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Fantasy Anime League: Wideface Intro (Spring 2016) April 10, 2016

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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 (most 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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To make things even more interesting, we have established a draft system, as well as a limit on the number of times a show can be picked. For our dear readers, the details of the system shouldn’t matter too much beyond the idea that we drafted the anime, but for those inclined to those kinds of things:

  1. Based on the results of the last FAL, we take turns choosing one anime each, last place to first place
  2. We cannot pick a show that has already been chosen that round by another player
    • Player A picked Anne Happy, Player B goes next and wants Anne Happy but cannot pick it this round
  3. When the round of drafting ends, the next round begins, but in reverse order (first to last)
  4. No anime can be picked by more than two people total for the entire duration
    • Players A and C have picked Space Patrol Luluco. Player B wants it, but cannot pick it at all any more.
  5. Drafting continues in this way until everyone has chosen seven anime

We used to have a more convoluted way of doing all of this but it was, well, convoluted. This system is a bit biased toward the first and last place players but it didn’t seem to cause too much harm. We also have a wildcard rule:

  • Each player is allowed the use of one (1) “wildcard” ability during drafting. Those are:
    • This round, you may choose an anime that someone else has already chosen this round; or
    • You may choose an anime that has already been chosen twice
    • An anime can only be chosen this way once (in other words, the “true” limit of the number of players who can have a show is three)

Oh, and FAL itself has a cool (relatively) new rule that makes things even more complicated this time around…

  • Once an anime passes 45000 members in “Currently Watching” and “Completed” combined, the anime is no longer eligible to be an Ace. The anime with the next highest total points on the team will then be awarded points if correctly declared as the Ace.

 

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Now, on to the interesting part: our teams! Next to each show might be a small comment from the participant on their choice. Normally I also comment on their teams but the timing here means we’ve seen most of these premieres, so I have opted not to this time around.

aeg2138

  • Kiznaiver
  • Kuma Miko
  • Kuromukuro
  • Macross Δ
  • Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
  • Big Order (TV)
  • Flying Witch

 

Guycot

  • Kiznaiver:
    Everyone is getting #Triggered.
  • Mayoiga:
    Just look at that watching. ;^)
  • Sakamoto desu ga?:
    It’s a popular series, should pull in those views.
  • Sousei no Onmyouji:
    People love the same generic show over and over, therefore this caught my eye.
  • Ushio to Tora 2nd Season:
    I’m just banking on someone out there wanting more of this show.
  • Magi: Sinbad no Bouken:
    This is my gamble show that will stay benched unless it gets some pull later on.
  • Endride

 

blackpack kid

  • Time for me to fight to keep the crown.  Here’s my drafts for this Spring’s FAL:
  • Ace Attorney – I’m really banking on that video game audience and the hype I’ve seen on social media about this.  Being an A-1 Pictures show has me pretty assured that there will be enough work put into this to keep it interesting and hopefully keep a strong following all season.
  • Joker Game – Mobsters, spies, and the 1930s can pull in quite an American audience if Baccano has taught me anything.  This was another show with a large following ahead of its release so I’m keeping fingers crossed that Production I.G doesn’t let me down here.  If it’s too militaristic I might be in a bind, but I guess we will find out this week, huh?
  • Mayoiga – The last of my big top picks for this draft(Sakamoto and Kiznaiver being the other two I banked on).  I’m really putting alot of my hope into the mystery aspects of this show.  The original PV had too many characters to remember and gives me the idea that we’re going to have fans digging deep to solve the mystery week by week.  It helps that Pony Canyon also gave us Rokka no Yuusha recently which I loved in terms of its mystery.  The director for Mayoiga, Mizushima Tsutomu also directed one of my all-time favorites, Another, so here’s crossing fingers that he can craft something that keeps pulling in an audience.
  • Sousei no Onmyouji – And we start to delve into the anime I am not so excited to talk about.  The PV looked interesting here and the shounen aspect should pull in an audience.  People seem to enjoy the character designs and there is already some talk on the internet for this show so I’m hoping people tune in for this schlock.
  • Seisen Cerberus – Please have ecchi scenes.  I don’t know how else people will be too interested in this show otherwise.  With only a mild turnout for the plan-to-watch I’m hoping this can pull in a similar audience to Sousei in that they’ll watch just about any shounen stuff where they have swords and whatnot.
  • Endride – It’s apparent this show is trying to get a female audience to tune in.  The character designs, posters, and original PV which did not include any of the scenes with the girls, really has me believing Brain’s Base has an audience in mind already.  I’m hoping this show can pull in fans of Brain’s Base’s other shows which have fared pretty well in past FALs.  also Busou Renkin fans might show up out of the woodwork.  who knows?
  • Terra Formars Revenge – honestly I don’t want this show and hope it forever stays in my bench.  That will be my Terra Formars revenge.

 

NeoRevan

  • Re:Zero- Looks pretty, action packed, and an interesting sounding story. I feel like I’m going to really like it and I have the most mainstream taste of this crowd.
  • Ace Attorney- Really hoping the fans like this anime. If not, this show is going to tank. 100% a gamble the fans enjoy this adaptation they have been waiting so long for.
  • JoJo- Might usually have low watching comparatively, but it also usually has high scores and low drops. My friends that have read the manga are more hyped for this than any other season, so I hope that bodes well.
  • Hundred- It’s a Fantasy Harem Battle School anime. These are almost always popular. The top 2 shows last season were FHBS anime. Hoping since there isn’t too many of them this season this does well.
  • Netoge- I’m hoping all the lonely internet types watch this to renew their hope in their lifestyle.
  • Sansa Sanyu- I picked this in a fit of rage because I wanted Macross Delta and Necromaster literally randomly drew Delta out of a hat right before me so I couldn’t pick it. I didn’t expect it to do anything(though it would do more than this) but I’m such a big Macross fan I just wanted it for morale and I knew Aeg was in the same boat as me. I really don’t care about this show, I just wanted Macross and Necromaster doesn’t even care.
  • Ushio and Tora- It’s a second season. It was my last pick and my back up if any of the current actives bomb horribly(looking at you AA and Hundered)

 

Hamdog92

  • Sakamoto Desu ga – Should the disparity of my loss last season give me the handicap to pick first? By tradition it does and thus I grabbed Sakamoto as my first pick over many worthy choices. Why Sakamoto one may ask? It was a hard fought decision, one that was ultimately decided by the high praise of its source material as well as the director’s previous work on Nichibros (which was oddly enough my Force Watch from joyfullydoomed over the winter).
  • Mayoiga – I made this first pick fully expecting to lose other popular contenders like Mayoiga and Joker Game, but through sheer luck (to be frank this seems more like an absolute fuck-up for y’all) I managed to grab the former after an intense second round of drafting.
  • Joker Game – This unbelievable act at the end of a drafting round immediately allowed me to play my wild card and take the latter as well. The fact this happened to me still astounds me, even days afterwards, as I’m typing this write-up. What makes these anime so important that everyone is craving them? I’m not so sure to be honest, but I’m a fan of the director of Mayoiga’s previous work on GuP and I’m a fan of historical fiction so I do sincerely hope these turn out well. And not just for my sake at FAL.
  • Netoge initially felt like an embarrassing pick for me. I stressed over drafting this anime or Tanaka-kun for a very long time and held up the drafting process for quite a bit. I’m starting to change my opinion about this however. I don’t think it will do as well as Re:Zero (an anime that was hoping to take in the later half of drafting) but it should act as good support for the power trifecta anime above.
  • Grabbing Flying Witch was one of my main objectives in this draft. It’s no Jojo, but I do think it will have a steady popularity and a good score. It also just looks really comfy.
  • Bakuon!! fulfills my “doki doki girls” category in my team. I have high expectations for my personal enjoyment of this anime, but I could easily see this as my weakest performer on my active team.
  • Uchuu Patrol Luluco was my last pick and one made in a weird tactical/suicidal maneuver. I denied anyone else from drafting this anime in the final round, but I also doomed myself to forever hold it on my bench should it underperform like other Trigger shorts in the past. On the off chance that it blows Kiznaiver the fuck out (which it very well could, the director did Kill la Kill and FLCL) I will be very joyous up at first place in our little league.

 

Sestrel

  • Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari!
  • Hundred
  • JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Diamond wa Kudakenai
  • Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (TV)
  • Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
  • Big Order (TV)
  • Wagamama High Spec

 

Necromaster

  • Joker Game
  • Kuromukuro
  • Macross Δ
  • Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
  • Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
  • Big Order (TV)
  • Super Lovers

 

navycherub (hey that’s me!)

  • Bakuon!!
    • This was picked near the end and the goal was to have some sort of easy cute-girls-doing-cute-things show to be a steady show. Might have went with the wrong one though.
  • JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Diamond wa Kudakenai
    • Similar to Bakuon!!, except this should perform as expected. Fourth season of a long beloved show won’t bring in huge numbers, but should be nice and acceptable.
  • Kiznaiver
    • My last attempt to pick the new Trigger show backfired, but this one is an original production and looks much more like a “Trigger” show. Hoping it sticks a landing and keeps momentum the whole time.
  • Kuma Miko
    • People love talking animals right? I dunno. Regretting my life decisions right now.
  • Sakamoto desu ga?
    • Ok, here’s another one I’m pretty confident in. I love this manga and the director here is superb too, so I think it will do as well as a comedy can reasonably be expected to do.
  • Anne Happy
    • I really liked the concept of this show. Unfortunately the first episode has really let me down, but hey, 20/20.
  • Cerberus
    • Man. I dunno man. Dragons or something.

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 week for the results of the always wonky and hilarious first round!

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