Monday, 25 January 2016

You Should Be Watching : Anime Spotlight : Most Promising NEW Anime of Winter 2016

If you want it or not 2016 is in Full swing, and with it the Winter 2016 anime season. And what a season it is so far. So many good new shows, unlike last year. And some must watch sequels. Below is the most promising new shows for the Winter 2016 Anime season. I left out sequels form this list, as GATE s2. Akagami no Shirayukihime 2, and Durarara x2 are just too good.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Synopsis : When Haruhito awakens, he's in the dark. He doesn't know where he is, why he is here, and where he came from. Around him there are several men and women who have the same circumstances. Haruhito and his companions find themselves in a game-like world called Grimgar and must form a party, cooperate, and learn new skills to survive the harsh environment together.
Thoughts : So far Hai to Gensou no Grimgar has me hooked with it's fights and mystery, there characters themselves are a bit boring for the most part, but the show has promise. Hopefully it doesn't fall flat in the end.

Dimension W

Synopsis : In the year 2071, the world's energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors - "coils" - that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. That source is the W dimension, a fourth plane that exists beyond the X, Y, and Z dimensions.

In this world, unofficial "illegal" coils harness powers that the police can't hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyouma, whose run-in with the unique coil android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.
Thoughts : From it's cool opening to it's great characters, tons of action and a very interesting premise Dimension W has me hooked. Also any show that puts so much detail into cars is worth it ;)

Dagashi Kashi

Synopsis : Shikada You owns a rural sweets shop, and his plan is for his son Kokonotsu to take it over one day, but Kokonotsu wants to be a manga author instead. One day, the heir to the well-known sweets maker Shidare Company, the cute but weird Shidare Hotaru, pays them a visit. Apparently, You is famous, and she wants him to join her father's company, but he will agree only if she can convince Kokonotsu to inherit the shop and continue the family business.
Thoughts : Dagashi Kashi is an unrealistic light hearted silly anime which doesn't take itself seriously, and that's exactly what makes it so great to watch. If it will keep people interested till the end is another matter though.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Synopsis : Fujinuma Satoru is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Hinazuki Kayo.
Thoughts : Boku dake ga Inai Machi, also known as ERASED, is a dark mature anime which reminds us that time is precious, but gives the viewer hope in seeing one person able to possibly fix everything that went wrong in his life. It has it's cute side, but ERASED is a very serious show.

Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari
Synopsis : Set in a part of Tokyo that has descended into a quagmire, the story follows Unit 8 of the 5th Special Public Security Section's 3rd Mobile Assault Division — popularly called "The Eighth" — who don powered armor "Willware" exoskeletons to counter the rise in crime.
Thoughts : I won't lie, the big appeal in Active Raid for me is how it reminds me of the classic Police anime of 90s. Other than that, it's a fun filled action show with a fair bit of comedy and a big cast of cute females.

Which Anime are you looking forward to most each week this season? Let me know in the comment section!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Anime Spotlight : Best Anime of 2015

2016 is upon us, so it's time to take a look back at 2015 and choose the Top Anime from 2015. There has been some really great shows, and some horrible ones in the past year. In general it felt like 2015 had less "great" anime than 2014, That aside it was still hard to choose the Best Anime from 2015. So in no particular order I present to you the Top 5 Anime of 2015!

Gakkou Gurashi

Synopsis : Takeya Yuki is in love with the school. For her, it's a wonderful place, where she enjoys her school activities, especially the activities of her club: School Life Club. The club has Rii-chan as the president, Kurumi-chan as another member, and the teacher, Megu-nee, always there for them. Yes, she is in love with her school... on her mind. Because, for her, the reality of the school and their club's activities is way too hard to be perceived...
Thoughts : Gakkou Gurashi is a heartbreaking show about a group of girls in a zombie apocalypse that is cleverly disguised as a "cute girls doing cute things" kinda show, but on the first episode the harsh reality set it. And as the show delves into the past of each of the characters and how it all started. The truth of their reality sets in. It really is a great show with great characters, and it will play with your heartstrings. The end especially was great. Well worth the watch.

Ore Monogatari!!

Synopsis : Gouda Takeo is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!
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Thoughts : Ore Monogatari!! is a laughter filled take on a Beauty and the Beast type romance. But there is a slight warning this show might induce diabetes from all the sweet moments. If you are looking for a good romance filled adorable and funny characters, probably the manliest protagonist this season and also the best "bro". Ore Monogatari is a must watch if you haven't seen it yet.

One-Punch Man

Synopsis : The story takes place in the fictional metropolis of City Z, Japan. The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause many disasters. Saitama is a super powerful hero who easily defeats the monsters and other villains with one punch. However, after becoming too strong, Saitama has become bored with his powers and is always trying to find stronger opponents who can fight him.

On his adventures, he meets new friends, enemies, and his own disciple, the cyborg Genos, and also joins the Hero Association in order to gain fame for all of his actions to prevent evil. Despite defeating many strong monsters that even the Hero Association's top heroes are unable to defeat, Saitama struggles to gain respect. Most people discriminate him due to his plain physical appearance and some accuse him of being a counterfeit hero. Only a small number of individuals recognize his incredible talent and humility towards others.
Thoughts : Easily the most popular Anime this past season, and a candidate for the Anime of the Year list. Everybody knows about One-Punch Man, and most of the people who watched it are yearning for a second season. One-Punch Man doesn't waste time with power ups and fights or unnecessary long stare downs. It's just balls to the wall action.

Yowamushi Pedal - Grande Road

Synopsis : The sequel to Yowamushi Pedal and the continuation of the Inter High Cycling Race.
Tags : cycling, manga, shounen, sports
Thoughts : The sequel to the fantastic Yowamushi Pedal kept up the great pacing, introduced a fair bit of new characters. Really delved into all the characters involved and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the season. If you are a fan of sports anime. This won't disappoint. 

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka: Familia Myth

Synopsis : In a world, where the deities have descended from the heavens lies the town of Orario. And in the town lies the Dungeon, which contains an assortment of monsters from goblins to dragons. Adventurers slay those monsters and take their shards, which are then used to craft magic items. To become an adventurer, people join groups called Familia. Each of which is named after and serves a resident deity. The adventurers and their attributes and abilities are ranked by level, improved by experience and supervised by their Familia's deity.
Bell Cranel, a novice adventurer, is the sole member of the Familia under the goddess Hestia. After being saved by top level adventurer Ais Wallenstein of the Loki Familia, he falls in love with her and decides to improve and become worthy of her attention. All the while mostly unaware that other girls, deities and mortals, also develop feelings for him. Especially Hestia herself.
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Thoughts : DanMachi was probably a firm favorite for a lot of anime fans this past season. A fun show filled with good action, lots of cute girls. Some serious bits and a main character that's more than just a bit naive at times. If you haven't seen this yet, chances are you'll love it. It's a shame it was only 13 episodes. But then again it probably wouldn't have made it onto this list then. Also Hestia is worst girl ;)

Which were your Favorite Anime from 2015? Feel free to give your list in the comment section below! Would love to know what you loved this past year! Thanks for reading and here's to another year of great anime.