Fall 2013 Anime: Final Thoughts
And so it seems that the fall 2013 anime season has finished up, and with that, it seems there are some series I must say farewell to. A good portion of them do carry over to next season, however, so that does make me glad. In any case, truth be told, my opinion on most of these series has pretty much stayed the same as it was before, though there’s a bit I’ll elaborate on with each as I had with the halfway point. Well, actually, I’m not so sure if it’ll end up being just a “bit” but I probably won’t have to write a whole lot. Like I mentioned in the halfway post, I do intend on writing about each of the finished series individually, though considering the masses of series I have yet to write about, this might take more time than I’d like and so I feel it is best to give my season update now while the series are still pretty fresh in everybody’s minds.
- BlazBlue: Alter Memory: Well, I can’t say I expected a whole lot to happen with the rest of BlazBlue, and indeed, my opinion on the anime hasn’t improved with its conclusion. I’m willing to say that I enjoyed it to an extent and it wasn’t a painful watch or anything like that, yet……I just didn’t find it all that great. The story remained highly unexplained and nothing really made a whole lot of sense. All sorts of random terms were used but never given true importance and I read a bunch about twists and developments that take place in the games, which seem awesome yet are either poorly executed or nonexistent in the anime adaptation. Character development was hardly there either as any sort of growth felt minimal and there was no real reason for me to feel any connection with any of the characters. I’m one to like trippy mindscrew psychological stories and the like, but this wasn’t one of those, this was just confusing because it wasn’t given the necessary time to provide viewers a reason to care about what was going on. I very much plan on playing the games, not only to get an enjoyable arcade-esque fighter but also to get an actual compelling story and developments instead of what I found to be a rushed and disappointing adaptation. (6/10)
- Golden Time: Golden Time’s been a fun run as per the usual. Still too early to say how things will end up or how it will compare to Toradora, but it’s as lovely a watch as ever and the development is very nice. It’s been an emotional run and I certainly enjoy the more mature take on the romance deal and the character dynamics are quite good. With how the last episode (episode 12) ended though, I’m curious what will happen next. Golden Time still has half of its run ahead of it, so I’m truly looking forward to the rest. (9/10)
- Gundam Build Fighters: Something about Build Fighters just works. Even though it’s a pretty simple kid’s show and it doesn’t really have substantial development, it’s just a load of fun. The fights are great as always and it’s really easy to get into. Production values help a lot and the music is as good as ever. Characters are pretty likable as well all things considered. Not sure how long Build Fighters will be, but I wouldn’t mind keeping this one weekly for a while, it’s a nice watch. (8/10)
- Kill la Kill: Kill la Kill’s really ramped up the energy and things have been getting pretty intense. The fights have been even better than before and the last episode was really quite a shift. With the early stages of the story done with, I have lots of hope for what lies ahead with this series. Perhaps something along the lines of the epic Gurren Lagann space battles? I can’t be too sure how this will all go, but one thing’s for certain: It’ll be an over the top ride as it’s always been and that alone will make it an exciting watch for me. (9/10)
- Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season: Kuroko S2 has been a bit slow in my opinion. It’s definitely nice to have more development and we’ve learned more about the side characters here than in first season, and that’s one thing I really like about S2. However, there still haven’t been any particularly exciting matches and while it’s a fun watch as always, I haven’t been blown away. That said, however, one of the prime matches I’ve been looking forward to is right around the corner and it seems things are really going to pick up once Kuroko returns from break. Looks like that 9/10 may be arriving pretty soon for S2. (8/10)
- Kyoukai no Kanata: Kyoukai no Kanata was a pretty good watch, though admittedly I wasn’t as drawn into it as I was with most KyoAni series out there. If nothing else I like how KyoAni went for a darker story and the action scenes looked pretty nice, but I wasn’t especially drawn to the cast and something about it just didn’t pull me in like some of the other KyoAni series. My score for Kyoukai dropped, but not because it got worse; if anything, I feel the last half did a pretty good job of developing more and raising the stakes for the plot. I think I’ve just gotten a bit stricter with my scoring. After deciding to make BlazBlue a 6/10 I decided to rethink some of my other ratings as well, and I lowered more than a few scores, Kyoukai being one of them. That said though, Kyoukai isn’t a bad watch. It’s far from perfect, but at the very least I do feel it’s worth it and it does have its perks. (7/10)
- Little Busters!: Refrain: I’ve heard so much from VN fans about how this has been a weak adaptation, how things weren’t put into animation properly, how content was lacking, missing, or expressed in a disappointing way. Yet, having watched through all of the Little Busters! anime, I don’t care about any of that. Well, I suppose that’s not entirely true, as I still have yet to play the VN and I really do want to know if the VN was so much of a better experience. Refrain was admittedly a bit rushed in its pacing and there were those aspects that made me feel it didn’t get to fit everything it could have. In spite of all that, however, I truly loved Refrain. I enjoyed all the other Key series I’ve tried, and this did not at all stop with Refrain. Refrain has been a lovely watch. A silly journey, an emotional tale, a tragic story, and a beautiful experience. While Refrain may not quite be the glorious Clannad ~After Story~ experience I would have liked, it would be entirely unfair to have such high expectations for another series and it doesn’t change that Refrain was a very meaningful watch for me. Regardless of the criticisms that VN fans or even non-VN fans have for Refrain, I still stand by my attachment for Refrain and I will not forget my experience with this series. If the naysayers of the anime are correct in their arguments, that’s only better as it means that the Little Busters! VN would surely be my new 10/10, and either way it would not change the enjoyment I received from my first LB run. (9/10)
- Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai: Machine-Doll’s been enjoyable for me as ever. Not the greatest of series, but certainly a fun watch. I personally found the humor quite amusing and seeing how all the other characters respond to Raishin was priceless. I enjoyed the action quite a bit as well, despite the many complaints about the visuals and CG usage. 12 episodes was certainly too short to develop significantly, but Machine-Doll was still a fun watch with potential, and if they do make a second season for it, I wouldn’t mind keeping up with it weekly once again. (8/10)
- Strike the Blood: Strike the Blood has also been about as enjoyable as it’s always been. More enjoyable fights and amusing harem interactions. Though it seems the harem is increasing and I’m not sure what to make of it. Anywho, there’s still another season’s worth of episodes left so I imagine I’ll enjoy what’s ahead. Not the most original of stories and it doesn’t have a whole lot of complexity or depth, but it does what it needs to and it’s a fun watch for me. (8/10)
So there you have it. Not a whole lot changed since the last update on these anime but I hope this gives a good idea about my stance on each of these series. My rankings haven’t really changed a whole lot here honestly, but there are a few minor adjustments I’d like to make:
- Little Busters!: Refrain
- Golden Time/Kill la Kill
- Golden Time/Kill la Kill
- Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season
- Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai/Strike the Blood
- Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai/Strike the Blood
- Gundam Build Fighters
- Kyoukai no Kanata
- BlazBlue: Alter Memory
I decided to put Build Fighters above Kyoukai and now I can’t really put Golden Time above KLK or Machine-Doll above StB so I had them share spots. Other than that, things are about the same as before and there wasn’t a whole lot of change as far as my opinions on the series.
I’d also like to take the time to mention Monogatari Series: Second Season. Though it’s not a fall anime, it ended its run along with the 1-cour anime of this season, and wow. What a ride. Monogatari S2 has officially become my favorite anime of the year, it’s amazed me in so many ways and it is truly an amazing watch. I imagine those who have read my past posts on Monogatari installments are pleased to know that I have such a strong attachment to S2 and sooner or later (….probably later, unfortunately) I do hope to write about S2 and give more praise than this small mention.
It’s sad to think that the fall anime season, and in turn, the year, is ending. I’m especially sad about Refrain and Monogatari S2 finishing up. That said, however, I have a lot of hope for 2014 as far as anime and the like go, and it seems for me, that’s all gonna start with Chuunibyou S2. Not sure what else I’ll pick up from winter season (if anything else) but that one’s certain. There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to in the next year (assuming they truly are released next year), but I suppose I can deal with those once the time comes.