Last year I struggled quite a bit when coming up with my top ten, not because there were so many good shows, but because there was a lack of them. A few times I actually considered making it a top five list instead, but I ended up going through with ten shows in the end.
This year, on the other hand, was difficult for the correct reason. There are a lot of shows I feel deserve a spot in my top ten but I just couldn’t fit them in, but that is sort of the point of making a top ten, isn’t it? If it’s easy to pick them then what’s even the point?
The rule is the same, simple one as usual: the show needed to end at some point in 2013. That means shows that are still airing are not eligible (though I’m sure plenty of people will still ask “WHERE’S KILL LA KILL?!”), but shows that started in late 2012 and didn’t finish until 2013 are eligible. With that in mind, let’s get this list started, shall we?
In the first episode alone of Date A Live, there are a decent handful of panty shots. In the first few minutes alone there are about three. “Whelp, this show is going to be pretty awful,” I thought to myself. There were a couple of funny quirks introduced in the episode, like Shido’s classmate who’s girlfriend is a girl from a dating sim, and that one chick whose only line of dialogue is “gross”, but nothing big enough to make me change my first impression; especially at the end, where it showed that Shido was going to use dating sims to “train” himself in order to seduce the Spirit girls. It seemed like the show was going to turn into a totally straight-faced version of The World God Only Knows.
But then the show did something I didn’t expect: it became self-aware.