Just for fun, each season I’m going to look back four years to see what I was watching back then and talk about what I thought of it then and now. Since its Fall 2018, that means it’s time to look at Fall 2014 and cringe (or not) at what I watching way back when.
Hit the jump and let’s travel back in time to Fall 2014!
The shows that I watched are in bold, shows my wife and I watched together are in bold italics.
A reminder on my rankings… they’re on a five point scale to coincide with my rankings on Anime Planet. But one 2.5 can often be different from another 2.5, so where needed I supplement them here with verbal comments to clarify. These rankings reflect what I thought at the time, and may or may not reflect how I’d rank them today.
I did some research, but this is written mostly from memory… It wasn’t until Winter 2015 that I started regularly writing on a weekly basis, so I have no material to review.
A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd / Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
I’m trying really, really hard to remember this show… I do remember eagerly anticipating it each week, but not much about the details. It was mostly a school club type series, with an odd background. I do remember there were some great ideas with that odd background, but that it never explored them to any degree.
I’ve never re-watched it.
Final ranking: 3.0
Celestial Method / Sora no Method
Oh, I do remember Method… But mostly I remember how freakin’ frustrated I was with it. Every time it seemed that it was about to get good and start pulling its scattered fragments together, it would zig off in a different and unrelated direction. Then they topped it off with a complete ass-pull of an ending.
Never re-watched, never even tempted. Nowadays, I like to think that I’d drop it at the mid-season gut check. Shows like this are why I invented the concept of the mid-season gut check in the first place.
Final Ranking: 2.0
Girl Friend BETA / Girlfriend (Kari)
I think this was my first CGDCT show, and even though it was mostly forgettable (like most CGDCT) it did do one thing for me… A cameo by Miss Monochrome lead me to watch the Miss Monochrome series. That was cool.
There’s one especially good episode (Ep 7) I rewatch every now-and-again, but I’ve never rewatched the series.
Final Ranking: 3.0
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying / Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
When I checked my records, I found I’d never rewatched this… So, after dinner, I sat down and marathoned it. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, because it’s a short…
The forty-five minutes I invested was well worth it! I’d forgotten how charming and funny a show it really was. And I still stand by what I’ve said for years – in its short run time, Husband crams as much character development as some shows barely manage in two cour.
If you haven’t watched it, it’s available on Crunchy and well worth your time!
Final Ranking: 3.0
Has it really been four years since our anime (and donut) loving quintet graced our screens? That seems hard to believe, I just rewatched it a couple of months ago, and it’s still darn good. (And four years without a sequel or any OVAs? Criminal!) Back when it was airing, as much as I enjoyed it and as high as rated it… I frequently complained about the “monster of the weak” format, but with time and subsequent rewatches, I’ve come to appreciate it more.
Also four years on, and I still want a 3rd Aerial Girls Squad anime! Tell me you wouldn’t watch the heck out of that!
Final Ranking: 4.0
The Fruit of Grisaia / Grisaia no Kajitsu
An adaptation of a harem VN… wasn’t too sure about it until the gut punch at the end of the 4th ep… and after that I was entranced. It had its highs and lows, and the Angelic Howl arc remains one of the darkest and most chilling stories I’ve ever seen in an anime.
It’s telling that I could rewatch the gut punch to get a screenshot – but I wasn’t even tempted to check any part of Angelic Howl. I don’t think I’ve ever rewatched the series itself.
Final Ranking: 3.0
Trinity Seven / Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Masho Tsukai
A mostly forgettable anime about a high school for magicians, a demon lord, and the fate of the universe. Oh, and tons and tons of fanservice. Practically every time the MC unleashes his powers, one or more of his harem has her clothes blown off.
I did try to rewatch it earlier this year, and I barely made it through ep 4 before giving up because I was bored to tears.
Final ranking: 2.5
When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace / Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
Something of a troll title… Because the show’s main conceit is that even though the MC’s have obtained superpowers – there’s nothing for them to do with them. Three quarters of the way through the series, we learn there is a war going on but the MC’s are being actively kept unaware of it for reasons that are never made clear.
The most memorable scene is this incredible performance by the talented Hayami Saori. She nailed it on the first try – in a single take.
Final Ranking: 3.0
Wolf Girl and Black Prince / Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
A forgettable high school romance drama… In retrospect, it was pretty problematic in spots. It did have some interesting side characters IIRC.
Never rewatched any of it.
Final Ranking: 3.5
Your lie in April / Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Ahh… KimiUso. It stands large in my memory! Over at Mage in a Barrel, iblessall reviewed it week by week, episode by episode and I took part in the comments. This was a fantastic experience… For twenty two weeks we laughed, we cried, we howled as the show swung for the fences and missed (again!).
I’ve never been tempted to rewatch it… not the least because it’s a large commitment as well as draggy and repetitive in parts. But I’ve rewatched the final episode probably a dozen times since. In my book, it’s one of the single best finale/epilogues I’ve ever seen.
Final Ranking: 3.5
Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero / Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
How highly do I think of YuYuYu? It was the subject of the first full post here at the Lounge. As you can see from the pingbacks on that post, I’ve referred to it frequently. When it popped up on Netflix, I recommended it to my non anime watching friends. I think so highly of it that I continue to recommend it to people today.
I think this one of the few shows that really grabbed me in the first ep… I added it to my queue when it popped up on Crunchy mostly because it was a magical girl show. I watched the first ep, and when my wife got home from work I insisted she had to watch it too… and I sat right beside her and rewatched it less than a couple of hours after watching it for the first time.
Oddly enough, when I look at my records, I’ve never rewatched it in its entirety… I know I’ve rewatched individual episodes (particularly the finale) any number of times though.
Final Ranking: 4.5
Bonjour♪ Sweet Love Patisserie / Bonjour♪ Koiaji Patisserie (2 eps) • Denki-Gai / Denki-Gai no Honya-san (3 eps) • Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! / Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu (1 ep) • Gugure! Kokkuri-san (3 eps) • Orenchi no Furo Jijou (1 ep) • Wake Up, Girls Zoo! (2 eps)
I know it may surprise some folks that I dropped a show with WUG-chan… But it was just so freakin’ awful…
And six shows dropped out of seventeen? I’m not keeping any records, but I’m pretty sure that’s about the highest ratio.
The big change this season is that between commenting on Mage in a Barrel and the Crunchyroll forums, this was the first season where I really began participating in the community.
Fall 2104 – full season chart
So, click on that season chart, then drop a comment and share what shows you watched during the Fall 2014 season – what do you remember? How have they held up?