Friday, 31 January 2020

Anime Spotlight : The Best Anime of the 2010 to 2019 Decade

Despite there being a significant of bad Anime seasons in the last decade, there has really been an absurd amount of great Anime as well. Which always makes lists like these quite difficult. So I had to set a few rules for myself, this list will only contain series, and only one title per year. At the end of my list I'll also share what was the most popular anime based from other communities. Here we go~ btw the titles are links to Promo Videos on the anime ;)

2010 : Katanagatari


2011 : Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica


2012 : Space Brothers


2013 : Silver Spoon


2014 :  Ping Pong the Animation


2015 : One Punch Man


2016 : Boku dake ga Inai Machi


2017 : Made in Abyss 


2018 : Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho


2019 : Carole & Tuesday


Obviously not everyone is going to agree with my choices but hey, life would be boring if we all liked the same things :D. Now if you were curious what people in other communities liked stick around.



The people on AnimeBytes chose with a Poll
 01. Steins;Gate (2011) 
    02. Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica (2011) 
 03. MADE IN ABYSS (2017) 
    04. Fate Series 
 04. Hunter X Hunter (2011) 
 06. Ping Pong THE ANIMATION (2014) 
 07. Shinsekai yori (2012) 
 08. Monogatari Series
 08. The Tatami Galaxy (2010) 
 10. Attack on Titan (2013) 


The Top 10 rated anime on AniDB.net in the last decade are
01 . Mushishi Zoku Shou (2014) - Rating 9.60
02 . Gintama (2015) - Rating 9.59
03. Stein's;Gate (2011) - Rating 9.41
04. 3-gatsu no Lion (2017) - Rating 9.40
05. Gintama` (2011)  - Rating 9.37
06. Gintama` (2012) - Rating 9.34
07. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi Hen (2017) - Rating 9.29
08. Usagi Drop (2011) - Rating 9.19
09. Gintama: The Battle on Rakuyo (2017) - Rating 9.18
10. Made in Abyss (2017) - Rating 9.17
They really seem to like Gintama on there.
 

And lastly the Top 10 Rated anime from MyAnimeList from the last decade are.
01. Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood
02. Stein's;Gate
03. Hunter X Hunter
04. Attack on Titan Season 3
05. Gintama (2015)
06. March Comes in like a Lion Season 2
07. Gintama (2012)
08. Gintama (2013)
09. Gintama (2017)
10. Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou vs. Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou

Gintama sure comes up a lot on the sites where there is a rating system, but some curious overlap here and there. What are you thoughts on last decade's anime? Which was your Top 10?

Friday, 17 January 2020

Anime Spotlight : The BEST Anime from 2019

I probably say this every year. but holy poop is this list a hard one. There were so many good anime in 2019 it's a given that toes will be stepped on as someone's fave for the year won't be on here. But in no particular order, as always, Let's do this!

Carole & Tuesday

Synopsis : Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It's an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers.

There's a girl. Scraping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she's working part time while trying to become a musician. She's always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole.

There's a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday.

A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together, they feel like they just might have a chance. The two of them may only create a tiny wave. But that wave will eventually grow into something larger...
Thoughts : Carole & Tuesday was an easy pick for one of the top 5 Anime of the Year for me, it was nearly flawless, has fantastic music, lovable characters, a great story that will stay with people for years and a great message.

Kimetsu no Yaiba

Synopsis : Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjirou, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality...

Ever since the death of his father, Tanjirou has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they've found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjirou finds is family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought... Thus begins Tanjirou's request to fight demons and turn his sister human again.
Thoughts : Easily the most popular anime this year, and with good reason. UFOTABLE did a fantastic job on this action packed show. Let's face it, unless you live under a rock you've seen all the Nezuko memes as well as the all the cosplay at cons. If you crave some good shounen for once that doesn't get lost in filler episodes or suffer terrible production standards. This is for you.

Bungou Stray Dogs (2019)

Synopsis : The White Tiger and the Black Beast – Nakajima Atsushi and Akutagawa Ryuunosuke's fight against Francis F. brings an end to the great war against the Guild. Life goes on as normal in Yokoyama, thanks to the continued truce between the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia, who, together, saved the city from ruin. But there are still rumors of Guild stragglers and other crime organizations making their way in from abroad. Meanwhile, Dazai Osamu had premonitions of another impending disaster. Lurking in the darkness is the Fyodor D., leader of pirate organization Rats in the House of the Dead, his dreadful plans on the verge of execution.
Thoughts : The third season of the much loved Bungou Stray Dogs was as expected, Fantastic! If you haven't even seen the first season of this anime yet. Stop whatever you are doing and start watching it now!

Fruits Basket 1st Season

Synopsis : After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Honda Tooru takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Souma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tooru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Soumas have a secret of their own--when touched by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!
Thoughts : I adored the original Fruits Basket anime but this remake of Fruits Basket blew my expectations and heart away. Having an even bigger emotional impact than the original many anime fans, myself included, loved. Took a lot of work, I'm also happy to know that they plan to adapt the entire manga this time around so we can finally see it all animated :D

Psycho-Pass 3

Synopsis : Two inspectors are newly assigned to the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division Unit 1. Shindou Arata, Japanese and Kei Michael Ignatov, East European who has been naturalized in Japan have been friends beyond nationality since their childhood. In the unsolved case over export of the SIBYL Systems and the leakage of technology, Arata's father committed suicide after he killed Kei's brother. Since then, they turn out to be the bereaved family members of the offender and victim. Both Arata and Kei become inspectors to look for the truth behind the mysterious case. They deeply trust and care for each other as they team up and lead the rebellious enforces to follow the cases one after another.
Thoughts : The third season of Psycho Pass did a great job of adding even more mystery to the futuristic police anime, the new characters were in no way a bad addition and we got to see some REALLY surprising things that happened to some of the original cast. I do so hope for more...also that last scene still haunts me..

I'm sure for some of you there was quite a few surprises on this list, and I'm also sure a lot of you don't agree with my choices. What anime from 2019 was the best according to you?

Anime Spotlight : Fall 2019 Wrap-Up

The Fall 2019 anime season has ended a while ago, unfortunately it has been a rough past few weeks for me personally so I only got round to this write up now. As usual I'll talk about the anime that finished with the Fall 2019 season, unfortunately the amazing Babylon is still airing for a few weeks so I can't include that. and it seems like Rifle is Beautiful and Azure Lane are both ending at a later date due to postponement of their final episodes. Granted Azure Lane is pretty trash so no real loss there. On with the list! As usual I'll start off with my "Top 5" and then talk about the rest of the anime I followed.

High Score Girl II

Synopsis : 1991. The year of the Gulf War. The year Mount Unzen erupted. The year the Ten-Day War in Slovenia broke out. The year the world wavered.

Yaguchi Haruo, a 6th grader, is not only the least popular in his school, but also has the worst grades, a bad attitude towards others, and cannot be called attractive either. The only thing he lives for are video games, and this happens to be the only thing he is really good at. Until one day, he plays Street Fighter II against Oono Akira, a well-off female classmate, who proves to him that she is not only more popular, intelligent, attractive, and lucky than he is, but also... better than him at playing video games!

Haruo's small world wavers...
Thoughts : Finally we get the conclusion to one of the very few shows where nobody minds the CGI, cool gaming history, good laughs, two girls who are impossible to choose between and a stunning end. High Score Girl II was worth every episode.

Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara


Synopsis : Yukihira Souma, who has been honing his cooking skills at his family diner "Yukihira" all his life, enters a super elite culinary academy called "Totsuki Saryo Culinary Academy". He improves as a chef through interactions with other chefs in and out of the academy but everything changes when Nakiri Azami has taken over the chief in command position at the academy. With the Central Gourmet Organization ruling over the academy, the students are no longer allowed to cook freely. Souma and friends stood against the regime and as a result, they were labeled as rebels of the Academy!

Season of the Advancement Exams arrive. They managed to pass the exams despite some interference but Cenrral Gourmet Organization will stop at nothing! Finally, some of Souma's friends lose and are sentenced to be expelled! In order to breakthrough this situation, Souma and the remaining rebels challenge new Council members and Azami regime to RĂ©giment du Cuisine!

The 1st BOUT was won by the rebels with ease but this is only the beginning of the battle to decide their fates. 2nd BOUT is about to begin!

Will Souma and others be able to take the seats at the Council and save their friends!?
PV : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7VvIwMEiEU
AniDB: https://anidb.net/anime/14951
Thoughts : The fourth season of  Food Wars gave us food porn, in more ways than one, some really heartbreaking moments and some epic moments as well. They did a fantastic job of finishing off the Azami arc and I'm glad to see the final arc is going to be animated as well.

Psycho-Pass 3

Synopsis : Two inspectors are newly assigned to the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division Unit 1. Shindou Arata, Japanese and Kei Michael Ignatov, East European who has been naturalized in Japan have been friends beyond nationality since their childhood. In the unsolved case over export of the SIBYL Systems and the leakage of technology, Arata's father committed suicide after he killed Kei's brother. Since then, they turn out to be the bereaved family members of the offender and victim. Both Arata and Kei become inspectors to look for the truth behind the mysterious case. They deeply trust and care for each other as they team up and lead the rebellious enforces to follow the cases one after another.
Thoughts : The third season of Psycho Pass did a great job of adding even more mystery to the futuristic police anime, the new characters were in no way a bad addition and we got to see some REALLY surprising things that happened to some of the original cast. I do so hope for more...also that last scene still haunts me..

En`en no Shouboutai

Synopsis : Year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called "Infernals". While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a youth who gained the nickname Devil's Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which is comprised of other flame users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shira begins to uncover the truth behind a mysterious fire that caused the death of his family twelve years ago.
Thoughts : It's been a while since I've been really excited about a new Shounen battle anime, and Fire Force had the right spark for me. I'm pretty sure everyone that saw it can't wait for more to come out. My only question is, will we ever see some romance in this franchise ;)?

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan o Erande Iraremasen

Synopsis : Motosu Urano, a book-loving college student and soon-to-be librarian, ends up crushed to death beneath a pile of books during an earthquake. With her dying breath, she wishes to be reincarnated in a world where she can read books forever. Fate, however, would have other plans, as she awakens in the body of a young girl named Myne in a world of low literacy rate and where books are expensive, scarce, and only provided to nobility. Myne, retaining her memories from her previous life, decides to create and print her own books so that she can read them again.
Thoughts : I know what you are all thinking, an ISEKAI anime made this list? Well...yes, because Honzuki is that damn good. It's just a shame we have to wait some time to see more of it, because they made me bloody curious. Anyway if you haven't yet. Watch this wholesome anime that will tug at your heartstrings

That's my top 5 series for the past Fall season, and I'm pretty sure a lot of you have questions about your pics, like Vinland Saga. All those questions will be answered below.

Sword Art Online - Alicization - War of Underworld : What is basically the second part of the Alicization arc was actually an entertaining watch with some great action scenes but with an awkward ending spot. They really should have made the Alicization arc a long continues series, instead of chopping it in parts. 

DR. Stone : A pretty fun shounen anime filled with girls with eyes very far apart. Pacing was off here and there but I am looking forward to the next arc.

Vinland Saga : What was slated as "the anime to look out for" the past season, I love vikings so I mostly watched it for that. It was only the Prologue and generally got very high ratings, but I just couldn't find a liking to any of the characters and pacing felt sluggish for me.
Hataage! Kemono Michi : Isekai wrestling, it's no secret that I'm wishing for the isekai boom to be over, but this anime was a fun enough watch, as long as you go into it with low expectations.

Fairy Gone Part 2 : Fairy Gone is one of those anime, like Aldnoah Zero, where it shows a split-cour is a horrible idea. In Fairy Gone's case it would have brought a generally better experience to watching it, especially as the second half is significantly better than the first.

Strike the Blood III : Yes the super power filled harem battle anime is one of those guilty pleasures of mine, and it seems the 4th OVA series has been announced.

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai S2 : Frustrating anime original ending aside. Bokuben s2 was pretty fun, if only they didn't ruin it in the end. At least there is still the manga right?

Granblue Fantasy The Animation S2 : This is one of the better game to anime adaptations that have come out in a while, though it still feels disjointed at times.

Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo : Speaking of frustrating endings, with OreSuki we have to wait for an OVA to come out to see the real end. Cute girls and laughs aside, this anime really had a lot of 4d chess going on...

Kono Oto Tomare S2: I loved the first season of Kono Oto Tomare, and a adored the second season. It's a damn shame not more people watched this gem of a show.

ZX - Code Reunion : Set in the same world as ZX Ignition, ZX Code Reunion doesn't require you to have seen Ignition as it's a story on it's on, and none of the characters from the previous anime is involved. All in all it's a decent watch with cute girls, a fair bit of action and a predictable end.

Null Peta : What initially made me wonder "what a strange short anime" turned into something a lot darker nearing the last episodes. If you have some spare time, check it out ;)

Houkago Saikoro Club : Do you like boardgames? Then this anime is perfect for you.

Hoshiai no Sora : Even though Softenni is still the greatest soft tennis anime out there. Stars Align was really good, just be warned some really messed up things happen in this one.

Special 7 Special Crime Investigation Unit : Special 7 was an extremely fun "Cop anime" mixed with a fair bit of fantasy. Watch it for the Ninja ;P


No Guns Life : This futuristic anime filled with people with mechanical limb, and sometimes head, replacements was pretty rad. Had a fair bit of conspiracy thrown in for good measure, great visuals, good laughs and a satisfying story. Just the end felt a bit off to me.

Shin Chuuka Ichiban! : A remake of a classic anime, and still a fun watch, especially if you like cooking anime, filled with underground organisations  and a team battling the evil by cooking. I was kinda hoping it would be longer.

Shinchou Yuusha : This Isekai anime was pretty darn fun, and had quite a bit of unexpected feels nearing the end. Well worth the watch.

Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! : If someone told you Fall 2019 was full of Isekai anime, they wouldn't be lying. Weirdly a lot of them were pretty good. Especially Nouryoku. Cute girls doing adventuring? would be an apt description.

Choyoyu : This isekai was probably the furthest away from believable, especially with absurd shit like a high school student being a "Genius Doctor" yet there she is, still in school. Don't get me wrong the show wasn't a bad watch, just full of absurdities..

Val x Love : What would an anime season be without a raunchy harem anime? Val X Love's premise aside, and wimpy yet scary main character. It had some fun moments.

That wraps up the FALL 2019 anime season. For those still reading at this point, thank you. And as a extra One Punch Man 2 had two fun but Short OVA's that came out and the Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume o Minai movie is a must watch. What were your thoughts on the Fall 2019 season?

Friday, 4 October 2019

Anime Spotlight : Summer 2019 Let The Good Times Roll

Summer 2019 has come to an end, and I'm glad to say it's been a pretty good season, sure there were a few stinkers, but generally the quality of shows was pretty good. As usual my writeup will only contain anime that have in fact ended with the Summer 2019 season, so ongoing shows won't be mentioned. As usual I'll start with the 5 Anime I found to be the best of the past season. And then I'll share my thoughts on the rest of the anime I watched.

Carole & Tuesday

Synopsis : Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It's an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers.

There's a girl. Scraping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she's working part time while trying to become a musician. She's always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole.

There's a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday.

A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together, they feel like they just might have a chance. The two of them may only create a tiny wave. But that wave will eventually grow into something larger...
Thoughts : What do you get when you take a flawless Soundtrack, direction from acclaimed Watanabe Shin`ichirou, an all star cast with even Megumi Hayashibara, great story telling and loveable characters? A contender for Anime of the Year for sure. If by some reason you didn't watch Carole and Tuesday, Do yourself the favor and get to it.

Mix: Meisei Story

Synopsis : Thirty years after Uesugi Tatsuya and Kazuya brought Meisei High School to their only appearance and championship at the National High School Baseball Championship, a pair of highly talented stepbrothers, Tachibana Touma and Souichirou, bring the possibility of a return to the Koshien, as they learn of the Meisei High sports heritage of their fathers.
Thoughts : From the creator of the anime with the most memorable first episode "Cross Game" comes Mix : Meisei Story, a fantastic light hearted baseball and family anime. Not nearly as emotional as Cross Game but still worth every second. Fans of slice of life anime would also enjoy Mix Meisie Story.

Kimetsu no Yaiba

Synopsis : Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjirou, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality...

Ever since the death of his father, Tanjirou has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they've found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjirou finds is family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought... Thus begins Tanjirou's request to fight demons and turn his sister human again.
Thoughts : Easily the most popular anime this season, and with good reason. UFOTABLE did a fantastic job on this action packed show. Let's face it, unless you live under a rock you've seen all the Nezuko memes as well as the all the cosplay at cons. If you crave some good shounen for once that doesn't get lost in filler episodes or suffer terrible production standards. This is for you.

Fruits Basket 1st Season

Synopsis : After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Honda Tooru takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Souma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tooru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Soumas have a secret of their own--when touched by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!
Thoughts : I adored the original Fruits Basket anime but this remake of Fruits Basket blew my expectations and heart away. Having an even bigger emotional impact than the original many anime fans, myself included, loved. Took a lot of work, I'm also happy to know that they plan to adapt the entire manga this time around so we can finally see it all animated :D

Kanata no Astra

Synopsis : The year is 2061, when space travel is now possible and commercially viable, and the students of Caird High School embark on their Planet Camp.

But soon after Group B5 arrived at their planetary camp site, a mysterious and unforeseen sentient light sphere warps its 9 members into outer space, stranding them 5012 light years away from their home planet.

With the discovery of an old, unmanned spaceship nearby, the students must stay strong, manage their limited resources and remain united in the darkness of space, so that all of them can survive their long and likely perilous trek back home aboard the Astra.
Thoughts : Astra lost in Space got me hooked initially due to how much it reminded me of Uninhabited Planet Survive, a classic anime I'd easily recommend to anyone, but I stayed for the great story, characters and the twists. Oh the twists. So well done, It has a few flaws but what show doesn't?

That concludes the five anime I thought stood out as the best from the past season. Now my thoughts on the rest.

Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO : This anime took my by surprise, in a good way. Even though it has a lot of dimensional travel/time travel elements. It tied most of the loose ends up nice. A fair warning for sensitive people, it does contain some scenes you might find disturbing.

Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru : A great mix of training exercise and comedy, at first I wasn't sure what I was getting into, But I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Uchimusume : A fun fantasy anime about an adventurer that takes in a demon girl and gets a bit over protective of her ;) It's mostly an enjoyable anime except for that episode with the Sister....


Machikado Mazoku : I absolutely loved this cute anime about a demon girl that has to defeat the magical girl to free her family from the seal. A real feel good anime.

Symphogear XV : You know, I'm glad the Symphogear franchise has come to an end, not because I didn't enjoy it, But it did get a bit tiring with a "new hidden enemy" every season. If magical girls and idols are your things, be sure to give it a watch. It has good fight scenes, some emotional parts too.

Re Stage! Dream Days : Speaking of idols, even though the characters in Re Stage! are on the young side, the music isn't bad and the problems the obstacles they face seem fairly realistic. A fun watch all in all.

Cop Craft : Ever wanted a good ol Cop Buddy story with some isekai vibes thrown in? Cop Craft has you sorted, unfortunately it did suffer from some shoddy animation in parts

Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou : Speaking of isekai, although not as terrible as "Isekai Cheat Magician" Arifureta was still pretty darn bad, watchable at least

Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator : After the mess that was A Certain Magical Index III I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy Accelerator, turned out my doubts were misplaced. Fans of the "toaru" franchise will enjoy this.

Okaa-san Online : Is one of those isekai anime that takes all the normal tropes, mixes them up, adds a fair bit of fun and never takes itself seriously. Well worth the watch.

Bem : This anime is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, it's not really good in anyway, but I kept finding myself watching it...I'm unsure if it was the setting or just the entire premise of the show

Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e : Starts off with a civil war vibe, turns into your average revenge anime with people turned monsters. Forgettable for the most part.

Tejina-senpai : A short gag filled anime about a girl that can't do magic and her assistant that keeps getting dragged into her messes. Has a fair bit of fanservice and it's short episode length worked

Sounan Desu ka : Better than any Bear Grylls episode by far, and just as informative, with the added bonus of cute girls.

Joshikousei no Mudazuka : Gag anime of the season, also had the best OP. For people looking for laughs this is what you need.

Hensuki : I quite enjoyed this ecchi romcom anime. A bit predictable at times, but not at first, especially not for our poor protagonist.

Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] : An anime about let's players/streamers stuck by some mysterious alpaca forced to take part in games to rack up a view count? Yes absurd but I loved it.

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files : A spin off from Fate/Zero and a great one at that, especially for fans of Iskander. I'm hoping they make more of this.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo : From the author of Kodomo no Jikan comes this powerhouse of an anime about a bunch of literary girls being thrust into the world of "adolescence" . It just gets better with every episode.

Danmachi Season 2 : A pretty good season of Danmachi, and even though some people will disagree. Hestia is still wurst grill.

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 : I was looking forward to the second season of Takagi-san, this second season exceeded my expectations. Also liked the added touch of the short "future" vision in it.

And that wraps up the Summer 2019 anime season, all in all I feel that the season was pretty good, and Autumn 2019 has a lot to look forward to. Which anime did you enjoy most this past season?

Monday, 8 July 2019

Anime Spotlight : Spring 2019, It Wasn't The Best of Times but...

Spring 2019 is over and done with, and honestly I'm glad. Mostly due to how strong Summer 2019 seems. Even though Spring 2019 had some really lackluster anime. I do feel some really good shows did end with Spring 2019 and those will be on my list ;)

Karakuri Circus

Synopsis : Masaru has just inherited a big fortune after the death of his father. However, people are trying to get their hands on it by any means necessary, even if it means killing him. Narumi helped Masaru from being kidnapped after fighting some weird guys. He found out that they're not humans but wooden puppets with amazing strength. After a hard fight, Narumi was forced to admit that he's no opponent for them; and just when he started to think that Masaru would be captured, Shirogane, Masaru's watcher arrives from France with a weapon, the puppet Arlequin. Here, begins the story of Karakuri Circus.
Thoughts : Karakuri Circus started quite a few seasons ago, but the 36 episodes journey was well worth it, if you get freaked out by puppets or clowns AVOID! If not stay for a fantastic, grim, action packed, surprise filled story.

Dororo (2019)

Synopsis : Daigo Kagemitsu, who works for a Samurai general in Japan's Warring States period, promises to offer body parts of his unborn baby to 48 demons in exchange for complete domination of the country. When the baby boy is born, Daigo has him thrown into a river, expecting the boy to die. A kind sage, however, finds him and adopts him. The sage fits out his poor son with prosthetics.

Time goes by and the baby grows into a boy who calls himself Hyakkimaru. Every time Hyakkimaru eliminates a demon, he retrieves one of his body parts. Hyakkimaru rescues a boy thief named Dororo from a band of men whom the young boy tried to rob. Together they travel the countryside in search of the demons who possess Hyakkimaru's parts. Throughout their travels, they face a host of monsters and ghosts.
Thoughts : The 2019 animation of Dororo is well worth any anime fans' time and attention. Based on the classic manga by Tezuka Osamu, it's a prime example of how even really old manga can still be a joy to experience with fresh visuals and audio ;)

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Synopsis : Iwatani Naofumi is an uncharismatic otaku who spends his days on games and manga, suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe! He discovers he is one of four heroes equipped with legendary weapons and tasked with saving the world from its prophesied destruction. As the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes, all is not as it seems. Naofumi is soon alone, penniless, and betrayed. With no one to turn to, and nowhere to run, he is left with only his shield. Now, Naofumi must rise to become the legendary Shield Hero and save the world!
Thoughts : I'm pretty sure no one is surprised to see this anime here...and if by some chances you haven't heard of it. I would have to ask "under what rock did you live?" Sillyness aside it's a pretty good anime most fans will enjoy just a shame that the anime deviated from the source material a bit so a sequel might be hard to make..

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai

Synopsis : Yuiga Nariyuki tutors three genius of different subjects in highschool to get a scholarship. Furuhashi Fumino is a genius on literature but horrible in math, Ogata Rizu is a genius on mathematics and science but literature and arts are terrible subjects for her and Takemoto Uruka is a genius in the athletic field but really bad in all the others. Together, they study very hard and want to get better at their worst subjects while Fumino and Ogata wants to go to college and work on these subjects for life.
Thoughts : What can I say? I'm a sucker for absolutely fun romcom anime, especially when they are done as well as Bokuben. Looking forward to another season for sure!

Bungou Stray Dogs (2019)

Synopsis : The White Tiger and the Black Beast – Nakajima Atsushi and Akutagawa Ryuunosuke's fight against Francis F. brings an end to the great war against the Guild. Life goes on as normal in Yokoyama, thanks to the continued truce between the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia, who, together, saved the city from ruin. But there are still rumors of Guild stragglers and other crime organizations making their way in from abroad. Meanwhile, Dazai Osamu had premonitions of another impending disaster. Lurking in the darkness is the Fyodor D., leader of pirate organization Rats in the House of the Dead, his dreadful plans on the verge of execution.
Thoughts : The third season of the much loved Bungou Stray Dogs was as expected, Fantastic! If you haven't even seen the first season of this anime yet. Stop whatever you are doing and start watching it now!

As some of you may have noticed, the majority of the "top shows" from Spring 2019 was mostly anime that started in earlier seasons. But you are obviously curious about t
he rest.


Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine : A super fun "origin" story of an all girls baseball team in Japan. A shame it didn't go the route of more traditional sports anime but hopefully there will be more..

Gunjou no Magmel : This is one of those almost guilty pleasure type anime, it's not great by any margin but it's a lot of fun to watch. Heavily flawed though

One Punch Man S2 : The most hyped anime for Spring 2019? EASILY. And I'll admit, there were plenty of times I was dying from laughter. My only grip is the way it ended, which mostly just left me feeling unsatisfied.


Shingeki no Kyojin s3 : Pretty much more of the same as previous seasons. At least it looks like this is drawing closer to an end.

Kono Oto Tomare! : Music anime is always a joy to watch, my only gripe with this beautifully animated show was the lack of romance in it.

Kenja no Mago : If you want a fun isekai anime with a stupidly Overpowered main character then look no further, just make sure to not expect too much plot wise.


Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san : A relaxing and adorable anime about a demigod foxgirl trying to rid an overworked guy of all his work stress. Well worth the time if you want to just unwind.

Nande Koko ni Sensei ga : I'll be honest, I was hoping for a modern take on "Happy Lesson" but unfortunately this wasn't it. Censoring was a bit rough so I'd suggest waiting for the Bluray's if you want to enjoy lewds.

Isekai Quartet : The chibi style grew on me...or rather I tolerated it for the jokes, glad to see a second season has been announced!


Fairy Gone : When PA Works is involved, I just know a show is either going to be amazing..or a miss. Fairy Gone was sadly the latter for the most part.

Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai : A cute, comedy about a girl with too many lewd thoughts thanks to her dad's profession.

Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma : In all honesty, I have no idea why I even watched this load of bullcrap.


Senryuu Shoujo : One of those rare short anime that just made you feel good. I'd recommend anyone to watch it.

Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu : The moe show of the season, Lots of laughs, some tears. All worth it.

And that's my thoughts on all the anime series that finished with Spring 2019. For those of you still reading. I have few bonuses, in the form of OVA and Movie impressions. As always feel free to share your thoughts on the Anime you've seen with me!

Grisaia Phantom Trigger : Unfortunately not a continuation of the Grisaia series but share the same setting, Wished it was more than just 2 episodes though.

Monster Musume OVA : More MonMusume what more do you need to know?

Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san OVA : Another great episode from our fave hotsprings yokai...

Uma Musume Pretty Derby Extra Race BNW's Promise : It was great seeing the horse girls again, thoroughly enjoyed seeing more of the other horse girls...

Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)  : The PERFECT Sequel to Gundam Unicorn.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Detonation : Who doesn't like seeing more of Nanoha befriending the shit out of everyone?

Re Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Memory : Rem fans rejoice! More Rem, more Ram, more Emilia...that is all.