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2013 ★ BATTLE

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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14
Gatchaman Crowds will not be dismissed so easily.


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Gatchaman Crowds
Attack on Titan
Kyoukai no Kanata
Problem Children
This was one of 2013's best, not for what it preached but for what it didn't have to.
Notable for dynamic character interactions and relationships, and being cool.
Despite some plot, even even story, issues, I liked the ideas behind it.
My impressions of this show are not extraordinary, but I'll revisit it to be sure.

Gatchaman Crowds puts a lot on the table, most of which revolves around interpersonal relationships in a world brimming with technology and how we should use that technology to improve communication, not replace it or learn to get by like hermits without ever going out and having a good honest chat with the people around us.

And then of course there's the whole actual plot about whether or not humans are inherently good or bad, what we'd all do if given significant power, how society would hold up if it happened, whether being polite is just a self-serving facade, etc.; the sort of philosophical/sociological commentary Psycho-Pass got into pretty heavily in its second cour.

However, to me that's all tangential to the actual cast; I'm not sure I've ever seen such a bunch of eccentric misfits. But Gatchaman Crowds doesn't draw attention to this fact. It doesn't harp on it. Rui's crossdressing is not a topic of a lecture on social acceptance. It's presented as a reality, and by God did this series score for it.

Hajime's a big ball of fuzzy-wuzzy energy, but Rui is the heart and soul of what makes this series great. I guess they're two sides of a coin, as I can definitely see people being inspired by Hajime's buoyancy. But it's Rui who gets lacerated, who gets outcast, who loses everything he built, and still manages to come back swinging.

Hajime's a great kid, but the meaning in her character is that she's pretty much the same ball of energy at the end of the show as she is in the beginning. That her optimism isn't just naive, it can survive reality. But Rui's entire life philosophy changes by the end of Gatchaman Crowds, and it's a brilliant message that deserves your vote.
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Battle #3


4

Attack on Titan


No matter what anyone says, Attack on Titan is the best show of 2013. The production is amazing. The story is new and intriguing. The suspense is a killer and the characters are not dull in the least. Also, the opening song for this (the first one) is going to be one of the most iconic theme songs in anime of all time. Enough said.
3

Problem Children


The only reason I'm putting this in #2 and above Kyoukai no Kanata is because I don't think Kyoukai no Kanata stands a chance sadly) but Problem Children does and I don't want Gatchaman Crowds to take its spot (assuming AoT wins this round by a landslide). It was a fun ride, and it totally surprised me. I never thought an anime with basic character design would slay me so much. I enjoyed every episode of it.
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Kyoukai no Kanata


Problem Children and this are a tie for me. It's sad picking one over the other but oh well. I'm probably the biggest KyoAni fan out here so that is reason enough to vote it over the other. It was not anything groundbreaking, but it was enjoyable (except for that one episode where they danced like idiots). The animation is almost flaw-free and the characters are love. Wish I didn't have to put it here in this lineup.
1

Gatchaman Crowds


The story is very simple and straight to the point. That is far from being a problem but I guess I expected more. This was in no way a bad show but I didn't think it was anything special either. I like the characters and the animation. That's it.
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4 - Attack on Titan - Yeah, I know. I'm boring. So what? This deserves the hype. Very gripping series.
3 - Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Problem Children) - I loved both concept and setting, and the characters are great as well, even if they are rather unrealistic (who cares?)
2 - Gatchaman Crowds - yeah. Not my sort of thing. Gets two points rather than one because I can see how other people would like it, which is more than can be said for the thing below...
1 - Kyoukai no Kanata - completely failed to interest me, despite me going into it with expectations. Bland characters, bland events, nothing of interest to me at all. Only reason I can imagine why someone would want to watch this is because of the animation, and even there it was nowhere near the standards of certain other series airing in the same season as it.
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4 Attack on Titan - an action/suspense thriller that did not disappoint me much. I marathoned this over a couple days and was hooked.
3 Kyokai no Kanata - I have not seen this yet, but it looks quite visually stunning and it's a KyoAni show. Character designs are nice too.
2 Gatchaman Crowds - It looks nice enough but I have also not watched this yet. I'm going on impressions again here.
1 Problem Children - yet another show I've not seen. I don't think I'll be checking it out any time soon either, so to the bottom it goes.
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BATTLE 3 (edited due to stupid autocorrect on my phone for Kurousagi)

4 Problem Children as it is amazing. Love the setting, characters, music and artwork is much better than AoT. Kurousagi is such a fun character.

3 Attack on Titan needed better art and faster pacing but was exciting and entertaining from the first OP, "they are the food and we are the hunters." Exciting but a real cliffhanger season. Manga comes out very slowly.

1 Gatchaman Crowds because I couldn't get into it. I tried but it wasn't for me.

2 Kyoukai no Kanata as it ended OK with a big old switcheroo but the plot was really silly in the end. It was too slow at first but then rushed by the end. Idol episode was the best one.
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4. Attack on Titan: has an amazing setting and great animation i loved it

3. Problem Children: good show although the characters lacked a bit

2. Kyoukai no Kanata: so far its a good show although I'm not finished it yet

1. Gatchaman Crowds: rated the lowest because i have yet to watch it but it looks like a good show
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4. Problem Children- The main character is Awesome
3. Kyoukai no Kanata- Very pretty, but it was pretty average otherwise
2. gatchaman crowds- I would have like ALOT better if not for the villan being one of the most annoying charaters i've ever seen
1. attack on titan- I enjoyed it for a while, but I got bored because of the pacing and characters.
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4. Problem Children - Everyone needs an OP main character from time to time, forget digging deep for power.

3. Attack on Titan - Good suspense kept me coming back each episode and just overall pretty fantastic.

2. Kyoukai no Kanata - Haven't seen it but it looks better then the other choice.

1. Gatchaman Crowds - Haven't seen, doesn't interest me from the description so I never bothered for better or worse.
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4 points- Attack On Titan - Was hooked instantly around episode 5. The quality and the story were amazing. One of the few shows where I picked up the manga this year as well.

3 points - Problem Children - This was a very interesting show. I came to it a season later and watched all of it in 1 day. It was really entertaining and I would like to see a 2nd season.

2 points - Kyokai No Kanata - While, it was far from my favorite. It gets the 2 points for the interesting premise it had,

1 point - Gatchaman Crowds - This show got off to a big start like it was going to be epic, but felt like it amounted to nothing personally. It was a big up and down series for me. There is a 2nd season announced. Hopefully, it redeems itself.
Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14

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Gatchaman Crowds will not be dismissed so easily.


It really, really, really should make it past this round, and I'm pretty tempted to give it a 4 over Problem Children. I agree with everything you've written, and yet, there was still a lot missing. The show had its moments of brilliance and much like it's brain-sibling, tsuritama, the writers obviously have some awesome ideas and bring a lot of interesting things to the table. However, much like tsuritama, the show lacks coherent story-telling. If there was someone to take all of the raw ideas that the show had, and put them together with better plotting and character development which (other than Rui, who they absolutely nailed on characterization) is really lacking, this could have been a classic.

Although, I should also watch my words, because Attack on Titan obviously had those elements, and was awesome for it, but I'd much rather see shows like Crowds than Attack on Titan, so maybe I'm asking too much here.
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4 Crowds: One of the best anime of the year, and one of the handfull that was actually *special*.
3 Problem Children: cool world, does special powers RIGHT
2 Kyokai : Okay, better than the alternative
1 AOT: More action trash. Not bad, but utterly unremarkable.


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It really, really, really should make it past this round, and I'm pretty tempted to give it a 4 over Problem Children. I agree with everything you've written, and yet, there was still a lot missing. The show had its moments of brilliance and much like it's brain-sibling, tsuritama, the writers obviously have some awesome ideas and bring a lot of interesting things to the table. However, much like tsuritama, the show lacks coherent story-telling. If there was someone to take all of the raw ideas that the show had, and put them together with better plotting and character development which (other than Rui, who they absolutely nailed on characterization) is really lacking, this could have been a classic.

Although, I should also watch my words, because Attack on Titan obviously had those elements, and was awesome for it, but I'd much rather see shows like Crowds than Attack on Titan, so maybe I'm asking too much here.


I see crowds getting a lot of '1's because people simply didn't see it, that's a sad way to go out, especially for the only show in the year that had something important to say.
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this is a hard battle....for me, and the animes going against the mega monster anime, attack on Titan, which im 95% sure will move on just due to the number of fans compared to the rest(seem to be a running theme in these battles >.>, its bad for the heart lol) either way here it goes.

4 - Problem Children: now its hard to judge this solely off the anime because after watching it 4 times, i started reading the books...i like it that much This anime is probably one of the most unique and interesting shows I've EVER seen and easily one of my favorites. the world it self is an amazing concept and the world building is fantastic. the concepts of gifts and gift games is probably the most awesome use of super powers ever. the characters are great and mesh really well(which only grow letter on) each character carries their weight but shine brighter when there together. the main character (izayoi) is one of the most unique MCs, no typical nice guy crap or clueless harem meat stick only OP badass who is bored( who gets even more depth when you know his back story). this anime has it all, the story is good, the Action is great further aided by the great art style and animation and its Hilarious. only down side to this is only 10 episodes :(

3 - Attack on Titan: Honestly, a week ago this would have been my 2, but after my friend watched it, and we got really in depth with the show and started the manga, if found a lot of hidden beauty in the show i didn't see the first time. The animation is amazing and all the action is really good, the story seem infinitely more complex then they let on and the whole moral greyness of the show is presented flawlessly. The characters are really the weakest part unfortunately, with most of the more interesting and stand out characters getting almost 0 screen time, while standered shonen protag-kun 635748 gets all the glory. but one of the biggest factors in this show's greatness is the soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano(guilty crown/Kiil la Kill), my favorite Composer atm.

2 - Gatchaman Crowds: I hate the fact that i would ever have to rate this a 2, but the competition is far to strong. this show was sooooo good, everything about it was unique, from it's amazing cast to the way they turned a super sentai on its head. the show its self is so much fun to watch, aided further but the amazing art that makes you never wanna look away. there is so much to say right with this anime i really wish i could just give this and AoT a 2.5 and call it even....but thats not how battles work :(

1 - Kyoukai no Kanata: again, i really liked this show, but its definitely the weakest of this group, it failed to stand out in the ways the others did, and really dropped the ball with its story telling. but i loved the concept and characters, but i just wanted so much more from it.

Side note: i find it weird that we keep Kyoukai no Kanata(Beyond the Boundery) in japanese, but translate AoT(shingeki) and Problem children(Mondai-ji) hahahaha
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Looks like Gatchaman could use some help.

4. Gatchaman Crowds - This was not the ordinary superhero story. I liked the aspect of using social networking as a means to make everyday people the heroes. It was interesting to the watch the Gatchaman trying to fight evil vs Rui trying to fight evil with his own methods via social networking. I also loved Hajime's ideals and philosophies that were very righteous and simple on the surface but ended up being a little more interesting once they were tested. The characters of this show are what put it above Attack on Titan.

3. Attack on Titan - It was a pretty epic show with an interesting setting. It really made you want to keep watching to find out just how the characters were going to survive in this apocalyptic world or to see just where exactly is this story is going to leading us.

2. Problem Children - I've seen a couple funny clips of this show, but I haven't actually gotten to it. Although, from what little I have seen of it, it's probably better than...

1. Kouykai no Kanata - Lately I haven't been so impressed with KyoAni's recent titles. I gave this a couple episodes but I couldn't get into the characters. I liked Mirai's blood manipulation power but her clumsy character routine got old.
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4. Attack on Titan - Amazing animation, soundtrack, suspense, characters.
3. Problem children - Cool powers and cute bunny girl
2. Gatchaman Crowds - unique feeling and nice colors.
1. Kyoukai no Kanata - Could not get into it at all. The main girl didn't seem cute to me, just really annoying
Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14

windsagio wrote:

theYchromosome wrote:


It really, really, really should make it past this round, and I'm pretty tempted to give it a 4 over Problem Children. I agree with everything you've written, and yet, there was still a lot missing. The show had its moments of brilliance and much like it's brain-sibling, tsuritama, the writers obviously have some awesome ideas and bring a lot of interesting things to the table. However, much like tsuritama, the show lacks coherent story-telling. If there was someone to take all of the raw ideas that the show had, and put them together with better plotting and character development which (other than Rui, who they absolutely nailed on characterization) is really lacking, this could have been a classic.

Although, I should also watch my words, because Attack on Titan obviously had those elements, and was awesome for it, but I'd much rather see shows like Crowds than Attack on Titan, so maybe I'm asking too much here.


I see crowds getting a lot of '1's because people simply didn't see it, that's a sad way to go out, especially for the only show in the year that had something important to say.


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