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Monday, May 26, 2014

Isshukan Friends, Tonari no Seki-kun Dropped:

So long as I'm dropping series, I may as well discard this trash too.  Isshukan Friends is a hollow story, where people go through the motions of having emotions and problems and worries, but don't actually have any of them, nor do they do anything sincere or passionate to reflect these supposed feelings.  I just get this empty, vacant, boring aura emanating from all the characters, a lot like Kimi to Boku for that matter.  Everyday life is not actually enjoyable.  That's why "Nichijou" has absurdly hilarious humor that would definitely never happen in an ordinary life.  You have to spice your show up with something for it to be attractive.  Isshukan Friends apparently has no interest in being a romance, a tragedy, or any genre at all.  Hyouka was a mystery.  Kitakubu was a comedy.  Please do something to warrant my attention!  Don't just bore me to death with trips to the beach where no one even exposes any skin and no one says anything of worth for the entire trip long.  I don't know what Isshukan Friends is attempting to do, but at this point watching some goldfish swim around in their bowl for thirty minutes would be more interesting.

Meanwhile Tonari no Seki-kun did its third (or was it fourth?) skit with the robo family.  It's also done endless skits with shogi and other repeats.  It's obvious this series is out of ideas and everything is just a redo of some previous skit.  Nothing changes and repeat jokes just aren't funny.  I'm just tired of watching this show because I already know everything that will happen ahead of time -- which is basically nothing.  It's time to scuttle this ship while I'm ahead.  Tonari no Seki-kun had some great ideas, but they were basically used up in the first six episodes or so.  It's all been downhill from there.

The only unranked series I'm willing to watch anymore is Mangaka-san, because it's still funny and more importantly, the girls are really cute.  Saori Hayami and Rie Kugimiya are the voice actors, which is compelling enough in its own right.  The rest aren't exactly painful to watch, but nothing good comes from watching these shows either so on balance one's time would be better spent elsewhere.  The spring season is still great, it has tons of ranked shows all airing together, and three new entries to my rankings, but twenty watchable series was asking too much from any season.  Ten is a lot closer to the norm.  With these sluggards settled, my list of good anime for the spring season now looks like this:

1.  Fairy Tail
2.  Love Live 2
3.  No Game No Life 
4.  Gokukoku no Brynhildr
5.  Atelier Escha & Logy
6.  Soul Eater Not
7.  Naruto
8.  Dragonball Kai
9.  One Piece
10.  Hunter x Hunter
11.  Happiness Charge Precure
12.  Jojo's Bizarre Adventure 
13.  Mangaka-san to Assistant-san
14.  Break Blade

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