Today’s guest article is courtesy of a Certain Objectivist Ayndex.
Mushishi – A grifter travels from town to town preying upon the mystic irrationality of oriental peasants. This would be more offensive if I didn’t fall asleep halfway through. 1 star.
Shirobako –I would like to say that this is a work projecting the ideals of art as it ought to be and that Diesel, being named after trains and a lover of Romantic writer Dostoyevsky, is best girl. However, it is produced by Progressive Animation Works which, true to progressivism being the ideology of the looter, receives the stolen products of man’s labor to supplement its budgets. A tragedy. 2 stars.
A Certain Magical Index – A boy living in a city built upon man’s foundation in reason fights against the forces of religion and magic. Despite his abilities, he is an altruist who refuses to seek his own happiness as the highest value. “You’re not living your life correctly!”? No, Touma, it is you whose life is incorrect. 2 stars.
Non Non Biyori – Some consider “slice of life” works such as this to be healing for the soul; I consider them an atrocity. Holding up such averages as worthy of man’s contemplation only calls them to return to the mud huts of their ancestors. 1 star.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes – At last, a story of men who fight for values! That is not to say, however, that these values are worth following; Reinhard demands a complete submission of the individual to himself, while Yang is foolish enough to submit himself to the “will of the people”. People say they cry when Yang dies. I only shed a tear for when Phezzan, the only place left for truly free minds in the galaxy, fell under Reinhard’s collectivist yoke. 3 stars.
Hibike! Euphonium – With modern music devolving to the primitive rhythms of the jungle, it is refreshing to see an oriental cartoon that focuses on classical music, which evokes the best of man’s spirit. Reina is the epitome of those ideals, knowing she is special and more than a sacrificial animal on that ribbon girl’s altar of mediocrity. I’m still disappointed that she didn’t get the talented players to form their own band and leave those moochers to rot. 3 stars.
The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls – A manager and his twelve starlets work to protect their individual artistic integrity from a woman wanting to make them dance to her tune. Such tenacity is to be commended; another “idol” show I viewed, whose name I shall not deign to mention here, had the characters giving up on their goal at the end after a secondary, less valuable goal was accomplished. They are mere pretenders compared to these Cinderella Girls! 4 stars.
Working!! – The entire premise of this show is built on a lie. There is little work being done at all, with almost no value being produced for the patrons of this restaurant, let alone the viewer. 1 star.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – A young man of great strength and mental ability fights against those who would seek to enslave him. “Bizarre”? I’d call it rational. 4 stars.
Spice and Wolf – A young merchant travels with his apparent lover, selling goods valued by others and making a fortune in gold, the only logical basis for a currency. More shows should be like this. 4 stars.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – A young man’s rationality is slowly broken down by the delusions of an eccentric classmate to the point of him somehow being the origin of those delusions. It would be utterly unredeemable if not for the one-off murder mystery plot, a genre based in reason, and that dance in the end credits. 1 star.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica – The nature of the magical girl cycle and its outcomes boldly illustrate that the concept of self-sacrifice is in fact an invitation to self-immolation. A worthy lesson, if it wasn’t ignored by Madoka at the end. 2 stars.
NGE – A young man refuses to provide his services to those who do not give him value in return. (A fine premise, if I do say so myself, and I do!) Things go south when he and the rest of the cast is shown to be second-handers, seeking their value in others instead of themselves, and the world falls apart as a result. 2 stars.
Suisei no Gargantia – A soldier learns the errors of his previously collectivist ways by living in a vibrant, free society. I did not understand this show’s obsession with boats. Trains are an objectively superior form of transportation. 3 stars.
The Irregular at Magic Highschool – What the hell is a “C.A.D.”? That is of course a rhetorical question; it obviously stands for “Copying Ayn Device”. To steal the products of my mind in such a wholesale manner is the moral equivalent of an attack on my life and must be dealt with accordingly. Please excuse me while I find the address of this “Dengeki Bunko”… 0 stars, 4 tons of dynamite.