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Fantasy Anime League – Go on, do your worst

vlcsnap-2014-01-02-23h19m47s96It’s over. We writers foolishly challenged the readers to a little game. To best us (or worst us in Inushinde’s case) at the Fantasy Anime League. Such was our confidence we said that the person who beats us to our intended goals could choose what we episodically cover for the winter anime season. And it’s over, with MAL’s legendarily crap taste sending Strike the Blood to be the fourth highest rated show while Samurai Flamenco and Kyosogiga hovered around mid-table. Let’s see how it all finished for us…

Scamp – 95th

vlcsnap-2014-01-02-23h19m51s158That could have gone much, much worse. At 95th I’m still inside the top 100 and within the top 30%. If this was the Premier League I wouldn’t have achieved Champions League but I would have gotten into the Europa League. I am the Everton or Spurs of FAL (or maybe the Man United OHSNAP soccer jokes none of you nerds are going to get that are you). And as I said, it could have gone so much worse. At the last minute when choosing my team, I opted to choose Log Horizon, the top points scorer in the end, and drop Pupa which didn’t even end up airing. Sequels doing as well as they did rather shocked me. I don’t think Magi did that well in the season it originally aired, which happened to be the time I chose it. I think you can put that down to a few rule changes such as increased emphasis on points and dropped which help sequels. Plus it also helped that the two top scoring anime weren’t eligible this season. If I’ve learned anything from this FAL, it’s that take into account rule changes each season. Nothing is guaranteed in FAL. Except for MALs crap taste. You can always rely on that.

Shinmaru – 23rd

vlcsnap-2014-01-02-23h19m56s197The final weeks were uneventful for my team, since the continued, embarrassing downfall of Coppelion combined with Galilei Donna being a nonentity left me with no moves to pull after using my booster and swapping in Machine Doll a while back. So basically I had nothing to do other than watch other teams pass me each week. At least I was able to stay in the top 10 for a good while before falling out of it last week and dropping down to my final spot this week. (Damn you, Kuroko’s Basketball! I would be madder at you if I didn’t enjoy you so much.) Ah well. This is still my best finish in FAL, so it’s tough to feel too bad about it, particularly when I knew victory was a lost cause following the rise of Kuroko. (Damn you!! *shakes fist*) I was even able to make a clean break from my rival who won’t be named for a couple of weeks, too! All in all, a decent FAL season for me even if it ends with me unable to choose what I am covering this season. Treat me well, whoever decides my fate! (Or not, I guess. It’s your choice, after all!)

As for what I’d do differently? Not pick such a shit bench, I guess!

Inushinde – 339th

vlcsnap-2014-01-02-23h17m41s118All things considered, I’m pretty satisfied with my result– I did guess two of the bottom five shows, after all. If I made any mistake, aside from not putting Pupa on my roster, it’s underestimating how good NouCome would be. I mean it wasn’t /good/, but neither did it turn into the wretched abomination that I expected it to. Barring a few wildcards like Coppelion, which everyone was in a race with everyone else to drop, and BlazBlue, things ended pretty well in my favor. In my own way, I achieved the planned Bottom wo Nerae, edging out both Scamp and Shinmaru in the loser bracket. I can’t say that I did as well as I could have, since I forgot to swap out my benches for shit when it could have really benefited me a ton, but I’m not going to exert myself in a contest to see who can best guess MAL’s shit taste for the season. That never ends well, and I still have moe battleship games to play.

Cart Driver Commenters League


  1. TuckerNate 4
  2. Jinkaine 5
  3. kadian1365 6
  4. steelbound 9
  5. Marow 10
  6. Blood_Wizard 17
  7. joinedforFal 19
  8. prants 22
  9. Shinmaru 23
  10. BokuSatchii 23
  11. Marogareh 34
  12. IssacandAsimov 36
  13. Mr_Kobayashi 39
  14. BL2W 49
  15. Cobrahhhhh 54
  16. sushistushi 55
  17. Deadlightanime 63
  18. Flawfinder 65
  19. Kiraly 69
  20. JoeAnimated 70
  21. rihan1 74
  22. huntx 78
  23. JUMP 84
  24. Scamp 95
  25. Caraniel 109
  26. Sarukah 117
  27. frodonk 121
  28. Erif 139
  29. ShadowAssassin13 148
  30. sataniel 151
  31. greatwanz 160
  32. matsuokass 169
  33. Redcrimson19 171
  34. merei-chan 173
  35. Lapster 177
  36. Multifish 180
  37. Nagisa33 183
  38. normalmar 188
  39. Bobduh 198
  40. strukingfourd 201
  41. dorothy3242 210
  42. Amarrez 217
  43. modestfiend 227
  44. reiseng 233
  45. Rait 244
  46. aashishbyni4 247
  47. Gwen-Chan 257
  48. EveryNameTaken 265
  49. 966623 281
  50. conankudo4 284
  51. deathslinky 295
  52. sandberm 309
  53. Upscaled 313
  54. Baphomet 327
  55. Inushinde 339
  56. gedata 347
  57. Gan_HOPE326 349
  58. Fifteenth 350

Congratulations to TuckerNate and Jinkaine for beating myself and Shinmaru to the top of the league, and congratulations to Fifteenth for beating Inushinde to the bottom, even if that wasn’t necessarily your intention. You guys get to choose what to make us blog for the winter season. The rules are as follows: No sequels. Our obligation to cover the nominate show ends on April 1st, to prevent you from being funny and giving us some long-running shounen. Leave a comment stating which anime you want us to cover and who to cover it. For those at the top you choose Scamp or Shinmaru, and for you in last place you choose what Inushinde covers. Everyone else can leave comments with suggestions on what to blog. If one of the people involved hasn’t left a comment choosing by January 15 then it will go to whatever the next placed person chose, so go ahead and leave comments because you might get lucky.

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  1. joinedforFal
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ll let Tuckernate know he’s won for sure and get him to drop a comment here.

  2. frodonk
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Good game, I slid down 14 places to 121th after coming 2 places below scamp sometime in the middle of the season.

    In all seriousness, I haven’t heard of kuroko’s basketball or the fact that it’s really popular with MAL people before I looked at what the organizers had on their team. I only even became vaguely aware of the series when my sister asked me what’s that basketball anime everyone’s watching and talking about sometime in late 2012, to which I replied that it was probably slam dunk.

    I should’ve trusted my gut instinct when I though strike the blood will be good. I thought that it would be something that I would enjoy, but others would think as trashy, turns out my tastes are the same as everyone else.

    biggest let down of the season is still coppelion, and noucome was surprisingly good. Outbreak company was ok, but it was one of the top scorers.

    lessons learned:

    – never disregard sequels
    – great anime that leaves you with nothing to talk about, or doesn’t generate controversy, would not be a good pick for your team, unless people who are watching those series are being counted that week.
    – noitamina time slot series doesn’t mean anything anymore.
    – mmorpg anime is always a sure pick

    SEE YOU ALL IN SPRING. and now back to being anon

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      Kuroko wasn’t that popular on MAL when it first started airing but really picked up steam the more it went on. Meanwhile Japan is fucking nuts for it. One of the biggest anime of this decade arguably

      • ANON
        Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:37 am | Permalink

        It probably just shows how little I care about sports anime. Benching at least 1 sequel looks like a valid option next time.

        Mushishi’s airing in spring right? and SAO? and Date a live? I’m quite sure the first two will be banned.

  3. Tuckernate
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    with Maken-ki 2 being dq’ed it looks like 5camp gets the backup pick of Nise-Koi.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      Welp, that could have been worse

      • JoinedforFal
        Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

        oh could have been better too, i ended up forcing him to pick instead of pawning off the decision for me to make.

      • JoinedforFal
        Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        if you have to ask what my pick woulda been, i’d say probably Nobunaga the fool after seing it’s first episode.

      • Posted January 6, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

        Nobunaga the Fool is a big pile of boring.

      • JoinedforFal
        Posted January 6, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

        what’d your pick for 5camp been then?

      • Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

        Nobunagun, the superior Nobunaga show. :P

        Or that A-1 Pictures thing that Tensai Okamura is doing.

      • JoinedforFal
        Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

        it’d almost make sense group the two Nobunaga shows together and call the write-ups the “cartdriver deathmatch Oda edition”

        and i think Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda would have been the ultimate pick for ‘passing the buck to someone else cause i won’t touch that with a 10 foot pole” treatment.

    • Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      So happy for Nisekoi. <3

    • Silverbeard
      Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Nisekoi? Boring. Isn’t that Shaft which is way too deep into Scamp’s comfort zone?

      Although directing aside, faulty source material might provide us with some quality blogging.

  4. JoinedforFal
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    i have a recommendation to make as well for next time, instead of having the winner pick a show immediately the season after, space it out so you would write about it during the next Fal league, so for instance the winners of spring 2014 get you to write about a show in the fall 2014, attempt to weaponize the shows written about in the cartdriver spotlight

  5. AG
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    “Or Man United”

    Lol totally got that, guess I’m not a ner…oh wait I watch anime.

    I guess that makes me Arsenal, just about top four but no trophy to show ( top of the league this year though, hopefully it’ll stay that way)

    39th is not bad for a first, although if I was better at managing the team I would have been much higher. I also learned not to blindly put faith in notaminA shows, Galilei Donna was only useful in bringing me down.

    BTW, I would probably chosen Space Dandy since the staff all worked in at least one of my top three animes and I’m really hyped for it but oh well.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      I’m a little surprised how poorly Galilei Donna did. I know it’s bad, but so is Strike the Blood.

  6. lapster
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Well, I was aiming to get in the top 50% overall and I managed that(just barely)So I’m happy enough, especially when I just sorta picked shows that might do well without doing much research. Not bad for a first try.

  7. Baphomet
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I guess I did quite well, even though I made the huge mistake of putting Strike the Blood on my team. That ruined everything. Still, I ended up only 12 ranks away from Inushinde, that’s still something.

  8. strukingfourd
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Since I leaved my team on their own guess mine’s the equivalent of AC Milan.

  9. Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    D’aww, I want Scamp to blog Nisekoi.

    But 10th place is alright, especially since it was my second time entering! If only I had played my cards better… Golden Time was more popular than I had thought.

  10. Fifteenth
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I could’t believe I actually beat Gan_HOPE326 in the end. And you’re wrong, I fought with all my blood, sweat, and tears to be at the bottom. I guess all those hours spent trying to use up all my ace cards for the wrong anime wasn’t in vain.

    But eh, picking an anime is surprisingly difficult. Not sure if I should choose a mediocre looking high school setting but otherwise Yuri anime, japanese hell SoL gag anime, or that anime with almost naked main female character directed by DTB director.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 1:00 am | Permalink

      Good work!

      Also, you have until the 15th, so no need to rush your choice! Might as well sample the wares … if you dare!

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Please be gentle.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      That was a very tight race to the bottom, only dropping below him one stage right at the end. Well done

  11. Silverbeard
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Now someone has to force Nobunagun onto Shinmaru or Inushinde.

    Hisa Masato forever.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 1:01 am | Permalink

      Or do they?!?!?!

      • Silverbeard
        Posted January 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Permalink


        I’d like to think that for now.

  12. cobrah
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Eh, I suppose I could have done worse. I was hoping for top 50 but I took a big hit that past week. Oh well, I’m okay with my results. And as much as I’d like to see you guys cover crap, I’d like to see some Dandy coverage. Or Sekai Seifuku which I think could go either way.

  13. Pusswookie
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Scamp I’m from America, I don’t know anything about soccer.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      You mean sawwcurr

  14. Posted January 7, 2014 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    lol I’m pretty sure you named me already in the last FAL post, Shin.

    I’M SORRY, KUROBAS! I WILL NEVER DOUBT YOU AGAIN! So much regret for pulling it from my team at the last minute.

    That aside, though, I’m also pretty pleased with how I did – I placed a bit better than last time and it was quite a thrill to be up in the top 5 for a while, capping out in a tie for second place (before Coppelion made like a B2 bomber and crashed itself into a lake)

    And top 10 in the Cart Driver rankings ain’t bad! Looking forward to the spring season!

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

      My bench was so bad I kept Coppelion in right up until the final week when I finally swapped it out for Arpeggio.

  15. prants
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Fun FAL for me seeing as how I was stuck in the ~150th range for the last 2 FAL seasons. And I beat all three Cart Driver authors (^:

  16. Jinkaine
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Sakura Trick.

    May change my mind later.

    • Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      Directed by the guy who did Da Capo III. Welp!

      • jinkaine
        Posted January 10, 2014 at 2:53 am | Permalink

        This is going to be a fun series. I request the posts be written in a series of limericks (or haiku if opting for cultural relevance).

  17. JoinedforFal
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    if Fifteenth gives inushinde, Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda
    an unholy trinity will have formed


    the implications could mean a horde of traffic for this site if done right.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Don’t give him any ideas.

      • Fifteenth
        Posted January 9, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

        You know what? I think joinedforfal is right. Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvevda it is.

  18. Erif
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink


    “Sakura Trick”

    Looks like the writers of Cart Driver will be blogging crap this Winter. See you all in the Spring.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Not exclusively crap, don’t worry.

    • Gunslinger
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      It’s actually when they are blogging crap, that this blog is the funniest. I still remember the “We are imouto” seies.

      • Hanasra
        Posted January 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

        You mean “WHO IS IMOUTO”
        That is the funniest I ver read. I feel sory for Scamp though, I fear he damaged his brain from watching it.

  19. Nagisa33
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m probably not going to participate in FAL next year as it didn’t keep me engaged though I will keep an eye on how it goes down.

    Also, great choice of pictures for this post!

  20. shytende
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Would giving Wizard Barrister to Inushinde be considered to cruel ?

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

      Oh that would be amazing

  21. Hanasra
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know you watch football/soccer Scamp. ManUnited will rise again, you see.
    In five season.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      I hope they keep Moyes. Because seeing United mid-table is funny

  22. Blood_Wizard
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I don’t feel bad about losing. I only feel bad for dropping nine spots this last week. I’m still not sure how that happened.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      There was a lot of movement in the last week. Made for some dramatic reading. I had managed to pull myself almost into the 70s before that final week pulled me back down.

  23. Varyn
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to having a go at this when it’s back on in the spring and see how well I can guess MALs shit taste. There’s another “My VN mechanic is getting in the way of my harem” show airing in the spring, MAL’ll love that, it’s going on my list.

  24. stushi
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Yay at least in the top 20 again, though I would have liked to have gotten at least top 50…ah well, good enough for my first time!
    Oh and, btw, scamp http://thecartdriver.com/glasses-club-episode-1-nobody-told-me-this-was-a-mecha-anime/#comment-89576
    yes I still feel better about myself.
    no I didn’t lose to you.
    no I don’t regret posting that comment.
    Who would’ve thought first week turned out to be important after all? :P

    • Scamp
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Curses. Now I just look silly

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