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Fantasy Anime League – Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

Tonari no Seki-kun - 15 -21[2]

The season is slowly wrapping up. One of us is chasing, if not the title outright, then at least Champions League qualification. The other is desperately trying to scrape together less points for that glorious bottom spot. The other…well, the less said about him the better.

Scamp: 210th

Tonari no Seki-kun - 21 -24[2]

Boy has this season been awful for me. I’m officially in the bottom half of the table. Not picking No Game No Life really screw up my chances. On the positive side I do have Haikyuu which is steadily rising and I can sub in Mushishi for some sweet points bonuses towards the end so at least I will finish in the top half of the table. On a slightly different note, I’ve been tracking the amount of times each anime’s hashtag has been used on twitter. I suggested it to the mods last time but they didn’t take me up on it. It’s been interesting to follow either way though. Haikyuu, Jojo and that one with rabbit in the title are all doing pretty well out of it. But the one that’s truly blowing the competition away in alarming fashion is Love Live. If we went by my scoring system it would jump from near the bottom of the rankings to about 4-5th place, such is its absolute dominance. Japan fucking loves Love Live.

Shinmaru: 32nd

Tonari no Seki-kun - 21 -22[2]

I’ve barely been paying attention the last few weeks. After making sure I got both No Game No Life and Mekakucity Actors onto my team, there wasn’t much else I could do. No Game No Life is destroying everything to the point where I doubt I can submit anything else as my Ace this season. (I am pretty sure there’s no show within 15,000 viewers of No Game No Life.) Maybe I could switch Haikyuu back in for Brynhildr, my lowest scoring series, at some point since the former benefits much more from the weekly bonuses than the latter. That would probably require me to pay much more attention to the contest than I currently am, however. We’ll see what happens. It would probably take a lot of luck and manoeuvring to get me past the spot I’m in right now. Maybe this is my FAL ceiling? It’s not such a bad place. The air is nice and clean — I don’t have to deal with the stink of failure and embarrassment like certain blog owners.

Inushinde: 402nd

Tonari no Seki-kun - 21 -3

I have never had the FAL stars (mis?)align so much in all my two years of doing this. Sadly, this is probably as close to victory as I’m going to get. People continue to not watch the shows on my roster, thankfully, but I don’t think it’s possible to not watch them even more. Like last time, the only way that I could see myself finishing in dead last is if I put actual effort into decreasing my score even further, or if some miracle happens and everybody drops everything on my roster. I can feel abject failure in my grasp, but it’s being kept out of reach by a few stubborn souls who refuse to drop kids’ shows. Thanks, jerks.

Cart Driver Commenters League

2 Rihan1
14 jump
25 Marow
30 steelbound
31 Kadian
32 Shinmaru
35 prants
53 Flawfinder
58  deadlightanime
60 ThirdEyeOpen
64 Llawlied
65 Leinel
66 Blueyoshi
69 modestfiend
95 Marogareh
97 huntx
102 frodonk
121 IssacandAsimov
136 Sataniel
144 redcrimson19
150 fathomlessblue
179 tuckernate
180 EmperorJ
188 Caraniel
195 darkenergy
199 Bluehaze
210 Scamp
211 Maxon
215 joinedforfal
219 reiseng
233 Amarrez
236 liuwd
246 TheJayP
306 blu_d
319 deathslinky
320 Silverbeard
343 dorothy3242
346 conankudo4
400 varyn
401 Lapster
402 Inushinde
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  1. Rihan
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Was unaware that we were competing for a spot in the Champions league final. Hopefully if I do make it to the play-offs I’ll remember to send you guys a shout out.

  2. Posted June 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I actually gave up checking my FAL ranking when I realised not having NGNL was basically instant death……at least I’m doing better than Scamp though!

  3. Posted June 4, 2014 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I haven’t checked in for weeks as there are no changes to be made to my team… now that I look at the list, it seems like a bunch of us are in the top 25 spot. Wonder how it will turn out.
    … at least I’m doing better than Scamp, though!

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Whoa nelly, I’d actually completely forgotten FAL was even going on after the second week. Being indifferent would be one thing, but I’m actually rather shocked that I’ve somehow wiped the entire thing from my memory. I can’t even remember if I ever substituted NGNL from the bench.

    I’m getting old.

  5. Posted June 4, 2014 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    I don’t understand why No Game No Life is so popular. I can imagine liking the show, even if I don’t, but I can’t imagine loving it so much that it ends up where it is now. Even the things some of its fans say about it makes it sound like they think it’s just OK, but then you find out that it’s basically their new favorite show. Problem Children wasn’t this popular and that wasn’t too different. Does having an imouto really make that big of an impact?

    • Kenjeran
      Posted June 4, 2014 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      I don’t know with Problem Children, but in NGNL the protagonist is a NEET, hikikomori, & gamer. You know, self-insert.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted June 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      I think the point with NGNL is that it reaches also beyond the usual imouto/otaku audience (which is already big). I would never rate it a 10/10 on MAL or something of course – it’s a 7/10 at best imho. But of course it’s going to get pumped up even more by the fact that part of the potential hater public is instead decently warmed up to it. It’s not going to be remembered for who knows how much, but this season, if you look for silly fun, really, it’s either that or Jojo. Anything else is either serious (Knights, Ping Pong, Mushishi), a sports anime, or just not very good.

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted June 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      It looks absolutely fabulous, has a cool setting, is pretty funny and clever, and there’s loads of fanservice.

      NGNL is just very straightforwardly entertaining and doesn’t really make any mistakes in execution. If you can like this kind of show, then NGNL is just extremely fun.

      I can totally see why someone wouldn’t enjoy it, but it’s good at what it does. It’s not anything like a modern classic such as Madoka or this glorious arc of Hunter x Hunter, but not everything I enjoy has to be high concept, objective quality, amazing stuff.

      • Posted June 6, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

        Yeah, I can understand enjoying it. I don’t understand thinking it’s 10/10 best anime ever. I could see myself liking it if I didn’t hate the visuals, characters, and jokes as much as I do, but never so much that I’d view it as one of the great anime of all time like a lot of people seem to.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted June 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

        I assume it’s mostly hyperbole when people say it’s 10/10 best show in the solar system. Like when people said Kill la Kill was saving anime. It’s fun to talk that way about shows you can get hyped up about, but I don’t think most people with an eye for the medium really believe it.

      • Posted June 7, 2014 at 12:05 am | Permalink

        That’s what I’d think if it wasn’t the most popular currently airing show ranked #44 on MAL with a score of 8.68. I’d add that the top 2 reviews for it both give it at least a 9, but that’s true about most anime on MAL so that’s probably not worth mentioning.

  6. Posted June 4, 2014 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Crap, I am below Scamp. Well, in my defense I haven’t checked FAL for quite a while.

    Japan fucking loves Love Live.

    This is probably true, but I think a pretty large portion of NA Anitwitter (at least from folk I know) like Love Live as well. Or at least, they like it enough to hashtag it on twitter.

  7. Nagisa33
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    These images are fitting and hilarious. Good job! Plus, I’m going to give Tonari no Seki-kun another shot thanks to this.

  8. Varyn
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    The bottom of the table has been pretty dull this season, I haven’t moved at all since week 2 or 3. I’m miles off Lapster and at double Inushinde’s score.

  9. Kubukurin
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Man as usual the internet has the worst taste. No Game No Life is just BAD. Not the “so bad is so good” kinda of bad, it’s just BAD.

  10. Posted June 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Love Live is a title that demonstrates the differences between the Japanese anime fandom and the international/MAL anime fandom. On MAL, Love Live ranks in the bottom 1/3rd of viewership among currently airing shows, only has a slightly above average rating, and sports far from impressive favorites and forum discussion numbers. But Japan has insane idol culture fever that won’t be satiated anytime soon, and Love Live has become their favorite anime flavor of the moment.

    Also, I actually own last place rawrawrawr. At least give me the honor of stumping Inushinde.

    • Inushinde
      Posted June 5, 2014 at 12:25 am | Permalink


  11. frodonk
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m still debating whether I’ll swap brynhildr with haikyuu.

    One thing that surprised me the most is that 3 min short manga assistant thing. Maybe it had the benefit of being in a few people’s teams or something.

    I’ll be happy if I finished above 100th place, being above 5camp is already an achievement in itself for me :D

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