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Anime 2014 – The Misses

With the 2014 anime season now gone, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and mention my favs, my misses, and my surprises of the year. This is going to be hard, because there were a lot of great animes that came out, so I’m not sure what to pick. It’s easier to just talk about the animes I didn’t like, so let’s start with that.

The Misses:

Wizard Barristers Benmashi Cecil

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Wow, I completely forgot about this anime. I think the most disappointing thing about Wizard Barristers Benmashi Cecil is that it had a lot of potential, but it didn’t know what to do with it. Not only do we get a weak plot, but the animation became so bad that it actually ruined the story. A pretty important character died and we don’t see anything. His father killed him and no emotion. He died protecting Cecil, and she just looks around and does nothing.

That…that doesn’t even make sense. The picture above is the only thing we see, for the entire scene. I think that says it all really.

Psycho-Pass 2

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After the first season, I was expecting a lot from Psycho-Pass 2. Even if the original writers weren’t a part of this, I still thought that it would work out. How wrong I was. How oh so very wrong. As a standalone show, it’s not bad. If you knew nothing about the Psycho-Pass world, then it’s not that bad. The plot doesn’t really make sense, but it does have elements that make you keep watching.

But if you watched the first season, then Psycho-Pass 2 is just a mess. Not only do we get a rehash of a villain who can’t get picked up by the system, but Kamui is a poor man’s Makishima. He says that he wants to reform the system, but at the end it’s mostly about revenge. I don’t understand why the Sybil System wanted to turn Akane black. To kill her? Why when she said that she’d work with them back in the first seasons? Why were the officers able to keep their cool after killing so many people? I just don’t get it. Everything we learned from the first seasons gets pushed aside, but by the end it doesn’t matter because we’re back to the beginning. I think that’s what annoys me more. If the season is now at a reset, then what’s the point of this season?

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Like Psycho-Pass 2, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren is another sequel that I was hyped for but left me disappointed. At least with Psycho-Pass 2, I can still watch the movie and ignore that seasons since it wasn’t written by the same writers from the first one. I can’t really do that here.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren is a show that I thought I wanted, but made me dislike the series. Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship, at the same place. They have problems, but quickly get over it. The biggest obstacle for them, other than Rikka’s stubbornness of not using her Chuunibyou to run away from her problems, is Shichimiya. She’s a new character that was friends with Yuuta back when he was always the Dark Flame Master. She also has feelings for Yuuta, but it’s okay because she solves the problem herself.

That’s right. Yuuta and Rikka never have to deal with a third party that would make their relationship stronger, because the new character does everything herself. That’s why Shichimiya was the best thing on this show. She’s a chunni like Rikka, but is able to set it aside from time to time to just be herself. She’s mature, she’s cool, but she’s way too good for this show. Even though I loved her, her entire arc didn’t really need to be here. It didn’t hinder, change, or do anything to the other characters so it was useless.

What I hated the most was how Makoto, Yuuta’s only guy friend, got shafted. He use to be part of the gang and in this seasons got pushed to be a one scene per episode gag. That’s not right.

Mahou Sensou

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This anime now makes me wary of magical school themed shows. When Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei came out, I watched one episode and couldn’t finish because I kept thinking of Mahou Sensou. When Trinity Seven came out, I watched one episode and thought “This looks stupid,” and then remembered Mahou Sensou.

It’s not because of the lack of noses. It’s not because the main character is annoying and that the others are useless. It’s because nothing made sense.Why did the mom let her two sons hate each other when she was the one to blame? Why does no one use their power? You have a magical sword, why do you insist on doing kendo?? What is the point of another school, when you don’t even go to it? What is the point in anything?

Pupa

I’ve talked about this show before, but it still gets me annoyed whenever I think about it. I thought Mahou Sensou was bad, but nothing compares to Pupa. The sad thing is that I was actually looking forward to this adaptation, since I’ve read some of the manga. It’s not the greatest thing, but the horror aspect is quite nice.

Then the previews started and I got nervous. It seemed like the studio would be pushing the whole incest vibe of the little sister eating her brother. While that does happen in the story, I feel like that’s pretty much all we got here. Their parents didn’t play a role in the anime. And while we saw their dad a lot, the show never told us who he was. There’s so many things cut out from the manga, things that make the characters actually feel real and not just cardboard cut outs.

Maybe we were graced with Pupa so that Mahou Sensou doesn’t look so bad in comparison? In any case, Pupa is the worse anime of 2014 for me. Maybe of all time?

 

Now with that out of the way, I can talk about my favourites and what surprised me.

Fall Anime Rundown part 1

I’m just going to mention the shows that are not continuing on in the next season. So just shows that started and finished in the fall seasons, or finished in the fall season.

Amagi Brillant Park – stopped watching, but not sure why

I think I watched three-four episodes of this and then never went back to it again. I don’t think anything was wrong with it, but it didn’t really do anything for me. Maybe I’ll get back to it and finish it one of these days, but for now it’s on hold.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Will eventually finish it

I watched until episode seven and while I was interested in the mystery aspect, I never got around to finishing this anime. Whenever I’d see a new episode, I’d acknowledge it but then do something else. I do only have a few episodes left though, so I’ll probably finish this within the next few days and then update my thoughts on it.

Denki-Gai no Honya-san – DNF

I thought I’d like this one a lot, especially since the characters are an eccentric bunch that work at a manga shop, but didn’t like this at all. Some parts are funny, but a lot of the jokes seemed forced.

Donten ni Warau – Now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to watch it

I still haven’t seen this one yet, mainly because I didn’t want to wait a week to see what happened next. Now that it’s done, it’s time to buckle down and watch it. I’m looking forward to it. Will update this once I’ve finished watching everything.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san – top pick of the fall season

Definitely part of my top three fall anime shows. I love that it doesn’t take itself so seriously and the characters were always fun to watch. Plus, I’ve developed such a crush on Shigaraki. He may be an alcoholic deadbeat, but he’s awesome. I kind of wish we got to see more of Tengu, since he was shown in the promotional photo, but considering how he’s a proud pedo I guess it’s okay that they confined him into such a small role.

Loved this show though. It hit all the right notes and I was never disappointed. If only there were more episodes!

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – the synopsis and promo picture lied to me

Here’s my problem with this show. If the synopsis and promo picture didn’t emphasis the superpower aspect of the show, I think I might have enjoyed this more. But they did, and so I kept expecting something awesome and it never really happened. In the end, it was just your generic run of the mill club room slice of life show. The powers that they got served no purpose, so much so that if you removed it from the plot only two, maybe three episodes would take a hit. Plus, my favourite girl got pushed to the side when she seemed like someone with huge potential. The harem takeover was a bit much, but I did enjoy it enough to finish it. Hatoko’s freak out is definitely a must watch though.

Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. – a parody show that understands that it’s a parody show

A parody show about fetishes. I shouldn’t like it and yet I did, even when the animation took a nose dive for episodes 8 and 9. The show doesn’t take itself seriously and some of the moments are just too silly that I can’t help but like it. The fact that Souji had a conversation with his twintail, who sounds like an old man, and regained his confidence after that pep talk was hilarious. It’s a fun show, as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Psycho-Pass 2 – a disappointing sequel

As a standalone series, it was fine. But as a sequel, it fails to live up to its potential. By the time I finished this I was left feeling disappointed. I think the problem here is that a lot of the stuff that was established in the first seasons gets thrown out the window for reasons unknown. The Sybil system always had its issues, we knew that from when it failed to kill Makishima, but at least it was rational. For the most part. Here, it just seemed overly evil just to prove Kamui’s point. Only, what was his point exactly?

It doesn’t matter anymore, since the ending did a hard reset just in time for the movie release. Hopefully Gin actually has something to do there, because he did nothing here. There was one moment that I did find it funny. In the last episode Akane said, “You’re under arrest” to two people and they both ended up dying.

Selector Spread WIXOSS – a great addition to the series

Fantastic! This is what a sequel should be like. There are some plot holes, but I still loved every moment of this show.

Sword Art Online II – GGO, good. Calibur, meh. Mother’s Rosario, needed more episodes

I quite liked GGO and the character of Sinon. The idea of players from SAO’s murder guild coming back and killing people in real life actually makes a lot of sense. It does say something that they never got therapy, but what can you do. The Calibur arc was okay. Mother’s Rosario could have been better. Some of it was good, but some of it really needed more episodes to develop its story. After complaining that she got shafted since the second arc of the series, I was glad that Asuna actually had her own storyline.

Terra Formars – the manga is good

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The manga is so good, so when I heard that this would get an anime I was all for it. Only, the studio decided to focus more on action than the characters and plot. The Adolf arc was the turning point though and it was brilliant. Even though the animation took a hit, the emotions and story that Adolf shared was great to watch. The last episode was lazy though. Overall, it was just okay. Definitely read the manga though. It is amazing!