The Return of the Recap 20

Didn't that manual appear in another post recently?

Didn’t that manual appear in another post recently?

It was the last week of the year for new shows, and for me to wonder what to do about Christmas gifts like this. As I contemplate heading to the gift returns section of the store from where it was purchased, I’ll leave you with a 2-part post here. The first is the normal recap stuff. It was a really light week with several shows taking a break, so that will be relatively brief. Second will be the full year-long weekly average of every series from 2012. That part will be rather perplexing, even by my standard of taste. Tomorrow, I will give my real top 10 for the year. So consider this one the end result of short-termism.

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Somehow I don't think the reformation of the Soviet Union would have been without incident.

Somehow I don’t think the reformation of the Soviet Union would have been without incident.

Jormungand

The second season of Jormungand wrapped up in fine fashion. Two years after the conclusion to the last episode the world has completely gone to hell. Koko had not utilized the device that shares the name of the series because it was being miniaturized to be sent up as a satellite. Jonah, meanwhile, tired of seeing the consequences of not following Koko’s path tires of serving Kasper and returns to her side just as the series ends. The ending is a bit ambiguous as it leaves with two contrasting, but equally depressing views of humanity.  Whether you think humanity will continue fighting as Kasper sees it, or if it will be shamed into stopping by losing the right to fly as Koko believes it will, neither is particularly enlightened. However, I do think that the episode hints that Kasper’s view wins out by Jonah’s actions. And so concludes a series about arms dealers that had little to do with arms dealing. (88.95/100)

Kai will just go home, log onto twitter and start flipping tables #foreveralone

Kai will just go home, log onto twitter and start flipping tables #foreveralone

Sukitte Ii na yo

Sukitte wrapped up with one of those nothing ending episodes that didn’t really do anything knew and probably could have just been thrown onto a DVD, if this series were to sell well. The conclusion revolves around Yamato getting sick and Mei repeatedly waffling on whether to see him based solely on Nagi wanting to be alone with her brother for the day. At the same time, there are miniature romantic sub-plots involving the minor characters. Hell, even Nagi has a suitor who has veins as cold as ice. At the mention of love he plays it cool as Mei sees it as amazing. Of course, Kai ultimately ends up with no one. He loses. No prize awarded, etc. For my money, it’s still the best shoujo series of the year, but what was that thing about my taste? (86/100)

Mashiro constantly has to deal with random people coming up to hug her.

Mashiro constantly has to deal with random people coming up to hug her.

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

The school festival arc wraps up in a way that was rather mediocre. The Nyaboron show nearly had an element of realism when a group of teenagers would be embarrassed at the thought of yelling their love at a cat robot. Ideally, the show would have failed at that point, but no Mashiro had to kick things off and get everyone yelling like it was some sort of shounen series. So in the end Sorata gets some measure of success, but the only relationship that has had any sort of progress involved a part time character and another who had not been seen prior to the beginning of this arc. Where will the drama in this series come from now?

What is real, and what is not real? This probably isn't the best series to be posing that question.

What is real, and what is not real? This probably isn’t the best series to be posing that question.

To Love-Ru Darkness

This proved to be my final episode of 2012. And while it did have no plot value it all, there was lots of explosive action. So much that they had to censor a popsicle because it was so explosive. Actually, this was really a stand alone episode. Momo found herself dealing with one of those high school fan clubs that only seem to exist in anime. That prevented her from seeing Rito, who went about in a montage of falling into assorted girls’ breasts and vaginas. Because Yuuki Rito, I guess. Then came almost sex scene after almost sex scene which all proved to be delusions of Momo’s fan club, then Momo herself. But really nothing happened at all in this episode. Everything returned to how it was after episode 11. Still, I give it plenty of credit for knowing its fanbase well. (72.49/100)

And now the moment of truth, my weekly average of the best shows of 2012. This counts everything that aired at any point in the year, even if it hasn’t yet finished. So if I do this again in 2013, you will probably see Space Brothers again. There was also one carryover from 2011 in the Last Exile spinoff. It didn’t do that well.

We...won?

We…won?

Final 2012 Average Episode Ranking

Rank Series
1 Sakamichi no Apollon
2 Sukitte Ii na yo
3 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
4 Jormungand
5 Sengoku Collection
6 Highschool DxD
7 Ozuma
8 Kokoro Connect
9 Ano Natsu de Matteru
10 Nisemonogatari
11 Lupin the 3rd: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
12 Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!
13 Moyashimon Returns
14 Uchuu Kyoudai
15 Mouretsu Pirates
16 Rinne no Lagrange
17 Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
18 Zetsuen no Tempest
19 Nazo no Kanojo X
20 Amagami SS+
21 Natsuiro Kiseki
22 Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
23 Robotics;Notes
24 Hyouka
25 Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
26 Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
27 Psycho-Pass
28 Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-
29 To LOVE-Ru Darkness
30 Hayate no Gotoku: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
31 Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne
32 Zero no Tsukaima F
33 Upotte!!
34 Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
35 Dog Days’
36 Seitokai No Ichizon Lv 2
37 Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
38 Little Busters!
39 Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
40 Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!!
41 Queen’s Blade Rebellion
42 Sankarea

Once again, think of this as the ultimate in short term thinking, because none of these rankings actually reflect the series as a whole. Just how each episode did in a particular week against everything else that was airing at the same time. So tomorrow’s actual ranking will look very different from this. Especially at the top and bottom.

2 thoughts on “The Return of the Recap 20

  1. A bit of a dissappointing year in anime for me. Sakamichi no Apollon and Psycho Pass are the only 2 series that I enjoyed and consistently looked forward to each episode (well Psycho Pass is not over yet so lets see). Kokoro Connect started pretty well and then got kind of meh.

    I’ll be checking out Jormugand soon. Sounds like my kind of thing.

    • I would disagree with you on Psycho Pass. I actually think Robotics;Notes is the better of the 2 Noitamina shows at the moment. As for Kokoro Connect, I can’t agree with you more than that. As for Jormungand, it almost changes into an entirely different show once the 2nd season begins.

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