Posted by psgels on 28 December 2010 with categories: Monthly Summaries

As usual in December this summary is a little earlier and smaller than usual in order to give me some time to work on my 2010 summary. I’ve planned three posts and for some reason I found it a good idea to make this year’s summary much bigger than I did with previous years, so I really need that time.

As for the past Autumn season, it was definitely an interesting one. In all of the years I’ve been blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a major season (as in Spring and Autumn) with so few series that go beyond thirteen episodes. This lead to a lot of short but sweet series. Nothing is really in the realms of classics, but there still was a lot to like about the different series that aired. Probably the thing that I liked the most about this season is the many surprises it carried: for every show that performed disappointingly, there also was a show that came from nowhere and turned out to be much, much better than expected.

#24 (new) – Starry Sky – (3,75/10) – Ten minutes, just to glorify an incredibly overused cliche. Studio Deen, what the heck do you think you’re doing?
#23 (25) – Iron Man – (5,25/10) – The end was completely generic, just like the entire series. Any hope for this show to redeem itself went down the toilet with the decision for who got to be the final villain.
#22 (23) – Togainu no Chi – (5,5/10) – This show completely lost it in its final two episodes. It really feels like the creators stopped caring, that’s how bad it was. Il Re’s changes were just completely baffling, and the entire conclusion was just a mishmash of poorly built-up plot twists and incredibly poor animation.
#21 (20) – Arakawa Under the Bridge – (6,75/10) – Well, this ended with a big resounding “meh”. I hoped that the final episodes would at least show the journey to Venus, but even that got shafted in favour of this random unfunny fighting tournament that just went on forever.
#20 (17) – Nurarihyon no Mago – (7,25/10) – Agh, what a disappointment. This entire month I was waiting for some sort of hook for a second season, and it never came, delivering a boring final battle against a boring villain instead. That second season is really going to have to make up its mind: either go entirely for an anime original arc, or just stay faithful to the manga. This series just showed that you can’t do both at the same time.
#19 (21) – The World God Only Knows – (7,5/10) – the book girl arc was certainly not the worst of the series, although it still was rather cheesy. That final episode was just weird, though. And I’m still not sure whether this was in a good or a bad way.
#18 (19) – MM! – (7,5/10) – So in the end, this show never really concluded anything. It has passed by as a very messy harem, but this month again was quite enjoyable enough.
#17 (16) – To Aru Majutsu no Index – (7,75/10) – The current arc of Index is about average. The back-story is nice, and the characters have their good moments… but also their annoying moments. It’s a good thriller, but a number of the female side-characters were just beyond obnoxious: Mikoto’s mother is just a giant boob joke, while Index is more annoying than she ever was in this arc.
#16 (18) – Fortune Arterial – (7,75/10) – The ending was strong, but I really would have liked to see a 10 minute epilogue: the way it is now this show is inconclusive. I have to praise this show though, because the build-up to the finale was surprisingly good.
#15 (14) – Bakuman – (8/10)

This show is nicely bubbling along. The pacing is sloooow, but nothing bad has happened yet: every episode so far did progress the characters, so only time can tell whether it’s going to work out or not.

#14 (9) – Yumeiro Patissiere – (8/10)

I really did not expect this show to end at episode thirteen. It was also a completely silly conclusion that just screamed convenience. Still, it advanced quite a few relationships and it was a lot of fun to watch in the process.

#13 (15) – Katanagatari – (8,25/10)

I didn’t really like Emonzaemon’s final fight, but overall the end here was a pretty interesting one, with nice twists that still retained the dialogue.

#12 (12) – Shinryaku! Ika-Musume – (8,25/10)

The ending sucked! Seriously, I have no idea what the creators were trying to do with the final two segments, but it didn’t work. But also, that’s about the only thing of this series that I didn’t like this month, so it all evens out. Especially Squid Girls interpretation of Teruterubouzus was just completely hilarious.

#11 (13) – Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru – (8,25/10)

Overall this was a solid conclusion to a solid series. Its trips into the supernatural were unexpected, but worked well most of the time, and I especially liked that old guy. This month too gave a lot of neat characterization to the main cast, and overall I’m very happy with how things turned out.

#10 (11) – Tantei Opera Milky Holmes – (8,25/10)

Haha! Even the finale was taking the piss out of itself. It really was brilliant, and at the same time an action-packed finale, which is something that you don’t often see in comedies (see Squid Girl).

#9 (9) – Otome Youkai Zakuro – (8,5/10)

It’s a great conclusion for this series: most of the characters received a final bit of development, and this final month really did justice to them. The backstory of Zakuro’s mother was especially interesting and it’s as wonderfully told as ever.

#8 (6) – Star Driver – (8,5/10)

Star Driver is finally coming together as a character study now that it’s revisiting previous characters, and the cast is definitely getting more and more depth. Let’s hope that it can keep this up for its second half.

#7 (10) – Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt – (8,5/10)

Panty and Stocking really was on fire this month: they tried out a ton of interesting ideas, and the finale kicked ass in many different ways. My only complaint was that the pre-finale was a tad cheesy, but apart from that the creators really made up for the lackluster first episodes of this series.

#6 (2) – Kuragehime – (8,5/10)

Kuragehime is still great, but it lacks the energy that made the previous two months so addictive. Most of this can be blamed on a sulking lead character, but even when this show kicked down a notch, it still packs some great characterization and jokes.

#5 (3) – Shinrei Tantei Yakumo – (8,5/10)

Completely opposite of what the first half of the series was, the final arc of Yakumo really took its time to fully tell its story and it was a great little ending that did justice to the different characters.

#4 (8) – Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu – (8,5/10)

For its finale, Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu pulled something completely unexpected for its final two episodes… and it actually worked. I mean, there still are huge holes in the story with so much material left unanimated, but for a series that once really annoyed me, the final two episodes really left a good aftertaste for this series.

#3 (5) – Letter Bee – (8,75/10)

Letter Bee has a wonderful cast of characters, and that really was the main focus of this month, as they really allowed the plot to shine. On top of that, it was also a major month for the storyline itself and I really like how things are developing.

#2 (1) – Heartcatch Precure – (8,75/10)

This month was mostly building up for the big finale, and it was utterly adorable while doing so, which made the latest episode in which Dune finally arrives hit extra hard. Now that the ending is so near, this series really managed to stay true to itself, while also carrying on to add to its different characters.

#1 (4) – Shiki – (9,25/10)

This series just became utterly amazing in its final stretch. After months of build-up, it finally ends up using its final trump card and that has lead to an incredible climax. It hasn’t ended yet, but I see very little that can get in this series’ way of delivering the best ending of the season.

16 Responses

  1. RollingCamel says:

    You really need to give Ore no Imouto another chance. I’m not familiar with this kind of anime but as a comedy it had some really good laughs, certainly more entertaining than Princess Jellyfish.

    It has some issues but it grew on me especially with its great dialogue. Shiki had really strange character design but its positives were far greater.

  2. Kim says:

    I guess I should watch Shiki.

  3. Roldan says:

    I’m gonna DL the whole batch and probably buy it when Funi releases it.

  4. giuli says:

    eres una mierda, shiki es boring, los personajes no tienen emociones, y es casi predicible su conclucion de atacar a los vamo, bllba. y sore me da ganas de matarte, no sabes nada, esta mejor mm

  5. Keith says:

    Oh I am definitely buying Shiki when it’s released. I’ve never seen a vampire story that really explores the condition of being a vampire so thoughtfully. It also succeeds at horror by making the human beings the scary ones.

  6. Diasen says:

    lol, finally Shiki crosses 9. I was wondering when it would. xD

  7. c160 says:

    Milky Holmes,Squid Girl and Soredemo are very nice suprises this season.I didn’t expect any of them to be of any entertainment at first,but they prove to be very entertaining!
    Heartcatch is as great as usual but I’m scared that the finale will be very cheesy in order for a fully happy ending to happen,since its still a magical girls show aimed at kids..However,consistently being excellent for a show that long,the staff of this show is good!

  8. Miriam says:

    Number 9, 10, 11 went completely under the radar for me. I’ll have to try them out.

    Bakuman was a complete disappointment for me this season. My experience with the manga was sooooo much better. I was glad that the director for Nodame was doing the adaptation but seeing the result… ugh.

    I’m curious about Heartcatch Precure. I’ve watched my share of magical girl anime, and if it’s nearly as good as Sugar Sugar Rune, Kaitō Saint Tail, I would have to give this one a chance.

  9. Solaris says:

    Index #17 -.-” Why 17? It just brings unluck … do you hate it so much? :(
    And Panty&Sex #7 is an insult, as long as the best arc of Letter Bee got only #3.
    Oh my gosh!

  10. psgels psgels says:

    Solaris: Why is Panty and Stocking an insult? I liked it, so obviously I’m going to rate it highly.

    Also, hate isn’t the right word for Index. I just don’t enjoy it as much as some of the other shows this season. It indeed has some annoying characters, and the arc itself wasn’t as interesting to totally make up for it.

  11. Solaris says:

    Panty and Stocking shouldn’t be considered Japanese anime.

    I stopped complaining long ago about everyones’ other tastes, as it’s their own right to do so and cause it’s boring.
    I don’t know the matter any more, but it’s sure I once agreed more to your ratings than nowadays. What’s changed in me since then? I’m just sad T___T

  12. totoum says:

    “Panty and Stocking shouldn’t be considered Japanese anime.”

    I don’t want to saound too harsh but Just because you don’t like it doesn’t magicaly make it “not anime”

  13. Solaris says:

    @Totoum: yes, but aside the fact I didn’t like it at all, mainly cause of it’s terrible hyper dirty humour, It’s cause it’s just not an anime. It’s like putting Alvin in that rating. That thing’s not anime, it’s just fake cartoon.

  14. hoiut says:

    Lol, it’s even drawn like a US cartoon, and filth aside, it sounds exactly like one, too. But does that make it somehow incapable of being a product of Japanese animation? Of course not, [lag] seeing as it obviously is.

  15. Azule says:

    I hated Panty and Stocking too, until I took someones advice and skipped around a lot.
    Sure, it’s got its mind in the gutter and fires sex joke after sex joke, and it’s using an american art style, but its a japanese animation in the end. Whats the difference between an anime and a cartoon?

  16. Hogart says:

    @Azule: Whats the difference between an anime and a cartoon?

    The fandom.

    @Solaris:
    Take it easy. It’s not exactly the only filthy show that aired this year, it’s just the one that tried the hardest to get our attention.

    The only real surprise on this list for me is that you liked Zakuro more than Soredemo and the like. But that’s fine, pointless and cheesy though it was, at least it looked alright and had decent voice acting.

    I’m also a bit intrigued that you’re so forgiving of Legendary Heroes.. I mean, it did slightly redeem itself, but I didn’t find the ending anywhere near that glorious.. I honestly found Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou more entertaining and coherent, just more juvenile.

    But yeah, I think it really comes down to almost everything that aired lumping into a “decent” category, and only a few shows barely anyone watches anymore being truly “good”.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:07 PM)
    @SuperMario: don’t let this taint your opinion of the series tho, Just pay attention to the details, and in the end share your own honest thoughts. I am genuinely interested to see what someone who doesn’t have a dog in this game thinks about the show.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:04 PM)
    Now I’m not a fan of this guy, but he does make some sound valid points here; yet even I agree that he takes it too far in a few places. I’m not good at video editing tho, and this proves that the love for the series is not limited to a few artsy types, but even mainstream personas that anime newcomers are banding around can appreciate the craft:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6O-id9uLvU&index=1&list=PLw6UBKuaMyFA2iVd1eubB_AOp-C8jvp0T
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:38 PM)
    It is easy to undermine the value of originality, but it’s also fairly easy to show how that’s plain wrong. It’s objectively much easier to improve on existing concepts than to use creativity and imagination to come up with new angles, styles and fresh perspectives and twists in a medium that had gone stale. Any work can age and become old, but one can never take away from what made it special in the first place. They’ll forever be hailed as the Pioneers that they were.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:25 PM)
    Now on unrelated note:
    “[Anno turned EoE] into what the original end of the series would have been if it was given enough budget: strange, absurd, confusing and a work of art”.
    Must be a quote from the “prime example of a blind fanboy” Bam right? Wrong! This was written by psgels himself. Guess whoever praises Eva is an idiot fanboy who doesn’t know any better. But yet those who bash it for a few repetitive shallow arguments are the true erudites.
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:53 PM)
    “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” – Samuel L. Johnson
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:50 PM)
    What are we numbing ourselves to? The pain of band stress of modern life? Failing to fit or preserve the image that they tell us to uphold? This certainly needs to be brought to attention and critically analyzed.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:45 PM)
    Then there’s the 90 million daily opiate users, which basically means one out of every four people you meet are on one form of these things. Mothers, daughters, doctors, cops, teachers, all circling the drain. The US is nowhere near the most populated country, but we are by far the most consumer of prescription narcotics. That has to say something about our society.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:41 PM)
    There are 4 million patients, mostly kids between 8-16, that are on a daily dose of Adderall. That’s a straight mixture of several amphetamine salts, so for all intent and purposes crystal meth. Ritalin is also a powerful stimulant, and the cost/benefit analysis of this approach has always been proven to be damn reprehensible. ADHD is very rare, but used as a blanket term to just sedate the hell out of children that lazy parents don’t wanna deal with.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:37 PM)
    @K-off: well these drug-peddling doctors are just dealers with 20 years of schooling and half a million dollars in student debt. There are good caring doctors, but way far in-between. The few cases of actual neural chemical imbalance that benefit from these drugs are a shocking minority. There has been too many scandals of uncovered “donation” from big pharma to medical boards and hospitals.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:25 PM)

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