Gosick

GosickAmong the blandest anime I’ve ever seen, and I’m usually a sucker for mystery plots.

Positive: Negative:
Victorique is pretty cool Bland music
Horrible protagonist
Useless side-cast
Incoherent story
Stupid puzzles

 

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi ha ShiranaiGood for a slice of life coming of age story. But like all coming of age stories – it’s boring.

Positive: Negative:
Great ED song Unremarkable OST
Characters are given careful detail Characters are not really that interesting
Good pace Boring premise
Good story, for slice of life

Macross Frontier

Macross FrontlineIt has some problems, I particularly disliked that the villains are not exactly sentient, but is otherwise a pretty good space opera.

Positive: Negative:
Nice background visuals The story is frantic and hard to follow
Interesting space opera setting
Idol part of the anime felt a little bit half-assed
A couple of good songs
Too little light is shed on the Galaxy
Alright characters
Interesting setting

Phi Brain

Phi-BrainAn anime about puzzles where none of the puzzles are solved on screen. I just don’t get it.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting concept Puzzles are solved off-screen
Ridiculous story
Annoying characters

Ben-to

Ben-touHaving spent the past five years living in Japan I get where they’re coming from, the whole stress and boxed lunch thing… but the show is still really dumb, if you ask me.

Positive: Negative:
Somewhat likable characters, maybe Ridiculous aimless story
Dumb ecchi humor

UN-GO

UN-GOI’m a sucker for both literature and old mystery novels, but this anime was sooo dull. Was it really based on what it says it is?

Positive: Negative:
Unique atmosphere Boring characters
Nice ED song Boring cases
Plot doesn’t go anywhere

Persona 4

Persona 4Probably the most faithful adaptation of a game yet, I was half expecting for them to start about their levels at one point. I usually complain that adaptations strive too far from the original material, but this one goes a bit too far in the other direction. xD

Positive: Negative:
Great music Some aspects do not translate well
Faithful to the original material
Good story
Good characters

Bakuman

BakumanWell, thanks for disillusioning me on the manga industry with this bland anime with meh characters and even more underwhelming romance.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting premise Bland music
Addicting plot (sometimes)
Bland characters
Underwhelming romance
Gets repetitive

Chihayafuru

ChihayafuruA somewhat underwhelming anime about playing… errr, Japanese poem-card memorization game? Well, at least it’s something new.

Positive: Negative:
Great character designs Boring characters
Alright music Simplistic story
Interesting concept

Katanagatari

KatanagatariAn adventure through a very fascinating world following some really oddball, interesting characters. It has a lot of problems, but it’s still written by one of the best writers in light novel field.

Positive: Negative:
Peculiar visual design Character designs lack detail
Interesting, historical Japan setting
Lackluster fighting choreography
Beautiful backgrounds
Some fights are very anti-climatic
A couple of good BGM pieces
Story feels disjointed at times
Morally ambiguous unique characters
Feels a bit episodic
A great number of quirky colorful villains
The middle part feels uninspired at times
Good, Japanese fairy-tale like atmosphere
 
Not afraid to “troll” its viewers

Highschool of the Dead

High School of the DeadNo that many zombie anime around so at least it attempts something new to the genre. Too bad so much of it is cheapened by needless ecchi and plot that refuses to make sense.

Positive: Negative:
Great opening song Movements are choppy at times
Original concept for an anime
Lack of distinctive background of music
Some cool action
A lot of things don’t make sense
Not finished

Eden of the East

Eden in the EastIt starts strong but fizzles out in the middle. Still a fairly interesting modern sci-fi thriller with likable characters.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting concept Too many things don’t make sense
Complex detailed setting The logistics behind Eden’s application are never explained
Good pacing
Ends abruptly before unraveling its potential
Charming protagonist
Lack of dramatic moments

Rainbow

RainbowOh, wow, you don’t see prison dramas in anime much. A really mature, disturbing show about the horrors of our society. And set during Showa of all things. Definitely highly recommended.

Positive: Negative:
Solid animation Characters are not particularly interesting
Dark hopeless atmosphere
Story is relatively simple
Fascinating, original concept (for anime)
Realistic characters
Good character development
A solid, dark take on coming of age tropes
Good pacing

Fate/Zero

Fate ZeroWritten by one of my favorite Japanese writers and set into one of my favorite universes. There’s just no way I could dislike this one, though Kiritsugu’s lame backstory kinda ruined the character for me.

Positive: Negative:
Good flashy animation
Kiritsugu’s flashback is lame, too long and ruins the character
Cool action scenes
Nice music
Interesting story
Captivating plot full of action
Great, profound, interesting, likable characters
Great dialogue

Mirai Nikki

Mirai NikkiSo bad it’s good has never been better. One should make a drinking game out of plotholes in this mess of a battle royale anime.

Positive: Negative:
Good OP/ED combination Sub-par art design
Interesting premise Story doesn’t make sense
Yuno is cool Plot doesn’t make sense
So bad it is good
Characters don’t make sense
Pace is insane, people keep teleporting around
Nothing makes sense

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Mawaru Penguin DrumA really… peculiar show. The story would be pretty bland if you took all the quirky, surreal stuff away, but it goes weird to such extents that it’s just, wow, fascinating in a sense.

Positive: Negative:
Allegoric and stylish artwork Boring character designs
Fine atmospheric music Wastes too much time on Ringo’s arc
Surreal Plot gets erratic near the end
Interesting story? Can’t tell metaphors and plot points apart
Bland characters