I’ve loosely ranked this season’s new offerings from worst to best. I did the same thing this summer as well, since I was away and couldn’t make individual first impression posts. I found the last list useful, both for reference and to compare with how things turned out at the end in my post-season post. This time the list will be more concise since I’ve already written at length on every first episode.
Overall, this seems to be a step back from the last two seasons, but last season especially was an outlier. So I’m not going to read much into it. Anyway, Penguindrum is still airing, so I have no complaints.
Pointless fighting and fanservice show of the season. This has to have the most worthless protagonist I’ve ever seen in an anime. And I’ve seen a lot. Dropped.
21. Tamayura ~hitotose~
I already said everything that needs to be said in my post. Dropped
20. Kimi to Boku
Tamayura, but with cynical whiny men. Dropped.
19. Mashiroiro Symphony
Makes Hoshizora e Kakaru Hoshi look inspired. Dropped.
18. ϕ Brain
Starting to bore me. What’s the point of a show about puzzles, if you can’t solve the puzzles? Soon to be dropped.
17. Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
As the show progresses, it’s less and less clear what it’s supposed to be about. It’s terrible, but in such a way you can’t tear your eyes from the unfolding disaster.
16. Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
The first episode was pretty good. But then they dropped the fighting, lost all sense of focus, and turned it into your typical harem.
15. Shakugan no Shana III
Off to a good start. But it’s Shana.
14. Persona 4
Too faithful to the game. The second episode slowed down and was a vast improvement.
Still funny (esp. Yamada) but the jokes are getting stale.
Ridiculous, humorous premise.
11. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Second episode was better, it’s been pretty funny.
I’m usually not fond of this kind of thing, but Chihayafuru is quite solid.
9. C³ : Cubed X Cursed X Curious
What can I say, I like crazy people.
8. Hunter x Hunter
Off to a great start, especially for the notoriously slow shounen fighting genre.
7. Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing
I still have no idea how this will turn out. Could go either way.
Same thing: no clue where this will go.
5. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
Childish, but solid and enjoyable.
4. Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
Still going strong, they aren’t out of jokes yet.
3. Fate / zero
Starting off slowly, but I’m confident it will get better once it gets going.
2. Guilty Crown
It sure looks pretty. So far the characters are lacking, but hopefully the first episode was just a tease.
1. Mirai Nikki
It’s intense and thrilling, but wouldn’t have made my top five last season.
What did you think of this season’s shows? I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments!