Chartfags amazing chart came out the other day as I’m sure most of you know by now. My thoughts while looking at it were ‘quality over quantity’, which is totally the opposite approach to the current season. Instead of the usual sequel laden nonsense that often appears, we have a season full of original ideas and recognised talents taken the helm. And yet, as fucking usual, we get everyone saying ‘god this looks crap, all moe-fanservice rubbish’. Now there is nothing in anime fandom I hate more than oldfags complaining that everything was better back in the good old days. This proclaiming that the latest season is rubbish is just a tangent from this thought-process. This year will obviously be crap because it’s further away from those years when I was wearing rose-tinted specs. So now, for your convenience and viewing pleasure, I’m going to explain why this upcoming season is not a failure. I stress, this is not a season preview. That will come at the end of this month. This is an angry Irish otaku person who likes anime. Enjoy.
Durarara: Thankfully, this appears to be the one anime that people are actually admitting ‘might be worth checking out’. Thank you Chartfag for being a Baccano fan and including the little line about this being from the same creators. I might have burst several blood vessels in my body if people said that this was more moe crap.
Dance in the Vampire Bund: It has a crazy vampire loli and loads of blood in the preview picture. What’s not to like! It’s Shaft for fuck sake, they are rolling in money after Bakemonogatari and they’re doing a bloody action series, how the hell is this more moe rubbish.
SoRaNoWoTo: Leaving aside the ‘K-ON joins the military’ aspect, this is an anime original project. Do you realise how badly the anime industry needs these things to prevent the horrible sameness that so often occurs? This is the pilot project in a timeslot devoted entirely to anime original projects. You should be fucking praying for this to succeed. And if you happened to like K-ON, then what? Are you simply KyoAni fanboys and nothing by anyone else lives up to their standards, even if it actually has better animation and a message behind the story as well?
Hanamaru Kindergarten: I’m a bit confused by this too but come on, it’s Gainax trolling everyone by making an anime about little kids. They even went the full way and hired the director of FMA for this. And for gods sake, this is NOT moe. This is cute little 3 year old kids that you go awww when you look at them. Moe is cute that you make hundreds of japanese doujins out of. Big fucking difference there.
Nodame Cantabile Final: Oh for fucks sake, it’s Nodame fucking Cantabile, the single best romance series in existence, according to my totally biased views anyway, and yet I haven’t seen a single person even remotely excited about this series. What the hell, how can you not have watched all that mukya and a little bit of that Gyapo!?! Leave now and educate yourself. Actually don’t leave just yet. Let me rant at you for a bit longer. Then go educate yourself.
Katanagatari: Wonder why the name looks so similar to Bakemonogatari? Because it’s Nision, the same fucking author. You didn’t like Bakemono you say? Well you suck and have no taste, go read Death Note: Another Note. Hey guess what, that awesome book is written by the exact same guy! Guess what? This will also be awesome and you suck for not realising that. However now that you have realised it you have been saved. Hurrah for you. Now add it to your plan-to-watch list.
Seikon no Quasar: This is the one about breast milk. But guess what? This is actually a feminist anime. One symbol of female repression, childbirth and breast milk, combined with the sexualisation of the female body with breast culture, is flipped on its head when the male in fact relies on exactly these two things if he is to gain any power whatsoever. This story is about the triumph of women over men. Actually I have no idea what it’s about but that’s the point: You never know until you watch it.
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: This is another look at a taboo in human society, this time the culture class divide between academic brilliance and how people who perform better in school get a better lifestyle and one mans attempts to break this horrible culture and blatant destroying of human rights. Or it could just be a wacky comedy.
Hidimari Sketch sequel: One of Shaft’s most critically acclaimed anime. What, you haven’t watched it’s predecessor? Well…neither have I so I should probably just shut up…
Haruka of a Distant Time 3:……let’s skip this one.
Hidden God: By the creators of Higurashi and Umineko. Now I don’t care if you haven’t watched these, you should at least know the awesome reputation these anime have now. This isn’t more stupid moe crap, this is a subversion of that very genre. If you have dismissed this because it looks like more moe crap then you are a fucking idiot.
Kewpie: Yeah it’s a kids show. Kids have to watch something you know.
3 fanservice blobs: Yes, right down the bottom there you have your usual little batch of generic horrible fanservice rubbish. But that’s OK, that’s just for weird otaku to make doujins out of. There’s still at least 7 anime in there that are worth watching. And that’s for a winter season, one of the smaller seasons in the anime year. See? It doesn’t look quite so doom and gloom anymore does it.
Rant over. That was kind of fun actually. I should try ranting more often.