Another year, another batch of complaints that the just-finished year of anime was “bad” or “mediocre at best”. It never gets old, really.
I thought it was a pretty good year seeing as I was sweating and biting my nails over what would make my top ten this year. That tends to be a pretty good indication of a solid if not good year of anime.
But you know what, I’m going to do things a bit differently this time. Maybe part of the fueled negativity towards each year is leaving a bad taste in people’s mouths by ending these with the worst five shows that aired. I’m going to keep doing those because I still think balance is important, but from now on I’ll start with them, and then do the top ten after. Maybe ending on a positive note will help inspire more positive thoughts about each year from now on.
Before we start, here’s the rules as per usual: It doesn’t matter when the show aired, as long as it finished airing in 2015 it’s eligible. In turn, shows that did not finish airing before December 31st, 2015 are not eligible. That’s really about it. As for the worst list, I have to have completed the show in order for it to be eligible, or I need to have dropped the show for a reason other than boredom. Otherwise the list would just be full of shows that bored me to various degrees, which would make a really lame list. This also means if a show you think should have made either list isn’t there, I most likely either didn’t watch it or dropped it.
That’s it for the rules, let’s get this started.
I’m glad I’m finally getting around to covering this show. It’s already a thing of mine that I like to cover shows where I don’t agree with the majority opinion because it’s more likely to encourage thought and debate, but it’s even better when the show I get to cover is one I really, really like as opposed to one that I don’t.
Also, I was going to start this by covering how people perceive adaptations in order to maybe help manga-readers (of any series) who tend to be disappointed maybe understand why that’s the case, but it ended up being so fucking long that it can seriously make a post of its own. So I’ll just give the TL;DR (sort of) and we’ll jump into Tokyo Ghoul right after.
I normally don’t get to talk about directing and such when reviewing shows since most of the time it’s just “okay”, as in it just really gets the job done and that’s it, so I tend to just skip it. But when it’s noticeably positive, negative, or special in some way, I like to draw attention to it.
The eleventh episode of Seraph of the End is one of the few times where I can actually focus a bit more on the directing rather than the writing for an anime, so even though this won’t take long, I wanted to take the time to talk about one scene in particular.
At least that way I’ll get something positive out of it.
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Sometimes I struggle with the things I decide to put out. I tend to only cover a show when I have something I want to say about it. Most of the time that’s due to having an opinion that just goes against the majority. My ultimate goal, after all, is to get people to think about the shows they like and dislike and why. But I don’t want to have a reputation of always going against the grain, because then it looks like I’m doing it for the sake of it. That’s why I try to go in an alternating pattern with at least my longer videos: I started with a less than stellar Clannad review, then praised ToraDora, then laid out my issues with After Story.
But sometimes I have to put that worry aside and say the things I want to say regardless. Which is why I’m now going to explain through a review why I think people give SAO II too much shit.
Another year, another time to be unoriginal and do a top ten (or some degree thereof) post like everybody else in the universe. But they’re pretty fun to do, so it makes sense why everybody does them.
2014 was a pretty solid year for anime. I think I said the exact same thing about 2013, but this year was even better. When I make my list I go through all of the shows I watched that are eligible, and write down the ones that I think deserve a spot, then after I’m done I sort through the shows and decide which ones will actually make the Top 10. Sometimes I have just enough shows for the list, other times I don’t have enough and need to expand out a bit so I can have enough, and then there are times like this year where I have more than enough shows.
This wasn’t an easy list, I had an especially difficult time deciding the placements for the five through one spots, and if I could I would have given number one and two both the top spot in a heartbeat. But alas, there has to be one single winner.
Before getting into the list, I should explain which shows are eligible. The basic rule is that the show needs to have ended at some point in 2014. Doesn’t matter if it started in 2013 or even 2012, as long as the show ended in 2014, it qualifies. This means shows such as Your Lie in April, Parasyte, Magic Kaito, etc. that are still airing were not eligible.
Normally that would be the single rule of this, but now that split-cour shows are becoming a Thing, I’m adding a new one: split-cour shows where the second half doesn’t finish in the year are also not qualified. That means no JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, or Aldnoah.Zero. I’m defining a split-cour show as one that’s clearly incomplete without its second half due to no real resolution, or has a blatant cliffhanger to lead into it. These are shows that are typically planned to be split-cour in the first place and announced as such.
Oh, and also obviously only shows I watched are eligible. If a show you think is great didn’t make my list, there’s a good possibility I either didn’t watch it or it just didn’t manage to make the cutoff. …Or I may have thought the show was shit, but the former are more likely.
With all that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
This might be a bit late, but I only now started noticing just how much shit the Tokyo Ghoul anime ending was getting. On the one hand, I expected the cries of it being a “cliffhanger” and “unfinished”, but on the other, I didn’t expect the sheer magnitude of it all. Maybe I just happen to not be seeing the more positive reception, but it seems almost unanimous.
So now I have to take the time to explain why everyone is wrong and I’m right.
…That was a joke, obviously, but I do genuinely believe it was just fine, so I wanted to take a little bit of time to explain why I think people missed the point of what made the ending… well, an ending. Along with some pondering on what an ending in general really is.
Needless to say, this is going to be entirely about the final episode of Tokyo Ghoul, so you probably want to stop here if you haven’t seen or finished the show. Which you should, because it was great.