Best Anime Series of 2013 – Meta-ranking from around the WebPosted: January 20, 2014 Filed under: Anime, Series, Top Ranking | Tags: Anime, Anime in 2013, Attack on titan, アニメ, best anime, best anime in 2013, Chihayafuru, 進撃の巨人, Monogatari, Shingeki no Kyojin, Top 10, Top anime, Top anime in 2013 26 Comments
After some data collection, here is my top 10 list for the best anime series in 2013. Similar to the previous list, I have excluded series that have not finished in 2013 (hence the likes of Kill la Kill and Log Horizon are not in the list). See Appendix for the sources I use and the methodology to give rise to this list.
Iiwake Maybe and Amina – The Beginning of the Under-AppreciationPosted: January 5, 2014 Filed under: AKB48, J-Pop | Tags: AKB, AKB48, Amina, 言い訳Maybe, graduation, idol group, Iiwake Maybe, Japanese idol, Sato Amina, 亜美菜, 佐藤亜美菜 Leave a comment
In the world of Japanese idols, members in a group are not necessarily a permanent members. They join and graduate, either forcefully by management or to pursue other career outside the group. A few weeks back, my favourite member of AKB48, Satou Amina, announced her graduation to pursue a voice acting career. She became my favourite member (or “oshimen” in otaku speak) because of her underdog status, how she managed to make people notice her despite barely any support from the managers.
In tribute to her graduation announcement, I want to look at one aspect of the management’s neglect that has become a sticking point for Amina followers, her supposed lack of screentime in the PV of Iiwake Maybe (言い訳Maybe), the promotional video to the single in which, with her 8th position (out of 21) in the member’s election (senbatsu sousenkyo, an event voted by fans to determine the composition of the single), she was expected to make some substantial appearance. This actually makes me curious whether she was really screwed off her screentime despite ranking so high or not.