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Default Something - 2013 Final Thoughts / Overview

2011 Wrapup Post.

Eligible Shows
- 2-cour Fall 2012 shows through 1-cour Fall 2012 shows
- Long ongoing shows, e.g. Hunter x Hunter, Uchuu Kyoudai (I don't count them in the # rankings though).
- The following are 2-cour Fall 2012 shows that are counted as 2013: Little Busters!, Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo, Robotics;Notes, Bakuman 3, Shinsekai Yori, Zetsuen no Tempest
- The following are ongoing multi-cour Fall 2013 shows that will be eligible in 2014: Log Horizon

In the case of a tie (e.g. multiple titles at 9.4), ranking is just alphabetical.

This was the year that the accelerating embrace of 3DCG finally made me doubt the future of the industry as a whole. Starting with Fall, I have cut back on the time, money, and emotions I invest in the hobby. As such, I only plan to finish 3 shows in Fall and will be watching and importing less anime in general in the future - a lot less. I'm pulling back to my core interests (iyashikei or slice of life shows, with a dash of the occasional action/adventure series) though there will be exceptions, especially for sequels. I don't feel like investing $10-15k a year anymore when the very fundamental definition of the medium could (will, really) be undermined irreversibly in the coming years.

10 (9.8-10.0) out of 10: 2013's masterpieces. Among my favorite shows.
(01)  Yuyushiki - Spring '13 - 10.0/10 (Kinema Citrus) - Hands down the best show of the year, and the only 10/10 I've awarded in 2013. visually stunning without needing fancy action scenes, perfectly acted, hilarious, and much more than a little yuri-riffic - it's the best show not just of its genre this past year, but of everything. Nothing else came close to challenging it. [Imported]


9 (9.0-9.7) out of 10: The best or among the best in their respective seasons. Definite imports. A few things hold them back from a 10 but they're still the best of the year.
(02)  Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo - Fall '12 - 9.7/10 (JC Staff) - The best light novel adaptation since Toradora, though I'd put a solid wall between them - Toradora is on another level. This is a stellar show however, and vastly underappreciated. Sorata's yelling and premature conclusions about Mashiro's character killed it early on for a lot of people, but if you stuck around you got one of the best high school romcomdramas ever made. [Imported]

(03)  Kin-iro Mosaic - Summer '13 - 9.6/10 (Studio Gokumi) - The first and last episodes are among the masterpieces of 2013, but what came in between didn't slack off either. Hilarious, cute, endearing, and full of the absolute best engrish in years, desssss. Karen and Ayaya are top tier characters this year without a doubt. [Imported]

(04)  Non Non Byori - Fall 2013 '13 - 9.5/10 (Silver Link) - Right up there with Kinmosa, but this goes for a different approach - much more iyashikei, with more focus on natural scenery and moments that you soak in, visually and emotionally. All the Hotarun x Koma-chan ship material is icing on the cake and Ren-chon is one of the most delightful young kids in anime in a long time. [Imported]

(04)  Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ - Fall 2013 '13 - 9.5/10 (Tatsunoko Production) - Beautiful animation in shows like this and Kyoukai is always important, but this year it's proving more important than ever. We have to be reminded that things like this can still exist, even if we'll see less and less of it. But Yozakura also has to be praised for how effectively it uses its cast. All the major characters matter. The gorgeous fights involve a variety of characters, it by no means gives all (or most, or even much) of the glory to the male protagonist. Good luck finding many other series where the bulk of the fighting is done by the female lead, supporting male, and supporting female characters instead. Everyone plays a role (whether it's front line or support) and it all flows together beautifully. Too damn bad almost nobody bought the BDs. [Imported]

(06)  Free! - Summer '13 - 9.4/10 (Kyoto Animation) - Probably the best KyoAni show since they went to independently-owned IPs. I like Chuunibyou slightly more, but Free! was so well put together both technically and as a story that it's hard to put one over the other. And Free! has Gou, one of the best KyoAni girls ever. Also that OP and ED are amazingly catchy. [Imported]

(06)  Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi - Summer '13 - 9.4/10 (Madhouse) - I said Sakurasou was underappeciated, but this is probably the most underappreciated show of the year. It was dead on arrival, and virtually nobody watched it. Too bad - it's a fascinating story, a wonderfully well thought-out world, and a great cast. Komatsu Mikako ED too! [Imported]

(06)  Tamayura ~more aggressive~ - Summer '13 - 9.4/10 (TYO Animations) - It's Tamayura. Yes it dwells a lot on connections to Fuu's dead father, but I really think people make too much of that, because it does it in such a sweet, kind, beautiful way. The main addition this season is Kanae-senpai though. All of a sudden, Kanae/Fuu became OTP as fuck. Absolutely perfect for each other. I don't even have to feel bad for Chihiro either since she has her own special friend now. [Imported]

(09)  Hataraku Maou-sama! - Spring '13 - 9.3/10 (White Fox) - Shows like this at least temporarily, renew my faith in the ability of light novels to actually make good anime adaptations - much of the industry's output goes towards making me question that proposition. Chiho is one of the top characters of the entire year, which doesn't hurt. And White Fox brings more stellar production values to the table. [Imported]

(na)  Hunter x Hunter (Chimera Ant) - Ongoing, pre-'13 '13 - 9.3/10 (Madhouse) - I decided to split HxH up into two entries, one for Greed Island (Jan to Apr) and one for Chimera Ant (Apr to ongoing). Chimera Ant is definitely the stronger of the two arcs so far - and the climax is only just starting now! A shounen manga involving ants evolving into various goofy looking animals should not be good, but not only is it good, it's also deadly serious (when it needs to be, anyway) and brutal as hell.

(10)  Tamako Market - Winter '13 - 9.2/10 (Kyoto Animation) - Purely charming. There's one aspect of the show I both hate and find praiseworthy, but I don't want to get into spoilers - suffice to say it leaves me very conflicted. I am dreading the movie however, because it just seems so obvious which direction it will choose. ;_; In any case, it's a show full of many different kinds of love, and is certainly one of the most [Imported]

(11)  Yama no Susume - Winter '13 - 9.1/10 (8-bit) - The best short episode show of the year by far. Unlike so many shorts, it felt like it was given all the creative love of a full series, and a damn good one at that. It did not feel like a series of disconnected gags. It was a fleshed out world that just needed more time - and with a sequel scheduled that will have 8 times the minutes to work with, we'll finally get that! Hands down one of my most anticipated shows of 2014. [Imported]

(12)  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku - Summer '13 - 9.0/10 (Nomad) - The little show that could... ...not, but hell it was super entertaining, especially after the first few episodes. It got a really bad reception at first as the lead's overblown tsukkomi wore thin fast but if you continued on it just got increasingly clever and funny and ended up being one of the most enjoyable series this year. [Imported]

(12)  Shingeki no Kyojin - Spring '13 - 9.0/10 (WIT Studio) - I obviously can't praise the atrocious production schedule and reports of poor/unrealistic treatment of animators, and it'd be unconscionable for anything like that to happen again for the inevitable sequel, given the fucktons upon fucktons of money this franchise is making. But damn I enjoyed the hell out of this show, particularly at the start and end. I really dig the world and a lot of the characters, and the occasions when the production whipped itself into shape resulted in some of the best action sequences of the year. Just a shame it was so damn poorly planned and inconsistent. I am dying to see where the story goes from here, though, so I have to give it high marks. [Imported]


8 out of 10: Many of these get imported, but one or two things keep them from being the biggest and best standouts of the year for me.
(14)  Vividred Operation - Winter '13 - 8.8/10 (A1 Pictures) - It's not the next Strike Witches or anything, but it's really enjoyable nonetheless. Sequel with Vividpink ASAP please. [Imported]

(15)  Choujigen Game Neptune - Summer '13 - 8.7/10 (David Production) - Not that it's a high hurdle to climb, but this is one of the best non-visual novel video game adaptations I've seen. Nepgear = best. [Imported]

(16)  Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT - Winter '13 - 8.5/10 (AIC Build) - I tend to forget how much I loved the ending until I go back and read my comments on it. It was my favorite ending of Winter and this season was absolutely wonderful for Rika, who is far and away my favorite character now. A third season is badly needed, but waiting for source material is a drag. [Imported]

(16)  Little Busters! - Fall '12 - 8.5/10 (JC Staff) - What to say... it was flawed in many ways, and Komari's arc in general seemed totally phoned in story-wise, but the rest ranged from "pretty good" to "pretty great". I didn't finish Refrain because /reasons/ but the first season is a success in my mind. [Imported]

(18)  GJ-bu - Winter '13 - 8.5/10 (Douga Koubou) - It took a few episodes to get into, but once I did it was delightful. Glad I gave it a second/third chance. [Imported]

(19)  Minami-ke Tadaima - Winter '13 - 8.4/10 (Feel) - It's Minami-ke, and it's as good as the show's ever been. [Imported]

(20)  Aiura - Spring '13 - 8.2/10 (Liden Films) - One of the stronger shorts this year, if nowhere near Yama no Susume's level. [Imported]

(20)  Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. - Spring '13 - 8.2/10 (Brain's Base) - This was one of the other titles along with Maou-sama (and obviously Sakurasou) that proved romcom LNs could still make good anime at least sometimes. Hachiman is such a non-standard protagonist, not on the surface but when you really get down to his interactions with other characters. The fact that they actually had plots that ended on a negative note, and stayed that way, was more than a little unusual. Like I've said before, this series actually does live up to its title. [Imported]

(20)  Zettai Bouei Leviatan - Spring '13 - 8.2/10 (Gonzo) - ...C'mon, it was awesome. Bah, heathens, Leviatan was just before it's time. A decade from now it'll be a classic, part of the animation canon! ...no? Okay ;_; Well it was quite a lot of fun, too bad I had so much else to import in Spring.

(23)  Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya - Summer '13 - 8.1/10 (Silver Link) - Way to hugely piss me off at the very end with one terrible scene, but otherwise, easily the best Type Moon anime adaptation. And that episode six fight, damn. Fuck CG Berserker though, he always gets the short end of the animation stick. Poor guy. [Imported]

(na)  Hunter x Hunter (Greed Island) - Ongoing, pre-'13 '13 - 8.1/10 (Madhouse) - This covered January to April 2013. I didn't like Greed Island at all in the original OVAs, but the reboot turned it into something actually quite exciting. It still has issues, but by far the saving grace is Bisky, probably my favorite HxH character of all.

(na)  Uchuu Kyoudai - Ongoing, pre-'13 '13 - 8.1/10 (A1 Pictures) - We started 2013 with the most dramatic part of the moon arc, and the rest of the year has focused on the aftermath and especially on Mutta's training. It's dragged at times, and I really could not get into the Olga arc, but the premise and likable main characters keep me going. I'll be glad to keep watching this into 2014.

(24)  Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. - Spring '13 - 8.0/10 (A1 Pictures) - This rating is for the TV series, the specials really kinda fucked things up. Ugh so torn on this show. I loathe both Kyousuke and Ayase, and that's a problem considering all the focus they got. Parts of this show were a solid 9, parts were just dreadful. The specials go down to a 6, and that'd be lower if Kirino weren't so damn great throughout them. I also very much like how Kuroneko was handled but man, Kyousuke is on my most hated characters list now. [Partial import, vols. 1-5, specials cooled me on it a lot and I skipped 6+]

(24)  Suisei no Gargantia - Spring '13 - 8.0/10 (Production IG) - This never lived up to its potential, but it had some great ideas. Ah well. Not much to say about it.


7 out of 10: These will fade from memory faster than the 8s but they were fun while they lasted. Very unlikely that anything getting a 7 would be an import unless I cooled on it pretty quickly after buying. Rankings are extra arbitrary from this point on.
(26)  Zetsuen no Tempest - Fall '12 - 7/10 (Bones) - Super fun two cour romp, especially in the second half.

(27)  Sasami-san@Ganbaranai - Winter '13 - 7/10 (Shaft) - Sasami x Kagami please?

(28)  Bakuman 3 - Fall '12 - 7/10 (JC Staff) - Really nice to see the story come to its conclusion after six cour.

(29)  Chihayafuru 2 - Winter '13 - 7/10 (Madhouse) - If I cared any less about Arata space-time would implode around my head but I liked the karuta matches a lot, and the new girl grew on me. I'd watch a third season but my expectations would be lower.

(30)  Rozen Maiden (2013) - Summer '13 - 7/10 (Studio Deen) - Totally solid, and Saitou-san was a goddamned angel. ♥

(31)  Puchimas! -Petit Idolmaster- - Winter '13 - 7/10 (Gathering) - It's an excuse to see Idolmaster characters being cute while I wait impatiently for the movie.

(32)  Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - Winter '13 - 7/10 (Arms) - Ugh I so desperately wanted to like this more. So many good ideas, good characters, good setting, but executed so clumsily at times. Not bad, just very disappointing. Please just give me Ookami to Koushinryou III. ;_; [Partial import, vol. 1, which I bought before deciding the show really wasn't good enough]

(33)  Date A Live - Spring '13 - 7/10 (AIC Plus) - Definitely one of the better battle harem shows of late, but please Origami go home.

(34)  Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen - Summer '13 - 7/10 (Manglobe) - It wasn't too hard to get into without having read all the missing manga. But this season I really started having issues with the premise, and Keima's role in it. Really nice ending though.

(35)  Kotoura-san - Winter '13 - 7/10 (AIC Classic) - Be a serious drama? Be a perverted comedy? This show really didn't know which to be, but it definitely had its moments. Episode one was amazing.

(36)  Genshiken Nidaime - Summer '13 - 7/10 (Production IG) - Felt like a lack of direction hurt this one, but for a time it was really good, and Hata was in the running for one of my favorite characters of the season.

(37)  The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke- - Winter '13 - 7/10 (Manglobe) - Sure fell apart at the end, but good for the most part. Yuugiri ♥

(38)  Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince - Spring '13 - 7/10 (Douga Koubou/Orange) - Super boring protagonist and bad romance but it had its good points (like, Tamaki, and some great space battles).

(39)  Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 2000% - Spring '13 - 7/10 (A1 Pictures) - Utapri is at its best when it's being silly as shit and this season had some great moments there. The ending was spectacular for that.

(40)  Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui - Summer '13 - 7/10 (Silver Link) - Unpleasant, yet that was its charm. Liked the one-off Hatsune Miku ED.

(41)  Gen'ei wo Kakeru Taiyou - Summer '13 - 7/10 (AIC) - Better than expected, but still flawed, I guess?

(42)  Fantasista Doll - Summer '13 - 7/10 (Hoods Entertainment) - ...Cute. Nonsensical as hell, but cute.

(43)  Red Data Girl - Spring '13 - 7/10 (PA Works) - Ended strongly but that didn't make up for it being kinda boring.


6 out of 10: Definitely could be worse, but .
(44)  Da Capo III - Winter '13 - 6/10 (Feel) - This was sort of a mess but I actually really liked the Sakura segments. It retained the supernatural feeling I've always liked about the franchise, but the overall show was definitely weak.

(45)  Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san - Spring '13 - 6/10 (Tatsunoko Production) - It had its moments.

(46)  Mangirl! - Winter '13 - 6/10 (Douga Koubou) - I don't like when short-episode shows try to make up for their runtime by making everyonetalkreallyfast but eh it was cute/

(47)  Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu - Summer '13 - 6/10 (Gainax) - Points for trying something different, but the execution got pretty dismal at the end. It tried to walk the fine line of "acting like a jerk for plot reasons" but instead Yuri slipped and fell into plain old unpleasant to watch. Very awkward. But Rento was amaaaaaaaaazing as hell, such a good character, singlehandedly saves this from a 5 or worse.


5 or below: Meh.
(48)  Love Live! - Winter '13 - 5/10 (Sunrise) - Very cute characters, but managed to be as emotionally sterile as the 3DCG dancing when it really needed to get me invested. A somewhat bland but unoffensive 6/10 series gets penalized a point (to be kind about it) for ruining all the idol performances, which should have been the highlights, with horrendous 3DCG. The one character I really liked was Nico, and Maki to an extent. If I hadn't marathoned the whole show in a day (after people insisted I give it another shot) I wouldn't have finished it at all. I definitely won't be watching the sequel.

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OVAs/Specials/Movies/Other: Not ranked; "Extra" episodes that follow the original broadcast like Achiga-hen or Kokoroko are considered part of the TV series and not listed here.
  Hidamari Sketch Sae/Hiro Sotsugyou-hen - Special - It was wonderful, obviously, if not as melancholy as I expected (man there were sure some moments tho). It would have benefited from another episode or two but for two episodes it did wonderfully. I just hope it's not the end, but it'll be a long time before Ume-sensei has enough material for a fifth season. The last published volume covers up to halfway through this special.

And there were probably some other things I should be listing in this section but uhhhh maybe if I remember later.

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Dropped: I've started rating dropped series, but only if I've seen enough episodes (usually 6).

Drops, scored:
  Kyoukai no Kanata - 6 eps - 8/10
  Little Busters! Refrain - 4 eps - 8/10
  Robotics;Notes - 16 eps - 6/10
  Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. - 8 eps - 6/10
  Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge - 6 eps - 6/10
  Shinsekai Yori - 22 eps - 4/10
  Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru - 6 eps - 4/10

Drops, unscored:
  Ai Mai Mii
  Arata Kangatari
  Cuticle Tantei Inaba
  Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
  Dokidoki! Precure
  Galilei Donna
  Kyousogiga
  Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
  Mushibugyou
  Photo Kano
  Senki Zesshou Symphogear G
  Senran Kagura

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On Hold
  Monogatari Second Season - Will finish it if I can but that's up in the air right now. Probably a high 8, low 9 for the episodes I've seen (to the end of Nadeko Medusa).

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TOTALS:
48 completed 2013 TV series including shorts. One more than 2012 which is weird considering my Fall count is 2. Not sure how that happened. I guess Spring and Summer were big.

22 TV series on the list are being imported in full, up two from 2012. 3 series were partially imported, one to vol. 5 and two to vol. 1. That's 46% of finished series imported, about the same ratio as usual.

19 dropped shows, down again from 22 last year, also partly due to skipping a lot of shows entirely.

Four 10/10 shows in 2011, three in 2012, only one in 2013. Hrm. Was five in 2011 at first but I've since downgraded Anohana slightly.

I can say now, I will be completing and importing a whole lot less shows in 2014. Though I suppose the percentage I import will be much higher, since I'm mostly going to watch the stuff I expect to like the most.

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