But that's the thing, every season have them, but they seem to be cropping up more and more than what it seems like to me Back Then (TM). Sure, there might be good, strong overly-glazed art-styled anime that doesn't rely on ****ty 1 dimensional, for-lonely-otaku tropes, but it's really hard for me since almost everything is like that and I don't have the time to sift through them. Apparently Girls und Panzer is considered great, and two days ago I just found out that the director took a no-pantsu stance on it. Now my interest is suddenly piqued again since I've heard of good (if not great) tank battles, only that they used cute girls.
I just don't like that certain art-style that's basically everyone is doing. It's like that everyone saw how successful is KyoAni is doing with this particular brand of diabetes and everyone wants in on it, whether it be for suspiciously-14-y.o.-looking female-laden SoL anime, stupid Insert-kun harem with yet the same plot of girls-want-dick, or even freaking post-apocalyptic rural Japan that's ruled by an authoritarian psychic council. It's as if everyone suddenly lost imagination on how to draw anymore.
I'm trying to think of any anime that has a particular sheen or aura of "we put a lot of money into making the animation and art style this particularly" and I think that's what it is mostly. I don't like GC even during the first episode since I think it's too polished or something. I won't touch chu2koi for the same reason, if I don't have a problem with KyoAni. I dropped K from the first episode, mid episode since I think a stupid blue filter doesn't appeal to me. Yep, I'm a cover-judger it seems. And it seems it could be the downfall of me in this hobby.
And also what boils my blood is that SZS got the boot thanks to the lot of people that wants more moe crap. And earlier this year, SHAFT released a BD special episode, and it is freaking glorious to see it in HD. Which makes me more sad since a lot of people wants shallow moe crap. Sure this is a blanket statement (shallow moe crap), but I'm still not convinced, and if there's any, it's more the exception than the rule.
And yes, I will take a jab at it at every chance I can get lol. inb4 I declare Girls und Panzer best anime 2012, since like I said somewhere before, ImperialX said it's a must watch, and he kind of knows what I like. Also tilpo: should I watch it?
Jesus this is hard to read and understand for some reason. I skipped out on Girls und Panzer because it didn't seem very appealing. I haven't heard much to deter that I'm missing out on much. Now if you are too lazy to sift through all the anime then I guess that's too bad but that's why for years I have been trying to polish a method of evaluating shows and seeing what I will and will not watch and yet I still have a sub 20% drop ratio over the past 5 or 6 years. It's just the risk I take because sometimes shows are just surprisingly not what I thought they were or I take chances in case something is better than expected or has "potential". As far as trope ridden crap, yeah, there are the "Onii-chan Ai's" of the world and they pop up lots of the time(although I have lots of respect for that director, he knows how to take decent concepts to the next level...but there was no saving this one). But every year there are at least...I'll say five anime that excel above and beyond in their genre. Even things like K-On, while it's definitely a moe show, know how to bring across the joys of SoL(though Aria is still the king imo).
The whole push with recent moe things is just the latest in these occurrences. Every decade has something that gets really big and then pushes a genre to be animated more than others and then dilutes that genre's quality pool. Whether it's been ultra violent anime, giant robots, or whatever else, it comes and goes. We just happen to be in the middle of an era where moe driven anime, which is usually romcoms and slice of life, reign king. But once again, there continue to be new stuff that catch my eye and put me back in my seat and remind me while I love anime. Now that being said, I'm different from most, I tolerate all genres from at a basic understanding. Some less so than others, and I am particularly judgmental with plot driven anime. But this tolerance allows me to see anime from a different lens I suppose.
As far as animation is concerned....I'm not sure what your problem is honestly *shrug*. Every era has copy cat drawing styles or one that comes across as common. And among those eras are a decent amount of anime that will verge from it. There is also something to be said about the difference between animation and art direction. Shin Sekai Yori for instance is inconsistently animated(although it has glorious moments) but art wise? It is gorgeous. A lighter example would be Natsuiro Kiseki. That show has a very common looking art style but it's art is wonderful and I just love looking at the town.
Anyway, I just think you are going through a state where you feel like after you've been getting into a constant state of watching ongoing or new anime, you start to look back on when you were first watching and ingested all the great acclaimed anime of years past and now you look at anime's current state against what you initially got into. Or who knows, you could just be genuinely disappointed. I just know each year I look back and if I can grab at least 5-10 anime that I can say I truly enjoyed and will stay with me, then it was successful. In addition 5-10 or so more decent anime top out to be 10-20+ anime that I am glad I watched. That to me is a successful year.
I don't know about Girls und Panzer. I watched first episode and LOL'ed hard at gg's subs, but other that that I didn't particularly like it. Don't remember why.
Moe infested crap is usually only about 40% of the shows in the season. Another 40% is even worse: shounen action thrash. I usually have to make due with the remaining 20%.
I don't understand your problem with Chuunibyou. The art, characters, plot and jokes are all excellent, and the amount of fan-service is minimal.
I have to say that I'm very disappointed by this season. Although all the shows I'm following are what I consider excellent, there are way too many bad shows this season, and I turned out to only find a small handful of shows to be worth my time.
I am not disappointed with this season at all....lots of good shows, a few very good shows, one great show(another that needs time imo), and not too many bad shows...I mean looking on it, I just can't see how you can say there are a ton of terrible shows, I just don't see it.
I think it is the best of the season at this point as well. Btooom is a decent short shounen action but I think my top shounen is Zetsuen no Tempest so far. It's production is pretty awesome and Michiru on the OST is awesome as per usual. Tonari started strong for me but it's kinda diluted in quality with a more typical shoujo approach to it's drama that hasn't been very striking.