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Summer 2011 Season in Review – Blown Away

November 4, 2011 4 comments

American TV has slowly started experimenting beyond the standard “debut every series in September and see what sticks” model, but it’s still the case that fall is the season where the big ticket items are debuted. Similiarly, the big anime seasons tend to be spring and fall, with the winter and particularly the summer season left to left to flounder with continuing shows and one or two decent new offerings.

That was certainly the case last summer, as noted by our very tepid awards post for summer 2010. It was not the case in winter 2011, with some remarkably solid offerings including Madoka, which is still the most likely candidate for show of the year. It’s also not the case here, with some strong continuing series being equaled or bested by shows that debuted this season. Neither of us were prepared for how remarkably strong, on balance, this season’s offerings were.

It’s unfortunate that the strength of the best series of this season eclipsed some other gems. When the most competitive category is “Best Show We Didn’t Cover,” that’s a good sign that summer 2011 was a great three months for anime. And that remains true even though the second most competitive category was “Most Offensive Series.”

As bear didn’t have a chance to watch most of the summer shows, this post is written entirely by 3HM.
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Mayo Chiki Episodes 1 and 2 – Sexual Assault

Sometimes, it’s not enough to be a bad show. Sometimes, it’s not enough to be an unfunny comedy, sexually offensive and perverse, have horribly written characters, etc. Sometimes, a show needs to borrow every single one of its elements, without exception, so as to be unoriginal as possible. Without this, an experienced anime watcher couldn’t tell how incompetent the writing and production was, by noting that all those original elements, even the obscene ones, had been done better elsewhere.

Mayo Chiki is just such a show. Merely reading the show description or looking at some of the character designs would immediately signal all the likely problems with the series. But I wasn’t quite prepared for how badly Mayo Chiki would mix together all its elements. Even if Mayo Chiki were better than the sum of its parts, it would have trouble reaching mediocrity. As it stands, it’s one of the most disgusting (and disgustingly bad) shows of the season.
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