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?
“The character wasn’t really developed enough for me to care about them.”
“That character was annoying, he was a complete idiot.”
Something I’ve noticed in the aniblogosphere is the swift judgement that characters tend to receive. The most common judgement is not caring about a character because they haven’t been developed enough.
Lately, I’ve been pondering about this mentality.
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that the basis for it is critical analysis, so not every character can just get a free pass. But at the same time, I know (or at least hope) that in real life, people wouldn’t be so quick to judge others. I’d be willing to bet that if most of the characters existed in real life, people who said they didn’t care about them or thought they weren’t developed enough might even like them.
However, that line of thinking throws me into another mental roadblock. The whole point is that these shows aren’t real life, and the whole point of critical analysis (or at least part of it) is to judge the writer’s abilities. But then yet again in counter, I question if it’s necessary to abandon part of our humanity purely for the sake of analysis.
Before my brain explodes, I suppose we should get to some examples.
Just a little preface before I get into this, this is my first real, legitimate editorial-type post I’ve ever done, so sorry if I wind up incoherent. Or if it sucks. I’m a rambler at heart, and sometimes I can’t help but stray a bit on what my main point is. I’ll be able to stay on-topic, though. No worries there.
Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Animation Studio: SHAFT
Number of Episodes: 12
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
I’m not going to treat this like a normal review, because pretty much everyone in the universe has watched this show. That means it’d be pointless to go through a lengthy and vague plot summary. I’m just going to talk about the ending. I won’t treat this like an episodic post though, because those are boring as hell to write.
Also, if you somehow haven’t watched this yet, then go do so. Whether you like it or not, this is basically required watching among the anime fandom at this point.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS OF THE ENDING. DON’T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE LAST EPISODES YET.
You read that right! And it isn’t April Fools, either.
Madoka Magica will air the last two episodes back-to-back on April 21st. [source]
Before ending this extremely short post, I think I should mention something that some fans might not know. While SHAFT did indeed delay the episodes so they could improve the quality, they finished on time for the new airing. The problem was that due to all of the destruction and such featured in the show, MBS refused to air the episodes.
Now, why didn’t some other station air them? Well, first of all, they probably had the same thought. But the main reason was because SHAFT had a contract with MBS that said that MBS would get to air the episodes before everyone else. Basically, MBS had SHAFT by the balls.
Now lets hope MBS doesn’t change their mind again.
UPDATE: THE VIDEO HAS BEEN CHANGED TO PRIVATE BECAUSE IT WAS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE. SHOCKER.
ANOTHER UPDATE: THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE STILL CLICKING THE LINKS EVEN AFTER I ADMITTED THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE AND THAT THE VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED IS EMBARRASSING. STOP.
It seems like a lot of anime bloggers are having fun pulling April Fools jokes today. I can certainly understand why, but I don’t feel the same way. I’m dedicated to bringing you previews, reviews, and important information about anime 24/7, 365 days a year.
The animation for this new one looks to be very high quality, as expected. I’m curious to see what kind of plot they’re going to do for it. Anyone have any theories?
Okay, who copied whose homework?