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Summer 2014 Anime Round-up

August 06, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Anime

It has been a month since the summer season started so it’s time to do another round-up. With one exception, I’m only providing commentary on the new series (a whopping 27 this time), which excludes sequels, remakes, spin-offs, etc. If you aren’t familiar with my round-ups, this is where I offer my initial thoughts on new anime based on the first 1-5 episodes, followed by my recommendation and whether I thought it was worth watching.

Akame ga Kill

 

Oops, just a slip of the sword

Oops, just a slip of the sword

Did anyone else think of Kill la Kill when you saw this title? While there are no lack-of-clothing-clad warriors in this series, it does have its fair share of action. Tatsumi’s reaction to the death of his comrades also has my hopes up that he’ll have some good fights in the future.

Recommendation: a good fix for action goers

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Aldnoah Zero

Oh shi-

Oh shi-

OK Mr. Urobutcher, it’s time to live up to your name. I was rather disappointed with the lack of suffering, emotional trauma, and glimpses into the depths of the human psyche in Suisei no Gargantia. Hopefully Urobuchi can redeem himself with Aldnoah. So far it’s turning out to be pretty tame, though I like the main character, Inaho, as well as the action sequences so far. Any show that uses logical thinking to resolve issues rather than pulling a Guilty Crown is A-OK in my book.

Recommendation: Urobuchi fans may be disappointed, but it’s a great show for sci-fi geeks

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Ao Haru Ride

*stare*

*stare*

I admit it, I’m a sucker for romances with uncharacteristic male and female leads that are actually characteristic male and female leads deep down inside. I don’t know if there’s a term for it, but it’s sort of like how a tsundere has two personality types, so too do Futaba and Kou. I really hope Ao Haru Ride actually comes to an ending rather than leave their relationship open for viewers to guess at.

Recommendation: watch if you’re a big softie for love

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Bakamatsu Rock

I wonder what's for dinner

I wonder what’s for dinner

I’ve seen my fair share of ridiculous anime, but I still give the occasional raised eyebrow, and Bakumatsu Rock certainly got one (though not in a good way). This rock-band-set-in-feudal-japan anime makes absolutely no sense. All of a sudden Japan’s samurai give up their swords to become microphone-wielding pretty boys.

Recommendation: great if you’re into guys wearing old Japanese clothing that can sing

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Barakamon

Killer at work here

Killer at work here

Handa seems like a pretty solid character and Barakamon has some funny moments. In fact, I’d go out on a limb and say that it might have a pretty good story. Despite all of these good elements, I had to stop watching after the first episode. Why, you ask? Naru was just simply too annoying. Call me cold or heartless, but I just hate kids like that, and her squealy voice was just too much.

Recommendation: looks like a possible hit if you don’t mind kids

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal

All tuxedo mask is missing is his top hat

All tuxedo mask is missing is his top hat

Normally I don’t cover remakes, sequels, etc. in my round-up posts, but I just had to talk about Sailor Moon given the impact it’s had on my life. I was extremely excited to see Sailor Moon Crystal finally air after years of delays for what was supposedly for improvements in the animation. I was sorely disappointed to see that not only was the animation quality (I’m not talking resolution) worse than the original, but that they made some ridiculous changes like having Mamoru wear a tuxedo as his plain-clothes outfit. Toei touted the adherence of Crystal to the manga designs, but Mamoru’s patented green blazer from the original was closer to the manga than the tuxedo in Crystal.

Recommendation: only rabid Sailor Moon fans should watch this crap

Nopy’s Status: watching (yes, I know)

 

Dramatical Murder

Hey there, how's about we go grab some drinks?

Hey there, how’s about we go grab some drinks?

I’m not sure what exactly was happening in the first episode, but it really didn’t catch my interest. As far as I understood, there were a bunch of guys trying to hit on this other guy.

Recommendation: yay yaoi?

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Francesca

Uhhhh

Uhhhh

What? I don’t even…

Recommendation: you need to be high or drunk to watch this

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Futsuu no Joshikousei ga Locodol Yattemita

The best way to drum up interest is to put some teen girls in bikinis on stage.

The best way to drum up interest is to put some underage girls in bikinis on stage.

Locodol doesn’t seem to be as hyper of an idol anime as most, giving off more of a laid-back aura in line with the “local idol” theme. It’s not all too exciting, but it does give some insight to an occupation I’m sure is unique to Japan.

Recommendation: don’t watch unless you’re really interested in local idols

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Admit it, Chiyo's cute.

Admit it, Chiyo’s cute.

After Minami-ke and Seitokai no Ichizon went downhill after their first seasons, I was a bit worried that there wouldn’t be a pointless, funny anime of their calibre for a long time. Thankfully, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun came in to fill the void. At first I thought this would just be a regular rom-com and I would’ve continued watching anyway since Chiyo’s really cute. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing at almost all of the jokes. What’s more, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun doesn’t rely on its cute female characters to carry the show as the male characters are even funnier.

Recommendation: go watch now!

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Glasslip

Ooo, shiny!

Ooo, shiny!

I have a love-hate relationship with P.A. Works. On the one hand, their animation quality is simply stunning, but on the other, the plots of the anime they release are rather boring and fail to “wow” me. Glasslip allows P.A. Work to show off some more of their animation skills using glass as a motif.

Recommendation: pretty…

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Hanayamata

I wonder how long she practiced that pose for.

I wonder how long she practiced that pose for.

Cute, but I’m just not in the mood for a happy-go-lucky character like Hana this season.

Recommendation: want an injection of happiness? Look no further

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Himegoto

This is a boy.

This is a boy.

What is with people’s fascination with boys that look like girls or vice-versa?

Recommendation: for confused viewers only

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Jinsei

Face-off

Face-off

While Jinsei seems like a comedy that I would enjoy, the jokes didn’t really make me laugh or even smile for that matter. The girls are cute enough, they just lack that special something to be a good comedy.

Recommendation: poor man’s comedy

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Love Stage

There are no females in this screenshot.

There are no females in this screenshot.

As if a cute cross-dressing male character wasn’t confusing enough, he ends up kissing another male character in the first episode. Is this supposed to stir up some feelings inside me?

Recommendation: BL fans unite

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Magimoji Rurumo

If I looked this young after 60 years I'd be pretty happy.

If I looked this young after 60 years I’d be pretty happy.

I was on the fence for the longest time for this series. The premise reminds me of the good ol’ mid-90’s to early 2000’s when teen boys would often have a girl magically appear and start living with them. It was probably this nostalgia that kept me going on this series, but after thinking about it, there really isn’t anything special about it. There are just the usual shenanigans when you combine a pervy teen and innocent loli.

Recommendation: loli fans will like this

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Momo Kyun Sword

Anyone want some peaches?

Anyone want some peaches?

Boobs?

Recommendation: boobs!

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Nobunaga Concerto

Nobunaga the cross-dresser

Nobunaga the cross-dresser

I don’t know how many anime versions of Oda Nobunaga there are, but I find the majority of them to be uninteresting. The same applies to the teenager in Nobunaga Concerto who gets transported back in time to take Nobunaga’s place. The CGI in this anime was also a big turn-off.

Recommendation: don’t watch

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

PuriPara

The lights are blinding

The lights are blinding

This was like a huge dose of girly childish dreams plus an old man disguised as a cute critter.

Recommendation: watch if you’re a little girl

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Rail Wars

It was an accident, I swear!

It was an accident, I swear!

When you’re going to write an anime about train station security, in one of the safest countries in the world, then there has to be something else to grab the audience’s attention. That “something” in Rail Wars just happens to be ecchi material. Unless you’re really infatuated with trains or a particular female character, then I don’t see how anyone can keep watching this.

Recommendation: watch if you like some caboose

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Rokujyouma no Shinryakusha

It's clear who the alpha female is here.

It’s clear who the alpha female is here.

I was intrigued for a bit by this series since there aren’t many harems that include a ghost, magical girl, underground dweller, alien, and regular girl. Though the girls are cute, their personalities are a bit bland and the scenes aren’t all that interesting.

Recommendation: substandard harem anime for hardcore fans

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Sabagebu

*bang*

*bang*

Wasn’t there another anime about girls with fake guns?

Recommendation: re-watch if you liked the first one

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

Hnnnng!

Hnnnng!

There wasn’t much to expect from yet another harem anime besides the fact that the girls in Blade Dance are a bit cuter than average. Blade Dance has the typical “oops” scenes and below-average battles, making it unmemorable. The only reason I see for watching it is because Claire is cute and voiced by Ibuki Kido, who also voiced Akiko Himenokouji in Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne, a character I just love.

Recommendation: Guhehehe~

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen

Step 1: get a new robot, Step 2: strike a cool pose

Step 1: get a new robot, Step 2: strike a cool pose

Argevollen should be the definition of “average mecha anime”. A brand new mech is discovered by a young male protagonist and he proceeds to rescue a cute girl with it. Oh, did I mention that there’s also a war going on? Unfortunately, while Argevollen has all the elements of a typical mecha anime, it doesn’t have that one thing that makes it stand out (e.g. a unique plot, super-hot girls, etc.)

Recommendation: standard fare for mecha fans

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Shounen Hollywood

Yay!

Yay!

If you’re a guy and you’ve ever wondered why a lot of girls think harem anime is terrible, try watching Shounen Hollywood.

Recommendation: nice show for fangirls

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Tokyo ESP

My super power: changing my hair colour.

My super power: changing my hair colour.

The premise for Tokyo ESP sounds interesting enough: a white-haired mutant fights off other mutants that want to cause harm. I was expecting some awesome action scenes and while there are some, it just doesn’t reach a certain level of excitement.

Recommendation: poor man’s action anime

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Tokyo Ghoul

Slurp!

Slurp!

At first, Tokyo Ghoul intrigued me. How often do you see a woman seducing a young boy only to lure him into a dark alley for the purpose of shredding him apart and eating his corpse? The premise of protagonist Kaneki’s situation also reminded me of the horror of Saya no Uta, what with the change in taste and desire for human flesh. Where Tokyo Ghoul falls short is in Kaneki’s personality, which gets annoying very fast, especially for someone who has watched tons of anime with characters that do nothing but whine.

Recommendation: not for the experienced anime horror fan

Nopy’s Status: not watching

 

Zankyou no Terror

Thermite in action.

Thermite in action.

I can’t say that the plot line is very captivating, but as I mentioned before, I do enjoy the use of science and logic in anime. This is especially true when the animation is done so that I could tell that Sphinx was using thermite before they even mentioned it.

Recommendation: great for science geeks and conspiracy theorists

Nopy’s Status: watching

 

Whew, that was a lot of anime to watch. Amazingly, there was not one sports anime this season, which is good because if you know me you know I don’t like them. Out of the new series, my top picks are Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, followed by Aldnoah Zero. Akame ga Zero was vying for the number 2 spot, but it went downhill after the first couple of episodes.

Some of the sequels that I picked up this season are: Fate Kaleid Linder, Space Dandy 2, and Sword Art Online II. The only continuing series I’m following is Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei. Out of all of these, SAO2 is the only one that I really look forward to while the others are more of an obligation to finish the series.

Overall I thought this season had a nice selection of anime. I ended up picking up 8 new series, which combined with the 5 sequels/continuations makes 12.5 episodes a week (the half is because Sailor Moon Crystal airs biweekly). It’s a little lower than my usual 13-15, but considering only 1 of them is a carry-over from last season, I think it shows how good the Summer of 2014 is.

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10 Comments to “Summer 2014 Anime Round-up”


  1. This has to be the gayest season of the decade XD At least half of the shows are BL or have shoujo-ai elements within them. No wonder anime is doomed!

    Season top for me:

    1. Barakamon
    2. Aldnoah
    3. Nozaki-kun

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    • Yup, there’s definitely a strong gay vibe this season. I actually don’t mind though because it made picking which anime to follow easier.

      If I could just get past Naru’s voice then Barakamon might be at the top of my list too.

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  2. Wait till you have a kid then you’ll realise that naru is really cute…
    Also sabagebu is nothing like Stella c5 and loads better if you ask me.
    I’m actually just watching pokemon xy. Oh and rail wars.

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    • I don’t know about that. When I was a kid, people thought it was scary how silent and composed I was. I’m assuming (hoping) my kids will be like me.

      From just the first episodes I couldn’t really see much difference between Sabagebu and Stella.

      How is XY anyways? I haven’t watched Pokémon in forever.

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      • “From just the first episodes I couldn’t really see much difference between Sabagebu and Stella.”

        Sabagebu is exactly what it is intended to be: a comedy, and it pretty much gets that down to a tee.

        C3-Bu tries to be comedy/serious with horrible voice actors and a sleep inducing plotline to add to that. And from what I heard about it later, it seems C3-Bu also tries to get pretty serious. And that was mixed, to say the least.

        I say you should try and give Sabagebu another chance. Oh, and ignore your hatred of annoying kids and get back to watching Barakamon =p
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  3. It’s probably the best series so far. Though it could be that it’s the only series I’ve watched in Japanese. Corni x Serena ftw. Sabagebu is different because the protagonist is stark raving homicidal maniac and there is a Dom/sub Yuri sidecouple. Stella is well tame by comparison.

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  4. Yes, there’s definitely more anime aimed squarely at female fans this season; though I don’t think that’s a bad thing, as much as some otaku may be upset by it. I think it’s only fair given that male fans have so many anime catered to them already, what with the harem genre being a thing. I don’t really care for super male/female-catered fanservicey series anyway so it’s not a big deal for me.

    Anyway, I decided on watching Barakamon and Hanayamata this season. Yes, Naru can be very annoying, based on your tastes. I found her adorable, but that’s only because she reminded me so much of Yotsuba from the Yotsubato! series. Anyway Naru only really plays a significant role in the first two episodes. After that some other characters start playing bigger parts so it balances everything out a bit.

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    • I noticed from some discussion boards that other characters get thrown in to the mix so I’m planning on marathoning Barakamon once it’s done. Hopefully I’ll live through the Naru scenes.

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