Here at Random Curiosity, we’ve always excelled at giving you a wide variety of individual opinions from our writing team. While Takaii (who’ll be co-producing these posts with me) and I have been here long enough to remember when that was a very small team indeed, nowadays RC is a large and diverse faculty. We have writers from Europe, Australia, Japan, the U.K. (too soon to joke about that “Europe” thing?) – and that’s a strength, to be sure.
I got to thinking, though, that we’ve never really (not since the podcasts anyway, and those were usually only a couple of us) given our readers a sense of how we’re feeling as a group. That’s where “Up to Snuff”* comes in. Presented weekly, this will be a chance to take the pulse of the RC team where the current season is concerned. The column will consist of three main component parts:
- A poll of our staff of the five top currently-airing series (whether new to the current season or multi-cour) as of that week. This is a measure of the series as a whole up to that point, not that week’s episode specifically (think a college football poll).
- A weekly bonus poll.
- A “Hidden Gems” section – a chance for one our writers to call attention to a show which didn’t make the top 5, but which they think deserves attention.
Feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions or requests for future editions. Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s results:
* Name subject to change
Weekly Staff Poll
Golden Kamuy – 15 points (3 first-place votes)
SSSS.Gridman – 11
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai – 7
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze – 6 (1)
Sword Art Online Alicization – 6
Bonus Question: Top Female Characters This Season
Shinjou Akane, SSSS.Gridman – 10 (1)
Asirpa, Golden Kamuy – 9 (1)
Sakurajima Mai, Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai – 9 (1)
Yuuki Asuna, Sword Art Online Alicization – 5 (1)
Saiga Shirogane, Karakuri Circus – 5
Guardian Enzo’s Hidden Gem: Gurazeni
Honestly, one could pick almost any sports series in any season for this category, as they tend to get little notice in the English-speaking world. I could easily have gone with the underrated Hinomaru Zumou here, but I chose Gurazeni because I think it’s just a bit better and even more ignored. Frankly this Watanabe Ayumu-directed manga adaptation is probably the best anime ever about baseball on the professional level – almost a sports version of Uchuu Kyoudai. Like that series it features a likeable everyman making his way in a profession full of flashy rock stars. The production values are nothing special and it helps if you love baseball, but there’s plenty in Gurazeni for anyone who appreciates good writing, great characters and top-tier direction.