Sun 18 Mar 2012
|1||Nisemonogatari (season finale)||SHAFT||11||–|
|3||Ano Natsu de Matteru||J.C. Staff||10||1|
|4||Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou||Sunrise||10||1|
|5||Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku||Satelight||11||–|
On the cusp: Natsume Yuujin-chou Shi, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Mirai Nikki, Another
While Nisemonogatari was certainly one of the most hotly debated series, I have to admit that this sequel did not live up to its predecessor’s strong reputation, Bakemonogatari. Nisemonogatari seemed to play around more with erotic scenes, and the characters that we know and love from Bakemonogatari played minor roles in this season. But the animation, dialogue, and visual quality were still on par and strong, and I did enjoy it nevertheless.
Ephemeral Dreamer (Ephemeral Dreams)
Usually, I try to refrain from making any personal opinions about the results of the Anime Power Rankings. After all, the results are an accumulation of what the community has to say about anime, and the collective opinions on shows. However, I do have something to say about this week. In my opinion, the Anime Power Rankings came within the margin of one ballot of making the biggest mistake of its existence. Nisemonogatari scraped by Chihayafuru by a mere 3 points to take the first spot this week. In my own opinion, I believe the finale of Nisemonogatari is nearly perfect. I could not have asked for a better, more poignant balance from an episode of -monogatari. It’s everything that I initially expected from Nisemonogatari: crisp dialogue juxtaposed with an absurdly bloody action scene, simple and effective characters, non-black-and-white conflicts, and Araragi standing up for his shit. I think I’m in the minority from my brief dialogue with other viewers, but I freaking loved the ending. Excuse me as I go be giddy in the corner.
Also, Lerxst from Anime Afterlife Podcast won Power Rankings bingo for the second time this season. Lucky bastard