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Monday, November 2, 2015

Anime Wishlist:

There are 24 animes in my great anime rankings that have a solid start, who are sorely lacking a proper ending, and whose source material has already ended, giving the shows a perfect opportunity for a solid ending, whenever they see fit to continue their already halfway finished series.  The fact that studios haven't acted upon these golden opportunities is an inexcusable tragedy.  The series that qualify for this infamy are listed in the order of their severity (if a series has a * next to it, there's a translated version of the source fully available even if there isn't an animated version, which lessens the impact of the decision.  If there is no *, that means not only is there no animated version of the story, there's no other version of the story available either, which is the worst of the worst.):

1.  PapaKiki
2.  The World God Only Knows *
3.  Haganai
4.  Fate/Heaven's Feel/Hollow Ataraxia *
5.  Da Capo III
6.  H2 *
7.  Ranma 1/2 *
8.  Baka to Test
9.  Kenichi *
10.  Flame of Recca *
11.  Spice and Wolf *
12.  Miyuki *
13.  Umineko *
14.  Tales of Vesperia
15.  Kokoro Toshokan
16.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
17.  Kodomo no Jikan *
18.  Alien Nine *
19.  Ao Haru Ride *
20.  Hikaru no Go *
21.  Binbou Shimai Monogatari *
22.  Aishiteru ze Baby *
23.  K-On! *
24.  Valkyria Chronicles 3 *

There are other groups of inexcusable tragedies, though.  One group is the shows that wandered off into filler (or super-abridged versions of the content) instead of reaching their proper endings, where you need to not only provide the ending for the show, but also cut out the filler/abridged-content that already infests the show like a malignant disease in order to correct the horribly skewed timeline.

1.  Claymore (starting from the war in the north) *
2.  Akame ga Kill! (starting from after the fight with Kurome's zombie legion) *
3.  Rurouni Kenshin (starting from the end of the Kyoto arc) *
4.  Major (starting from the end of the tv series) 
5.  Sora no Otoshimono (starting from the end of Forte) *
6.  Soul Eater (starting from the death of that coffee loving guy) *
7.  Touch (starting from after the trip to Koshien is assured) *

Conversely, there are animes with a proper ending, but whose beginning is suffused with filler, and needs to be corrected in a backwards direction:

1.  Dragon Ball (original series, before Kai begins) *
2.  To Love-ru (original season) *

There are also animes with proper beginnings and ends, but are missing critical portions of their middle sections, of all things:

1.  Grisaia no Kajitsu (extended edition desperately needed here) *
2.  Little Busters (extended edition for left out scenes)

Some series are so screwed up by filler that, even though they've been animated before, require a complete and total remake which this time follows the source faithfully in order to be salvaged.  As a bonus, this remake should also extend to the duration of the newest released material, as opposed to wherever they ended previously in their fillericious snarls, which sometimes means all the way to the proper ending of the source material:

1.  Negima *
2.  Freezing/Freezing Zero/Freezing Pair Love Stories/Freezing First Chronicle
3.  I"s *
4.  Zero no Tsukaima
5.  12 Kingdoms * 
6.  Zettai Karen Children *
7.  Bastard! *
8.  Amagi Brilliant Park
9.  Prism Heart/Arc/etc
10.  Gokukoku no Brynhildr * 
11.  Full Moon o Sagashite *
12.  Rosario Vampire *
13.  Slow Step *
14.  Tales of Eternia *
15.  RG Veda *
16.  Nausicaa *

Some series haven't even been animated yet despite the amazing quality of the source:

1.  Ero Manga Sensei
2.  Kono Oozora ni, Tsubasa wo Hirogete
3.  Vinland Saga *
4.  Kud Wafter
5.  Angel Beats (Knocking on Heaven's Door prequel)
6.  Clannad - Tomoyo After Story *
7.  UQ Holder *
8.  Junai Sensation
9.  Sakura Zensen
10.  MIX
11.  Planetarian *
12.  Tales of Graces *
13.  Tales of Xillia *
14.  Tears to Tiara 2 *
15.  Strobe Edge *
16.  Akame ga Kill! Zero  
17.  Niji-iro Togarashi *
18.  Q and A *
19.  Nanoha Force *
20.  Shinohayu: Dawn of Age *
21.  Ojamajo Doremi 16+

In addition, there's a lot of series that technically aren't over yet, but do have so much material that whole additional story arcs could be animated, in which case the series would be much better than it currently is.  When a source has tons of material left to cover and the anime studio refuses to move, that's cause for concern, even if technically they could be waiting for the ending.  (Odds are they aren't, they're just refusing to animate the show.)

1.  Bleach *
2.  Index *
3.  Railgun *
4.  Seikai no Senki
5.  Hayate no Gotoku *
6.  Saki *
7.  Haruhi Suzumiya *
8.  Maria-sama ga Miteru
9.  Akatsuki no Yona
10.  Nanoha Vivid
11.  High School of the Dead *
12.  Oreshura
13.  Outbreak Company
14.  Chihayafuru *
15.  Baccano
16.  Guyver
17.  Lucky Star
18.  No Game No Life *
19.  Nichijou
20.  Hyouka *
21.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
22.  Kimi ni Todoke *
23.  Btooom! *
24.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun *
25.  Break Blade *
26.  Yama no Susume
27.  Hanayamata
28.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

These are the 100 Inexcusable Tragedies of Anime.  The anime industry has let us down not once, not twice, but 100 times.  Anime fans are in the most abusive relationship in history. . .

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