Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Anime Spotlight : Top Anime from Yesteryear : 2007


On our Anime journey back in time from time to time you have a year that was full of great titles. 2007 was one of those years with shows like Gurren Lagann, Noein, Overdrive and Bamboo Blade to name few I knew this was going to be tough choosing my favorite 5 shows But here they are!

Moyashimon

Synopsis : Sawaki Souemon Tadayasu was born with an unique ability: he can see and communicate with bacteria and other micro-organisms - in fact they consider him to be their friend and are quite noisy. Together with his childhood friend Yuuki Kei, he starts a new year off as a first-year student at an Agricultural College. But none of his experiences so far could prepare him for what he would find in his college life!
Tags : contemporary fantasy, fantasy, comedy, manga, seinen, school life, college
Thoughts : I'll be honest, moyashimon caught me completely off guard. My initial thoughts when reading the synopsis about this show was that it's going to be just another silly kids show. Man was I wrong! Even though Moyashimon is an "educational" anime it's filled with tons of adult humour and really interesting characters. Don't let this one slip you by.

Nodame Cantabile

Synopsis : Chiaki Shin'ichi is the top piano student at his university and an excellent violinist, but Chiaki doesn't care about playing these instruments as much as he dreams of someday being a conductor. Chiaki, however, has several deeply rooted fears about traveling, and so finds himself trapped in Japan. Because he's trapped, Chiaki starts to question exactly how far he can possibly go in music, especially when he's passed over again and again for others he thinks are less worthy of musical scholarship and fame.

Recently dumped by his girlfriend for a sausage looking fellow, passed over for a chance to go overseas, removed from his star spot in the piano competition because he walked out on his piano instructor, Chiaki is at his limit. This is when he meets Nodame, or Noda Megumi. Nodame is a free — if filthy — spirit who reminds Chiaki that music can be fun. She reminds him what drew him to be a conductor in the first place and, in learning how to deal with Nodame, Chiaki learns how to deal with others. Chiaki begins to realize what is possible for him, even on the tiny island of Japan.

For Nodame, Chiaki is everything she isn't. Clean, neat, dedicated, studious and inherently arrogant about his accomplishments and capabilities, Chiaki constantly bullies her into being more serious about life. He sees potential in her and her abilities as a pianist that she doesn't care about. Nodame loves Chiaki and wants to be with him, but, because she's not serious about her piano studies nor her personal hygiene, Chiaki denies her affections again and again.

But Chiaki and Nodame complete each other in ways no other can, a musical complement that neither of them can completely escape entirely. Watching them grow as people and musicians, and even as a couple, is an interesting ride.
Tags : sudden girlfriend appearance, comedy, romance, slapstick, manga, josei, school life, coming of age, college, music, daily life
Thoughts : Nodame Cantabile will always have a special place in my heart. It's most probably one of the best romance anime out there at the moment. The quirky Nodame and the always serious Chiaki make a great pair and the other colourful characters, especially in the classical music setting, make for great entertainment. If you haven't seen it yet, what is wrong with you?

Seto no Hanayome

Synopsis : Nagasumi visits his grandmother near the sea during the summer. While visiting, he goes for a swim, and drowns right after entering the water. Fortunately for him he is saved by a young mermaid. Later as he tells the story to his family, a young girl named Sun appears at his home and begs Nagasumi to marry her.

She is followed by two large thugs and they take both him and his parents to Sun's home under the sea. If that was not strange enough, it turns out Sun's parents are mob bosses. Nagasumi is left with the choice of either death or marrying Sun. He chooses to marry a mermaid.

That would likely be that, except Sun's father and some members of the mob are not exactly thrilled to have Nagasumi courting Sun and are determined to bring an end to their relationship — or him. And there is also the matter of keeping it a secret that Sun is a mermaid.
Tags : parody, comedy, super deformed, slapstick, manga, shounen, mafia, middle school, yakuza, school life, coming of age, crime
Thoughts : Seto no Hanayome is easily the funniest slapstick anime I've seen to date. Seriously this romance comedy with mermaids, gangsters and parody's of popular movies has non stop laughs. Ask anyone that has seen it and they will agree with me. Want to laugh till your sides hurt? This is your anime.

Baccano!

Synopsis : Baccano! (which translates to "ruckus" or "stupid commotion") focuses on the stories of different characters in the Prohibition Era of America. Originating back to 1711, a group of alchemists seeking eternal youth are given a special potion by a mysterious demon, making them immortal. However, alchemists began disappearing, and realizing the danger of being close to one another they scatter around the world.

Now in the 1930's, all of the immortals have come together once again. Baccano! tells the stories of each of these immortals, ranging from alchemists, street gangs, thieves, FBI agents and even the mafia.
Tags : violence, gunfights, action, contemporary fantasy, novel, historical, seinen, mafia, crime
Thoughts : Baccano was a rollercoaster ride filled with crazy thieves, gangsters, gore, crime, laughs and great characters. All set in easily one of my favorite periods and with cool music to boot. The show might feel confusing at first due to how it plays out. But as it progresses and everything clicks into place one can't help but love it.

Seirei no Moribito

Synopsis : Once every 100 years, a water spirit implants an egg into a person who then becomes the Guardian of the Sacred Spirit. This time, the responsibility falls on Chagum, the Second Prince of the New Yogo Empire. The Emperor, fearing that the spirit's possession of Chagum could destroy the prestige of the royal family, attempts to have Chagum killed. As a result, the Second Empress secretly asks a female bodyguard, Balsa, to abscond with Chagum.
Tags : action, fantasy, adventure, novel, parallel universe, seinen
Thoughts : If you are looking for a great fantasy Anime in a historic setting filled with adventure and great action scenes. Then Seirei no Moribito is for you. Production IG did a fantastic job, as always, with this adaptation of a Fantasy Novel by Uehashi Naoko & Futatsugi Saki. Seirei no Moribito also features some of the best music you can find in anime.

That concludes my list of 5 favorite anime from 2007. What is yours? Please let me know in the comment section below! And if you need a refresher as to what anime aired in that year I provided a nifty chart below!