As we venture into a new season, updating our MyAnimeList list, with most of the spring 2012 shows now shown as completed and selecting a batch of shows to watch this season (it is surprisingly decent so far), let me just close off the Spring 2012 anime season with some comments and stats. First off, as Spring 2012 was my second season joining Anime Power Rankings and my first season to try to keep track of my impressions of each week with with SPREADSHEETS, here are some stats to chew on:
What you have above is a graph of the score that each series got from week 4 to week 13 of Spring 2012 (I used another system in weeks 1-3 that proved to be not too useful). Each week, I would compete each show I watched against each other, and the show that I think is superior will get a point. For example, if I had watched 13 episodes for different current shows in one certain week, the highest one show can get is 12 points (does not compete against itself). For shows that I did not watch that week (either I dropped it, it was on a one week hiatus, the show is finished), it while it would not get any points, other shows can’t get points from that show in that particular week, and that the line for that graph will not appear for that week. In addition, by summing the points, I can easily show which the final ranking of each show (obviously this is biased toward an 13 episode show than a 12 episode show, since the former have one more chance to gain points):
Fate Zero – 119
Space Bros - 96
Apollon – 95
Tsuritama – 95
Smile Precure – 89
Nazo no Kanojo X – 76
Mouretsu – 65
Saki Achiga – 63
Natsuiro Kiseki – 62
Hyouda – 56
Sankarea – 49
Tasogare – 37
Jormongand – 36
Eureka AO -24
Zombie desu – 17
Accel World – 8
Upotte – 2
Medaka – 1
As seen from the results, my Fate/Zero takes the crown on being the best show for Spring 2012 with a lead of 20+ points to Space Brothers, whom took second place. Seeing the results, I think this point scoring method was fairly biased against Natsuiro Kiseki, whom I didn’t pick up until way later and hence didn’t give any points to it on week 4 and 5 (+ the 1 week hiatus). Now for the results of each show and how the graph might ended up that way:
Fate/Zero – I have been rather supportive of the second season of Fate/Zero since the very beginning, not only because it is a good show, but because of my involvement in other Type-Moon franchise, in particular the game Fate/Stay Night. Seeing how Kiritsugu was before Fate/Stay Night was always one main reason that kept me interested in the series, also is the fact that Gen Urobuchi wrote the original light novel and Yuki Kajiura is heavily involved in F/Z’s music, and that ufotable is studio in charge of it. On top of that, the second season, having established most stuff from first season already, gave us episodes and episodes of conflict between the masters and servants, and with about 1 character dying in each episode. Lastly, while the ending is less fancy than the previous episode, it was a good wrapping episode to connect to Fate/Stay Night. In short, every episode was decent, just some more than others, as seen in the graph with Fate/Zero constantly on top).
Space Brothers – If anything (and from my recent rankings), this show might be unfit for per-episode rankings. With the plot progressing slowly, and with each episode concentrating on just one or two characters, there are times which this show just seems boring compared to the other shows. As I have said before, this show likes to takes it time to show the details of annoying stuff like the examination process, all to make the show more realistic. This is evident in the plunge of scores starting week 10, where I guess is the start of the 3rd examination, which is just not all that interesting to me (the character detail is strong, just like their plot). At least it still manage to get second, as Space Brothers is starting on the wrong foot in Summer 2012 so far.
Sakamichi no Apollon – Why is this so high, this show is totally overrated and the ending is just downright cheesy. Just by glancing at the graph, the score of the show has a downward trend. On top of that, like a sine function, it almost periodically increases and decreases, maybe it is because jazz only becomes more important every two episodes? Donno. At least this graph shows my continuous distaste of present more drama and not jazz, but similar to economics, my scores for Apollon might have been sticky, resistant to change my high ratings for the show from the beginning (or that the plot is actually decent enough for me to keep such a high score despite jazz not being less prevalent).
Tsuritama - Before you all start bashing me of putting it before Apollon even when I clearly didn’t like it that much, Tsuritama didn’t grow on me until later in the series, and even then, there are still many stuff that I still don’t get of it. Yes, it was really quirky and stuff, and the ending was really well done.
Smile Precure – This show is a blast to watch, and I’m totally an Akane fan. Ya, nothing really deep or really superb, but I had fun watching them, which is evident in the constant score of around 8-12 (ie not the best, but still decent).
Skipping some, going to some that are more interesting:
Saki Achiga – This show have horrible pacing. They rushed through the whole prefectural tournament, skipped the battle against Ryūmonbuchi, speed through the first round of Nationals, spends 3 episodes on the second round, and then spend almost the rest on the first player in the third round. At least we see Teru playing and owning everyone, and Toki stealing the spotlight from Achiga’s Kuro. All these just to show how weak Achiga is. Despite all those complains, watching Toki suffering trying to outwit Teru, Kirame being a optimist, and all the better character from Saki reappear and beat Achiga (www) just made Saki Achiga quite a thrill to watch, even if it is just the second half.
Natsuiro Kiseki - As I have said, Natsuiro Kiseki should get higher points, since 3 of the weeks I did not assign any points to it, with the show getting an average of 8.86 points per episode. (62/7) This show has some pretty good writing in it, and it is just interesting to see how the four friends, each with their distinct personality, just join together to have their last summer before Saki leaves. Some episodes has some really interesting ideas on top of just seeing them chill and deepen their friendship, but each was at least average if not decent.
What happened to Weekly Musings?
I started weekly musings first because I wanted to have new content on this blog at least once per week, and second to expand on my impressions based on my APR votes…..Then I procrastinated and then recently Muv Luv Alternative happened. Worse of all, there are some more posts that I want to post but never got around posting, which if I continue doing weekly musings will get pushed even more. I guess that I also operate better on an ah-hoc mode, as I tend to enjoy more writing that way (ie, my previous post). Dropping weekly musing for now.