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Anime 2014 – The Hits

I’ve mentioned what animes I didn’t like, so now it’s time to mention the ones that I did. It’s hard to just pick five though. Really hard to just pick five.

The Hits:

Haikyuu!!

haikyu!!

This was the first sports anime that I finished. I have this really bad habit of starting a sports anime, enjoying it, but never completing it. Haikyuu!! wasn’t like that though. The moment I started to watch it was the moment that I knew I had to finish it. Maybe it’s because the games seem more realistic, maybe it’s because it’s about volleyball, maybe because the Hinata had orange hair. I don’t know. but I loved every moment that I watched this series. The second half of the show was breathtaking. Every emotion that the players felt, I was right there with them. I cheered, I felt nervous, and I teared up a few times. The scene when Asahi hits the ball is still one of my favourite scenes of the year.

Selector Infected WIXOSS & Selector Spread WIXOSS

selector spread WIXOSS (5)

The WIXOSS series was fantastic. Lots of twists, lots of turns, and lots of screwing with its characters in horrible ways. I loved it. Despite it’s life and death situation, the show is pretty much a coming of age tale about teenage girls. Their hopes, their dreams, and their feelings are all wrapped up in a card game, but by the end of it they’ve all grown as characters and become stronger people.

The characters are fully fleshed out, the plot is deep, and the psychological aspect always had me on the edge of my seat. It still surprises me that a show about a card game was able to suck me in so quickly, but I enjoyed it.

Tonari no Seki-kun

robot family - tonari no seki-kun

I love the manga, so when I heard that this would get an anime I was over the moon. Since it has such a simple premise, it’s hard to mess it up. Even if the studio tried, they wouldn’t be able to. That’s the magic of Tonari no Seki-kun. Thankfully, the studio did a good job and the anime was even better than I could have hoped for. The humour was on point. The games were just as funny seeing them animated. And the characters, they were perfect.

In terms of overall enjoyment, I think this would be my favourite of the year. It was a perfect adaptation to an already great manga.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san

Gugure! Kokkuri-san - Kohina
What can I say about Gugure! Kokkuri-san that I haven’t said already? It’s funny. It’s cute. And Shigaraki is my new anime crush. I loved every moment of this strange anime. My only complaint is that it’s over.

Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

Sekai Seifuku - Bouryaku no Zvezda (1)

Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda is about a terrorist group trying to take over the world. Their methods are extreme, their ideas are extreme, but they’re hilarious so I think it’s okay. I think the smoking episode really sealed the deal for me. It starts off fine. Kate is someone who hates smokers because second hand smoke is horrible, but it quickly turns into something else. After a horrible, but amazing, inspirational speech from Kate all of the non smokers decided to become hooligans in their rush to destroy every smoker in their city. Even though they hate smokers, they became worse and that’s why this show was amazing.

Plus, it produced what might be the greatest moment in anime history. The treasure dance.

I still laugh whenever I see it.

 

There’s still a lot more that I liked. 😦

Sekai Seifuku – Bouryaku no Zvezda episode 12

Sekai Seifuku - Bouryaku no Zvezda (1)

Looks like this is the end of the season. I’m a little sad, because even though I was originally not really excited for this, I ended up falling in love with Sekai Seifuku – Bouryaku no Zvezda. It’s definitely in my top five animes of this season.

Normally, I would talk about what happened in the episode. But to be honest, everything was amazing so I’m just going to put up a bunch of pictures here and be done with this review.

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Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda ep 10

Wow…just wow. This episode was intense and crazy and amazing and mind blowingly good.

Can I just start by saying that I didn’t expect much from this anime when it first came out. It had a good synopsis, but I just don’t like lolis. Sorry, I don’t. I find them awkward, especially in love stories. However, the more I watched this the more I loved it and the more I loved it the more I realized that Kate is amazing and so much more than a typical loli character.

It’s strange, two shows with lolis (Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda and Mikakunin de Shinkoukei) ended up being my two biggest surprises of this winter anime season. I wasn’t even looking forward to either one, but both are fantastic. Great plots, good pacing and compelling, fleshed out characters.

Anywho, what happened in this episode? Everything did. Everything.

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