Summer was a great season.
I’ve loosely ranked the season’s shows from worst to best (rough guide to my rankings: A=awesome, B+=great, B-=good, C=decent, D=bad, F=fail). The numbers in parentheses are how I ranked that series’ first episode at the start of the season. Let’s see how much things have changed. Note that the numbers don’t exactly correspond, since the two-season shows were not included in the ranking at the start of the season.
I’ve tried to keep this post concise since I’ve already written full reviews for most of the shows. So let’s start!
Not Included: Hyouge Mono (only two eps. translated), Natsume Yuujinchou San (8) (haven’t watched second season)
Dropped After one Episode: Manyuu Hikenchou (24), Double-J (23), Morita-san wa Makuchi (22), Nyanpire (21), Twin Angel – Twinkle Paradise (20), Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi (16)
23. Blood-C — Dropped (13)
I watched another episode or two, and they were the same as the first episode.
22. Nekogami Yaoyorozu — Dropped (19)
I just don’t find this funny. It’s more inclined to give me a headache than make me laugh.
21. Mayo Chiki — F (15)
Our standard harem of the season, with cross-dressing butlers.
20. Kamisama no Memochou — D- (10)
Generic and dull. I can’t stand any of the characters.
19. Ro-Kyu-Bu! — Not Finished (18)
Surprisingly decent for a lolicon show. But it’s still a lolicon show.
18. The iDOLM@STER — Still Airing (12)
There isn’t anything I can point to with this show and say “this is bad.” It’s actually very well made. It’s just that I have no interest whatsoever in idols.
17. Kamisama Dolls — D (4)
A cool setting, but utterly aimless.
16. Sacred Seven — D+ (11)
Fun and dumb.
15. Baka Test to Shoukanjuu Ni! — C- (14)
The jokes are getting old.
14. No. 6 — C- (2)
Had potential, but forgot about the main plot until the end, which was disastrous.
13. R-15 — C (17)
A solid and unique fanservice comedy.
12. Ao no Exorcist — C+
Standard shounen fare, but well made.
A good season, especially the prison arc.
10. Ikoku Meiro no Croisée — B- (7)
9. Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou (6)
A vast improvement over the last season.
8. Dantalian no Shoka — B- (3)
Very creative, but it got stale.
7. Hanasaku Iroha — B
Great when it sticks to the drama.
6. YuruYuri — B (9)
Hilarious yuri hijinks.
5. Tiger and Bunny — B+
Great characters (especially Kotetsu) but a somewhat weak ending.
4. Usagi Drop — B+ (5)
Lovable characters in roles we don’t often see, beautifully animated.
3. Steins; Gate — B+
Great fun with time travel and speculation (and a badass lead character).
2. Nichijou — A-
One of the best comedies in recent years. It’s left me laughing every week.
1. Mawaru Penguin Drum (1)
By far my favorite series of the season. This show has a pacing and intensity that none can match, is always full of surprises, and gives plenty of food for thought every week.
What did you think of this season’s shows? Feel free to share in the comments!