Fantasy Anime League is over. Tears shed. Blood spilled. MAL’s terrible taste lamented. It’s time to take stock of where the members of The Cart Driver finished now that this terrible war has ended. Who was crowned the King of the Cart Driver?
I nearly had it! I nearly fucking had it!
Around week 10 I did a quick bit of maths and realised that, if all things remained equal, I was going to win FAL. I was 4th at the time, but the people ahead of me were stuck with either Shinsekai Yori or Little Busters, both of which had dropped off considerably in the rankings as the season progressed and had quite poor ratings compared to Magi, which I had. The 3rd guy ahead of me had Magi, but had Tempest instead of Psycho Pass so was doomed to drop behind me. It would be close, but I thought I had it.
But oh how cruel fate is. You see, the 13th week of FAL has a rule where anime that have been licensed for America get a massive 10,000 point boost. It only covers anime that are released for home video. For some reason though, whatever Aniplex licensed didn’t count in this. I call shenanigans. Sentai’s license of Shinsekai Yori did count. Person who finished first had Shinsekai Yori instead of Magi. I finished less than 10,000 points behind first.
From The Cart Driver, I came a quite distant first. That was never in doubt, for I am clearly the best here. But to come this close to winning the whole thing? Painful.
Let me set a scene for you.
A few weeks back a certain blogger thought he was comfortable. He thought he was safe. He sat pretty in 46th place and felt confident to mock others by representing them with amusing pictures while he gave himself a victory parade.
“All that’s left to do,” he said, “is to wait out the rest and pray that I don’t fall to the dregs with Shinmaru.”
He thought I was done. You all thought I was done. Nobody believed in me … !
Well, nobody but me, that is. I never gave up hope. I watched. I waited. I made all the necessary moves. I counted on a Key-like miracle, and my wishes were granted. The final weeks of FAL turned out a little like this …
You’re god damn right I’m using this scene. I’m Joseph Joestar and Inushinde is Straits, and this post is the opening notes of “Roundabout” starting up after my FAL team gunned down Inushinde’s horrible vampire team that beat up poor Speedwagon.
Eat it, Inushinde. I’m not last!
Inushinde: Tied for 74th
I don’t know what happened. Okay, I have an idea, being that Little Busters wound up being worse than racist tapeworms making fun of terminally ill children, but I don’t think that was a result of Shinmaru’s villainous sorcery for once. Still, bad things happen to the hero sometimes, and the hero ends up thirteen places behind the formerly least successful FALer despite his only mistake being a reliance on Little Busters not sucking.
Here’s the list of people/organizations that sabotaged my rightful claim, so I know who to look out for in the coming Spring: J.C. Staff, A-1 Pictures, Jun Maeda, everyone else associated in some way with Little Busters, Shinmaru’s black magic, Kyoto Animation, MAL users, the whole world, and everybody else that isn’t me. Oh well, at least I can take satisfaction in Scamp not quite making first place, which is sort of a victory in the right light.
Well, I hope you enjoyed our recreation of the most dramatic sports anime ever. Our good friend Kadian had been compiling figures of the top 20 scoring fall anime and how they fared over the course of the season on MAL (although for all his number compiling, he still only finished way down in 62nd so make sure you all laugh at him). You can download it all here if you’re crazy enough to do that, but I’ll give you some interesting stats from it.
- Little Busters started week 1 with a score of 9.28. By week 14 it had a score of 7.38.
- For the first 4 weeks, Busou Shinki had the highest ‘dropped’ number as well as having the lowest ‘watching’ number from the 20 anime kadian kept track of.
- It wasn’t until week 6 when 2 anime passed Busou Shinki’s number of ‘dropped’ votes, and also being the first 2 anime to break the 1000 people barrier drop list. They were K and Code:Breaker.
- K started with a score of 7.92 but by the end it had dropped to 7.58. On the other hand, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure started with a 7.49 but by the end rose to 8.04. Kamisama Kiss saw an even greater rise from 7.54 to 8.13.
- My Little Monster was receiving the most ‘favourited’ anime for most of the season until right at the end when Chuunibyou passed it out. Little Monster had the second highest favourites by the end, with K having the third highest and Pet Girl with the 4th.
- MAL didn’t watch Girls und Panzer. MAL has shit taste.