Twelve Days of Anime #11 (Sixth Worst Anime of 2015) — What I Expected My Sixth Best Anime To Be

On the far far opposite side of the spectrum that my sixth best anime of the year inhabits is a Spring 2015 anime from a well-established studio that everyone had a lot of confidence in prior to airing, only for it to live up to those expectations about as well as Guilty Crown if it had been written by someone half Hiroyuki Yoshino’s age: Blood Blockade Battlefront. An incredibly overhyped, money-making, waste of talent that represent everything wrong with both Bones and the anime industry in general.

Who wants to see concepts ripe for rich storytelling and talented people behind ‘em proceed to waste said concepts on uninspired junk food consisting of nothing but shallow spectacle, characters who couldn’t reach any satisfying level of characterization if they were wearing Liquid Schwartz jetpacks, and bullshit conclusions that we stopped caring about before the delay was even announced? You don’t? Well who cares what you think, because we sold over ten-thousand blu-rays on the first volume alone. What did your precious Euphonium sell? Under seven-thousand? Hah! What a hack show that was!

9 responses to “Twelve Days of Anime #11 (Sixth Worst Anime of 2015) — What I Expected My Sixth Best Anime To Be

  1. I’ll never understand your loathing for this. After one episode it was clear his was a big dumb spectacle anime, but apparently it still disappointed you more than other anime this year which presented themselves as something more, yet failed even more miserably. Oh well, guess someone has to hate it.

    • Because the characterization was shit, the action was shit, and it wasn’t the least bit funny? I’d expect an anime set in the Star Wars version of New York to at least be creative if it was just going for spectacle, but BBB is a no-risk, snoreworthy failure of the imagination. The set pieces and crazy events have no connection with each other, the characters are all badasses who sound the same and have no relatable flaws or goals (you should NEVER do this. It’s never as cool in practice as it is in theory, as every single thing Joss Whedon has written should prove), and there’s no closure to anything other than the Black and White story – which was on complete autopilot every time it showed up. Hey, I have an ill sister I need to help. You do? Yes, now let’s never bring her up again!

      It’s the kind of show that thinks the audience will watch anything as long as it looks cool. And it really irritates me how much the show doesn’t even try to utilize its potential for something interesting (those “worse” shows you’re alluding to, assuming you’re not talking about the five remaining choices for my odd-numbered Twelve Days, at least tried to do something with their ingredients before they collapsed).

      • I remain completely unconvinced. If you can find enough to enjoy in the likes of Euphonium and Guilty Crown, yet you’re unable to derive at least that level of enjoyment from Kekkai Sensen, then you’re really going out of your way to not enjoy it (I mean, “failure of the imagination”? Come on now). True, it was another shallow visual spectacle anime rather than some masterpiece, but if you’re going to try to find the good in other crappy anime no matter how minimally they apply the things you’re criticizing BBB for, then you’re really going overboard here.

      • If you can find enough to enjoy in the likes of Euphonium and Guilty Crown, yet you’re unable to derive at least that level of enjoyment from Kekkai Sensen, then you’re really going out of your way to not enjoy it

        Those shows had characters with flaws that drove the story. BBB doesn’t. The characters face no personal challenges whatsoever and are about as flawed/interesting as Baccano’s cast. And quite frankly, Baccano bores me.

        but if you’re going to try to find the good in other crappy anime no matter how minimally they apply the things you’re criticizing BBB for,

        I give anime leeway in terms of plotting if I think a character is interesting and how much leeway I give depends on how much of the characters’ interesting traits affect the story. And I’ll only find a character interesting if they have some personal story with relatable flaws/challenges they have to overcome or if they’re really funny. If you don’t fulfill that requirement, you’re automatically written off. Most of the crappy shows I watched this year at least get to the personal story bit before having the rest of the show fail to utilize ’em properly. BBB gave Leo a sister with a vague curse and it’s never brought up again afterwards. That’s a worse motivation than the leads in the new Assassin’s Creed game.

  2. Being listed as 2015’s worst is kind of harsh (the technical merits of the show is amazing) but I can see where you’re coming from. I don’t know where the staff went wrong in the adaptation because the direction is energetic, the visuals are strong and the characters are interesting enough in the surface BUT the final product is even drier than Ranpo Kitan. Wow.

    • I can’t remember a single time when the technical merits were used for something actually interesting though besides standard movement. There was that action scene in Episode 4, but the shonen-esque nature of it didn’t impress me (and it also doesn’t help that the rest of the action was just plain bad. Seriously, how can a show so technically proficient have such awful action?). Then there was the final episode, which tried to make the heavy dialogue not boring. It failed.