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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Top 200 Anime:

I got tired of the clunky 'top 194 anime rankings' and decided to move it up to the well rounded number of 200 already.  To do this I needed six more worthy entries to enter the rankings, so after much thought and fuss, I came up with these new champions:

161. Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (2018+) (3) (light novel) (Shogi)
162. Imouto Sae Ireba ii (2017) (12) (light novel) (Vulgar Humor)
168. Rokka no Yuusha (2015) (12) (light novel) (Mystery + Action) $
184. High School Fleet (2016-2017) (14) (original) (Ships) $ * #
189. Granblue Fantasy the Animation (2017+) (13) (video game) (Really just Final Fantasy) $ #
195. Futari Ecchi (2002-2014) (3) (manga) (Sex)

To check out the full new rankings, head on over to my permapost:

Ryuou no Oshigoto is a promising new series that's airing right now.  By the time it reaches the end of its season it will have earned its place at #161.  It has the right mix of humor, drama, and lolis that cannot be denied.

Imouto Sae Ireba ii is a hilarious series, one of the funniest ever.  It's dragged down by its insistence on being vulgar, but I guess that's also what makes it unique.  This was a series whose greatness just could not be denied, despite all my subjective frustrations with it.

Rokka no Yuusha is a series that grows on you over time.  You keep thinking back to it, and everything in the world vaguely reminds you of a scene that occurred somewhere in Rokka no Yuusha.  Eventually it's all you can ever think about -- Rokka no Yuusha, Rokka no Yuusha.  If you're hypnotized to that extent maybe it's time to just admit this is a great anime.

High School Fleet is the maritime version of Girls und Panzer.  It's a lot worse but then again, Girls und Panzer is pretty damn good.  With this I have the full moe military trifecta -- World of Witches in the air, Girls und Panzer on the ground, and High School Fleet on the sea.

Granblue Fantasy the Animation has stupendous production values -- art, animation, voice acting and music.  The plot is pretty stale and thin which weakens its value.  On the other hand, unlike all these other shows, it's actually getting a second season, so that tips the balance over into the ranks of greatness.

Futari Ecchi is a great manga.  It should've been a great anime long ago.  My only objection was its petty 3 episode length.  But beggars can't be choosers, and RG Veda is even shorter (just 2 episodes.)  I suppose it was time to finally honor this show, even though it's obvious we'll never have more content than this.

These six newcomers come from many different genres -- slice of life, comedy, mystery, romance and SciFi/Fantasy.  They hit all possible buttons one way or another, so I encourage everyone to check them out.  Now I just need to rewatch them all myself.

As you can see, none of these series are bottom feeders, which means they won't be the ones replaced once new great series appear.  Those slots are reserved for series compromised by filler and massive abbreviations, to the point that they just don't do their source material justice.  Since the anime series are so messed up, they really represent zero value added and need to be replaced as soon as possible with something genuinely presentable.

One of the reasons I hastened the expansion of my top anime rankings to 200 is so that i could in turn hasten the axing of these five fillericious messes:  Negima, Zero no Tsukaima, Rewrite, Gokukoku no Brynhildr and 12 Kingdoms.  All of these works are stupendous, but all of their anime versions are abominations.

Now 2018 and beyond can be diligently finding replacements for these five misfits, instead of just struggling to reach 200 to begin with.  I can finally have a full list of series I can be proud of.

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