I’m starting to see the finish line, you guys. And I’m just so excited to see all those harem shows coming up next season. But we still have unfinished business here, so let’s get back to the matter at hand.
Week 10’s Results
Last week, I asked you guys which shows would likely falter in the final weeks of the season. These polls are flawed, however, because PEOPLE just want to dump on bad shows. In reality, the question is really asking you guys which good show might end up disappointing us at the end of the season. But instead, you guys simply voted for your least favorite shows. Case in point, Aldnoah.Zero got the most votes. But how is it a show that will give us a disappointing finish when it has already been disappointing us all season long? Everyone has been bashing the show non-stop since the third or fourth episode. Yes, a bad show can nevertheless disappoint us, but enough to top last week’s poll?
Akame ga Kill!, Sword Art Online II and Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei also got a lot of votes, but why? They’re all shit shows. How can they falter any harder? Anyway, I feel that last week’s poll was a waste. So much so that the rest of the results aren’t really worth discussing, so let’s just move on from it.
Week 11’s Rankings
16. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
The action is boring, the characters are bizarre and unrealistic, the bad guys are faceless nobodies, and the show’s racist. What more can you ask for?
15. Sword Art Online II
Once again, the characters sit around and do nothing but tell us things we already know.
— Touko thinks that perhaps Kakeru doesn’t really understand her. Yeah, I’d agree with that. But how did she come to that conclusion? She came to that conclusion because he doesn’t see the snow that is falling down around her. The snow, man, the snow! It’s really what’s important here!
— People keep saying how this show is worth watching just for the animation alone, but I’ve never been impressed with P.A. Works’ technical ability. Sure, the characters look almost flawless, but there’s something very sterile and processed about the way they look. I don’t feel as though P.A. Works has a bunch of great artists under their employ. Rather, they’ve perfected an assembly line that helps them churn out these shows. Not every single P.A. Works anime looks the same, but for the ones that do, they lack heart. They’re pretty in that Thomas Kinkade sort of way.
— People say such hilarious shit about this anime, too.
“Yeah, I’m enjoying it, but it’s true that it doesn’t have a plot.”
“The characters are boring, but that just makes it a realistic slice-of-life anime.”
Basically, I admit the show is shit for X reason, but I like it anyway.
— These two haven’t even started dating, and they’re already worrying whether or not they really understand each other. Yo, some couples can date for months and still not understand each other. What happened to kids just hanging out, having fun, and getting to know each other over a long period of time? Kakeru then suggests that they go and see one of his mother’s performances. Oh, so it’s like a date! It’s that thing Touko and Kakeru should’ve gone on since the start of the series! Fancy that.
— But when Kakeru calls his mom up about it, she suggests that he invite Touko’s parents as well. C’moooooon.
— For some reason, Touko decides to stay overnight at the school. You can get away with anything in Japanese schools, I guess. Sleep in it overnight, hide a nuclear bomb in a locker…
— While following Hiro down the mountain path, Sachi suddenly disappears from sight and says things like, “It feels a bit strange not being able to see someone who’s close, doesn’t it?” When he asks the girl to show herself, she goes, “No, not yet.” What the hell is this shit? This isn’t psychological. This is just eye-rollingly bad.
— All of a sudden, Kakeru reveals that he might take up his mom’s offer to travel the world. Needless to say, Touko’s super bummed out about not being able to spend more quality time with this “boyfriend” of hers.
— This is just a standard love story prettied up with a whole bunch of pretentious characters. Every single character on this show is unsure of how they feel. That’s it. They need to talk to each other, but they can’t, because they’re a bunch of emotional, awkward teenagers. Kakeru then shows up as a catalyst, forcing everyone to say what they need to say. Unfortunately, they all do it at the same time, so shit hits the fan, people are selfish as they prioritize letting themselves be heard over considering other people’s feelings, blah blah blah. And now, Kakeru might run away because he is afraid of relationships, and while I’ve never been in that situation myself, I hear lots of people that age are afraid of the sort of commitment that a relationship entails. Lo and behold, snow returns. The problem isn’t with the actual core of the story itself. The problem is that this is somehow a 13-episode series instead of a 2-hour movie. Fuck this, man. Go watch The Garden of Words instead. It’s even prettier to look at, too.
— I’m going to keep the name Junji Nishimura in my head, and I’m going to remind myself never to watch another one of his fucking shit anime again.
13. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
The harem lead came, he saw, he conquered, he came some more. Our latest victim? Fahrenfart.
12. Ao Haru Ride
Shoujos can be cheap and exploitative too.
11. Akame ga Kill!
An unremarkable, fillerish episode.
10. Captain Earth
We all knew Puck would end up being the true villain of the story, but somehow, the anime still fucked up on the execution.
9. Tokyo Ghoul
Yeah, last week’s episode was that bad.
8. Rail Wars!
Stupid and simple beats stupid and pretentious.
7. M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane
For what it’s worth, M3’s quality has evened out. It sucks, but it hasn’t been getting any worse, I guess.
6. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen
— Samonji is informed that Arandas is slowly losing this war, which I find odd because we only ever see the victories.
— Tokimune said a while back that he would focus his energy on the current situation, but he often finds himself staring at his sister’s picture for extended lengths of time. I can’t imagine that this is very healthy for someone in a combat position.
— Jamie asks our hero a bunch of personal questions, because knowing him means they’ll know “the future of Argevollen.” Uh-huh. Somehow, these questions include asking Tokimune where he washes himself first in a shower. I guess the show is trying to be light-hearted and funny, but… it’s just kind of cringe-inducing.
— Jamie then asks Tokimune what the Argevollen means to him. What is this? A high school writing assignment?
— Half of this show is Samonji looking all stoic as he stares at stuff, and Saori staring at him.
— There’s a long-ass party scene afterwards that’s pretty meaningless. But near the end of the episode, Samonji sees Tokimune in private, and basically takes all the blame for Raika’s death. Of course, I bet you anything Samonji wasn’t really responsible. I bet you anything he just blames himself more than he should. Still, I don’t fault Tokimune for his actions. If someone went up to you and said, “I could have saved your sister, but I watched her die,” you’d be pretty fucking pissed too. But afterwards, we see Saori marching towards Tokimune’s cell with a head full of steam. The episode suddenly comes to an end, but if what we see next week is something along the lines of “Let me set you straight, Private Susumu,” I will be sorely disappointed. Why? Because I think it’s a lame storytelling gimmick. It’s cliche as hell, and doesn’t add anything to the narrative but make things needlessly dramatic.
5. Tokyo ESP
Art finally betrays Ishigami like we thought he would. He then stabs Nice, and in doing so, he manipulates Hajime into using her powers and wiping out everyone’s powers. And what’s the point of all of this? He’s just fulfilling a promise he had made to his fucking otouto. That is so lame. I wish bad guys would have a stance just from the stance’s pure ideological merits alone, so we wouldn’t need to squeeze in some stupid flashback at the 11th hour about a character that the audience can’t possibly have any connection to. And I also hate how it’s so easy to manipulate Hajime into using her powers. Turn up the tragedy, then bam! Uncontrollable shoujo rage! It makes her feel less like a real character, and more like some plot device. Insert so and so ingredients, and you’ll always get the same finished product on the other hand. Hajime can’t control herself whatsoever, even though it’s plainly obvious what Art is trying to do. The story has potential, but it’s not quite there.
This doesn’t mean the show is good. This just means I’d watch none of the other shows if I wasn’t blogging.
2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
1. Terror in Resonance
The show hasn’t given it any reason to bump it down.
Week 11’s Poll
Last poll of the season? Second to the last poll of the season? Who knows!