Everything Else, Fall ’14, Week 10: Top quality

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In response to last week’s question, there were some predictable answers. For example, some of you guys felt I should steer clear of the trashy harem adaptations, but people say this every season. There seems to be a vocal contingent, however, that thinks I should avoid the Durarara!! sequel altogether. I just think that this is funny, because I had previously put up a poll to specifically ask you guys whether or not I should write about it. The results? Over 70% of my readers thought I should watch the show. What can I say? In this case, majority rules.

Week 10’s Rankings

27. Trinity Seven

Another dumb, ugly episode.

26. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete

Essentially just a recap episode with a few extra scenes tossed in. Toss in a dull, boring monologue from Yui, and we’re good to go.

25. Terra Formars

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Apparently, we’re still learning about these characters. Pass.

24. Log Horizon 2

Literally just a guy delivering a speech to his raiding guild for an entire episode. C’mon, I’m dying here.

23. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai

What’s the point of becoming a Shepherd if no one ever has any interesting problems to solve? Uguu, I hate competitive singing! Then… don’t?

22. Inou Battle Within Everyday Life

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No. Anyway, it was a boring episode.

21. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Welp, it’s time for Kyouya to magically become a good boyfriend over the next few episodes. Erika will be fooled, but we won’t.

20. Akame ga Kill!

Bad action, bad dialogue, bad characters, bad everything. In other words, Akame ga Kill! is ready to meet its long-awaited demise, and this can’t happen soon enough.

19. Sword Art Online II

Two characters sit in a room and talk about AIDS. Are you crying yet? What if I told you that a cute girl has AIDS?

18. Shirobako

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Maybe the show would be a lot more interesting if the characters were actually working on a worthwhile anime. Then again, probably not. After all, this is P.A. Works that we’re talking about.

17. Madan no Ou to Vanadis

The show’s only solace is that its emotionless war scenes are still miles better than AIDS.

16. Cross Ange

There are lots of things that we can afford to be dumb about, but not discrimination. Discrimination is an important topic that deserves to be explored properly. But of course, it’s not like the people behind this anime really cares. They’re just in it for the shock value.

15. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Essentially a filler episode. It repeats a lot of the same themes and information that we had already seen in previous weeks.

14. Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle

It seems to me that Bones has pretty much given up on this adaptatioin. Nevertheless, I still prefer watching it over most of the shows on this list. How sad is that?

13. Gundam Build Fighters Try

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No tension. Just standard action fare.

12. Grisaia no Kajitsu

No, being up this high does not mean that this anime is any good.

11. Psycho-Pass 2

See Grisaia no Kajitsu.

10. Fate/stay night – Unlimited Blade Works

An example of how mediocrity can rise to the top of the trash heap. There was nothing particularly bad about this week’s episode, but there was nothing good about it either. It was just not a joke like, say, Psycho-Pass 2.

9. Donten ni Warau

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To nobody’s surprise, Tenka is still alive. And y’know what? I bet you Shirasu will flip flop at the end, and help our brothers out on elast time. He’ll probably pay with his life, but the story was laying it on thick at the end there with the whole “Good bye, Kinjo Shirasu!” But despite everything, I’m enjoying these last few episodes more than I thought I would.

8. Amagi Brilliant Park

See Fate/stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works.

7. Gundam: Reconguista in G

The story is one missing ingredient away from being actually interesting. It’s unclear, however, if the anime will ever find that one missing ingredient. In the meantime, we get to watch Bellri humiliate Mask ad nauseum.

6. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen

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Aw, come on. Don’t start letting up on the animation now when we’re so close to the end. In general, the anime has never really looked great, but it’s been solid production-wise. Anyway, the 8th unit must now stop the Perphevollen, but we all knew this was coming. We all knew Samonji would become the unwitting villain. Unfortunately, mechas on both sides of the conflict all have this built-in feature that allows Samonji to disable and assume remote control of them. As as a result, Tokimune ends up losing his precious Argevollen. Even so, the entire unit resolves to chase after their former commander. With just two episodes left, it’ll be interesting to see if Samonji can survive this conflict. It’s likely that he’ll get a tragic ending, but I can’t help but wonder if he’ll drag Suzushiro down with him too.

Still, I wish Cayenne was a little more balanced in his portrayal. Right now, it’s too easy to read him as the bad guy. Otherwise, he might actually have a point. Sure, we all want peace, but what if Ingelmia simply uses this peace as a pretense to force Arandas to agree to an incredibly unfair treaty? It’s not like this sort of thing hasn’t happened before. Unfortunately, for a man who has just convinced his men to commit treason, Cayenne continually wears a shit-eating grin on his face. It also doesn’t help that he’s been working closely with Kybernes. It’s thus difficult not to see this as a black-and-white issue.

5. Akatsuki no Yona

It’s easy to watch.

4. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis

The story hasn’t been as action-packed as the first half of the season. Likewise, the animation has been disappointingly inconsistent in the past few weeks. At the end of the day, however, I like how heroes too much to quit now.

3. Mushishi Zoku Shou

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2. Parasyte

The show continues to put in a solid effort every single week. Now, if it can only make Satomi’s character a little less one-dimensional, we’d be golden.

1. Garo: The Carved Seal

The anime handled Mendoza’s backstory a lot better than I thought it would.

Week 10’s Question

Has there been an anime this season that has made you think, “Forget the main character! Let’s make a show about this supporting character instead!”

15 thoughts on “Everything Else, Fall ’14, Week 10: Top quality

  1. mexicano21

    Terraformars would be alot better if the cockroaches were the protagonists. I bet they have a lot more depth to their characters.

    But seriously, Fate in the eyes of Rin, of course. The plot would not be any better, but Rin is a lot more interesting than Shirou.

  2. jstorming

    Everyone says that Garo is probably the “best” underrated show of this season, but Donten ni Warau is even more obscure, despite having quite a few well-known seiyuu. It’s not a great show by any stretch, but it does a good job of playing it safe, even if its world-building is rather barebones.

    1. E Minor Post author

      even if its world-building is rather barebones.

      I actually thought there’d be a heavier emphasis on the prison.

  3. Pia

    So you’re giving up on Terra Formars? no surprise here, that boxer story just put me to sleep.
    I was torn in watching Fate/stay night – UBW because I watched the first version, even if I don’t remember it very well it was kinda dull, but this one looked cooler and well I was ready to give it a chance, but when it became apparent the story was going to be in bland harem lead perspective again, I gave up, it would’ve been better in Archer’s or even Rin’s perspective.
    Also I’m not too fond of Leon in Garo, he doesn’t suck but German or Alfonso would be better leads I think, both have a legit motive and backstory to be the hero, but is true that is easy to relate to Leon than those two.

  4. Anonymous

    Can’t really say, either they make supporting characters soulless as demonstrated in SAO, or they make the MC a really likable character that deserves to be recognized for the path their walk. Then again, that’s an extremely rare occurrence.

  5. Marcomax

    The same thought crossed my mind watching Shirobako. Before the season started, I wanted to see a show about the production of anime. As there seemed to be a lot of shows about manga but not anime itself. Now that I’ve seen Shirobako …..

    I like the show just fine and I can point out why it appeals to me. It’s about both the inside workings of anime production and living and working as a young adult. However, The show would be more interesting if the show they were working on seemed more ambitious. I thought they were just doing an adaptation but they mention in the last episode this was an original production. On top of that, they make a thing of this being the director’s comeback but that’s pushed to the side.

    I would have rather seen the five girls work on their dream project a few years down the line and seen the conflict that engenders between them. It might sacrifice the young adult angle but it would be a more personal story. Or just get a show about this world’s Studio Trigger equivalent making an anime.

  6. A Day Without Me

    F/SN UBW I’d likely still be watching were the protagonist Rin.

    I’d watch an anime centered around Silfy from Argevollen.


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