Sun 25 Mar 2012
|1||Ano Natsu de Matteru||J.C. Staff||11||2|
|2||Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou||Sunrise||11||2|
|5||Guilty Crown (season finale)||Production I.G.||22||23|
On the cusp: Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku, Another, Natsume Yuujin-chou Shi, Rinne no Lagrange
Well, the unthinkable happened. In what was evidently the greatest season finale of all time, Guilty Crown was catapulted onto the Anime Power Rankings this week, vaulting over 23 anime to edge into the top 5. I can only imagine the epic scale, grand conclusion, and satisfying resolution that viewers were showered with — an awe inspiring rain of glory that redeems the series as a whole. It’s a shame that Guilty Crown won’t be with us any more, since it seems to be just hitting its stride, right?
Finale of Guilty Crown brought much joy for various reasons – mostly the fact that it’s finally over, but I will miss spending half my week taking the piss out of it.
Caraniel (Caraniel’s Ramblings)
The fact that Guilty Crown going to 5th implies that it rose 23 spots should give you an idea how well the show has been doing this season. I highly doubt many people can even name 23 shows that are airing this season (26 different anime received votes this week). In fact, it has not even gotten a single point in the past two weeks (A property shared only by Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!, Sengoku Paradise Kiwami, Recorder to Randoseru, and Shakugan no Shana III). Truly, this is a heartfelt underdog story of a scrappy anime that was written off early by everyone, but believed in itself and came back in the end to win over all our hearts. It’s like Rudy, but infinitely more facepalm.
Ano Natsu de Matteru has the potential to be my favorite show of the season. This show doesn’t have impressive visuals, hilarious slapstick comedy, ridiculous action scenes, or toothbrushes. In fact, many viewers complained early on about its blandness and lack of originality. However, I praise this show so much because of its excellent pacing and execution. The show has done a fine job developing our main characters and their respective romantic relationships. There’s a sense of plot advancement in each episode, as tensions rise and drama builds.
Aeroblip (Desu ex Machina)
Most of this season’s successful anime (besides Guilty Crown of course) end next week. Besides Ano Natsu, Chihayafuru is headed for an anticipated ending.
There are very few shows involving sports or competitions of some kind that can create the air of suspense that Chihayafuru does. Seeing how a card-taking streak can be interrupted and turned against somebody’s favor manages that rare balance that keeps the matches believable, to an extent, and borderline nail-biting. This week’s Queen match was probably the best in that regard, neither party having much of an advantage over the other until the very end. And, as always, Chihaya’s faces are classic and she’s just the most precious thing.
Inushinde (Shinde Iie Anime Blog)
Because it would be funny, lets see how the other anime with finales this week fared in the polling.
|Black Rock Shooter||16th||9|
|High School DxD||18th||6|
|Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-||18th||6|
|Shakugan no Shana III||21st||5|
|Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2||26th||1|
|Zero no Tsukaima F||21st||5|
*This week, 5th place was 32 points and above