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2013 ★ BATTLE

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theYchromosome wrote:
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 feel like there's a parable about this, or something. Something about rejecting an option for being slightly imperfect, only to end up with something worse. Or maybe it's just the story of my life. Anyway...

4 - Gatchaman Crowds - A lot of interesting social commentary and deconstruction of heroism. I would not have expected to enjoy a show about super sentai smartphone rangers anywhere near as much as I did (because it's much more complex and thoughtful than that makes it sound).

3 - Problem Children - Although nothing about this is too terribly original, it has such a well-orchestrated sense of fun and adventure and ridiculousness that it's hard not to like it.

2 - Attack on Titan - Manages to be intense at times, but more often tries too hard to be super-extreme-epic-edgy-awesome and falls flat. Lots of filler and uninteresting characters, and it's hard to care about anyone when the show gleefully slaughters people left and right.

1 - Kyoukai no Kanata - So stereotypical and forgettable that I forgot about it while I was writing this post. Good animation (it is Kyoani, after all), but doesn't have much else going for it.
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4. Problem Children - Was a fun show to watch, and while the story wasn't a big point in the show, it added more reason for the characters to do what they want. Also, it was pretty funny!
3. Attack On Titan - The art style was interesting, and the plot was pretty good. It got let down at times, and sometimes there were just WTF moments, but it didn't fail to entertain.
2. Gatchaman Crowds - I only watched the first episode, but the animation was good, and the characters were pretty cool. I only dropped it because I don't exactly like mech type anime.
1. Kyoukai no Kanata - It could have been good. Could. The main characters were terrible, and I've heard that instead of some dark story that it was supposed to be, it turned into the same moe-blob that nearly everything else is. The only good part the show was its animation. Since, it is Kyoani.
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theYchromosome wrote:


windsagio wrote:

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.

"Utsutsu shimasu."

76% of Titan's votes are 3+, and 71% of Problem Children's votes are 3+. At this stage they're obliterating.

From the first two battles:

Date A Live: 30% were 3+.
Nagi no Asukara: 70% (won).
Nekomonogatari: 51%.
Sunday Without God: 49% (won).

Golden Time: 67% (won).
Haganai NEXT: 54% (won).
Henneko: 42%.
Love Lab: 35%.

Gatchaman: 28%.
Kyoukai no Kanata: 24%.

Based on the first two turn-outs we've got a ways to go yet (about halfway), but still. This is painful.
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I'm not particularly drawn to any of these choices, to be honest. But out of these, this is my honest ranking.

4 - Attack on Titan: It wasn't as good as the manga chapters it covered, but it was still pretty solid. The art was a definite improvement from the manga, but the pacing wasn't nearly as good. But I guess it got the point across. It was an overall pretty decent first season.
3 - Kyoukai no Kanata: This wasn't wasn't that great but I enjoyed it. The art and animation were beautiful though. Episode six was absolutely hilarious.
2 - Problem Children: I haven't seen it, nor do I care to, but it couldn't be nearly as much of a trainwreck as the next title.
1 - Gatchaman Crowds: This was just so bad, I have no words. I cannot find a single good point about this anime. I would avoid it at all costs.
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Insomnist wrote:

Kyoukai no Kanata: 24%.


I know I don't have a say in this but
Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14

kotomikun wrote:


theYchromosome wrote:
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 feel like there's a parable about this, or something. Something about rejecting an option for being slightly imperfect, only to end up with something worse. Or maybe it's just the story of my life.


Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Although I guess that's more of a proverb than a parable.
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4. Problem Children: I marathoned this in one sitting all episodes back to back, it was just really fun to watch, the only problem is it was short.

3. Kyoukai no Kanata: I don't think they explained the word in this anime very well and I thought the end was not done well, but the show was fun to watch and very pretty.

2. Attack on Titan: I've only seen the first few episodes then put it on hold but I do want to finish it off.

1. Gatchaman Crowds: I watched the first half then just stopped watching it in favour of other shows, this is last under Attack on Titan because I've had no real desire to finish it off.
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I shouldn't be watching Problem Children while I'm angry at it for shutting out Gatchaman Crowds.

Halfway in all I've succeeded in doing is hating absolutely everything about it except the character designs.
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4 - Attack on Titan - This show absolutely deserved the hype it got. It was a genuinely great show with some strong characters (some weak) and it wsa extremely interesting and gripping. This is a show that basically anyone would like.

3 - Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Problem Children) - Watching No Game no Life is probably making me look at this show in a better light. It had such an interesting concept with interesting characters. The only thing is this show really just needs to have more.

2 - Gatchaman Crowds - I actually have not seen this show, so it's probably weird that I'm placing it here. The fact that this show was voted up means it must have some merits to it, but I've seen Beyond the Boundary. It's meritless.

1 - Kyoukai no Kanata - Absolutely gorgeous and breath-taking animation by Kyoto Animation who is only second to P.A Works in terms of gorgeousness. Horrendous story with awful characters (except the side characters, fascinating), with an awful ending. Beautiful animation though.
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4. Attack on Titan - For me to not give this the top spot would be an injustice, those bashing or demoting it towards the 2/3 rank haven't expressed why it has been flawed enough to be demoted, the flaw is there but seems no one wants to say it due to their taste overriding their judgement but oh well. Now the show was phenomenal and by far the biggest storm in over taking 2013 even finding a way to break away from the massive pacing fail at the middle, which has surprised me like no other...the Story was just that good I became so complacent just to find the manga and start powering through it and not wait for the next episode.

3. Problem Children - The only main issue this had was the 10 episode count, the show did kids with supernatural powers right and I loved that about it, aside from the major bunny and vamp being a bit meh at times, but the Male MC makes up for it.

2. Gatchaman Crowds - another show that although I liked it was nothing special, and seems many are trying to make it an avant-garde story which it is not. Its message wasn't thrilling, yes it does have one of the best commentary on social behavior, so what? None within the cast stood out to in a way that I could sympathize or even emphasize with, I expected more, alot more and that might be why I am being a bit harsh towards it, hopefully the season 2 makes up for this, but for now get the third rank you deserve.

1. Kyoukai no Kanata - I won't even get to this, the art was amazing, the execution, arghh the execution!!!! dam'it to all hell, so much could have been done, SO much, god I hope you don't win. Even the love end couldn't make up for it, I am a simple man where all I need is a happy love end to rank something higher and Kanata didn't even allow me to do that.
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4- Attackon Titan - Great story art and enjoyable

3- kyoukai no kanata - great story and characters

2- gatchaman crowds - only heard of this not seen

1- problem children - not heard of this
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4) Gatchaman Crowds(In my own personal rankings I actually have Attack on Totan slightly ahead of Gatchaman Crowds, but I really want this show to advance, so I am placing it higher here, I like the unique style and how it turns its genre on its head and how it is rather progressive in terms of LGBT characters)
3) Attack on Titan(This was the anime that got me back into anime)
2) Problem Children(Never seen this, but it can't be worse than Beyond the Boundary)
1) Beyond the Boundary(Good first four episodes and 6th filler episode, everything else sucked, especially the ending)
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seanbo362 wrote:

1- Attackon Titan - Great story art and enjoyable

2- kyoukai no kanata - great story and characters

3- gatchaman crowds - only heard of this not seen

4- problem children - not heard of this


psst, your numbers are backwards... 4=top pick and 1=worst
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Gatchaman: 28%.
Kyoukai no Kanata: 24%.

Based on the first two turn-outs we've got a ways to go yet (about halfway), but still. This is painful.


They belong there, well not Gatch so much, it got the short end of the stick in terms of shows to rate against *shrug*. However Kyo can burn in hell and stay there.
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Well, this is interesting. A round where I've seen bits of every show, but found them all either poor or okay.

4 - Attack on Titan: I never expected to be giving this 4 points, but this is the best of the bunch this time around for me. It had a terrific early pace, and the titans were scary as well as curious. The problem was that around episode 10, the show slowed right down, and it never felt quite so intense again.

3 - Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?: Ugh. I only gave this 5/10 on MAL, but it was kind of fun, I guess? There was nothing awful about the 3 episodes I saw, I just didn't fancy watching an overpowered main character wreck everyone with a permanent smirk on his face while everyone else watched him in awe.

2 - Gatchaman Crowds: I'm giving this the benefit or the doubt because I could see the potential for improvement after episode 3. Too bad I wasn't interested in finding out. The big problem with this anime was the main character, Hajime. She was extremely forceful with her views to the point of not really listening to anyone else, but every time she forced things to go her way, it was always justified because she was never wrong. Oh, and she was also smart, energetic and philanthropic. Disgusting.

1 - Beyond the Boundary: I gave this show 5 episodes. I thought to myself that if I gave the show a decent chance, it would expand on its characters so they'd consist of more than a quirk (and possibly a tragic backstory), and maybe it would sort out the dialogue so that it stopped being horribly unnatural (or just plain cringe-inducing). I thought this because I know that KyoAni are (were?) capable of so much better when it comes to characterisation. But after 5 episodes, I just couldn't take any more.
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