Rank the Summer 2013 Anime Series
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The purpose of this thread is to gather people's opinions on the series they are watching this summer. I am only including shows that started this summer, but feel free to include other shows you are watching, such as Attack on Titan and Majestic Prince.

You can just post a list or you can say a bit about each show to tell us why you rank it where you do... My personal method is to divide the shows into "Tier 1" and "Tier 2" as well as giving each a numerical rank. To a certain extent, it is my "priority list". In other words, what order would I watch them in if they all came out at the same time. Since I sometimes get backed up and watch several shows in a row on weekends, I sometimes use the order I decide to watch them as a clue to how much I really am enjoying them. It is a way of thinking about my own viewing habits that informs me about things I may not have consciously thought about or figured out. I actually surprise myself quite frequently...

I started this thread on another site last week with this ranking:
Tier 1:
1. Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ or C³-bu - This is a big surprise as it wasn't even on my radar in terms of pre-season choices. It is cute, heartfelt, and could be one of the better coming of age shows around if they keep up the good work. I may blog this one... haven't decided yet.
2. Tamayura ~More Aggressive~ - I love Tamayura! It is great! I'm blogging this one this season.
3. Kimi no Iru Machi (A Town Where You Live) - So far, this is fine, but it could go either way in terms of the quality of the anime. The story is top rate and I will enjoy the anime even if it makes me rage at how it doesn't measure up to the manga... I'm also blogging this one.
4. The Eccentric Family - With gorgeous background art by PA Works, a charming slice of bizarre life story, and traditional Japanese fantasy characters placed in a modern setting, this could be the best of the season easily.
5. Dog & Scissors - An absurd premise, outrageous characters, and an instant chemistry between the leading man... or should I say dog... and the tsundere, scissors wielding leading lady make this a show to watch out for...
6. WATAMOTE (~No Matter How I Look at It, Its You Guys Fault Im Not Popular~) - This show about a painfully shy otaku girl that can't seem to get her shining high school life to even glimmer, let alone shine is painfully funny. It has some real heart and wickedly nasty humor. Loving it!
7. Blood Lad - This one has potential to be the best. It is funny and outrageous, good stuff.
8. KINMOZA! (Kin Iro Mosaic) - This cute-girls-doing-cute-things moe fest has heart and some really good characters. So far it is better than I expected.
9. The World God Only Knows: Goddesses - If the intensity that started at the end of episode 1 keeps up, this entire franchise could rise in the ranks, and not just for this season...

Tier 2:
10. Servant X Service - A slice of life office comedy that I am really enjoying so far. It is almost in the next tier thanks to the great main female character. It may move there if it keeps the stories away from the typical and treats her with respect.
11. il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion - This Madoka wannabe is dark and edgy and better than I expected so far. I'll keep watching...
12. Chronicles of the 'Going Home' Club - This 4-Koma based anime has some of the funniest moments of the season so far, but has its share of flubs too... I'll keep watching!
13. Silver Spoon - This show has great potential, but so far it is just a slice of life school story about a kid that is going to a rural agricultural school for the wrong reasons (to get away from home, not because he wants to learn about the topics they teach.)
14. Sunday without God - The first episode was OK and the second a little better. The 12 year-old loli leading lady could be a problem if it gets... icky.. and, so far, she is the only likable character, and just barely. It has an interesting, post-apocalypse/dystopian future setting so I'll keep at it...
[NOTE: In the original post, I only put 13 shows. I added #14 when I realized I had missed one of the shows I had watched, which put it last, by the fact that I forgot it... If I didn't remember to put it in the list, it must be last... right? Well, it isn't anymore...]

After this past week, there was quite a shake-up, making my rankings look like this:
Tier 1:
1. Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ or C³-bu - Still standing at number 1, the girls of Stella Women's Academy's C³-bu are still making the summer fun. The action and heart of episode 3 really moved the story along, and a major rival was introduced. Oh, and I am officially blogging C³-bu now.
2. Sunday without God - In a startling leap from afterthought to nearly unseating the champ, Ai buried all but the cute-girls-with-guns this week. I have not cried that much watching the third episode of a show, ever. Not even Madoka! Toward the middle of episode 3, I was about to pass this off as an also-ran, but the ending was so powerful that it vaulted 12 spots in my ranking. If you haven't watched this show, the first three episodes are worth the price of admission. I can't say it will keep it up, but so far it is looking good. I may pick this up as a every arc blog...
3. Kimi no Iru Machi (A Town Where You Live) - The 2nd episode was fairly powerful in the way it cherry-picked the back-story to get across precisely the point the director wanted to convey: the real reason that Haruto moved to Tokyo, even without showing their relationship develop it showed the aspect of Yuzuki's personality that made him think she needed help. Good direction with a nearly impossible task: covering a long-running manga in a few short anime episodes. (The more I see, the more I'm convinced that this only has 12 episodes to work with.) Still blogging this one.
4. The Eccentric Family - The most recent episode pushed it up a notch. Benten is an amazing character.
5. Tamayura ~More Aggressive~ - It isn't that Tamayura fell in my appreciation of it. Other things just passed it by. It is still where I go to clear out all the cobwebs and make myself feel good at the end of an emotional week of anime! LOL! I'm still blogging this one this season.
6. WATAMOTE (~No Matter How I Look at It, Its You Guys Fault Im Not Popular~) - This one keeps getting better. Mondays are something special this season, with TWGOK, Dog & Scissors, C³-bu, and WATAMOTE to wrap it up.
7. The World God Only Knows: Goddesses - As awesome as this is, it can't even breach the top five this season... so far.
8. Blood Lad - This is still hanging on to the top tier, but it is seeming a bit ... standard shounen.
9. Servant X Service - Jumping up to Tier 1, this grown up slice-of-lifer is gaining my respect.

Tier 2:
10. il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion - Still has potential. It had a fairly powerful third episode and could be interesting, if it doesn't go off the rails.
11. Dog & Scissors - Psycho-brocon drops the dachshund down to tier 2...
12. KINMOZA! (Kin Iro Mosaic) - Still cute. Still better than I expected. Just not as good as some of the other shows.
13. Chronicles of the 'Going Home' Club - It didn't have an episode this week, so it looses by default...
14. Silver Spoon - So far this is pretty good, but just not as special as the others.

What about you? Please add your rankings!
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Posted 7/24/13 , edited 7/24/13

Zensunni wrote:

The purpose of this thread is to gather people's opinions on the series they are watching this summer. I am only including shows that started this summer, but feel free to include other shows you are watching, such as Attack on Titan and Majestic Prince.

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What about you? Please add your rankings!

This is very similar to the Favorite Summer 2013 Anime thread, so I'm closing it, and ask that you share your rankings in that other thread--that should encourage others to follow suit! (In fact I'll modify the the title of that one a bit, so it more easily accommodates even those titles that might not be the very topmost favorites).

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