Here’s one last look at the shows I watched in the summer.
Week 12’s Poll Results
What is the best anime of summer ’14?
— According to my readers, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is the best anime of summer ’14.
— In number two is Terror in Resonance. In fact, it loses to Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun by just a single vote. Don’t worry, buddy. You got my vote for the best anime of the season. It’s a shame a lot of people just really, really disliked your ending.
— In super-mega-distant third, as in it got only half the votes that the previous two shows got, Tokyo Ghoul claims the bronze medal. It had some decent episodes, but the last arc was pretty shit, I gotta admit.
— Space☆Dandy 2 takes fourth, Barakamon slides in at fifth, and Free! Eternal Summer grabs the sixth spot. I didn’t watch the latter two shows because slice-of-life bores the crap out of me.
— Other notable results? Aldnoah.Zero claims seventh. Rail Wars! gets the distinction of garnering no votes whatsoever. Mahouka beats Sword Art Online II, proving once again that Tatsuya is the superior Gary Stu. Hell, more people voted for Nobunaga Concerto than SAO.
— But that’s it for the summer season’s polls. I’ll probably do this again for the fall.
Final Summer Rankings & Grades
I don’t grade on a curve. To me, a C grade tells me that a show is equally good and bad. Most of the shows here are more bad than good, so as a result, most of the shows here get a grade lower than a C. Nothing gets an A, because nothing was perfect.
16. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
One of the worst anime I’ve seen in a long, long time. For the life of me, I cannot even think of a single redeemable quality that belongs to this show. It even sucks at being bad. Sword Art Online II is so dumb that it’s funny. Mahouka is so dumb that… well, it’s still just piss boring. That’s how bad it is. It’s so bad, it can’t even do bad right. Final grade: F-
15. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
That’s right, I’d rather watch this shit over Mahouka any day of the week. It still sucks though. Final grade: F
14. Akame ga Kill!
The series isn’t over, but we can still grade the first cour, can’t we? The shounen action isn’t good, the gore is pretty tame for a show that touts gore, and like a lot of anime these days, Akame ga Kill! has a creepy fixation with rape. And to top it all off, the last few weeks have tried their best to rival Mahouka in complete and utter boredom. It almost succeeded! Current grade: F
Nonsensical. Slower than molasses. Characters that are dumber than bricks. But at least the animation was solid! Final grade: F+
12. M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~
It really would get a D+ instead of an F+ if it had been only half as long as it ended up being. Judicious editing is important, kids! Final grade: F+
11. Sword Art Online II
I’m still laughing at that fucking hands on the cellphone scene. Current grade: F+
10. Tokyo ESP
Wow, that final episode really blew my mind. To its credit, Tokyo ESP was mostly mediocre for about 80% of its episodes. But then that episode rolled around and took a big, steaming dump on everything. Final grade: D-
9. Captain Earth
Final grade: D-
8. Rail Wars!
Final grade: D
7. Ao Haru Ride
Final grade: D
6. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen
We didn’t even get an episode last week, and it’s still better than most of the shows you see here! Argevollen isn’t offensive. It’s just kind of dull. Current grade: C-
Solid attempt from Lerche to try and bring this back from the disaster that was the first season. Still, that ending was such a letdown. Final grade: C-
Final grade: C-
3. Tokyo Ghoul
Final grade: C+
2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Final Grade: C+/B-
1. Terror in Resonance
I’ve written 2,000-word entries on this show every week. What more can I say? Best anime of the season for me. It might even be the best anime of the year, too. I haven’t quite decided. Final grade: B+
And with that, I have three ’14 seasons under my belt. Just one more to go. What’s up first for the fall season? Lemme take a look at the schedule… It looks like my next post will be on Gundam: G no Reconguista.