A Seasonal Review: Fall 2012

I’ve loosely ranked the season’s shows from worst to best (rough guide: A=awesome, B+=great, B-=good, C=decent, D=bad, F=fail). I’ve tried to keep this post concise. Click on the show title for a full review. Let’s begin!

Dropped: TeekyuLitchi DE Hikari ClubBusou ShinkiKamisama HajimemashitaSukitte li na YoCode BreakerToLoveRu Darkness

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21. Medaka Box Abnormal — F
This is just awful.

20. Sword Art Online — F
Kirito’s sword pierced the heavens.

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19. Little Busters — Ongoing
I hate this kind of crap.

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18. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojou — Ongoing (but D)
“You’re you, you!”

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17. Hayate no Gotoku: Can’t Take my Eyes Off You — D+
How could anyone ruin Hayate so badly?

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16. Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne — D+
Kind of funny, but still about a sister who wants to sleep with her brother.

15. Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse — D+
Had potential, but never really went anywhere.

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14. BTOOOM!! — D+

13. Space Bros — Ongoing

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12. Robotics; Notes — Ongoing
Honestly, I’m getting bored.

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11. K — C
Stylish, but not much to it.

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10. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun — C+
Good for a shoujo romance, but didn’t come to much conclusion.

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9. Zetsuen no Tempest — Ongoing
I hope they’ve finished the four episode conversation with a skeleton.

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8. Jormungand S2 — B-
More crazy antics. The serious ending was kind of lame though.

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7. Ixion Saga DT — Ongoing
Some episodes miss, but some are hilarious (Kon becoming a god, Kon’s girlfriend, etc.).

6. Hunter X Hunter — Ongoing
Just finished a great arc with the auction and the Troupe.

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5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure — Ongoing
Villains so bad they make Nazis look good.

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4. GIRLS und PANZER — Ongoing

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3. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! — B+
Hilarious comedy, combined with a strong coming of age story.

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2. PSYCHO PASS — Ongoing
Most thought provoking show of the season. Plus moe.

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1. Shin Sekai Yori — Ongoing
Psychokinetic Buddhist yuri fantasy, how I adore thee.

What were your favorite and least favorite shows last season? Feel welcome to share in the comments.

16 thoughts on “A Seasonal Review: Fall 2012

  1. Critique on some of the shows here:

    Code Breaker: Ouch
    Girls Und Panzer: Like it, but I’m in no way a big fan.
    Ixion Saga DT: American Pie-humor = not funny
    Jormungand: Godawful pointlessness that was worse than the Iron Man movies. Might be Cowboys and Aliens level
    K: Plot-holed messes where people keep their trap shut and nothing is really explained? Hell yeah! Pacing was kind of bad though, so I don’t rank it as one of my favorites.
    Little Busters: One of the few who loved the “test of courage” episode, although I laughed at the shadow twin thing (seriously guys?). Still love the three guys and one or two of the girls.
    OniiAi: Wretched
    Sakurasou: Goddamn LN shit
    SSY: Couldn’t make it past the 12th episode. It was boring me to death.
    Teekyu: Watch it!
    Tonari: What I hated about the show overrode what I liked
    Zetsuen No Tempest: Improved after I picked it back up.

    1. Oh, I forgot one:

      Robotics;Notes- Wow is this anime boring. Looks like I have another VN company to add onto my blacklist. I would have dropped this long ago if it wasn’t among the five anime from the Fall I said I would stick with. Anime that “talk about cool shit” rather than “do cool shit”. You are the bane of my existence!

    2. You hate everything. 😛

      But yeah, I pretty much agree, except I like Shin Sekai Yori, hate Little Busters, and think Ixion Saga can sometimes be pretty funny.

      Robotics; Notes is pretty boring. If they talked about cool stuff it could be ok, but the stuff they talk about is honestly pretty boring too.

  2. The joke in Ixion Saga is a hit and a miss. To me, the number of misses far surpasses the number of hit. Yup, the funniest joke is definitely how Kon became a deity and fooled all the stupid characters.
    -the four goons did nothing but play volleyball <– boooring
    -the four goons did nothing but argue about who's the best <– boooring
    -the two goons did nothing but stalk the tranny and zoophile <– boooring
    -ED desperately tried to hide the fact that he has lost his balls <– acceptable

    1. Pretty much. The two most recent episodes have also been good, with the violent girl and the squirrel being an old man.

  3. I don’t tend to rate shows before they’re done, but I totally agree with you about Shin Sekai Yori, it’s definitely the best series of last season. I love how the world gets so much crazier just by listening to the conversations that Saki has with people.

  4. I approve of your top 5! Great stuff!

    @Robotic;Notes: Yeah it is getting really slow and I suppose the two 1/2 break did not do that series any justice just like what happened with Eureka Seven Ao’s long three week break! That and with the return being focused on one character? That was not what I wanted…I just want more anime science and robot building…also FRAU! WE NEED MORE FRAU!

  5. Hope comments work again for me:

    Last weekend I finally finished fall 2012 season. My #1 and #2 favorites are the same as yours! Shin Sekai Yori’s visuals are a mixed bag but it more than makes up for that with it’s mood and the yuri! Psycho Pass is just excellent in any respect.

    Your #4 to #9 were dropped – wrong choice?

    I’d rank Tonari higher than you did b/c Natsume is my #2 favourite female character of 2012 (#1 is Mayaka). Also, I really enjoyed Kamisama Hajimemashita for it’s light atmosphere and likeable main character.

    Chuunibyou bored me in the middle episodes but picked up again – a strong coming-of-age story, indeed! Robotics Notes bored me at first but just when I though it would turn out as a slice-of-life series with “robot” toys it became somewhat more interesting – let’s see what will happen in the second cour!

    PS: I wonder why you left out Magi again!

    1. Hey, it worked! But it took your blog some time to display this comment… Anyways, a new commenting year can finally begin!

      1. Yay! Let me know if you have more problems. I’ve been having issues with the server, and I installed this caching plugin to help, which may be why it took some time to show up.

    2. I think you’d like Girls und Panzer, it’s basically cute girls in cute costumes driving tanks. Seems right up your alley. Otherwise you aren’t missing that much, although Jojo has been pretty awesome recently.

      Natsume is awesome, but that’s the main thing that show has going for it, and she has a crush on the old guy for some reason. Chuunibyou bored me a bit in the middle too, but recovered.

      PS: I wonder why you left out Magi again!

      Crap, I knew I must be forgetting something. Magi would probably displace Onii-chan at #16: there’s nothing wrong with it, but I’m not really the target age group and I’m starting to get bored. I must have forgotten it on my seasonal impressions, and I base these posts off of those… so yeah.

    3. [Enjoying commenting:] I’m pretty much looking forward to seeing more of the tsundere princess in Magi! Her and Sindbad-san would be an awesome couple!

      1. Yeah she is the best thing in Magi. I’ve read ahead in the manga which has helped douse my enthusiasm though… it basically goes nowhere fast.

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