As usual, here’s my rankings of the season’s new shows based on the first couple episodes. You can click the links for details, so I’ll keep the discussion of each short. We’ll see how well this matches my ending thoughts. In my summer preview, I predicted that this season would be awful. Fortunately, it has some promising shows.
20. Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
If you’re going to make a perverted show, you could at least try to have decent fanservice.
If you’re going to make a comedy, you could at least try to make it funny.
18. La storia della Arcana Famiglia
Reverse harem with fawning over bishounen with feelings.
Maybe it would be funny if I understood Japanese puns.
16. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
It’s a harem with all the diversity and excitement of Shukufuku no Campanella. And there’s some election, but it’s all talk and all boring.
15. Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru
WHERE IS IMOUTO?!!! Amazingly, not the worst show this season. It is entertaining if you laugh at it. Which I think the creators may be doing as well…
14. Binbougami Ga!!
Not my style of comedy.
13. Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai
Nothing memorable, but it could be worse. At least stuff happens, which is more than I can say for most of the previous shows.
I thought this would be another battle show featuring a tsundere, but now that the girl has gone crazy I’m a bit more interested to see where this leads.
11. Dog Days 2
Eclair and Rico are not quite enough to offset the fact that this show can be pretty dull.
10. Yuruyuri ♪♪
♪♪♪♪ Yuri ♪♪♪♪
9. Oda Nobuna no Yabou
It’s a show about Sengoku warlords turned into girls, but, unlike every other show with this premise, they put some effort into this. You can actually garner some idea of the history this show is based on.
Love stories with some variety and heart. Interesting period setting too.
7. Moyashimon Returns
Party in the petri dish.
6. Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Parodies of a humanity in decline.
5. Tari Tari
Goofing around in high school.
4. Sword Art Online
I hate MMOs, but this manages not to make them boring.
3. Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Despite the hideous combat suits, I still like it. I can’t resist the dark tone where the world is on the brink of destruction.
2. Natsuyuki Rendezevous
Stealing a ghost’s wife.
1. Kokoro Connect
My favorite show of the season.