Same drill as usual.
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). 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.
I’ve tried to keep this post concise. Let’s begin!
Dropped: Recorder to Randsell (18), Kill Me Baby (16), Brave 10 (14), The Knight in the Area (10)
Fallen Behind: Shakugan no Shana III (15 in Fall), Chihayafuru (10 in Fall)
22. Black Rock Shooter — F (started late)
Mentally unstable middle school girls throw tantrums and their alter egos blow shit up.
21. Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! — F (11)
A “touching” story of a family with an annoying little girl and exploding sexual tension.
20. Guilty Crown — F (2 in Fall)
19. Amagami SS+ — D (8)
A waste of everyone’s time.
18. Nisemonogatari — D (9)
Those with fetishes for prepubescent girls, little sisters and head tilts may enjoy.
17. Rinne no Lagrange (12)
Way too happy, especially Madoka. She pisses me off.
16. Zero no Tsukaima Final — D+ (13)
No surprises here. Too many characters, but a solid ending, all things considered.
15. Mouretsu Pirates (3)
A cool setting, but everyone is too nice and boring.
14. Another — C- (6)
Downright silly violence. You decide if that’s a bad or good thing.
13. Inu x Boku SS — C+ (2)
I like the characters and their costumes, but what’s the point?
12. Aquarion EVOL (19)
This is nothing like the first Aquarion. It’s actually pretty good. The creators seemed to realize how dumb their premise was this time around.
11. Hunter X Hunter (8 in Fall)
Still going strong, but starting to suffer from some of the usual pitfalls of shounen: namely a slow pace and endless training arcs.
10. High School DxD — B- (17)
Knows exactly what it is and takes full advantage of that fact.
9. Thermae Romae — B (15)
Pretty funny show about baths.
8. Persona 4 — B (14 in Fall)
Managed to distinguish itself from the game with a badass main character.
7. Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing — B (7 in Fall)
Great setting, politics, characters and more, but suffered from Fam and not seeming to know what it really wanted to do.
6. Ano Natsu de Matteru — B (7)
A solid romance story, in the tradition of the Onegai series, but without teachers or incest.
5. Senki Zesshou Symphogear — B (5)
Dumb and fun.
4. Mirai Nikki — B (1 in Fall)
A crazy girl with knives, axes and guns.
3. Daily Lives of High School Boys — B+ (4)
2. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (5 in Fall)
I loved Asemu’s arc. In a world of X-Rounders, we have a normal human who goes and becomes the best pilot with nothing but hard work and guts.
1. Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 — A- (1)
Best show ever. Ok I’m exaggerating slightly but it’s awesome.