Monday, March 3, 2014

The Best Anime of 2013: #51-#35

I will kick off this "best anime of 2013" coverage with shows that are decidedly… not the best. That said, these shows aren't bad, either; they range from "decent" to "rather good". Descriptions for these shows will be very minimal, and there will be no pictures.

Let's get started, then.

As a side note, links will now go to Anime-Planet instead of MyAnimeList. The links not only include technical information and plot synopses, but some shows will also have Crunchyroll video embeds of the show's episodes in them.

Random Kirara for the pre-jump picture, just because.





#51-#46: 6/10 shows - These shows are… decent. Various things keep me from wholeheartedly liking them, but they were worth the viewing. For these shows, shows with the same score will be considered tied.

#51. Leviathan -the last defense- (Zettai Bouei Leviatan)
Rating: 6.1/10.0

This show definitely has no aspirations to be a great show by any means. Everything about it screams "stupid fun", and that indeed is all it is. But hey, sometimes that's all you really want. It is rather unremarkable otherwise, though.

#50. Fantasista Doll
Rating: 6.3/10.0

Well… this was cute. And pretty silly, too. Again, though, it was rather unremarkable outside of that.

#48 (tie). Henneko: The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat (Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.)
Rating: 6.4/10.0

This show had its cute moments (mostly involving Azusa). That said, for all of its attempts to tell a somewhat serious story about family, it got too silly for its own good (especially as far as older sister Tsukushi and her obsession with Youto's non-existent younger brother went).

#48 (tie). Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they? (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru sou desu yo?)
Rating: 6.4/10.0

Here's another show that definitely had its fun elements. Izayoi's overpowered tendencies could have gotten annoying, but thankfully his power was mostly used in support roles and the focus was on the much more interesting Asuka. My main problem was with how You Kasukabe, who was by far the most interesting character (a girl that can talk to animals and adopt their powers? How is that not awesome?), was completely sidelined after the first couple of episodes.

#46 (tie). Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
Rating: 6.7/10.0

The first season of Nyaruko-san was pretty fun, although as far as comedies went, it was fairly unremarkable outside of its numerous pop-culture and otaku references. The second season was pretty much just more of the same: fun, but nothing to really write home about.

#46 (tie). Red Data Girl
Rating: 6.7/10.0

First of all, this show looks absolutely fantastic, as expected from P.A.Works (which makes it an absolute shame that it will only be released on DVD in June--blame Kadokawa for that). Overall, it had some interesting ideas and good characters, but the story writing was too much of a mess, leaving the final result leaving something to be desired.

#35-45: 7/10 shows - These are all shows I liked, many of which I liked quite a bit. I might not be able to recommend them as easily to others, and there are plenty of shows that I liked more, but these are all shows I enjoyed a good amount.

#45. Vividred Operation
Rating: 7.0/10.0

The excessive focus on the girls' backsides notwithstanding, this show was a pretty good action romp with an exciting finale and Himawari, who was worth an extra 0.2 points just for herself.

#44. Chronicles of the Going Home Club (Kitakibu Katsudou Kiroku)
Rating: 7.0/10.0

This one suffered early on from some weak voice acting and messy comedy that relies too much on boke-tsukkomi, but as it went on, it got better and turned into a pretty enjoyable series with rapid fire, reference-heavy, fourth-wall-breaking humor.

#43. Student Council's Discretion Lv. 2 (Seitokai no Ichizon Lv. 2)
Rating: 7.2/10.0

This show always was a bit better than it seemed to be, moving past the reference-heavy humor and the whole harem aspect to be just a bit more heartfelt than it has any right to be. The second season does bring things to something of an ending, allowing for the series to come to a respectable closure that befits its characters.


#42. The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana)
Rating: 7.4/10.0

First of all, the rotoscoped visual style was a interesting touch artistically but ultimately doesn't matter much to me. Some might consider this show to be an interesting psychological look at human brokenness, but honestly, the whole thing feels a bit too overblown for me to take it seriously. So instead, it's a show where I get to watch as a couple of unsuspecting high schoolers completely ruin their lives and enjoy their fall into ruin. It was pretty good at that, though it does desperately need a second season that it probably won't get.

#41. GJ Club (GJ-bu)
Rating: 7.4/10.0

Here's a nice little slice of life show for slice-of-life fans. It doesn't make much of a big deal out of anything and is simply a bunch of girls and one guy idling time away in a club room, but the characters are all fun and it definitely has a certain charm to it. I personally found the pacing and some of the comedy to be a bit off, hence why it doesn't rank as high as some others of its type, but it's still a nice little show that I'd like to revisit at some point.

#40. Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS
Rating: 7.5/10.0

My analysis of Ro-Kyu-Bu! is: the basketball is great, the characters are good, their interactions are good… the lolicon-based aspects, I could do without. But hey, three out of four isn't bad. Especially this second season, where the basketball gets even better with the presence of a secondary team.

#39. White Album 2
Rating: 7.6/10.0

This show is a surprisingly good visual novel adaptation that has great characters and a nice music theme that leads to a great concert scene… in the middle of the show. Then it goes into heavy love triangle drama mode, which… wasn't quite as good. It wasn't bad, either, just not my favorite part of the show. Overall, though, this was actually quite enjoyable. There's more of the visual novel left to adapt, though whether it gets adapted is a different story.

#38. Magi - the labyrinth of magic
Rating: 7.7/10.0

This show was rather uneven; at times it was very exciting and explored some interesting themes, at other times it dragged on and lost that adventurous feel that it had at its best. It's gotten to the point where I could only make it three episodes into the second season, though revisiting said second season later is not out of the question. Still, the first season was overall good and well worth the watch.

#37. Namiuchigawa no Muromi-san
Rating: 7.7/10.0

Here's a fun madcap comedy with half-length (12-minute) episodes and lots of crazy things going on. It functions perfectly well as a comedy and even has some nicer, heartfelt moments here and there, though some episodes do fall rather flat. Nevertheless, it's a very likable comedy.

#36. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
Rating: 7.8/10.0

This Fate-verse take on mahou shoujo is quite fun, partially because Illya is great, and partly because there are some fantastic action scenes. It's also surprisingly serious about Illya's situation--not Madoka-dark, but it's definitely not all rainbows and unicorns. A second season is coming, which I am definitely looking forward to.

#35. WataMote - No Matter How I Look At It, It's Your Fault I'm Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!)
Rating: 7.9/10.0

This is definitely one of the more unusual shows out there, being perhaps more uncomfortable to watch than even The Flowers of Evil. Though as much as I might want to cheer on Tomoko to finally find happiness, I also frequently just want to smack her for acting stupid and trying to care too much about popularity to realize the nice, kind people that are around her. And most of the time, I was admittedly just laughing my head off at just how bad her bad ideas for becoming popular backfire on her. So perhaps I don't have particularly high praise for this show, but it's definitely a different sort of show, one that I enjoyed in its own way.

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