A the end of the day, there were a handful of series I probably wouldn’t have missed had I not watched them…but for completion’s sake I soldiered on. MM! was repetitive and barely went anywhere; Hyakka Ryouran was pretty but vacuous and often boring; Zakuro was cute but inconsequential. Given the chance to rewind, I’d have skipped them.
Yosuga no Sora performed better than its rating suggests; taking a lot of risks and keeping the romance going, no matter whom it was with. World God Only Knows was also fun and contained a lot of novel ideas and mixed the worlds of anime, gaming, and real life with panache. Soredemo was the best slice-of-life of the season, due to the strength of its characters and richness of its setting.
Star Driver won the ratings game with consistently awesome – though brief – action sequences that added or subtracted a little more or less every week, along with maintaining an intriguing duality to all its characters. Panty & Stocking was no Gurren Lagann, but still marked a return to awesome Gainax madness after Shikabane Hime fell flat. Index, interestingly, was at its best when it crossed into Railgun territory, as the religious arcs simply went on too long.
There were a couple series that, while solid, weren’t as good as previous efforts from their respective studios. Case in point: Arakawa was never as interesting to me as SHAFT’s Bakemonogatari or Zetsubou Sensei; while Yakumo didn’t come close to the excellence that was Beetrain’s Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom.
In all, however, it was a great, dense season. I enjoyed everything I stuck with, but I’m glad its over and excited for the new Winter season, which begins any day now.
Note that this list counts series that ran exclusively in Fall 2010 as well as series that will be continued either this Winter season or some other time. (Click here or the tab above for an explanation of our Rating system.)
|Episode # :||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||AVG|
|Panty & Stocking||4||4||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||4||3.5||3.5||4||3.5||4||3.5||3.692|
|Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||4||4||3.5||3.5||3||4||3.583|
|Ore no Imouto||3.5||3||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||4||3.5||3.500|
|The World God Only Knows||3||3||3.5||3||3.5||3.5||3.5||2.5||3.5||4||4||4||3.417|
|To Aru Majutsu no Index II||3.5||3||3||3.5||3||4||4||3.5||3.5||3.5||3||3||3.375|
|Shinryaku! Ika Musume||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3||3.5||3||3.5||3||3.5||3.375|
|Arakawa Under the Bridge x 2||3.5||3||3.5||2.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3||3.5||3.5||3.346|
|Psychic Detective Yakumo||3||3||3||3||3||3||3.5||3.5||3.5||3||4||3.5||3.5||3.269|
|Yosuga no Sora||2.5||2.5||3||3.5||3.5||3.5||3||3.5||3.5||3||3.5||3.5||3.208|
|Otome Youkai Zakuro||3||3||3.5||3||3.5||3||3||3.5||3||3.5||3||3||3.5||3.192|
|Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls||2.5||2.5||3||3||3||2.5||3||3||3.5||3||2.5||2.5||2.833|