I’m a little late to the party, aren’t I? To tell you the truth, my dear readers, I have not even settled on the shows I’m going to watch this season with the sole exception of Ojisan to Marshmallow, which is a very amusing short. Feel free to give me your three favorite shows so far in the comments section below, and I promise to take a look at them.
Looking back at the anime of Fall 2016, the high scores I awarded to the shows struck me. Have I become even less critical than normal? Then, your humble blogger realized that last season’s worst shows haven’t ended, and I decline to rate shows until I see the ending–unless Beneath the Tangles requires one of me. So, let me talk about the worst shows of the past season before I get to the good stuff.
Worst wine pour in anime ever. Is that ketchup?
8) The Perfect Insider (aka Subete ga F ni Naru)
The fact that such a well constructed show finds itself at the bottom speaks volumes to how good the Fall 2015 was. The Perfect Insider‘s problem was that it strove to appear erudition and merely became abstruse. The philosophical queries at the show’s beginning drew me in, but the show became less about metaphysics and human nature and more about trying to learn the psychology of the killer, Dr. Shiki Magata. One might claim that learning Dr. Magata’s psychology helps us understand philosophical ideas and human nature. But, the usefulness of any philosophy we derive from a person’s psyche depends greatly on their sanity. Dr. Magata has a few cards short of a full deck, is five cans short of a six pack, four quarters short of a dollar, and, in brief, is mad as a hatter. Since insanity is based in pride and not in reality, one learns very little philosophy indeed.