Everything Else, Summer ’14, Week 9: The most disappointing show of the season

Everything Else Week 9

Alright, time to rank these shows again according to my arbitrary standards! But as always, let’s first discuss last week’s poll results.


Week 8’s Poll Results

I don’t think anyone should be surprised to find Aldnoah.Zero at the top of last week’s poll. After a promising first episode, the anime has been… well, pretty mediocre. Some of you want to go even further and say that it’s shit. I’m not quite there yet, but there’s still time. But really, Aldnoah.Zero has let me down in every way except for its action. I can honestly get past the emotionless main character, because Inaho isn’t really annoying; he’s just boring. Rather, the primary problem with the show is its lack of nuance. Almost every single character has a simplistic, straightforward motive, especially the villains. Luckily, the villains have also been dying left and right.

Oddly enough, however, Saazbaum has recently come into his own. Yes, he started a war over a vendetta against the Vers royal family, but hey, he’s a villain. He’s supposed to be fucked up. What I like, however, is that there are multiple things at play here with Saazbaum. Yes, he wants revenge, but he also feels as though he has a duty to his vassals to conquer new land. He also feels bitterness over the fact that Earth has culture and the Vers Empire, which has only sprung up overnight, has nothing. So as you can see, there are multiple things at play here. In just a few minutes in the last episode, Saazbaum has gained some much needed depth. Now, if only the anime could do the same for the rest of the characters.

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Akame ga Kill! came in second, but I never had any expectations for Akame ga Kill! The synopsis made it sound like a dumb shounen, and surprise, surprise… I got a dumb shounen. But with added rape! But yeah, it seems plenty of people enjoyed the manga for one reason or other — some claim its satirical, others say it’s a guilty pleasure — so as a result, Akame ga Kill! is our second most disappointing show of the summer season.

Captain Earth and Glasslip are both tied for third. I can understand why Captain Earth is disappointing, because Bones usually does a decent job. Plus, the show did start off… okay. I didn’t fall in love with the show right from the get-go, but I never thought we’d get what we got. It felt like other bloggers were really enamored with the show, though. If I recall correctly, they really wanted Captain Earth‘s sexual metaphors to pan out. I just never really saw it. Captain Earth felt aimless to me right from the very start, so I guess I’m not too surprised by how the rest of the show eventually turned out. Still, I can’t say the show didn’t disappoint me. For what it’s worth, the animation has been solid even at its worst. But that’s really all I can say about the show. The plot is dumb, the characters are flimsy, and the mecha action is practically nonexistent. What a pity.

glasslip chicken

Glasslip getting so many votes surprises me a bit. I know a lot of you guys have enjoyed P.A. Works last two offerings, but one look at Glasslip synopsis was enough to set my expectations at zero. I pretty much thought we’d get Tari Tari except with glass-blowing. Of course, that’s not we got. Instead, we got a convoluted mess of a narrative that still somehow manages to be slow and boring. The thing is, that’s not even the most surprising thing about Glasslip. The most surprising thing is that 90% of the characters are so eminently dislikable. More on what I mean later in the post. Anyway, I’m half-expecting Touko to ‘fest’ it up anytime now.

Tokyo ESP came in fifth. The first episode pretty much felt like a poor man’s X-Men so the show hasn’t disappointed me. It’s pretty much what I thought it would be. But maybe the people who voted for the show have read the manga, and expected the adaptation to be better or something, I don’t know. For me, Tokyo ESP‘s primary problem is that it’s just very safe. It doesn’t do anything special nor does it even look like it’s trying.

zankyou no terror

Terror in Resonance actually took sixth, but I can understand this somewhat. First, I think the allusions to Oedipus really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Now, I personally like that kind of thing, but I can see why others might find it pretentious. I think the bigger problem, however, was that giant chess match between Five and Nine. With each passing episode, the situation is getting more and more unbelievable, and while the chess match itself didn’t bother me as much as it had bothered some of my readers, it isn’t exactly smooth sailing from here on out for the anime. It still has the chance of slipping up and veering too far into these ridiculous scenarios. I like the show, but if the writers feel the need to one-up the chess match, we might be in for a disappointing finish.

Other notables:

Tokyo Ghoul got a modest amount of votes. According to fans of the manga, the adaptation is a very, very abridged version of the actual story. Even so, I still quite enjoy the show, so personally, Tokyo Ghoul has exceeded my expectations.

— Not surprisingly, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun only got two votes. I think it has been the most surprising show of the season thus far. I mean, it’s nothing special, but I didn’t expect the anime to be such a decent time waster.

marie persona 4 again

Persona 4 – The Golden Animation also got a modest amount of votes. I admit it; the show got one of my three votes. The adaptation is just too niche. Unless you’ve played Persona 4 before, you have no hopes of understanding what you’re watching. But even as an actual Persona 4 fan, I just don’t give a shit about Marie. Her character sucks, and I’m quite amazed this adaptation was even made in the first place just to showcase her social link. I still think Persona 4 – The Golden Animation had potential, though. If the story had explored the idea of the main character reliving the events of the game but through the lens of the New Game+ mechanic, that might’ve been novel. As it is, however, the adaptation is a bore.

Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen had as much votes as Tokyo Ghoul. I didn’t vote for it though, because the promotion video was less than inspiring.

Rail Wars! got a decent chunk of votes. I don’t get it, really. Who the hell out there actually expected an anime about trains to be any good? If anything, the anime is exceeding expectations in how much of a harem it has turned out to be. Honestly, I think this is simply the case of people voting for what they perceive to be the worst show of the season rather than what had actually disappointed them.

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DRAMAtical Murder also garnered some votes. I think it’s more a matter of the anime being a poor adaptation more than anything else, though.

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei sits somewhere firmly in the middle of the pack, and I think that fits. Maybe some people thought it’d be a great show or something, but one look at Tatsuya and Miyuki in all of the promo material was enough to convince me that the anime would suck. Still, I played nice for a couple weeks just to give the show a chance. So much for that, huh?

Free! Eternal Summer got some votes. I didn’t expect it to be anything but a boring slice-of-life anime, so people who actually voted for the show will have to explain why they did so.


Week 9’s Rankings

Dropped: Persona 4 – The Golden Animation

I just don’t care anymore.

Unranked: Terror in Resonance, M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane

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Well, Terror in Resonance didn’t air in the past seven days, so I can’t exactly include it in this list. As for M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane, I just haven’t gotten around to watching the latest episode.

14. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Here’s last week’s plot in a nutshell: Tatsuya farts in Lu Gonghu’s direction and beats him. The end. Naturally, the anime finds itself at the bottom of my rankings once again.

13. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

At least this harem lead had to lift a finger to beat his enemy.

12. Akame ga Kill!

Every single action in this story is meaningless. If you take the bad guys out, more will just pop up in their place. Shit, the same applies to the good guys too. But worst of all, the super evil, super powerful Esdeath has fallen in love with the main character. Now the anime has really lost it. It’s bad enough that the main character is bland as fuck, but Akame ga Kill! just had to go and make him the object of women’s desires too. What a joke.

11. Captain Earth

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I don’t even know…

Stalling, stalling, stalling…

10. Sword Art Online II

I’m already tired of this Death Gun fella. The mystery’s too obvious, the action is flashy but soulless, and Sinon has already turned into another boring tsundere character. Worst of all, the idea that SAO explores the possibilities of VRMMOs definitely feels like a distant memory now. With every passing episode, I’m just reminded more and more that the anime has such a poor grasp of online gaming and its communities. Good job, Kirito. You’ve ruined another MMO.

9. Rail Wars!

What can I say? It’s the best harem of the season.

8. Glasslip

Sachi is such a terrible, terrible person. She continues to use Hiro even though she knows the true extent of his feelings. She literally has the guy read a bunch of short stories (by Natsume Soseki, no less), just so he could eventually explain an idiom to Touka. This explanation then ends up being Sachi’s indirect confession to Touka. That has got to be the most convoluted love confession I’ve ever witness in all my years on this planet. Worst of all, Sachi continues to have no real regard for Hiro’s feelings. Yo, you don’t have to like the guy back just because likes you. But for the love of god, stop stringing the guy along. Is it so hard to be a decent person? Seriously, is it really that hard? Hell, they’re supposed to be a close-knit group of friends! What kind of friends are these?!

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As for Kakeru and his stupid fragment nonsense, I’m just ignoring it for the time being since it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. But really, I’m ignoring everything but the subplot with Hiro, ’cause everyone else sucks. I don’t care at all what happens with the incest siblings.

7. Ao Haru Ride

I swear, these characters are just getting dumber and dumber by the episode. The problem is that no one’s likeable. There’s no one in Ao Haru Ride that would make me think, “Yeah, he or she seems like someone I would want to hang out with.” I just happen to think Glasslip has a more insufferable cast of characters.

6. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen

Not much to say about last week’s episode. Here’s a brief summary of Conrad’s contribution to the story:

abe simpson

Anyway, it didn’t feel like the story moved forward even the slightest bit, but I guess Richthofen now has a real reason to hate the Argevollen. It may seem like I’m not giving the show much of a chance, but it really, really does not grab me at all. I keep watching it in the hopes that a central thrush to the narrative would take shape. For a while, it seemed as though the mystery surrounding Tokimune’s sister’s death might do the trick. But then I get this episode. The two main characters were barely in it. Hell, Richthofen was barely in it too. As a result, I just didn’t really care all that much about what was happening.

5. Tokyo ESP

Too many flashbacks bogged down a show that was already lackluster to begin with.

4. Tokyo Ghoul

I know last week’s episode was trying to set the stage for the adaptation’s final arc, but what can I say? I gotta call a spade a spade, and last week’s episode was boring as hell.

3. Re:_Hamatora

Things are coming to a head as Doktor advocates the extermination of stray Minimum Holders. Meanwhile, Art becomes a cult figure as he rallies Minimum Holders to his cause. He wants to establish an area (Yokohama, to be exact) “where Minimum Holders can live freely without being under surveillance.” Gosh, this… this sounds kind of familiar to another anime I’m watching this season. I’m just amazed how similar the basic plot structure for these stories are turning out. Naturally, the devil’s in the detail.

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First of all, Art has way more of a personality than Tokyo ESP‘s Professor. Second, the Professor lacks a foil; there’s no one like Doktor in Tokyo ESP. Still, is this actually a plus? Does Doktor’s existence make Re:_Hamatora slightly more interesting to watch? The problem with Doktor for me is that he lacks depth. He’s just a straightforward bigot. On the other hand, you’re not exactly sure what Art is after. At first, it seemed like he wanted to steal everyone’s Minimums so that everyone would just return to normal. But then here he is, delivering a speech you could basically steal straight from X-Men. Likely, it’s all just a front, but I can’t quite put my finger on what Art will do if he manages to accomplish his goals. But I digress. The point is that even though Doktor adds yet another source of conflict to the story, he’s a pretty flimsy character.

Anyway, I also prefer Nice and company over Rinka and company, but that doesn’t say much. You want to know what Hamatora‘s heroes are doing? They’re staging a play. Yes, a fucking play. I don’t care about Nice’s real feelings for Hajime.

2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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Could this be the first time this anime takes first place in the rankings?

1. Aldnoah.Zero

No, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun won’t be taking first. I actually somewhat enjoyed our mostly Inaho-less episode of Aldnoah.Zero. Plus, it developed Saazbaum’s character, which didn’t hurt. Is this a good anime? Not really, but I’d still rather watch last week’s episode over anything else on this list.


Week 9’s Poll

People always ask me which upcoming fall shows I’m looking forward to the most. I will soon post my previews for the following season, but until then, let’s turn this around on you guys. Which of the upcoming fall shows are you guys looking forward to the most?



I left off shows that I didn’t feel was worth including.

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27 thoughts on “Everything Else, Summer ’14, Week 9: The most disappointing show of the season”

  1. Terror in Resonance is one of those shows where opinions on the realism (or lack thereof) differ wildly from person to person. The show never struck me as being particularly realistic in the first place, so the whole chess game didn’t bother me. I think it really hammered the point that Five is still a child, in the mental sense, despite what her mature appearance might suggest, and that her time alone at the institution has made her morally stagnant. I think it’s pretty clear at this point that Watanabe wanted this show to have elements of both a realistic psychological study and a more conventional thriller. The problem is that he deals with these separately instead of weaving them them together. I think he deals with each aspect well enough on its own, but if he’d made certain things more concretely obvious in the first place (rather than leaving them up to viewer interpretation), the show wouldn’t be facing such a huge backlash. A lot of other bloggers, for instance, have reacted more negatively to Five’s introduction and subsequent events than you have.

    1. Five’s pretty silly, but at the same time, I think her lunacy adds a certain craziness to the story that makes the story exciting. Everyone has grand plans. Five just wants to finish a damn game from her past. Both Sphinx and the Metropolitan Police are arguably after the greater good; they just go about it in really, really different ways. Five, however, doesn’t care about any of that, so she becomes a truly dangerous villain. There’s a lot of things I quibble with about her, especially her rather sexy character design in an anime that has been pretty low-key on sex appeal. Still, the realism of her overall character doesn’t bother me.

  2. I, what most people have probably done as well, voted for Psycho-Pass 2. I’d rather stick with something I’m familiar with, than a completely new series. Especially after watching shows, that sounded like it’d be interesting or at least entertaining, that ended up being boring and/or shitty. I’m also looking forward to Chaika. I liked the first season, which is a good sign for me because I’m usually uninterested in “fantasy” anything, and hope this second one will conclude the story with an awesome climax. Although, I feel that at the end of the season, there will be a tidal wave of Chaikas.

    1. Doubt psyho pass will be as good with out Maki to carry the show. I actually voted for Gundam build fighters Try. If it keeps all the Gundam homages of older series and insanely well choreographed actions scenes it will be a instant winner in my and Gundam fans alike books. For a kids show it makes Aldnoah.Zero fights look like Soc em Rock em robots they were just that good.

  3. I think my practice of waiting for shows to finish before watching them has saved me a bunch of disappointment. Though I did have hopes for Terror, but alas.

    The only show I have any interest in next season would be World Trigger. Although I’m pretty confident it’ll end up being… not great. I’ve read the manga and kind of kept up but it’s a strange story that sets itself up for big exciting visuals and a larger then life setting, but even in the manga it hasn’t really put it’s money where it’s mouth is. I’ll not waffle on here but I think it makes an interesting talking point of what if’s and how each person would change something, if nothing else.

    1. Yowamushi Pedal was one of my more favorite anime in recent memory. Like, sure it followed the sports genre conventions almost to a tee, but at least it easy and fun to watch and not incredibly offensive like this Summer’s shows.
      Wow, ’14 Summer was REALLY bad, probably worse than anything past that I can remember.

  4. This type of “what show disappointing you” ranking is very unique and entertaining. I hope you’ll keep doing them. I actually had to think a bit before deciding on which shows disappointing me. While picking which shows straight up suck is easy.

    I hope you’ll keep blogging SAO and Mahouka though. They’re silly ass shows but I like reading you write about them. But if they get too boring/ridiculous to continue watching that’s up to you. I gotta say, your shark shit on Blade Dance is funnier than the actual show.

    As for which shows I’m looking forward to, that’s an easy question. The squeals! Hahaha it’s a lazy way out, but there’s no way I won’t be pumped for UFOtable’s take on Unlimited Blade Works, or a Gundam Build Fighters continuation, or more Log Horizon.

    Still for a kid’s toy commercial, GBF really blew my expectations out of the water. It was really a solid and great series. Likeable characters with character development, an easy convoluted plot, great homages to older gundam series, and best off all AWESOME AS SHIT Mecha Action! If your mecha series sucks at least get the mecha action right, but GBF has it all. I was rarely disappointed by any episodes even if it got silly at times. They even had a believable explanation for why Sei sucked at piloting and how he got better at it.

    UBW is self explanatory. UFOtable + Type Moon, enough said. “King of Heroes, do you have enough blades in stock?”

    Log Horizon an MMO fantasy done right. One thing I wanted from SAO was an exploration of how society would develop when it’s made up of people trapped in an MMO. Instead I got harem lolz and shounen powerups. SAO is entertaining in it’s own way yeah, but it really didn’t use the trapped in a MMO theme to it’s full potential. It became more of a gimmick to empower Kirito than anything else. Log Horizon however does it right. In MMOs your are not a super special snowflake, that’s like a key thing that SAO shat all over.

    1. I hope you’ll keep blogging SAO and Mahouka though.

      I never said I was going to stop.

      I do intend to write about Log Horizon too.

    2. Gundam build fighters is so good I feel it is perfect right next to gundam the 08th ms team to get people who dismiss gundam due to watching the worse series what gundam is truly about.

  5. I can understand Aldnoah being disappointing but I wouldn’t say it’s shit either and the last episode shows potential for it to improve. All the results seem about right though.

    I’m surprised Hamatora ranked so high in your rankings though. As much as I like this show this episode was so boring. The play just took up too much time and Art’s speech was run of the mill.
    There hasn’t been episode though that’s made me have less fun than watching Tokyo ESP. I just wished that Hamatora would just focus damn it.

    I’m sure Psycho – Pass will take top spot for this week’s poll. Well I’m looking forward to Hitsugi no Chaika the most and it’s actually the anime that made me find this blog. I went in search of thoughts after it finished, I guess it wasn’t such a big hit, oh well. Psycho Pass, Log Horizon, Wixioss and World Trigger got my other votes. World Trigger Seems really interesting though.

    I would vote for Fate stay/night but that looks like a movie rather than a series so I’m not interested really.

    Your latest posts on Blade Dance were so funny I actually considered watching it….but I’m sure its really bad, It’s so hard to bring myself to watch Captain Earth’s latest episode. I cant imagine Blade Dance.

    1. There will be two Fate Stay Night adaptations by Ufotable.
      Unlimited Blade Works will be a split cour TV series.
      Heaven’s Feel will be a movie.

      In the past, people kept saying HF route because it’s the only one which hasn’t been animated. But I personally think that it’s not a good idea since it that route, Gilgamesh got killed in half a minute. It will be ridiculous, seeing how fleshed out he is, in Fate Zero.
      So, I am pretty happy with all the latest info.
      UBW adaptation by Deen sucks anyway.

  6. I was really surprised by Aldnoah Zero being first this week even though I probably agree with it. Also is there any reason you chose to refer to Parasyte as Kiseijuu? I think most of the english-speaking anime and manga community refer to it as Parasyte.

  7. Summer ’14 I would wager is one of the worst seasons in past memory, aside for some gems like JoJo, Gekkan Shoujo, and Space Dandy. SAO II, Mahouka, Rail Wars!… It’s enough to make a man lose some sleep.

    But right now looking at the next season’s list, I’m getting pretty nervous.
    Mushishi is one of my favorite shows ever, ranking in my top five comfortably sandwiched between Ghost in the Shell: SAC and Kino’s Journey. Seeing a sequel to it makes me so conflicted because I want some more Mushishi but sequels RARELY as good as their predecessor.
    For example, Eureka 7 is a show that I place dear and near to my heart. I got pretty hyped when I heard about E7: AO. But phew, I absolutely hate the show. The mecha designs were terrible, the characters were just bland or plain retarded and the story was just mindblowingly dumb. I had to force myself to not make my extreme disappointment retroactively destroy what I felt about the original E7.
    Which leads some anxiety over Gundam Reconguista in G when I saw E7’s designer Kenichi Yoshida’s name attached to the show. His character designs are great, but man did E7:AO did a woozy on me. It brought up some stuff that I thought I had long repressed. Like I get that he’s not writing the show, but still. It doesn’t help that the Gundam designs I’d looked up for the show don’t look all that great either.
    Then again, maybe it’ll turn out well and make the series stand up again. It probably won’t be all that hard considering the last decade of SEED and 00’s massive levels of “meh”.

    The rest of the shows don’t interest me all that much. I’m hoping to do a marathon of Log Horizon, but the whole “MMO & Games otaku-pandering” thing has been an overall sour experience for me. Maybe I’ll let the wounds heal for a bit longer.

    1. Eh, I think every season is more or less the same. I actually find it funny how you guys think next season’s slate of anime looks to be an improvement, but I’m honestly not excited about anything I see on this list.

  8. I’m looking forward to Psycho-Pass 2 the most. I’m also interested in Kiseijuu and Terra Formars. I really hope they won’t end up being disappointing, like this season has been. I’m enjoying some of the shows, but some didn’t really meet expectations. I’m like three or four episodes behind on Tokyo ESP and Zankyou no Terror. I’ll finish them but they really haven’t grabbed my attention or been that enjoyable after an interesting few initial episodes. Sabagebu, Nozaki-kun, Ai-Mai-Mi and Space Dandy have been good. Not great, but good. And that’s not a good thing, because there should be at least one great anime per season.

    I am disappoint.

  9. Kisejiuu looks kind of interesting, but considering Madhouse is spearheading it, I’m thinking it’ll be about a 50/50 chance of being any good. UBW is definitely a safe pick, but I really feel they dropped the ball on the movie, so I’m not too sure how this is going to play out… Heaven’s feel movie though… yaaaay.

    Gonna give World Trigger a whirl, and definitely picking up Psycho-Pass 2 (though that may simply lend to me having finished the series two weeks ago).

    Are there any other shows that you feel you are on the verge of dropping?

    1. I’m still debating whether or not I’ll cover Fate stay/night. I’m pretty sure people will take exception to what I think about the story.

      Are there any other shows that you feel you are on the verge of dropping?

      At this stage, probably not. Dropping Persona 4 The Golden Animation was just the result of me saying to myself, “Man, I never have anything I want to say about this show week in and week out.”

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