Fall 2013 Anime Season Preview Part 2: The So Bad It’s Good

In the second installment of our fall anime season preview we will profile the anime that are almost certain to be terrible but they will be bad in such a way that they still hold entertainment value, just as long as you don’t try to make any sense of the plot. I’ll be watching at least an episode or two of most of these just to see if they can keep me entertained through the stupidity.

Outbreak Company

(By SerendipitouslySane)

outbreak company 01

Source: Light Novel

Studio: Feel

Notable Staff: Sakaki Ichirou (Original Creator: Scrapped Princess (people liked that… right?))

Genres: Fantasy

You know one of those shows that have a premise so goddamn bizarre you look at it and go, “ah, Japan”? Well, this isn’t one of those shows. This is a show with a premise with so much “ah, Japan” to it you stutter “uh…well, okay…” then slowly back away from.

That is to say, I’ll be watching this with much anticipation.

Outbreak Company is about an otaku so thoroughly immersed in the subculture that he was actually raised by a light novel author and an eroge illustrator, like Bane from Batman but with tsunderes instead of darkness.

As a person who doesn’t watch movies with one too many dimensions, this is the extent of my knowledge of and ability to make references to the Dark Knight Rises

As a person who doesn’t watch movies with one too many dimensions, this is the extent of my knowledge of and ability to make references to the Dark Knight Rises

A portal to another world opens, and instead of adventuring, fighting or working at MgRonald’s, our main character is sent as a missionary of moe to the foreign land, meets three walking anime trope girls, and for some reason, starts a school. Apparently this fantastically comedic premise devolves into actual serious problems later, which I am not sure would improve or degrade the show.

That’s not a looping .gif; that’s a real time representation of my reaction throughout the time I spent researching this show

That’s not a looping .gif; that’s a real time representation of my reaction throughout the time I spent researching this show

Wacky premise aside, all other leading indicators suggests this will be a mediocre series. Neither studio Feel nor the director has done most anything but smut (PapaKiki!, Yosuga no Sora, Kiss x Sis) and parts of Minami-ke, which puts this show solidly in the “why-the-hell-am-I-still-watching-this” category next season.

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru

 (By Kelloggs)
The male character’s importance to this show is directly proportional to how much he appears in this promo image

The male character’s importance to this show is directly proportional to how much he appears in this promo image

Source: Light Novel (duh)

Studio: Diomedea

Notable Staff: Inagaki Takayuki (Director: Rosario to Vampire)

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Ore no Nounai Senta- ah, fuck it. I’m not writing that whole thing out again. Noucome, (or, roughly translated “My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy”) is about a high school boy named Kanade Amakusa who is “cursed” with the “mental” “power” of “absolute multiple-choice.” This “power” manifests itself in “multiple choice questions” that will suddenly appear in his mind and the choice he makes will become his “reality.”

It isn’t clear to me how this “multiple-choice” power is particularly different from the real world. We all have to make “choices” when presented with various “options” but we don’t call it “multiple-choice power.” I suppose the main character’s “choices” will be more absurd than what those of us in the “real world” encounter but that’s just par for the course in light “novels.” It’s almost as if somebody has taken the “generic light novel premise” and distilled it down to its essence without offering anything really “unique.” I mean there isn’t a lot in the LN world that is “unique” in the first place but at least most of them have some sort of “hook” that differentiates them from the rest. Here we just have “generic high school dude” has to make “choices” when confronted with “crazy situations.” I mean at least DATE A LIVE presented it in the context of a “dating sim” rather than just making the “choices” exist with no context. If the “premise” left any doubt in your “mind” the preview “video” should make it clear that the “creators” intend to eschew “plot” in favor of “boobs” and “short skirts” and “high pitched voices.” I’m generally okay with “plot-light” anime but come on man, at least give me “something.” (I’ll probably still end up “watching” at least one “episode”)

Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

(By SerendipitouslySane)

machine doll 01

Source: Light Novel

Studio: Lerche

Notable Staff: Yoshimoto Kinji (Director: Queens Blade)

Genres: Action, Ecchi, Fantasy

The show, translated as the Unbreakable Machine-Doll, centres around a master-slave boy-girl duo who attends battle school as student and puppet weapon respectively. Anime history has its share of weapon-controller pairs which range from highly successful (Soul Eater), fairly successful (Kuroshitsuji), to somewhat controversial (Zero no Tsukaima), which almost directly correlated how much they play up the inequality of the relationship. While it is unlikely that Machine-Doll would ever approach Zero no Tsukaima’s level in physical abuse with gender being the way they are, circumstantial evidence, such as cheesy fight scenes (which I will nevertheless enjoy), alternate universe setting, light novel origins, and present, albeit mild, fanservice has me leaning towards Zero’s end of the fetish scale, especially since the fantastical character and costume designs are nothing if not (gorgeously) luscious.

The metadata is no source of confidence either. Lerche of Danganronpa (a show I correctly predicted to be a disastrous display of what not to do with adaptations), Majikoi!, and Carnival Phantasm along with the director of multiple Queen’s Blade seasons and Genshiken 2, who is incidentally also working on two series this season (Yuusha ni Narenakatta) is unpromising at best.

Meganebu!

(By Kelloggs)
Glasses to the rescue!

Glasses to the rescue!

Source: Drama CD

Studio: DEEN

Notable Staff: None

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

I’m just going to leave this here:

Meganebu is about the 5 glasses-wearing members of the glasses club. I’m glad somebody is finally making anime that acknowledges the fact that glasses are serious business. Clearly this will be the greatest anime of the season if not of the year.

In all honesty I’m kind of looking forward to this since I have a hobby of taking things that don’t matter overly seriously as a joke. Plus, anything that presents glasses-wearing guys as something to be desired is okay in my book.

Samurai Flamenco

(By SerendipitouslySane)

samurai flamenco 01

Source: Original

Studio: Manglobe

Notable Staff: Omori Takahiro (Director: Baccano, Durarara)

Genres: Action

The second show in the noitaminA slot this season (and the next, as it is two cours), Samurai Flamenco’s tagline is “to those ‘adults’ who don’t want to become adults”, which means it is aimed squarely at most everyone who watches anime. Its three commercials claim the distinction of being the most schizophrenic and unhelpfully nondescript previews ever.

Have I gone mad (yes) or is this thing actually three different shows?

Have I gone mad (yes) or is this thing actually three different shows?

But since the director Omori Takahiro is the one who made a coherent and engaging story out of the chaos that was Baccano! And Durarararararara! (Sorry, I stuttered), we will approach this show with a small degree of faith.

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5 Responses to Fall 2013 Anime Season Preview Part 2: The So Bad It’s Good

  1. Artemis says:

    Oh I am all over Samurai Flamenco. Okay, you caught me – and Meganebu. At this point I actually have complete faith in the former to be a genuinely excellent show, since Durarara easily makes it onto my top 20 anime list and since I’m pretty sure I have yet to see any series that aired on noitaminA that I’ve actively disliked. And the the latter title because… reasons. You summed them up fairly well already. XD
    (Sorry, I accidentally posted the above comment before I had finished typing. Go ahead and delete it if you like.)

    • SerendipitouslySane says:

      Unfortunately, we have to judge the upcoming shows based of available evidence and not expectation. The anime industry is filled with bad directors who made a fluke and good directors who made a gaff. And while I’ll normally put a fair degree of faith into past works, the intentional disinformation and relative obscurity means I am unable to fairly expect much from it.

      • Artemis says:

        Well, if it turns out to be a terrible series then I’ll happily trash it. Since there’s no actual evidence available for us anime fans until the series airs though, then expectation is all we really have to go on.

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  3. BrandonR says:

    (Sorry, I stuttered)

    Brandon is amused.

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