You’re probably wondering how I’m getting along this season. My list of shows is still at nine, but that comes from me dropping two and adding two more. Ranking them from favorite to least favorite, the order of shows would look like this:
- Hitsugi no Chaika
- Gokukoku no Brynhildr
- Black Bullet
- Soredemo Sekai ga Utsukushii
- Nanana’s Buried Treasure
- Mekakucity Actors
- Knights of Sidonia
- Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
- Captain Earth
Compared to my old list, this one has lost the sumo wrestling anime and Fuun Ishin Dai-Shogun. The latter was particularly bad, and reading about the former deflated any desire I had to watch it. What’s new to this list are Soredemo Sekai ga Utsukushii and Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to. I am greatful to Lee Relph of MIB’s Instant Headache for recommending the former. This comedic fantasy boasts some of the most likable characters this season. The ups and downs of Nike and Livius’s romance, Nike’s exuberant behavior, and the intrigue surrounding Livius’ court make for a fun show. Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to is hilarious, though I can see some people turning it down for the outlandish themes in its comedy. If it were not so funny, I doubt that I could have made it through the panty episode, i.e. the very first episode.
There are two reasons Hitsugi no Chaika tops the list: 1) it’s based in the world of Scrapped Princess, one of my favorite shows and earliest anime in my career as an otaku; and 2) my ignorance of its story. Otherwise, Gokukoku no Brynhildr is about as strong a show, but I’m familiar with the manga. The anime sticks like glue to the manga’s story line, though it is fun to see it animated. My last anime post pointed out a flaw in the action of Black Bullet, but for all that it well deserves the number three spot.
Another blogger whom I need to thank for a recommendation is Overlord Bear for suggesting Mekakucity Actors to me. It’s a very interesting show, animated in the vein of Bakemonogatari. (Watching this is making me consider trying to watch Nisemonogatari again.) Overall, the characters and action are only a little less enjoyable than those of Nanana’s Buried Treasure. But, I’m greatly looking forward to the direction the plot takes us.
Along with Gokukoku no Brynhildr, I also decided to start reading the manga for Knights of Sidonia. After ten chapters or so, I dropped the manga Knights of Sidonia, and found my enthusiasm rather killed for the show. Basically, I came to dislike both the characters and the world in which Knights of Sidonia was set. Why is it still on my list then? I felt that it would be unjust to drop the anime because I didn’t like the manga. After all, it is possible that the anime studio outdid the mangaka. In this case, they certainly did: the characters feel more lifelike and the situation less grim. (Not much less grim, but sufficiently so.) The show could easily vault higher into the rankings.
Captain Earth owes its low position merely to the fact that I have not made time to watch it beyond episode two. I was very excited for this show in the beginning and enjoyed the first couple of episodes before becoming distracted by other shows which seemed more interesting. After all, mecha is not my favorite genre and we’ve seen the plot where a teenage boy suddenly becomes a giant robot pilot before. But, the hero has guts and doesn’t appear two dimensional, so I’m going to start watching it again.
Well, that’s my situation this season. I’m not sure whether any series will equal the classics of anime, but I hope that they will offer as much food for thought as they already have fun.