It's come. Today we'll recap my November leg of the Anime Review marathon. In addition to a recap and list of this month's reviews, I'll be giving out the "awards" for the biggest winner, the biggest loser, and the dark horse for the month of November.
First off, for those of you just joining us on the review bonanza, this is my Anime Marathon 2013. For the rest of 2013 I've dedicated myself to watching anime after anime to catch back up after I stopped watching it back in 2008. Instead of just watching it, I've been reviewing them as I go.
Compared to last month's lineup, this month lacked a consistent quality benchmark. Some were great, others were mixed, and at least one still has me scratching my head. So, unlike last month, the awards were very difficult to pin down.
October Reviews (in case you missed them):
- Sword Art Online
- Valvrave the Liberator
- Eureka Seven
- Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean
- Guilty Crown
- Infinite Stratos
- Eden of the East
- Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
- Fate/stay night
- Attack on Titan
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
- Date a Live
- Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance
Still to Come:
- Gundam SEED
- Gundam SEED Destiny
- Majestic Prince
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
- Infinite Stratos (Season 2)
- Valvrave the Liberator (Season 2)
- Ghost Hunt
- Spice and Wolf
- Kuroko's Basketball
- Arpeggio of Blue Steel
- Angel Beats!
Still have quite a bit of ground to cover here, but I've got a mission.
The Biggest Winner: Another
Frankly, I'm probably as surprised as some people in the audience are right now. After looking through my notes and the reviews I've written, it seems like Another is the clear winner in something of an upset for the fan favorite Attack on Titan, which did not make it. Another just got a lot more right in its run than any other contender this month, I must say. It was unsettling, amazingly animated, and it just brought something different to the table. It is distinct from the other series based on this alone.
I applaud P.A. Works for managing to clearly dislodge both Evangelion 2.0 and Attack on Titan from their attempt to take this category.
The Biggest Loser: Fate/stay night
This is one of those situations where it didn't really suck by any means (much like last month), but it is definitely eclipsed by all its peers this month. Fate/stay night is something of a mixed bag. The plot is a bit of a drag at times and it suffers from being an adaptation of a visual novel. For everything the show did right, it did something else just as wrong.
It is likable to the right audience, but finding that audience isn't an easy task.
The Dark Horse: Another
Oh my, Another managed to swipe two awards. Well this is awkward guys, but this wasn't a contest again. Nothing managed to surprise me as much as Another did this month. It came out of pretty much no where and I loved it. Despite what others might say, it definitely deserves both awards in my book.
Two awards? P.A. Works really did do something right.
Other series that came in close for the "Winner" were Attack on Titan and Evangelion 2.0, but they were firmly dislodged from the position by the more consistently strong Another. Despite the fact that I am visibly on the edge in the Date a Live and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU reviews, I think that both genuinely tried to bring something new to the table to varying degrees. In that way, they ended up being safe from the Biggest Loser section. Fate/stay night on the other hand doesn't really have that much going for it in any department, so it snapped up the award.
RahXephon was a small contender for the "Dark Horse" segment as well. I did expect it to be something special, so it did fail a certain criteria with that one. Attack on Titan had a peculiar version of this where I went in expecting something pretty great and I didn't really get it. It might have won here if people hadn't gushed so profusely about it on a regular basis.
In addition, I also responded to Richard Eisenbeis and posted my own Five Anime of Fall 2013 You Should Be Watching. Among my picks were Log Horizon, Golden Time, and Arpeggio of Blue Steel. I would like to take this moment to point out that Golden Time seems to be going a very interesting route since they dropped something of a twist ending last episode. I personally can't wait to see where this goes.
I fought with Kinja for hours in order to properly format this thing.