Tuesday, September 8, 2009

[Poll] The Result of July Top 5

Even though there's no way my little poll represents the anime community as a whole, the result of this season's top 5 poll seems to agree with ratings I found from other more respectable sources. While the result is somewhat as I expected, there are something I'm not quite understanding. So let's just take a quick look at the top 5:

Spice and Wolf II being the undisputed winner of the popularity contest is something I've predicted. Who doesn't like the cute and wise wolf deity?

Bakemonogatari being the second is also quite understandable as well, consider it is the best anime from July season quality-wise. The only thing is that you need to be able to cope with is the weirdness and violence. Sometime they do turn people away...

Then there's the close third place, Princess Lover. Honestly, I'm a bit baffled why it has gotten this high on the poll.

True Princess Lover is a good anime. But is it good enough to hold the third place among all series that came out this season? I don't think so. In my opinion, Princess Lover is a well made harem anime. But harem anime is a harem anime. There's no way for it to get away from its formulaic nature. It may throw a twist here and there in the middle, but it doesn't matter how hard they try, it's next to impossible to get a plot or ending that isn't part of the well known and predictable formula.

CANAAN, who managed to outrank Umineko no Naku Koro ni, held the fourth place. Though I still have hope for CANAAN, I have to say the current state of CANAAN is mediocre at best. They need to do a lot more than what they have right now to make it great.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni, I'm glad to see it's still hanging in the top five. It has been somewhat a roller coaster ride. I think the reason it has fallen back so far is due to not live up to audiences' expectation. But since it's a 26 episode series instead of a 13 episode series as it was reported originally, I think there are still quite some time left for it to improve and redeem itself.

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