Final Thoughts – Summer 2014 Anime

While I didn’t pick up very much this season, the quality of the shows seems to be about consistent with the norm. But more importantly, this season officially had the best show of all time. OF ALL TIME.

Persona 4 The Golden Animation

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Showing off the superior uniforms.

My opinion on this hasn’t changed very much since the beginning, as I still think it is a completely pointless adaptation. Marie is shoved into nearly every event, the story doesn’t stand on its own, the animation quality is all over the place, and each episode is practically a standalone and inconsequential affair. I enjoyed the original series as a faithful and fun adaptation, but this was just a waste of time.

Final rating – 3/10

Recommendation – If you haven’t already seen the original series or played either version of the game, skip it. Even if you have, I’m not sure if it’s worth your time.


Zankyou no Terror

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To put it simply, this show started out great, with great animation and atmosphere, a moderately realistic story, and protagonists shrouded in mystery competing with the police. And then Five is introduced, and she completely ruins the dynamic of the show.

While it starts out as a Death Note-esque conflict between the anti-hero protagonists and the authorities, Five is a third element that completely disrupts the previous struggle before it is fully explored. This wouldn’t be so bad if she was actually an interesting character or adds something of value, but all she does is undermine everything the story had going for it. The second half is predictable and boring as a result, and it’s really quite a shame. And the ending was pretty bad.

Final rating – 4/10

Recommendation – If you enjoy somewhat realistic drama/suspense stories, you might enjoy it.


Aldnoah.Zero

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I didn’t like this show. While the premise itself is very interesting, the execution ranged from good to terrible. The first few episodes set up the background and conflict pretty well, but once the why of the conflict came into play, things started to fall apart. And the characters were just bad, especially Inaho, the resident high school genius who just happens to be one of the blandest main characters of all time. Whereas characters such as Lelouch (Code Geass) and Light (Death Note) were at least interesting to watch, Inaho is simply a plot device, solving all of the problems that the seasoned veterans are clearly too stupid to handle. And with that ending, I really don’t see what direction the second season will take. Chances are that I won’t be watching it.

If there’s anything good to say about this anime, it’s that the soundtrack was good, as expected of Hiroyuki Sawano (Shingeki no Kyojin, Kek la Kek, Guilty Crown, etc). The CG for all of the mechs was annoying, especially when they spent about a minute and a half on a cringe-worthy transformation sequence that reminded me of Power Rangers. Blegh.

Final rating – 3/10

Recommendation – Don’t watch it unless the concept really draws your attention or you love (CG) mechs.


Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun

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I picked up this show based on all the good things I was hearing about it, and boy was that a good decision. As a sort of shoujo parody, the show takes a very comedic approach to high school romance, both through the protagonists and Nozaki’s manga. The cast is surprisingly well-rounded, with interactions between all characters being fun and fresh. Even while a bunch of the jokes were a bit predictable (such as the one at the very end of the last episode), the delivery was good enough that they still managed to hold weight.

And frankly, Chiyo is absolutely adorable. Even if she does look like Paras.

Final rating – 9/10

Recommendation – For a consistent comedy that never gets too serious, check it out.


Caboose Rail Wars

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It was worth every second. There is a gaping hole in my heart where this show used to be. I am sad. (season2plz)

Final rating – 10/10

Recommendation – If you like 2D cabooses, this is the show for you. Or if you really like trains for some reason.

Serious review here.


Hunter x Hunter (2011)

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While Hunter x Hunter started airing in 2011, it has just reached completion this week, 148 episodes later. What a journey that was. What started off as a fairly typical battle shonen became a behemoth of a series, with about half of the episodes dedicated to the ambitious Chimera Ant arc. Oddly enough, the Chimera Ant arc was one of my least favorite arcs of the show, for a laundry list worth of issues. Regardless, the show had plenty of interesting characters (especially the antagonists), a fairly well utilized concept, and always teased me to immediately watch the next episode.

And Hisoka is my idol.

Final rating – 7/10

Recommendation – If you don’t have any qualms about a show being 148 episodes long, try it out, even if other battle shonen aren’t quite your cup of tea.


On another note, the only show I dropped this season was Sword Art Online. There would inevitably be more, but I only picked up six shows.

Next season, I’m looking forward to Fate/Stay Night, Parasyte, and Psycho-Pass 2. I’ll also give Amagi Brilliant Park a shot, but KyoAni’s recent shows haven’t been very good, so I’m not expecting much. Hopefully this “slapstick drama” will be better, whatever that means.


This is my 100th post. Woohoo!

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2 thoughts on “Final Thoughts – Summer 2014 Anime

  1. Rai says:

    Hunter x Hunter: Recently finished Hunter x Hunter, started it a couple of months back, and I consider it one of the best anime I’ve ever seen. The plot is engaging and the characters are fun to watch even when nothing important is happening. As for the Chimera Ant Arc, I had some issues with it too. Its weakest point was probably its length, as at times it felt drawn out.

    Zankyou No Terror: Although Five did somewhat derail the show, do you really think it was severe enough to give the show a 4/10?

    P4G: Has its moments.

    • Yeah, the slow pacing was my main issue with the CA arc, but stuff like the omnipresent narration was another big issue.

      Five was my biggest problem with ZNT, but certainly not the only one. The only remotely interesting character was Shibazaki, and the ending seemed to completely abandon logic for a flashy finish.

      P4G was funny at times, but even compared to the first season, the comedy was lacking. I’m glad that stupid character gradient was gone though.

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