Yes I know this is a little late and I haven’t actually been writing anything but please don’t hate on me, as I have been in China for the past 2 weeks (IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME) So now that I came back, I am finally able to finish all the seasonals that I have started this Summer, being 11 shows in total. Now before we get into it, let me explain the rules first! I have made a Top-list for this season, saying which Anime I liked best and which one was rather bad. For the actual list, I have only chosen those shows that I have watched up to the episode that ended together with the season, meaning that anything I have dropped during this season is getting mentioned, but not really listed itself (it won’t get a number). Also if a show has started before this season and was a leftover, I only counted the part that has happened in this season and anything that happened before and after, did not count.
After getting all this out of the way, I present to you the Top Anime list for the Summer of 2013!
Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui:
Ok…now please hear me out before you say anything. I usually hate dropping shows and normally only do it if the show itself is getting waaaaay too long for me to actually watch it (looking at Naruto or Pokemon). But for this show, I dropped it, due to another reason, being that for me it was just painful to watch! Watamote has a really dark humor and likes to make fun of all the awkward scenes that it’s main Character Tomoko is in. The problem this show has though, is that it’s main character is just way to relatable, which is a problem not many shows have. Actually most main characters are way to unrelatable but that’s not the point. The dark humor in this show actually is so dark, that in the end it feels more awkward than it is funny and as the show progressed, I felt more and more weird watching it. I can totally understand why people would like this and why this might be funny to some, but as someone that knows the feeling of being a bit of an outsider I can’t help but feel awkward! (watched up to episode 7)
10: Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou:
Inuhasa had a bunch of problems that I just couldn’t overlook and that were far too obvious for anyone to ignore. The first huge problem I had with it were the main characters. This show was supposed to be a nonsense comedy and as such it needs to obviously be funny, which as it is nonsense normally does it with a hillarious story or hillarious characters. The characters in this show for the most part are rather stereotypical and even though the stereotypes they use are pretty rare, for the most part they still don’t feel original. We have the masochist, the one that always apologizes, the one that is obsessed with someone and other weird characters and they can for the most part be summarized as annoying. So if it is not the characters that make this show funny, it mostly likely would be the story, but InuHasa even fails at making the story nonsense. The plot kicks in as really nonsense and even though many things don’t seem to make any sense after watching at them twice or more, if you turn your brain off, what would be the normal reaction to something as stupid as this, it almost feels like the show tries to explain something (which it sometimes even does), leading to it not feeling like nonsense at all, but rather like a show that tries to have an intriguing plot while having original characters and funny interactions. Unfortunately it fails at every single of those points.
9: Choujigen Game Neptune:
Having heard pretty often just how cool the games are, I was expecting quite a lot out of this Anime, but knowing that most RPGs have rather poor story to it, I should’ve expected that this was not going to be anything amazing. The show consists out of several archs that don’t really have a lot in common. Every single of those arch features a story that is either ok or quite decent. None of them really stands out and none of them has anything amazing to it. The characters feel the same way, as they are for the most parts just typical stereotypes and nothing special at all.
8: Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:
I actually was pretty excited for this show when it started, cause I heard that it had a pretty interesting plot twist in it and as the premise itself sounded pretty cool I thought that this might be becoming really good! Unfortunately though, it turned out not to be that way and was rather disappointing for the most part. The point that the show failed at was not the story itself, as it was for the most part pretty interesting and it’s really cool what the writer was able to do with such an interesting concept that the show had, but the problem was in the main characters. The main characters start off as pretty interesting, but get boring really fast and as character developement is almost not existent from a certain point on, they stay pretty boring for the most time. The saving grace for this show though are the side characters that seem to be written with way more love than the main characters featuring some that probably would have fit into the role of the main character a lot better. Especially the side characters that the last arch is focused on were my favorite ones and that probably is why the last arch was my favorite, even though it left an ending that is rather questionable and left plotholes comparable to those of Angel Beats ending. Still this show started and ended pretty well but everything in between didn’t really convince me.
Danganronpa is something that is good in a way it actually shouldn’t be. The thing that Danganronpa was supposed to be was an interesting and intriguing Death Game about Despair and Hope but what it was in the end, was a rather poor Mystery, that didn’t have any feeling of despair at all and was waaaaay too lighthearted to feel like an actual death game. The premise itself was pretty interesting and the class trials and murders for the most part were pretty cool too, but the point this show didn’t do a good job at was that the characters acted really weird at times. Even though the characters were trapped in a death game were they could be killed every second they didn’t seem to care about that at all and were just goofing around almost every second episode. The way they acted just was so illogical, they didn’t really seem human at all. Also the one supervising the death game was a bear, that didn’t seem threatening at all, but annoying at best. I think that Danganronpa was an interesting concept that just was poorly executed!
6: Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou:
I have quite some problems talking about this show…Genei wo Kakeru has a lot of things that it did wrong, but it is rather hard to figure out what exactly it was that made this show fail as much as it did. One of the biggest problems it had up to a certain point probably was it’s characters as the viewer learned to care about the characters only really late. The thing that I think this show did wrong was the way it used the monster of the week premise, since it mostly focused on getting the viewer attached to the monster than getting the main characters developed. As such up to a certain episode they fell pretty flat and ended up getting uninteresting. From one episode on though, the show makes a complete 180-turn and suddenly shifts into a much more character oriented show then it was before and starts to get pretty decent. Also the pretty dark plot of this show reminded me a lot of Madoka done in a worse form.
5: Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya:
As I am quite a fan of the Fate-Franchise I was a little worried about this one, since it was said to be a magical girl Slice of Life comedy which I didn’t think fit into the Fate-Universe really well, so I started to see it as more of a humor show than anything else and when it started, it was just that. As the show went on though, it became more and more obvious that the show was moving away from the original concept of a comedy and shifted into a really serious part, about friendship and trusting others, with the occasional humorous parts that weren’t really funny though. Quite some questions were left unanswered, but still I had a lot of fun watching the characters in the last few episodes and I’m looking forward to seeing the next season of this.
4: Blood Lad:
I have said quite often by now, that I have read the Manga for this and that I really liked it and just the same happened with the Anime. I thought it was a really well done adaptation of the Manga and it captured the spirit of the Manga perfectly. There isn’t really a lot more to say about this. The story is quite cool and the characters are really fun to watch, but nothing about it was really outstanding. I am just hoping that the second season is going to come along soon, as I need more of this!
3: Love Lab:
Yes I know that an Anime called “Love Lab” shouldn’t be on a guy’s top 3 in an Anime list but srsly who cares? I loved K-On too so just stfu. I really liked Love Lab just for it’s humor and as we know all, humor is really subjective so it might be that you didn’t like the show out of the same reason that I loved it for. Anyway, the humor that Love Lab has is a rather sarcastic humor and works so well, just due to the characters being so well written. None of them seems one-dimensional and the interactions are pretty much hillarious. The only thing I didn’t like as much in this show, was the way they handled the Drama. Fortunately there wasn’t too much of it and I am happy that it stayed funny for the most part, since that was the part that I liked this show for the most.
2: Shingeki no Kyojin:
Well…this is going to be a hard one…Attack on Titan has many flaws, that are pretty obvious and the hype that surrounds it make those even worse. Subjectively spoken though, even though it has many flaws it also has many things that just make it amazing. The first obvious flaw it has are the characters as some of them rather dull and boring, the best example being Mikasa as she doesn’t really change throughout the whole show and only clings to Eren for most of the show. The thing that annoyed me personally the most was the inconsistency that the show had. While going on, the show constantly switched between boring me to death or making me excited as fuck. I am still not sure how to properly rate it, but I really did have a lot of fun watching this! Even though it would’ve been a little easier for me, if I had marathoned it instead of watching it on a week to week basis. I am looking forward to anything coming though and do plan to read the Manga once it gets published in Germany.
Aaaaaaand the Number One Anime of the Summer Season 2013 is:
Gatchaman Crowds is an Anime, that I am not even sure about why I love it this much…the story of this show is nothing that really stands out and nothing original either and the first time I went into this, the characters annoyed the hell outta me. But the second I learned to like the characters (which was in episode 2 already), this show got better and better. The characters in this show seem to be really over the top in the first episode, but get more and more likeable and for me it was really easy to get attached to every single one of them. That probably was the thing that made me grin throughout every single episode that made me feel good throughout the whole show!
With that I thank you for reading this and if you want you can follow me on both twitter (@korigaming) and Hummingbird (Kori) where I am giving updates on my Blog and my opinions. I am going to write some First Reactions on the fall Anime soon, but that is most likely going to happen at a later point in time, as I am still suffering from a Jetlag…See you guys next time then!