Otaku have voted to determine the top series of 2012 thus far, meaning everything from January, up till now – and while the number one result is a shock, it’s quite fitting, however the rest of the list is certainly not.
A ranking of near-total nonsense:
1.) Shirokuma Cafe
Shirokuma Cafe is a series which can appeal to everyone though its lighthearted nature, easygoing comedy, and overall outgoing vibe which impressively has zero centralization on moe, bishoujos, pantsu, or anything else regarding the human female – thus, it’s spot at number one is well-deserved as not to mention, the series itself is grand in every respect one could conjure, be it music, visuals, or something else entirely.
However, this list fails to hold up beyond the first entry – perhaps it may be different upon the series’ conclusion, yet as for now, Hyouka hasn’t done much to be worthy of such recognition as second place. Its spot on the list likely arises from a sizable slab of female voters, as otherwise, it would have been doubtful for Shirokuma Cafe to have made the top of the list as well – despite how superb it is. Nonetheless, Hyouka’s experience provided has, up to now, been akin to watching a mastic composition convert to a solid film – i.e., watching paint dry.
InuBoku SS, much like Shirokuma Cafe, is excellent all around – yet this is another indicator of feminine votes being prevalent, as is Accel World’s place on the list, as neither could have otherwise managed their ranking. The issue isn’t that they ranked high, they certainly have earned such – rather, it’s in relative comparison to other series on the chart which makes it clear this list is biased in general favor of some sort of subset of otaku. On a more general metric, minus woman or children, Nisemonogatari would have never ranked below Accel World.
Similarly, if this chart was done according to animation quality, not only would Nisemonogatari not be below Accel World, yet Accel World would not be on the list – or even anywhere near it.
Yet returning to what a more sensible list would contain, a series as Nisemonogatari wouldn’t be beyond third place, if not first – however, that simply goes to show what sort of audience was voting in this case. Although even with that upset, the list’s main point of flaw is the absence of Fate/Zero, which actually ranked at number 15 – below a shounen sports anime, Kuroko no Basket, and even underneath a generic moe based slice of life series, Natsuiro Kiseki, which seconds as a marketing campaign.
And the greatest sin, while zero credibility stands with the chart for the reasons aforementioned, the lack of even a subtle presence of creeping cuteness leaves this list on par with drivel.