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.
Wizard Barristers Benmashi Cecil
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.
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
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.
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?
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.