The Fall Catch-up!

Man it’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written here. I’ve keep up with everything over the past season and a half now. So I’ll highlight my top 10 with some stats from the past season then I’ll comment on this current season. Summer season was pretty weak in my own opinion compared to the spring and winter seasons this year. I ended up with two spring continues in my final top 10 list for summer. Had a hard time filling the bottom third of the list with shows that had “weight” to them. Even based on the Mal ratings the season was the weakest so far. Link for the data. (Fixed the data error on spring numbers, thx for pointing that out dear reader) Lets jump into the Top 10 ūüôā

#10 Yama no Susume 2

Yama no Susume 2nd Season
Yama no Susume is the longer short series that follows up on the first short. All about mountain climbing and friendship. It’s nice to watch the first one but it’s not really needed if you didn’t want too. Each 11 minute episode follows a group of girls as they climb different mountains and overcome different challenges. Heartwarming and family friendly.

 

 

#9 Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru RideIs change okay? This is the main theme that comes to mind for me when I think of this romance. Ao Haru Ride as it’s moments as the main pair reconnect after not seeing each other seen three years ago when the romance started. Sadly I didn’t connect really to the other characters but that was me. Ending will want you to read the manga to finish the story. (Manga ends soon*)

 

 

#8 Zankyou no Terror

Zankyou no TerrorShow about terrorist and mind games.Great overall show that made me think of death note at times. Loved the soundtrack, it’s a must check out if anything. Series starts off to an awesome start but somewhere in the middle it loses its way before getting back on track. I’d say it’s because of a “side-character” that comes out of the woods. Good plot and soundtrack are the highlights.

 

 

#7 Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

Seirei Tsukai no Blade DanceBlade Dance was surprisingly enjoyable for me and something I looked forward to every week. A Harem that doesn’t forget that it has a plot or story line to continue is very enjoyable. Blade Dance does have fan service and does get off track at times but for the ¬†most part it remembers to continue down the road by the end of the episode. Fights are well done and are comparable to Fairy tale or one piece. I’d say come take a look into this mystery box.

 

#6 Baby Steps

Baby StepsBaby Steps is easily my favorite sports manga I’ve read and very different compared to most sports stories out there. Most start with the main characters already powered up in some way but don’t know it. Baby steps starts with a pure rookie in every way and if he a super power then it must be that he is a hard worker and that’s it. Since the show does start with a pure rookie, the show can feel a little slow at times since you have to take baby steps to become a pro. ūüôā You don’t see it much in the first season but there is a romance in the background of the show which is nice for a sports show/manga. (Second Season in Spring 15′)

#5 Space Dandy 2

Space‚ėÜDandy 2nd SeasonDandy back for more deaths and boobies in his second season! More great stories and entertaining adventures from the trio. We even get the answers to why Dandy dies and comes back to life every episode by the end of the series. If you liked the first series or like space adventures then I’d check this out.

 

 

#4 Nobunaga Concerto 

Nobunaga ConcertoWe had a good number of Nobunaga shows this year overall and I’d say this is the number Nobunaga show period. It’s really good and the plot is so simple that it just works. Time-traveling kid gets sent back in time and takes Nobunaga Oda place, that’s the plot. This was the hidden gem of the season in my eyes. The show now has a live action drama as well and I’d say watch both if you have the time. I almost put this in my top 3 but only 10 episodes was the deal breaker with the current #3.

 

#3 Barakamon

BarakamonBarakamon is about a writer that goes to an island to get over his writers block and be able to create a great piece of work. Ends up meeting a lot of very different people and kids that help him along the way. Show was more funny than I thought it was going to be but it’s not a bad thing since I enjoyed the funny and serious moments of the series. Heartwarming and Family safe series.

 

 

#2 Aldnoah Zero

Aldnoah.ZeroSometimes you don’t need an awesome overpowered mech to be awesome. You just need to out smart your enemy with your mind and man does Aldnoah Zero showcase just that. One of the few shows that would play perfectly as a movie, just link up the episodes and enjoy the ride. Best soundtrack of the season, even beats Zankyou no Terror for me. Plot and some really twists and the end that I didn’t see coming and look forward to the second season that has been green-lighted.

 

#1 Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!!My favorite of summer was the continuing of the spring’s Haikyuu. It’s the Kuroko no Basket of Volleyball. Super powered teammates and main duo that make you think they could do anything. Sadly I really enjoy watching larger than life characters kick some ass. Waiting for a second season badly.

 

 

This fall season really has to halves for me. One half I really like and that is about 15ish shows. The other 20-25 shows I really don’t care for but haven’t had the power in me to drop them yet even though we in the 7th week now. Overall about on par with this winter season in my eyes with good one-cour shows. Already thinking about what I’m going to put on my top 10 list for the year and it’s not going to be easy but looking forward to it. The hidden gem of this season to me is Shirobako. Anime show about the process of making anime, gives me the feel of bakuman.

~Darbee

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Spring vs Winter Ratings

Winter Season Average % 7.14%
Winter Season Median % -4.96%
Spring Season Average 12.66%
Spring Season Median -5.33%

Before I start too much I’ll link my data for anyone who wants to check numbers and ect. At face value its easy to see the winter season didn’t have as many high(bad) end shows that drove the numbers up on the averages. So focusing on the median numbers more it would seem like the spring was a stronger season compared to the winter season. Lets look at the same data but taking out the outliers.

Spring Average w/o Outliers -10.41%
Spring Median w/o Outliers -10.99%
Winter Average w/o Outliers -11.50%
Winter Median w/o Outliers -6.05%

Averages’ only have a difference of about 1% so you could say the seasons’ had the same weight or strength. The spring did have an about 5% lead in the median. In both cases it shows that on average that we(viewers/raters) on MAL undervalue shows in the early weeks. Spring with a lower median would think it shows that we had a better shows than we thought in the beginning of the season. Could also be from having less shows in the pool because high amount of outliers in the spring season compared to the winter season. Thinking for this summer season I may compare season averages and medians based on the 3rd week vs the first week to see if that helps on outliers or keeping the season numbers closer to 0%. Cause you would hope that a show was just as good in the beginning as compared to the end. That a series didn’t magically get awesome in the 6th or 9th episode of the series. With that thought in mind some of the problems could be that I’m using the MAL weighted ratings. ¬†Shows would be undervalued in general in the first week or two because a good number of viewers may not rate till the 3rd episode comes out. So empty numbers hurting the weighted rating on MAL till more of the empty numbers add a score. Not sure though, I’ll have to look into that at some point.

In the end I’d say that the winter season shows surprised us more than the spring shows did. Below is the list of the biggest movers(surprises) in the spring then winter season. Move based on % from first week aired and not MAL rating numbers or the weighted score number out of ten.

Ping Pong the Animation
No Game No Life
Sidonia no Kishi
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Haikyuu!!
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
Nagi no Asukara
Kill La Kill
Hoozuki no Reitetsu

I’ll be continuing to track the airing shows and will have more stats posts in the future. Looking forward to comparing the year as a whole down the line. I’ll look at just shorts and sequels at the end of the year, waiting for the observations to build up. ūüôā

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Spring 2014 Top 10

Spring was a much easier season to watch in my eyes. Winter had most of its talent in just a few shows compared to this spring where there is a lot of pretty good shows. Luckily or maybe unluckily I based my top 10 off of the series end time and not the beginning so no baby steps or Haikyuu here.

#10 Black Bullet

Black Bullet is an action baseBlack Bulletd show about using super power girls to fight the monsters called “Gastrea”. The show¬†isn’t the best by any means but its a fun ride overall. The story wasn’t the best but worked for the plot setting of the anime. What holds the show back was that this show was only 12 episodes long and not 24 like a lot of other shows this season. As such the pacing is too fast for the series to show you great fun action and character¬†development. Good number of the character get no background on or¬†development throughout the show. Luckily the main duo pair get just enough to keep the story together.

 

 

#9 Isshuukan Friends

Could you be friendsIsshuukan Friends. with someone who forgot you every week? That’s the plot of Week Long Friends, Hase¬†is a boy who tries to be friends with Fujimiya ¬†who loses her memories every week on Sunday night.Went into this show thinking it be a huge tearjerker with good development. I was only mostly right, the show isn’t as tear-jerking as you would think. The best thing the show does is how it shows male friendship overall. Hase and Inoue have one of the most realistic friendship I’ve seen in an anime.

 

 

#8 Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Superpower girls and one lucky boy get all tied up together as they fight an evil company that is making these poor girls as experiments. Brynhildr is what I’d call a dark harem (harem with a dark setting/theme). The harem girls are the stars of the show and really make the show what it is. The story at times is weak and doesn’t fill all the holes at the end but lets you guess to what happens. Overall Brynhildr is an enjoyable fantasy show that will surprise you.

 

 

 

#7 Mushishi Zoku Shou

Mushishi Zoku Shou

Mushishi Zoku Shou is the second season to Mushishi and continues in the same wonderful style as the first. Mushishi is an episodic format anime that tales a story each episode. They can make you happy or bitter at core ideas it shows in the episodes. If you never have seen Mushishi before you could pick right up here and be okay without seeing the first series. The first episode does a good job of telling the viewers what are Mushishi and the role they fill in the world.

Great show to relax and enjoy in 20 minutes at a time.

 

 

#6 Selector Infected

Selector Infected WIXOSSSelector was my dark horse of the season and very happy to know it’s getting a second season. After watching Madoka Magic this week, I think Selector is a lot like it in ways it focuses on character growth. Selector is a high roller coaster with an easy ride up but has a big fall and many twists on the way down. Recommend you check out my past post on this series for information.

 

 

 

#5 Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Soredemo Sekai wa UtsukushiiSoredemo is a solid romance about a girl who can call on the rain and marries the sun king. Classic opposites attract and make each other even better. Any fan of romance should check this one out as it has wonderful pacing. Only problem I had with the series is that the same song is used to call down the rain every time.

 

 

 

 

#4 Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

Bokura wa Minna KawaisouBokura wa Minna is the best comedy in my eyes from this spring and even has a great romance in the background of all the laughs. Story is very simple as it’s about a boy’s life living in this¬†Kawai Complex as he goes to high school. Best part of the show are the voice actors and the jokes are timed very well.

 

 

 

 

#3 Love Live 2

Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd SeasonOne of my favorites in the idol genre. Love Live comes back for its second season and builds off its first season wonderfully. This time around the girls get one last shot at Love Live before the 3rd years leave. If you liked the first season then you will be happy that the second is better in terms of music in my eyes and the girls really feel like a family by the end.

Never forget Nico-Ni!

 

 

#2 Sidonia no Kishi

Sidonia no KishiSidonia was the biggest surprise to me of the whole season for me. Never would have thought I’d fall in love with a CGI anime like this. Sidonia setting is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime much like Battlestar Galactica where man is on the run from some type of non-human enemy. Sidonia had a very rough start in my eyes as it was hard to get into the story and the CGI at the same time. After a few episodes though I was hooked onto the story and even the characters. Sidonia may hold the record for making me so mad at a character I even had to pause the episode for a bit. ¬†The best thing about Sidonia is its soundtrack/background music as many of the action scenes you can really feel like you’re in the cockpit of the mech. Very enjoyable series and look forward to the second season.

#1 No Game No Life

No Game No LifeNGNL is an adventure anime that follows a Brother & Sister as they try to save humanity in the game world. The main duo go about winning in the game world through the use of different games since no one can use force or power to take over the world. The games used in the series are overall simple and very easy to understand making it easy to enjoy the show. NGNL came off like it was made for anime with almost no pacing problems and never forgot its story plot to background stories. This is the show that was the highlight of the spring season and shouldn’t be the one you pass over.

Top Spring 14′ Openings/Endings

Spring coming to a close soon and I’m ready for the new summer series. Before that I want to show off some of my favorite openings and endings of the spring season.

Spring Top Openings!

#5. Haikyuu my be my favorite sport anime for this spring. Wonderful fast paced sport that is animated very well.

#4. Bokura wa minna kawaisou opening shows off the series well. Love the watergun scene near the end of the opening, makes me smile every time.

#3. No Game No Life easily wins best series for spring and of course its opening would be in my favorites. ūüôā

#2. Selector Infected will surprise you during its course. The opening shows more of the positive side of the show compared to the ending. I’ve listened to this song a lot since I’ve bought myself a copy of it.

#1. Fairy Tail has my favorite opening this season even if I’m not really happy with the art style they switched too. Opening may be the best one fairy tail has ever had and lines up perfectly with the feel I got when I was reading the manga.

Spring Top Endings!

#5. Captain Earth holds 5th mostly because I couldn’t find a video of the love live 2 ending. The Captain Earth ending is very pretty though.

#4. Good ending with lots of energy, flows nicely with the show. ūüôā

#3. Baby Steps is my favorite sport manga that I’ve ever read so I’ve been loving the show so far. ¬†Even the ending song is called Baby Steps hehe.

#2. Bokura wa minna kawaisou ending is better than the opening in my eyes. Maybe since its more focused on leaving you with a happy image.

#1. Even though I really disliked the show overall for some reason, Ping Pong had the best ending of the season.

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. ūüôā

 

 

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. ūüôā

 

 

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‚ÜíRecipe¬†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 fh√°na”

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.

Weekly Ratings (Week 12)

Exciting times! A¬†busy next two weeks for bloggers and for anime in general. Winter season shows are about 60% completed with the last 40% finishing up this coming week. Have spring shows starting on Sunday so you can look forward to them and my last-minute previews of them. I’ll be doing group first impressions like a did for the winter, even have my top lists for the ending winter season up in the next week or two. I’ll add a new page so you all can easily find them down the road. ūüôā

For next season I’m changing how I’ll be doing the weekly ratings, I’ll use a moving list to rate the episodes each week. If you have ever read Angryjellyfish’s blog he uses something like this which I enjoy a lot as a reader. I’ll still have the ratings like I did this season but I’ll just add a Hyperlink at the bottom of the post(s) that will link you to the excel file if you want to see MAL ratings week to week. On the topic of episodics I’ll add one at the start of the season so we don’t just have Nisekoi for a while. Not 100% sure yet but I’m thinking Black_Bullet or Captain Earth then I’ll pick up M3 when it starts 4/21.

Well been an okay season overall I think, not the best winter season but better than most of the winter seasons. Seems that winter anime seasons are the weakest out of all the seasons. Not really surprised that Chuunibyou demo dropped 450ish places in the ratings from what I heard in the blogging world and from people watching the show. The 200 rise in the ratings of D-Frag was a nice surprise. Really didn’t think the last episode was that good but the show had a good presence all season. ¬†Hamatora which I haven’t posted about yet but didn’t do good at all for its last episode. Almost as bad as the Mahou Sensou ending, the show dropped a crazy 1300 places in the ratings. Biggest drop or rise of the season in one week.

Did have a good number of nice solid endings though, Pupipo which was haven’t problems in the middle of the season ended as best it could. Underrated Wake up girls ended strong I feel and I’d be okay with seeing more of that show. Space dandy ended just as random as it started but I’m looking forward to the second season that is coming. Kill la kill was the big mover for the fall continues which makes sense base on the crazy number of people watching it.

This week should be an easy week since most shows not airing as we wait for everything to end.

Name Genre Week 12 Rating Week 12 Popularity Week 11 Rating Week 11 Popularity Rating Changed
Gin no Saji 2 Comedy/Slice of Life 132 1090 184 1127 -52
Noragami Adventure/Shounen 214 242 198 277 16
Nisekoi Comedy/Romance 378 363 399 385 -21
D-Frag! Comedy/School 636 692 848 753 -212
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei Romance/Comedy 721 785 832 869 -111
Space Dandy Comedy/Space 861 712 1124 731 -263
Chuunibyou demo Comedy/Drama/Romance 1019 412 491 441 528
Tonari no Seki-kun Comedy/School 1064 996 1081 1028 -17
Saki: Zenkoku-Hen Game 1249 1959 1282 1976 -33
Sakura Trick Romance/Yuri 1367 763 1644 789 -277
Witch Craft Works Fantasy/Supernatural/Action 1644 666 1279 720 365
Hamatora the Animation Superpower/Mystery 1674 641 1396 687 278
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku Fantasy/Action 1702 967 2011 997 -309
Hoozuki no Reitetsu Comedy/Slice of Life 1834 1333 2012 1364 -178
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Adventure/Romance 1939 1029 1860 1049 79
Buddy Complex Mecha/Sci-fi 2592 1309 2628 1329 -36
Wake Up, Girls Music/Slice of Life 2801 1487 3331 1515 -530
Nobunagun Shounen/Action/Supernatural 3037 1123 3295 1136 -258
Nobunaga the Fool Mecha/Sci-fi 3435 946 3358 961 77
Pupipo! Slice of Life/Supernatural 3714 2246 3865 2259 -151
Z/X Ignition Game/Adventure 4223 1666 4163 1697 60
Onee-chan ga Kita Sienen/Comedy 4296 1317 4200 1371 96
Wizard Barristers Magic/Sci-fi 4365 1161 4032 1178 333
Saikin, Imouto no Yousu Comedy/ Romance 4564 927 3898 983 666
Mahou Sensou Action/Fantasy 4923 639 3589 674 1334
SoniAni Music 5243 1253 5855 1281 -612
Go Go 575 Music 6029 2672 5985 2683 44
Strange+ Comedy/Slice of Life 6097 1836 6262 1868 -165
Pupa Horror/Psychological 6865 695 6839 709 26
Fall Continues 0
Kuroko no Basket 2 Sports 14 421 18 430 -4
Hajime no Ippo:Rising Sports/Shounen 28 1372 35 1386 -7
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Fantasy/Adventure 48 479 62 491 -14
Kill La Kill Action 87 109 288 119 -201
Log Horizon Fantasy/Adventure/Romance 164 201 172 211 -8
Nagi no Asukara Drama/Fantasy 300 394 318 410 -18
Diamond no Ace Sports 446 1213 449 1220 -3
Yowamushi Pedal Sports 463 1157 463 1167 0
Golden Time Romance/Comedy 535 291 588 299 -53
Tokyo Ravens Supernatural/Shounen 579 510 850 544 -271
Gundam Build Fighters Mecha 917 1958 957 1973 -40
Strike the Blood Fantasy/Shounen/Action 999 321 1064 332 -65
Phi Brain 3 Game/Action 1734 1987 1672 2003 62
Samurai Flamenco Action 3061 787 3330 813 -269
Ratings Taken Every Saturday Night Bold=Sequel, Italic= Shorts

 

 

Weeking Ratings- Week 11

Only two more weeks left! Everything should move more than it has in the last three weeks. Even this week had some big movers randomly like Witch Craft Works and Saikin, Imouto. Imouto’s last episode was uploaded a little early so people put in their final score votes into the mix which pushed the shows rating down 700 places.

Noragami only has one episode left and it made into the top 200! Glad it made it, it’s a great show. Sadly no word on a season two yet, but Log Horizon and Space Dandy got the green light for second seasons. Other shows that did well in the rankings this week were Buddy Complex and Hoozuki. Buddy complex just a solid mecha that isn’t doing anything special but its enjoyable.

Surprisingly Chuunibyuo demo and Toaru Hikuushi moving up the in the ranking and not down after a pretty good week. :/ Of course Pupa and Mahou sensou still doing bad.

Episode of the week: Buddy Complex 

Name Genre Week 11 Rating Week 11 Popularity Week 10 Rating Week 10 Popularity Rating Changed
Gin no Saji 2 Comedy/Slice of Life 184 1127 196 1138 -12
Noragami Adventure/Shounen 198 277 264 293 -66
Nisekoi Comedy/Romance 399 385 410 404 -11
Chuunibyou demo Comedy/Drama/Romance 491 441 457 453 34
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei Romance/Comedy 832 869 830 899 2
D-Frag! Comedy/School 848 753 863 776 -15
Tonari no Seki-kun Comedy/School 1081 1028 1122 1053 -41
Space Dandy Comedy/Space 1124 731 1120 747 4
Witch Craft Works Fantasy/Supernatural/Action 1279 720 1614 741 -335
Saki: Zenkoku-Hen Game 1282 1976 1224 1983 58
Hamatora the Animation Superpower/Mystery 1396 687 1395 704 1
Sakura Trick Romance/Yuri 1644 789 1586 808 58
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Adventure/Romance 1860 1049 1797 1058 63
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku Fantasy/Action 2011 997 2012 1015 -1
Hoozuki no Reitetsu Comedy/Slice of Life 2012 1364 2066 1385 -54
Buddy Complex Mecha/Sci-fi 2628 1329 2710 1343 -82
Nobunagun Shounen/Action/Supernatural 3295 1136 3225 1142 70
Wake Up, Girls Music/Slice of Life 3331 1515 3293 1533 38
Nobunaga the Fool Mecha/Sci-fi 3358 961 3330 971 28
Mahou Sensou Action/Fantasy 3589 674 3434 688 155
Pupipo! Slice of Life/Supernatural 3865 2259 3890 2269 -25
Saikin, Imouto no Yousu Comedy/ Romance 3898 983 4628 1000 -730
Wizard Barristers Magic/Sci-fi 4032 1178 3956 1196 76
Z/X Ignition Game/Adventure 4163 1697 4161 1717 2
Onee-chan ga Kita Sienen/Comedy 4200 1371 4160 1387 40
SoniAni Music 5855 1281 5846 1297 9
Go Go 575 Music 5985 2683 5999 2696 -14
Strange+ Comedy/Slice of Life 6262 1868 6248 1873 14
Pupa Horror/Psychological 6839 709 6827 715 12
Fall Continues 0
Kuroko no Basket 2 Sports 18 430 18 439 0
Hajime no Ippo:Rising Sports/Shounen 35 1386 32 1397 3
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Fantasy/Adventure 62 491 61 498 1
Log Horizon Fantasy/Adventure/Romance 172 211 287 220 -115
Kill La Kill Action 288 119 307 125 -19
Nagi no Asukara Drama/Fantasy 318 410 338 422 -20
Diamond no Ace Sports 449 1220 449 1234 0
Yowamushi Pedal Sports 463 1167 476 1177 -13
Golden Time Romance/Comedy 588 299 588 307 0
Tokyo Ravens Supernatural/Shounen 850 544 848 550 2
Gundam Build Fighters Mecha 957 1973 978 1984 -21
Strike the Blood Fantasy/Shounen/Action 1064 332 1043 341 21
Phi Brain 3 Game/Action 1672 2003 1673 2009 -1
Samurai Flamenco Action 3330 813 3366 818 -36
Ratings Taken Every Saturday Night Bold=Sequel, Italic= Shorts

 

Weekly Ratings- Week 10

Image from Random Curiosity.

Feel this week was very good for the more serious anime titles of the season. Hmm maybe drama base shows would be better. Golden Time, Nagi no Asukara, Noragami, and Saki all felt good to me. Golden Time really stood out with either a love or hate feel to the series now. If your into romantic/drama titles than you should check it out.

All the comedies this week wasn’t very good or in my opinion, even though they did well in the rankings this week. Best and Worst movers the same from last week: Hoozuki and Mahou Sensou respectfully.

The one series I didn’t watch that I’m thinking about starting soon is Magi. Watched some of the first season but never finished it. With the third season green-lighted I’m thinking I should catch up on it. Maybe I can get that watched over the spring season.

Episode of the Week: Golden Time

Name Genre Week 10 Rating Week 10 Popularity Week 9 Rating Week 9 Popularity Rating Changed
Gin no Saji 2 Comedy/Slice of Life 196 1138 215 1153 -19
Noragami Adventure/Shounen 264 293 279 308 -15
Nisekoi Comedy/Romance 410 404 437 426 -27
Chuunibyou demo Comedy/Drama/Romance 457 453 438 467 19
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei Romance/Comedy 830 899 847 934 -17
D-Frag! Comedy/School 863 776 892 816 -29
Space Dandy Comedy/Space 1120 747 1119 769 1
Tonari no Seki-kun Comedy/School 1122 1053 1146 1071 -24
Saki: Zenkoku-Hen Game 1224 1983 1278 1990 -54
Hamatora the Animation Superpower/Mystery 1395 704 1337 720 58
Sakura Trick Romance/Yuri 1586 808 1517 829 69
Witch Craft Works Fantasy/Supernatural/Action 1614 741 1615 768 -1
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Adventure/Romance 1797 1058 1761 1072 36
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku Fantasy/Action 2012 1015 2006 1045 6
Hoozuki no Reitetsu Comedy/Slice of Life 2066 1385 2138 1423 -72
Buddy Complex Mecha/Sci-fi 2710 1343 2709 1363 1
Nobunagun Shounen/Action/Supernatural 3225 1142 3201 1154 24
Wake Up, Girls Music/Slice of Life 3293 1533 3291 1552 2
Nobunaga the Fool Mecha/Sci-fi 3330 971 3331 988 -1
Mahou Sensou Action/Fantasy 3434 688 3290 703 144
Pupipo! Slice of Life/Supernatural 3890 2269 3856 2278 34
Wizard Barristers Magic/Sci-fi 3956 1196 3889 1210 67
Onee-chan ga Kita Sienen/Comedy 4160 1387 4089 1409 71
Z/X Ignition Game/Adventure 4161 1717 4155 1742 6
Saikin, Imouto no Yousu Comedy/ Romance 4628 1000 4597 1019 31
SoniAni Music 5846 1297 5792 1317 54
Go Go 575 Music 5999 2696 5959 2702 40
Strange+ Comedy/Slice of Life 6248 1873 6239 1901 9
Pupa Horror/Psychological 6827 715 6812 719 15
Fall Continues 0
Kuroko no Basket 2 Sports 18 439 18 445 0
Hajime no Ippo:Rising Sports/Shounen 32 1397 32 1414 0
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Fantasy/Adventure 61 498 64 516 -3
Log Horizon Fantasy/Adventure/Romance 287 220 288 229 -1
Kill La Kill Action 307 125 338 133 -31
Nagi no Asukara Drama/Fantasy 338 422 347 431 -9
Diamond no Ace Sports 449 1234 458 1251 -9
Yowamushi Pedal Sports 476 1177 475 1196 1
Golden Time Romance/Comedy 588 307 587 316 1
Tokyo Ravens Supernatural/Shounen 848 550 860 558 -12
Gundam Build Fighters Mecha 978 1984 1016 2000 -38
Strike the Blood Fantasy/Shounen/Action 1043 341 1017 350 26
Phi Brain 3 Game/Action 1673 2009 1674 2016 -1
Samurai Flamenco Action 3366 818 3363 825 3
Ratings Taken Every Saturday Night Bold=Sequel, Italic= Shorts