The need for fansubbers is gradually dying out. Well, not quite fansubbers but the need for translators is. Something like 13/22 of the shows airing this season are being simulcast, and 4 of those remaining shows are kiddy shows nobody cares about. Most of these a region restricted and only available to North Americans, but what it means is all you need is some people to rip off these videos and the whole world get these subs. Not exactly an ideal world but at least it’s a step in the right direction. On the other end of the spectru though, is the largest Manga-viewer site, Onemanga, being shut down with currently no viable alternative for its massive fanbase to read these manga online. Now it doesn’t affect me because I don’t read manga online but this really sent shockwaves around anime fandom.
Anywho, onto the anime list! Also no pictures until I get home because I’m stuck on mobile internet that spazzes out whenever I try to upload any.
A Grade: One of the tops of the year. Get ready for some fanboying here
A- Black Lagoon OVA: Roberta’s Trail
To think I’d almost forgotten how awesome this show is. That right number of psychotic violent characters who yet all run by their own rules and morals. This isn’t just being violent and badass because it’s cool. They all have their reasons for being as badass as they are and that’s probably the main reason I love this show (for much the same reasons I love Baccano and Hellsing). We only got one episode but it reminded me what a frightening place Roanapur is. It also had a petit maid stab a man in the crotch with a knife. That wasn’t particularly enjoyable to watch…
B Grade: Hugely entertaining stuff. Not amazing but definitely worth watching
B+ Broken Blade
While I seriously enjoyed this, I alos get the complaints. Broken Blade doesn’t break (hur hur) a whole lot of new ground. But what it does it does so very well. The world is fantastically well-designed. The mecha battles are great fun to watch. It’s like a perfect conglomeration of everything I love in my anime. So meh, screw you guys. Go my biased views go~!
B Occult Academy
The plot may be a bit of a joke but that’s not what we’re watching this for. This show is such incredible fun to watch and laugh at. Smile and his massive spanner. JK and his keytar. It really shouldn’t feel as refreshing as it does, but a pretending-to-be-plot-driven comedy series that isn’t a crappy harem and has genuine intelligent humour seem so rare.
B- Giant Killing
The show hit its peak last month with the match against the three Brazilians and TSUBAKI!!! However those episodes have left a lasting effect over the rest of the series. Now I feel much more emotionally attached to what happens to ETU. It’s no masterpiece but I’m enjoying it a hell of a lot more than when the show first started.
C Grade: It’s good enough to keep watching but it’s not that memorable
While still a good show, I can’t help but think that it would have been better if it had ended after episode 14. Leave jail, get revenge, yada yada happy-ish ending. It would’ve made for a corny yet emotional and well constructed series. Watching the boys going about their adult lives isn’t anywhere near as engaging as them in the prison. Have to wait and see if Rainbow produces the goods with any of the upcoming arcs.
C Kurenai OVA
It’s not Kurenai. They might have the same names and roughly the same character designs, but this certainly isn’t the same Kurenai that aired in 2008. Once you get over that though, this OVA isn’t too bad. It’s quite fun to watch Murasaki fill in her summer journal and the girls getting competitive with each other. Still, I would have preferred something like the original series again.
C Highschool of the Dead
Recap in episode 4? Censorship lights down from the heaven for what was nothing more than a bit of boob grabbage? Yeah, not quite sure what was going on in that episode. Which is a shame because I was starting to warm up to this series just a bit. It’s nonsense and awfully lazy when it comes to plotting, but I was starting to get into this whole zombie apocalypse thing.
C Legend of the Legendary Heroes
Legendary Heroes has been getting a lot of praise recently for episode 3. I will admit that episode 3 was more exciting than previous episodes. However it was not due to any discernable raise in quality of storytelling or adding more depth to the characters. All it did was raise the stakes. Theoretically if this show kept raising the stakes it could be a quality series, but it won’t. It will be average for the rest of time. Face it guys, we’re all stuck watching this show because it will never be bad enough to warrant dropping.
Despite Legendary Heroes being a better show than Nurarara, I get nowhere near as frustrated watching Nurarara. This is probably because, while Legedary Legend has a lot happening averagely, Nurarara has rather little happening averagely. The 4 episodes that have aired have had rather little happen in them. We’re still setting the goddam scene. I think the knowledge that I get to watch the cool ending song once the episode is over keeps me from ever dropping this.
Not since Bleach have I seen a plot move so bloody slowly. It’s moving at a pace a blind three-legged tortoise would be ashamed at. It’s not strictly a bad show, but when the wacky character designs are what’s keeping me going then something’s not quite right. The payoff had better be great because I’m starting to get bored of nothing happening.
D Grade: I’ve lost interest in this anime. If it’s a D then I’ve probably dropped it
I’ve discovered there’s a limit to how low a low-brow comedy can go for me to still enjoy it. Mitsudamoe has taken it to a whole new level of low that I was never aware existed before. The whole urine sample thing was just a bit too ‘eurgh, really?’ for me and I have no doubt it shall continue to aim lower than that. How low I’m afraid it shall be up to others to report.
D Hetalia World Series
Aaaand finally my patience has gone for this series. The charm has worn off after the first season and all it really needed was a batch of poor episodes for my enthusiasm to disappear altogether for it to go straight to the dropped bin. Maybe in a year’s time I’ll rediscover the old fire and go back to it again. Heck, it will probably still be airing by then. A 4th season was just announced.
This was always on the drop list anyway; I just gave it a second episode on the off-chance it managed to pull something worthwhile out of its magical hat. But nope, the narrator is still as annoying as ever, the humour is still non-existent and the fan-pandering still failed to do any sort of pandering I enjoyed watching. So yup, straight into the dropped bin for you. Thanks for the nice legs.
E Grade: Unlike D grades where I drop out of disinterest, E grades are dropped in Disgust.
E+ Black Rock Shooter
I guess there are people out there who enjoy watching girls do mundane things and have banal conversations that go nowhere and have no imagination whatsoever. It’s become a genre of itself by now. Which is annoying, because I would have enjoyed watching two mute girls duke it out in a post-apocalyptic, bathroom tiled world while wearing black string bikinis.
E- Bungaku Shoujo
My prediction has yet to be proved right. The anime world has yet to explode with praise for the sweetness of Bungaku Shoujo. Maybe they’re waiting for the movie? I dunno, why people would enjoy this stuff is beyond me. Then again, there are people baffled as to why someone would like Black Lagoon or Broken Blade so it’s all relative.