As Bojji would put it, “Aaa aaa aa aaaaauhaaa!”

Or, as Kage would translate for me: I hate this show.

I know this show is popular. I know a lot of you are going to disagree with me about a lot of what I say here. As I continue to maintain, it is important for people to speak and disagree freely, so I welcome that disagreement. Nor am I here to rain on someone’s enjoyment of this show. I know how beautiful that feeling can be. But I will not spare this show my frustration. I will tell it like I see it. Much of it will be harsh.

Before I go any further, let me address one overarching issue: Bojji’s unhappy condition. I have all kinds of sympathy for him and for anybody who finds themselves in such a physical state. I cannot imagine the pain someone like that must go through. That said: I will be harsh on his depiction in this show from time to time in this review. It’s not from lack of sympathy, but mostly from overarching frustration with the show. That tends to leak over into every possible aspect of this series for me, causing my feelings of sympathy to be heavily overshadowed. Understand that it isn’t about Bojji and his condition.

That overarching frustration takes a couple of tacks. The first is my utter dislike for the art style. The second is people’s generally overwhelming positive view of this show. Again, disagreement is fine, but I cannot find enough positives to even get me to have a neutral opinion about this show, yet so many people were gaga about it. These two things drove me nuts. Every week I’d check my various anime websites and see this ranked as high as Attack on Titan or Komi Can’t Communicate. Then I’d go watch that week’s episode, and the first thing I’d think when I finished watching it was: 

“Man I hate this show.”

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Characters

Rating: 4

People were losing it over these characters. They gushed, at the mouth, like this: “So multifaceted!” “So much depth!” “Complex and intricate.” “They all have a dark side.”

Put one seemingly contradictory trait in a character’s behavior, one betrayal. one plot twist, and people began to bleat about “complexity” and “depth.” All these characters are the same. They all appear one way until suddenly, “plot twist!”, they act completely contrary to our expectations. I’m sorry to all of you that thought this, but this doesn’t make for quality characters by itself. Even on an individual level, a character behaving counter to our expectations doesn’t automatically equate to quality. It can, and can very easily when used properly by the author, but it isn’t automatic. But this show takes it too far. I was almost on the bandwagon early on: I thought “Wow that’s not what I expected!” Then it happened again. “Wow they did it twice; interesting!” Then it happened again. And then again. And again. Pretty soon the unexpected became the expected. The writers overdid it with this approach and pretty much ruined any positive effect it had on the characters. 

When I say it kept happening, I mean it kept happening with every different character. Bojji’s stepmother Hiling. The swordsman Domas. The black robed Bebin. Apeas the spear wielder. Daida, Bojji’s stepbrother. Desha the underworld king. I was frankly surprised that Bojji, Kage, and Despa, the rather ridiculous teacher to Bojji, didn’t exhibit such character traits. I was waiting for Bojji to turn into a murderous maniac. It wasn’t going to surprise me. Fool me once shame on me and all that. I wasn’t gonna let it get me. I guess I was surprised when I was double-crossed even here…maybe.

Any good thing taken to excess will become less of a good thing. It made the story somewhat intriguing for a while, mostly because you didn’t know who to trust, as no one was as they originally seemed. And hey, it was a great way for the writers to avoid any stereotypical good-guy or bad-guy character types: all the characters were basically both and neither. I’ll give the writers that, but still it was too much. The unexpected became the expected, and that’s a problem if that’s not used in an artistic or entertaining way, and it wasn’t.

The endless stream of tears from the strong Bojji.

The voice acting was mostly wasted on trite or simplistic dialogue. The dialogue had its moments, but they were not memorable amidst the plethora of the mundane or tiresome. The studio did not spare their budget for their VAs either. Kage was voiced by Ayumu Murase (Shouyou Hinata; Haikyuu!; Iruma Suzuki, Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun), Despa by Takahiro Sakurai (Griffeth, Berserk; Reigen, Mob Psycho), Bebin by Youji Ueda (Speedwagon, Jojo), Miranjo by Maaya Sakamoto (Echidna, Re:Zero; and the one and only Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade from the Monogatari series), Rina Satou as Hiling (MIkoto Misaka, the Certain series), and the great Kenta Miyake as Bosse (All Might, MHA; Avdol, Jojo). Damnation, freaking Yuuki Kaiji plays Daida; Kaiji, as in Eren Jaeger—that Yuuki Kaiji. The dialogue from him, Miyake-san, and Sakamoto-san is all nicely done. You can tell how good these people are at their craft, regardless of the script itself. I respect the studio for getting all these people, but I wish the dialogue had been a better match to their abilities. 

Then of course there’s Bojji. Yes, even silent characters must have a VA. We’ve all seen examples of that. Most voiceless characters will have to make little sounds or exclamations, etc., and even this can be done well. Komi from Komi Can’t Communicate is a great recent example of this (2022). But this display seemed like abuse to the poor Minami Hinata, Bojji’s voice actress. The only sounds Bojji really makes are quiet snorts of trite determination and that dreadful vocalization the writers inflicted on him for this show. Again, I mean no disrespect to people who can’t talk or hear, but this is ridiculous. Every week I had to sit through an episode of this show watching this character bleat out these idiotic noises that somehow some of the characters could understand as words—Kage’s translation of it was particularly annoying after a while, as somehow all of a sudden he could understand him—and I felt horrible for this VA. Hinata-san basically just started doing voice acting, and this was one of her first two roles, both airing Winter 2022. She must have been horrified having to do this nonsense. I hated it, both in the character and for her.

Bojji does nothing for me. The vocalizations are one thing—let’s just say R2D2 did it better, and looked cool doing it. But the stature, the faces, the development, all of it was almost gallingly bad to me. I didn’t know whether to laugh or vomit at some of his “best” moments. Speaking of diminutive shounen protagonists—the size thing made sense in the context of Bosse sacrificing his son’s strength and all that, but stopped making sense when Bojji got to a point where he could physically overcome someone with Bosse’s strength. The Pomeranian, nay, smaller than that, scale of this character was absurd. Can you imagine what his giant mother must have thought the moment he was born? As in, nothing? Hell they would’ve had to get a search team out to find him in the birthing chamber, admonishing everyone to not step on him as if he was a lost contact lens. “Congratulations,” I can imagine the doctor saying to a mother somewhere in our universe, “you have given birth to a grape.” It’s nauseatingly ridiculous. 

An inauspicious start to say the least.

Plenty of people sympathize with Bojji. He’s like the ultimate underdog character, they might say. I get that. And I get it that anime can make even the ludicrous possible, and can do a damn good job portraying it sometimes. But all this is too far. He can’t hear. He can’t speak. He has no physical strength. He has no talent with weapons. He’s a crybaby (could fill a pool with his tears…it’s worse than Madoka Magjica, and those girls cry a ton). It’s nice that he’ll give away all his clothes to someone who claims he needs them, but as opposed to exhibiting a great and charitable heart, this borders on lunacy. While a clever story might make one somehow believe someone in his condition could rise to a place of honor, respect, and leadership—this is a stretch. A big one. Not only that, he basically no longer has any of these problems, or the effects of them I should say, by the end of the story. He can understand everyone by lip reading. He can communicate to them effectively, either through sign language or their ability to understand his vocalizations somehow or Kage’s translations. He’s the greatest swordsman in the kingdom—after training a few months with a foppish nincompoop dressed in some sickening Elizabethan Shakespeare costume, and using a sword the size of a kebob skewer. 

Perhaps I am too harsh. I tried, and continue to try, to not let my utter disgust with the artwork affect my opinions of other aspects of this show, but I will admit that I do not think I could always keep those feelings completely separate from my objectivity. So I suspect that I have painted too negative a picture of Bojji, when perhaps he deserves to have his positives highlighted—however diminutive those might be. Nevertheless, I do not like this character. He’s very blah and definitely more than a little annoying.

Kage is a wasted character. He’s a—shadow? He looks like a puddle of motor oil shaped like an 8 with two eyes, with a hand that appears here and again, and a mouth on the end of a stick that looks like the jaws of one those giant beetles we all hope we never meet. Oh, Bojji can “lip read” that too, by the way. You want to know how I’ll remember Kage? “Bojji!” “Bojji…” “Bojji!!!” “Bojji, Bojji, Bojji, Bojji, Bojji, Bojji…” One of those last episodes that literally happened, Kage repeating “Bojji” over and over like that. I prefer to stay out of the realm of vulgarity, but I really wanted to describe this in the most vile terms. I will restrain myself and not do so. I’ll put it this way: I thought Raphtalia, from Rising of the Shield Hero, and her legendary incessant “Naofumi-sama!”, was bad. This was at least that bad. It was a freaking waste of Murase-san’s, the VA’s, time and ability. I won’t spend any more thought or space on this waste of a character than to say that such a creature seemed fairly unique as a character type, but nothing whatsoever was done with his physical appearance, abilities, etc. He’s just Bojji’s friend, and Bojji his, when neither of them had friends, and both were misunderstood, and both were…oh boo hoo, whiny trite bullsh….

So much potential.

Miranjo was a miss too. A tragic miss in some ways. She’s basically the same character type as Kage: abandoned in tragedy, misunderstood and mistreated, turning her into a kind of monster. Also like Kage, nothing about this is significantly developed beyond the final character that emerges as a result of it all. We’re simply supposed to have sympathy with it and ignore the fact that every conceivable interesting possibility is left unexplored here by the writers. The duality of Kage and Miranjo screams for some artistic touch, some great link between the two that a knowing audience could grasp and say “Ah, that is magnificent!” Shadow, mirror. Light reflects in a mirror. Shadow is the absence of light. You see the possibilities. I could go on. None of it—none of it—is used by the writers. She’s a bad girl doing bad things, and suddenly we see into her past and see that maybe she has an excuse for all her evildoings. Oh, that’s happened with every “evil” character in this display so far…how novel. Maaya Sakamoto is the only good thing about this character. She does a nice job with the voice, and it’s always good to be reminded of the great vampire she once breathed life into.

Bosse is made complete by the royal voice of Kenta Miyake. Instantly recognizable and commanding, he is one of a few seiyuus, male or female, who can elevate their characters simply by providing their voices for them. Amidst it all, I found Bosse’s character admirable in many ways. I understood his dilemmas, his shortcomings, his decisions both good and bad, his pride and his regrets. He, like most of the characters, was not developed much, but almost entirely due to the magnificent voice of Miyake-san, I found myself appreciating this character to some extent.

Daida—spoiler—becoming Bosse? As Marin Kitagawa might say (My Dress-Up Darling; only relevant because it aired during the same season as Ousama Ranking), I can’t even. So I won’t. Total missed opportunity again. His voice acting is as impressive as you’d expect from such a major seiyuu (Yuuki Keiji—see above). But that’s it. I often didn’t know whether to laugh or do the Saitama (One Punch Man) “Ok” thing.

Bosse is a big dude. Miranjo is a smart girl. The two made quite a mess, one unintentionally, one very intentionally.

The side characters, including Hiling, Domas, Desha, Despa, Bebin, Apeas, Dorshe, all those guys and girls, all get in the way of the tale. The whole show ends up feeling like it’s a bunch of little character studies for all these characters, the only thread running through them being that Bojji encounters all of them at some point. I don’t get it. If they’re side characters, why are we spending so much time looking at their pasts instead of developing them with the story that’s ongoing? I have no clue why this is so. It made the show disjointed and more boring than it was already as this went on and on. By the time we got to Ouken’s and the demon creature’s backstories, I’d about had it. I couldn’t even react negatively anymore. I’d just finish the episode and think “Man I hate this show.”

What’s with the vaguely English names too? Hiling as in “healing,” Miranjo as in “mirror,” Bosse as in “boss.” There are probably others but those jump out it me. Weird.

So go ahead Hawk, rate these characters a zero. You seem to have nothing good to say about them. Two reasons: first, I think some thought and care was put into them. I cannot say that the result was any more than a nearly complete train wreck, but I can see little glimmers of intent placed within each character, whether they’re all arguably very similar or not. Second, I cannot completely overlook the fact that many in the world of anime liked these characters. I cannot completely ignore the voices of others, even if I stand alone and know I’m right. This is not so clear cut as that: I must hear those voices and consider them. There must be some reason why so many people liked these characters. I cannot trust my own view so much that I would ignore that entirely. So I rate these characters below average, averaging out my distaste for them and people’s seemingly genuine love for them.

But that is as much as I will bend in my opinion. I think, overall, these characters had potential and were massive misses. Doing my best to ignore my overarching disgust for this show based on the artwork, trying to separate the characters from that feeling, none of this is enough to save this set of characters. They are the wrong kind of simplistic and are simultaneously unique and ordinary, a difficult combination to swallow. In the end, I found nothing about them appealing, interesting, or beautiful. That, my friends, is the exact opposite of what great anime characters should be. 

Artwork

Rating: 1

It is extremely rare when I am so influenced by a single factor in a show that all other aspects of that show are almost completely overshadowed by that single factor. In this case, the artwork is so distasteful to me that it was all I could do to keep that distaste from affecting my opinion about every part of this show.

Simple artwork is not a bad thing by itself. I can certainly understand why an author might choose to utilize plain or simple artwork. Perhaps the artwork simply isn’t the driving factor in a story. Perhaps the artist is pursuing some minimalist style. Sometimes simple can be beautiful in its own way. Perhaps the author foresees the action taking priority over the drawings themselves, and wishes to keep it simple for that reason. Perhaps the author wants the artwork to stay out of the way of the true driving factor of a story. All of these are legitimate reasons to have very simple artwork.

We’ve all seen examples of this. Mushoku Tensei has extraordinary animation but curiously ordinary drawings. Nichijou uses very plain character designs, giving the show a quirky feeling while allowing the dialogue and funny animation to drive the show. One Piece uses very few details and often somewhat grotesque designs in its characters, but it works because of the often very strange nature of that show and the adventure factor running through it. The plain artwork is always noticeable in these kinds of shows, but there’s usually a good reason for it, and it does its work and stays out of the way.

The artwork in Ranking of Kings is none of this. It’s plain to the point of being ugly. And there’s no great animation to incorporate, no apparent minimalist reason behind it, no huge driving force for the artwork to stay out of the way of. It’s just blah, plain, and ugly.

A fine example.

Bojji is ridiculous. His head is as big as his body. His arms are longer than his legs. He looks like he’s wearing a diaper. Hell, he looks like he’s a bag with a diaper stuffed inside it. His face is sufficient for his expressions, but otherwise he looks kind of stupid. His mouth is long and overlarge, his eyes round and inexpressive, and his crown looks like it’s made of fabric and sewed to his head. People found this character inspiring. The only thing his appearance inspired in me was disgust. If that was the point…great job, the artists succeeded. But I doubt it. I don’t know what the goal was. It’s ugly.

Every character is like this in some fashion. Hiling has a long, triangular nose. Bebin looks like a caricature of an Arab. Desha has weird shark teeth; while not unheard of in anime, it looks ridiculous here. And his lips extend beyond his face in weird triangles. Human Miranjo has these balls of hair that are supposed to depict curly hair, which they do, but they look stupid doing it. Dorshe’s eyebrows are bigger than his eyes. Domas looks like a fat Disney prince. I already mentioned the stupid design for Kage. Man I hate this show.

Ugly you say? It’s hideous. There is no trace of human beauty in any character. Have any of you seen Monster? Part of that story is based around a “children’s” picture book that tells the story of a monster. Those drawings are grotesque, hideous, fearsome to look upon in the context of the show. These characters in Ranking of Kings remind me of those drawings from that picture book in Monster. The only difference is the context, which makes them not fearsome but ridiculous.

This show is supposed to be seinen. Can you believe that? I didn’t know who it was targeted at. There were times I wondered if it was targeted at grade schoolers. The artwork looks like it’s aimed at little kids. But then that got me thinking: Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! are more detailed. Then I got nauseated and had to stop thinking about it.

Nice lighting. Not much else.

Clothing? At one point Hiling has on armor over her skirt…that maintains the shape of her skirt. She’s basically wearing a bell. A bell, like the thing you pull the rope on and it rings? I mentioned Bojji’s idiotic outfit. Come to think of it he is just wearing his underwear once, most prominently in the promotional art for this series. Nausea. Despa, Bojji’s ridiculous “teacher,” also wears bell-shaped clothing. He looks like a combination of a court jester and a mushroom with legs. It’s impossible to take him seriously, be he a comedic character or not. 

The animation was okay. I generally don’t like when the drawings themselves are sacrificed to animation, but I get it here and there. Here the animation was okay, but again it was so overshadowed by the ugliness of the drawings that I could hardly give it much credit. Watching Bojji jump around in his diaper jumpsuit, waving his toothpick, face set in idiotic determination, felling opponents who are meant to defend even Bosse…I couldn’t make this work in my head. There was so much dissonance over what I was seeing compared to what I knew was happening that it all just seemed ridiculous once again. It wasn’t inspiring, awesome, or breathtaking: it was nauseating.

That’s basically the story of this artwork. I have no idea what the author envisioned here, or what Wit Studio thought it was going to accomplish with this. We’re talking about the Wit Studio here too, as in the same people who put Attack on Titan on the map of animedom. This is either the worst adaptation of manga ever or a seriously misguided work from the outset. Either way, the result in this anime is atrocious. Anime art can be many things, but above all should either support the story or characters or it should simply be beautiful. Beauty can mean different things too: Entoma from Overlord or Yuno Gasai from Future Diary might be beautiful to someone, and that someone might have a really good reason why they think that. But the artwork in Ranking of Kings is none of this. It’s not even simple for the sake of being simple. It is plain, ugly, and just plain ugly.

Story

Rating: 3

Classic underdog story? Disadvantaged and misunderstood and abused main character rises from nothingness to kingship through sheer determination and the power of friendship. Hold on, don’t bring up the thousand other stories that follow that pattern. Stop and think about how this is different. Oh yeah, I see it now: it’s not actually any of that. Bojji is disadvantaged, misunderstood, and abused, until suddenly we realize he isn’t. His stepmother isn’t abusive at all: she actually adores him. He can’t hear or talk; though actually he can understand everything around him, and pretty much everyone can understand him. Oh he’s misunderstood alright: they all think he’s a diminutive crybaby with no physical strength and not enough sense to return home wearing all his clothes. Which is exactly what he is. Until of course he overcomes all that and suddenly is the most powerful swordsman in the kingdom.

Ugh how ridiculous! People went apey over this story, tears welling up in their eyes like Bojji himself, talking about how inspirational this underdog story was. Why, because he has disabilities? Sure, I get that, but is that all there is to it? Like I said, he basically doesn’t suffer any effects from that, as we pretty quickly come to figure out. It’s not like he overcomes it so much as he simply communicates differently than everybody else. If that is inspirational to someone—well, I won’t take that away from you. It just seems less like he overcame something and more like suddenly the storywriters caused all his problems to evaporate. 

Plot twists. The writers ruined the characters by overusing plot twists. Essentially the same thing happens to the story. You learn to expect the unexpected to the point that you’re not only not surprised by it when it happens, but you find it ridiculous. Daida forgives Miranjo in the end, and not only does that, but decides to marry her. Wait, what? Wasn’t she basically a teenager when she was trucking around the countryside in her bizarre love affair with Bosse? What the hell? I didn’t know whether to laugh or throw my hands in the air in confusion and surrender. It’s like the author was throwing darts at a board full of plot devices, randomly selecting what would happen next.

Apparently he learned to do this trick too.

The plot twists do not make the story good. On the contrary, there are so many of them that, in the end, they basically make the story seem completely contrived and basic. This was the only halfway clever thing the author could fit into the to story to add interest. After the first few occurrences, these plot twists added nothing to the story, and began to detract from it in the latest episodes of the series, culminating in that idiotic thing with Daida and Miranjo and—spoiler—Bojji relinquishing the throne.

By the way, what happened to the ranking of the kings? That was the title of this show after all. This disappeared into the story and became less than irrelevant. I wasn’t sure, early on, how this would factor into everything, but I thought it was would be interesting to find out. But it wasn’t interesting, and mostly because it didn’t factor into anything at all. It went away. Suddenly Desha is the top ranked king at the end, for no apparent reason and through no apparent contest, and that’s all we ever hear about it. Maybe this will factor into—into—into—ugh I don’t want to say it—another season, but right now it was lost in everything that went on. Maybe it washed away in all of Bojji’s tears. And I don’t want another season.

Hawk, you black-hearted bastard, not only do you have zero sympathy with Bojji, but you can’t seem to see that the characters have lots of depth. They all have extremely developed backstories. Yes, you’re right, they do have backstories. Too much of them. I don’t care about Ouken’s past if it isn’t going to affect the story at hand. I don’t care that the demon creature was once a lost little child and now is somewhere between an evil and benevolent demon granting monkey’s paw wishes. I don’t care that Desha, Despa, and Ouken are related if it has no bearing on the overall tale. What difference does it make that Bosse has had three different people in love with him, two of them human, and his actual giant wife is killed by one of these humans who ultimately is just misguided in her love for him? Is this a harem tale for giants? 

Most of the time Miranjo takes this form. It presents many opportunities, but none are taken advantage of by the writers.

The backstories were too frequent, too detailed for the wrong reasons, and contributed little to the story. The characters were not helped by these backstories. All it did was make everyone seem the same. No one was good, no one was bad, no one was neutral. I feel there was some promising intent here from the author, but since they all end up that way, it ends up feeling trite and tiresome. We’re stuck with an entire show that’s mostly lots of backstory and not much else. The story lacks direction other than the inevitable rise of Bojji to prominence, which anybody could have predicted.

Bojji’s ascendence feels very contrived. I mentioned how it feels like a stretch already given his character type. And I don’t mind the idea that someone such as he should be the king. Quite the contrary, he has a wonderful heart, and it is good for such people to be in positions of power. But how he got there feels forced. If the authors had stuck with him being physically weak yet somehow people wanted him on the throne anyway, I might have thought better of this. But he isn’t “weak” after all. Through a brief interlude with the “right” teacher, I guess, suddenly he’s almighty. So it isn’t a “weak” character who makes his way to the throne, it’s another “strong” character, strong enough to fight his way to that place if he had to. Bojji’s “right” to the throne, the thing that could make him rank highly among the kings, isn’t some innate goodness, it’s his newfound physical prowess. The authors threw away all Bojji’s endearing character traits and simply placed him on the throne because he was “strong.” Bosse didn’t appoint him as heir because he was strong; he knew Bojji wasn’t strong. Then the authors threw all that out.

So I think very little of this story. Plot twist are fine, and can be used to great effect. But this story overuses them and weakens their effect completely. Attack on Titan uses plot twists effectively. They stab to the heart almost every time. To Your Eternity uses plot twists well. Code Geass kind of uses them effectively, though it almost overuses them too. Same with Death Note. These shows are all well known for their plot twists. Ranking of Kings will be remembered by many for its use of plot twists as well, but not for the quality they add, but rather how they detract from the show ultimately. Too much of anything can make it a bad thing. That’s definitely the case here. On top of that, the story ultimately is contrived, somewhat trite, and mostly directionless, causing it to feel forced in the end. I was completely disappointed.

Overall: 3

Really quick: music. I hated it. I was going to write more. But as another simpleton character once put it, that’s all I have to say about that.

Does this show fit in the “wholesome” category? I kind of want to say it does. No one dies in the end, pretty much everyone is redeemed one way or another, everyone lives happily ever after, all that. But on the other hand: Miranjo is nearly tortured to death as a child by a bunch of men, and thereafter becomes a monster who made a deal with a demon, seeking to destroy Bosse’s kingdom in some kind of warped love for him, and upon failing this she is killed and sent to burn in hell. Yeah, imagine plugging that scene into Non Non Biyori. Wholesome seinen is a real thing, and a very wonderful thing, but this isn’t it. This show looks and acts like it’s “wholesome, “ but it isn’t. Just like everyone could be said to be good in the end, everyone could be said to be evil somewhere along the way (Bojji excepted). A spinning moral compass isn’t a hallmark of wholesome shows, but of overly complicated adult dramas. So any argument centered around the great “wholesomeness” of this show are out. Wholesome it is not.

What it is a confused mess with ugly artwork. That could sum up my entire review.

I do not understand the popularity of this show. As I mentioned, I have to give this some measure of respect. I cannot imagine everyone simply curled up and adored this show because Bojji cries every time he has a rational thought. Then again maybe that is why. Anyway, I can’t assume there’s no reason behind people’s love for this show. But I do not understand it. Underdog story? My friends, High School DxD is an underdog story too. Suck on that for a second. Depth of characters? I addressed that: they’re all almost the same. Plot twists? Only works for the first two or three times: after thirty times it becomes trite and predictable. All the feels? I can only feel so much for a crybaby that looks like a diaper with a head and his puddle of motor oil friend whose dialogue is almost 50% just uttering the main character’s name. 

Hmm

Yet this show maintained a high rating during its entire airing period. It was infuriating. Why were Komi Can’t Communiate and Jojo: Stone Ocean having to strive against this atrocity? Hell, for a while Attack on Titan’s final season was battling it out with Ranking of Kings for the top ranking on some anime social network sites. It’s like it was some kind of bad joke. Say what you will about Komi and Jolyne’s Jojo, Attack on Titan isn’t anywhere close to Ranking of Kings. Attack on Titan has nearly transcended the world of anime into something else; Ranking of Kings doesn’t deserve to lick its proverbial feet. I was enraged when I saw this week to week. Whatever made people like this show that I couldn’t understand, it still didn’t make it good enough to overcome any of those shows.

I started watching this show because of how popular I saw it was on MAL. I gave that deference to the people of the world of anime. I told you I love you all! I did not like the look of the artwork I saw, but I will try almost anything with an open mind. I hoped to be impressed. I wasn’t. Ever. In fact, it was completely the opposite. Hate is a strong word. I hate this show. Not with the kind of hate that I might reserve for something that tries to hurt anime—maybe a show that’s so vile or gross that it takes any idea of humanity or beauty out of a show would deserve such intense disdain from me—but hatred nonetheless. This show should be full and beautiful, instead it is empty and ugly.

Unfortunately we’re probably bound to get a second season of it. It was popular and widely viewed, and the story could continue on. We haven’t addressed anything about rankings at all, so that could be settled. Although Bojji isn’t actually the king anymore, ridiculously enough. Hopefully that saves us from having to see another season of this. I don’t know what the state of the web manga is, and I don’t care to look, but my senses tell me we’re probably in for another season. I don’t see how it could improve anything. Everything in this show is so overshadowed by the terrible artwork that I don’t think the show could be redeemed. The art style isn’t going to change either—imagine if that happened! Hey, remake anyone? I’d be open for that. But not another season. I might start screaming like Bojji.

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