I’m going to be pretty depressed when this season ends. My top 4 shows are all ending in a months time and the upcoming summer season definitely has nothing at the same level as those anime ending. I’ve stuck a few shows on hold due to difficulty finding direct downloads though, like Big Windup and Tatami Galaxy, so I might pick them up next season. I did, however, see a list for the Autumn season. While I’m a little sceptical of the accuracy of the list, there’s easily enough in there to be extremely optimistic. So for now, let us enjoy the final months of these currently airing great shows, take a breather next season before diving straight into the epic fall lineup.
A Grade: One of the tops of the year. Get ready for some fanboying here
A Arakawa Under the Bridge
What a month it’s been for Arakawa. Each episode leaves my face in pain because I’m grinning so much. It has the right combination of laugh-out-loud moments, heartwarming moments and yet keeps this strange philosophical angle on how to enjoy life. I can’t wait to see things come to a head under the bridge with Recruit’s dad entering the picture. I’m really going to miss this show when it ends. Someone make a Saint Young Men anime now!
B Grade: Hugely entertaining stuff. Not amazing but definitely worth watching
B+ Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Some of the episodes at the start of this month had me fearing for the last arc of FMA being a bit of a downer. So much time was spent on a battle nearly being won only for a baddy to appear, then the baddies nearly winning only for a good guy to show up. It was really dragging the pace down. However the latest episodes have brought FMA right back to top form again, 59 in particular blew me away. Turns out it was just a momentary blip. I suppose after 60 episodes, I can be lenient and allow a temporary drop in form.
B Angel Beats
I find myself drawing comparisons between Angel Beats and Umineko. Both of them provide constant entertainment to see what next they decide to throw into the mix. The difference between the two is that the humour in Angel Beats is intentional. New plot elements are being thrown in except this time with a degree of though behind them. I can theorise safe in the knowledge that a lot of what’s being done is intentional. Yes, Angel Beats is a bit of a mess, but a hugely entertaining one never the less. Get chance and luck!
The episodes involving Kida’s past was fantastic, especially the way it revealed yet another layer to the assholery of Izaya. However that’s been the only really good episode this month. The last two in particular have been watching Izaya trolling the internet and screwing over angsty teenagers. Not exactly riveting stuff. What’s stranger is this dip in form has coincided with Celty being turned into a minor character. I never realised before how integral she was to the quality of this show.
Rainbow has finally managed to win me over. Yes it’s one of the corniest anime of all time, what with the dramatic guitar being played during any scene when the guys are talking about how awesome Anchan is and the evil facial distortions. But they’ve really got me caring about what happens now. It’s got the right balance of hope and evil to keep you guessing as to whether Anchan will survive or not. Damnit Anchan, please can you survive!
C Grade: It’s good enough to keep watching but it’s not that memorable
C+ House of Five Leaves
I’m not quite sure why I’m still enjoying this as much as I am. The dialogue is so painfully bland and lifeless that it takes some fansubbing jokes to get me interested in them. I can’t tell the side characters apart either because they all have those bloody top knots. Yet I find myself enjoying each episode. The atmosphere is so easy to sink into that episodes tend to fly by without my realising what’s going on. Noitamina strikes again I guess, albeit in a slightly different way that usual.
C Giant Killing
What is it that Giant Killing is lacking? I can’t shake the feeling that there’s a better series lying around here somewhere, we just haven’t seen it yet. It’s entertaining enough I guess, it’s just I’m finding it hard to care about the characters at the moment. Something just isn’t clicking. Although the last episode hinted at the show turning a corner and we finally get to see some off this Giant Killing Tatsumi goes on about.
C Hetalia World Series
The main charm of Hetalia has worn off. All the main and half-main characters have been introduced and fleshed out. Now we’re just left with a new character addition every now and then. The charm of this series no longer stems from the concept, but by an episode by episode basis. Thankfully, with Hetalia, there’s always a good joke waiting just around the corner and at 5 minutes per episode, it’s not exactly a painful investment or anything. Wonder how long this season plans to go on for?
D Grade: I’ve lost interest in this anime. If it’s a D then I’ve probably dropped it
D Senko no Night Raid
Yeah I’ve given up on this. Episode 4 was just nonsense but at least had the excuse that it was trying to be nonsense. Episode 5 was meant to be part of the plot and yet was just as stupid. The animation has gone down the drain, especially judging by that Senko no Man Child screenshot there. I never cared about the plot and the characters weren’t doing anything particularly interesting. Anime no Chikara, I am disappoint. If next season’s Occult Academy is the last you’re going to produce and even that fails to impress, then you only have yourselves to blame.