12 Days of Something IV: Anime Burnout the 2nd Edition

Last year as part of this series, I ran a post where I decided to write about the experience of watching as many random shows as possible in a single day until I felt burned out. So once again I will be using a random number generator to go through the catalogue of a certain large streaming site where the number of available series has increased significantly over the past year. Instead of 269 to choose from it is now 478. That number will actually be fewer that that since I will not be watching anything I have already completed, and I will be picking up from the last episode after dropping it. I’m going to need a bit of help getting back after this.

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Ranking 10 Shows from 2013

So hyped for Season 5…oh this is about anime isn’t it?

2013 was definitely a show filled with many shows of assorted variety. It probably says a lot that I can think of tons of shows of appalling quality yet struggle to come up with more than one show that I genuinely loved. Anyway, let’s rank these things and move on with out lives in 2014 because that’s truly for the better.

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Diabolik Lovers: A Quick Take

The ceiling on that second floor must literally be 3 feet high.
The ceiling on that second floor must literally be 3 feet high.

The fall season’s first entry leaves me with a bit of regret in that I don’t think I can adequately put all my feelings to paper on this one. Very rarely do I feel like something can be made that goes out of its way to insult its target audience, treat them like absolute scum and yet still be able to reliably make money off of them like they are some sort of masochistic ATM. If I had even given a certain streaming site the pleasure of giving them ad money, I would have felt terrible that it was going to fund this stuff, but I didn’t. That said, even the visual novel this is based on is even worse than I imagined.

So I’m going to start off with the scenario because why not? The premise begins with the vulnerable and naive protagonist Yui thrown into a house with 6 vampires because plot. She spends the whole opening episode being insulted by six of them being insulted and attacked in all sorts of implied rapey ways. Considering the history of the genres, it really felt like Yui should have been thrown in with zombies rather than vampires, but zombies aren’t “cute” enough. I generally associate zombies with the whole seduction and/or liberation from patriarchal society. This just reverses that in the worst possible way. Ok helpless girl, you shall spend the whole series being dominated by lecherous, empty, but attractive men who reinforce that you have no power and mean nothing to them beyond implied sex.

As for the rest of the first episode, I think it goes without saying that its really easy to lose attention when the characters are expositioning themselves all over the screen. It makes it really easy to spot the architecturally impossible rooms in this house that the seven of them will now share. Or the fact that despite being rich, none of the vampires can seem to afford buttons or complete pant legs for both sides. I know it’s the trendy thing for male characters these days to be designed like this, but why can’t they make one conventionally dressed character into one of these monsters. If you are going to have a sexist character, you may as well have them wear a nice suit. That’s all I’m saying on that.

Reasons to Continue Watching

  • Yui gets what she deserves, you monster.
  • Yui gets what she deserves, but those vampires are so dreamy.
  • Yui gets what she deserves and it adds money to the bank accounts of those who would make more of this, so keep spending.

Reasons to Drop

  • You have a soul.
  • You possess empathy or at the very least have a sense of morality.
  • You make economic decisions based on whether the quality of a series rather than squeeing at ‘cute’ vampire boys.

My Verdict: Girls and for that matter anyone who wants decent vampire anime would be better served watching Shiki even though it wasn’t in my realm of taste. They deserve much better than to be insulted. That masochist cat character from Senyuu. is supposed to be a parody of masochistic people. Yet, the creators of this think that wallets will be emptied for them by abusing their audience. For humanity’s sake, I hope they are wrong.

A Look Ahead to the Fall and Why it Doesn’t Really Matter

There's the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.
There’s the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.

I will get this statement of fact out of the way quickly. There are 47 series airing in the fall. Only 2 of them are continuations of series that began in the summer. One of them is Kingdom which doesn’t really count. When you have that many shows I think it’s kind of pointless to write a lot on each and every series. I think I wrote about 3000 words on 20 organizations engaging in a competitive business against each other over the course of 9 months. That’s the most distant description I could write of describing sport I could think of by the way.

Not even having a popular voice actor can make minor characters popular.
Not even having a popular voice actor can make minor characters popular.

I’m still going to look ahead to the coming season for the reason that it presents an interesting case. There is a hell of a lot of noise when it comes to looking at what’s being released. Light novel adaptations, sequels, sports anime, game adaptations and combinations of those 4 are the dominant shows. I think one can’t go wrong with a known quantity with this much going on. I don’t blame anyone for that because inevitably there’s going to be a ton of crap. Hidden gems are extremely unlikely because everything is known beforehand in this blogosphere. When a series is announced, it seems like a perception takes effect based on just a few facts about it and its either terrible, great or forgotten entirely. I’m still going to watch most of these to get an impression of where they are coming from and I present these to you knowing that I’m just as biased as everyone else. I’ll try to keep it short since I don’t think you want to 5000 word walls of text.

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