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Power Rank – November 2012 November 24, 2012

Posted by aggrogahu| in Power Rank.
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  • What better way to commemorate the return of Power Rank than a two-week-late release.
  • As you might tell from the numbers, we didn’t agree, in varying degrees, on some of these ranks, but let’s just attribute that to the first month of this season being largely on equal footing, with a few shows at the top, few at the very bottom, and a very large middle tier.
  • どうぞ!

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aggrogahu| Although I haven’t bought in completely to the central romance, the show as a whole, much like said relationship, is unorthodox and unpredictable, allowing for consistent fast-paced and unrelenting humor.
bjw As far as romantic comedies are concerned, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun brings nothing new to the table. It does, however, do everything well. The cast, with all its eccentricities, sports an irresistible charm that makes this series surprisingly hard to resist.
navycherub Content-wise, this show is so successful because it knows perfectly both its genre and its audience. It is aware of the tropes that everyone watching expects from it, so it swiftly moves through them to the point where you may find yourself watching the first episode and thinking that you have completed about an entire season of most shoujo romance series. Add that to its unique sense of style and incredibly likable cast, and you have the recipe for a winner.
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aggrogahu| The dark and mysterious exposition led to a revelation even bigger than its multi-episode buildup, so this show is rolling now; however that momentum took a weird turn at the end of the month with some missteps in action with odd characters/creatures I had a hard time caring about.
bjw It’s a bit rough around the edges, but Shinsekai Yori has without a doubt created a world with a story that’s very much worth telling. A hefty number of questions have already been answered but it’s not just the bleak history that’s engaging here: it’s also how the awfully precocious characters go about their daily lives and later confront their new-found knowledge.
navycherub So far, Shinsekai Yori has done nothing wrong as far as creating a mysterious new world for the viewer to explore goes. We have been introduced to quite a few new concepts in a natural way; the dreaded infodump has been avoided in lieu of simply showing what the series wants us to know. This, along with the tantalizing final episode of the month, keeps me interested and wanting more.
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aggrogahu| Expectedly the characters exhibit borderline annoying immaturity, but the whole cast ultimately balances this out to great effect by creating contrasts of imagination versus reality.
bjw Sure, the characters are nothing to write home about, but the premise brings in enough of a unique spark to make the same anime we’ve seen a hundred times before just as enjoyable as the first. It’s just pure, unadulterated fun. Oh, and the animation is gorgeous too, let’s not forget that.
navycherub All right, to be honest, outside of the animation value, there’s not too much about this show that isn’t average. Your average club anime with your average high school characters and such. But, this all works out in Chuunibyou’s advantage, because its humor and charm comes from showing those time-worn aspects of anime for what they are. And, so far, I can’t say it has failed.
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aggrogahu| This show exercised its storytelling by being plot-driven, to good success. Most of the side characters end up being disposable, but they do well in developing back story for the main characters and drawing reactions from them when the plot eventually disposes of them.
bjw This was an important month for Jormungand in that it directly followed the cliffhanger from the first season’s finale. Well, it blew it. R and Hex were uninteresting characters largely because they were unexplored, and their story arc didn’t do much to change that. Of course, it doesn’t help that half an episode was also dedicated to recapping Jonah’s past.
navycherub Jormungand: Perfect Order has been exactly that so far: “perfect.” How does one follow up a gritty, fairly realistic anime about arms dealers? By upping the ante. By showing that the characters we learned about last time have even more on their plate than we could have ever expected. By, quite simply, doing everything that the previous season did, but better. And this month, Jormungand succeeded.
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aggrogahu| Despite me having no familiarity with the series, Jojo wins by nostalgia factor. It delivers classic hilariously gaudy action with an updated animation style that plays to its comic/manga roots.
bjw As the title implies, it’s bizarre. And that’s what makes it great. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure tells a very simple story, but how it goes about developing it is completely unrestricted and always over-the-top. The best part is that Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure takes itself very seriously, and that’s just hilarious.
navycherub One thing I can never deny is that JoJo is fun. It has just the right amount of ridiculous manliness and self-aware cheesiness that makes the viewer not feel bad for watching something so clearly made with the intention of being a romp, and that’s that. However, this month of episodes was almost entirely setup, so there hasn’t yet been a real reason to stick around aside from the bizarreness factor. Hopefully that changes in the future.
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aggrogahu| This month ended quite strong as the show revealed character and plot motivations while heading into the action, topping off with surprising cleverness and good laughs.
bjw In the first three episodes, Robotics;Notes introduces its main cast, some peculiarities and even throws in a tournament for good measure. As much as I want to say that it was good, robot fighting fun, I couldn’t help but feel completely underwhelmed. Perhaps Kaito’s apathy toward the world around him rubbed off on me when I was watching this show. Or maybe Robotics;Notes is just bad because Kaito himself doesn’t care enough to make it good.
navycherub Honestly, there isn’t much to say about Robotics;Notes yet. It hasn’t been very adventurous, hasn’t really left its comfort zone as a show about a high-aiming club (and an ambitious girl) that needs to find its grounding. But, at the same time, it has been charming in that sense. Akiho in particular is definitely the highlight of the show so far – it isn’t often a nerdy girl is portrayed in such a way that the word “pander” never really comes to mind.
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aggrogahu| Bakuman follows its own formula for entertainment. The pacing is perfect to keep you engaged, and each new development is unexpected and unique due to its premise, and no matter how big of an obstacle or twist comes next, everything stays grounded and within the realm of believable.
bjw Bakuman isn’t exactly less entertaining now than it was before, but it does feel like it lost a bit of its flair this month. Ashirogi Muto’s manga, PCP, is interesting; Azuki and Akina are not.
navycherub There seems to be a pattern when it comes to seasons of Bakuman. That is, the first few episodes are always a bit lackluster. They serve their purpose in the sense that they establish what sort of hardships the protagonists will be facing for the rest of the show, but the main problem with this is that the main characters have never been the most appealing part of Bakuman. The real strength of this show comes from its charismatic and memorable supporting cast, who received very little screen time this go around. That said, no matter what happens, Bakuman is always interesting in an informative way, so I can’t hate it.
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aggrogahu| Though I love the dark premise, the show spends too much time explaining it in a less than elegant way. The main character seems too weak to be likable at this point, and the rest of the cast hasn’t gone beyond their plain archetypes yet.
bjw Psycho-Pass’s setting and cool factor makes for a compelling watch despite a number of weak scenes thrown into the mix. It’s dark and edgy but not annoyingly so, and even though it runs on a target-of-the-week formula, there’s enough variation such that Psycho-Pass never feels repetitive or boring.
navycherub Welcome “Shows That Have Long-Term Potential,” population: 1. This show has a great premise and an appealing cast, and despite the fact that it isn’t exactly an original concept, it is the execution that matters in this case, which is exactly what Psycho-Pass has gotten right so far. There has been a fairly objective, non-preachy portrayal of the setting thus far, with only the main character objecting much, and only truly at the beginning, before she had really seen what doing her job meant. Hopefully it keeps this atmosphere up and more in the future.
 Space Brothers
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aggrogahu| I admire the metaphors and introspection, but it makes for slow pacing when that’s all you get while waiting several episodes for the next significant plot event.
bjw Although it’s as slow as ever, Space Brothers still proves to be highly addictive.  Finally getting to see the culmination of over half a year’s worth of episodes in the form of Hibito’s rocket launch, too, was exciting and surprisingly emotional.
navycherub The end of an arc in Space Brothers is historically the best part of any given set of episodes, and this month was not an exception. Finally seeing the characters get closer to their dreams or even achieving them, learning a bit about both the past of space exploration and a bit more about the show’s portrayal of the future, exploring the fairly realistic characters the show has to offer; these are all things Space Brothers does best.
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aggrogahu| What seemed like an immature monster-of-the-week show has surprisingly added multiple layers of complexity between the characters. Though episodic in nature, the focus always comes back to Nanami and Tomoe, continualy developing their relationship. *cough* This show is also super cute *cough*
bjw I’ll be honest: I’ve constantly been on the lookout for reasons to hate this show, but I just can’t. Putting aside the rather stale episodic nature of this series, Kamisama Kiss is a solid anime with a lot to like. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about Nanami and Tomoe’s chemistry that makes for a very endearing watch.
navycherub It may seem small, but there are two words that come to mind before any other when I think of this show: “creative” and “inoffensive.” “Creative” because Kamisama Kiss understands its setting and uses it to both create interesting scenarios and use them well. “Inoffensive” because the show also does not try very hard to do anything that does not scream “this is a fairly by the book shoujo show.” So, in the end, it comes down to whether or not one or both of those things appeals to the viewer.
RANK SHOW PREVIOUS HIGH
Hidamari Sketch 11 11 13 9
Sakurasou 12 16 3 16
Girls Und Panzer 13 15 7 14
Little Busters! 14 17 9 12
Sword Art Online 15 9 16 15
Hayate no Gotoku 16 14 15 13
SukiNayo 17 10 17 17
K 18 18 18 18

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