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Fantasy Anime League fall 2013 edition – 2nd place here we come again

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I guess this is now a regular feature for The Cart Driver. Fantasy Anime League has kicked off again for the Fall 2013 season and, much like the last two seasons, the writers here will be taking part. The idea is similar to those fantasy football leagues except with much simpler rules. You try to predict what the most popular anime of the season will be. The numbers are tallied up from MAL’s viewing numbers and forum posts, along with a few other bonus points lying here and there. You can join now if you have a MAL account. The process is relatively simple and requires no effort after you’ve sent in your team. Plus this year we’ll be offering a special reward to the Cart Driver reader who performs the best (no we’re not sending you free stuff go away), which will be detailed at the end of the post.

Scamp

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Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova
Coppelion
Golden Time
Pupa
Unbreakable Machine-doll
Bench: BlazBlue: Alter Memory
Bench: Samurai Flamenco

This season was tough. I thought I had a reasonable team until Kill la Kill and that KyoAni show were blacklisted, which incidentally I don’t agree with. Even leaving aside the fact that there is no such thing as a sure-bet in FAL (remember Robotics;Notes from last year), FAL should award the people who do the research. Even if it’s the most basic of research that shows Kill la Kill and KyoAni should be the most popular, that will still punish the people who just pick shows they like the look of and miss the obvious hits. Don’t blame the system when people somehow did not pick Attack on Titan for last season.

Anyway, the only picks I feel confident about are BlazBlue, Golden Time and Coppelion. BlazBlue in particular I’m expecting to do really well since anime fans really love those games, regardless of how crap the anime is. The rest is very nyerrr. Super Sentai doesn’t necessarily do well on MAL but I’m betting on the pedigree behind Samurai Flamenco to make it the more popular of the two Noitamina. Arpeggio might get knocked down with the CG, but I’m hoping the novelty will drive it up, and if not that then at least rack up points with forum posts as people argue over the animation style. Unbreakable Machine Doll was my choice for shitty light novel anime since one of them tend to do well. It had the highest PTW numbers and the girls look cute (ie they look like pedophiles would like them and MAL is full of them). Pupa is my final and total wildcard choice, which I’m hoping shock tactics horror will shoot it up the charts. Sticking to my no-sequels rule too, because seriously guys. I had Magi and Valvrave in their respective first seasons and neither of them were good choices, I somehow doubt the sequels will do better.

I haven’t sent in my team yet because I’m waiting on Pupa’s airing date to be confirmed, so I might totally change my mind between now and then. This might actually be a dud team so I fool you guys into picking terrible anime when in fact I shall choose an entirely different team and race to first mwahahaha oh who am I kidding I’ll probably just end up finishing 2nd again.

Shinmaru

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Coppelion
Golden Time
Log Horizon
Nagi no Asukara
Strike the Blood
Bench: BlazBlue: Alter Memory
Bench: Galilei Donna

I really have no clue what I’m doing this season, so I hope that fate steers me in a bright direction rather than serving me a cruel, cold winter. Anyway! I’m assuming Kill la Kill and the new KyoAni joint being blacklisted threw many teams into despair, like mine, so there are really only a couple of shows I’m reasonably confident in: Coppelion and Log Horizon, which both have at least enough buzz to separate them from the other non-sequel shows this season. (Also, you’ll notice I’ve finally learned my lesson and booted all sequels from my team. This will probably be the season that a sequel does really well and I curse Scamp’s family forever). Golden Time I like for the Toradora! author connection. Nagi no Asukara I picked because it looks like the type of show that could get super popular. (Notice how analytical my selection process is). Strike the Blood is here because it has a silly name and because people were talking mess about Machine Doll’s apparently shit CG. You shit talkers better not have steered me in the wrong direction!

I decided to be a bit risky with my bench. You never know how these video game adaptations will go, but BlazBlue is pretty well known among the anime crowd, I think, so whatever, might as well see if tons of people watch it. Galilei Donna I just have a vague feeling about. Noitamina can be a crap shoot, too, and because they start a week later than everyone else, it’s tough to get a real gauge on their popularity for a while. Prime bench material!

Inushinde

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Phi Brain S3
Diabolik Lovers
Yowamushi Pedal
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!

Last FAL came as a complete surprise to me. Rather than being forced to choose between a race to last place and seeing how far I’d get with all sequels, I happened to luck upon both. However, providence wasn’t entirely on my side, as I slowly lost my rank to participants with more determination/regrettable choices.I came away from that vicious beating with much to learn if I want to begin the true Bottom wo Nerae.

And learn I did. Sequels, no matter to what show, very rarely tend to do well in these kinds of things, unless they follow up surefire hits. With my last FAL roster being comprised entirely of sequels of middling to sewer-grade quality, a similar move to pick as many sequels as possible for this season would make sense, were they not almost all follow-ups to shows with inexplicably large viewerships. Thankfully, one of the sequels happened to be a third season of Phi Brain, a sequel to a sequel to a series that only British people and children seem to elicit any joy from. So there, first choice, a guaranteed tank that will see me in the dregs of the FAL ranking before long.

Thinking up at least four other guaranteed tanks turned out to be a far more grueling matter. Ultimately, after thinking long and hard, I narrowed it down to Rapist Vampires, Shounen Biking, Overly Long Gimmicky Light Novel Title Adaptation, and this season’s Arms show. Diabolik Lovers was definitely going to make it, seeing as self-hating fujoshi is a demographic that I’m sure doesn’t make up too much of MAL’s viewerbase. Next came Shounen Sports that Nobody Watches Because No Bishies, for self-explanatory reasons, Light Novel Adaptation, for equally self explanatory reasons, and Arms Anime. While each Arms series generates a certain amount of hype and gawking, very few end up with enough viewers to threaten a last place run.

Once again, going bold and benchless.

Award

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We’ve decided to make the contest more interesting for the readers who are taking part. Giving away physical awards is a little beyond our resource capabilities, so we’ve gone for something on the site itself. The Cart Driver commenter that the most points on FAL gets to choose what one of us blogs for the winter season. The person who finishes 2nd gets to choose what one of the other writers blogs. Bear in mind that we writers will also be in this league, so if we finish in the top 2, we get to choose what we blog, so you better make sure you beat us. I’m making an exception for Inushinde, since there’s no joy in beating someone who isn’t trying to get high points. So instead I’ll make the rule that whoever gets the lowest points can choose what Inushinde blogs. You enter the contest by simply commenting on this post with your MAL username.

So to recap, if you get the highest points total from the Cart Driver commenters, you can choose what either I or Shinmaru blogs for the winter season. The person that comes in 2nd can choose what the other person blogs. The person who gets the lowest points total chooses what Inushinde blogs. You can go mean and pick something terrible, but I would prefer if you chose us something nice, like Space Dandy. Except Inushinde, give him something terrible. He got Attack on Titan this year so it’s only fair.

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117 Comments

  1. Aashish
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    My MAL username is aashishbyni4.

    It’s my first time, so I’m just hoping for top 50%. Also my first time commenting on the blog now that I think about it.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      Getting new commenters thanks to FAL is a pretty good thing!

  2. Posted September 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Oho~! So if I put in a repeat performance of Spring I could be choosing what one of you blog next season? Ohohoho~!

    However I’m not all that confident I can make top 3 again this season with this line-up….but we’ll see.

    Team: Caraniel
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Coppelion
    Log Horizon
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru

    Bench:
    Galilei Donna
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

  3. NormalMar
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    This is my first time doing FAL! …I tried…

    Team: normalmar
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Kyousougiga
    Unbreakable Machine doll
    Sekai de ichiban tsuyoku naritai
    Bench: Ore no Nounai blah blah
    Bench: Pupa

  4. Posted September 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    The reveal of my team:

    Coppelion
    Log Horizon
    Golden Time
    BlazBlue Alter Memory
    Infinite Stratos 2

    Bench:
    Samurai Flamenco
    Pupa

    Didn’t wanna pick IS2 but I need something safe and it’s the most popular sequel of the bunch. Nothing else really catches my eye and I had to take the airing dates into account. So let’s do this shit!

  5. Amarrez
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Team: Amarrez
    Coppelion
    Log Horizon
    Samurai Flamenco
    Infinite Stratos 2
    Magi 2

    Bench:
    Galilei Donna
    Blazblue

    This is my first time playing, and my only motivation is to make one of you blog Sakura Trick for the entirety of the Winter season.

    • Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      Not a legal team. IS2 and Magi 2 are mutually exclusive. Read the FAL rules.

  6. IssacandAsimov
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Team: IssacandAsimov
    Unbreakable Machine Doll
    Log Horizon
    Coppelion
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Golden Time

    Bench:
    Samurai Flamenco
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory

    My confidence in this team is pretty shaky, but the opportunity to exercise my schadenf- I mean my altruism is too tempting not to give this my all. Here’s hoping simultaneously gambling on a sequel and the fujoshi market pays off.

  7. Kiraly
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t finalized my team yet, I’m still on the fence about Kurobas, pupa, Log Horizon and throwing a dice for one of the LN adaptations.

    So far I have:

    Golden Time
    Nagi no Asukara
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Coppelion
    Bench: Samurai Flamenco

    • Shinmaru
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Be sure to include your MAL name in this post if you want to compete for that juicy prize! (Even if your MAL name is the same as your name in this comment.)

      • Kiraly
        Posted September 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

        Team: Kiraly
        Nagi no Asukara
        Coppelion
        Golden Time
        Galilei Donna
        Log Horizon

        Bench:
        Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru
        Samurai Flamenco

        In the end I decided to ditch BlazBlue – hope that won’t bite me in the ass.

  8. Posted September 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Second time, feel a little more confident than the first time, although some of that confidence faded when I saw everyone having Coppelion on the team, hope it won’t be as popular as everyone expects it to be, bwahaha.
    Team: JUMP

    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Golden Time
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru < the longer the name, the more popular it is, amirite?
    Log Horizon
    Bench:
    Samurai Flamenco
    Tokyo Ravens

    • Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      Just read that I can still change my submission one time, so I went for it and changed the two that felt kind of shaky.
      Kuroko no Basket 2 -> Coppelion
      Ore no bleh -> Machine-Doll

  9. fathomlessblue
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    “The Cart Driver commenter that the most points on FAL gets to choose what one of us blogs for the winter season”

    Really? As this post never excluded previous victories as part of the deal, I’ll take my prize now…

    Phi Brain: S3. Alternative staff reviews. SCCSAV session attendance mandatory. Let the puzzles begin!

    I’ll decide on my FAL picks next week, once I have a few days off to actually think. Personally, I can’t imagine Blazblue doing too well, other than the forums exploding about how shit it is. Pupa (if it comes out) could also likely be useful as a one-off ‘wtf?’ boost, although I’m not expecting any Aku no Hana levels of controversy here.

    • Posted September 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      I believe this is a genius idea and since I have the next highest score from the previous FAL I second this request!

    • Scamp
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      You had your chance in the summer season. Also @cara I finished 2nd actually so myeeehhhhh

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

        But by your own admission you only made the winter season exclusive, rather than accepting merely the upcoming season’s winner. As such, I’ll happily let you guys just blog the second half of season 2. The devil’s in the details, my friend.

        Still, I feel it’s my duty to update you with 2 1/2 seasons worth of backstory to provide some context:

        Puzzles and homo-lust.

        That should do it.

  10. Nagisa33
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Here’s my unstoppable wrecking ball of a team! (It’s my first time doing FAL but I did some research to help me become the Top wo Nerae!)

    Samurai Flamenco
    Golden Time
    Coppelion
    Pupa
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

    Bench:
    Log Horizon
    Nagi no Asukara

    -Samurai Flamenco sounds crazy and seems original.
    -Golden Time will hopefully ride that success from Toradora!
    -Coppelion: Yay for girls with guns post in a apocalyptic setting!
    -Pupa: I’m going for that shock factor (looks kinda gross)
    -Arpeggio: Ars Nova: My moe battleships can’t be this cute!
    -Log Horizon will ride that MMORPG escapism SOA success!
    -Nagi no Asukara: the only choice I’m not sold on. It might be popular. We’ll have to wait and see. Muwhahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nagisa33
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      Silly me, my MAL name is Nagisa33.

  11. Posted September 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    This upcoming FAL is hard. Really hard. But considering that it’s hard for everyone else, I probably shouldn’t be so pessimistic. It seems to be easier to aim for the lowest position, though.

  12. gedata
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Team gedata’s starting line-up
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Pupa
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Coppelion
    Arpegggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova

    Bench warmers:
    Samurai Flamenco
    Galilei Donna

  13. Sataniel
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    sataniel at MAL

    Last fall I went with gut feeling and ended up 10th. I tried doing research on spring and failed completely. Time to go back to gut feeling method.

  14. Cobrah
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Damn. Wish I wouldn’t have sent in my team already. Would have totally gone for last place. Oh well, I’m excited now. First time FAL competition and first time Cart Driver FAL contest! My MAL username is: Cobrahhhhh

    • Jinkaine
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Can change your team once before the deadline, no sweat

  15. Jinkaine
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I hope there’s an equally terrible otome game adaptation as diabolik lovers for this winter.

    Cheers to another fabulous season, team Cart Driver and friends! Maybe leave a few of the top 10 places for others lol

    • jinkaine
      Posted September 29, 2013 at 2:41 am | Permalink

      That was a charming 2 hour study break.

      MAL UN: jinkaine

      Coppelion
      Strike the Blood
      Log Horizon
      Golden Time
      Kurobas 2

      Galilei Donna
      Unbreakable Machine Doll

  16. Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I made a gigantic response but I decided it was big enough to make my own blog post out of it (whaaaat writing a blog post? that’s madness!). But I’m definitely gonna make one of you suffer after I embarrass everyone with my godly FAL team. kadian1365

  17. Erif
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be entering under the same name, Erif, and I’ll post my list when I finish figuring it out.

    And I’m wondering, is Hana no Uta a sequel? Because no one seems to think it will do well.

    • Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      It’s a remake. And those are a little tricky to gauge considering not many people watched the OVAs and all. I’ll be seeing it though.

  18. Redcrimson
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Well, I guess this is as good a season as any to finally get in on this thing. I have no idea what I’m doing, should be fun!

    MAL username: Redcrimson19

    Coppelion
    Log Horizon
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Pupa
    Strike the Blood(Vampires are still cool, right?)

    Bench:
    Galilei Donna
    IS: Infinite Stratos 2

  19. joinedforFal
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    my Mal name is joinedforFal

    my team is not finalized for the same reason that pupa has no air date yet.

    I really think the blacklisting was good, they just didn’t go far enough, why did kuroko no basuke 2 not get the blackist for having the most plan to watches?, I’m at work atm so I can’t look back at the previous league, but that amount easily matches or is higher than oriemo. was

    • Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      Concerning sequels, Plan to Watch is not nearly as important as total viewers who completed the previous season. I’ll elaborate my point in my own post, but all the sequels are fine for this season.

      • joinedforFal
        Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

        tentative list, pending any last minute info about Pupa
        Mal name: joinedforFal
        coppelion
        golden time
        log horizon
        outbreak company
        strike the blood

        arpegio
        pupa

      • joinedforFal
        Posted September 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        sent a re-registration mainly to drop pupa, but my actives stayed the same, the only hint i ‘ll give is I went hunting for double point shows for my bench

  20. stushi
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Team: sushistushi

    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Golden Time
    Kyousou Giga
    Log Horizon
    Strike the Blood
    Pupa
    Samurai Flamenco

    dat last place

    • stushi
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      I just replaced Kyousou Giga and Strike the Blood with Coppelion and Tokyo Ravens. Hoping I won’t regret it…

  21. Danny-kins
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, we’ll see how this goes…

    Team merei-chan:
    Little Busters!: Refrain
    Coppelion
    Yowamushi Pedal
    Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru
    Golden Time

    Bench:
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Log Horizon

  22. Nagisa33
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I was almost going to pick Wanna Be the Strongest in the World for the heavily moaning, large chested girls who participate in steamy gropefests fights. More than a few people would want to watch that, right, RIGHT!?

    • Redcrimson
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      Ikkitousen and Queen’s Blade have like 4 seasons each, there’s probably worse picks you could make.

  23. Silverblade
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I think i will play it safe and go for Inushinde.

  24. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Team: Gan_HOPE326

    Anime:
    Pupa
    Samurai Flamenco
    Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season
    Kyousou Giga (TV)
    Little Busters!: Refrain

    Bench:
    Log Horizon
    Galilei Donna

  25. NarcolepticSasquatch
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Kuroko Plays With His Balls 2
    Log Horizon
    Coppelion
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Pupa

    Bench:
    Golden Time
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory

    While I know that it might end up being popular, I didn’t add Strike the Blood out of sheer naivete and hope that it won’t.

    MAL username is Pusswookie.

  26. K
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Team: matsuokass
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Pupa
    Samurai Flamenco
    Log Horizon
    Galilei Donna

    going with my guts and hoping for the best

    • K
      Posted September 28, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      re-registered with

      Team: matsuokass
      Coppelion
      Golden Time
      BlazBlue: Alter Memory
      Galilei Donna
      Samurai Flamenco
      Log Horizon
      Pupa

  27. Bradley Meek
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Team: EveryNameTaken
    IS: Infinite Stratos 2
    Strike the Blood
    Tokyo Ravens
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season
    Galilei Donna
    Diamond no Ace

    My entire strategy boils down to: what would horny male teenagers watch? Speaking as a former HMT, I had some idea of what they want looks like. Hopefully the audience will live up to my stereotype.

    Holding onto Galilei Donna and Diamond no Ace as potential sleeper hits, though those cartoons are far too respectable for horny male teenagers.

    • AnonyMoose
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Speaking as a current horny male teenager, I wouldn’t watch any of those – but I can see where you’re coming from.
      You should probably switch Strike the Blood with Coppelion though, if HMTs are your target. Vampires are more of a girl fetish.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Underestimate horny teenage girls at your peril. Last year it was Monster-kun that dominated the show.

      • stushi
        Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

        Speaking as a current horny female teenager, I can honestly say that Vampire fetishes are so overdone that they don’t spark any interest in me.
        Sure, maybe the chicks in Japan are still into them, but most of my friends have gotten over it, aside from the rare “OMG DID U SEE THE LATEST VAMPIRE DIARIES OMG OMG GUY WITH CUBE JAW WAS LIKE SOOO HOT!!!” which I’ve learned to tune out.
        Monster-kun dominated because it was funny and cliche-less (mostly), and it had cutie Haru who made you want to hug him. And then run away. :3

  28. Posted September 22, 2013 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Ok, I’m in. First time player, so we’ll see how I do:

    Team: JoeAnimated
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon
    Coppelion
    Bench: IS: Infinite Stratos 2
    Bench: Samurai Flamenco

  29. Posted September 22, 2013 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Team: Deadlightanime

    Pupa
    Coppelion
    Samurai Flamenco
    Unbreakable Machine Doll
    Blazblue: Alter Memory

    Bench:
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon

  30. Upscaled
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Here’s my entry:
    Team: Upscaled
    Kyousou Giga (TV)
    Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
    Little Busters!: Refrain
    Coppelion
    Galilei Donna
    Samurai Flamenco
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

    Here’s hoping Kyousou Giga surprises a lot of people!

  31. Multifish
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Well, I figure now’s as good a time as any to try out this fantasy anime league doohickey. Always been meaning to. Wonderful, and somewhat inspired incentive there, fellows. Although you may find yourselves regretting it quite quickly…

    As for my choices, well, I only did surface research, so they’re probably not all that good.

    Coppelion
    Samurai Flamenco
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru
    IS: Infinite Stratos 2
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon

    • Scamp
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Male sure you comment with your username too

  32. sarukah
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Welp, I’ve never played this before, but have wanted to for quite some time. Let’s see how much I can not suck.

    Team: Sarukah
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Golden Time
    Nagi no Asukara
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Coppelion

    Bench:
    Pupa
    Galilei Donna

  33. gedata
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    When I pick one of your blogging anime, don’t drop it, even if it sucks.

  34. Jeevas
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Team: Fifteenth

    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 3rd Season
    Yowamushi Pedal
    Gingitsune
    Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita.
    Gundam Build Fighters

    Bench:
    Diabolik Lovers
    Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!

    Anyone else going for the last place? :3

  35. Erif
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    yeah

  36. Posted September 22, 2013 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Hey hey Cart Driver! I’ve been reading your stuff for awhile, but I’ve never commented before.

    Team: Foggle
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Coppelion
    Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!
    Blazblue: Alter Memory
    Log Horizon
    Little Busters!: Refrain
    Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season

    My sent box is currently broken on MAL, but I’ll submit mine to the official thing ASAP.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      New commenters wooh!

  37. Posted September 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    On principle, I think it’s fine that the FAL overlords take out some of the obvious popular shows for the sake of making a more interesting and challenging game. They probably regret not nixing Attack on Titan last season, and taking out Fate Zero and OreImo in the past made far less homogeneity among teams (while inadvertently popularizing the myth that all sequels are unpickable). Having said that, I don’t agree with their particular decision to limit your choice to one of IS, Kuroko no Basket, and Magi sequels. A single sequel relevant in FAL is uncommon, and none of these three look like fantasy juggernauts.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      See though, Attack on Titan could have not blown up like it did. It could have been a terrible adaptation. The level of popularity it achieved is quite a shock, even if most people knew it would be popular. Again I point to stuff like Robotics;Notes and Little Busters not performing like people expected they would. The FAL admins are going to look very silly when one of those two shows don’t perform.

      And despite the talk of reducing homogeneity, look at how everyone is choosing Coppelion. This just means that the third and fourth most popular shows get more people choosing them, and less shows will get that double points bonus that made last season quite interesting.

      • Posted September 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

        Every season there are 3-4 highly obvious series to pick just based on Plan to Watch numbers. Removing the consensus top 2 means the 8th and 9th choice titles become more important. Instead of 2 auto-includes, we’re in a sea of midrange shows all clumped around 3000-5000 PtW. You have to make much harder decisions and it distinguishes players who did more research and with better grasp of popular taste, which is the spirit of the game.

  38. TuckerNate
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Mal name: TuckerNate

    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Log Horizon
    Strike the Blood

    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Pupa

    • TuckerNate
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      burnt the re-registration to change team into

      coppelion
      golden time
      kuroko no basuke 2
      log horizon
      strike the blood

      blazblue
      ubreakable machine doll

  39. Desi
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    This is my first time entering FAL! I’ve always forgotten every other time so–
    dorothy3242

  40. Baphomet
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I hereby challenge Inushinde for last place. This is how I hope to “win” this race:

    Team: Baphomet

    IS: Infinite Stratos 2
    Freezing Vibration
    Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!
    Walkure Romanze
    Strike the Blood

    Bench:
    Non Non Biyori
    Gingitsune

    As you can maybe see, I set “Fighting Tits” as the theme for my active team. Well, “Strike the Blood” doesn’t quite fit, but at least there is some fighting in there.

    And should any series become too popular (hi there, IS), the bench will come to the rescue.

    Now the only thing left to do is appear in the headcount…

    • Inushinde
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      Best of luck(?) to you!

  41. Posted September 23, 2013 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Team: Marow

    Coppelion
    Log Horizon
    Nagi no Asukara
    Strike the Blood
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

    Bench:
    Golden Time
    Kuroko no Basket 2

    I have no idea how this will go. Last time I learned that sequels suck, but Kuroko is a huge exception to this, especially since it will most likely air on Crunchyroll and thus be accessible.

  42. Gwen-chan
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    My user name is Gwen-Chan.
    First time doing a fantasy league of any kind. ^_^ hoping for a big heaping of beginners luck.

  43. strukingfourd
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Hi, been lurking around for some time and finally decided to comment and make a MAL account hoping that the winter season comes with WHO IS IMOUTO RISES. My MAL username is strukingfourd.

    Oh and thank you guys for getting me interested in anime again after a 4 year hiatus (got here searching for a Top Anime List) and for making me finally watch Code Geass, which i finished a couple of days ago (i honestly can’t believe how much of an impression it left on me despite that dumb second season).

    • Scamp
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Code Geass will spark anyone back into life. Stupidity on that scale does that to people.

      I did a quick little check of the winter season to see if there’s anything WHO IS IMOUTO levels of terrible and…well, let’s just say there are some anime I would desperately hope people don’t choose.

  44. Khainegom
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Here we go;

    Team: Khainegom
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Coppelion
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Log Horizon
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Golden Time
    Samurai Flamenco

    I feel a lot less confident about this than I probably would have had I bothered to do this in prior seasons but oh well.

  45. Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Oh, boy, I’m taking a big gamble with Little Busters, so here goes nothing:

    Team: Rait

    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Golden Time
    BlazBlue: After Memory
    Copellion

    Bench:
    Little Busters! Refrain
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

  46. Posted September 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Alright, I’ll join in your silly games

    Team: Lerxst2112
    MAL: Lerxst2112 (BUT YOU KNOW THAT ALREADY)

    Golden Time
    Coppelion
    Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova
    Galilei Donna
    Kyousougiga
    BENCH:Unbreakable Machine Doll
    BENCH:Samurai Flamenco

  47. ChaoticAnarchy
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    First time doing this, so I’ll probably be bad, but hey, what the Hell.

    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Golden Time
    Coppelion
    Log Horizon
    Unbreakable Machine-Doll
    Bench: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Bench: Samurai Flamenco

    MAL name: ShadowAssassin13
    Yes, I know my username is shit.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      What a delightfully chunnibyou name

  48. prants
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Team: prants
    Nagi no Asukara
    Coppelion
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Log Horizon
    Golden Time

    Bench:
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

    Somehow the past 2 FAL seasons I completely neglected the airing dates for my active team… no mistakes this time (I hope)!

  49. AnonyMoose
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    If we win, can we make you blog RWBY?

    • Scamp
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Gonna say no, since it has already started and isn’t an anime.

  50. BL2W
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Long-time reader, first-time poster… I think that award is worth it~ ;)

    Team: BL2W
    Nagi no Asukara
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon
    Coppelion

    Bench:
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Unbreakable Machine-Doll

    • Scamp
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      This has proved surprisingly good at getting new commenters in

  51. DarkEnergy
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    MAL Username: DarkEnergy

    It’s my first time at FAL, so be gentle. But oh boy have I had fun watching you guys flounder around and Scamp just almost making it to the top. I can’t wait; this season looks so good.

    Nice tags Scamp. I wonder, how many Cart Driver readers read the tags?

    Also, 75+ comments; holy shit. Out of all the posts written by the writers of this blog, which page has the most comments? Would you guys write a blog entry about that post? Would you write a post about blog commenting in general?

    • Scamp
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      The most comments I’m pretty sure was my 3 year anniversary, albeit that was partly because I replied to every comment on the post. It had over 200 comments. 80+ is still a lot though

  52. ANON
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    given that there seems to be not one sure fire high ranking series this season that isn’t banned (AoT last season), this is proving to be quite challenging.

    i’m going to overcompensate for not picking hataraku maou-sama last season so I’ll include the only show involving demon lords and heroes this season, also, it helps that it has a long title.

    Team: frodonk
    Coppelion
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Log Horizon
    Golden Time
    Galilei Donna
    Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita.

    I’ll probably replace something with pupa if it is confirmed before the deadline, but that probably won’t happen.

    you missed the last title in your preview, or I’m just blind and didn’t see it.

    and woah, 230 teams already? there are more participants this season.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      That last title was only announced quite a bit after I posted the preview. Somehow I doubt it will be any good. Assume I just wrote “light novel trash” for it

      • ANON
        Posted September 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

        I can’t disagree with that, though it was a good thing I looked at the eligible titles on the FAL page. I don’t know if anyone else does it the way I do but your post is my only basis for titles to include in my team.

        Time to get 2nd place for the 4th time scamp!

  53. AG
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Because of MAL’s stupid rules of waiting 3 days after joining before sending messages I can’t register my team yet. But I’ll put my team up just in case I forget what I decided to put.

    Team: Mr_Kobayashi
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Samurai Flamenco
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Galilei Donna
    Log Horizon
    Strike the Blood

  54. modestfiend
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    mal name: modestfiend
    blazblue
    coppelion
    galilei donna
    golden time
    strike the blood
    bench
    arpegio of blue steel
    pupa

    • modestfiend
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      re-registered, poor luck about Pupa.
      team: modestfiend
      BlazBlue: Alter Memory
      Coppelion
      Galilei Donna
      Golden Time
      Nagi no Asukara
      Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
      Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta

  55. Posted September 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Team: steelbound
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon
    Strike the Blood
    Kuroko no Basket 2

    Bench
    Galilei Donna
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

    I also disagree with the blacklisting policy. For example, Kill la Kill has a decent chance of being a train-wreck in the story department or of having Trigger run out of money and a mass exodus would then happen and suddenly no one would want it on their team.

    • joinedforFal
      Posted September 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

      concerning the mass exodus thingy, it didn’t really happen for the last season with Aku no Hana and Karneval, simply for the fact that a chunk of teams take the passive approach to playing, no taking part in swaps, aces or wildcards.

  56. sandberm
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    I’ll play again.

    MAL Team: sandberm
    Coppelion
    Diabolik Lovers
    Tokyo Ravens
    Pupa
    Kyousou Giga (TV)
    Strike the Blood
    Samurai Flamenco

  57. Blood Wizard
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Ah, my grand return to FAL. I did pretty good last fall but these blacklisting made things tricky for me.

    Team: Blood_Wizard
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    Strike the Blood
    (Bench) BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    (Bench) Samurai Flamenco

    I only feel confident about Golden Time, Coppelion, and Log Horizon. Banking on Kuroko’s popularity and as for Strike the Blood, well flipped a coin between that and Machine Doll. BlazBlue and Samurai Flamenco should be popular but have a late start, so I’m gonna hold back and see how they do.

  58. hint
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Team: huntx
    Log Horizon
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova

    Bench: Samurai Flamenco
    Bench: Nagi no Asukara

    In hope of doing better than Inushinde (at least) on my first try.

    • hint
      Posted September 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      I am not confident with my team by leaving out Stike the Blood, Tokyo Ravens and Blazblue. Might make some changes before submitting and got only today to think about it.

  59. conankudo4
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    MAL Name: conankudo4
    Team:
    Diamond no Ace
    Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!
    Golden Time
    Meganebu!
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    (b)Coppelion
    (b)Hajime no Ippo: Rising

    This list was hard. But I figured trying to ham up the route that has most fanservice on both ends of the biological spectrum on it seemed acceptable at least.

  60. fathomlessblue
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Coppelion
    Arpeggio
    Log Horizon
    Golden Time
    Blazblue: Alter Memory

    Unbreakable Machine Doll
    Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku

    This was meant to be.

    • Inushinde
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      Why are you mostly copying Scamp’s list, copycat?

      • ANON
        Posted September 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

        aww.. I’m sure one of these days somebody will also copy your team inushinde.

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted September 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

        Yep, near identical list again. *Shrug* I would say it’s a coincidence, and I’ve just happened to improve a decent list of shows again, but 1) people will believe what they want to, and 2) since when do victors need to explain their actions anyway? At least nobody picked Pupa to try and emulate my Aku no Hana controversy strategy from last time. Well, so much for that.

        In a nutshell: Log Horizon will bring me to sweet, sweet victory once again. Maybe.

  61. Marogareh
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Team: Marogareh

    Golden Time – Toradora was well-received by MAL, should be a safe bet
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai – a token ecchi LN adaptation, was going to pick up one more for the bench but all the other choices are a bit shaky
    Kuroko no Basket 2 – the only sequel here, first season has a high rating but should it underachieve in points department it goes straight to the bench
    Nagi no Asukara – Mari Okada + Buriki + P.A. Works is a nice combo. All of those are pretty popular on MAL.
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova – will probably score high early, since people inevitably will bitch and moan and post a lot about the CG use

    Bench:

    Log Horizon – remember SAO? I hope MAL does too.
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory – picked this one over Yawamushi Pedal based on choices here

    I hope the noitaminA anime will turn out to be good but non-mainstream, lol. Also I thought that by removing both Kill La Kill and Kyoukai no Kanata the contest will be a bit more unpredictable.

  62. greatwanz
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Just like a lot of other people: Long time lurker, first time commenter. Really feel like making Scamp blog about terrible anime.

    Team: greatwanz
    Coppelion
    IS: Infinite Stratos 2
    Nagi no Asukara
    Golden Time
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Bench: Little Busters!: Refrain
    Bench: Galilei Donna

    Last time I was a Hataraku Maou-sama away from competing for a top spot, so I’m relatively confident about my picks (though not including Pupa and Arpeggio of Blue Steel is slightly risky).

    Calling it right here: BlazBlue and Log Horizon will be massive flops.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 28, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      Shoulda listened to my totally accurate season preview saying Maou-sama would do well

  63. 966623
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I decided to join, because why not. Not to much thought went into this, but for a first time, I’ll just see what happens.
    Username: 966623
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Golden Time
    Kyousou Giga (TV)
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
    Galilei Donna
    Bench:
    Samurai Flamenco
    Pupa

  64. Rihan
    Posted September 28, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Team: rihan1

    Arpeggio
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon
    Nagi no Asukara

    Bench:

    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Unbreakable Machine-doll

    Was very tempted to include Kuroko but eventually went with Nagi no Asukara instead, Am I gonna make it?

    • Kiraly
      Posted September 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      Same here. Kuroko will have about 40k-50k watchers by the end of the season, but I’m not sure where that will put it.

      • Rihan
        Posted September 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

        The reason I decided against Kuroko was because I thought that the high PTW numbers were more indicative of the show’s max potential. So I’m thinking it will be somewhere in the range of 22-24k by the end of this season…which is still pretty good.

        lol, tempted to re-register now…

  65. Multifish
    Posted September 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Ah, I rather only just noticed Scamp replying to my comment. My username is Multifish. A-heh.

  66. Kiraly
    Posted September 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey SCAMP, pupa is a niconico exclusive anime apparently. You might want to unpick it before registration ends.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      Way ahead of you. Went for Log Horizon, but I’m starting to wonder whether going for that sweet double points bonus for less chosen anime would be worth it. That Tokyo Ravens is starting to look pretty sweet…

  67. Posted September 29, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Team: BokuSatchii
    Coppelion
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon
    Nagi no Asukara
    Strike the Blood
    Galilei Donna
    Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

    Coppelion and Golden Time strike me as the two most obvious choices after the banned titles. I’m hoping SAO fans pick up Log Horizon. Nagi no Asukara was basically just the first-week title with the biggest PTW numbers, and the trailers for Strike the Blood and Galilei Donna were action-packed enough that I’m hoping people will jump for them. Machine Doll seems like the best of the crappy light novels and has a pretty cool name.

    I hope I don’t regret not picking a sequel this time – I spent a while weighing the pros and cons of each before deciding not to pick one, but Railgun let me down a bit last FAL. I feel especially bad leaving Kuroko off the list (mostly because I love the show and hate betting against it).

    • Scamp
      Posted September 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      I think with the big two blacklisted, some of the sequels are looking kinda promising. Particularly since I believe score, dropped and favourites will play a bigger part this season, which sequels do well in.

  68. Posted September 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I got lazy and made a random list (like “had a script pick out random names from a list” random not “I am so random” random :) ).

    Team: reiseng
    Coppelion
    Kuroko no Basket 2
    White Album 2
    Kyousou Giga (TV)
    Outbreak Company
    Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
    Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season

    I am genuinely surprised because that is a pretty good list as far as random lists go. I look forward to placing somewhere in between Shinmaru and Inushinde. Hopefully, I will be closer to the former. :P

    • Scamp
      Posted September 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      White Album 2 seems like the big obvious dud there. Otherwise it’s not terrible at all

  69. lapster
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Getting in at the last minute.
    Team Lapster:
    Golden Time – Will probably ride on Toradora’s popularity for a bit.
    BlazBlue – Hoping this one will pick up some points early on from people complaining about the awful adaption on the forums.
    Arpeggio – Moe x military thing usually does well so moe battleships seems good. Plus forum posts complaining about the CG.
    KyusoGiga – looks nice and might turn out good. If it does turn out to be good looking nonsense people will probably watch it anyway.
    Log Horizon – Inevitable SAO comparisons will make or break this one methinks.
    Bench:
    Pupa – Not super confident about this but it might work out.
    Samurai Flamenco – I can’t not include a show named Samurai Flamenco.

    Overall I’m not massively confident but hey, first time doing FAL so let’s see how it goes.

  70. Posted September 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Alright, I’m in. Most of the choices seem pretty obvious, though personally I think both the Noitaminas look strong FAL-wise. My lack of Mari Okada may come back to haunt me.

    Team: Bobduh
    BlazBlue: Alter Memory
    Coppelion
    Galilei Donna
    Golden Time
    Log Horizon

    Bench:
    Unbreakable Machine Doll
    Samurai Flamenco

  71. mellowship
    Posted October 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Here’s my entry.
    Team: deathslinky

    Arpeggio
    BlazBlue
    Coppelion
    Galilei Donna
    Samurai Flamenco

    Bench: Nagi no Asukara
    Bench: Strike the Blood

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