Darbee Update

Hello good readers and strangers passing by! I’m still around and watching way too much anime for my own good. Haven’t been able to post much lately as the month of April is a very busy time for students like me. For some reason teachers don’t assign work the first two and half months of a year and just push it all back till April. So my free time I’ve been using to post was filled with projects and such. No worries though, only two more weeks till the end and I’ll be back to a normal posting habits. I should have a large recap post on Nisekoi this weekend for like the last four episodes. In other news I’m getting my ass kicked in FAL atm, really hoping my score based team can make up big points later in the season compared to the hype based teams. *crosses fingers*

tl:dr Been busy with school, should end in two weeks then posts like crazy.

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Winter 2014’s Top 10

Man I’ve been busy trying to keep up with all the shows that have started this spring. Think I’m all caught up now right before the next week starts all over again. Now for my top 10 of the winter season! If you don’t see a big hitter here I may have not watched it or it just didn’t make my cut for me personally. *Count series by the season they end unless they are an ongoing series like One Piece.*
10. Wake Up, Girls!

I can’t say I’ve watched many Idol series before Wake Up, Girls so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The prequel movie is pretty much a must to watch to get the introductions of the girls and the main reasons behide way they join the group. The show doesn’t seem to have any pacing issues and I enjoyed watching the girls grow up a little throughout the show. Problems the group runs into are very real, almost to the point that I think the writer is making run of the industry.  Good drama and character development make Wake Up Girls a good ride.

 

9. D-Frag!

D-Frag! is easily the best comedy of the winter. Can’t say there’s is really a plot to D-Frag! as most slide of life comedies don’t have one. Have to say I thought of Pokemon in a lot of the episodes with each of the girls having a “type” as their weapon in combat. D-Frag! is best watched little at a time to really let everything soak in. Recommend you check out D-Frag! if you into a comedy with some very over the top girls that make delinquents look weak. 

 

 

8. Golden Time

Golden Time a romance that has many real issues in it under all the drama of the show. The writer of Toradora! really sends you on a roller coaster ride in Golden Time. There are some pacing problems in the middle of the show but nothing super bad. If you liked Toradora or are a fan of romance series then I say you should watch golden time and get your own opinion of the show. 🙂

 

 

7. Space Dandy

Space Dandy is a great random adventure every episode. Dandy is a space hunter searching for aliens of value so he can go to Boobies! With QT and Meow at his side you know you going to have fun no matter what happens. Hell you could watch Space Dandy backwards after the first episode and be 100% okay since there isn’t an overarching story. Almost free like doing that now I’m thinking about it. You will have fun watching this so go now!

 

*You should be watching it and not reading*

6. Log Horizon

Log Horizon will be compared to SAO no matter what I say. So here is the best way to sum it up: SAO is action based and Log Horizon is mind based. You watch everything unfold in SAO but Log Horizon makes you think about the world they are in and what they will do next. LH is dialogue-heavy compared to SAO but so wonderful. Most of the fights are won based on the tactics used and we don’t really see fighting up close but more through an general’s eyes.  If Log Horizon has any problems is that the show has too many characters with too few episodes to build them all up. With a second season coming, should see that problem go way.

5. Gundam Build Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters is 100% a kids show made to make money off of. The plot is simple: kid makes toy gundams and fights in a big tournament to win. At the end of the day you don’t need a big fancy story if the fights are enjoyable in gundam. Great to see a lot of the older models of gundams in the show, really takes you back. Fun show with good animation.

 

 

 

4. Buddy Complex

Starts off a little rough on the pacing but quickly fixed. Sunrise brings us a mecha that doesn’t throw any punches but steady wins you over.  Good writing and character development with a level-headed main character really won me over. Even sets up for future romance ties for the second season, which more mechas should have I feel. Buddy Complex won’t bore you with details or the same fight animations each battle but slowly draw you in till you hooked.

 

 

3. Kuroko no Basket 2

One of the best sports anime period in my eyes. Easily say I like Kuroko over Slam Dunk. If you never watched Kuroko before it’s about a high school basketball team trying to be the best in Japan. Sport plots all about the same for the most part. One of the things I really like about Kuroko is it never wasted time, it almost moves to quickly from game to game. Everyone should watch at least one sport anime and this is the best year for them it seems.

 

 

2. Noragami

Noragami has the best pacing in a show that I’ve watched in a while. You would think that a show just about a god and his problems after running into a girl would be all over the place but it isn’t. Great action-shounen anime that looks awesome and sounds wonderful to the ears. 

Noragami has the whole package for a masterpiece in only 12 episodes. When you have time, check it out.

 

 

1. Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara is a drama that will keep you on your toes and surprise you. Nagi gets #1 in my books for its wonderful character development in the cast. They really grow up over the course of the series and you will have your favorite fanships. If you can connect to the characters then you will like Nagi no Asukara as it is a character-driven drama, all the problems are because of the actions of the characters and not the world they live in.

Helps that the show is eye candy too, there are lots of scenes that could be wallpapers. 🙂

 

 

Weekly Ratings – Week 13 Final

Winter 2014 is over and now we can hopefully look forward to warm weather! Sadly where I live it’s still in the 40s and but not for much longer! I’m ready for green grass and flowers over the snow and ice. Remember next week I’ll have a new format for the ratings, old format will still be around but won’t be talking about the MAL taste of anime much.

Only shows not done yet are two cour or Saki because it got pushed back by the Japan elections. Everything else is done and seems to stabilize a bit in the rankings. Did have four big jumps in the rankings though. Hoozuki, Buddy Complex, and Pupipo! all jumped at least 500 placements. Z/X Ignition also jumped a good amount but the show is more in the middle of the rankings on MAL so it’s a little easier to move about. On the Fall two cours we have Nagi no Asukara making the top 100 list with Kill la Kill. Even Gundam Build Fighters jumping into the top 500 list.

Even have some extra graphs for us to look at for the final. Both graphs show the same type of data, it’s the growth of a series over the course of the 13 week season. Positive number would mean that the series got “worst” in the eyes of MAL raters compared to the first week of the season.  This is only one of many ways you can analysis the data. I also took the season’s average and median % change.  Average was 7.14% for the season and -4.96% on the Median. Median would show that more shows had a “better” rating by week 13 of the season. Average is positive because I kept outliers in my data which are pulling the data positive or worst in the case of the anime show.

Do know that normally the winter season is known to be the weakest of the year for anime series but since this is my first time doing this I have nothing to compare too. I want to say that having a negative median is a good sign for the season and anime in general. Shows that series more than not are better than we first thought aka First Impressions. Hopefully after some seasons I’ll have more results to compare to each other and learn a little more about the general anime watchers.

*Edit* Okay the outliers thing was bugging me so I went back in the data and found the outliers for the season to take them out. Outliers for us would be series that did way better or worst than we(MAL raters) thought. Low outliers are: Nagi no Asukara, Kill la Kill, and Hoozuki no Reitetsu. High outliers are: Hamatora the Animation, Wizard Barristers, Sakura Trick, Chuunibyou demo, and Mahou Sensou. You could in a way say that the high outliers were over valued shows and the low outliers were undervalued. After outliers are out the average is -11.50% and the median of -6.05%.  Values much closer together so I’m happy. Maybe next season we’ll have even a lower % but not going to be easy with 4 shows in the top 100 and it’s not even a week into the season yet. Please remember that the analysis still has errors in it. Some would be that I don’t have the data for the first cour of the fall continues and I didn’t have every single show that aired this winter in my data list. If I did have that data we could see different numbers but I’m hoping that with taking out the outliers should have helped for a lot of the errors. You can see the data Here.

Episode of the Week: Saki: Zenkoku-Hen.

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Name Genre Week 13 Rating Week 13 Popularity Week 12 Rating Week 12 Popularity Rating Changed
Gin no Saji 2 Comedy/Slice of Life 116 1056 132 1090 -16
Noragami Adventure/Shounen 229 221 214 242 15
Nisekoi Comedy/Romance 375 345 378 363 -3
D-Frag! Comedy/School 642 652 636 692 6
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei Romance/Comedy 758 739 721 785 37
Hoozuki no Reitetsu Comedy/Slice of Life 837 1304 1834 1333 -997
Space Dandy Comedy/Space 866 683 861 712 5
Saki: Zenkoku-Hen Game 1092 1949 1249 1959 -157
Tonari no Seki-kun Comedy/School 1132 949 1064 996 68
Chuunibyou demo Comedy/Drama/Romance 1209 392 1019 412 190
Sakura Trick Romance/Yuri 1633 728 1367 763 266
Witch Craft Works Fantasy/Supernatural/Action 1709 633 1644 666 65
Hamatora the Animation Superpower/Mystery 1798 617 1674 641 124
Buddy Complex Mecha/Sci-fi 1893 1246 2592 1309 -699
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku Fantasy/Action 1894 909 1702 967 192
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Adventure/Romance 2068 973 1939 1029 129
Wake Up, Girls Music/Slice of Life 2786 1462 2801 1487 -15
Nobunagun Shounen/Action/Supernatural 2885 1091 3037 1123 -152
Pupipo! Slice of Life/Supernatural 3221 2201 3714 2246 -493
Nobunaga the Fool Mecha/Sci-fi 3489 933 3435 946 54
Z/X Ignition Game/Adventure 3812 1618 4223 1666 -411
Onee-chan ga Kita Sienen/Comedy 4317 1274 4296 1317 21
Saikin, Imouto no Yousu Comedy/ Romance 4659 906 4564 927 95
Wizard Barristers Magic/Sci-fi 4803 1134 4365 1161 438
Mahou Sensou Action/Fantasy 5298 615 4923 639 375
SoniAni Music 5316 1227 5243 1253 73
Go Go 575 Music 6074 2669 6029 2672 45
Strange+ Comedy/Slice of Life 6141 1805 6097 1836 44
Pupa Horror/Psychological 6898 681 6865 695 33
Fall Continues 0
Kuroko no Basket 2 Sports 19 399 14 421 5
Hajime no Ippo:Rising Sports/Shounen 29 1330 28 1372 1
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Fantasy/Adventure 52 448 48 479 4
Kill La Kill Action 87 102 87 109 0
Nagi no Asukara Drama/Fantasy 98 364 300 394 -202
Log Horizon Fantasy/Adventure/Romance 169 193 164 201 5
Gundam Build Fighters Mecha 418 1905 917 1958 -499
Diamond no Ace Sports 441 1203 446 1213 -5
Yowamushi Pedal Sports 470 1142 463 1157 7
Golden Time Romance/Comedy 561 273 535 291 26
Tokyo Ravens Supernatural/Shounen 583 492 579 510 4
Strike the Blood Fantasy/Shounen/Action 1068 303 999 321 69
Phi Brain 3 Game/Action 1840 1983 1734 1987 106
Samurai Flamenco Action 3052 772 3061 787 -9
Ratings Taken Every Saturday Night Bold=Sequel, Italic= Shorts

 

Top OP & ED of Winter 2014

With the winter season now over, it’s time to look back at the best Openings and Endings from the winter in my opinion. Lets hop too it then!

Honorable Mentions

Wizard Barristers OP “JUSTITIA” by Lia”

The show may not have been the best of the season but I did enjoy the opening. Does a good job showing off what the show was about.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei ED “Tomadoi→Recipe by Mikakuning!”

Just a really fun song once you understand all the characters. Pretty funny at the same time.

Top Endings of Winter Season

#3 Witch Craft Works ED “”divine intervention” by fhána”

Have to say that this ending is what got me through some of the episodes of WCW.

#2 Mahou Sensou “Born to be” by nano

Ending to Mahou Sensou was it’s shining star for the series. Way better than the show and almost my favorite ending of the season.

#1 Noragami “Heart Realize” by Tia

Easily the best ending for me this season. Really brought out the emotions for myself. Noragami really out did itself this season in the quality of work it showed in the opening and ending.

Top Openings of Winter Season

#3 Space Dandy “Viva Namida” by Yasuyuki Okamura

Never know what your about to see in every episode of space dandy and the opener really got you pumped for whatever was coming. I don’t think I ever skipped the opening on a space dandy episode.

#2 Noragami “Goya no Machiawase” by Hello Sleepwalkers

At first I didn’t really care for the opening of Noragami, but it grew on me much like the show did.

#1 Nagi no Asukara OP2 “ebb and flow” by Ray

The second opening for Nagi no Asukara really caught the change in pace for the show right. Even the small changes in the opener over the course of the last 12 episodes was nice. My favorite for the season, looking forward to next season.

Spring Preview Part 2 of 2.

Hitsugi no Chaika

Date: April 10th

Studio: Bones (Noragami)

Genre: Action/ Adventure

MAL / PV

Episodes: 12

Staff: Masui, SoichiMajima, JunjiAnzai, Chika

 

Toru Acura is a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin, and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru’s adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru’s source of income.

Hmm girl and her coffin gun, even has magic too. Seems a little silly to me, but the story makes me think of the plot of Samurai Champloo with the group of travelers. After taking a moment to look into the director I see that he was behide the storyboards of Samurai Champloo, which is surprising. Don’t have any big hopes for the series, crew doesn’t have that much experience in main roles but I don’t see it as a big problem since Chaika doesn’t look like she’s going to be talking much.

Expectation Level: 5/10

Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun

Date: April 10th

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Action, Mecha

MAL / PV

Episodes: TBA

 

In the late Edo period, Japan had experienced an unprecedented crisis by Kurofune (Black Ships), the ships from foreign countries. But a giant robot called Onigami, which has existed since ancient time, dispelled the Kurofune ships and the exclusion of foreigners was accomplished. The story begins in Japan where Meiji restoration in 1868 didn’t happen. 

Any show that has a tagline that is “I can be the greatest man in the world, because I am a virgin!” is a show worth checking out. Secret harem in the making and should be a good little hearted mecha. Glad we have two mecha series that will balance out the dark side we’ll be getting with the other mechas in the spring.

Expectation Level: 7/10

Escha & Logy no Atelier

Date: April 10th

Studio: Studio Gokumi

Genre: Fantasy

MAL / PV

Episodes: TBA

Staff: Iwasaki, Yoshiaki

 

This world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the “Land of Dusk,” there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy. There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the “Dusk End,” the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as “Central,” where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. 
One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl’s name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man’s name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.

I am not interested in the plot so this show will get the standard get me hooked in three episodes or dropped. Director is from love hina so I’m a little surprised that the comedy or romance genre not tagged to the series yet.

Expectation Level: 2/10

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?

Date: April 10th

Studio: White Fox

Genre: Comedy/ Slice of Life

MAL/ PV

Episodes: TBA

Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that cafe. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino, a tough and soldier-esque girl named Lize, a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo, and the ordinary but dignified Sharo.

Comedy slice of life about Rabbits? Could be an interesting slice of life from White Fox. Guessing most people will not check this out so that draws me to it. I hope that it is better than Soniani.

Expectation Level: 4/10

Ping Pong: The Animation

Date: April 11th

Studio: Aniplex

Genre: Sports

MAL

Episodes: 11

 

Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who’s been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They’re both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile’s personality always enables him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile’s talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.

Out of all the sport series that start this spring, I’m least excited about Ping pong. Mostly because of the animation style they have chosen to use. It is different but I know I’m going to get tired of watching it.

Expectation Level: 4/10

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin

Date: April 11th

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

MAL / PV

Episodes:11

Staff: Kamei, KantaHanazawa, KanaOno, Yuuki

The story centers around the treasure of Nanana, a ghost who was once a beautiful but NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) girl. 
A boy named Juugo was disowned by his father and forced to transfer to a high school on the “Special Student Zone,” an artificial island. With only 40,000 yen a month to live on, Juugo chooses a low-rent apartment that happens to be haunted by Nanana. Juugo and members of the school’s adventure club join a “treasure hunt royale” on the island for the Nanana Collection, a treasure that possesses a mysterious power.

Story seems good to me, different but not confusing to follow. Main reason I’m going to watch the series is because of the cast. Two of my favorite actors (Ono, Yuuki & Hanazawa, Kana) is a huge plus for me.

Expectation Level: 8/10

Date A Live 2

Date: April 12th

Studio: AIC Plus

Genre: Comedy, Mecha, Romance

MAL / PV

Episodes: 10

Second Season of Date A Live.

Date A live was one of those shows that I watched the first two episodes then put it on hold. Mostly because it was so far out there, I’ll have to finish the first season before I can fairly look at the second season.

Expectation Level: 0/10 (Not watching)

Sidonia no Kishi

Date: April 11th

Studio: Polygon Pictures

Genre: Mecha, Action, Fantasy

MAL/ PV

Episodes: TBA

It’s been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous “seed ships” like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity!

Sidonia could be the dark mecha I’ve been waiting for these past few years. Story is a little weak and is too straightforward. I’ll be happy if it focuses on background and depth on one theme compared to Valvrave which was a mile long and an inch deep.

Expectation Level: 7/10

Mekaku City Actors

Date: April 13th

Studio: Shaft (Nisekoi)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

MAL/ PV

Episodes: 11

Shintaro Kisaragi, a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years, had been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro’s PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years. For once, I am happy that Shaft is animating this series. They will bring an interesting twist to the story and make it more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. Plus Comedy/Romance is what I think of for shaft series.

Expectation Level: 5/10

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane

Date: April 22nd

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Mecha, Action

MAL / PV

Episodes: TBA

There is distorted, deep blackness everywhere. That place, in which blackness swallowed everything and took away everything, has become known as the Avidya Zone. Strange beings assume the very form of the despair and chaos of humanity. They are known by this name: Imashime.
An expedition surveys the Avidya Zone which consumes human spirits. So, in the intricate intersection between the present in impending crisis and the destiny of the past … can eight boys and girls, assembled to confront the Imashime, find the bright future that lies before the Avidya Zone?

Can’t wait for M3 to start! I am highly looking forward to this mecha over all the others. Junichi Sato and Mari Okada working together are gold in my eyes. Never know what twists are going to be in the story when Mari is in control of the script. May’n doing the opening song is a nice touch too.

Expectation Level: 10/10

Hanamonogatari

Date: May 31st

Studio: Shaft

Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance

MAL

Episodes: 5

Sixth part in the Monogatari series line.

Haven’t seen most of the monogatari series so I won’t be watching this.

Expectation Level: 0/10 (Not Watching)