Aaaaaand we’re late again. As usual. But you don’t read us for our timeliness, right? Hell, who am I kidding… you don’t read us at all.
ON THE FIRST DAY… GOD CREATED SOUL EATER! AND THE PEOPLE DEEMED IT GOOD! ON THE SECOND DAY… GOD CREATED BLUE EXORCIST! AND THE PEOPLE DEEMED IT… not so good. AND ON THE THIRD DAY… GOD CREATED BLOOD LAD! AND THE PEOPLE SAID: “…the fuck is this?”. Yup, its another goofy monster battle shonen show! This one’s all about vampires, who don’t sparkle but are still blue in the face. Our hero is Charlie Staz, a demon who dreads the idea of having to leave the Makairealm but is still addicted to human culture, particularly that of the Ni-han-goh. Yes my friends our hero… is a weeaboo. SAVOR IT!!!!
However, a real culture shock smacks Staz in the face when an honest to god actual Japanese schoolgirl appears in the demon wold. Soon he learns that his taste in anime is 20 years out of date, all his favorite bands broke up in the late-90s, and the title “Final Fantasy” has proven to be somewhat inaccurate. Alas, schoolgirl immediately dies by means of Rogue Triffid, but she’s still around, as a ghost, so Staz, inspired by a certain manga about a dragon and his balls, declares he will find a way to resurrect her and tap that sweet hot neck. Oh and there’s also the trials and tribulations of being the local territorial overlord to deal with, what with everybody trying to kill you and all. So time to quit and finally go to the human world. Oh snap.
You know… doing these clusterfucks can be taxing on the soul, what with all the crap I have to watch to give you briefass blurbs of free entertainment. So when a show like Blood Lad comes along and its the last thing you have to do, you’re all like “well its generic and bland and the entry on ANN’s preview didn’t give me much hope, and I’ll probably slam for it being the Soul Eater ripoff that it is”. So naturally I would not expect anything… and then I watched it….and I was actually happy for once. This show is surprisingly really good. The jokes work, the references are easy to understand, and the animation is arguably the best of any show this season. Yes this is the Brains Base that made Baccano, not those fakers who did that Brothers Conflict shit.
Overall, congratulations Viz. You won AX this weekend by licensing this. Now put it on Toonami. 9/10 — Lord Dalek
The least metrosexual moment in this entire show.
Let us bask in this series of men with the beauty of English Roses, even though they are neither English nor Billie Piper. As our young Chi and her squirrel companion are sent to some sort of halfway house, they both get continuously seduced by such luscious men with facial expressions that could only make the Nestence Consciousness proud. Entranced into becoming a sister of the family, who’s obviously not related by blood, Chi gets thrown into the maelstrom that is Brothers Conflict while her squirrel can do nothing but watch as she is slowly deflowered by such horrid gifts like bottled water and bananas. Those are surely the path to deviancy.
Truly, the house of the brothers is luxurious as it is bland. With such well-rounded characters like the pink-haired shota and the albino with a heart condition, whose personalities must be told through exposition than actually expressed in the actual show, Brothers Conflict is truly a sight to behold for many viewers who are looking a finely toned plot and such magnificent rising action that lurks within. Only a master of literature can guess as to whether or not Chi will be defrocked by either the sexually-appealing monk or that one shirtless man in the bathroom. Only time will tell as to who will steal her first kiss in the sumptuous series. Will Brain’s Base be able to craft a show almost as magnificent as the usual slop seen on most J-Dramas? Will Chi be able to reach her full potential as a docile housewife and find a husband to live with for the rest of her natural life, until it is swiftly ended by an obviously deserved case of domestic abuse? Like I said, time will tell.
2/10 — Bloody Marquis
Chronicles of the Going Home Club*
See! Colbert WAS right!!!
Ok stop me if you’ve heard this before. A bunch of insane girls are in a club dedicated to doing noth-yeah you’ve heard this one before. This is the umpteenth time I’ve seen this show and its not even the only one this season. So basically the plot… there isn’t one. Like Servant x Service we’re full on Azu Dai mode. Just segments. It ultimately concludes with a schoolgirl knocking out a brown bear with with kung fu or something.
Can you spell FORGETTABLE?!?! 1/10 — Lord Dalek
*This show’s romanized title is rather unfortunate and I will not discuss it further. Ask Marquis.
Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei – The Animation
Rider and Waver's lovechild.
To label some good parts, I liked the first scene with the rocket, which is most likely taken from the game. The ending music is pretty cool. Getting Doraemon’s VA to play Monobear is a very nice touch. The only way to outdo a casting gag like that would be to have Pikachu’s actress play Kyubey. As for everything else, how I took two ten-minute breaks when watching the first episode shows how well it held my attention. The premise’s intrigue is hidden by horrible execution that unleashes fifteen characters without any way to get attached to a single one of them. I cannot remember a single trait of the main character other than he had brown hair and he was a pussy. And other than aesthetic designs of cliches you see in every other show, any hint of distinction was not to be seen. No establishing moment or hint that the characters will be memorable ever appeared in this. I know first impressions aren’t the best, but this debut only shows off pure apathy.
However, I do want a stuffed Monobear. That would be nice. 3/10 — Bloody Marquis
Dog & Scissors
You and me both, buddy.
The first scene of this series is that of a crazy dominatrix chasing after some poor Dachshund with Araragi hair. Obviously the bar is being set lower than a limbo championship, yet somehow Dog & Scissors makes the most of it and delivers a surprisingly competent if emotionally vapid product. Our story centers around Harumi, an ero-bookworm pervert who lusts after the literary prose of one Shinobu Akiyama. However, a bout of badly timed heroism leads to him being on the opposite end of a 12-gauge shotgun to the head. Oh well…
BUT WAIT! In the time honored tradition of “O Heavenly Dog!”, “Poochinski”, and “A Hundred Deeds for Eddie McDowd”, our hero gets a second lease on life… as a dog (albeit one lacking a blog). The good news for Harumi is he gets adopted rather quickly by a strange woman named Natsuno who can read his mind. The bad news for him is Natsuno is an S&M fetishist who chases our four-legged philanderer around with The Severing Crime Edge (or something like it) before tossing him into a dark rape dungeon! Hooray? The even worse news is Natsuno is actually a famous writer under the nom de plume of… surprise, surprise… Shinobu Akiyama. Hilarity ensues, I think, the show is about as funny as a wake.
Obviously there’s very little here to hang a story on. The characters are rather horrible people outside of maybe the afro sporting pet shop owner guy (and only because he does very little). They do try to tack on a murder mystery element with the pursuit of the shotgun guy still at large but that ultimately feels like a customary gesture. And even its attempt at comedy is futile as watching an insane woman tie a dog up and hang him from the ceiling doesn’t quite elicit the same laughs it might have had back in the day when D.W. Griffith used to do it. Ultimately, Dog & Scissors isn’t awful (which is kind of a relief for me) but never makes really past meh in the end. 4/10 — Lord Dalek
The Eccentric Family
Aesthetically, the first thing I noticed about this show was how nicely the characters moved. The simple designs took some getting used to, but they work very well in motion. The second thing I noticed was how awful the backgrounds looked. They look like photographs edited using the trace bitmap function in Flash. Also, the background characters all have a bad case of uncanny valley syndrome, with some of them featuring some truly horrifying eyes. Overall, I can’t say this is a particularly pleasant-looking anime, but I guess that’s not really important.
This show is all about the writing. The dialogue is fantastic, the concept is fairly original, and the characters are – indeed – quite eccentric. While at some points I thought it was being weird simply for the sake of being weird, it only took a few minutes for me to adjust, and I ended up having no qualms about its strange and fantastical storyline/lore. The pacing is more on the relaxed side, but a lot happens in this first episode as far as series establishment goes. The character introductions and world-building are intelligent, occasionally subtle, and often humorous. In fact, the unique cast alone is reason enough to check this series out.
8/10 — Foggle
…I liked this better when it was called Cardcaptor Sakura.
This series with a rather unspectacular concept begins in a rather unspectacular way. Uzume was once some prodigy in a children’s card game who’s moved on, but then gets sucked into making a pact with some girl who calls herself a Doll. Utilizing some PDA that was given to her mysteriously, she utilizes her as a combatant against some other girl with a doll, who wins, then she finds out that there are like five other generic anime girls in that PDA, and apparently if she doesn’t help them apparently something bad happens. They won’t say, but apparently it’s bad. Also there’s a creepy guy who kinda screws her over by essentially coercing her to play in his land of dreams.
=\ I can’t really say you’ll be interested in a show where the protagonist is standard generic normal girl and is forced in a very morbid fashion to play some weird children’s card games with a vague threat of evil that nobody wants to say. If you do not know the characters or the stakes to care about them from the first episode, you should just shelve it. Just shelve the fuck out of this.
2/10 — The Juude
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
No, you’re not.
I can only imagine that somebody watched DEEN’s subpar adaptation of Fate/Stay Night and said, “whoa this is way too good! I can do far worse than that!”, because I can’t think of any other way Prisma Illya could exist. And since I’m apparently the only person at AR who cares about Type-Moon stuff, I get to be the one who watches this shit. Oh boy.
This is a parody of magical girl shows. It’s an obnoxious, screechy parody, but a parody nonetheless. I guess that’s better than it just being a straight magical girl anime. Even so, it does not benefit from featuring Fate characters at all. You could have easily replaced Ilya, Rin, and Shirou with random people and it would have been exactly the same. It’s the worst kind of fanfiction. (Well, actually, it’s the second worst. The worst would have been if it was also pornographic.)
Prisma Illya attempts to make fun of the generic tropes and cliches present in 99% of mahou shoujo series, but it does so with little grace or style. It’s certainly energetic, in both animation and vocal performances, but that hardly makes it good. It’s just loud for the sake of being loud, like The Fairly OddParents or something. There are a few genuinely good jokes scattered throughout the first episode, but as the concept of pacing seems to be completely lost on this series, they fail to generate any laughs and will just leave the audience scratching their heads in bewilderment.
This anime is only worth watching for those Fate fans who want to see Ilya get naked and lust after her brother. You know who you are. 1/10 — Foggle
Jim Fixed It For Us
So yeah, it’s this show. Four boys with names of girls used to be in a swimming club in elementary school. After one of them splits for Australia for several years, the other three drop out of swimming and live mostly unfulfilling lives before reuniting in high school. Then that other guy shows up and he’s a jerk now. And then the episode ends.
Its a pretty nondescript episode when broken down to its essentials but Free! somehow transcends that to become one of the most bizarrely entertaining half hours so far this season. Its as if KyoAni knew this show was going to be horse shit and made it earnestly self-aware of its own ridiculousness. The fact that the characters all have girl names isn’t just stupid its a punchline for a joke the show delivers. The fact that our main protagonist is a nevernude is a gag that seems like a throwaway but gets funnier every time they bring it up and then that absurdly bizzare/amazing ed that ends the thing… Jesus Christ.
So yeah… best show of the season probablynah it’s Blood Lad 8/10. — Lord Dalek
The jokes have been made. The abs have been remarked upon. Reddit is scared of it. Tumblr is in love with it. It’s here. It’s slightly queer. It’s something that goes well with a 6-pack of beer. Free has finally come to this world.
I’m pretty sure the hype created entirely by the fans has more than tainted my view of this show. I couldn’t watch a scene without remembering the odd in-joke, as well as how every element of the show has been mocked to death at least a month before this even aired. In other words, I was watching this with the mindset of a hopeless fangirl who giggles whenever a single allusion to my fan-canon is hinted at. In objective terms, the episode was pretty basic. Guys rekindles his hobby with his forgotten childhood friend. The subtext struggles to become text. Pretty much the regular roundabout you see in something like Kimi To Boku. However, there are a few points where you can spot a hint of self-awareness. The scene with Haruka in a apron while also in a swimsuit is too odd to be taken as just blind fanservice.
Admittedly, I’m giving the show way too much credit. If I embraced the K-On! memes to the point of self-parody, I would probably look at that show in a favorable light too. But the show’s enjoyment is derived from a bit of “so bad, it’s good” allure. Moments are so stupid, that they inspire laughter rather than scoffs. I can compare it to my reaction to Valvrave throughout last season. A genuine sincerity and dedication can, no matter how mishandled or questionable, make a show entertaining even if it’s for the wrong reasons.
7/10 if you’re watching to make fun of it. 4/10 if you’re unironically watching this. — Bloody Marquis
That about sums it up.
The most annoying school girl in the history of anime gets superpowers when a vampire samurai sticks his hand in her… something. A bland guy uses a cheap notebook to transform into a Kamen Rider of some sort while a heavenly choir chants “GAT-CHA-MAAAAAN!”. Mamoru Miyano voices an insane effeminate man who is not an angsty emo swimmer and instead is apparently the villain from the original series I guess beats me. Gigantic Rubic’s Cubes turn into horrible monsters (apparently). And the forces of good are led by a talking panda bear which sounds remarkably a lot like Haruhi Suzumiya. Ladies and gentlemen… Gatchaman Crowds.
Oh Tatsunoko what have you done? I was honestly praying to god this would not turn out as bad as the promotional artwork suggested it would be, but no…. you had to live up to expectations. You had to give us one of the most bizarre, incomprehensible, irritating, infuriating trainwrecks since Happy Lesson. Why did this have to be… I mean I liked Casshern Sins, even though that had little to do with the source material too, but this… What is this? Why is this a thing? Why does it exist? Is this a bad joke? What was I supposed to be expecting out of this?
You can’t make the argument that this is not being made for people like because frankly nobody knows what Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (or Battle of the Planets/G-Force/Eagle Riders/Whatever) is outside of people over the age of 25. The original show is older than your mother and as such carries with a degree of respect that you have to live up to. Clearly that has not been shown here. On the other hand, the animation is frankly stunning (Tatsunoko always delivers high quality work for such an old studio) and the music is really really good when its not being drowned out by Ichinose’s brainless blather.
It really pains me to do it but… 1/10 — Lord Dalek
When Hajime starts humming the title of the show to the tune of Jetman, I see a show that is very aware of being a loose reboot to some 70s anime. Instead of being scientific or ninjas, Kenji Nakamura portrays the heroes as garish warriors with direct ties to a deity. By connecting itself to a spiritual influence, Gatchaman Crowds argues on what defines a “Gatchaman”. The word is made up and sounds like gibberish to anybody who didn’t grow up with the original show. Here, Nakamura fights to find a definition for that word beyond a hero in a suit. He takes everything that was previously thought of the term and deconstructs it. “Gatchaman” becomes a term open for free interpretation, which this first episode offers in full view. Through overtly subtle nods and hints, the reboot utilizes the past mythos in order to create countless questions driving the story. And I like it.
And did anyone else see the irony in an Aya Hirano character arguing with an overly energetic brunette?
7/10 — Bloody Marquis
Say what you will about modern day updates to 70s anime like Mazinger SKL, Koutetsuhin Jeeg, and Casshern Sins, but for all their modern trappings they retained the hardy spirit and concept of their predecessors. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Gatchaman Crowds, which looks, sounds, and feels like Tatsunoko hired a hipster honey badger to craft the overall tone and concept of the series.
Revolving around six Gatchaman, updated to include a loli in her underwear, a panda, and the worst female character in this summer?s anime, the story tasks them to follow the cryptic whims of one J.J. (think Professor Nanbu as a vampire) and stop the alien race known as MESS. They do so by using magical Death Notes (seriously they’re called NOTEs) to transform into super powered soldiers, each with their own unique weaponry. Also Berg Katse is here for some reason.
This would all be alright if the show wasn’t so in love with its own postmodernism. Instead of reviving what made the show Gatchaman, Crowds just takes the legendary symbols of the original series and only that. Everything else is rife with pointless abstraction and eccentricities. The aforementioned worst female character (Hajime a.k.a. Jun the Loon) is an atrocious frame of reference for the viewer because of her outright loopy demeanour and lack of concern over what is at stake. It’s not charming as it is annoying, and she does not really imbue any hope for growth even after she gains her dreadful Gatchaman costume.
Come to think of it when you look at the suits, are they even Gatchaman? They look less like birds and more like perversions of cliched anime body armour types, and we didn’t even see all of them in the first episode. For an ensemble team we’re only privy to two in the very first episode, and the only highlight of the action is them killing a bus. Now that’s setting your sights high. Then again this show isn’t even doing that. The only real ambition found in this episode is seeing how totally hipster chick the Gatchaman’s base is, and nothing else. Quite disappointing given the rather epic scale of the original property.
The only thing epic here is the annoyance that emanates from its obnoxious aesthetics and protagonist, and I don’t know if I can stand to watch more of it and like it. I probably will however, just to see how this psychedelic train wreck sticks its landing.
3/10 — The Juude
I’ve yet to complete the last of Genshiken’s first season or watch its entire second season, so coming into this cold turkey with that big a gap was probably not the best idea. However, the first episode of Genshiken Second Generation, which seems more like the fourth season depending on the inclusion of OVAs and the second season (their observation, not mine), provides a bit of fun despite being very subdued.
Most of the episode was spent introducing three new members to Genshiken: the yaoi-obsessed Yoshitake, the taciturn Yajima, and Hato-kun who’s… interesting to say the least. For the most part they provide quite a bit of energy and don’t seem to come off as TOO bland, but compared to the generation that has moved on (from Madarame to Sasahara), they lack the charisma and the sheer amusing eccentricities that most of the male cast provided in the first season. As of now the only remaining male member from the last series is Kuchiki, and he’s kindof obnoxious. The remaining club members retain their personalities for the most part, giving the viewer consistency, and the inclusion of some of the older members was pleasant, even if they weren’t there for very long. The back and forth between these people feels natural, and given the dynamic contrast between what the members want and what the current president of the club wants, it may make for amusing stories in the near future.
The unfortunate part is for the Genshiken neophyte this all may seem a bit too much and too confusing, for Genshiken really requires an investment right from the very beginning to fully appreciate the purpose of the club and what they stand for. My humble recommendation if you’ve watched this before everything else: skip way back to the first season and take it all in until the second episode Genshiken Nidaime. You’ll thank me for it.
…But you’ll also be upset that Gai Shishio’s no longer the voice of Madarame in the new series. Yes. Gai Shishio/Adult Link/whatever was the voice of that particular guy with the glasses.
7/10 — The Juude
Being unfamiliar with Genshiken outside of the concept, I went into this episode with trepidation and my usual apathetic determination. (Is that even a thing? (Let’s run with it.)) Anyway, I expected a mildly funny slice of life about an anime club… and that’s exactly what I got. It was good, though.
What I really liked about this episode was how it portrayed its characters, and otaku in general. They aren’t glorified, but they aren’t looked down upon, either. They’re just people with their own quirks and flaws. One of them is overweight, two of them are perverts, one of them is transgender(?)… but so what? They all come together out of their love of anime, and have a good time hanging out. You know, just like any other club would.
This certainly wasn’t the most interesting first episode in the world, and I felt like it dragged a bit at times, but it left me with a positive impression. Now I need to go back and watch the older series, or read the manga.
7/10 — Foggle
Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu and Keiji
This is a pretty straight forward sengoku jidai show about the relationship between two samurai (the old fashioned Kanetsugu and the “eccentric” Keiji) during the final days of the warring states period and how they go from two men trying to kill each other to best friends. Its not a yaoi (at least not yet) and everything is drawn in a style resembling Fist of the North Star (no surprise, the original manga is by Tetsuo Hara). The pacing is not the best and neither is the animation, but what do you expect from the perpetually bargain basement Studio Deen? Overall its a decent start but not something I’m going to remember in the end.
7/10 — Lord Dalek
High School DxD New
I haven’t laughed this hard at an anime in months. Not at the actual jokes, mind you – this is ostensibly a romantic action comedy after all – but at everything else. The writing, the pacing, the timing… everything “dramatic” about this show is pure gold. Even more so than last season’s abominable-yet-hilarious Valvrave, High School DxD New crosses the threshold into so bad it’s good territory early on and never leaves. By the time the eye-catch hit, with its beautifully misplaced ominous music cue inserted over a panty shot, I was hooked.
What I saw of the first season was merely boring and tactless, but series 2 truly takes DxD to new heights. The level of sheer awfulness on display here is borderline genius, and it’s probably not even on purpose! This first episode, as shameless with its detailed T&A shots as it is melodramatic with its storytelling, is a joy to watch. It so desperately wants you to take its idiotic fantasy storyline seriously, yet it simultaneously tries to titillate with shameless clothes-ripping scenes and visual innuendo. Everything about this show is just so earnest, always blissfully unaware of how stupid it really is, that it comes across more as a brilliant farce than the badly-written excrement it appears to be. Ed Wood would be proud.
Enjoyment Rating: 8/10
Objective Rating: 1/10 — Foggle
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
Sadly, this is easily the funniest “joke” in the entire episode.
This anime is about as good as you’d expect a TV show based on a video game to be. In other words, it sucks.
I have not played any of the Neptunia games, but if the plot, humor, and characters are entertaining in them, then I guess they just don’t work too well outside of that medium, because they’re downright terrible here. The story goes that four goddesses – who I believe are supposed to represent the Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC – end their (console) war and decide to become friends. But the goddesses are really alternate personas for some lolis, complete with lascivious transformation sequences. Since the war is over, now they all just hang out and play Street Fighter or whatever it is video game systems do when you aren’t looking.
Aside from a bunch of gaming jokes that don’t work very well and a couple of uncomfortable fanservice scenes, this is basically just a generic magical girl show. The protagonists are friendly rivals, and their personalities change after transforming. They kill a giant dragon because it happens to be the first monster of the week. Neptunia even features a buxom witch-looking antagonist with an obnoxious pet something or other. Are you interested yet?
I didn’t think you would be. 2/10 — Foggle
Foggle: I have some news that may be shocking for you.
Foggle: The Hyperdimension Neptunia anime sucks
Parallel: HOW CAN THIS BE
Foggle: I KNOW
Parallel: WHAT ARE YOU TELLING ME
Foggle: I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT MYSELF
Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni
I do not mince my words lightly when I say that this show may be not only the worst show of the season but also the year it aired. There is a special place in hell reserved for the makers of such derivative, manipulative otakubait dreck that simple words cannot capture the sheer awful of Daybreak Illusion. This is a series that is literally every slightly to mostly dark moe show since Higurashi first slithered onto our screens ground into little tiny pieces, thrown into a muffin tin, baked at 425 degress, and sold at a bakesale for the low low price of 300 dollars (Yay Aniplex!). Wanna watch this show? Go marathon Madoka Magica on Daisuki instead. It’ll save you the pain I suffered. 0/10 — Lord Dalek
It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular!
Your waifu this season amirite?
Everybody’s already talked about how the show’s appeal stems from fans having a major case of “I know dat feel, gurl.” So instead, the series should be compared to other anime about otaku as the major focus.
For instance, let’s compare this to its polar opposite, Oreimo. Both Tomoko and Kirino have eroge in their blood, annoy the hell out of their brothers, and drive the main focus of the story. Kirino, however, writes a published light novel that only doesn’t become an anime due to creative differences. She’s liked by her friends. She meets the actors from her favorite show. Her interests are treated with adoration by the rest of the characters who think that, maybe, being a visual novel addict is a wonderful thing. Basically, the show is on her side for the entire run. Meanwhile, Tomoko gets a sucker punch for every chance at being social. Her interests aren’t viewed with reverence, but with utter disdain. Instead of some wonderful storytelling, her games are portrayed as her merely touching the DS screen in hopes of making some picture on a dating sim cum. Kirino is idealized, while Tomoko is plunged into cynicism. And at least Tomoko and her brother have a relationship that falls under reluctant tolerance than budding incest.
7/10 — Bloody Marquis
Tomoko Kuroki is possibly the most unsavoury character in this summer’s anime batch, both aesthetically and in personality. A disheveled, creepy, socially awkward recluse, she maintains a delusion of grandeur about being the kind of girl every boy wants and seeks to make that delusion a reality in high school. Unfortunately judging from the first episode, her peculiar, ineffective, self-starting Pygmalion tale will be more easily said than done, and is not at all helped by Kuroki either.
On paper this makes for a rather interesting set up, but as was mentioned, Kuroki does not really help much of the show. Initially her delusions and lamentations make for amusing moments (including a nice homage to Death Note) but It then ratcheted up to the point of annoyance. Most of the episode is Kuroki sniping at her peers for being phonies, conformists, or what have you with the type of disdain that may hearken her to a Japanese Holden Caulfield. It slowly causes her to look more pathetic, and subsequently any and all conflict which came around in the last third of the episode does not faze since the personal investment towards Kuroki’s plight is well… near zero.
Perhaps this episode would’ve fared better if it was not just her spiteful reflections of life but also an establishment of unique ancillary foils (aside from her brother, who just exhibits tried-and-tiresome exasperation and has the same creepy black eye marks as Kuroki), who can react to her creepiness and provide something to offset it in a manner similar to how Welcome to the NHK’s enigmatic and chipper Misaki interacted with the dour, antisocial Satou. Alas, it will either have to wait for another episode or not at all.
Hopefully this… somewhat fair lady finds her way into high society and higher quality episodes. Hopefully.
6/10 — The Juude
I’ll say it up front; you won’t get anything out of this show unless you can relate to Kuroki (the protagonist) in at least some way. She’s a depressed, anti-social shut-in who brings all the negative things in her life upon herself… and yet, I like her. I know where she’s coming from. This isn’t simply a case of the writer going for cheap moments of “OHH I KNOW THAT FEEL GURL” or “she’s just like me *__*” or what have you – the author of the original manga clearly has a legitimate understanding of how people who are (or think they are) socially dysfunctional feel. Sure, it’s all played for light comedy, but it’s only really funny if you have experience dealing with this kind of shit.
That said, it’s not nearly as raw or honest as, say, Welcome To The NHK, but I don’t think it needs to be. At the end of the day, this is an upbeat farce that’s intended more to make people laugh at themselves than reexamine how much they hate life for the umpteenth time. It’s just a fun watch for a very specific audience.
9/10 — Foggle
This show is a delicate critique on Japanese society, as girls go through extreme social pressure to act like everybody else. As such students like Riko and Maki traverse their way into adulthood, one breaks down from adhering to the princess model that is held ever so dear. After being told to act like this and commit to actions like that, Maki has become a deconstruction of the traditional Yamato Nadeshiko model. Through being told to act womanly, she has developed a craving for what young scientists refer to as “the D”. This element is too alien to Maki, that she cannot even comprehend how to acquire someone with “the D”. Therefore, Riko must help her know her way around such foreign territory. However, Riko is an alien to the school society. She is wild for doing such things like swimming and talking back to those who contain “the D”. Her exotic nature alludes the school society, and they wish to put a stop to her ways and make her love Big Brother. Will Maki break out of her eldritch shell and gain a boyfriend? Will Riko smear a shitstain on the side of conformity? Is this giving too much credit to a slice-of-life show?
No, maybe, yes.
4/10 — Bloody Marquis
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
It’s hard not to feel dread for an anime if it starts off with a scene of yaoi undertones and is followed by an opening with the name “Believe My Dice”. Completely understandable, I forgive you if you felt the same way I did.
Yet Makai Ouji is… not really bad. It looks to be rather fun. William Twining has everything, intelligence, wit, a high opinion of himself and a belief in the super-rational (The boring version of that CW show), but no more money to pay for his tuition at a posh private school. Trying to find something of value in his already empty house, after his poor businessman uncle ran off, he accidentally unleashes an ancient demon named Dantalion. Soon his rational scientific mind flies head first into a reality where demon lords are fighting to become the IKoH (Interim King of Hell) while Lucifer sleeps, and he, as the Elector, has to choose that one demon.
Seriously, I was expecting to really hate this one but I’m kindof at awe at how amused I was at this. William provides a nice edge as a protagonist by being the rational foil while everything around him screams otherwise, making him clash amusingly with all the characters from his remaining manservant, Dantalion himself, and Goat Butler*. Based on his attempts to make sense out of what’s happening, it looks like it’ll be a very interesting ride, especially based on the well-done action scene and the subsequent intrigues of the eccentric characters of Hell and the potential spillover into the real world.
As long as they keep throwing these absurdities William’s way and keep yaoi-esque scenes like the one mentioned above at a minimum, I’m probably going to enjoy myself with this one. Hopefully you will too.
8/10 — The Juude
*Yes, there is a Goat Butler, and he is best character. Also, he sounds like he’s voiced by Alucard.
Monogatari: Seasonogatari Twonogatari
Who's dem cats whose necks won't crack when danger's gonna smack? SHAFT! Ya damn right!
Starting with a first-person view of a Roomba, wandering around without a real motive in sight, Hanekawa presents her own story without Araragi. Which puts an intriguing spin on the show, by removing the main center of the story. While there’s still repetition such as how Hanekawa talks about the importance of having many utensils is to prove that her family just happens to use a lot of utensils. This might show how empty her normal life is by showing little interest in her narration, but that seems to apply to every character in the show.
Speaking of which, there’s a lot of talk about how parents would react in this episode. While no adults ever actually appear, this provides a point. The inability to show any of the caretakers or whatever to the point where they’re almost non-existent makes the parent-child gap seem like a gap between other species. Even Senjougahara wonders about how giving Hanekawa food and a shelter qualifies as parenting. Through their absence, I notice how isolation plays a theme. When a character is alone, something breaks such as when Senjougahara goes into a rare emotional fit over how Hanekawa has to sleep in the school when her house burned down. She’s like the long egg in the nest, and Senjougahara tries to keep her from cracking. That scene was more than a bit off-putting, and made me see a glimmer of hope in this show… but then what came after.
Now, there are a lot of valid points for why the Monogatari series could be considered witty, but they get drowned whenever Senjougahara does a strip tease and pontificates about stripping for five minutes. I know that sounds petty, but when the third act of the episode is just Senjougahara getting Hanekawa to take her top off, while mentioning how they’re doing this on Araragi’s behalf, I see about as much wit as a mediocre Sex & The City episode. Maybe the song and dance act shows more characterization than mere titillation, but then I remember that bath scene from Nise and how much narrative depth that had.
On a brighter note, Hanekawa shows one point of growing out of her submissive side by answering, without a moment’s thought, that she still loves Araragi. I don’t gel with whatever relationships happen in this series at all, but that moment highlighted more about Hanekawa than a paragraph could about Araragi. Through her submission, lies passion and dedication. Where most people see a problem that can’t be solved, she sees a path. It’s rather inspiring.
6/10 — Bloody Marquis
LAST TIME ON MONOGATARI… Some tsundere bitch stepped on a banana peel and fell down a flight of st-oh wait that was a prequel.
LAST TIME ON MONOGATARI… A guy who looks like hipster Naruto turned that annoying asshole who won’t shut up from a vampire back into a hu-oh wait they haven’t made that one yet.
LAST TIME ON MONOGATARI…. ….I never actually made it past the second episode of Nise. Do you really blame me, dat shit was payyyyneful!
THIS SEASON ON SOMETHING SOMETHINGATARI! Tsubasa Hanekawa, class rep among class reps, finds herself dealing with the curse cat yet again, the fact that she has suddenly become homeless, and her estranged framily life while several panels of words flash on our screens for no descernable reason. Meanwhile Senjougahara goes full-on dere (and full-on Shaft Tilt) before pretending to be Lupin to Hanekawa’s Clarise. And Hachikuji shows up for two minutes just to tease the adaptation of Kabukimonogatari coming three weeks from now in a bad fourth wall joke that goes nowhere. Or as we translate into the common tongue… the usual load of absolutely nothing we’ve come to expect from this steaming pile.
After a seven month hiatus and still failing to deliver that Kizu movie promised two years ago, Shinbo and Shaft are back to Ye Olde Nisioisin Well again to deliver adaptations of six of the remaining (at the time of this writing) 14 novels in 26 episodes. First up its the Yui Horie Show starring Chiwa Saito and surprisingly by Monogatari-standards it isn’t half bad. I guess the main reason being that everybody’s favorite Douchenozzle Araragi… isn’t in it. Surprise! So instead we have Horie spewing Isin’s endless rapidfire hipster drone, which may or may not be something of an improvement. Actually it is since Shinbo keeps it to the bare minimum this time around. He also burns through this book covering the first nine chapters with blatant efficiency (to the point that there is a joke made about how chapter 008 has been omitted). That being said… its still pretty damn pointless. I’m getting to the point now that making sport out of Monogatari is basically old hat since the show’s deficiencies (Shaft Tilts, intentionally choppy editing, and incredibly minimalist animation aside) lie with Nisio Isin himself and the godawful books he churns out every 3-4 months at this point. Maybe Shinbo agrees with me since he cut it to the bone this time around. Hmmm…
Scorecard: 4/10 (for being fucking Monogatari) +1 bonus for NO FUCKING ARARAGI, KAREN, TSUKIHI, AND BANANA CHAIR.
FINAL SCORE: 5/10 — Lord Dalek
Nyuru Nyuru!! Kakusen-Kun
This show is fairly similar to its subject material in that they’re kinda annoying and go really well with Clearasil. 3/10. — Lord Dalek
This is an ecchi. The girls all look no older than eight. The title of the first episode is “An Elementary Schooler’s Innocent World”.
Welp, looks like it’s time to slit my wrists in the bathtub.
Between all the detailed ass shots and that scene where one of the girls licks mustard off of an erect hot dog, this episode took me an hour to finish and I contemplated turning it off at least three times. What follows is a stream of consciousness rendition of what watching Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS was like for me.
basketball its my favorite sport i like the way they dribble up and down thjesus christ
those shorts are way too tight
uh no one is looking in my window right now are they
let me just make sure i dont have livestream or anything running in the background
to their credit they are pretty good at basketball i guess
oh boy a summer festival episode so original
she cant be
i cant do this
its my duty to see this episode through to the end
oooohhhh myyyyyy goooooooooddddddd
KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME
MAKE IT STOP
1/1000 — Foggle
Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen
Digressing from the first impression, I would just like to mention that this episode had a commercial for Blu-Rays of the previous show. If that’s not lack of dedication toward your current product, I don’t know what is.
Easily, I’m confused as to why a highly stylistic manga was handed to DEEN of all people. The studio that made the first version is still in business. Besides, uneducated preschoolers could create better detail. Really, damn every subservient underling who thought the studio who gave us Kore wa Zombie desu ka? or Junjou Romantica should be allowed to animate anything ever again. Doesn’t even surprise me that the series almost looks even older than the first one.
So why reboot this series? The fandom is long dead. Esurance has more relevance in terms of animation than this series. The dolls are nothing but one-dimensional shells who make actual porcelain figures look like Marcel Marceau. Jun’s a sod. Shinku’s a chode. Suigintou is 30% of all of DeviantArt. And everyone else has the depth of a used Mojonnier Bottle. They can all go die with an entire season’s worth of time to bide. Sure, it’s not a well-known show for nothing, but that’s only because of repetition gone to dangerous levels. The premiere looks like an attempt to look pretty while Ali Project plays nonstop. While that applies to the original series, was that even good enough to reboot in the first place?
Uh, yeah. Skip this. 2/10 — Bloody Marquis
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In The Distance, That Day, When The Star Became Music…
It is now.
Between this and High School DxD, this season’s almost like a reunion of 2012 shows I hoped I’d never have to see again. Then again, I (ironically) loved the new series of DxD, so maybe Symphogear G will also fare better…?
Surprisingly, it does. The plot is still preposterous and the designs are still obnoxious, but the characters are a lot more likeable, the music is much nicer on the ears, and the action is downright excellent. The animation is particularly nice this time around, though if it’s anything like the first season, the quality will drop severely before too long. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, I guess.
As mentioned above, not much can be said for this episode’s plot, but I guess an action musical doesn’t really need a thought-provoking storyline. There are bad guys. They’re bad. There’s this one guy who acts nice but is probably working with the bad guys. Which would also make him bad. Some stuff blows up. Monsters get shot and punched. J-Pop is sung in the background the entire time. Yep, it’s Symphogear.
There are some weird artsy scenes near the beginning that make the whole thing feel incredibly self-indulgent, but unlike last season, it all comes across as intriguing rather than insipid. This entire episode was a massive step in the right direction.
That really is an awful title, though. 6/10 — Foggle
Gotta’ love how every time Hibiki refers to Chris as “Chris-chan”, the subbers conveniently leave the honorific out.
Servant x Service
Dear A-1 Pictures,
Sirs I am rather disappointed by the quality of the depiction of office life in this anime. As a man who has worked in an office for several years, I have have never run into employees as dumb and insane as the ones in Servant x Service. I’ll have you know that at no time did my supervisor have Arragi hair and throw three ring binders at my head.
It seems you made this show to be like another anime of years past called Azumanga Daioh. The difference being that show was high schoolers and not office employees. The other difference being that show was actually funny. I’m not sure who would tune into such a frivilous unrealistic display of fake office ethics that feels like 11 two minute comedy animes glued together.
In that regard I am officially declining your series on the grounds that it put me half to sleep.
Proctology in a nutshell.
I’m gonna be stupid and say that the best part of this episode was the animal footage. Those cows were adorable to watch. Even seeing that chicken get beheaded was a bit calming. These are some really nice looking animals, which are unfortunately hampered by a cast that looks and acts plain for Arakawa standards. I like Tamako for being outlandish than anything, but everyone else didn’t stand out. Yuugo’s just, “I don’t know what eggs are! This concept of eggs disgusts me to complete insanity!” He takes the entire episode to understand the very definition of eggs, which establishes his character as very out-of-place in terms of agriculture, but also rather dumb for not knowing basic animal anatomy like that.
Though as can be seen from FMA, Arakawa writes plenty of moments that are supposed to be enlightening but come off as odd. Though there are probably a few up and coming farmers who are disgusted by eggs, I guess. And telling from how one of the episode’s subplots involved the protagonist’s relationship with eggs, this makes for a very… relaxing show. There’s no major character conflict yet, and everyone’s just hanging out while they learn how to farm. To others, Silver Spoon will probably come off as one of those “show about nothing” anime. But knowing Arakawa, her work usually pulls through in the end.
6/10 — Bloody Marquis
Who’da thunk that an anime dealing with agriculture would turn up to be one of the more likable products in this summer crop? I didn’t that’s for sure.
Gin no Saji has a lot going for it in the first episode. It has a menagerie of well-defined characters; it’s aesthetically clean with sharp character designs (despite such tempting you to call the anime “Fullmetal Farmboy”); and it does not do anything to really be insulting, pandering, or cloying to the viewer, at least not yet.
Ironically nothing really MUCH happens in the first episode, which is perhaps a good thing. We’re introduced to the world of the Oezu Agricultural High School, a surprisingly expansive high school that allows the viewer to know the scale of the adventure, and essentially how our protagonist, Hachiken, gets along with his study group as they do… farmer-y things. It’s effective in setting up the tone for the show and reveals that this high school is actually populated by well-rounded people. They ain’t philosophers, intellectuals, or any of those fancy pants Ivy League-types, but their hardiness, work ethic, and surprising knowledge and interest in various, esoteric agricultural sciences make them endearing.
It also helps that the fish-out-of-water protagonist, Hachiken, is executed serviceably well. His aversion to farm work is expected, but the little things in the episode like the running gag of his aversion to eggs help to make the experience a bit less cliched. I also liked how despite him being the odd one out, there may be a bit of a reason why he’s so far out into the country, a reason he acted upon due to some multitude of events. The episode does well in eliciting that air of mystery, and I’m actually interested as to why he chose to be there
Once you get past the agrarian, not-quite-exciting, atmosphere and admire an execution so well-crafted that you’re actually interested in a farm anime, Gin no Saji’s first episode’s not bad at all. I look forward to seeing if the seeds it is sowing will reap a bountiful harvest, or at least be like an egg that looked like it came out of an anus instead of wherever actual eggs come from.
7/10 — The Juude
Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³
In an alternate reality where Wayne LaPierre rules the universe, shy, insular Yura Yamato has just been accepted to the elite Stella Girls’ Academy. She thinks she’ll get over her crippling agoraphobia but not before she discovers her new roommate keeps a 3mm under her pillow. …actually its all for show, and Yura quickly finds herself drafted into the Ctothepowerof3 Club, a bunch of strange gun crazy schoolgirls who have watched one too many Stallone movieas and dedicate their lives to 360 no-scoping each other. Naturally this doesn’t sound as pleasing as it may be to diehard fans of Girls Und Panzer so the bulk of the episode is spent around convincing Yura to take up an Mig loaded with pellets and reenact the original First Blood (which is funny since Rambo didn’t actually kill anybody in that movie). Yes this is a real thing.
Oh Gainax, what the fuck happened to you? It seems everything this company has made since Diebuster has been circling the drain in overall quality. Hell if it wasn’t for the big red logo on the title sequence I would have swore this was an A-1 show with all its bland moe antics and dips into weird militarism until it reaches the point where the series seems at times only one step removed from Vividred Operation, and boy howdy wasn’t THAT a great show!?! Seriously, watching a bunch of moe girls stage mock wars with each other is not my idea of a fun entertaining series. Hell the only real difference between this and that Going Home Club Show is at least this has decent animation and a plot but otherwise… yeah moe can only go so far.
3/10 — Lord Dalek
Sunday without God
Footage from the upcoming DoA6: Alive, not Dead
Life sucks now for the people of planet Earth. 12 years ago, the almighty apparently caught wind of that old Babelfish joke from H2G2 and said to his creation “Screw it, you morons are on your own.” As a result, noone is born or can die in this bleak strange world. Except, of course, if you know a Gravekeeper like our heroine Ai who was given that power when her mother abruptly dies. Now Ai is cursed to wander the landscape digging holes for poor people who just want it all to end, until a man named Hampnie Humbert shows up in her town and kills everybody around.
Yeah this show is fairly baffling, kicking us into a world of pseudo-zombies without much clue as to what the hell is going on. The animation is decent however the show baths everything in a harsh yellow light that makes it hard to make it out exactly what is going on in it. Its based off a light novel so I assume your supposed to have some pre-knowledge of the source, but that’s all lost on me. Better luck next time Madhouse. 6/10 — Lord Dalek
Tamayura: More Aggressive
“Let’s photo” indeed, Potte.
Much like the beloved Aria and Hidamari Sketch before it, Tamayura seems like one of those “relaxing anime” to me. While I’m definitely not part of the target audience for this kind of show, it would be unprofessional of me to just write it off as “boring” or whatever, so I will attempt to review this episode as if I am.
This is the sequel to a series from 2011, which is made immediately apparent by the fact that this first episode is roughly 70% clip show. There are new developments, making it an essential watch for fans of the original, but I found the presentation of Hitotose’s material to be a bit dry. This isn’t to say that the material itself is dry, but that the way More Aggressive recaps it causes it to become dry. I feel that little effort was put into making the old material enjoyable for newcomers (like myself) or fresh for veterans, and that the reused footage was employed more as a means to save money than anything else. Frankly, the new scenes and opening monologue give the audience enough of a clue about Fuu’s past and her cherished friendship with Kaoru, Norie, and Maon to make the recapping unnecessary.
Despite not getting off on the right foot, I think this series and its predecessor(s) will make excellent viewing for fans of feel-good slice-of-life stories. I’m sure the clip show scenes worked much better in context, and the new content is generally good. The characters, while displaying little in the way of personality here, are likeable enough. And don’t let the title throw you off; all “more aggressive” seems to imply is that there will actually be a tiny bit of aggression in the first place.
I can’t recommend the first episode on its own merits, but I think this series will improve exponentially once it starts attempting to break new ground in episode 2. Because of this, I think it’s worth a cautious 7/10. — Foggle
A Town Where You Live
This is basically your standard romance anime. There’s nothing particularly great about it, but it’s also far from awful. That said, aside from a rather… interesting character introduction (pictured above) and the odd focus on protagonist Eba Yuzuki’s accent, there really isn’t much memorable about this first episode. It’s a little boring, but not painfully so, and in truth, it’s just kind of “there”. It exists. Yes, yes it does.
I would like to commend Gonzo for their work on this series, though; while it’s far from the best-looking anime of the season, A Town Where You Live displays a shocking level of competence in the art/animation department. This is high praise for a company that seems like it usually can’t be bothered putting forth much in the way of effort.
If all you want is a new romance to watch, this one might be worth checking out. But it doesn’t seem like much to write home about, yet. 5/10 — Foggle
We Still Don’t Know The Name Of The Flower We Saw That Day.
I feel like I’ve seen this show before. It was really good, if I remember correctly; a bit heavy on the melodrama though.
Nah, must be my imagination.
Anyway, while this first installment shows a lot of potential, it’s failed to really grab me yet. Jinta and Yukiatsu seem like cunts and Menma is kind of annoying. Is she a ghost or something? Who knows. I guess that would be interesting. There’s also a character named Anal, which I find hilarious. Oh, and I hope we learn more about this Poppo guy in the coming episodes. He seems kind of okay.
The art and animation were quite nice, but the episode itself was honestly pretty boring. I think this show could use a little spicing up; perhaps some cross-dressing would do the trick.
5/10 — Foggle
This isn’t a new show, you fucking moron. You watched Anohana in its entirety less than a year ago and gave it an 8/10.
I don’t give out meaningless scores, asshole. — Definitely Not Foggle At All
Oh, right. I forgot.
8/10 — Foggle
The World God Only Knows III
Want to understand what this is about? Well, we're not explaining it. Go read the manga!
I suppose the criticisms of this show have been repeated over and over again. The girls in the show are just as one-dimensional as the love interests in visual novels despite claims to the contrary. Every female character will come off as this one kind of archetype, only for the layers to peel back and reveal a completely different archetype. Keima is a douche who deserves the scorn his fellow students give him. Elsie could get harpooned in the face, and I wouldn’t give a damn. And the overall concept over how there is “no girl that cannot be conquered” raises some questions. Very unfortunate questions. Yeah.
This season seems to be going for a more ambitious route, with world building and more demons appearing. But after the lackluster performance from the two previous seasons, I don’t buy it. There’s plenty of telling, but no showing. So… show me, TWGOK. Show me that you’re more than some stupid harem series.
2/10 — Bloody Marquis
In theory this show seems like a good idea. A slice-of-life comedy about a little Japanese girl on an exchange program in England and how she deals with a language and cultural barrier. In execution however, Kin-iro Mosaic is dismantled by the fact the entire cast is Japanese and about 66% of the script is in English. So instead of Liverpudlians we have a bunch ESL students stumbling over their lines while sounding like Americans. It matters not because she leaves almost immediately so we never understand why she was there in the first place.
All of this is done in CinemaScope for some reason. By the time we make it to the real show (and proper 1.78), its been 20 minutes and a several year time jump. Well that was interesting while it lasted but it leaves us with just another moe highschool comedy. Yeah, no. 4/10 — Lord Dalek
GET RIGHT ON IT
Blood Lad – 9/10
The Eccentric Family – 8/10
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist – 8/10
We Still Don’t Know The Name Of The Flower We Saw That Day. (re-air) – 8/10
It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular! – 7.5/10
PERHAPS YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A SECOND GLANCE
Genshiken Nidaime – 7/10
Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu and Keiji – 7/10
Tamayura: More Aggressive – 7/10
Silver Spoon – 6.5/10
Free! – 6.5/10
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In The Distance, That Day, When The Star Became Music… – 6/10
Sunday without God – 6/10
Monogatari Series: Second Season – 5.5/10
A Town Where You Live – 5/10
High School DxD New – 4.5/10
STAY AWAY FROM IT AT ANY COST
Dog & Scissors – 4/10
Love Lab – 4/10
Yellow Mosaic – 4/10
Gatchaman Crowds – 3.5/10
Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei – The Animation – 3/10
Nyuru Nyuru!! Kakusen-Kun – 3/10
Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³ – 3/10
Brothers Conflict – 2/10
Fantasista Doll – 2/10
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – 2/10
Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen – 2/10
Servant x Service – 2/10
The World God Only Knows III – 2/10
Chronicles of the Going Home Club – 1/10
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya – 1/10
Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni – 1/10
Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS – 1/10
Our Rating Scale
Many websites rate shows on a scale of 7-10, with the other 6 numbers on there simply for posterity’s sake. That’s fucking stupid. We here at AR proudly use roughly 250% as many numbers as IGN when scoring anime!
10 – Masterpiece
9 – Superb
8 – Great
7 – Good
6 – Above Average
5 – Average
4 – Below Average
3 – Bad
2 – Terrible
1 – Unwatchable