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!

Anime Sunday: Winners of Summer 2016

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering my favorites from this latest season of Anime! It’s my Winners of Summer 2016!

ReZero: ReZero has proven to be an absolutely fantastic series from start to finish, and I’m really sad that the current Anime is over, although considering that it just overtook the Light Novels (but not the Web Novel) I’m not too unhappy. Maybe we’ll get another season of this wonderful Anime in the future, because we could all use more of Rem the Best Girl.

Qualidea Code: I really don’t like this Anime’s first episode, but like I mentioned in my first episode impressions a few weeks back I really advise watching the first four episodes (including the credits) before making any judgement.

orange: I enjoyed this series quite a bit, and while it’s not at all action oriented or even really exciting I was pleased with the way it went down. Besides if the original source material was an award winner among thousands of other entries, than it has to be good.

Tales of Zestiria the X: I want to mention this series as it definitely had the best art quality, although ReZero came really, really close. ufotable is my favorite studio for good reason and Zestiria’s Anime adaptation was another trophy in their case already packed with them. I do want to mention that I didn’t continue watching the series past episode 3, because it ends up touching upon Tales of Berseria, a pre-sequel set in the same world as Zestiria and since it hasn’t come out in the West yet I won’t be watching the rest of this series until I finish playing the game to avoid spoiling myself. Also I heard that the ufotable will be animating more seasons of the Zestiria so I’ll probably wait till they’re all out as well.

Honorable Mentions:

Love Live Sunshine: I didn’t enjoy the Anime, but the music of the multimedia project is always fun to listen to when I’m bored or doing something that requires me to use the writing or reading portion of my brain.

Masou Gakuen HxH: For being taken off the air; This was due to it’s risque material that was too much even for a certain Japanese Broadcasting Company. You have to try really hard to do that, and that’s also why I never covered it during the season in my columns. I didn’t want to get into trouble with my Editor at GiN. I could’ve probably worked something out, but I just didn’t want to spend the time on doing so when I could cover a series like Qualidea Code.

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

Anime Sunday: Winners of Spring 2016

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering what I thought were the two best shows of the season! It’s my Winners of Spring 2016!

Boku no Hero Academia: While it sadly only ran for this season, it will return in the near future to continue being awesome. Madhouse always does amazing work, and while not ufotable it’s pretty darn close sometimes. The musical score was great, and while I wasn’t a super fan of the opening theme it did fit the series perfectly. Seeing Midoriya struggle to follow his dream of becoming a hero despite all his shortcomings is heartwarming and it’s always fun to watch him grow ever more confident in himself.

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: My favorite show of the season hands down, Re:Zero was amazing from the first episode until the end of the season this last week. Taking the “Transported to Another World” genre and turning it completely on it’s head with it’s plot, I loved every single minute of the show, and I can’t wait to continue watching during the Summer. Subaru and his relationships with Emilia, Rem, and Ram, are awesome and I really hope to see a satisfying conclusion to that or a promise of more seasons in the future. White Fox did an amazing job with the animation, even though I haven’t really heard of them before, I think. The musical score for Re:Zero was as amazing as the animation, and I loved both the opening and ending themes just as much as the soundtracks.

Honorable Mentions:

Gundam Unicorn: For the as always amazing soundtracks from Sawano Hiroyuki. Having Aimer do some of the vocals as well was just as satisfying.

Kabaneri: The series wasn’t a huge favorite of mine, but I do enjoy the music, again from Sawano Hiroyuki. Aimer also lended her voice along with EGOIST’s chelly for the ending which was awesome.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday! Next week I’m taking a look ahead at the Summer 2016 Season!

 

Anime Sunday: ReZero Episode 01 Second Half Impressions

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This week I’m back with the second half of the first episode in my most anticipated Anime of the season for Anime Sunday! It’s my ReZero Episode 01 Second Half Impressions!

Plot: So first off I should mention that I waited until after writing last week’s Anime Sunday to watch the second half. So I wasn’t just being cryptic or screwing around with you when I wrote it. Sure I may have done that a time or two before, but I honestly wanted to see if I’d be completely wrong in my impressions after watching the second half.

My Verdict on that Hypothesis?: Yes and no, Overall I was correct for that first half, but boy does the second half turn everything on it’s head. I won’t spoil why, you should know me better than that by now faithful readers, but I was happy to be surprised.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple more characters this time around, in particular the Old Man and Felt, and they’re quite a pair. I actually enjoy them quite a bit, Felt is fun, and we got more insight into this world, maybe other people from our world have come to this place? As this is just the first episode, and really just the second half I watched this past week, I’m super excited for the rest of the series.

Art: Still as beautiful as the first half, with noticeably less CG usage for random passersby, granted that there were almost none in this episode really. Hopefully they’ll steer clear of that, as it’s a distraction from the beautiful world we get to see animated.

Music: Same as above, minus the CG complaints, I think we got to hear a bit of one of the themes at the end, wether it’s the opening or ending remains to be seen, but either way I was really happy with the musical score.

Overall: Even though this second half has a markedly different tone than the first half, I’m still excited to watch this series. I’m curious as to what’s going on and why.

Anime Sunday: ReZero Episode 01 First Half Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first half of the hour long premier of my most anticipated Anime of this season! It’s my ReZero Episode 01 First Half Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked.

Plot: Subaru is a huge nerd and it’s quite amusing to see his reaction to his sudden transportation to a different world. It’s not nearly as sophomoric as KonoSuba from last season which is great, but it’s not nearly as serious as Grimgal either, though I’ve only watched the first half of the first episode since it’s an hour long.

Characters: Satella is a great female lead, and even though we don’t know too much about her back story yet, I’m pretty sure she’s dealt with huge racial discrimination from just being who she is. Subaru on the other hand being someone from Modern Earth, isn’t so hung up on it so it’s refreshing to see a character who just is happy to be somewhere new.

Art: The animation is done by a studio called White Fox, a studio I’ve never heard of but I’m loving this first half thus far so I’m happy for now! The art is wonderfully animated, although one small complaint is that the random people on the street that just pass by seem to be CG rather than animation. That is really my only complaint and I’ll probably get over it quickly.

Music: The music in this first half was wonderful, and while we didn’t get to experience the opening or ending themes yet, I’m hoping it will match the series well.

Overall: I’m pretty sure that this doesn’t feel like the calm before the storm sort of episode, but damn if it isn’t well done and I’m super excited for this series to continue. It will also be a 2-cour series, which means plenty of time for plot pacing to be properly done.

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Spring 2016 Anime

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking forward to so many new things in this upcoming season! Find out what’s my Most Anticipated Spring 2016 Anime!

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: This is a light novel series that I’ve heard is really good and I hear that this should be a 2 cour, which if true will be amazing and I know for a fact that the first episode will be an hour long. So this is definitely the top of my list of the season, but the rest of my list should be just as interesting. Hopefully!

Boku no Hero Academia: I wrote about this series back in 2014 and I commented that it was only a matter of time before this series got an Anime adaptation. I wasn’t wrong! Hopefully it lives up to the Manga, because it’s pretty freaking epic.  This is pretty close to ReZero for my personal expectations and I’m hoping that this is a good adaptation, especially since the author was once one of Oda’s assistants.

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?: This is another Light Novel adaptation, and hopefully it’ll be as good as ReZero, but if not I’m not going to be as disappointed. It’ll be more comedic so I’m not as thrilled about this, but I’ve heard good things about this series too, so I’ll give it a shot.

Gundam Unicorn: The Movie series recut and redone for TV, it’ll include a bit of new footage and new music by Aimer. So I’m really looking forward to this series, if only for the musical scores.

Kiznaiver: This is made by the studio that brought us classics like Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill. I don’t generally like their stuff, but their animation has always been top notch so I’ll give this series a shot, hopefully it’ll be a bit more serious and less slapstick.

Sousei no Onmyouji: Another Manga adaptation, this is one of my lesser anticipated series, but I’m still hoping it’ll turn out good.

 

Honorable Mentions: I’ll watch at least one episode of the following series for sure, but I make no promises on whether I’ll bother with even posting about them.

Endride: I’ve not heard much about it, but the synopsis from the chart I used to help make this post was interesting.

Hundred: Another Light Novel Adaptation, this looks to be one of those magicial academy series that seem to get stuck on the rom-com route way too often. If it goes the way of Rakudai I’ll be thrilled and probably singing it’s praises by the end of the season, but I doubt that.

Sakamoto Desu Ga?: Apparently the Manga this will be adapted from is hilarious, but it’s being animated by Studio Deen and if you’re a frequent reader of this column you’ll know that I hate that studio with a passion. Still I’ll give it a shot, but I’m not expecting much from a studio that could make the most gorgeous person in the world look like a pile of dung.