Welcome to my first ever Monthly Anime Ranking! Every month I’ll be ranking the shows I’m currently watching, from the ones airing. As I’m not watching all of the shows, some of them won’t be included here. This is purely my opinion and a way to organize my thoughts, so don’t take it too personally!
#21 – Photo Kano (dropped)
No, just no. Photo Kano is not afraid to hide from the get go that its purpose is the fanservice. Kudos to the show, I guess, but I’m not going to watch something completely uninteresting just for the sake of it.
#20 – Date a Live (dropped)
A bad LN adaptation. Actually, I should take that back. The plot is stupid and makes no sense, the characters are dull and uninteresting, and the quality is sub par. Some of these can only be attributed to the LN so no blaming the anime there. Unfortunately, if a Novel is bad, there is probably not much hope for the adaptation, which is the case here.
#19 – Karneval (-)
Karneval has an interesting premise, but at the same time is not interesting… yet. As it is still in the process of building up its characters, there’s still hope it can develop the most important ones, as this show does have a nice cast.
#18 – Devil Survivor 2 The Animation (-)
For those that are expecting something similar to Persona 4 The Animation, that is not the case at all. DeSu 2 is a bad adaptation and isn’t afraid to show it. From the filler episodes, to skipping game details, to not properly developing its characters, there’s a bit of everything, even bad animation. It’s never a good idea when you change the story of the game you’re trying to adapt. This show is clearly meant for Atlus fans to throw money at it.
#17 – Mushibugyo (-)
Mushibugyou surprised me, simply because I wasn’t expecting anything from it. What we have here is a very decent and unique shounen, thanks to its different premise. The characters are diverse and pretty interesting, and the hero is actually likeable! If it keeps this quality, it will be on track to become a solid Spring anime.
#16 – RDG: Red Data Girl (-)
RDG, P.A. Works’ newest show, has a pretty interesting story, but due to its slow start and some unappealing characters, managed to make some viewers stir away from it. The show isn’t very good, but it also isn’t that bad. At this point, it’s just average, but it definitely has the potential to rank higher if it can develop its plot coherently while at the same time keeping it interesting.
#15 – Kakumeiki Valvrave (-)
Valvrave is a mess. The characters ‘look’ interesting but we know very little (if anything at all) about them, the plot is still confusing, and it’s full of clichés. Despite all of this, it does have some nice animations and sweet mecha action scenes. Unfortunately this is probably not going to be enough to save this show, but we’ll see.
#14 – Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride (-)
Hyakka has been focusing on a different girl each episode so far, which is nice (finally Kanetsugu gets her time to shine!) as it gives some forgotten characters the development they deserve. This seconds season is pretty similar to the first one, with the only thing different being the new enemies, the Dark Samurai. If you watched and enjoyed the first season, the formula is still the same and you are most likely going to enjoy this one.
#13 – Sparrow’s Hotel (-)
Sparrow’s Hotel is a misinterpreted masterpiece. Being just 3 minutes long, it doesn’t have a lot of room to shine, but believe me, it does! This show ends up being cute and funny in its own way, even though there’s no plot, something that a lot of anime can’t even manage! Definitely something to look forward to every week.
#12 – Aiura (-)
Aiura is a cute 5 minute show with an OP and ED. Yes, five minutes. This actually turns the show into 3 minute shorts. Don’t let the length trick you, though, as Aiura has a lot of substance and is a very funny and enjoyable anime. The characters are cute and have the power to heal your mind and body, something you’ll notice when you start smiling for no reason.
#11 – Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai 2 (-)
OreImo S2 is almost the same as the first season, but now with some extra characters. So far the show has been focusing on a different character each episode. This can be good but if the focus of an episode is on a character you despise then you will have to suffer through it, or simply not watch it. Because of this, the show also has ups and downs, with good episodes (Saori’s) and not so good ones (Ayase’s), which can affect your enjoyment.
#10 – Aku no Hana (-)
Hated by some, loved by others, it’s safe to say that, from this season, this show is the one with the most diverging opinions. By innovating and using rotoscoping, it made lots of people who do not enjoy this type of animation stay away from the show or even drop it. It’s true that sometimes the rotoscoping feels awkward and isn’t that great, but it has a certain charm unique to this anime. The characters also feel very real due to the nice voice acting, something that not many shows can pull off.
#9 – Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince (-)
Majestic Prince is a show with a lot of ups and downs; one week we have a boring episode, the following week we have an amazing one. As the show is still in the process of building up the world and its characters, this is to be expected. But damn are the characters nice. Being special students, each has a very distinct and unique personality, which is really good because it makes them likeable. The mecha scenes are extremely well animated and are something this show definitely does right! Because of that, it has the potential to climb up in the ranking.
#8 – Uchuu Kyoudai (-)
Uchuu Kyoudai, why? You had everything to be at the top, and yet you do this. For those that don’t know what I am talking about, 3 of the 4 episodes this month were recaps. Yes, three. I can understand maybe 2, but 3 is just crazy. Because of this, I ranked it considerably lower than what I would have if that had not happened. Even still, the last episode was interesting and it’s nice to see the show hasn’t lost its characteristic charm. Knowing Uchuu Kyoudai, expect it to rank higher in the following months!
#7 – DokiDoki! Precure (-)
The precure awaken a pretty amazing power this month and finally the plot seems to be heading somewhere, with the reveal of King Selfish’s daughter, Regina. Apart from that, the show is still following the ‘Selfish of the Week’ rule, but at least they’re all unique. With the introduction of Regina, though, expect the show to become more interesting.
#6 – Hataraku Maou-sama! (-)
Maou-sama was probably the biggest surprise of the season. When everyone expected it to be just another bad LN adaptation, it turned out to be something more. Something actually good and enjoyable to watch. Generally, Novel adaptations can end up being good (Horizon) or really bad (Date a Live) and since most of them end up in the second category, it’s no wonder people weren’t expecting much from this show. By being an extremely funny show with a diverse and interesting cast of characters, Maou-sama gains a spot in the top 5 of the Spring season, at least for now.
#5 – Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san (-)
A big surprise of the season, Muromi-san is a treat for the eyes of any sakuga fan. It doesn’t just have amazing animations, though, as it is actually a very comical anime that will most likely make you have a good time. Each episode is ~12 minutes long, the same as Azazel-san, which I believe is the perfect length for shows like this: not too long, and not too short. Let’s hope the show can keep the good jokes and visuals in the upcoming episodes!
#4 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S (-)
As opposed to the first season, this time Railgun S has a pretty amazing arc to adapt: the Sisters arc, the best part of the manga. So far the episodes have been build-up but nonetheless pretty interesting. I also enjoyed the fact that they went ahead and showed Mental Out in the first episode, definitely a highlight (note that she’s only supposed to appear much later in the manga).
#3 – Shingeki no Kyojin (-)
Shingeki corresponded to the big expectations surrounding it by not disappointing! In fact, it even managed to surprise some people, due to how good it was, and still is. The option of going more in-depth in the military training as opposed to the manga worked really well in the end, by introducing some cadets and developing them earlier in the story. The end of episode 4 is a great example of why this show is at the top this season, and it’s probably going to stay there.
#2 – Suisei no Gargantia (-)
Gargantia has been doing pretty much everything right. With a set of interesting characters, pretty visuals, and a plot that actually makes sense, it’s no wonder it ranks so high. The build-up so far has been really good, and things should start to get more serious in the next episodes!
#1 – Chihayafuru 2 (-)
April was definitely one of the best months for Chihayafuru. All the build-up from the past month definitely paid off, and the semi-final match was probably the most exciting one so far, with impressive plays and shocking turn of events. When you think you know everything about a character, the show develops them even further, sometimes in surprising ways; it’s done very smoothly, and even though it happens in the middle of the game, it can keep you interested. Unfortunately the last episode was a recap, which killed some of the momentum, but the excitement is still there, and knowing Chihayafuru, the finals are going to amaze us even further.