That most wonderful time of the year is once again upon us, as stores bedeck their windows with hideous Christmas decorations and zoo workers enlist the help of sentient animals to find out what a cafe waitress could possibly want. Most importantly of all, the Cart Driver is reexamining its FAL picks as Shinmaru and I languish over our terrible decisions, and Bossman Scamp lords his choice of Monster-kun over us like the heartless man he is.
This was originally going to be posted last week, but considering that none of our places changed much from Week 8 until now, I think some liberty can be taken just this once to make up for my lack of timeliness. Anyway, here’s Scamp’s gloating for your reading pleasure, followed by Shinmaru and I weeping profusely into our hands, wondering where we went wrong.
It’s pretty clear now that I’ve won The Cart Driver FAL Game, partly because I am amazing and partly because my co-writers are idiots whose only option is to bow down to my superior intellect. I’ll leave them battle it out for the wooden spoon while I survey my chances of taking top spot in all of FAL.
Monster-kun, Chuunibyou and K are the top 3 performers for this season, so they’re locked. Psycho Pass is still currently the 7th best performer, but that’s because it’s Noitamina and had a slow start. It’s now faring well within the top 5 each week, so it’s also a lock. The final one is Little Busters, which is where the complications arrive. See, the rest of the top 5 people in FAL all have the same team as me. If I’m ever going to pass them out, I need to shake things up a bit.
Why Little Busters is key here is because its strong performance is entirely on the back of the forum discussion posts. I’m not quite sure why MAL loves discussing Little Busters, but there you go. On the other hand, LB’s viewing figures are pretty average, lower than Magi which I have sitting on my bench. Plus LB has a ton of dropped stats, which nailed it in the week where that was counted, meaning it finished lower than friggen Medaka Box.
Thing is, they changed the rules around this season so I can’t swap Magi out one week and bring LB back the next. Because discussion points are counted every 2 weeks, anything I gain from bringing Magi in will get instantly discounted the next week. I’ve got to time this final swap perfectly if I’m going to stand any chance of climbing up the ranks.
I’m still bringing up the rear among my Cart Driver cohorts, unfortunately, but I have at least jumped nearly 30 spots since the previous post, so I’m ahead of some of you knuckleheads. Getting K and Psycho-Pass onto my team certainly helped with that, since both are good performers, though my team might hit its ceiling soon. There’s precious little that I can do now that I have my highest scoring lineup going each week. The wildcards that are now in play because it’s week 9 don’t add much to my true goal of getting past Inushinde.
Robotics;Notes is the biggest disappointment of my current lineup. I thought it would be a much bigger performer; instead, it’s a decent points grabber in a season where so many shows are having success that that’s a liability. There are nine series that got at least 27,000 points in the latest results, and two others that came close! (And none of these series is Robotics;Notes, I might add.) The game has changed at MAL, my friends. It’s kind of crazy how many more new people join the site, especially since it’s, you know, kind of shit! (Though the people who organize FAL are cool.)
I doubt I’ll catch Inushinde because I’m 20 spots and 40,000-ish points behind him with but a few precious weeks remaining, but maybe some sort of Key-like miracle will occur since I have Little Busters! on my team. Perhaps I should gather my starfish and pray to the sparkly bubble gods to mess with the numbers enough to propel me higher on the list while somehow leaving Inushinde out in the cold. That seems like a sound strategy to me.
Once again, the specter of not choosing Kaibutsu-kun when I’ve otherwise nailed almost every other popular show of the season has come back to haunt me as I’ve fallen even further from grace. Unless everyone stops inexplicably watching the last few episodes, I don’t think I’ll ever return to my former glory.
The only show on my roster that’s really been a bad decision is Robotics;Notes, as everything else has comfortably stood in the Top 10 total rankings. Making bad picks for my benched shows probably didn’t help me either, a vain hope for Joey JoJo’s overall popularity being dashed in an instant. Really though, I’m surprised Little Busters has held up as long as it has, given that MAL generally isn’t as fond of it as I thought they’d be. As Scamp implied though, maybe there are people furiously discussing it on the forums because they don’t want it to lose its comfortable position in the Top Five. If that’s the case, you go, posters with ulterior motives! Validate my terrible pick in shows for my roster!
All that’s left at this point is to wait out the rest and pray that I don’t fall to the dregs with Shinmaru. (In this case, the dregs are anywhere below my current ranking.)