October 20th, 2013.
Here are the thoughts and ballot I submitted to the weekly Anime bloggers’ Anime Power Ranking (Fall week 3) – you can see the results and others’ thoughts here.
Kyousougiga – Where did this come from? Trying to keep up with all the threads, all the different channels of information, all the plotlines, all the places where we switch between different layers of reality, symbolism, and outright fake-things happening is going to make me suffer whiplash – and if not that, the rampaging sense of scenes passing us by, and moving from action, to backstory, to action in backstory, to small scale fisticuffs and large scale mayham. And you know what? Somehow I’m loving every minute of it. I for one also really loved episode 0.
Kyoukai no Kanata – I honestly don’t know how to feel about this show. It’s very pretty, it’s well done on the art direction, the animation, the soundtrack, the characterization of the characters, the writing is also solid, the voice actors are doing an alright job… but somehow, it just isn’t clicking for me. It’s like a bauble, a shiny, beautiful bauble, but there’s a void in its heart – this show is lacking that true heart to make me feel that there’s meat and soul within, to give me something that’d allow me to relate to it. It’s still a better spectacle, and better written than most shows out there, but something’s just not right with this show.
I hope they manage to fix it soon, I think it has to do with the characters, although being clearly defined, lacking in what we need to actually relate to them, and some lack of chemistry between the actors and their characters, and between the different characters/actors – it feels like much of it is on the acting front, and not only on the writers’ front. Although, on the writers’ front, that is indeed one of the risks when you go for quickly speaking witty characters – they can end up feeling a tad too fake, too tryhard.
And my own ballot:
- Kill la Kill
- Samurai Flamenco
- Log Horizon
- Nagi no Asukara