Fall 2014 Anime Ranked

So I opened a new channel, dedicated to anime. I thought I would separate my gaming and anime content, of which I have close to none.

For my first video, I chose to rank the fall 2014 anime, including leftovers. Anyways, here’s the video.

And here is the list in text form, from bottom to top:

  1. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
  2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
  3. Sword Art Online II
  4. Grisaia no Kajitsu
  5. Selector Spread WIXOSS
  6. Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
  7. Amagi Brilliant Park
  8. Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season
  9. Magic Kaito 1412
  10. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
  11. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
  12. Psycho-Pass 2
  13. Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu
  14. Gundam Build Fighters Try
  15. Yama no Susume 2
  16. Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
  17. Shirobako
  18. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  19. Denki-Gai no Honya-san
  20. Nanatsu no Taizai
  21. Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
  22. Madan no ou to Vanadis
  23. Log Horizon 2nd Season
  24. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
  25. Akame ga Kill!
  26. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
  27. Girlfriend (Kari)
  28. Trinity Seven
  29. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
  30. Akatsuki no Yona
  31. Gugure! Kokkuri-san
  32. Terra Formars
  33. Orenchi no Furo Jijou
  34. Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girl
  35. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
  36. Kaitou Joker
  37. World Trigger
  38. Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
  39. Ai Tenchi Muyo!
  40. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
  41. Sora no Method
  42. Oshiri Kajiri Mushi 3
  43. Gundam: G no Reconguista
  44. Tribe Cool Crew
  45. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
  46. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen
  47. Donten ni Warau

Should You Watch It? Fall 2014 Season

Since I’m yet again watching all the shows this Fall 2014 season, I thought I’d start doing a “Should You Watch It?” for each season I partake in. Totally did not steal this idea from r/anime.

The only show I’m not watching this season (excluding shows that are not available subbed or even raw) is Cardfight!! Vanguard G, because I have not watched the previous four seasons to the season.

Here’s the rankings that I will be using:

  • Drop it – Not worth watching.
  • Consider it – Consider watching it if you’re a fan of the genre or maybe when it is done airing.
  • Watch it – A show that I deem “good” and should be enjoyed by most anime viewers out there.
  • Must watch it – A show that is a “must watch” of the season.

Ai Tenchi Muyo!Consider it – This show airs everyday and is supposed to be a homage to the Tenchi series, which I’ve yet to watch. Coming from someone that has not seen the Tenchi series, this show isn’t that enjoyable, but it isn’t entirely bad. Not a fan of the recap episodes either.

Akatsuki no YonaConsider it – I’m not really a fan of shows set during whatever time period this may be, but it has enough drama to warrant a consideration.

Amagi Brilliant Park: Must watch it – Basically Roller coaster Tycoon the anime, which we’ve all wanted sometime in our life. Right?

Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie: Drop it – Coming from a fan of harems, this is one bad harem.

Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo: Watch it – A pretty cool mechs/dragons mashup with a bit of fanservice thrown into it. Also, the MC is awesome.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Watch it – A decent mystery story with a fantastic female lead, one of the best leads this season.

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai KenWatch it – A hilarious short-form anime. Each episode is a 3 minute comedy skit.

Denki-gai no Honya-san: Watch it – The best comedy this season in one of the weirdest locations, a bookstore. Despite this, it still manages to keep me laughing.

Donten ni Warau: Drop it – A boring story with boring characters. Oh, and the setting is not the best either.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV)Watch it – It’s a Fate/stay night series. What more of a reason is required? In all seriousness, the animation budget on this guy is massive.

Garo: Honoo no KokuinDrop it – Although the show has some amazing CG, that alone can’t make up for the generic storyline.

Girlfriend (Kari)Watch it – Girls being girls. What I originally thought would be a gigantic harem actually turned out to be a girls making friends with other girls, which is just fine by me.

Grisaia no KajitsuMust watch it – Although many will flame this show for being a not-so-great adaptation of the VN. I for one, not having played the VN, thoroughly enjoy the show and its characters.

Gugure! Kokkuri-sanConsider it – A random and weird comedy show. All sorts of animal-human hybrids. It seems to be the Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun of this season.

Gundam Build Fighters Try: Consider it – Although this is set after the events of the original Gundam Build Fighters series, the characters and their stories are completely new and there isn’t much correlation between Try and the original series. I’d still recommend watching the first season beforehand, however.

Gundam: G no ReconguistaDrop it – Although I’ve never seen a legitimate Gundam series before, I know that this isn’t what it should be.

Hi☆sCoool! SeHa GirlsConsider it – Fan of the old SEGA? This anime seems to be a homage to that time with far too many references to count. It’s pretty entertaining for what it is.

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle: Watch it – More Chaika? Yes, more Chaika.

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka deConsider it – So Trigger made this anime about a ton of high school students who have super powers. It is okay.

Kaitou JokerDrop it – Go watch Magic Kaito instead of this.

Karen SenkiDrop it – The CG in this show is fantastic, but the show itself is terrible. So sad.

Kiseijuu: Sei no KakuritsuMust watch it – A very entertaining story with a certain likable character. Might end up being the best this season.

Log Horizon 2nd SeasonWatch it – It picks up where Log Horizon left off, and while it may not be as good as the original series, it still is pretty cool.

Madan no Ou to VanadisConsider it – A decent ecchi-romance story with a not-so-great art style. The setting isn’t all that great either.

Magic Kaito 1412Watch it – Very cool detective show about everyone’s favorite Detective Conan villain. Doesn’t require any prior knowledge of the Detective Conan series either.

Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd SeasonMust watch it – I don’t know what you’re doing with your life if you haven’t already started watching this.

Nanatsu no Taizai: Watch it – Fan of shounen? This is probably for you. It’s also getting the full 24-episode treatment, so it should turn out quite nice.

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro OujiConsider it – Not really entertaining, but may be for some. Also known as “Abusive Relationships: The Anime”

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu: Must watch it – A fantastic series about a guy trying to save the world’s twintails from some weird bad guys. Also, gender bender.

Orenchi no Furo JijouConsider it – Not as great as the other short-form anime this season, but not enough to warrant a complete drop. It’s about a merman, if that interests you in the slightest.

Oshiri Kajiri Mushi 3Consider it – A ridiculous comedy about bugs biting butts. Only worth your consideration if you liked the first two seasons.

Psycho-Pass 2Must watch it – Even though it may not be as good as the first, it is the mystery show to watch this season.

Sanzoku no Musume RonjaDrop it – Don’t let the fact that Studio Ghibli being listed as a producer fool you. The show doesn’t have the charm of the studio and the show itself was animated by Polygon Pictures, the guys who did Knights of Sidonia. The CG is great, but the show is so not worth it.

Selector Spread WIXOSSMust watch it – The sequel to one of Spring’s best anime is finally here and it is epic. Please watch the original first, however.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoWatch it – A fantastic romance with a musical cover to it.

Shingeki no Bahamut: GenesisWatch it – A very well-done action series, even if it is based on a terrible card game.

ShirobakoWatch it – Actually quite educational. Shows the process of creating anime and how it ends up as we see it. Oh, and a bit of drama here and there.

Sora no MethodConsider it – Cute girls and a not-so-cute story. It seems very similar to Anohana, but nowhere near as good.

Terra Formars: Drop it – This show has too much censoring to be worth your time. Even uncensored, the story isn’t that great and it is rather slow paced for a series adapting a manga that’s 10 or so volumes up.

Tribe Cool CrewConsider it – If you’re into kids dancing and enjoying themselves, then give it a shot. If not, show it to your kids.

Trinity SevenDrop it – Despite all the good things I hear about the manga, this is nothing more than a harem wrapped up in a terrible story.

Ushinawareta Mirai wo MotometeWatch it – A fairly interesting drama that’s worth your time.

World TriggerConsider it - I don’t understand where all the hate towards this series comes from, as the series isn’t necessarily bad. Although it isn’t that great either, it would be kind of fun to marathon later on.

Yowamushi Pedal: Grande RoadMust watch it – The sequel to one of the best sports anime ever created. Continues the high-intensity cycling of the first season.

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de AruDrop it – I don’t even know what’s going on here, but I know it is not good.

And there you have it. Complaints? I don’t wanna hear them. Also want to note that I don’t drop shows. Each and every one of these I will finish, even if it is the worst thing ever because I’m a masochist.

Sakura Spirit (Game Review)

Sakura Spirit is as close to an eroge you’ll ever get on Steam. The day when H-games are allowed on Steam is not yet upon us, and while this game may not have H-scenes (sorry guys!), it is still a short, enjoyable experience nevertheless.

Emphasis on short. The game doesn’t take that long to beat, and it is very limited in terms of interactivity. But hey, this is a visual novel, after all. Oh and about that interactivity? Yeah, there’s only one choice. Even with just one choice, I still managed to enjoy the game (Sakurano Maeko best girl).

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In regards to the game’s story, I can’t really say much. There’s a very basic story put in place, but most of the game leans heavily towards the fanservice side. Now, that’s not necessarily too bad, but if you’re expecting some sort of KEY-quality story, then this would not be the VN for you.

The art is fantastic, although the excessive glare on the girls’ bodies kept me wondering if they were made of plastic or not. As for music, it’s alright, nothing too spectacular.

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Overall, I’d have to say that Sakura Spirit’s sole selling point is the amount of fanservice included.For a game on Steam, that’s fantastic. There aren’t many like it, if any at all. I hope this leads to more eroge-ish titles in the future. I’m still awaiting the day when I can play the uncensored version of Kanon, or maybe even Shuffle! on Steam. Anyways, be on the lookout for future Sekai Project releases.

3- Moderately k

Eminence: Xander’s Tales (Kickstarter Showcase)

“Imagine a Trading Card Game where you collect cards from beating and outsmarting your opponents in a competitive high risk game.”

Eminence: Xander’s Tales, a game that’s been on my radar for a couple months now, now has a Kickstarter up. It’s worth a look, the game’s concept is quite nice. Oh, and a trailer has been released as well.

The trailer reminds me of a game I recently played, Card City Nights, although I’ve been told the game’s mechanics were actually inspired by Triple Triad in Final Fantasy 8, of which I haven’t played (yet…). Now, the initial funding for the game is directed towards an iPhone version of the game (yay…), with stretch goals reaching out to Android and eventually iOS and Android tablets (my weapon of choice). It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. Looking forward to it.

Oh, and give the soundtrack a listen, it’s very nice.

Astebreed (First Impressions)

Astebreed is a great shmup game and is my first experience with the whole “2.5D” perspective on a game of this genre.

For being an indie title, the game brings a lot to the table in terms of quality. The music and graphics surely do not disappoint, for one (as for the voice acting, I wouldn’t know because I don’t know the difference between good and bad Japanese voice acting). The perspective changing mechanic is fantastic, and probably the biggest pro from me. Oh, and you’re piloting a mech. What more could you want?

Mechs aside, it is a shmup (shoot ‘em up) game, so if you’re a fan of the genre, you should know what to expect from a game of the genre. Shmup games don’t really differ much gameplay-wise, but they each have their merits. Astebreed, overall, is a great shmup that pretty much nails everything. Not much to complain about here folks.

Croixleur Sigma (First Impressions)

To sum it up, Croixleur Sigma is basically a moe hack and slash game featuring endless hack and slash action.

From what I’ve played, the game seems incredibly repetitive, only to be played in short bursts, to maintain the fun factor. Everything else, gameplay-wise that is, is rather solid. You’re tasked with beating up all the baddies on screen, in an arena-like setting. I found the “endless” mode to be the most enjoyable, as it pits you against an endless onslaught of enemies. However, in endless mode, I usually ended up running in circles with a huge pack of enemies following close behind, never really getting too far. Oh, and the game’s camera? Probably one of the most adjustable/maneuverable cameras I’ve seen in a game, ever.

Replayability? Sure, the game’s got that, although for a game like this to be played for longer than 20-30 minutes in a single sitting… I’d rather not. Oh, and if you’re not used to hearing Japanese voices over and over, then you better get used to it, this is a Japanese game after all.

Tango Fiesta (First Impressions)

Tango Fiesta is a decent top-down shooter, best played with friends. It’s still in early access and it shows.

At the time of this writing the game is currently on it’s ninth patch. There’s still some issues that need to be smoothed out. For one, it took me quite a bit of time to get the multiplayer working, a solid ten minutes tinkering around before a friend and I could actually play.

The other issue that I noticed was how enemy’s drops can land in walls, some becoming unobtainable, which is rather annoying, but there’s so many drops on screen that it doesn’t even matter at times. Also, the “number of enemies left” count at the top of the screen is inaccurate when in multiplayer. The host’s is accurate, whereas the other connected players are not seeing the right number (I was seeing 4 and he was seeing 38).

Aside from its technical flaws, the game is fairly enjoyable, which should only get better over time (again, early access). It’s certainly not a game that sticks with you, but it’s fun for a day or two.

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