Anime Sunday: Winners of 2016

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the best of last year’s Anime. It’s my Winners of 2016!

GATE: I’ve enjoyed watching GATE an episode at a time with my Aunt every few weeks and having ended in Winter 2016, it deserves this spot for the wonderful story it showed me and her.

Boku no Hero Academia: Boku no Hero was an awesome show to watch for all of us who at one point or another all wanted to be a superhero.

ReZero: ReZero wowed the world in 2016, and if you haven’t watched it yet you are truly missing out. This might just have been the best show this year.

Yuri on Ice: Yuri on Ice pushed the boundaries of animation and storytelling this year and stunned viewers with your beautiful choreography. YOI impressed even Olympic skaters. This is the big contender for best of the year with ReZero in my books.

3-gatsu: 3-gatsu shows the story of a boy who deals with depression in a way even the most dense person can understand. Just for that it deserves a spot on this list, the fact that it has an awesome story as well is icing on the cake.

Honorable Mentions:

Tales of Zestiria the X: Animated by my favorite studio ufotable, ToZX was an awesome show to watch, but it also included story and characters from the yet to be released in the west Tales of Berseria, so I can’t give it a formal spot because of that.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

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Anime Sunday: Winners of Winter 2016

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the top anime of this season. It’s the Winners of Winter 2016!

Grimgal: Easily one of the most beautiful and well done Anime I’ve ever watched, it’s a pity that it’s only got a single cour of episodes. I really enjoyed this series, because it takes the transported to another world genre and makes it realistic. Normal people aren’t going to become badasses immediately and they’re going to have their own share of issues and troubles. Grimgal did an amazing job with the pacing as well, taking it slow and it was incredibly well done because of that. Add on to that fact that the musical score was excellent and that most of the episodes even had insert songs was quite impressive. The artwork was superb and I can’t think of a series not done by ufotable that has such an amazingly well done animation.

Gate: The second cours took things to new levels and really emphasized the political aspect of Gate quite a bit. I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve even gotten my elderly aunt hooked onto the show, though she’s currently watched up towards the end of the first season.

There are other shows others probably enjoyed as much as I enjoyed the above two, friends rave about Dagashi-kashi, but I wasn’t ever really into comedy shows. Slapstick just isn’t my thing.

One update to last week’s article, apparently Reikenzan is getting a second season. Why it’s getting a second season I have no clue.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Winter 2016 Anime

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m super excited to discuss what I’m looking forward to watching! It’s all about my Most Anticipated Winter 2016 Anime!

Ao no Kanata Four Rhythm: This is an adaptation of an adult visual novel, that I have little to no clues about, but I’m hoping it’ll be good. The VN had amazing artwork and I’m expecting this series to be very good in terms of that. The plot revolves around some girls who participate in a futuristic sport that has them flying through the air.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgal: I’ve read maybe the first two chapters of the Light Novel that this is an adaptation of, and I’m always a sucker for Alternate World series. Hopefully this will be good, I’ve got higher hopes for it over the next series I’m going to talk about.

Kono Suburashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!: Yet another Alternate World series, this is going to involve a lot of comedy. I’m not totally psyched for this series, but I’ll give it a shot. Hopefully it proves me wrong and blows me away. I have read the first Light Novel that this is adapted from and while it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t super gripping either.

Musaigen no Phantom World: Another Light Novel adaptation, I’ve never read the original source so I’m looking forward to something completely new for me. I always enjoy a new story, 99% of the time. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.

Reikenzan Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage: This seems to be a Chinese Web Novel adaptation, a genre I’ve come to enjoy immensely in the last few months and I’m stoked for this series. hopefully this series blows everyone away and we’ll see more international co-operation for more series from China like I Shall Seal the Heavens!

Saijaku Muhai no Bahumut: This series adapted from a Light Novel’s plot probably isn’t going to impress me nearly as much as Rakudai Kishi no Chivalry did this previous season, but as it’ll be produced by the same studio I’m at least super excited for the artwork.

GATE: This is the second cour of my favorite Summer 2015 series and I’m looking forward to more geopolitical intrigue and action with Itami and his squad.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday! I’ll see you all next week!

Anime Sunday: Top Anime of 2015

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the best of this last year. It’s my Top Anime of 2015!

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is my personal favorite of the routes, with Heavens Feel being a very, very close second. ufotable blew this series out of the water with their excellent animation. I loved this series and seeing Rin kick major ass and bring Shirou in line was great. This definitely has a place in one of the greatest Anime of all time, if only for the sheer beauty of the animation.

Danmachi: I love the Light Novels and seeing them animated was great, although there was a lot lost I feel because of the choice to run for only one cour. That isn’t to say they can’t come back to the series, because they can and probably will at some point. It’s just as shame to see a series not live up to it’s full potential.

GATE: I’ve always been interested in this Light Novel series and I can’t wait to see the second season of the series start in just over a week. The political intrigue portrayed filled a gap that’s been in my Anime viewing till now. Anime typically doesn’t cover socioeconomics, though Maoyuu comes to mind, and I’m psyched to see what Itami and the gang go through next.

One Punch Man: For lots of people this came out of left field, but I knew this would be an instant hit. It didn’t fail to deliver and I loved every second of watching the series. I can’t wait for a second season, but it will be at least a year away if not more.

Sakurako-San: I enjoy this series, though I’ve fallen behind in watching every episode and need to catch up to releases. It wasn’t my absolute favorite, but it was good and deserves a place in this list, if just barely.

Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans: Like Sakurako-san I’ve fallen behind in watching the series, but I’ll get to it in a couple days.  That being said having a brand new Gundam series that isn’t a rehashing of the original series like SEED was or a new spin of Wing like 00 is great. Especially after the disaster that was Reconguista in G.

That’s it for this year’s Anime Sunday! What are some of your favorite series from this year? Leave your thoughts in a comment below and I’ll see you all in 2016!

Anime Sunday: Gate Episode 01 Initial Reactions

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This week on Anime Sunday I’m covering my initial reactions to Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri first episode.

Plot Synopsis: When a portal from another world appears in Ginza, Tokyo, a legion of soldiers and monsters emerge to attack the city.

Plot: So far the plot is pretty freaking amazing, and it doesn’t shy away from the fact that this is a super bloody and serious series! I was so happy to see the first on screen blood that I nearly jumped for joy, a reaction I very rarely have for seeing animated blood. The even better news is that this series will be a 2-cour and run for 24 episodes!

Characters: I’m assuming we’ll get to meet more of the cast, but so far we’ve pretty much just met Itami an Otaku who works to support his hobby. I think I’m really going to enjoy the entire cast of characters.

Art: The animation is done by A-1 Pictures, recently known for their animation of the Sword Art Online series. It’s not ufotable quality, but it’s not nearly as bad as Toei. That being said I was quite happy with this first episode’s art. Let’s hope it can keep up. One thing of note is the absolutely awesome opening and ending sequences, as they are beautifully animated.

Music: The soundtrack is fantastic and I adored the opening and ending themes. I was particularly happy to hear one of my favorite J-Rock band, Kishida Kyodan and the Akeboshi Rockets, performing the opening song. The ending is sung by the female cast from what I could read of the credits, but don’t quote me on that.

Overall: This is going to be a fun series to watch every week.

 

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2015 Anime

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m talking about my most anticipated Anime in the upcoming season! It’s the Most Anticipated Summer 2015 Anime!

Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There: I really want to read the original novel series that this is based off of, and I’m hoping that this series is amazing enough to make someone license the novel series. “Cough” Yenpress “Cough”.  I’m also praying that they don’t diminish the amount of violence, because that’s what makes this series amazing.

Rokka no Yuusha: I’ve been meaning to get around to reading this series, as the anime is an adaptation of a Light Novel series. Maybe this will convince me to read it finally.

Durarara x2!! Ten: The second of three split cour in the second season of Durarara I’m looking forward to watching it immensely as I can’t get enough of this series.

Overlord: Anyone who has been reading my Thursday column knows I’m a huge fan of the Light Novel series that this is an adaptation of, and I’m hoping that it isn’t bad. It’s produced by Madhouse so I’m really hopeful.

Dragon Ball Chou: Yea my inner 7 year old is just jumping for joy at a new Dragon Ball series that’s actually written by Akira Toriyama instead of that crap that was Dragon Ball GT. I’ll probably watch the first episode and than just marathon the series once it’s over.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!