Synopsis : The Holy Grail War is a death-match between 7 magi (Masters) and their summoned heroic spirits (Servants). In this battle royale, the prize is the legendary Holy Grail, said to be an omnipotent wish-granting device which will produce any sort of miracle in order to bend reality to accommodate the wishes it grants. The winning Master and Servant shall be granted one wish each, after which the Holy Grail will not be activated until the next War.
As the 4th Holy Grail War progresses, several camps raise the stakes, and the challenges only become bigger and more difficult. Each Master and Servant will be faced with the impact of their own shortcomings, and some of the competitors would do well in remembering that deceit and betrayal do not send prior warning...
PV : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-7PFiut1HI
Genre : Action, Contemporary Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Magic, Novel, Seinen, Super Power, Swordplay, Tragedy, Underworld, Violence
Thoughts : Fate/Zero is what the Fate Franchise from Type-Moon needed to reinvigorate interest in the series. It was everything the Fate/stay Night series by Studio Deen was not. Very well executed and a must see.
Synopsis : In the year 2006 the kid brothers Mutta and Hibito, on a nightly hunt for animal sounds in the local woods, unexpectedly see a blazingly bright rotating flying object in the sky, right above their home town. After a short moment the UFO accelerates towards the surface of the Moon. Witnessing this, the two youngsters vow to become astronauts and some day travel into space.
Now in 2025 younger brother Hibito, as the first Japanese, made it into the NASA team that will set foot on the Moon again. Mutta, on the other hand, defending his brothers honour, gets fired from his car designer job. The older of the two brothers has not forgotten about their dream from back then though... and on a fateful day his life changes.
PV : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciS3fDqT1Vw
Genre : Comedy, Coming of Age, Manga, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Space Travel
Thoughts : Space Brothers is quite a lengthy series at 99 episodes. But it never felt dragged out. One of the best coming of age shows to come out in a long time.
Saint Young Men
Synopsis : Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, the founders of Christianity and Buddhism, are living together as roommates in a Tokyo apartment while taking a vacation on Earth. The comedy often involves jokes about Christianity, Buddhism, and all things related, as well as the main characters' attempts to hide their identities and understand modern society in Japan.
Genre : Comedy, Daily Life, Manga, Parody, Seinen
Thoughts : One of the funniest shows I've seen in a long time. A Light Hearted comedy about Jesus and Buddha on vacation. Though it might rustle the jimmies of some religious folk, give it a shot.
Synopsis : Three kids are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.
Genre : Action, Fantasy
Thoughts : A Show that initially comes across as a random mess, but as the story progresses a lot gets cleared up. The main focus of the show being family bonds. Strap yourselves in when watching this one. As it's very wild!
Synopsis : Furuya is obsessed with zombies. He collects any figurines, watches any movie, and plays any game with the living dead, and is even only interested in zombie girls. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead using an ancient book of the occult he bought from a shop. But what will happen when he sees the idol of a nearby all-girls school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person?
Genre : Contemporary Fantasy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Love Polygon, Manga, Shounen
Thoughts : A Love Comedy with a Zombie in the mix? This show actually took me off guard. A combination of humour, great visuals. strong characters and a bit of darkness made for an enjoyable watch. The cat was probably my fave character of them all!
And there you have it. my top 5 shows from 2012. Which of these have you seen? What were your faves from 2012? Would you like to see more lists like these? The next being 2011 of course! Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading.