Fall 2011 So Far

It comes as a shock to us, but we’re already a third of the way through the Fall 2011 season! Here’s what the Big Board looks like so far:

Fall 2011 Anime Ratings Last updated 1 Nov 2011

Episode # : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 AVG

Ben-To 4 4 4 4 4.000
Guilty Crown (first half) 4 4 4 4.000
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 4 4 4 4.000
Un-Go 3.5 4 4 3.833
Chihayafuru 3.5 3.5 4 4 3.750
Persona 4: The Animation 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.625
Tamayura ~hitotose~ 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.625
Bakuman 2 (first half) 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.500
Mirai Nikki (first half) 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.500
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai 3.5 3 3.5 3.5 3.375
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle (first half) 3.5 3 3 3.5 3.250
WORKING’!! 3 3 3 3 3 3.000
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (dropped) 3 3 3 2.5 2.875

Weekly Average 3.6 3.5 3.6 3.5 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.574

Summer 2011 Carryover

Episode # : 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 AVG

Mawaru Penguindrum (12-24) 4 4 4 4 4 4.000

Spring 2011 Carryover

Episode # : 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 AVG

Sket Dance (27-39) 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.500

Stray Observations:

Through four episodes, Ben-To is on top, serving up delicious action, zesty characters, and plenty of mouth-watering half-price food. David Production is on a roll.

• Guilty Crown has been criticized as a little derivative here and there, starring a cast of cliches and a dull lead, but its production values and slick character design have kept it up with the blue-chip series…so far.

• Last Exile is everything we could have hoped for so far, with the best setting and CGI by a long shot. The story’s not bad, either.

• Un-Go just may be the smartest series so far, a result of its literary pedigree. The cast takes a backseat to the storytelling and mysteries. But that all this is going on in a post-war, halfdestroyed Tokyo makes it all the more intriguing. It also has hands-down the best ending sequence. We could watch it all day.

• Chihayafuru has the best cast so far: three friends, all of whom are pretty well-developed after just four episodes. That the first three episodes flashed back to middle school helped with that.

• Persona 4 is one of our surprise series (one we weren’t planning to watch), but we’re enjoying its funky style (best opening), unique palette and character design, and game-like scenarios. It’s not perfect, but it is entertaining.

• Tamayura ~hitotose~ and Working’!! are our “rest series”; lightweight but fun slice-of-life shows that provide a respite from the more serious stuff. Tamayura is the better of the two; less static and more sentimental than the, well, workmanlike Working’!!.

• Bakuman 2 continues much as its previous season has: solidly, and full of emotion. Every episode we seem to learn a little more about the manga business. The old characters are still fun to watch, and the new ones add color.

• Mirai Nikki is providing the season’s dose of horror. It’s no Death Note, and new characters are starting to pile up, but it can claim the season’s creepiest character, the pink-haired Yuno.

We’ve dropped Gundam AGE. It started weak, and we’re finding it lacking compared to past Gundams.

If we had to drop another series today, it would be Phi Brain. Not because its a bad show, but because it’s a good show in a field of great and excellent ones. Nor does it have the “respite” appeal of Working’!!, which hasn’t scored higher than a 3 yet. We still have to watch the fifth episode; it will determine whether we continue or drop it.

That’s all for now. Keep watching and keep reading!

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