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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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

 

 

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.