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.
Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova
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.
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!
Phi Brain S3
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.
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.