Sunday, 23 October 2016

Fall Anime You Shouldn't Miss! 2016

Usually after the first few weeks of a season's start I share my list of most promising anime from each season. This time I'm going to do things a bit different, changing it up so to speak. I'm going to share with you all the anime I think you shouldn't miss this season. And at the end of the season I'll list the best of the bunch as usual.

Udon no Kuni no Kin`iro Kemari

Synopsis : Souta Tawara is a web designer working in Tokyo. When he visits his family's Udon place in his hometown Kagawa Prefecture, he discovers a young boy. Upon confronting the boy, Souta soon learns his secret and decides to quit his job in order to take care of the boy, Poko. The daily adventures of the two slowly enfold as Poco energetically navigates his way through Kagawa, the "Udon Kingdom," along with Souta.
Thoughts : Poco's Udon World shares a fair bit of similarities with great slice of life anime like Barakamon and Amaama to Inuzuma, but it's more than just a "clone". It features a funny mix of characters, especially that old granny! A very fun Opening song and it seems a fair bit of soul searching.


Synopsis : The "paranormal science" story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the "Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara" occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Gamon Yuuta. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.
Thoughts : Sharing the same sense of Mystery,Fantasy and "science" as Robotic;Notes, Stein's;Gate and Chaos;Head. Occultic;Nine has a lot of promise, and the first episode started off quite strong, unlike some of the other anime it shares a ; with ;)

Long Riders!

Synopsis : The story follows Kurata Ami, a first year college student with no special qualities. One day she happens to notice someone riding a folding bike, immediately falls in love with it, and uses all her savings to buy one. She eventually gets introduced to the world of long-distance bicycling and road racer bikes, and she forms a cycling team called Fortuna with four other female college students from the same school. Their goal is to ride in a "brevet" or long-distance event called Fresh.
Thoughts : Cute girls doing things meets CYCLING, well long distance cycling. Long Riders! has more than just cute girls, it also features some solid biking information in general. Well worth the watch, even just for the great scenery visuals.

Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume

Synopsis : The world of middle school girls' ping pong enters an age of heated rivalry as the throne at its apex is surrendered... Tsumujikaze Koyori, a girl who loves ping pong, has just transferred to Suzumegahara Middle School. Along with her friends who strive to be the national champions, can Koyori bring the winds of change to the school?! The curtain is about to rise on a scorching hot tale of girls who love ping pong!
Thoughts : Scorching Ping Pong Girls promises some hot blooded ping pong action with some ecchi elemens, much in the same vein as Saki, just seemingly without the drama factor. Should make for a fun sports anime to watch.

Yuuri!!! on Ice

Synopsis : Katsuki Yuuri carried all of Japan's hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to continue ice skating. Suddenly the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov appears before him with Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater who is already defeating his seniors. Victor and both Yuris take up the challenge on an unprecedented Gran Prix series.
Thoughts : First let's address the elephant in the room, yes Yuuri on Ice does have some overtly effeminate characters, and will probably also feature a bit of shounen-ai undertones. But I do also feel that, preconceptions that even I have might have people missing out on a really promising anime.


Synopsis : Keijo is a sport where contestants stand on platforms floating on the water and use their butts and chests to fight against each other in order to push each other off the platform. Kaminashi Nozomi is a high school student who aims to join the sport after she graduates. Nozomi was raised in a poor family and hopes to make lots of money by playing Keijo. She grew up training in gymnastics, and she has good balance and flexibility. After high school, Nozomi joins a training boarding school and enters the world of Keijo.
Thoughts : Yes this is an anime about butt sumo, Yes it's perverted. But it's also brilliantly animated, has a great soundtrack, a good cast of seiyuu and it's fun. You aren't fooling anyone by acting all "ecchi stuff is bad" on the internet ;)

Fune o Amu

Synopsis : The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Majime Mitsuya, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo's sales department, has been recruited by Araki Kouhei, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the "money-eating insect," but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Nishioka Masashi, who is able to express himself better.
Thoughts : And here we have a show that's the complete opposite of Keijo, Fune o Amu is a beatifually made, relaxing anime that takes the viewer into a slow cruise of the world of words. This is not your typical anime. Miss it at your own peril.


Synopsis : Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved in the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as Drifters.

This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing war against another group of great warriors, the Ends, who wish to take over the world and kill all the Drifters. Under the Ends' command are many terrible creatures, including dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their wake. At the start of the series, the Ends' army has control of the northern part of the continent and is currently trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the Octobrist Organization, a group of human magicians native to this world, attempt to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.
Thoughts : ReVelske said it best "Wanna watch historical figures brawling it out in an Animu? I mean, without genderbent Arthur 'n Friends running around trying jerk off teen boys? How about Nobunaga commanding a legit troop of gay Thebes men vs Akechi? Some historic kamikaze pilot fighting a dragon? Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid vs army of J<SPOILER>? Scipio and Hannibal buddying up? Some obscure Sengoku era samurai vs Joan of Arc? In a world filled with Tolkien nonsense too for good measure? Maybe give Drifters a try."

Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda

Synopsis : Serinuma Kae is what you'd call a "fujoshi." When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn't exciting to her at all — she'd rather see them date each other!
Thoughts : Kiss Him, Not Me is great, I haven't had so many laughs in a reverse harem anime since Ouran Highschool Host Club. Watashi ga motete dou sunda also features a lot of reverences to anime like JoJo and Attack on Titan.

Shuumatsu no Izetta

Synopsis : In 1940, a devastating power witch named Izetta wakes up during the war, after a long sleep.
Thoughts : A super vague synopsis I know, Someone at AniDB has been slacking it seems. Izetta: The Last Witch is a great mix of the supernatural in an alternate World War 2 setting. Also first episode has a Corgi, nuff said.

3-gatsu no Lion

Synopsis : This is a gentle tale about people trying to regain something. And it is a tale of battle.

Kiriyama Rei had lost his family in an accident when he was young. Now he is a 17-year-old pro shogi player who is burdened with deep loneliness. Rei lives alone in an old town in Tokyo, but after becoming acquainted with three sisters, Akari, Hinata and Momo, he begins to change little by little...
Thoughts : March Comes In Like a Lion completely took me by surprise, the massive contrasts between the depressing and happy scenes, the fantastic music that not only sets the mood but also transports you deeply into the setting of this very strong contender for Anime of the Season. Be prepared for a very emotional ride with this one.

That concludes my list of Don't Miss anime from the Fall 2016 Anime season. Keep in mind that there are a fair bit of other anime that's not on this list that I'm also watching and enjoying, tons of good sequels and spin off series this season. So far in general for me, Fall 2016 is a lot better than the summer Anime season this year.

Feel free to share your thoughts or picks for the season in the comment section below, or on facebook or twitter. It's always good to hear what other people are enjoying!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Best Anime from Summer 2016 and the rest...

The Summer 2016 anime season is at an end, and it's time to decide which of the many anime that ended in the Summer 2016 season, so that includes left overs from Spring 2016, are the best 5. As usual I'll also share my thoughts on the rest of the anime I've watched.

Amaama to Inazuma

Synopsis : Having lost his wife, math teacher Inuzuka Kouhei is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Iida Kotori, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious.
Thoughts : Amaama to Inazuma is one of those shows that from the get go, pulls on your heartstring, but also heals you with laughter and it's cuteness. Each episode was a joy to watch, even though some of them had some sad scenes. Amaama to Inazuma was the best way to start a week, every week. Go out and watch it now!


Synopsis : Hikari Kohinata is an overwhelmingly cheerful and outgoing 15-year-old girl who has spent all her life in a small and beautiful seaside town on the Izu peninsula. On the first day of high school, she meets Futaba Oki, a slightly introverted girl who has just moved from Tokyo. Before she knows it, Futaba gets dragged along into Hikari's passion for scuba diving. And from there, Futaba gradually starts to come out of her shell, and learns how to take challenges and dive into the ocean of life.
Thoughts : Amanchu! is from the author of Aria, and those of you that know me, know Aria is one of my favorite anime franchises of all time. Needless to say Amanchu!'s timing couldn't have been better after the hole of seeing the Aria franchise come to a complete halt has left me. Amanchu! is pure fun, but also breathtakingly beautiful at times. Amanchu! has tons of smartly done references to the Aria franchise, and was also very informative about diving as a whole. Well worth the watch!

Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Synopsis : Natsuki Subaru is an ordinary high school student who is lost in an alternate world, where he is rescued by a beautiful, silver-haired girl. He stays near her to return the favour, but the destiny she is burdened with is more than Subaru can imagine. Enemies attack one by one, and both of them are killed. He then finds out he has the power to rewind death, back to the time he first came to this world. But only he remembers what has happened since.
Thoughts : Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu feels like the love child of KonoSuba and All You need is Kill. A funny, gory, fantasy setting anime with some edge of your seat scenes, initially. Later on Re Zero had some extremely cruel scenes and as a viewer you even end up hating Subaru for a while. Great voice acting and characters really made this well worth the watch.


Synopsis : The story follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old jobless man who fails at every job interview he has after quitting his last company. His life changes after he meets Yoake Ryou of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers him a drug that can change his appearance to 17-year-old in order to make him a subject in an experiment for one year. Thus, he begins his life as a high school student once more.
Thougths : Weirdly Relife was entirely released on one day. Which made it easy to binge watch(personally I love binge watching anime) But that's not the reason it's on this list. Relife had a lot of characters I could relate to, and the interaction between characters and events(except for the age altering pill) felt very realistic and genuine. Relife has a pretty important message to convey to viewers, but also has and end that leaves you wanting more.

Kidou Senshi Gundam UC RE:0096

Synopsis : The story is located in a colony "Industrial 7" in UC (Universal Century) 0096. It depicts an encounter of a 16 years old student Banagher Links and the pure white mobile suit "Unicorn Gundam", and also depicts the global basis war over the forbidden box "Laplace".
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Thoughts : It's not entirely fair to have Gundam Unicorn on this list, as it's just a tv version of the OVA which was a masterpiece. If you want a full review of Gundam Unicorn head on over the to following link

"So what about the rest" you ask. Well below I'll share my thoughts on each of the other shows I watched from this season.

91 Days : One of the top picks at the start of the season, 91 Days was really good throughout, but kind of fell flat nearing the end, even though it had a pretty good message about how pointless revenge really is.

Alderamin on the Sky : Every week I looked forward to a new episode of Alderamin on the Sky, really loved the characters in it as well as the cruel depiction of war. Sadly it ended a bit too soon for me, even though a second season will be well received.

Brotherhood - Final Fantasy XV : A really short, but cool background series on the main characters form the upcoming Final Fantasy game, but nothing more than that.

Ange Vierge : Let's be honest now, Ange Vierge was an anime about girls in baths or hotsprings with the occasional fighting scene. The only episode without a "bath" scene was the final episode.

Macross Delta : Not one of my favourite Anime from the Macross franchise, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. The characters grew on me, even if the music didn't.

Active Raid S2 : Active Raid's second season was just as good as the first season, with some good twists and turns along the way. Well worth watching if you enjoyed the first.

D.Gray-man Hallow : The continuation of the long delayed D.Gray-man series started off just as lackluster as the original ended. Only worth watching if you REALLY want to know what happens.

Mob Psycho 100 : This will probably get me a lot of hate but, I didn't think Mob Psycho 100 was anything more than average, the animation was pretty bad, the characters themselves, though colorful to an extent, were average. Other than a few action scenes it felt like this show was riding on One Punch Man's popularity, but in a bad way.

Tales of Zestiria the X : UFOTable is known for stupidly high level animation and Tales of Zestiria the X is no exception, IF you watch it for no other reason than eye-candy. that's totally fine. The few episodes with Tales of Berseria were a lot better than the rest.

Orange : Orange was another one of my top picks at the season's start. Especially with promise of quite a bit of heartache to come. Even though the show had a lot of teary eyed moments, in general it wasn't even all that sad. Loved the characters! But hated Kakeru...

Fukigen na Mononokean : A very enjoyable anime about a yokai exorcist and his budding apprentice. I went into the show with no expectations and quite enjoyed it. Sadly it's not an anime that I would call memorable.

Momokuri : Momokuri is probably the cutest anime I've seen with a crazy stalker girl as the main character, if cutesy romance with comedy is what you are after...with a bit of weird. Then Momokuri is for you, otherwise, steer clear.

Time Travel Shoujo : Best education show this season? You bet! Time Travel Shoujo was a surprisingly fun and yet informative anime about the history of scientific discoveries.

Rewrite : Worst Key Visual Arts anime to date? Yup. A sequel has been announced, just goes to show, a show doesn't have to be good to get a sequel.

Qualidea Code : Shoddy animation and an asinine story is what you can expect from Qualidea Code, yes there are kids with superpowers and an alien invasion, but it's not worth your time.

Love Live! Sunshine!! : A spin-off series of the popular Love Live! anime, with an all new cast, and a fair bit of self worship. Love Live! Sunshine!! wasn't a bad watch, but not a great one either.

Shokugeki no Soma S2 : I loved every moment of Shokugeki no Soma Second Season, Heck I'm still considering adding into my list of top 5 from the Summer 2016 season. A great continuation of a great anime, though a bit to short.

Handa-kun : I had high hopes for Handa-kun, as it's the prequel to one of my fave anime, Barakamon. That being said Handa-kun had a less than stellar start, but it was quite enjoyable non the less.

Masou Gakuen HxH : A pointless anime that's sole selling point, being it's lewdness, was censored, al be it in a funny and creative way. Rather wait for the uncensored release before you waste your time with this trash.

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! : A cute rom-com anime that had a lot of laughs, but lacked severely on the romance side.

New Game : New Game was an enjoyable look into the lives of the staff of a game development studio in Japan, a great mix of characters and pacing made for an enjoyable watch.

Berserrk 2016 : Ahh Berserk, probably one of the anime most of us long time fans were looking forward to the most, but sadly the use of shoddy CGI let the series down. Good news though, another season has been announced, we can only hope they return to more traditional animation styles...

Planetarian : Planetarian was the better of the two Key Visual Arts anime this season, even though it was a really short 5 episodes. It was a lot better put together than Rewrite.

DAYS : DAYS was a really enjoyable soccer anime, well worth the watch if you enjoy seeing people work hard at achieving their goals.

Kuromukuro : Kuromukuro is another left over anime from Spring 2016 that was surprisingly fun to watch, with a good mix of action and comedy. It didn't really stand out between all the other anime though.

Fate Kaleid Liner PRISMA ILLYA 3rei!! : The latest season in the Fate Kaleid series was on par with the previous seasons. Seems there is a movie announced to wrap it all up finally. If you want to see Fate/Stay Night characters in a magical girl anime. Fate Kaleid is for you.

Regalia - The Three Sacred Stars : Regalia - The Tree Sacred Stars is a weird addition to this list as it's not finished yet. In fact due to the original creator not being happy with the route the anime was taking, the studio had to restart it. In case any of you were wondering what the heck happened to it.

That concludes my thoughts on the various anime from this past season. If you don't see an anime title on here, I have most probably dropped it for one or other reasons. Feel free to share your thoughts about the list and your fave shows from the past Anime Season with me. It's always fun to hear/read what other people thought about the shows.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Most Promising Anime in Summer 2016 and the rest

Obligatory cute picture out of the way. The Summer 2016 anime season is in full steam, which means it's time for me to type away at my keyboard so you don't miss any of the gems this season. The list will only contain NEW shows as usual and not sequels. If you don't see your fav shows in the list, read on to hear my thoughts on them and why they didn't exactly make the grade. As you know this won't be a list of what anime are going to be the best anime of the season. That remains to be seen at season's end.


Synopsis : The anime centers on two boys who were never meant to meet: Tsukamoto Tsukushi, who has no special skills but secretly hides a passionate heart, and Kazama Jin, an isolated soccer genius. On a stormy night, the two meet, and that meeting creates a whirlwind in the world of high school soccer.
Thoughts : As you probably know by now, or not, I'm a huge sports anime fan. Last season sadly lacked in that department but Summer 2016 brings us DAYS and Battery. DAYS has that whole main guy working hard and trying his best appeal that I enjoy so much.

Amaama to Inazuma

Synopsis : Having lost his wife, math teacher Inuzuka Kouhei is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Iida Kotori, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious.
Thoughts : Amaama to Inazuma is one of those shows that from the get go, pulls on your heartstring, but also heals you with laughter and it's cuteness. Ask yourself this, Why aren't you watching this?


Synopsis : When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and that she should keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.
Thoughts : Orange is most probably going to be The Tearjerker of the season, though I am hoping that Naho somehow changes the future, but I also know that it's that glimmer of hope that I hold that will make this even more emotional.

91 Days

Synopsis : The time is 1920, five years after National Prohibition Law took place at a city called Lorel in the United States. Main character Avilo arrives to join the Vampiro family mafia undercover in order to seek revenge of killers who killed his parents and brother in this mafia. A Killing starts kills. Revenge starts new revenge. A story of vengeance and sorrow starts now.
Thoughts : You probably thought I was just going to list emotional or cute anime eh? 91 Days's first episode was Dark but also very cool. I'm curious to see if our protagonists' revenge is worth it in the end.


Synopsis : Hikari Kohinata is an overwhelmingly cheerful and outgoing 15-year-old girl who has spent all her life in a small and beautiful seaside town on the Izu peninsula. On the first day of high school, she meets Futaba Oki, a slightly introverted girl who has just moved from Tokyo. Before she knows it, Futaba gets dragged along into Hikari's passion for scuba diving. And from there, Futaba gradually starts to come out of her shell, and learns how to take challenges and dive into the ocean of life.
Thoughts : Amanchu! is from the author of Aria, and those of you that know me, know Aria is one of my favorite anime franchises of all time. Needless to say Amanchu!'s timing couldn't have been better after the hole of seeing the Aria franchise come to a complete halt has left me. Amanchu! is pure fun, but also breathtakingly beautiful at times. It remains to be seen if it can charm me as much as Aria or not though.

That concludes my list of top picks from the New anime for Summer 2016. Now on to the rest.
Regalia - The Three Sacred Stars - Had a pretty average first episode but nothing really stood out in it.

Alderamin on the Sky - The premise seems really cool, and it might be a pretty good adventure anime. Heck might even crawl it's way to the list of "Best of the Season" But that remains to be seen as there is some stiff competition.

Qualidea Code - Enjoyable first episode, but it might go either way. Hopefully it gets better as it goes on.

Ange Vierge - Initially had a kind of Strike Witches vibe to it, but the rest of the first episode was mostly just bath scenes.

Hatsukoi Monster - Started off with an unexpected twist and even more unexpeted jokes. Could be this season's dark horse.

Rewrite - As much as I love Key Visual Arts related anime, so far Rewrite has been...a let down

Arslan Senki S2 - I absolutely loved the first season of Arslan Senki, so am quite amped to see how the story unfolds further.

Fukigen na Mononokean - Quite a fun first episode, kinda reminded me of Natsume's Book of Friends 

Active Raid S2 - Active Raid's first season surprised a fair bit of people who didn't believe my list by becoming one of the more popular shows of it's season. Will season 2 improve? Remains to be seen but it had a great start.

Mob Psycho 100 - Created by One Punch Man author ONE, set in the same universe as One Punch Man, surely it's a shoe in for best show this season? Well no, the first episode was lackluster in both the animation itself and the fighting. The jokes felt uninspired as well. But let's hope future episodes does it's "roots" justice.

Taboo Tattoo - After watching two episodes of Taboo Tattoo I'm still undecided about it. It has promise to be something worthwhile, but it can also turn into absolute drivel. As always I am optimistic though.

New Game - New Game is adorable and funny, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the first 2 episodes. It's not Anime of the Season material yet, but it's going to be a fun watch regardless.

D.Gray-man Hallow - It's been nearly 10 years since D.Gray-man got canceled. And it's BACK! D.Gray-man Hallow seems to continue where the first season fizzled out, first 2 episodes have been quite...uninteresting though. I might watch it, but I might also drop it. I'll give it a few more episodes to sway my mind.

Cheer Danshi!! -  An anime about a male cheerleading club? I am slightly curious, but so far the first 2 episodes haven't really grabbed me yet.

Servamp - Probably the most Edgy anime this season, but also the most gay. The yaoi undertones are strong in this one.

Masou Gakuen HxH - Features a lot of "PLOT" then again what do you expect from a show where girls powerup by doing lewd things with the main character.

Tales of Zestiria the X - UFOTABLE animation makes this a treat to look at, but Tales of Zestiria is a far cry from a good "tales of" game. It remains to be seen if this adaptation will be good or not.

Fate Kaleid Liner PRISMA ILLYA 3rei!! - The third season of the magical girl spin-off series based on Fate/Stay Night's Illya. And in typical Fate Kaleid style, things take a turn for the worst for our heroine. I know this franchise has some big fans who will be pleased by this third season.

Battery - Sports! Baseball! I have hopes that this show will be good, but so far the main character is a little shit.

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! - A cute romcom set in Art Club with wacky characters, first two episodes were quite fun.

Planetarian - The whole limited "battery" lifetime thing in Planetarian kinda reminded me of Mahoromatic, except not nearly as good so far.

Berserrk 2016 - FINALLY a continuation of Guts' story. Yes I know for manga readers this is old hat, but I'm still quite amped. It's just a shame the use of CGI messes up some scenes.

Time Travel Shoujo - I really enjoyed the first two episodes of Time Travel Shoujo, seems like there are two concurrent stories going on in the anime. One of a ditsy girl going back in time to search for her missing father, and the other involving a seemingly shady organization after her father as well. I'm sure this will most probably intertwine later on though. The anime also has some educational elements in it.

Handa-kun - Handa-kun is based on the highschool life, of a character from the beloved Barakamon Anime. First episode was a bit meh, but the second episode was an improvement. I'm just hoping Handa-kun gets half as good as Barakamon.

Momokuri - Momokuri is cute but also disturbing. Initially it looks like just a warm fluffy romance anime, but the main girl is more than just a bit obsessed.

Shokugeki no Soma S2 - Soma and the gang are back with their lewdfewd and overdone reactions. Great two episodes so far! I want more!

Love Live! Sunshine!! - A new Love Live! set in a different school with new girls, will the original gang make an appearance? Probably.

I didn't bother writing about any of the shows I dropped on the first episode, in case you were not seeing a name on here. What are your thoughts on the season thus far? And what shows are you following?

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Best Anime from Spring 2016, and Thoughts on The Entire Season

The Summer 2016 Anime season approaches us, which means it's time to take a look at the ending Spring 2016 season and choose the BEST Anime from Spring 2016. I'll also talk about the shows that didn't make the cut at the end of the list. Keeping in mind, as always, this list ONLY contains anime that ended this season. Some shows are still ongoing. That being said let's get started!

     Sakamoto Desu ga?

Synopsis : The story follows the daily life of the "coolest" high school student, Sakamoto. As soon as he transfers to his new school, he attracts the attention of not just his class but the whole student body, and his jealous classmates' attempts to bully him repeatedly backfire and instead make Sakamoto look cooler.
Thoughts : If laughter is what you need. Sakamoto Desu ga? Has it in spades. Sakamoto Desu ga? never managed to not surprise me in some random way. Great visuals, good jokes and interesting cast of characters make for a fun watch. One could complain that there wasn't any "character development" or main plot line. But trust me, Sakamoto Desu ga? more than makes up for that with humor.

Flying Witch

Synopsis : The comical story follows the 15-year-old witch Kowata Makoto and the other boys and girls in her daily life. With her black cat Chito, the somewhat aimless girl moved from Yokohama to live with her second cousin at Aomori in verdant northern Japan.
Thoughts : I love laid back feel good anime. and Flying Witch is easily one of the better ones out there that fit the bill. Every week I was looking forward to the latest episode to help me unwind after work. Relaxing and Calming isn't all this charming show has going for it though. The characters are easily lovable, jokes were well executed and Flying Witch did a really good of inviting you as the viewer into it's world of country living and witchcraft.


Synopsis : The Kizuna System is an incomplete system for the implementation of world peace that connects people through wounds. Those connected to this system are called Kiznaivers, and when one is wounded, the system divides and transmits the wound among the other Kiznaivers.

In Sugomori City, a Japanese city built on reclaimed land and with decreasing population, Sonozaki Noriko tells her classmate Agata Katsuhira: "You have been selected to be a Kiznaiver." Thus, he becomes connected to classmates whose lives and personalities completely differ from his.
Thoughts : Kiznaiver was a brilliantly animated coming of age anime filled with emotions from start to finish. Studio Trigger made another gem with Kiznaiver. The way characters were introduced and focused on in later episode was really appealing to me. Also who can forget the great OP by Boom Boom Satellites - Lay Your Hands on me. Even though the song is even more bittersweet with the news of it being the last BBS song.

Bungou Stray Dogs

Synopsis : The "battle action" story Bungou Stray Dogs centers around a league of literary figures with supernatural powers. For example, in real life, Akutagawa Ryuunosuke wrote acclaimed stories that inspired Kurosawa Akira's Rashoumon film and the Aoi Bungaku Series anime's Jigoku Hen (Hell Screen) arc. In Bungou Stray Dogs, he has the power to transform and manipulate his cloak into a monster-like entity. Together, these writers solve mysteries as part of the "Armed Detective Agency."
Thoughts : I'll admit, the first few episodes of Bungou Stray Dogs I wasn't impressed all that much, but the show quickly grew on me, especially after getting to know the Armed Detective Agency a bit better. What I also loved about Bungou Stray Dogs is that even the villians were well written. So many times in anime the villians get the short end of the stick. I am awaiting the second season eagerly.


Synopsis : 30 young men and women who came together on a shady bus tour. The tour's destination: an illusive, possibly nonexistent village called Nanakimura. In Nanakimura, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world's obstacles ... or so it was rumored, like an urban legend.

"In despair over the real world ... wanting to escape the tedious daily life ... wanting to restart your life from scratch..."

The bus headed deep into the mountains, carrying 30 people each harboring their own expectations and wounds in their hearts...

And so, the place these 30 arrived at, was an uninhabited village with the lingering faint scents of life, even though it was falling apart.

What is the truth of Nanakimura facing the 30?
Thoughts : Mayoiga did a great job of keeping the mystery element strong, a pretty good horror anime in general with a decent resolution. With a pretty clear message about human nature. Trust me it's hard to write about this show without wanting to spill the beans ;)

Now you are probably wondering why you didn't see your fave of the season in the top 5. Well I'll get to them eventually. Keeping in mind that I only included completed shows in this list, means that Re Zero and Gundam Unicorn automatically gets disqualified. But if you want a full review of Gundam Unicorn OVA you can get it here :

First off let me list the shows I thought were utter trash and didn't bother watching more of.

  • Hundred : A terrible cheap Infinite Stratos type anime
  • Seisen Cerberus : As expected, just another anime proving the rule of thumb that anime with dragons are shit
  • Super Loves : Complete and utter fujoshi bait
  • Joker Game : You are probably surprised by this one but Joker Game tried too hard to be clever without ever reaching the point
  • Onigiri : Short form fan service, and not even that was done very well.

With that out of the way it's time to share my thoughts on the rest of the Anime that Aired in the Spring 2016 Anime season. This isn't in any particular order.

Wagamama High Spec : A really short (3minute) cutesy anime about a mostly all girls Student Council. A quick time waster but nothing more.

Pan de Peace! : A cute and short anime about girls and bread. With banter and jokes surrounding mostly bread.

Boku no Hero Academia : I didn't enjoy the start of this anime, though it did grow on me quite a bit. But just not enough to grab a spot in the top 5. Did feel though that the season ended a bit quickly, curious to see if a wait between seasons will be a good or bad thing for Boku no Hero Academia.

 Bakuon!! : Very few fanservice scenes aside (like the one above) Bakuon had quite extensive information on the bike manufacturers from Japan and other countries. The road trip part with Bike Jesus was great!

Kuma Miko : An adorable show with great characters, some of the jokes caught me off guard, like the whole Maiden Sacrifice story, but really enjoyed this anime. Even though I do feel the last few episodes let it down.

Big Order : I had high hopes for Big Order, as it was on my list of most promising shows of Spring 2016. Sadly it just missed the mark about halfway in. Still well worth watching though.

Anne Happy : I'll admit, I do enjoy slice of life type anime with mostly ALL girl casts. Anne Happy added a bit of misfortune into the mix, with all the jokes focused mostly on the types of bad luck each character has, that aside it was still a very cute and fun show to watch.

Sansha Sanyou : Sansha Sanyou was also a slice of life show, with the main focus being friendship between a fallen rich girl, a girl that eats too much and a devil with an angelic face. Weirdly Sansha Sanyou was probably one of the most well animated shows from the Spring 2016 season.

Assassination Classroom S2 : The second and final season of Assassination Classroom was really well executed, it was action packed from start to finish and in my eyes, a big improvement over the first season. Some might say the finale was a bit emotional though.

Haifuri : Haifuri caught me a bit off guard. I was half expecting something along the lines of Girls und Panzer with ships but it was far closer to Bodacious Space Pirates. If you want a fun show with good mix of action and ships! and a bit of scifi/fantasy ness added. You can do far worse than Haifuri!

Terra Formars R : Terra Formars R starts off where the first season ended. With a fair bit of recap so you don't feel lost. In the second season the roaches are smarter, stronger, faster and seemingly superior to humans in every way. The show did feel a bit confused though as at times it felt like the creators didn't know which direction to take the show into. And there are a lot of plot holes throughout the series.

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta : Netoge was a fun show about an online games club, with character types that fit well with the ones you'd see in online games, except in the show a lot of the "gamers" were really cute girls. There is a cute romance comedy hidden in this show. But as a gamer in general it's a fun show that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Nijiiro Days : A Show I thought would initially be about bishounen turned out to be a light hearted romance anime with a heart warming end. The characters were well written and with the episode length of 15 minutes pacing didn't feel off.

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2 : A continuation of the Phoenix Festa from the first season. One of those shows where there are some good characters stuck with bad story telling.

Shounen Maid : Even though this show has all the making of fujobait, it turned out to be filled with quite a fair bit of sad scenes, it kinda reminded me of Ouran Highschool Host Club, just without the reverse harem or romance.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress : One of the more popular shows from the Spring 2016 season, which a lot of you probably expected to see in the top 5, But Awesome trains with gore and zombies aside, the first episode didn't grab me, second episode was a big improvement, but the second half of the show the focus seemed more on daddy issues of a certain character than the actual zombies themselves. Which kinda ruined it for me.

Let me know if there is any show I missed so I can update this blog. What are your thoughts on my list? Do you Agree? or do you want to murder my cat for not including your fave shows. Fire off in the comment section or on twitter/facebook.