Top Winter 2014 Anime: Final Ratings

The Winter 2014 season has come to a close, and so it’s time to assess the shows that I watched, rate them and rank them. What follows is are short reviews and rating on a scale of 1-10 of the shows that I watched during the winter 2014 season. Overall, the season was one of the least impressive I’ve seen, although it did has a few shows I genuinely enjoyed.

Here’s the format I’ll be following. I will be going through the list of shows I’ve been watching in ranked order. Each show will be given a rating out of 10, as well as a short review and any awards the show won (Best Animation, Best Comedy, etc.).

Tiered rankings will be found here, and full series reviews for the shows that need them can be found on the Reviewed Anime List, as well as on the front page of the blog as I post them.

Let’s get started!

Kagari Ayaka

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Essay: World Conquest, Imaginative Powers and Systematic Rejection

What is the nature of conquest? How does one become a conquerer? From where does the power to conquer come?

Following the conclusion of World Conquest: Zvezda Plot, these are questions that seem to follow from another: from where does Kate Hoshimiya get her powers of conquest? It’s not an answer explicitly given in the show itself; there’s no stated higher power that has blessed Kate with the ability to conquer using her shiny CGI fist. And there shouldn’t be, because Kate’s power isn’t a power that is granted from the outside. It’s a power that is inherent to her nature as a conquerer and a child.

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World Conquest: Zvezda Plot Review

At the beginning of the season, World Conquest: Zvezda Plot was one of my time casualties, a show that I dropped after the first episode because I simply didn’t have time for it. I ended up picking it up a little more than halfway through the season for my time guesting on the CrunchyReport, and I couldn’t be happier that I did.

World Conquest is a whimsical, imaginative and bright little show that holds a lot more weight than it seems on the surface. It’s wonderfully creative and quirky, with a distinct sense of humor and a few bones to pick (sorry, smokers). And underneath all that are valuable themes on family, childhood and ideals. World Conquest is a high 7/10 from me (ranked over at the Ongoing Rankings Page) and, significantly, earned an instant entry into my re-watch queue.

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