End-of-Month Rundown – November 2015

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Average Episode Show Word Count (Words per review):

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: 906
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry: 748
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai: 702
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto: 649
Noragami Aragoto: 642
Ushio to Tora: 616
Owari no Seraph 2: 601
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk: 594
Subete ga F ni Naru: 593
Owarimonogatari: 589
One Punch Man: 568
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen: 398

Stray November Observations:

  • Gundam IBO remains the best Fall show, with Noragami, One Punch Man, Owarimonogatari, and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry rounding out the Fall Top 5
  • Zane’s review of RKC episode 9 was 1,196 words, tops among Fall ’15 reviews, edging out Hannah’s IBO episode 1
  • Hannah is continuing her Retro Reviews of Attack on Titan, but is quitting Utawarerumono due to declining interest
  • Among shows we’re still reviewing, only Subete ga F and Asterisk have yet to be awarded a 9 rating, and only those two shows and Taimadou have average ratings under 8
  • One Punch Man and Owarimonogatari are the only two shows with average ratings below MAL’s
  • OPM’s MAL rating (8.88) seems over-inflated, while Taimadou’s (7.17) seems oddly underrated (both, probably, due to source material reader opinion…which is just as valid as anime-only watcher opinion)
  • No Fall shows are experiencing any significant second-half fall-off; it’s been a pretty consistent season
  • To reach the rare 9 average rating, the final four episodes of IBO’s first cour will have to average 9.5 (or two 9s and two 10s)
  • So far, the writers of RABUJOI have written 73,281 words (including 7,377 for the first 13 episodes of Attack on Titan
  • If we printed those words out in single-spaced 12-point type on standard letter stock (~500 words per page), it would be about 147 pages
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End-of-Month Rundown – November 2014

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It’s a bit late (sorry about that), but here’s our November chart. You’ll notice it’s far shorter than last month’s, and that’s because we left off the dropped shows (seventeen in all) for a cleaner and more manageable look.

You’ll also notice the chart is split into five fairly distinct clusters, with our four ‘kings’ (rated 9 or higher) sitting up top. Three of those four (Fate, Uso, and Bahamut) have spent time in first place, and it’s anyone’s guess which will win out in the end.

The kings are followed by four shows rated between 8.5 and 9. Below them is a set of seven shows between 7.5 and 8, a set of three between 7 and 7.5, and rounding out the bottom are the four shows rated below 7, led by the bizarre, enigmatic Cross Ange

The weighted average of all the shows you see above comes out to 7.66, making Preston’s Garo the most ‘average’ show we’re watching right now. Sounds about right.

Include every episode of every show we’ve watched this fall, including drops (a total of 214 episodes and counting), and the average drops to 7.31, not too far off the combined 7.27 MAL score of those shows.

Overall, it’s been a very good Fall, with a lot of quality at the top and something to like in each of the mid- and lower-ranked shows. That being said, we’re looking forward to a lighter load come Winter!

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

Everyone here at RABUJOI wish to express our gratitude to you for taking the time to visit us. RABUJOI’s philosophy has been, and will always be to deliver timely anime reviews for your reading pleasure, and read you have: November’s traffic numbers absolutely obliterated both the blog’s previous two months of existence, as well as our most optimistic expectations.

We are cognizant that his fall has been rather unique in the sheer volume of reviewed series, and that numbers may settle down come winter, when the number of series worth reviewing will be halved. Regardless of how many people visit or read or come back for more, we cannot look at the future of RABUJOI as anything but bright. Thanks again!

-RABUJOI STAFF