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2013 ★ BATTLE

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Posted 5/12/14 , edited 5/13/14
Not a vote

Looking over the brackets again, I realize just how interesting this is going to be. As much as it pains me to say it, Kill la Kill will probably destroy Railgun S, but it could lose to Magi or TWGOK; if it beats the winner of this battle, it's probably going to the finals because I don't think either Kyousogiga or Silver Spoon has a large enough fanbase to beat it, and I know neither Nagi no Asukara nor Non Non Biyori has a large enough fanbase.

Attack on Titan has some interesting competition, as well. I think it will beat Hataraku Maou-sama, but SNAFU and Monogatari might pose a threat to it; if Log Horizon couldn't beat Magi, it can't beat AoT either, and I don't think Chihayafuru 2 has enough fans to really compete. I really hope we don't end up having a "Two Kings" rematch in the finals; that would be really anticlimactic.
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The World God Only Knows

This is such a nostalgic show for me. I remember it being the first harem that I really liked the concept and execution of, but it was also the first show that I read the manga of. I used to dislike manga (read it all the time now though) but I loved this show so much that I read and kept up with the manga until the recent end.

Keima was a likable harem main, for once. He was intelligent and reality hating- what more can you ask for?
For real though, it was nice to see a guy main character not be a total oblivious idiot. Plus, he has to actually work to acquire the girl, instead of them falling to his feet immediately because he's a "nice guy." Keima does have some heartfelt moments too, especially at the end of the third season and the manga. I've been waiting patiently for the Goddess Arc to be animated for some time now, just so I could see the last scene with Chihiro again, and damn it made me fall in love with the series all over again.

The cast of female characters are also diverse, and although some of them lack some depth, I liked all of them.

This season itself was nicely executed, even though I didn't agree with the skipping of half of the conquests in the beginning. I personally love the Goddess Arc, so it was fun to see it all over again. Now I'm just waiting for the fourth and final season!
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Let's see...TWGOK or Magi. Hm, my vote is for The World God Only Knows.

So, we meet again Magi. I feel a little bad that I haven't once picked you over another series in these one on one battles. Like I've mentioned a few times, I like that Magi has a vast world. I always appreciate good world building. The thing I like most about Magi is its colorful cast of characters. You really get to know some of them. I especially liked how Alibaba, Morgiana, and Aladdin all pursued their own individual goals in this season.

I also quickly want to mention one of my favorite scenes from the second season that occurs in Episode 25 - "Welcome Home." Mogamett had caused a lot of tragedy and tells us of his deep regret for all of it. He is truly sorry for forcing all these people to fall into depravity. We also learn that Yam was kidnapped as a child by Mogamett from the Royal Palace in Musta'sim. A shocking revelation but despite that she claims that it doesn't matter to her and that he will always be a father to her. In his last moments Mogamett asks Aladdin to find redemption for all those that had fallen into depravity and return them to the White Rukh. That was some powerful stuff and a memorable scene to me. Kudos Magi.

I enjoyed Magi but it unfortunately won't be getting my vote in this battle. Morgiana is still best character though.



Okay, don't give me that cute face Morg. I'm not changing my mind. Seriously.



WHAT DID I JUST SAY MORG? Stop that you.

Anyways, moving on, The World God Only Knows: Goddess Arc. I loved this season of TWGOK. I liked how it went from the playful and fun tone of the first two seasons to this serious tone in the third season. Like I've said many times, the one thing that I really disliked about this season was how they decided to skip a chunk of content from the manga to get to the Goddess Arc. That's not cool. I understand if you decide to skip some non-important parts but they skipped important character arcs. Also, I liked all the arcs they skipped. That's just me though. I just wish they hadn't skipped all that content as I don't like when an anime forces you to go and read the manga in order to gather important information that they should have given you. But whatever, I still enjoyed this season.



In the last battle TWGOK was involved in, I talked specifically about Episode 12 - "The Memory of My First Love." I once again want to focus on this episode as it was my favorite one from the season. Since I already wrote about it, I'm going to quote myself from that last battle. #Lazinesskickingin


That episode was the highlight of the season in my humble opinion. It pretty much encompasses everything I liked about the Goddess Arc. Keima was so used to conquering girls and treating it like it was a game. He was used to things going according to his calculations. But during this arc, things changed for him. Things didn't often go as planned. He started caring about these girls. He did not want to hurt their feelings. He genuinely cared. Specifically, I'm talking about Chihiro. Chihiro admitted that she truly loved Keima before her conquest. This is something that Keima could not compute. This is the moment that Keima started questioning everything he's done throughout the series. No matter how I look at it, she was the star of this season.





Episode 12 did a tremendous job capturing all the emotions that built up in the previous 11 episodes. The episode ended with Chihiro and her band performing the song she wrote, a song about the memory of her first love. Chihiro struggles to hold back her tears the entire time she sings her song because she remembers her love for Keima. Meanwhile, on the rooftop, Keima is sitting on a bench and starts crying. The God of Conquest, shedding tears. He truly regrets hurting Chihiro's feelings. The emotions were so strong during these moments, it was just an amazing experience. You could feel their sadness, maybe even shed a tear or two.




One last thing I'd like to expand upon is Keima. As much as I felt for Chihiro, I felt for Keima just the same. He's been conquering girls for so long with his gamer mentality that this experience really takes a toll on him. He really had no other choice but to let Chihiro go. As much as he wants to tell her about his world, his first conquest with her, etc., he can't. He's still bound by his pact. He genuinely cares for her and he knows the only thing he can do to keep her safe is to let her go. He's left with all this sadness and regret. He's human after all. Great character development this season for Keima.



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Posted 5/12/14 , edited 5/13/14
Magi 2

Adventure anime is always >>>> harem.
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Posted 5/12/14 , edited 5/13/14
My vote goes for TWGOK: Godess saga I haven't watched Magi but I've read the manga for it and I think TWGOK was better than magi
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vote for The World God Only Knows: Goddesses

Because Keima is one of my favorite MC's. Because it's a harem that focuses on the heroines and breaks from many of the typical harem trappings. Because I loved seeing what happens when the conquests from the first two seasons regain their memories, bringing back the characters with a somewhat different premise. Basically this is one my favorite shows, so I can't not vote for it.

Magi was good, particularly the parts focusing Aladin and the academy. If that was all of the show, it may have been a closer decision. But the start and interruptions took down the average quality; even if those parts were still good, they weren't great enough to advance this show.
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Posted 5/12/14 , edited 5/13/14
Really hard one...I'm normally not a fan of Harem anime unless they take a unique approach and TWOGK did that. Keima was a extremely good character that a lot of the people who watch the show can relate to. Seeing how he 'solved' every one of the girls was always fun to watch and I always felt bad for Keima at the end because he basically had to make a girl fall in love with him that would forget he even existed at the end. It's a extremely fun show to watch and I even picked up and completed the manga after I finished watching season 3.

Magi is really good at what is does and that's be a shonen. If we were comparing the first season of Magi to TWOGK I would say without a question TWOGK would win in my mind hands down but we're not. The second season took it up a whole bunch with improved animation, the story was better and it expanded on the universe created in the first season. The soundtrack for Magi is also a huge plus as well since it is quite good.

Though I didn't really touch on many important things because its tough to avoid huge spoilers when doing a review especially on TWOGK. My vote is going to Magi though, I really liked both of these a lot but I've invested more time into magi and I own all of the manga and other things for Magi because of how much I enjoyed it.



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Posted 5/12/14 , edited 5/13/14
i vote for magi

i find that these two series are not at there best. but twogk was way to rushed to enjoy it properly.

plus magic for the win.
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Posted 5/12/14 , edited 5/13/14
Not a vote.

Ah, damn. Golden Time was not redeemed.

The only two anime left that I've seen are facing off against each other later on. I'll be back to cast my vote then~
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Posted 5/13/14 , edited 5/13/14
Both shows have good stories but I like all the characters in TWGOK and there's only one or two characters I like in Magi so my vote is for TWGOK
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Posted 5/13/14 , edited 5/13/14
Not a vote


sonic720 wrote:

I just want to reiterate, by a "dishonest vote" I mean that the philosophy behind the vote is contrary to what I believe Chrome intends; for us to vote the shows on what we feel their merits are. You are certainly able to vote as you please so long as you give your reasons. If your reasoning is purely for strategy, then that's fine if you explain it as such. I don't buy the idea that since someone can't give a show a 1 to 5 it prevents anyone from voting how they truly feel. As Phong said, you can still vote "honestly" as a 6 is nearly the same as a 5 or less statistically speaking if we are all voting based on merit. If people could give 1's things would get way too skewed in the averages for them to mean anything at all as Chrome explained as well.

Really, my point was about how us not all being on the same page as to how we made up our ratings would in effect diminish people voting with the merit of the shows in mind versus those with purely strategy in mind. If we are not all on the same page as to how we are supposed to vote then it will give outliers, i.e. extremes either way, more value than they normally would have in the averages. I guess it was naive of me to think we would all try to rate shows based on what we thought they deserved and not try to strategically eliminate or advance certain shows with our ratings.


*shrugs* I honestly didn't even think it was about being "dishonest". I just see it like this: if we have a voting range going from 6 to 10, then using as much as possible of it will highlight distinctions between different shows, since I assumed we couldn't use decimals. A voting system with a lower "spread" is going to be more vulnerable to random fluctuations, that is, if everyone voted with "absolute" grades (the kind of score you'd give on MAL) most shows would be around 7/8. Which means that one voter could tip the scales easily with a 10. The only way to make the voting stable is to all use the entire available range. In this way at the end the differences between shows will be clearer. If shows are only a .2 apart, you can see how a single ten can tip the scales (after all, .2 = 10/50, which means that you can overcome that much spread with a 10 as long as there are less than 50 voters. Which is almost always the case). I have a mathematical mind, I thought all this and simply went for the most reasonable approach - the one that, had everyone reasoned like this, would have given no one neither an advantage nor a disadvantage and would have actually made the entire voting system fairer and less random.
Posted 5/13/14 , edited 5/13/14
The World God Only Knows

Due to.. um... "real-life stuff," I can't really be as active as I like here for now. However, the battle seems close enough, and I want TWGOK to advance enough that I'll stop by real quick to give it my vote. In short, I like harems. Not because of the whole "male fantasy" thing (although it's not unrelated), but because, when it's done right, the whole point is to explore a large amount of characters in great depth. Obviously, shows that aren't harems can do this, but for harems, it's sort of what makes them good. Even average harems do this to some extent. And as far as this element is concerned, The World God Only Knows is among the best there is, particularly in this last iteration of the series. That's about it. Magi was generally enjoyable, but we're 50 episodes in, and I still don't feel like many of the characters have any depth to them. A possible exception might be Hakuryu, but we won't know unless a new season begins. For me, character depth, exploration, and development are the most important element of my enjoyment of a series, and TWGOK is so much better in the area that it's almost laughable for me to consider it losing this round.
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Posted 5/13/14 , edited 5/13/14
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Come on, Magi fans, where are all of you? What happened to that spirit that beat Log Horizon? We can't let Magi go down without a fight, can we? Remember, every vote counts!

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The World God Only Knows: Goddess Arc - Loved evrerthing about it (althought there were some gaps that I would have like to have seen animated first). Great characters and story. The ar style was great. Just alaround enjoyable. One of the shows that I would be happy to show someone wbo hasn't seen anime befor. Haven't fully finished second season of magi so that is a reaspn formy vote. Love first season of it but not seen enough to make it a contender for my vote.
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Posted 5/13/14 , edited 5/13/14
Going to vote TWGOK

After some consideration, even has epic as magi felt, well mainly towards the ending...The emotional reaction I got from TWGOK, Magi just doesn't compare to it. The show essentially embodied the message of "The Love Once Lost and Scored", and this is coming from a dam harem at that, do you how slightly amazing that is? To order for fries, but instead get a combo meal and a shake without any extra charge, the show went over and beyond it's requirements and I just can't help but love it for that. Also the recent ending of the Manga reminded me just how much I loved this arc, the pacing might have been on and off here and there, but its message was just too powerful. I could almost say the same thing for magi, but I already expected everything that magi did, I knew where the story planned to go, how it would explore the issue of overcoming hate and so forth, yeah that is great, and fancy fighting, but nothing surprised me, it was just the typical. Friendship and Love conquers all, yeah I got that, Cool. Btw that is in no way a rag on Magi, it was still great but I could forget due to how much can revere other works that have done the same like itself.

Magi will continue to be a favorite of mine, but TWGOK will always be above it in regards to my current view on life, that is just the simple matter of it, both great stories, but one is just a lot more relateable than I could have ever expected.

Honestly to anyone who has yet to not watch this series, I highly recommend watching all seasons of TWGOK, it is one of the few diamonds in the harem genre, and if you can watch the last scenes of this arc (this season) and not tear up to some degree, not even cry just have a massive shift within your face and emotion, I have to somewhat question if you have a soul, or might just be a robot.
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