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Fantasy Anime League: Wideface Edition (Intro) (Fall 2015) October 1, 2015

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Here at Wideface, we have a tradition of participating in MyAnimeList’s Fantasy Anime League (FAL). If you aren’t interested in the details, it essentially boils down to a fantasy sports game like fantasy football, except instead of choosing from athletes, we choose from anime that will be airing in the upcoming season. The goal, of course, is to choose the shows we think will be the most popular, gaining points from the number of watchers, the amount of discussion around each episode, and various other factors. If you are interested in the gritty details, I have some cool links for you:

When we play together, though, we like to throw in some rules of our own, as well as consequences for losing (and awards for winning)! Every Sunday from here on out, I will be posting an update about our teams and their relative placings, as well as other details and even comments from our participants themselves.

In this post, I will be detailing our internal rules, as well as our teams as they are at the start and comments from all of the participants on their teams.

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Now, this game is already complex and fun as it is, but being the competitive jerks we are, we couldn’t let it stop there. No, there have to be stakes – otherwise, where is the thrill, right? So, we have a special rule to award those who do well, and punish those who don’t:

  1. Each player is allowed to force each person who placed below them one anime they have to watch
  2. “Anime” is defined as an entry in MyAnimeList’s database
  3. The anime can be max of two-cour unless the recipient permits otherwise

As you might imagine, this adds up fairly quickly, so doing well is of top priority for everyone except gluttons for punishment (or addicts, whichever term you prefer). And the rewards for winning are great – you get to make everyone watch your favorite show they never would otherwise! There is every incentive to play your best. That isn’t all, though; we can’t make it too easy, after all.

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If you were around last time, you might remember we had implemented a self-restriction in the form of a pseudo-draft, making it so each of us couldn’t necessarily use the exact team we wanted. For Fall season Fantasy Anime Leagues, though, we don’t do that – it’s a free-for-all, best team wins. What that means for you is that all the rules you need to know are in the links above.

With all that said, here are our teams, presented with commentary as the competitor felt needed. The last two anime listed are the starting bench for each team.

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  • Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (Starts Oct 3, Aniplex of America title already getting publicity, LN is up the same alley as Infinite Stratos, hoping that fanbase will take notice and jump on board)
  • Owarimonogatari (Lot of fans of the running series, another aniplex title that’ll get decent publicity,)
  • Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Shot in the dark with this one, literally decided on this an hour before subbmiting my team after looking back at the previous series and reading a brief overview of the VN it is based off of, got a Log Horizon/Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere well built fantasy setting going for it, starts early, if it gets licensed could draw in a lot of attention. Added Bonus that it’s from White Fox who has a good track record for producing anime that’s very popular with the general masses of casual anime fans)
  • Heavy Object (Love the LN, very much the same kinda feel and well crafted setting that Index has, hoping that the Rail/dex fans take notice and jump in on this one.)
  • Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (generic fantasy harem that’s not really a harem and actually has changes up a lot of the tropes relationship wise, I don’t think it’s gonna blow anyone away, but it’s one of the first to air so hoping that it gathers followers early on and can roll with it, gonna really depend on who licenses it though and how fast it’ll be out. FUNimation getting this one and having their usually week or two delaycast may kill any hope of this one doing decent this FAL T_T)
  • Comet Lucifer (Airs early, looks semi interesting, flashy colors and whatnot, combination of which should pull in a lot of casual viewers, hoping the story is decent enough to keep them in.)
  • Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (lot of hype for this, just because of how beautiful it looks, got the Hyouka fancrew already set up and ready for it, animation studio that did Aldnoah.Zero, it really has everything going for it to be popular outside the fact that it doesn’t start till Oct. 8, and that it may suck, which is why it’s on the bench right now.)

I’ll admit, I didn’t notice the connection to Raildex that Heavy Object has when I was picking my shows – I just saw it was vaguely related to mechs, which doesn’t ever bode well for FAL, and moved on. That may turn out to be a mistake!

Aikijou

Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
Garo: Guren no Tsuki
Haikyuu!! Second Season
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Young Black Jack
Hidan no Aria AA
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!

“i couldn’t pick one punch man, so i needed to fill some spaces”

This list is pretty sequel heavy, though two of them are on the bench. In fact, it is almost all sequels, barring the crazy wildcard Concrete Revolutio and the noitaminA The Perfect Insider. I am typically hesitant to pick sequels, so it will be interesting to see how this works out.

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  • Comet Lucifer – With all the big original stories and big shows ending this summer season, people will be flocking to a new action show, and this show seems to be a good mix of the fantasy, light mecha, and young shonen adventures to have me believing in it.  Airing on crunchyroll is a plus and the PV looked great.
  • Asterisk War – It was risky for me to have two harem shows on my list, the other being Cavalry, but this seems to be the better animated, more mature sibling that will grab an action audience that doesn’t mind some T&A every now and again.  Hell maybe both shows will be heavy hitters because they balance each other out.
  • Haikyuu – Tumblr, don’t let me down.  You pulled in some great numbers for season 1 and considering that was just last year, I hope you all return for season 2.  Whereas it has been 3 years since K’s first season the decay rate of watchers could be much higher than Haikyuu, so for now all I can do is believe.
  • Owari – it’s the final novel and it’s Bakemonogatari.  I have nothing more to add
  • Cavalry – take everything I said about Asterisk War and basically reverse it.  Betting on an audience that wants a lot of T&A and doesn’t mind a little bit of action every now and again.
  • Sakurako-san – back when I made my list this show seems to have a lot of people interested and excited for an adaptation.  The animation looks crisp and the story looks interesting and fun.  It’s on my bench for now due to a late airing, so we’ll see if it makes it out and into the active any time soon
  • Shingeki – it’s attack on titan’s take on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and it’s gonna pull in some form of audience one way or another.  It’s my dark horse and it disgusts me to be on my list at all, but AoT destroyed the competition last time it was in FAL.  We’ll see where it goes this time.

The team of last season’s Wideface champion looks solid as usual. Only thing I have to point out is something he also pointed out – the Attack on Titan spinoff is a risky choice, especially as more time goes on and the people grow more irritated at having to wait for season 2. It remains to be seen if there is a sizable audience for the huge tonal shift this show will bring.

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Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
Owarimonogatari
Rakudai Kishi no Calvary
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst
Heavy Object
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai

“I picked whatever seemed to have decent numbers and had enough generic appeal to get numbers, except for Taimadou which I have a good feeling about. Toshino Kyoko can’t melt steel beams therefore no Yuru Yuri

I, too, have a good feeling about Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai. Something about it looks colorful and appealing in a way that I can see attracting a lot of viewers.

Hamdog92

  • Haikyuu!! Second Season – What? Of course I was going to pick Haikyuu!! You’re a real cucK if you pick K: Return of Kings. There’s only true king of the court.
  • Comet Lucifer – My semi-obligatory dark horse pick. I was really impressed by its PV which, while ambiguous, looks to be well animated and promises a fun adventure for you, friends, and our destiny.
  • Dance with Devils – My regular Shoujo pick. It has a stellar OST from the PVs and I hope it gives Diabolik Lovers More,Blood a run for its money. Hopefully it doesn’t become a poor woman’s Diabolik Lovers….or worse a poor man’s Trinity Blood
  • Gakusen Toshi Asterisk – My primary Action/Shounen pick. Truthfully I’m perhaps banking far too much on A-1 Pictures general quality output for this pick. But I do like the colorful yet clean look of the art direction and I think the action will put it above other similar school based Shounen shows this season.
  • Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru – My personal/artsy pick. It looks great right off the bat and immediately grabbed my attention. However, its older girl/younger guy paring and mystery premise is very appealing and the skeleton fetish this shows has looks interesting to me. Hopefully the rest of MAL users agree with me.
  • Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou – My safety pick……for good fucking reason. I could say a lot of things about why I might personally enjoy this show but it wouldn’t fucking matter. Brand name appeal will be the end all be all of this show. Will this spin-off draw the crowds that made its predecessor such a mainstream success? Will they even enjoy it? Or perhaps it will simply spoil the entire unadapted manga for the casual fans that tune in. I can’t say for sure either way but I would feel better keeping a lock and chain on this show…just in case.
  • Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai – My secondary Action/Shounen pick. I have the same hope and dreams for this show as Asterisk, though this seems a bit more on the light-hearted side. Hopefully it does well just in case I need to sub it in.

I can definitely understand the feeling of wanting a huge maybe like Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou on your bench; the potential payoff is huge, and the loss of a slightly wasted bench spot isn’t the worst thing in the world if the rest of you are confident in the rest of your team. I do wonder about how many people will actually want a Diabolik Lovers-lite show when the real Diabolik Lovers is airing at the exact same time, though.

NeoRevan

  • Gakusen Toshi Asterisk-Looked wonderfully generic, chance for a big hit
  • K: Return of Kings-I wanted a Sequel that wasn’t a sequel times 8
  • Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!-I always choose a short. This is it for this season.
  • Owarimonogatari-I like sequels of successful series. High watch, low drops.
  • Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru-I just got a good gut feel for this show.
  • Comet Lucifer– Reminds me of Eureka Seven. Hopes it goes better than Capt Earth.
  • Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry-Please see Toshi Asterisk

Just like last time, NeoRevan decides to side with the Rebel Alliance and go against the pack, picking K: Return of Kings over the more popular choice in this group, Haikyuu!! Second Season. This didn’t work out for him at all last time, having picked High School DxD over the much more successful OreGairu Zoku, butwe have a whole season ahead of us to see if he made the right choice this time. Personally, the more I think about it, the more I wonder if the right choice was to simply not choose either one, but the Haikyuu!! crowd hasn’t seemed to have lessened since the first season ended so I couldn’t help it.

Sestrel

  • Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
  • Haikyuu!! Second Season
  • Heavy Object
  • Owarimonogatari
  • Rakudai Kishi no Calvary
  • Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst
  • Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider

“I just picked what looked good. I have nothing to tell you”

Bringing it in with a comment that briefly summarizes all of our intentions, Sestrel’s team stands out to me as having not only mostly good choices but also an economically chosen bench. The sequel and the potential huge flop are exactly where you want your bench to be if you are going to take those chances, while her starting main team is all significantly more conservative and reliable.

Finally, my own choices and reasoning:

navycherub (hey that’s me!)

  • Gakusen Toshi Askterisk
    • Just reading the synopsis makes this sound like the makings of something reliable, if not a huge hit. “Integrated battle entertainment!” “Starpulse Generation!” “Six academies!” “Vying for supremacy!” If it follows through on the competition/battle premise, it will probably be exciting and interesting enough to garner support.
  • Haikyuu!! Second Season
    • If you went to any conventions in the past year or so, you’re guaranteed to have run into hoards of Haikyuu!! cosplayers. Even months after it ended, it seemed the fervor over the show never waned – if anything, the months after it ended brought even more people into the fandom by way of fans showing their friends the whole show. I am anticipating plenty of people not only from the original airing but also converted over time to latch onto this second season.
  • Owarimonogatari
    • The Monogatari franchise has grown much larger than I ever expected it to in 2009, much to my own pleasure. The people who have stuck around through all the sequels and sidestories seem to be pretty dedicated to watching it all, too, so while I don’t expect Owarimonogatari to be the biggest hit this season, I do expect a large and loyal following.
  • Rakudai Kishi no Calvary
    • The premise of this show involves a presumably very powerful main character who is unfortunately mislabeled as “Failed Knight” or “Worst One” because he can’t do magic, and then he is challenged to a duel by the best student, and the loser has to be obedient to the winner. I don’t know how that fight turns out, but it shouldn’t matter because it is such an easy setup for the lead and his main girlfriend to be forced to interact right away, and the “Worst One” stuff just screams Mahouka, Sword Art Online, and all the other fake underdog stories that have been so popular recently, so this seems like a sure bet to me.
  • Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai
    • Yet another “underdog” story, this time following a team of uncooperative and generally unpleasant sounding people that will probably learn to work together and use their powers for good and all that. Also, there is only one guy on the team. This is technically the third show of this ilk that I have chosen so maybe they can’t all catch on, but I like to think of it as going all-in on the light novel train.
  • Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru

    • Another light novel adaptation, but this one doesn’t look like a harem so to the bench it goes. Honestly, it has the potential to catch on for the people who aren’t as into the usual harem setup stuff, because it looks really pretty and seems to be a cool mystery anthology of some sort. However, it also still follows a plain looking high school guy, so maybe it actually isn’t well written, just different looking. We’ll see.
  • Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
    • Finally, this was kind of my “personal” pick of the season, and coincidentally also a mystery series. This one is based on a manga, is airing on the noitaminA block, and has character designs by the wonderful Asano Inio. It’s a perfect storm of potential, and my most looked forward to non-sequel show of the season, so I decided to keep it on my bench for many of the same reasons the above Sakurako-san is there. At the very least, I hope it is good for my own sake!

And that’s it! From here on out we’ll be competing to see who the Biggest Weeaboo is, and it is sure to be an exciting time. Check back in this Sunday for the first results, more commentary, and screencaps (everyone’s favorite part)!

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