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Friday, July 25, 2014

Tokyo ESP, Rokujouma no Shinryakusha?! Dropped:

Tokyo ESP never lived up to its potential.  The most recent fights this episode were incredibly dumb.  First the good guys let the bad guys get away, then the bad guys let the good guys get away, then the good guys started beating up each other of all things.  There's a limit to stupidity.  Tokyo ESP was better off showing nude girls falling through floors.

As for Rokujouma, after the first episode it rapidly became boringly repetitive.  With no new jokes left to offer, it was no longer funny, but it was still trying to be funny all episode long.  There's nothing sadder than a comedian in front of a cold audience, so this series has to be cancelled out of pity if nothing else.  With these two shows out, I leave my viewing schedule with purely good shows I recognize as among the best of the best, plus Akame ga Kill which is somehow persevering on my to watch list despite it being a wholly mediocre watch.  Good work Akame ga Kill, I guess?:

1.  Sword Art Online II
2.  Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei
3.  Sailor Moon Crystal
4.  Fairy Tail
5.  Hanayamata
6.  Aldnoah.Zero
7.  Naruto
8.  One Piece
9.  Dragonball Kai Buu
10.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 
11.  Glasslip
12.  Ao Haru Ride
13.  Locodol 
14.  Yama no Susume: Second Season
15.  Hunter x Hunter
16.  Happiness Charge Precure
17.  Jojo's Bizarre Adventure:  Stardust Crusaders 
18.  Akame ga Kill

Maybe I will end up dropping Akame ga Kill someday, but the other 17 at least I'm in for the long ride.  I've already rated all 17 of the remainder as 'must see masterpieces,' so there's no backing out now.  18 shows is still about twice as many good shows as a regular season has, so I'm still loving this summer season.  In addition, Hanamonogatari will come out this August and raise the total back up to 19 shows.

With the summer season more or less sussed out now that we're three episodes in, it's time to look forward to the fall season's offerings.  This fall will thankfully see the end of Hunter x Hunter, but a lot of the other series will continue:

Fate Kaleid Liner will be replaced by Fate/Stay Night, but at least Fate will continue on in some form.  Meanwhile, Sailor Moon, Fairy Tail, Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Precure, Jojo's, and Yama no Susume will continue.  Even Akame ga Kill will continue, for what it's worth.  That's ten shows automatically continuing into the fall season, so we're already doing pretty well.

There's also a great deal of potential in some shows that will be starting this fall.  Amagi Brilliant Park, Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai, Grisaia no Kajitsu, Terra Formars and Sora no Method are all popular and/or works by distinguished authors.  Add in the random dark horse show and you're up to 16 good works.  Perhaps matching the summer season is too much to ask for, but the future is still looking awfully bright.

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