2 weeks into MAL’s Fantasy Anime League, it’s time to take a quick step back after the original blitz and take stock of proceedings. After the shit that was talking and the bold declarations that were laid down when we made our original teams, it’s time to see who has egg on their face.
Shinmaru: Current ranking – 91st
“I’ve made a huge mistake.” – the official slogan of my FAL team
So … yeah. The one bit of good news after the first couple of weeks of the Fantasy Anime League season is that my team jumped more than 50 spots after the first week and can hopefully jump more now that I’ve made my lineup a bit less boneheaded. Not gonna lie, folks: My campaign to become King of The Cart Driver is in serious trouble. My biggest mistake, clearly, was underestimating the Power of Shoujo. People love the kissy-kissy, even when it’s in dreadfully boring stuff like Kimi ni Todoke. Even some early season controversy couldn’t derail the Tonari steamroller; hell, it may have even helped it! Damn it all.
My other unfortunate blunder was not rolling the dice with K in the first week. Having that in the main squad and Robotics;Notes on the bench during the initial week would have worked wonders … also, not having fucking Bakuman. 3 instead of Tonari. That might have been good, too. Once again Bakuman. shits all over me. I can’t escape you!
At least my other shows are doing OK. Little Busters! and Chuunibyou are obvious juggernauts. Robotics;Notes will likely catch up in a hurry. Code:Breaker is the weak link now that I kicked Bakuman. to the curb and welcomed K to the party. I’d have a bit less confidence in it since I thought the first episode was so lame, but again, that hardly matters when it comes to what people will watch and how these rankings turn out. Perhaps it will clamber up the rankings slowly but surely.
Yeah, I’m pretty much fucked, guys. :(
Scamp: Currently ranking – 8th
Why yes Shinmaru, you did fuck up. I called it, didn’t I? Never underestimate the power of shoujo. Girls love their emotionally unstable violent abusive harassing cutesy boyfriends. Monster-kun is the top scorer after the first 2 weeks, blowing everything else away viewer-wise. It might eventually drop below Little Busters or Chuunibyou, but everyone, including me, has those on their team so that doesn’t matter to me.
I have 4 of the top 5 anime in my active team. I was a little worried about K, but it pulled through because we love our bishies under blue filters. The only one that didn’t perform was Magi, being outperformed by stuff like Btooom and Code:Breaker. It still did all right though, far better than Bakuman. Oh boy, I think I’m sooo clever because it has the highest planned-to-watch figure, totally ignoring the fact that of course it will because those who watched 2 seasons will obviously mark it as want to watch and ignoring that the number won’t be that much higher than that because you’re not going to bring in much new viewers when it’s the third bloody season.
Anyway, I swapped out Magi for Psycho Pass, which is currently the better performing of the two Noitamina. Unless Robotic;Notes takes off, I can’t see my team changing from now until the end of FAL. All that’s left is to watch my co-writers disappear in my dust mwahahahaha!
Inushinde: Currently ranking – 30th (tied with two others)
Well I sure didn’t see this coming. I was readying a marble throne and laurel wreath for my inevitable victory over both of my co-writers, but evidently I’ll need to hold off on that order for a few more weeks, since Scamp’s team has inexplicably soared toward the top of the FAL rankings, no doubt due to a large amount of cheating on his part. But hey, what more could you expect from the Ir- no no, I promised myself I’d avoid any ethnically-charged barbs, lest my chances turn even further against me. But short of the rest of the MAL userbase catching the Monster-kun avoidance bug that’s afflicted so many in the blogosphere, it seems this runaway train will have very little chance of stopping. Goddamned shoujo anime.
On a more positive, less bitter note, I remember calling early on that viewers of all ages and backgrounds (yes, even Irish folk like my fellow writer here) will come together against a common evil for one singular purpose: to watch little kids with psychic powers beat the shit out of each other. While Shinsekai Yori hasn’t so much gotten to the “beat the shit out of each other” part yet, it seems to be slowly but surely leading up to such a development. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it’s ranked fourth on the list, two of the three ranked above it residing comfortably on my own roster. I don’t think this will fall into obscurity and take my list with it anytime soon.
Little Busters, Chuuni, and K making the list aren’t huge surprises, given that they have in abundance what anime viewers as a whole (including myself) seem to slobber over. Well, except Little Busters, which finally saw Jun Maeda’s dreaded idiot womanchild touch overtake another helpless victim, but I still can’t say I’m surprised to see it make the list, even if it ended up a spot below Shinsekai Yori. Still, I’m comfortable avoiding bench swaps for the time being, given that my only weak link is Robotics;Notes, and that will hopefully pick up in the next few weeks.
I’m confident that with enough effort spent doing fuck all to change my roster, I can claw my way to the top of the heap and assume my rightful place with the laurel of Cart Driver FAL Victory nestled neatly on my head, with Scamp cast down to dwell with Shinmaru. And I will laugh.
Also, why the fuck is nobody watching Girls und Panzer? Come on, people, it’s sixth from the bottom!