Saturday, December 31, 2016

Anime of the Year Awards 2016 Presented in 4k TruHD(TM) Part 2: Da Besto

Now that we've firmly established that 2016 was a god awful year for anime with several of the worst anime I've ever seen, and some real big disappointments as well, let's move on to showing why 2016 was a really great year for anime, with tons of surprisingly good and even great shows, and 3 whole 10/10 shows I had trouble choosing between for the top spot! Man, 2016 was a great year!

So here we go! May contain spoilers, so please read with caution:

Surprisingly Good Anime of the Year:
Phatasy Star Online 2 The Animation

What is, in essence, a commercial for PSO 2 is somehow actually a pretty good show. Not that good but still. For one thing this isn't just some story set in the PSO2 world, it's about people who play PSO2 and how the game builds important bonds and teaches them things about interacting and working together with others. I mean some weird shit starts to happen and it culminates in a crazy twist but it's totally worth it. I say check it out!

Active Raid seasons 1 and 2
This is less of a surprise and more of just a good anime, but it is somewhat surprising that this show is as good as it is, especially with it's CG budget. This show got written off as a low-rent Tiger and Bunny or Tokusatsu show, when in reality it's more like a pastiche of those shows. It's about ACTIVE, a special anti-terror police unit that uses powered-suits very reminiscent of sentai hero costumes to fight criminals using their own powered-suits. It's goofy and over-the-top while also being strangely down to earth and profound sometimes, which is to be expected from a show that Goro "I'm the guy who made Code Geass" Taniguchi worked on. Check it out!

Prince of Stride Alternative
Once again, only really suprising how good this was. While not amazing I think its a solid sports drama with a lot of intense moments that kinda make it a initial d but with footraces-lite. See it's about a special sport that combines track races and parkour called Stride, and is about the underdog Stride team of this school working hard to become da bes striders eber. Again, it's nothing amazing, not something you haven't seen before, but the spin on it, the good direction and art design, and how intense some of the races can be make it stand out some. You don't gotta check it out but you might have fun if you do.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Now here's a surprise. An anime based on a light novel made by A-1 pictures about some kids who go to a fantasy world and gotta be good warriors or they'll die? That sounds like a very Sword Art Online style disaster of an anime waiting to happen. I'm already wary when I see "light novel" as the source material, even more so if it's A-1 adapting it because they're lousy at light novels. Instead of a bad show I got something actually really good. A deep and introspective, somber take on this kind of story, with lots of character development and monologues. They pick apart the idea of slaughtering monsters for profit and to survive, by humanizing them a lot. The first time they kill a simple goblin it's a daunting task for them and the goblin is trying his best to survive and dies in a very undignified way. This sticks with them and they don't forget this. It's good because A: it's realistic and B: it's even more realistic because they're not immediately good at this by virtue of being main characters. In fact, except at the very end, they never win with convenient main character powers and instead have to think and skill their way out. Sadly this could also fit in the underrated section because people are far too harsh on this show.

Bungou Stray Dogs
I wasn't expecting much from this show. I tried it out primarily because the synopsis said it starts by the protagonist finding a man "whimsically committing suicide" and I kinda needed to find out what that was about. It turns out it was a good show with good character art, a good story, good animation and action scenes, and some good themes. Too bad I found out from the travesty that is the second season that all the characters are named after authors, and they guy who was trying to kill himself has suicide as his thing because the author in question killed himself. Fuckin' edgy man. Still, watching this season may be a good idea.

Ace Attorney The Animation
I was surprised at what a good adaptation this was, especially comparing it to others. Sure, it wasn't a perfect adapation, as a lot of the stuff that was far more intense wasn't so much in this version. But I think that's a problem of translating a game to a non-interactive medium. The Breakdowns aren't as good in the anime because you're not playing it. You can't get that feeling of finally beating your opponent in a battle of wits and logic exposing their farce for all the world to see when you're just watching it happen. So, aside from that which they can't be blamed for, this is a damn good adaptation. It cuts out the shit that doesn't matter, keeps the stuff that does, and even adds a couple things in. The only thing that'd make this better is maybe some better directing as that's pretty lackluster.

New Game!
This one is a surprise because after Shirobako, I was feeling a little reluctant to give a show which is supposed to be about an industry which I have an invest in a shot. Shirobako claimed to be a realistic anime about people working in the anime industry. Surprise surprise, it fucking wasn't. However, Sore ga Seiyuu was actually a good one of these, being a fairly accurate take on voice acting in japan. So, when New Game! was announce while I was cautious about it, I was still hopeful. That hope was not squandered. While it's not really realistic in that literally all the game devs/workers are cute and/or sexy ladies it's not really claiming that part is real. What is real, though, is how they make the game. Those aspects, unlike in shirobako in regards to anime, are accurate. They're maybe given some more sappiness to them because it's a moe anime, but it still gives you a little bit of insight into the development of a game. The main girl has a passion for the series this company and this team made, which is something someone like me who has passion for games and certain series can really get behind. It's also a fun cute comedy with fun cute characters. Don't miss it!
Scar-red Rider Xechs

Man, I didn't think this show would be so good. I thought it'd be a fun kinda power-rangersy show but it turned out to be much more, and in fact seems to have lifted a lot from stuff like eva/rahxephon, and a lot of VNs(which makes sense since this is a VN adapation). I can't really say much about this cuz there's a lot of spoilers, but basically it's about the Scar-red Riders, who transform into sentai heroes to fight monsters from the Red World, a world threatening to destroy ours. If you've played VNs, seen VN adaptations, or just seen stories like this before you might be able to figure out some of the twists from what I'm telling you here, but if you don't hopefully you'll be surprised and enjoy it like I did. Also, there's a lot of music terminology references I missed because I'm not a music nerd, but if you are you might like this even more!

Another anime about vampires huh? I bet it's gonna be some edgy shit for fujoshis right? Welllll, no, actually this was pretty good. Once again, some good themes, animation, and fight scenes. But also some pretty good directing in general for some of the episodes and character's backstory. I really enjoyed the feeling and how it was conveyed in those scenes, especially one really good scene near the end that's meta in a weird way that makes me scratch my head. I like that kind of thing. What it lacks in an original story it makes up for with fun, execution, style and atmosphere. Give it a shot please!

Tales of Zestiria The X
Not much a surprise really since this is an ufotable anime based off a great game, but I'm actually still surprised by the way they improved the source material in some ways. Nothing much to say about this, if you like the game you should give this a try.

Time Travel Girl
The surprising part of this isn't that it's good, I was actually expecting it to be. No, the real surprise is that we get to see fun anime versions of famous scientists and inventors and its actually fairly educational. See, Mari, a dumb girl who gets bad grades, ends up accidentally going back in time because of her missing father's time machine. She learns all sorts of things and becomes less dumb, because even if she's stupid she understands the passion for science these inventors have, and takes an interest in it thus learning some things. It's a fun cute show and good for history and science buffs. Also, Mari is voiced by Aki Tokasaki and Minako Kotobuki is her friend Waka(wanna go back in time and see who created blitzball ya?). This will be good for you if you've seen K-On! and A Certain Scientific Railgun.

So I was worried this show was gonna be an edgy pile of shit, but there were two reasons I tried it out anyway: 1. It's by Kouta Hirano, creator of Hellsing, which manages to be super edgy and dark but not very self-serious. It carries itself in a way that's fun and not obnoxious or try-hard. 2. It's about famous warriors and such all converging to fight each other that's fuckin' cool. So it turns out that, yes, it's very edgy and dark but even more so than hellsing isn't trying to hard and isn't obnoxiously self-serious. In fact there's lots of silly shit in this show. The animation and artstyle is great, the depictions of these famous people actually seem really accurate, and it's a lot of fun. Spoilers, Hitler founded an empire in this fantasy world and Jesus is the main antagonist, because he now wants his revenge on humans for betraying him and is gonna bring salvation to the monsters instead. Wow.


I had almost no expectations for this show. All I knew was it was a combination of "classical music" and "vocaloids". So, you know, sure? It turns out this is a pretty fun series about robots designed after classic music composers that have special magic based on their most noteworthy song. Mostly it's just a fuckin sitcom based around that but it's a fun time. Try it out sometime maybe?

While I expected this show to be good, it was better than I anticipated. I was going into this cuz I wanted a fanservice anime focusing on butts based on the butt battle minigame from DOA Extreme Volleyball. What I got was much, much more than that and I'm glad it was. It's essentially a parody of those over the top sports shounen like Kuroko no Basuke and Eyeshield 21, and a battle shounen in bikinis, complete with the big cheesy text for equally cheesy attack names. Due to this, the fact the characters are female and in skimpy clothes, and the thick-lined artstyle that goes crazy during high octane action, this show is basically doing everything that Kill-la-Kill did wrong, right. It even features a much better in-universe justification than that show, not being just an obvious excuse for T&A but actually working it into the story properly, not just having characters go "Well I need to wear this embarrassing stripper outfit cuz it gives me super powers". While obviously not as crazy as that, it certainly stimulates a lot of the same parts of my childlike brain KLK did, and has much better, actually sexy and well animated fanservice to boot!

Yuri!!! On Ice

So, this one is a surprise because I didn't think a show about figure skating would be such a moving, well-written character drama. But it was, and I really liked it. A hell of a lot, in fact. This could easily go in the "best anime of the year" section but it's just so surprising to me that I enjoyed this show so much. Anime really has a track record of making me care about shows about sports I don't care about, and figure skating is something I give less than 0 shits about. But more than that, I really enjoyed this gay romance between Yuri and Viktor, I think it was really well done and not an intrusive thing. This is hard to do, usually gay romance comes off as forced and bad, especially because it's either for fujoshis/yuri fanboys if it's japanese or for SJWs if it's western. This author proved he/she(I assume she) can do it without coming off like that and it pays off. It's a very good show!

Most Surprisingly Good Anime of the Year:
Boku no Hero Academia

I'm giving My Hero Academy this spot because it really is both the most surprising and also the best of those. I was worried about this but thought it might still be good, seemed like a maybe not-crappy A Certain Magical Index, but it was still an anime about superheroes. I don't like superheroes, if you don't know. My Hero Academy however, avoids a lot of the problems I have with superhero shit these days and bolsters the good and fun aspects of them, creating a show that's right up my alley actually. Weirdly enough there's somewhat of a backlash against this show because of it's popularity, which I can certainly understand. I hate it when things I like become/are too popular, because there always comes a shitty fandom from it that ruins the show in eyes of outsiders. With anime being a godawful fandom already, I could see how bad fans could turn people away from this show. But as always, I say don't let that get to you. It's a good fun show with some bad ass and awesome moments and good characters, and some actually really well-written character stuff too. Try it out if you haven't!

Some of The Best Anime of The Year:
Dagashi Kashi
A fun comedy which introduced some great new girls to anime, surely to have fanart of them spammed for years to come likely to create a hate-dom for them and the show. Oops. But anyway, Dagashi Kashi is a fun show and you should watch it!

Shounen Maid
You like traps/cute boys? No? Oh well, you should try this anyway. It's a fun slice of life comedy about a boy who's mom dies(not a fun concept I know) and goes to live with his homolord fashion designer uncle in his mansion. Luckily for this uncle, this boy, Chihiro, can't stand things being dirty and loves to clean, so he gets to work instead of just living here for free like he could have. This uncle gets the idea to put a maid apron on him cuz he thinks it'll be cute and thus the Shounen Maid is born. This show may seem to be a pedophillic thing at first but don't worry, it's not. The uncle is just a weirdo who thinks this boy will look good dressed as a maid... and he's correct. It's fun and silly with good characterization and I recommend it.

Fukigen na Mononokean
This a show about a high school boy who ends up getting possessed by a kedama youkai and gaining the ability to see them. When he goes to an exorcist to get rid of it, he ends up becoming his apprentice to get him to exorcise the youkai. It turns out to get this youkai off him, what he really needs to do is make it happy. Him and the youkai actually become friends even! This is the major plot of the show, actually, is learning about these sometimes seemingly evil youkai are actually really nice. This is the kind of show I was talking about when I wrote my Number 2 favorite RPG entry. It's a fun cool and creative show and I highly recommend it.

So, this is a show about moes who ride motorcycles. That alone would be fine, but it goes the extra mile, not only being about that but also having a great knowledge of motorbikes and their manufacturers, sometimes going on long winded diatribes to teach you about them. This makes the show super cool. Then? The show is also really weird, with some surreal fucking jokes happening, and even a revelation that God loves motorcycles and is a suzuki fanboy. Oh and Jesus is a character. Man he's all over the place this year! Then you got these cute and unique moes, which aren't the typical moe girl archetypes you normally have. Onsa-chan is this weird frumpy girl with frizzy hair, Rin is a blond twintail but is actually a big suzuki fangirl who is the butt of all the jokes, and there's even a character who is just a female The Stig, who never talks. And, there some nice fanservice of them sometimes, oh baby!

Kyoukai no Rinne 2

What's there to say? Second season of a good show!

Ushio and Tora 2

Same here, it's just the continuation and end of the Ushio and Tora saga.

Alderamin on the Sky
A very good show with some very rare character archetypes for this type of show, some very gritty and realistic depictions of war, and a scene where the main character just chops off his finger... twice. That may not sound that great but really this a good show where events have lasting consequences, that doesn't shy away from death or injuring main characters. That can be rare these days. That aside it's an interesting story with some cool worldbuilding so it might really be worth your time! I liked it a lot.

Sweetness and Lightning

It's a cute show about a cute lil girls who bond with her daddy who recently lost his wife over learnin how to cook from this girl who's mom is Satomi Arai. It's fun and cute and heartwarming and that's really all that needs to be said.

91 Days

The best depiction of the mafia in an anime since Baccano!. It's a dark, gritty, tragic revenge story/mafia drama, and a damn good one. Angelo Lagusa has his family killed one night by traitors to the current Don. He survives, but the rest of his family does not. He later grows up and vows revenge against the now dominant Vanetti Family. To do that, he'll have to become part of the family. He even gets close to Nero Vanetti, one of the men who killed his family. The story plays out a lot how you'd expect, but that's exactly what you want in this situation. Not only that, but he has to contend with one of the best crazy motherfuckers I've seen in anime or anything in a long time Fango(last name unknown). It's a great show, which really gets you to care about these likeable scumbags before they inevitably get whacked. If you like stuff like the Godfather and Goodfellows, you'll like this show.

Poco's Udon World

Poco is an adorable little tanuki who uses his tanuki magic to become a human boy, and ends up in the care of Souta Tawara, who's come back to his home town on vacation away from his job of web design to stay at his family's old udon restaurant. The is about two things: Poco being adorable, and Poco helping Souta deal with his guilt over not carrying on the family business now that his father is dead. Mostly, though, it's about Poco being cute and making adorable noises. If, for some reason, you don't want to see that then don't watch this show. If you do you'll enjoy not only that, but also get some nice, not overbearing drama as well.

Craziest Anime of the Year:
Divine Gate

Man, this anime makes no fucking sense and I love it. You know that Santa Clause is a character in this? Yeah, really, and he fights with a nailbat that causes explosions. YES.

Best Romance/Shoujo:
Hatsukoi Monster

So, this is a show about a girl who ends up falling in love with a boy... who is actually like 12. He just looks 17. Whoops! But you know, love is blind, and it apparently can't tell ages either, so this girl(don't worry she's also a minor) still loves this boy even though he's a fucking child and acts like it. A lot of the drama comes from this idea of "does she just like him for his looks?" and "can she love someone so childish?" and her trying to work through that and get past his immaturity, because he IS a actually good and nice guy who wants to be a real man. The comedy, also, is fucking great, with some amazing jokes, parodies, and great comedic timing, which feels like a lost art these days. There are, for sure, some pedophile things in this cuz of the subject matter, but it's almost all jokes about how this girl seems to others, and also that this one guy is pretty much literally a pedo. But don't worry, he's also a punching bag and the show makes fun of him constantly. I actually really recommend this.

Underrated/Unfairly Hated Anime of the Year:
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
As stated above, people are too harsh on this show. It has fans but most people seem to write it off. I can't say I blame them, as I almost did, but I don't want people to do that. It's a good show and is worth it. If you watched this and somehow didn't like it, you better have a damn good reason. So far I have not seen any. So stop being such dicks about this show.

Ace Attorney Anime
I don't know why, but people seriously shat on this show. I know it's not an amazing adaptation, the directing was average, and the budget shoulda been higher, but wow. I mean, this is probably just people never being fucking satisfied with adapations. Basically it's like the people who always complain that an anime doesn't follow the manga right, but this time it's 90% of people because everyone has played Phoenix Wright. Oh well.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
People act fucking retarded about this show. There's not that much hate for this show, but the general consensus is this show fell apart at halfway through and became stupid and bad... which ignores this show was always stupid. This show, from the very beginning, was made to be cool regardless if it made sense. It goes out of it's way to make things cool, having the entire world work in ways to make it cooler. Why do the zombies have steel cages around their hearts? So we have to use heavy weapons to get through them. Why do we travel in trains and not any other armored vehicles? Why is everything vaguely steam punk? Why did the MC age like 10 years and have his hair and physique change because he purged the virus/curse? And why did he become half-zombie from that? The answer to this, and any question you may have, is: Because it's cool. Does it make sense? No? Well who cars its cool. The thing is, until they started sacrificing sense on an egregious level to make shit cool, no one noticed. Then they did and everyone acted like the show was suddenly bad. Now, do I think that it dropped in quality and went too far in making shit cool? Yeah. Do I think Biba was a bad villain? Yes. But please don't act like this show "became" stupid and bad, just because you lack the critical thinking skills needed to notice earlier, and the suspension of disbelief needed to accept it when you finally did notice.

Another show people act retarded about. Because there was some shit in the middle section which just couldn't be taken seriously(oh my god, it's a BREST IMPLANT MONSTER!), and because some pseudo-intellectual who went to film school wrote a shitty article saying this show was an intentional comedy, meant to subvert/deconstruct horror stories, people now go around saying either it's an intentional, or worse, an uninentional comedy. They make it out like this show was not only the worst of the season, but a birdemic level so bad it's good show. Fuck. No. This show isn't amazing, that's for sure, the ending is a let down and yes some things are too silly to take seriously. But you know what? It's still good. There's some really great unnerving directing at times and overall it was a thrilling mystery that made me really wanna know what's going on and see the next episode. So, basically, fuck off.

Time Bokan 24
This one is a very literal "underrated" show. As in, this show currently has about a 5/10 aggregate score on MAL. Wow. Why? There are lot of 5s given to it, and even about 20 people scored it a 1. Normally I don't care about this sort of thing, it's all opinion and metascores don't fucking matter. But why? Why do so many people think this is mediocre, how to that many people think it's bad? What in the fuck? This show isn't some fucking masterwork, but it's a fun silly kids show and it does not deserve these harsh ratings. What the fuck?

Most Unfairly Hated Anime of the Year:
Taboo Tattoo
Here we go. Once again, this show might not be amazing. I think it loses some charm near the end, and it's got some pretty bad pacing, with some pretty big bombshell twists being rushed through. I think the execution of some of the aspects is kind not good, especially considering how unique some of them are. That said, it's an overall good show, with high quality animation and art, some cool fun shit, and is essentially good Index. But guess what? People treat this show like it's the second coming of fucking SAO. I don't get it? Do you really think it's that bad? Or is this some instance of some big memer of an anime reviewer like le demolition d or digibrony and his "anime gonzo journalism"(yes that's what he calls it) saying it's shit so everyone else just say YEAH IT SHIT I CAN'T THINK FOR MYSELF? Who knows, either way, these people are retarded.

And now, the most important part. The BEST anime of the YEAR.

Third Best Anime of the Year:
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable

LET THE VOICE OF LOVE, TAKE YOU HIIIIIIGHER. It's motherfuckin Jojo! Part 4 was a great anime which I think spanned almost all of this year. It just ended and now that it did I get to say, yeah, it was one of the best anime of the year. I'd say, so far, this might just be my favorite Jojo. I doubt that'll change, from what I know of the coming parts, but we'll find out. For now, Diamond is Unbreakable is one of the best jojos of all. I hope you have a peaceful life until part 5, and don't bite the dust.

Runner up/Second Best Anime of the Year:
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Here's a show that kinda blindsided everyone. I mean I wanted to see it because it was about a thing there are like, no other anime about: Rakugo. A performance art unique to japan, where a storyteller/comedian sits on down and tells an often really long story that has both a moral, and a punchline at the end. It's basically listening to a really long joke with mini-jokes throughout that gets you really hooked and sucked into a story at the same time. It's really cool. So basically, the story is this great drama about rakugo performers and well, I can't really explain it but it's deep and harrowing in some ways, tragic and sad in others, and sometimes heartwarming. It's a great, mature drama that you should totally watch. But it's not the best anime of the year... No, that goes to!!!!!

Anime of the Year:
Sakamoto Desu ga?

Yes, Sakamoto Desu ga? is my anime of the year. Why? Well, it's clearly the best anime of the year, and actually when I think about it, it may be one of my favorite anime of all time. I've actually edited my favorites on MAL to reflect this, I even put Sakamoto as one of my favorite characters.

Sakamoto Desu ga? is a show about the coolest dude ever, Sakamoto, a dude from the planet of coolness and the Jojo universe, who has come to our world to enroll in high school and pose really cool and just generally be handsome as fuck. He's not just cool, he's cooler than cool, he's the coolest. Don't believe me? Just watch this opening: Haven't you Heard?

Sakamoto Desu ga? is a hilarious comedy revolving around how amazingly cool and perfect this guy is in pretty much every way possible, with everyone who think they're cooler trying to out-cool him and inevitably failing and becoming friends with him... and also learning some important life lessons along the way. It is, essentially, a parody of the cool gary stu protagonists in anime and how they're really great and nice to everyone but people hate them anyway... until they lose to him and become his friend, helping him fight more guys who will learn things about themselves because of how amazing he is. The best part is that unlike how those characters usually aren't great at all, Sakamoto really is. And forgetting that, there's simply a lot of fun and silly times to be had with this show, as there are a variety of different goofy circumstances Sakamoto is in. A lot of the fun comes from the weird and unique and cooooool ways he solves these situations.

And most importantly I don't think there's really anything I don't like about this show, not a moment that's bad or not fun, not a character who isn't a great satire. This show is... as perfect as Sakamoto is. I think this one may be the actual perfect anime we all wanted! Remember when I said in my Pupa review, "fuck studio deen"? Well, they've more than made up for that now, between this and Rakugo.

That's why Sakamoto Desu ga? is my pick for Best Anime of the Year. Congratulations Sakamoto, you truly are the coolerest!

And there you have it, that's all folks! I hope you enjoyed this, please leave any comments down below!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Anime of the Year Awards 2016 Presented in 4k TruHD(TM) Part 1: Za Worsto

2016 was a terrible year, because Trump won, some celebrities died, and people were super racist and sexist which never happened in any other year. The bad aspects of this year most certainly weren't things like politics becoming an enormous fucking joke because of things like this, it wasn't all of the terrorist attacks in europe(and even a couple in the states) that killed 100+ people total, and it for sure wasn't that california will bar police from arresting child prostitues, effectively legalizing child prostitution. No, no, Carrie Fisher and Prince died, a guy you don't like was elected, and like Beth totally dissed me at the party like OMG how could she say that???

But instead of an obviously sarcastic rant about le current year, how about I actually get onto talking about anime like I'm supposed to, unlike Giant Bomb when it comes to video games this year.

First off, since we're speaking about bad things of this year, let's do the obvious and discuss some of the year's absolute worst anime. The gradual but inevitable decline and collapse of american and western civilization in general isn't all that was bad this year! Japan is also gonna collapse if they keep making anime like these!(Will contain spoilers almost assuredly):

Dropped Anime of the Year:

EDIT: Anne Happy
This was an actually fun show at first but as time went on it just kept re-using the same jokes or just plain making cliched and unfunny ones. It got boring and so I dropped it


Pedophilia and "the joke is her life is a living hell because of the other characters" the anime. I'm serious, either middle-aged to old-aged men are creaming their pants over this 12 year old girl OR someone is traumatizing this poor girl for a joke. It's not funny. Worst part is this coulda been a cute and fun little slice of life show, oops. I think the worst part is the fanbase for this, which oddly enough isn't just cringey "lolicons" but a lot of people who try to explain away the pedophilia as some kind of "deconstruction" or parody, and treat the not-funny comedy as a brilliant black comedy. No.

Joker Game.

A show made for edgy 14 year old fedora tippers, possibly by 14 year old edgy fedora tippers. Not only does the cast of 20 year olds that look like 13-15 year olds also happen to all look the same, the plot and dialogue is some of the most pseudo-deepshit I've seen in a long while. Basically the plot of this thing is some super moralfag stick up his ass military man(not necessarily a bad character type) joins up with this organization to train spies. He then proceeds to get totally pissed off and indignant that these spies are doing spy things. They scoff at him and explain the harsh dark jaded truth to him via a totally pointless spy version of poker called "the joker game" that makes no sense in context and actually wouldn't help them train as spies at all, but is claimed to be a deep metaphor for international politics. So, basically, if you're a teenager who thinks he's got the world figured out by way of just injecting your emo angst into everything, you'll probably enjoy this!


Straight up did not even finish the first episode, though maybe that's because they split it into 2. It was just THAT important. Man fuck this show and the hype that surrounds it. It's a stupid self-insert harem anime that desperately tries to have an actual reason to exist by having pretentious and edgy shit happen. No thank you. Yeah, I'm sure the show with the twin loli maids is a true masterwork of art, fuck off.


This is another one, like Joker Game and Re:Zero where I dropped it right off. Honestly, it's not that bad of a show but it's really boring and up its own ass. It seems like it's maybe gonna be about music but it's mostly about puzzles and shit and they're really boring tittering about how smart it is kinds of things. I was interested in this because the two main characters, Haru and Chika, both have the hots for their teacher and are going after him. Not only is minors with a crush on older people a great source of drama and character development, one of the pair is a male. That's right, at the end of the first episode he states very clearly he is a homolord who wants some of that sexy teacher. How does the show use this interesting premise? Uh... I dunno there a rubix cube or somethin and like it has sentimental value but it can't be solved or something so they paint it to trick her into thinking they solved it and... uh... yeah whatever I'm done.

Mob Psycho 100

I mean I don't really need to explain this very much. This show looks like a low-rent [adult swim] cartoon that'd get canceled before the first season was over. No thank you, anime is a visual medium you have to at least pass a bar of "not looking like ass".

3-Gatsu no Lion/March Comes in Like a Lion

Okay, so, I was looking forward to an anime adaptation of this series for a while. It's by the same mangaka who made Honey and Clover, which is straight up my 6th favorite anime as of writing this. I wanted to like this show even when I heard it was gonna be animated by SHAFT. If you don't know, SHAFT has not had a good track record with me for some time now, they've churned out nothing but shit for a several years. When I saw a PV of it that looked like it wasn't gonna be a pretentious, surreal, and abstract mess like most of Shinbo's works I was hopeful. Well guess what? The first second first frame of this show is him being pretentious. And then after that there are lots of obtuse shots and no dialog for about 10 minutes. The whole thing is paced slowly and boringly with an effort to come off as deep like Shinbo always does. There are even these copious amounts of establishing shots because thats what artsy directors do right??? It's grating to watch and I just couldn't.


Didn't make it past the first episode, wew lad. This is a show with a very silly name, premise, and even plot and it's super self-serious and just badly written. One of the first things they do is have a "bloodivore"(a vampire) murder a woman in broad daylight, then when the police come and rightfully beat the shit out of him the main character sits over here goin "god those fucking evil oppressor shitlords he dindu nuffin". This isn't the joke, you're supposed to agree. Not to mention our "heroes" are fucking criminals but no see they're the victims cuz they get framed for killing the hostages in a bank robbery. This show is dumb.

Disappointing Anime of the Year:
Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

First we get a delay for like 4 months, to "fix the animation". The show comes back and looks the same, but I feel like the writers must have forgotten what they were going for because the show turns into a total mess halway through. A lame generic not-explained-at-all villain, nonsensical plot points, and what really seriously feels like a rip-off of stuff from Xenosaga, makes a pretty mediocre show oddly because it was good at first and did have some interesting concepts. Coulda been worse but wow.


This show ended up floundering about after a while, especially since it introduced a girl who clearly wanted to make the main boy dump his girlfriend for her while not even mentioning that maaaaaybe that's a shitty thing to do. Just kinda got not good.


This show was great and hilarious! Riiiiight up until it decided it was as good as gintama, and tried to shoehorn in a real serious plot with just the most laughable angst and "deep" lines I've seen. Gosh I just stopped caring for the last quarter of it man it was boring. You cannot make me take these characters seriously and in fact one of the jokes early on was about that. This isn't gintama, this isn't even undertale, it shoulda stayed a goofy gag comedy about sparkly bishounens.


Oof. Well, not as bad as a lot of the stuff on Noitamina's timeslot has been for a few years now but still not good. While it seems like it may be recovering and making some actually mature programming again, this show has far too many mishaps. The drama and character development started out great but over time it became muddled and nonsensical. They introduced a character who's only role was to facilitate and create drama for no explained reason. It came off as forced and badly written. Still, again, things are looking up for old Noitamina. Hey I mean they also aired Kabaneri of the Iron Fortess... though that wasn't exactly mature.

Shakunetsu no Takkyu Musume('s ending)

I really liked this show. It combines too things I like: Over the top/intense sports anime and moe slice of life. The title means something like "scorching ping pong girls", and one of the characters even says "Go! My racing, scorching heart!" at one point, so that's great already. Then you got lots of cute and fun moe girls running around smackin ping pong balls with FIRE IN THEIR HEARTS and gosh of course I'm gonna like this... it's too bad the last two episodes were crap. First they introduce a character for literally one scene to cause an internal conflict in one of the main girls so she can have the same character growth she already had, then the last episode is just more training, followed by 30 seconds of the big tournament they were gonna go too. Man wow amazing ending 10/10 I can't believe it so good so inspirational you did it.

Watashi ga Motete Dosunda/Kiss Him, Not Me!('s last few episodes)

Wew. Another fun silly show that decided no it needs to be more than just a comedy near the end. First, they undo a bunch of character growth which is always terrible, but then they give us this completely unrealistic shitty person in the form of one of the boy's brother, who causes some retarded drama for two episodes, and also locks his brother in a locker and tapes it up(which is double bad because he's got ptsd about that since he was locked in a storage shed as a kid, if the others hadn't got him out he woulda suffocated). Oh and I think the message of it was somehow the brother was trying to teach him a lesson? Like he remembers him giving him a thing he clearly wanted too when he was a kid. Like he's trying to equate giving up a present and giving up a girlfriend? Like he's trying to teach him to be more selfish but there was NO evidence to say he would be "selfless" and give up the girl he wants to his brother like what??? And then the show ends with a lame ass episode. Woo.

EDIT: Shirayuki-hime Second Season
I forgot about this. It was a pretty boring and lackluster sequel to a pretty good show. It was totally pointless and featured no progression, as well as introduced some really dumb shit that contradicts the plot or just sours some aspects about it.

EDIT: Flying Witch
Not much to say here, it started off as a fun relaxing show that ended up becoming much more boring than comfy.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2
This could be the most disappointing but it isn't all that bad so far. Really it's a minor disappointment cuz this season isn't very good and kinda feels like a cash in or a formality. The reason I'm tempted to say it's the biggest disappointment is because the first season was so good. It had a misstep at the end with them retconning some character deaths, but over all it was great. It was deep, it was dark, it was gritty. This season mostly feels like something that'd be a quick arc in one of the longer Gundam series at best. That saddens me. Also, the new OP isn't as good as this one.

Biggest Disappointment Award:
Lostorage Incited Wixoss

The reason this is the biggest disappointment is because while IBO2 is not a very good sequel, it's not that bad and still has it's moments. It doesn't feel like the people making it completely don't understand what the show is about, or worse that they didn't even watch it. You know what does? Lostorage Incited Wixoss.

This isn't even really a sequel, or a continuation, it's not even a spin-off. At best I would call it maybe a reboot of Wixoss. In fact, yeah, it feels like a crappy reboot. So lemme give you the skinny, see if you can pick up what I'm puttin down, ya dig? Copacetic. So Selector Infected and Spread Wixoss was a series that appeared at first to be a card game anime, but took a darker twist with it. While maybe not as dark as it, it kinda feels like it did what Madoka Magica tried and mostly failed to do. It wasn't about the cards really, that was just the means to the end. See, girls become selectors and they fight in card battles with their LRIGs, sapient card girls, to beat the other selectors and get their wish granted. The catch is, if you lose too much you not only don't get your wish granted, you get whatever desire or ambition you had sucked out of you. For example, let's say you wanted to be an amazing singer, that was your wish. Well if you lose, you don't just not become a famous singer, you fucking can't sing ever again. Hell maybe you won't even know what singing is. It turns out, though, that if you win, while your wish is granted, you actually switch places with your LRIG and they get to fulfill your wish/live it out instead. Oops.

So knowing that, what's the problem with Lostorage Incited? Well first off the name makes no sense. See it was called "infected" and "spread" because well, wixoss infects, and then it spreads. But incited? Well I guess that works? But hold on, it was called selector because they were selectors. What does lostorage mean? That's not even a fucking word. So right off the bat there's a problem though... the card battles are way more focused on. Originally they barely even tried to make the card battles have real rules and shit, but in this while they don't outright explain it, the logistics are way more important, where as before stuff just kinda happened. This is a problem because it makes it feel like this was made to sell the real world card game that came from the original show. This ain't yugioh. Second problem is, the way it works now is you got a coin. When you win you get a coin, and when you lose a coin disappears. The problem is that the more coins you lose, the more memories you forget. Then, when you lose all coins you lose entirely and forget who you are. There are two problems with how this works. 1. You can lose the game entirely in your first battle, since you start with 1 coin. That's bullshit. 2. The reward for getting 5 coins is you no longer have to fight in a battle that will cost you your memory. That's it. The prize is not having to be punished. Wow, amazing. Why though? The original Selector game was made by a crazy, locked up, friendless girl who wanted to give people karmic punishment. It wasn't just some shitty death game-lite like this is. That's why if you win you lose, and if you lose you lose. Here, you lose, or you win the chance not to lose. The fuck is the point? And why are they still called selectors if it's a different fucking game? Worse, there are now male selectors. Which that'd be fine if it wasn't for the fact we now have the question of where the fuck do the LRIGS come from then? The LRIGs are all female, and used to be human. So either that's not how they work anymore, or when you win the game(which I remind you means just not having to play anymore) if you're a dude you just get turned into a girl. Forgetting ALL this, the show isn't very good anyway, the writing sucks the characters suck, it doesn't even have the same atmosphere as before. I spent more time on this that I should have wow moving.

"Didn't Even Watch it LOL" Award:
Berserk. Berserk plus shitty CG? KEK no thanks man.

Some of The Worst Anime of the Year:
High School Fleet

RaTTs, experimental labrats with totalitarianistic disease, that evolved at the bottom of a submarine that sprang a leak and became mind controllers and then managed to get out because the sub resurfaced and then they took over the minds of navy captains so they could kill everyone for no reason but it's okay cause a bunch of girls training to be naval ship operators who aren't good at it and are idiots defeat them using very simple and basic tactics that didn't get them killed because the RaTTS are only smart and good at naval combat when they're up against actually trained top-tier soldiers. Also I think some girl dual wields water guns. This show is retarded.

Bungou Stray Dogs 2

So hey just fuck up the second season to a pretty good show just go ahead I don't care.

God damn is this show bad. I can't even begin to explain. First off the direction is fucking horrible, The pacing is terrible and I mean fucking dialogue pacing too. They talk at a fucking rapidfire pace that doesn't leave you any time to decipher what they said, which I think they're hoping for because if you stop to think about it it'll make no fucking sense. Then of course the characters are godawful, all of them are obnoxious and unrealistic waaaaay beyond how anime characters normally are, some of the most unbelievable I've ever seen. They come off like something you'd do to make fun of anime but it's not a satire. To top it all off, it turns out this joke character was actually a descendant of Nikola Tesla, and is actually his secret daughter's soul inhabiting this descendant. Also, she has a little toy gun thing that turns out to be an important item. Also I think they're in the matrix. This show is garbage, how did this writer manage to be Steins;Gate, one of the best anime there is? I don't fucking know.

Shuumatsu no Izetta

This wouldn't be here if not for the ending. See, the main character, Izetta, sacrifices herself for the country... except she doesn't. She's fine actually, just in a wheelchair. This turned a mediocre show that was getting on my nerves into a fucking terrible one. I'm done talking about this it makes me angry.

Runner up/Second Worst Anime of the Year:

Man, I don't even know how to explain this show. Like you're gonna say "that doesn't sound that bad" but trust me, it is. So this is a show about a girl who gets letters from the future that're telling her what she needs to do to prevent the death of this guy, but even after the letter turns out to be true she still doesn't fucking do it. Then it turns out these letters aren't just to save him, it's to make sure she ends up with him instead of the guy she's married to in the future. Yes, she willed letters back in time so she could un-marry this guy. What a bitch, she even has a kid! Like wow. Better, that husband? He supports this. He wants to change the past so she doesn't get with him. He wants to be fucking CUCKED. He even says in one scene that he's sorry for taking her away from the guy. This is so fucking... like I can't even describe, I can't explain. It speaks for itself. Literal cuckoldry. What in the fuck man. And then it turns out everyone got time letters, but they somehow still are having trouble with this thing. Probably because none of them read the whole goddamn letter and just keep reading more and more as time goes on. There is critical info in there you fucking clods. God damn I hate this show.

Worst Anime of the Year:
Erased/Boku Dake ga Inai Machi.

Do I gotta explain this one? I hate this show, more than orange I hate this show. My god I fucking loathe this show. The ending pissed me off so much that I actually sat there flipping the screen off for the last 10 minutes. If you want an in-depth discussion of how awful the entire show is, go here. But I'm gonna focus on the clincher, the part that just made me wanna fucking punch whoever wrote this. Hell I might actually do it if I ever meet this guy, hopefully he'll understand. So, they beat the bad guy by tricking him into dropping the MC off of the hospital roof. You see, somehow they knew this would happen and had this whole complicated plan to get him arrested. That's bad enough but see, they make it seem like MC is killing himself so that he can have the only true victory over the bad he can, because he's the missing piece of the bad's life. He fills the hole, he's his arch nemesis and he needs him to be complete. Only by dying can you truly defeat him, only by losing him is he truly defeated. But no, fuck that, we beat him the real concrete way and not the deep psychological way by just arresting him. And then? Not only is there a rescue bed down below the bad didn't notice somehow, but the MC then fucking winks. But the bad can't see him winking from there, so there are too options: A the writing is so fucking bad he didn't realize that, or B that wink was for us the audience. He was going "heh, don't worry, I didn't die I beat the bad in the end cuz I'm the great hero aren't I cool?". It pisses me off. Then it goes into some pseudophilosophical ranting about how believing is the hope that we can believe or some shit. Then a rather confusing thing happens because I don't really know when the ending is taking place, but regardless I think MC is gonna fuck a teenage girl as an adult. Also, there's graffiti that says RE:RE, which is the name of the OP. Fuck this show I wanna kill it I wanna make it not exist. I'm gonna have to go back in time, yes, to the days before it was made... then I'll stop it. That's right! AHAHAHAHAHAHA.

And there you have it, part 1 of the anime of the year, the worsts. I hope you enjoyed, please leave any comments down below!