Hey guys, Judge here doing a quick list for kiddtic’s ACAA. Some of the other writers have already compiled their lists (which you can find here), but I wanted to do a slightly moar in-depth look at my picks.
I should not a few things:
1) I struggled with the idea of including shows that were still running, but I ultimately chose to include them since after looking at everything else I watched, my list would have been shit and
2) I decided to use how entertaining a show was as the ultimate criteria for ranking; if you want my list of “greatest” shows then you’ll just have to wait until I decide to compile one. Even then, that list is short and few, as I feel very few shows deserve super status. I should write about this moar, but in a nutshell, I judge everything in the context of it’s genre or target audience. A show can be entertaining, but not great. And just because I “rank” a comedy-harem over a moar dramatic title, doesn’t make it “better.” Read statement about ranking based on entertainment. So let’s get started!
12. Infinite Stratos
I wanted to get IS on this list somewhere. Turns out from the 12 I chose, it happened to be my least favorite one, mainly due to a dumbass protagonist. Otherwise, I love harems, I love mechs (even though I consider this show moar along the lines of Strike Witches), and I love Charlotte.
11. Mirai Nikki
Oh boy. You know I had a hard time judging where to put this show on my list. It’s entertaining, but I was definitely entertained moar by some of the other shows on this list. The plot is original and fantastic as stated in my fall impressions. If I had a future diary cell phone, I would want mine to tell if someone was being honest or not. Plain? A little, but I value honesty among anything else. Also, I would want it to control giant robots…
10. Mashiro-Iro Symphony
This pick wowed you right? I ultimately decided to place this above Mirai Nikki because in the end, when I asked myself what show I was looking moar forward to each week, 8/10 I would say Mashiro. It’s an atypical harem anime in that they protagonist is not a dumb meatbag, he actually PICKS a girl, and that girl is not the first one introduced in the series. Sorry for the spoilers. I enjoy a sweet love story from time to time, as evident by a pick further up on the list…
I love Ben-to. I get a kick out of every episode. The protagonist isn’t a loser, but he’s a walking misunderstanding. The rest of the characters are rich and diverse as well; <3 Ice Queen but definitely no love for Shiraume. Characters like her and Yozora can jump off a bridge for all I care. The combination of good characters, good comedy, and fight scenes over bento boxes makes this show a winner.
Katanashi-kun! Ahh Popura. Just one of many reasons Working’!! is such a hit for me. The cast is A+. I gave the nod to Working’!! over Ben-to because of the larger moar likeable cast. Having a larger moar likeable cast negated the terribleness of certain characters (*cough*Aoi Yamada*cough*). If you read my impressions, I didn’t enjoy Working!! as much because it became Inami centric and moved away from the constant gags. Well that’s no longer a problem as the entire cast is involved in constant LOL moments.
7. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Another possible shocker. I don’t value Madoka that highly as others. In fact, I think it’s vastly overrated. That’s not to say it’s bad, seeing as it did make it on my list; however, certain shows fall victim to hype (that means you Code Gayass), and there’s no going back when that happens. I just didn’t see why people were foaming at the mouth for this show. Madoka made my list of useless pink-haired characters, time loops are cliche, and the “great” ending left me feeling unsatisfied. But it’s number 7 on my list, so there are some positives; as I said this is not a bad show, just an overrated one. Madoka aside, the other cast members were all equally diverse. My poor Mami didn’t get as much screen time as I wanted but that’s just how the cookie crumbles. The whole take on Mahou Shoujo was original and mature. And many of the themes and messages were thought provoking.
6. Mawaru Penguindrum
I honestly couldn’t figure out where to place Mawaru (ok it definitely wasn’t last). Like my girlfriend Pluffei, I don’t really know how I feel about this show. I kind of just stuck it in the last spot that was available, which was #6. It’s very entertaining, but I’m beginning to tire of the constant plot twists. Certain characters I feel didn’t get the resolution they deserved. And I still have no idea how this is going to end. Regardless of the crazy rollercoaster ride, I go back to what I grade any show by: its entertainment value.
5. Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san
I don’t think this show gets enough love. In fact, I don’t think many people watched it at all. Azazel-san consists of 13 fifteen minute episodes. It’s a vulgar comedy through and through, and I don’t mean fanservice. The wonkiness, absurdity, and vulgarity had me dying from laughter at times. Not to mention, Mo-san rocks.
Ah Fate/Zero. You knew this would make it on the list, didn’t you? I’m a Type-Moon fan no doubt, having bought the ridiculously overpriced (and upscaled) Kara no Kyoukai Blu-ray set. Fate/Zero is everything I wished the Fate/Stay Night anime was: exciting. I mentioned it in my impressions, but the cast is just flat out better. Better cast = usually better show and plot progression. Rider is the man! Oh, go check out our on-going Fate/Guo series, featuring our mascot and several of our real life friends (and enemies…well mainly my enemies XD).
3. Kimi ni Todoke S2
Ta-da! A shoujo anime makes my top 3! I won’t lie; I absolutely fell in love with Kimi ni Todoke. Rarely do I get to see a dramatic and well-written love story play out. I don’t dislike ANY of the characters; that alone says something. If I had a waifu, Sawako would be in strong consideration for the spot. It’s sweet, endearing, heart-breaking, and awesome all at the same time.
2. Tiger and Bunny
See my review here. But if you want a summary, T&B was a joy ride. Think of it as riding a Ferrari going 100 mph (but without the crashing): it’s exhilarating and gets the adrenaline pumping. Kotetsu for prez.
WTF? Yup. Moshidora is my #1 pick. You see, I have a LOT of interests, which is partly why I founded this site. One of those interests is sports (you may see sports articles pop up here once in a while…don’t like them, then don’t read them). Whatever you may think of sports, they still classify as a form of entertainment. So what happens when a good sports anime rolls around? Also, a sports anime with an extremely original take (incorporating economic ideas of management to a baseball team)? You got yourself a winner. Luckily for me, Moshidora aired 10 straight days (episode per day), so I got my fix. I then proceeded to rewatch it…twice since its original airing. I’ve been meaning to write about sports anime for a while; I’ve seen some other bloggers write about it, and this list might get me to do it soon.
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I gotta give love to the people who gave me Angel Beats! (<3 Kanade and T.K. is awesome) and one of my guilty pleasures, Highschool of the Dead (<3 Saeko…check out my review here).
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