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Zetsuen no Tempest. Started watching it having no idea what it was, and it ended up being one of my favorite shows last year. Tried to watch the first episode of Gintama, and got bored pretty quickly. Also, it's over ten times as long as Tempest, so unless it's ten times as good...I don't think that's even possible.
I used to think that way too until I gave it another try and watched at least the first ten episodes.
It does get a lot better (you just have to struggle over the first couple) and then you'll see how epic it is.
It's like with Zetsuen no Tempest. You have no idea what it is until you keep watching.
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kotomikun wrote:

Zetsuen no Tempest. Started watching it having no idea what it was, and it ended up being one of my favorite shows last year. Tried to watch the first episode of Gintama, and got bored pretty quickly. Also, it's over ten times as long as Tempest, so unless it's ten times as good...I don't think that's even possible.
I used to think that way too until I gave it another try and watched at least the first ten episodes.
It does get a lot better (you just have to struggle over the first couple) and then you'll see how epic it is.
It's like with Zetsuen no Tempest. You have no idea what it is until you keep watching.


To be honest I never really got into Gintama until like 40 episodes in then I just got hooked.
Took a while to get there but I am really happy I stayed. For the first 40 eps I watched I just watched every now and then. After I got hooked I pretty much watched the rest non stop and it's one of my top favorite anime now.
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Gintama' Enchousen - Hilarious series, really made my day when I watched it. Also, interesting plot and characters. I really love the way Gintama can be really serious and funny at the same time. However, I did like Tempest but if it weren't for Gintama I would've voted for it, instead...
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Just finished Sakurasou.
I can't believe this was produced by JC staff.




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That's what people always say about long-running shows..."it gets better." Honestly, I'm just too impatient. After 40 episodes, I'd probably be getting tired of the show even if I loved it from the start, especially if there's still 200 more to go; I think Clannad (about 50 episodes) is the longest show I actually like. Most of my favorite shows are single-season length; none of them would have been improved by expanding them into 90-hour meandering epics. Not for me, anyway.

There's more than enough shorter shows, like Tempest, that don't take 10-40+ episodes to get good (they can't, because they only have 12-24 total). I'm just not interested in spending hours watching something that doesn't really grab my attention in hopes it'll improve.
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UPDATES:


Main Battle 1 is now over!
Gintama': Enchousen (22 votes) ADVANCES to the next round.
Zetsuen no Tempest (19 votes) gets axed.
Table and results updated.
Round 2: Main Battle 2 is now up! Vote for your faves now!




MAIN BATTLE 2

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Shinsekai Yori!

Amazing SF anime, really made you think, wonderful love stories, horror, suspense, yuri and BL, just beautiful backdrops and landscapes, such a rich setting. Deserving of anime of 2012 for sure!
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Shin sekai yori

Much of the anime is composed of a dark alternative. It drew the audience in by enticing them with many subtle events that left the audience craving for more.
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My vote is for Humanity Has Declined. I loved the art style, loved how offbeat the comedy was, and loved how it could have a message without cramming it down your throat. I was surprised how attached I got to the Mediator, too - I really felt for her during those last two episodes.

It's tough because I really liked From the New World as well, but Humanity Has Declined was my favourite show of the whole of 2012, so I can't pick it this time.
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Shinsekai yori
Although I'd rated this pretty low in round 1, and had dropped it after a few episodes, I'd dropped Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita even more quickly. Since then, based on things I'd already been hearing, I've watched several more episodes of Shinsekai yori and after a certain point I did start wanting to watch the next one right away--it even caused me to stay up too late last night.
Posted 5/12/13

kotomikun wrote:
There's more than enough shorter shows, like Tempest, that don't take 10-40+ episodes to get good (they can't, because they only have 12-24 total). I'm just not interested in spending hours watching something that doesn't really grab my attention in hopes it'll improve.


I don't know what you're talking about, Gintama doesn't take 10-40+ episodes to get good.

Personally, it took me less than 30 seconds in the first episode to know I'd like this show (They start out in a forest being chased or something and making it look like it's a typical Edo-era samurai show, and, seconds later, when they come out we see modern skyscrapers and UFOs flying around and the wacky music starts playing, ''wait what?''). That's literally how long it took me to know I'd like this show. The quality hasn't dropped since.

Now if you don't like it, you don't like it. Everyone has their own tastes. But there's a reason long-runing shows are long-running : they are popular. I know I'll never watch a show like Shugo Chara (I don't watch Shoujo) but I know if it has 120+ episodes it means it's doing something right. If Gintama wasn't good it wouldn't have more than 26 episodes. And I'm not saying 12-24 episode shows aren't good (a lot are just as good, even better... maybe) but a lot of them aren't popular enough to get that 2nd season the fan-base always wants. Whereas Gintama has 275 episodes, ended 3 times, came back 2 (and still counting) and has 2 movies. #winning

I'm happy Gintama won battle 1. Won't vote this round.
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Shinsekai Yori

Not big on either of these two animes.
But since I have to pick one, then that's my choice.
In the beginning I found myself really hooked on the show, but as the story progressed it seem to drag.
I ended up dropping it, but unlike Jinurui wa Suitai Shimashita, I plan on finishing it eventually.
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Damn it, what's with these match-ups? All of the last 4 were shows that I would have chosen to get past this round. It's an easy choice for me, but damn -- Shin Sekai Yori was pretty near the top of even the shows I'd choose to move on. Grrrrr.

Humanity has Declined gets my vote

Shin Sekai Yori was awesome. One of the most interesting shows I've seen in a long while, a pleasing art style (even if the animation was a bit off at times), great intellectual/artistic depth, and a pretty good soundtrack. I would have a lot more to say about it if it were matched against a different show. However,

Humanity has Declined has so much more going for it as far as my vote is concerned. While I liked SSY's art, I feel like Humanity has Declined's art added much more to the sense of irony and sarcasm in play throughout the show. It still, to this day, amazes me that such a bright show can have such a dark and pessimistic feel to it. Because of what it adds to the show, I feel as though the art style is a step above Shin Sekai Yori's, which was great in its own right. From a personal standpoint, the characters of Humanity has Declined appealed to me much more, and the last couple of episodes were, frankly, awesome. There was so much more character depth in just those episodes than in the entirety of the rest of the show, and I was very pleased with the way it ended. Until then, I questioned the episode ordering a bit, but after having watched the show three (or was it four?) times, I have come to like the episode chronology more and more. But the clincher for me was Watashi as a character. Not only is she one of the best female protagonists I've seen, but her style, personality, perceptiveness, and keen understanding of the nature of bullshit is a combination that appeals to me very well. This show had some of the, if not the, best writing of the season, and the humor, art, and characters had more personal appeal to me than any other show of the year. It also helps that I'm partial to the director (Seiji Kishi -- Angel Beats, Persona 4, this season's Devil Survivor). Objectively speaking, Shin Sekai Yori is probably the better show -- but I like Humanity has Declined much more than it is objectively good. With that said, if the first round is any indication, I suspect that its lack of popularity and somewhat niche appeal will keep it out of the next round. I would be happy to be wrong though.
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Shinsekai Yori

It was hard to get into this show. The yaoi and yuri kind of through me off at the beginning and I remember one episode that was full of fanservice (there was at least 20 shots total of Saki's ass). But something told me to keep watching and I'm glad that I did. The story was absolutely amazing, the soundtrack felt right, the characters felt like real people, and lets not forget that epic ending. I have to say that if I read the light novel for this anime, it would probably be one of the best things I've ever read, and I read a lot.
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