. And every single week, the latest Rail Wars! post will outpace the latest Terror in Resonance post in views. I’m not complaining; I just find this really funny.
12. Sword Art Online II
The show might as well call itself Talking Art Online, and sadly, what little action we get is uninspired. Worst of all, Kirito’s thought process still just incredibly stupid week in and week out. I won’t get into it too much here, however; I’ve talked about the episode’s flaws enough elsewhere.
11. M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane
Boy troubles take center stage again in yet another Okada-led anime series. You can wish for anything you want when you win enough matches! Okay, I wish to bang my brother! We can make the Lightless Realm go away! We just have to convince Tsugumi that her sister didn’t steal her man! Yeah, it’s pathetic.
Y’know, Yuki’s a giant baby, but Kakeru’s just weird, man. Did you see the way he smiled after Yana dragged Yuki off? Like he planned the whole thing for Yana to take action. Fine, I don’t really have a problem with that. But when a concerned Touko considers going after her friends, he screams out, “LET THEM GO!” Dude, what the hell is wrong with you? He then spews out shit like, “Pieces that I need to make my fractured self solid and whole.”
Yeah, you said it, girl. Plus, what was up with the sideway-flying bird?
Sigh… The only thing this show has going for it is its “good” animation, which, in actuality, is just plastic-looking and sterile like most P.A. Works productions. Last but not least, can we get it a rest with the crooked mouths already?
9. Ao Haru Ride
Oh hey, another anime in which two girls fall in love with the same flawed asshole! On the bright side, at least the shoujos here aren’t literally trying to kill each other over Kou. Still, high school drama is high school drama, and really not worth all the undue attention it always seems to get.
8. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen
The scenes with Jamie just drag on and on and on and on… Yeah, I feel sorry for the girl. She ain’t a soldier, and she has no business being on the front lines. Still, that doesn’t make her scenes interesting to watch. Just a clumsy girl tripping over rocks, tearing her pantyhose, etc. It’s just all incredibly boring to me. The small bit of intrigue between Samonji and the 3rd Cavalry is, on the other hand, intriguing. Unfortunately, it takes up such a small part of this week’s episode. Maybe we’ll see more sabotage as the story unfolds, but until then, Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen still has little to keep my interest.
Case in point, Jamie eventually reaches the Argevollen and gets it back on its feet. So the battle will finally kick off, right? Nah. The anime skips ahead to the aftermath where the good guys have captured the enemy base. Pretty anti-climactic; the fighting was so raw, we didn’t even get to see any of it! There’s also a very short and terse exchange between Samonji and his superior, but it ends up being rather short-lived. Instead, we get more interactions between Tokimune and Jamie, a couple with no chemistry whatsoever. But hey, this is a 2-cour series, so we’ve got all the time in the world to force these two together.
Oh, one more thing: some people think the fights in Argevollen are better compared to the other mecha series currently airing this season, and thus more entertaining. Hey, if you like the show, more power to you. But don’t start casting aspersions just because we disagree.
7. Persona 4 – The Golden Animation
Just the same ol’, same ol’. If you like Persona 4-related fluff, this is the perfect show for you. Otherwise, stay away.
6. Tokyo ESP
I’ll cover last week’s episode along with this week’s episode on Friday.
C’mon, there’s no way Murasaki’s really dead, right? Then again, just how many times will the show overuse this “You thought he was dead, but he’s really not!” gimmick? Anyway, the show’s getting better with every passing week, but I still hesitate to recommend it to anyone. After all, the build-up was so painfully slow and boring.
I mean, yeah, the anime is still entertaining to watch, but my frustrations with the show are starting to mount. Yes, what we currently have is fine if all you want is a mindless action series, but Aldnoah.Zero could have been so much more. Unfortunately, it seems to be following anime’s recent trend of centering its story around a flawless, emotionless protagonist.
3. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Third?! Well, it’s not because the anime is anything special. It jumps Aldnoah.Zero this week simply because the latter is starting to fuck up.
2. Tokyo Ghoul
I think the adaptation is doing fine.
1. Terror in Resonance
This show probably won’t budge from the top position unless the ending is a serious, serious trainwreck.
Let’s do another poll, and feel free to let me know why in the comments: