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Fish People and Naked Revolutionaries – Fall 2013 Review

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It’s been a while. Better late than never I suppose.
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Kyousougiga

With it’s vibrant world and energetic characters, Kyousougiga was on my radar early on in the season. Unlike some shows (see Gatchaman Crowds) Kyousougiga managed to keep up with its frantic pace all the way through to the end which alone makes it deserving of recognition. That being said, the plot got a little too wild at some points, and the flips between past and present early on in the story forced me to re-watch some scenes to get a full (or as full as possible) understanding of what was going on. One thing in particular that I enjoyed about the characters was that the writers didn’t shy away from making them all a bit selfish, but they also didn’t condemn them for it. It was a nice change of pace from the usual family-focused stories where selflessness leads to some epiphany about “putting the family before yourself”. It was a tinge of realism in an otherwise fantastical world that made this show stand out this season.

8/10. Best OP.

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Nagi no Asukara

I really enjoyed Nagi no Asukara during the first half of the season, but as the show continued on, it became less and less bearable. Of the main group, the only character with any depth is Hikari, and most of the supporting cast isn’t much better. The subtle character interactions made up for this shortcoming, but soon enough melodramatic monologues became the highlight of each episode. It didn’t help that the whole racism issue was cleared up in an incredibly artificial manner. The time lapse may or may not fix some of these problems, but I’m willing to at least give Nagi no Asukara the benefit of the doubt.

6/10.

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Kill la Kill

I’m usually not a fan of anime that depends on being flashy and over the top. At the start of each episode, the one thought sitting in the back of my head is that the superficial pillars of the show will eventually crumble. Kill la Kill almost hit that point at the end of this season, but it managed to pull itself back from the brink at the last second. It entered into its second half with the same amount of momentum as it began with (maybe even a little bit more) which is impressive to say the least. It still depends a little bit too much on its outrageous nature, but it’s a great show that provides a good contrast to the other options this season.

6/10.

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Magi

This has turned into a really great shounen anime. Take that for whatever it’s worth, but if you have any interest at all in this show, I’d recommend picking it. It manages to keep the main plot moving at a respectable pace without getting bogged down in filler like some of its peers. I’m not fond of the stereotypical evil organization that wants to destroy the world, but they took a backseat this season which has helped differentiate Magi from the rest of the pack. Instead, moral ambiguity has reigned supreme as we’ve been given an array of groups who all have their own motives and objectives. I give it a solid recommendation, but don’t let the first season discourage you; it only gets better.

6/10.

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Kyoukai no Kanata

Ah, yes, the obligatory KyoAni show of the season. Like it’s predecessors, it looked great and was enjoyable even though it walked a pretty familiar path. After Tamako Market and Free!, it was nice to finally watch something by KyoAni that didn’t put met to sleep five minutes into each episode. The characters all fit pretty comfortably into their stereotypes, but the antagonist’s motives never made much sense. The finale answered some questions, but I get the feeling that the writers were rushed when trying to put together an ending. I have no doubt that this show would have scored higher if it had stuck to the bittersweet ending. It’s too bad that the last scene left such a sickly sweet taste in my mouth.

5/10. Best ED. 

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Tokyo Ravens

Aside from some terrible CG action scenes, Tokyo Ravens has managed to be an acceptable show. It doesn’t stray too far from the safety of the industry standards, but the silver lining to that is that it hasn’t made any unforgivable mistakes.

5/10.

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Golden Time

I knew something was wrong with this show when I realized that Koko was the most sympathetic character. It’s absolutely disgusting how indecisive the other main characters act. I can deal with characters like that when it makes them more relatable, but Golden Time crossed the line into sheer stupidity. The amnesia and “ghost Tada” did nothing to redeem this show either. Gimmicks like that rarely go over well, and this is no exception. I’m going to finish the show, but only because I want to see Tada suffer a little bit more. Maybe if I’m lucky, he’ll fall off another bridge.

4/10.

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Galilei Donna

After building an epic conspiracy all season, Galilei Donna went out with a whimper–not a bang. I’ll never understand why they decided to include the time travel episode. The “trial” that was supposed to be a climax was equally perplexing. After such a grand adventure, I guess I just expected something to actually happen.

4/10.

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Samurai Flamenco

It’s been a long time since I’ve had my expectations crushed this brutally. I adored this show for this first half of this season. It was at the top of my viewing list every week and held so much promise that I could barely contain myself. Then the story took an unexpected turn and everything went downhill from there. The writers took a different and entertaining story and turned it into just another superhero anime.

4/10.

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Coppelion

You would think that a show with such a unique premise would have more thought put into it, but you’d be wrong. Its rare to see a show crash and burn as terribly at Coppelion. Terrible characters, terrible plot and some of the worst action scenes I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching made Coppelion exhausting all the way up to the final episode. Save yourself the trouble and avoid this show at all costs.

3/10.

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One thought on “Fish People and Naked Revolutionaries – Fall 2013 Review

  1. Iunno. Even now, Samurai Flamenco still feels like the same show it started out as: constantly searching for ways to up the ante with each successive episode. Continuity is scrapped and character relationships crumble for the sake of pursuing a higher level to the Samurai Flamenco universe. It lends poorly towards having a consistent story, much less a sensible plot, but I believe that Samurai Flamenco’s madness has a method to it.

    That and Nagi no Asukara are the two anime I’m following into Winter 2014, and both are holding my interest a lot more than what the actual season has to offer (other than Space Dandy).

    post moar pls

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