Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The eleventh anime on this list was Mawaru Penguindrum, which aired in the summer of 2011. I had previously watched the only the last episode back in a strange period for this blog. I watched the show over a period of a few days, and these are my thoughts on it.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The tenth anime on this list was Natsume Yuujinchou, which aired in the summer of 2008. I had previously watched the first episode during last year’s random show watch. I marathoned the first season of the show, and these are my thoughts on it.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The ninth anime on this list was the second Patlabor movie, which premiered in August 1993. I sat down an watched it in a single sitting, and these are my thoughts on it.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The eighth show on this list was Chihayafuru, a show that aired in the fall of 2011 and I dropped after viewing all of one episode of the series. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The seventh show on this list was Black Bullet a show that began airing this past spring and that I had never attempted to watch because I thought I would drop it. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The sixth show on this list was Mushishi a show that began airing in the fall of 2005 and that I had never attempted to watch. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The fifth show on this list was Nurarihyon no Mago (or given the terribad licensed title of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan…really?!) a show that aired in the summer of 2010 and dropped after viewing all of one episode of the series. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The fourth show on this list was Noir a show that aired in the spring of 2001 and which I had never started or even had an inkling to watch before. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The third show on this list was The Severing Crime Edge a show that aired in the spring of 2013, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. Second on this list was Paradise Kiss a show that aired in the fall of 2005 on Noitamina, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.
Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. First up is Simoun, a series that aired back in the spring and summer of 2006, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.
I’m about finished with all of the spring shows and I can’t help but feel I’m witnessing the slow death of the medium. Maybe I’m just getting to familiar with shows doing the same stuff over and over again. Then I finally got around to glancing at the shows that will be airing in the summer. I now believe there is no intrinsic value in the modern world.
In watching recent episodes of No Game No Life, I’ve come to understand a component of the series as a different sort of thought exercise than I imagined it could possibly present going in. In my mind, the series has become a much bigger social commentary than one would expect about a pair of NEET siblings who happen to be unstoppable at any sort of game. At the center is one basic question: how much should the social contract that holds society together be valued?
Back in January with the sole purpose of expressing just how much I did not like the first episode of Space Dandy, I thought it would be funny if I could go through the entire calendar year with that being the only show I dropped. That was a terrible idea, and as one who tends to lack perspective on most things I needed a reminder. Fortunately, Freakonomics Radio chose to re-broadcast their episode on quitting. Which reminded me of how I made this terrible mistake to begin with. I got caught up in trying to make a dumb point about a show I didn’t like.
The name of this post (minus the Pointless Debate portion obviously) was derived from an idea for a panel I had for conventions. Now, the whole idea of me standing in front of a bunch of people telling them to not watch something in the middle of a commercial event devoted to people who watch it seemed rather absurd. Also, knowing how Baka-Raptor’s attempt at stand-up comedy at the closest thing to a local convention for me went, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. So instead, you get a blog post with a sample of some things I would have hypothetically said in front of the 3 people who went to my panel so they could use a room to eat on a Sunday afternoon before the organizers pulled the plug on me for spreading propaganda.
[Yes, shockingly this is written in my own voice rather than borrowing from obscure speeches and what not. Needless to say Vince Russo speaks truth to power about Mahouka. Now on to the post.]
[From an anonymous production manager behind Mahouka, in May 2014, following an episode that was poorly received by anime fans on social media.]
[The following was uttered by the Head Creative Writer for Mahouka. Tired of having to deal with Tatsuya's backstage personality and his ability to assert creative control over the events of the series, he vented publicly about what was going on behind the scenes.]
The show’s on fire and there’s no director at the wheel
and the characters are all muddied with a thousand lonely expositions
and a dark wind blows
The government is corrupt
and the audience is on so many drugs
with the television on and the curtains drawn
The sun has fallen down
and the writers are all leering
and the character flags are all dead at the top of their poles
The plot lines tumbled in on themselves
mothers clutching babies picked through the plot rubble
and pulled out their hair
The story was beautiful on fire
all twisted character development stretching upwards
everything washed in a thin orange haze
I said: “Kiss me Virgin Imouto Waifu, you’re beautiful -
these are truly the last days”
I grabbed your 1:6 scale hand and we fell into it
like a daydream or a hangover
I open up my wallet
and it’s full of air
[The following is the preamble to the well-known Mahouka historical document The Course 2 Student Manifesto. Further excerpts will be released in the coming weeks as this defined an ideology that shaped the nature of politics between magicians and non-magic users for over a century after it was first published.]
Now the Blooms gathered their forces for war and assembled at the front gate of the school. They pitched camp in front of the senpais, between Mari and Mayumi. Imouto and the Weeds assembled and camped in near the wallsand drew up their battle line to meet the Blooms. The Blooms occupied one exit and the Weeds another, with the valley between them.
A champion named Hanzou, who was from Parts Unknown, came out of the Bloom camp. His height was slightly above average for a person his age.He had a bronze helmet of hair on his head and wore a coat of white faux-leather weighing five thousand grams; on his legs he wore white pants, and a dumb emblem on his shoulder.
Hanzou stood and shouted to the ranks of Weeddom, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Bloom, and are you not the servants of Imouto’s Onii-san? Choose a man and have him come down to me.If he is able to fight and defeat me, we will let him serve on the Disciplinary Committee; but if I overcome him and defeat him, you will stay our subjects and serve us.”Then the Bloom said, “This day I defy the armies of Jesus Tatsuya! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Bloom’s words, Imouto and all the Weeds were dismayed and terrified.
For one whole day the Bloom came forward and took his stand.
Early in the morning Jesus Tatsuya left the flock in the care of his Virgin Imouto, loaded up his CADs and set out. He reached the site of battle as the Student Council was going out to the battle positions, shouting out the lengthy rules of battle. Hanzou and the director were drawing up their vision of how the battle would not pan out. Jesus Tatsuya left his things on the nearby Table, tightened his tie and asked prepared to wreck Hanzou.
Then Imouto stood and blushed at Onii-sama in her own special way. Jesus Tatsuya tightened the grip on his CAD and stood around, because he was awesome.
Meanwhile, the Bloom, with his CADin front of him, kept coming closer to Jesus Tatsuya in his mind. He looked Jesus Tatsuya over and saw that he was little more than an Onii-san, glowing with no emotions and handsome, and he despised him.He said to Jesus Tatsuya, “Am I a civilian, that you come at me with your weak skills?” And the Bloom cursed Jesus Tatsuya.“Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your ass to the kouhaisand the wild weeds!”
Jesus Tatsuya said to the Bloom, “You come against me with words and more words, but I come against you in the name of the Virgin Imouto, the Goddess of the armies of Brocon female leads, whom you have defied.This day the Plotwill deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and beat your ass. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Bloom army to the kouhais and the wild weeds, and the whole world will know that there is a Great Virgin Imouto in this school.“
As the Bloom moved closer to attack him, Jesus Tatsuya ran quickly behind him.Reaching into his metaphorical bag of ninja skills and knocking him out like a stone.
So Jesus Tatsuya triumphed over the Bloom with speedand elite ninja skills; without a weapon in his hand he struck down the Bloom and killed his purpose in the rest of the story.
Now when Tatsuya came to the Magic High School in the days of War, behold, there came wise sempais from the Bloom class. Saying where is he is born King of the Weeds? For his Imouto have seen his star in the east, and come to worship him.
When Hanzou the Vice President had heard these things, he was troubled, and the First Class with him.
And when he had gathered all the Blooms and characters of the mob together, he demanded of them where the Legend of Tatsuya should be born.
Then Hanzou, when he had privily called the characters of the mob together, enquired of
them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to a ninja dojo, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and teach him a lesson also.
When they had heard the Vice President, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where Tatsuya was doing cool ninja moves.
And when they were departed, behold, the ninja master appeareth to Imouto in person, saying, Arise, and believe how awesome it is that I can be a ninja in this day and doth thee look great in that school uniform, Also, bring thee word: for Hanzou will seek the Onii-san to destroy him.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Leonhart the prophet, saying, In class was there a a man, with no emotions, and able to use a keyboard, and register for classes, Erika weeping for her poor classmate, and would not be comforted, because he could not care for himself.
But when Imouto did decide to have lunch in the room with Tatsuya, Leo was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of being wrecked by Blooms in a dream, he turned aside into the mob And he came and dwelt in a place called near the school gates: that it might be fulfilled which a magical battle might almost start.
While in the midst of messing around in spreadsheets that are part of The Best Girl Project, I realized that I should probably get around to telling the few of you how I experienced a season in which I dropped just one show and completed 27. Including the “movie” that was also part of the season, it means the Winter 2014 season now has the joint most anime I’ve watched matching the Spring 2011 season. It’s also my lowest rated season with at least 10 shows, so make of that what you will.
It’s back again, the bi-annual competition where stats driven gurus figure out that they don’t have a clue about the taste of a bunch of anime fans. For me, it’s that time of year where I show all of you that I don’t have a clue what the hell I’m doing. So I’ve set out a target of finishing in the top half of the table in the group. Even when legitimately trying, I’ve never come close and with rule changes I can’t even tank properly either. If only there were a place I could simulate tanking in a sandbox.
So here is my team:
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin
Seikoku no Dragonar
No Game No Life
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousai
Obviously the plan is to stick Mahouka in after the first week since I will be down in the 400s on the table. For as generic and exposition-filled as it is, it will probably crush everything else this season. After all, I believe the MAL fanbase likes everything explained to them like they are 5. The second show on my bench, shortened to the ugly looking Gaworare in places, is a complete reach and will only see the light of day if I monumentally screwed up in my starting lineup.
In picking my starters I started for the shows that I wanted to avoid. That meant the following categories of shows were eliminated:
- Sequels or Spinoffs of Any Kind
- Sports Anime
- Children’s Anime since I’m Actually Trying
- Anything with a Name-Based Pun Title
- Any Game Spinoff that is not from an eroge
- Anything with Mecha
- Anything with Idols
- Any Harem Show with a Female Lead (so called Reverse Harems)
- Anything that is plain Romance
- Anything Yuri that isn’t Fanservice Trash aimed at men
- Anything by Gainax/ZEXCS/White Fox/J.C. Staff
- Anything by Shaft that features NEET main characters
- Anything by ARMS because Wizard Barristers
With those 13 rules in place, I was left to pick 7 out of the remaining 8 shows. That meant I had to choose one to get left on the cutting room floor. So Hitsugi no Chaika it was because I couldn’t imagine people being interested in a show about a guy trying to find a job accompanied by a small girl. Wasn’t this exact plot used in a fall show?
Now for the reason why I used a post on this was to come up with a challenge for readers here. Of course coming up with this is hard since no one really comments here. So anyone who does comment on this or any other post tagged with “Fantasy Anime League” this season and has a team in the competition will be entered into a weighted lottery. Those who do worst in the FAL league will have a greater chance of winning but even the best placed commenter has a chance at it. The winner can pick a show I have to write on in any future season preview post for up to one year. I shall call it the “Emperor J Tank to the Bank” challenge.
Also, feel free to tell me how wrong my 13 rules are in the comments. They are in a state of refinement for future seasons and I would like to do better in the future with better defined rules.
Here you go people. Apologies to Neregate for being the source of desecrating their charts, but they deserve credit for putting this together.