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Fantasy Anime League – The Perennial Bridesmaids


The Fantasy Anime League for the spring 2013 has finished. Tears were shed, winners were crowned, teams were completely forgotten about after the second week when it became shockingly clear that you had chosen completely the wrong team, and everyone learned a valuable lesson about not including sequels in your starting team. Let the bridesmaids weep!

Scamp – 2nd


Again. I finished second again. This is the third time! The Fall 2009 season, last season and now this season. I have badges to prove it and everything!FAL_banner_second_place 5camp.robnotes falbanner

I am never going to win FAL ;_;

Shinmaru – 23rd


Ah, just outside the top 20. This is the highest I’ve finished in FAL so far, so I’m happy with how it turned out. Now, though, I wish I hadn’t done the calculation for if I’d chosen Gargantia over Date A Live or Railgun S — that would be me in second! Oh well. So it goes. I get to be pleased with my highest ranking yet, while Scamp gets to stew in the fact that he will never, ever win FAL or the Irish Blogger Awards (the latter because The Cart Driver is clearly American territory at this point — majority rules!). I didn’t really do much to jump as high as I did in the final weeks — I just crunched the numbers and saw that my current team was my highest possible scoring team at this point, so I stuck with it. It was another fun game of FAL, though I don’t think anything terribly exciting went on after the crazy shakeup at the beginning of the season with Flowers of Evil that propelled fathomlessblue to the top of the leaderboard.

Inushinde – 229th


Looks like mister Five Camp and I are mirroring each other for this season’s FAL: Neither good enough to end up as first place on either end. I guess I learned my lesson for the next time: Place five minute shorts on my bench, and swap out the sequel that gets the most popular. Maybe that way, one day, I can finally achieve the coveted position of last place. Or maybe I can actually try to guess shows that people will watch through analysis and forum-watching, but what’s the fun in attempting to succeed?

Cart Driver Commenters League Table

  1. Fathomlessblue – 1
  2. Scamp – 2
  3. Caraniel – 3
  4. Jinkaine – 4
  5. Rihan – 5
  6. Pusswookie – 11
  7. Kenyaboi1364 – 15
  8. Shinmaru – 23
  9. Fumoffu – 26
  10. JoinedforFAL – 29
  11. Bokusatchii – 32
  12. IsaacandAsimov – 40
  13. Viridian – 45
  14. Krais – 53
  15. Kiraly – 54
  16. Flawfinder – 69
  17. Sandberm – 72
  18. Click – 76
  19. Volt9 – 86
  20. Rait – 119
  21. Marow – 126
  22. Processr – 127
  23. Yerocha – 143
  24. Bradley – 154
  25. Reiseng – 169
  26. EmperorJ – 193
  27. Inushinde – 229

Cart Driver commenters claiming the top 5 spots, and 10 of the entire top 30. Genuinely chuffed at that, albeit I’m not sure if losing top spot to someone I helped introduce to the competition makes it more or less painful. Hope to see more folks take part next time. We’re thinking of introducing some incentives for people to do well. Next FAL starts in the Fall season, see you folks then.

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  1. Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Dude, keep going for 2nd place every season from now on until you have an entire column on your MAL made up entirely of 2nd place FAL banners.

    Also, Fathomlessblue, you dirty SON OF A GUN.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      But then I’ll never make the hall of fame =(

  2. Amarrez
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I’m guessing the LWA is in celebration of the kickstarter being funded?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      Actually started getting the pics before it was funded, that’s how bloody fast that thing reached its goal

      • ANON
        Posted July 10, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

        looks like I’ll be contributing $1 just to get the wallpaper they promised lol

  3. RandomGoodJobGuy
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Don’t feel bad. At least you are number 1 in consistently getting 2nd place. Lol.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      That’s like saying Inushinde is number 1 at not coming last

      • RandomGoodJobGuy
        Posted July 10, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

        Tch! I was trying to lull you into thinking it was a good thing, only to say what you have just responded to me.
        Why did you have to ruin it? Now I have to use my brain, which I never use, to find a better way to mock you.

  4. ANON
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Is it just me or are those people who started this thing are relatively bad at this compared to say, 5camp or those who are from here?

    39th place during my first try. I also never ranked down and only climbed up from week 1 until the end. I’m satisfied. :D

    I think things would have been completely different if aku no hana didn’t have that kind of publicity during the first few weeks. I guess that is what makes this exciting lol.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      They used to be better than me, but I trained in the mountains for a bit

      • ANON
        Posted July 10, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

        But even the first time join-ers were better than the admins of that group! Maybe those who trained under 5camp-sensei-dono of the Cart Driver School of FAL are better warriors than them.

        And we need a group name for people who were introduced to FAL from this blog. 5camp’s army is too cliche and I can’t think of anything else.

  5. Posted July 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    “everyone learned a valuable lesson about not including sequels in your starting team”

    Yes ;-;

    But I’m happy with my placement. Just a little over the middle.

  6. T1g
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    At this rate, Fathomlessblue will be wearing the senpai pants in the relationship!

  7. Shinmaru
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Represented by cute witches; my dream has come true.

  8. Posted July 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Well, they do say third time is the charm, right?

  9. Anonymous
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    For the entire tournament the one thing that I could find comfort in after failing to cash in on Aku no Hana, finding out that having Railgun would be useless until the latest weeks of the game and having Karneval on my team which was basically an insult because I didn’t even like the series and just had it in my team because I expected it to do well (which it didn’t) was that I did better than Shinmaru. Every single week I was above Shinmaru. Except the only week that counts the last one where I was surpassed by 7 people and Shinmaru passed 11. Yess, i’m mad. Fuck this gay earth.

  10. joinedforFal
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    real happy i got my primary goal achieved, the extra bonus was a top 30 finish.

    the anichart of the coming Fall is giving me headaches, i can’t seem to narrow down the field because alot of it looks good.

    plus i’ve been tracking the summer shows in a mock spreadsheet
    and sure enough Free! is this seasons equivalent to Titan.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      Fall is tough, but I think I already have 3 of them locked in as choices, 4 if Nisekoi gets confirmed for Fall. I’d say it probably will, but Shaft have a history of delays

      • Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

        Can Shinbo even do two shows at once anymore, considering Monogatari is also extending into the Fall season?

      • JoinedforFal
        Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

        ah Nisekoi and shaft, i wonder which it will style itself after, denpa onna or the monogatari, is that the only harem style stuff shaft did?

      • Cirith
        Posted July 10, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink

        Nisekoi? I read a few manga chapters but wasn’t impressed. Maybe it will be more entertaining with shafts style.

  11. Pusswookie
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I feel absolutely nothing about both my position in the leader boards nor the fact that my first FAL experience was generally successful.

  12. jinkaine
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    That double nuking weeks 9 and 10 bruised a bit, lol. Until fall then, looking forward to new developments!

  13. Posted July 11, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Yes, I beat 2 other people on that list. I am so proud of my accomplishments.

    I will have to take a close look at what I did wrong and figure out what to do right next time.

    Oh well, it was fun when I remembered about it.

  14. Posted July 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    3rd place in my 1st FAL. with minimal research. why yes I am that awesome

  15. Fumoffu
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I am so gutted I lost to Shinmaru in the last week, how the hell did you manage to leap so many places in the last week? HOW?!

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