Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010: Yes or No...or VERY NOOOOO!

You know, there are just way too many shows in 2010 to cover. By Wikipedia's count, they have 109 shows listed, while The Cart Driver has it at an unofficial 110. That's probably not including all of the long-running shows (Happy 300th, Bleach! - Ed.) and the very long-running shows (Happy 2190th, Doraemon! - Ed.), but we started a little late this year. We're guessing we caught at least an episode of 67 series this year.

How many would we watch again?

Instead of giving the "Best and Worst of 2010"—we'll make it quick and tell you that Shiki, Durarara!!, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt were our Top 3, with Yosuga no Sora, Motto To Love-Ru, and kissxsis bringing up the rear—we're flipping a coin here and giving you the thumbs up and thumbs down for the shows we caught a glimpse of this year. You could probably call it our "Siskel & Ebert" coverage of 2010

Actually, make that "Siskel, Ebert & Pedro from Excel Saga". Some shows were just plain horrible.

Winter 2010
Chu-Bra!! - Yes
So Ra No Wo To - Yes
Ladies vs. Butlers! - No
Omamori Himari - VERY NOOOOO!
Baka to Test to Shôkanjû - No
Hidamari Sketch Mittsuhoshi - Yes
Qwaser of Stigmata - VERY NOOOOO!
Hanamaru Kindergarten - Yes

Spring 2010
Heroman - Yes
Ketsuinu - VERY NOOOOO!
Big Swing! - No
Working! - Yes
Hakuôki - No
Senkô no Night Raid - No
Mayoi Neko Overrun! - VERY NOOOOO!
Rainbow - Yes
K-ON!! - Yes
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru - No
The Tatami Galaxy - Yes
kissxsis - VERY NOOOOO!

Summer 2010
Amagami SS - No
Sekirei Pure Engagement - VERY NOOOOO!
Strike Witches 2 - VERY NOOOOO!
Shiki - Yes
Asobi ni Ikuyo! - VERY NOOOOO!

Fall 2010
Iron Man - No
MM! - No
Tegami Bachi REVERSE - Yes
Hakuôki Hekketsuroku - No
Bakuman - No
Oreimo - Yes
Arakawa Under the Bridge*2 - Yes
Star Driver - Yes
Psychic Detective Yakumo - No
Yosuga no Sora - VERY NOOOOO!
Motto To Love-Ru - VERY NOOOOO!
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru - No
Togainu no Chi - VERY NOOOOO!
Toaru Majutsu no Index II - No
Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector - No

Doing the math, that comes out to a total of 32 shows that we would watch again, 20 we wouldn't watch again, and 15 we wouldn't touch without a hazmat suit. That's a little under half of the shows that we would at least say were decent at some point, but that also means that we would be burying at least 20% of the past year in our backyard.

Call it an unscientific approach to the year, but it's better than ranking them all.

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